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Australian National Surfing Museum Torquay, Victoria

Australia’s largest surf and beach culture museum. The first fully accredited surfing museum in the world.

The Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay celebrates the story of Australian surfing. It also charts Australia's significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. Through colourful and exciting permanent displays and temporary exhibitions the ANSM commemorates Australia's fantastic surfing heritage and rich beach culture.

Contact Information

location
77 Beach Road Torquay Victoria 3228 (map)
phone
+61 (03) 5261 4606

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Opening Hours

Open 9.00am - 5.00pm 7 days a week (closed Christmas day)

Entry Fee

$8.00 students/concession $12.00 adults $25.00 families

Location

77 Beach Road Surf City Plaza Surfcoast Highway Torquay Victoria

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This collection is owned and managed by the Australian National Surfing Museum and is based in Torquay, Australia’s surfing capital. The museum came about through the vision of Peter Troy who along with his surfing friends Vic Tantau and Alan Reid drove the idea forward, supported by Surfing Australia, the Torquay surfing industry, local businesses and the Geelong Regional Commission. The museum opened its doors in December 1993. The collection documents over 100 years of the Australian surfing story and commemorates Australia's surfing heritage and rich beach culture. It also charts Australia's significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. The collection includes artifacts and memorabilia relating to many surfing themes: surfboards, clothing, historical images, surf movies and music, and archival materials.

Significance

This collection documents and preserves for future generations, the history and culture of surfing, one of Australia’s most popular sports and recreations. It also charts Australia's significant contribution to the development of surfing around the world. The collection is a key resource for the activities of the Australian National Surfing Museum, recognized by the International Surfing Association as a one of the world’s most significant centres of world surfing heritage.

Rod Worthington 15 November 2018 9:12 AM

I was looking for the CREST logo that Bruen Finey had put on his longboards when he had his own business. Thanks. Rod

Craig Baird 15 November 2018 9:16 AM

Hi Rod, I am unfamiliar with that manufacturer or label. Perhaps you could try www.surfresearch.com that has a manufacturers index. Cheers,

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Photograph - Rabbit wave ride, 1977 Stubbies Contest, Gold Coast

Black and white photograph of Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew free surfing at the 1977 Stubbies Contest held at Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Bob McTavish photograph Bells Beach 1 1965

Key words

bells beach
john witzig
bob mctavish
easter sunday 1965
bells beach surfing classic

Large black and white (sepia toned) photo. Part 1 of a 2 photo sequence taken by John Witzig of Bob McTavish riding a very big wave at Bells Beach. Photo is titled 'Bob McTavish Big Bells 1 - 1965', and signed and numbered by John Witzig (11/100).

Historical information

This photo, part 1 of a 2 photo sequence taken by John Witzig, is of of Bob McTavish riding a very large waves (15'+) at Bells Beach on Easter Sunday (April 18th) 1965. This wave is thought to be the same one described by McTavish in his book as one of the biggest, most powerful waves he had ridden, almost resulting in his drowning after being washed down past the next headland at winki pop. Bells, Easter, 1965 is considered one of the biggest days that this break has been surfed. The surfer in the photograph, Bob McTavish would go on to become one of the most influential surfer/shapers in Australian during the next decade.

Significance

The extremely large waves experienced by surfers at Bells Beach on Easter Sunday 1965 is part of surfing folklore. The wave featured in this photograph is considered one of the largest ridden waves ever documented at Bells Beach.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by John Witzig. Numbered 11 / 100

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Sticker - God Went Surfing

Key words

alex klein
gaza beach
middle east surf

Round black and white sticker with a surfboard in a middle of the iconic 'peace' symbol.

Historical information

God Went Surfing With The Devil is the award winning documentary film by Alex Klein which charts the dangers and difficulties of surfers living in Gaza. The film was released in 2009 and has screened at film festivals around the world.

Significance

Ground breaking documentary exploring surfing in one of the most dangerous regions of the world. Historic examination of efforts by surfers to create harmony between Israeli's and Palestinians in Gaza.

Inscriptions & Markings

website - www.godwentsurfing.com

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Musical Instrument - Snowy McAlister's Ukelele

Key words

snowy mcalister
jonah kumalae
kumalae ukelele

Handcrafted Hawaiian, Kumalae ukelele, light brown in colour,missing one of the four original tuning knobs.

Historical information

This ukelele was owned by Snowy McAlister one of the most famous surfers to come out of the Manly surf scene during the 20th century. Snowy won eleven surfboard 'display' contests in Sydney and Newcastle from 1923-1936 including the first 'Australian Championship at Manly Beach in 1924.

Significance

This ukelele belonged to one of the most influential surfers during the 20th century. It was made by Jonah Kumalae of Hawaii during the early part of the 20th century. It represents the connection between surfing and music as personified by this musical instrument made popular in Hawaii during this period.

Inscriptions & Markings

Kumalae logo on the top of the neck of the ukelele.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - MP - the life of Michael Peterson

Key words

michael peterson
bells beach
peter drouyn
mark richards
sean doherty
rabbit bartholomew
coolangatta
kirra point

Soft cover book featuring a photograph by Marty Tullemans of Michael Peterson with one of his surfboards under his arm. Quote from Kelly Slater. 342 pages.

Historical information

For three years during the 1970's, 'MP' was the best surfer in the world, winning every surfing contest he entered. MP was an enigmatic competitor and master surfboard shaper during this significant period of growth and opportunity in Australian surfing.

Significance

This biography tells the story of one of the most dynamic surfer/shapers in Australia during the 1970's. His contribution to world surfing is significant in both the contest arena and the shaping bay.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN - 978 0 7322 8588 3

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - History of Torquay Surf Life Saving Club

Key words

bells beach
torquay surf life saving club
d s club
peter troy
vic tantau
terry wall
ken pollard
torquay surf beach
pioneer surfers
jim wall
dick garrard
sprint walker
owen yateman
alan coulson
ron hussey
joe sweeney
sharon heathcote
ray brewin
frances murphy
bryan hayden

Blue leather hardback book with gold lettering on blue representing the colours of the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club.

Historical information

History of the Torquay Surf Life Saving Club celebrates the first fifty years (1945-1995) of the largest surf life saving club in Victoria. The book features historic photographs of the surf club and the famed Torquay Surf Beach on Victoria rugged Surf Coast. The book also features chapters on the historic, cultural, social and competitive areas within the club.

Significance

This bok is significant because it represents the first official history of one of the largest and most influential surf life saving clubs in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Authors name - Ken Pollard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Fin

Key words

red
star fin
cheyne horan
ben lexcen
winged keel
bells beach surf contest 1984

Cheyne Horan Star Fin. Moulded polycarbonate red Star Fin. Fin is signed by Cheyne Horan with "HAVE A GOOD SURF FROM Cheyne Horan".

Historical information

An example of the innovative winged keel design based on the Australia 2 yacht (Americas Cup winner 1982). The Star Fin was a collaboration between Australian pro surfer, Cheyne Horan, and Australia 2 fin designer Ben Lexcen. Horan won 1984 Bells Beach surfing festival riding a board using this fin design.

Significance

This fin design represents a radical departure from surfboard design thinking at that time (early 1980s) Most people were concentrating on multi fin designs Mark Richards with high performance twin fin designs, then Simon Anderson's 3 fin 'Thruster' design. Cheyne Horan employed the talents of innovative yachting designer Ben Lexcen (who designed the Americas Cup winning Australia 2) to design a unique Star Fin which would provide greater hold for a single fin at critical angles. Horan proved the effectiveness of this design by winning the 1984 Rip Curl Pro at Bells beach using a board mounted with one of the Star Fins. The Star fin represents an unusual (for surfing)scientific and innovative design approach. This is a rare and representative item signed by design instigator Cheyne Horan.

Inscriptions & Markings

Manufacturers and makers information embossed on base. Concept by Cheyne Horan Design by Ben Lexcen Patent Pending STAR FIN Made from Lexan Polycarbonate by Star Fin p/l PO Box 1293 Nth Syd Aust.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Poster - Somewhere Near Tapachula

Key words

surfing
somewhere near tapachula
surf film
mexico
jonno durrant
stefan hunt
mision mexico
alan skuse
pam skuse

Full colour poster for the surf documentary film SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA. The poster features an image of a young girl with a surfboard at her feet standing on a beach staring at the ocean.

Historical information

This poster was used to promote the Australian release of SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA February-April 2010. The film was shot on location in Tapachula, Mexico near the Guatemala border and tells the story of the orphanage Mision Mexico exstablished by two Australians Alan and Pamela Skuse. Surfing was introduced to the children at the orphanage in 2004 and surfing has now become an important part of the weekly program but has also played a key role in improving the lives of the children in the orphanage.

Significance

SOMEWHERE NEAR TAPACHULA is a unique surfing documentary which explores the social impact of surfing on a community of children living in a Mexican orphanage run by two Australians. Through a series of interviews the film follows the lives of a number of the children as they struggle with issues of identity, family and the harsh economic reality of growing up in a poor Mexican coastal town. Surfing is their one physical and emotional 'escape' refuge.

Inscriptions & Markings

Full colour poster featuring title, film sponsors and Australian tour dates (2010)

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - Gidget

Key words

gidget
kathy kohner zuckerman
frederick kohner
moondoggie
the big kahuna
malibu beach
surfing
sandra dee

Soft cover book, aqua wash artwork featuring colour photograph of Kathy Kohnner Zuckerman (aka the real Gidget) wearing an orange one piece swimsuit holding a malibu surfboard on cover.

Historical information

GIDGET was written by Frederick Kohner the father of the real Gidget, Kathy Kohner Zuckerman. The book is based on Kathy's experiences as a 15 year old girl at Malibu Beach, Southern California during the summer of 1957 discovering Moondoggie, the Big Kahuna and surfing. The book was made into a highly succesful feature film of the same name, released in 1959 with Sandra Dee playing the star role of Gidget.

Significance

GIDGET is socially and culturally significant because it was one of the first mainstream books to explore the surfing sub-culture of Southern California. The book was made into a feature film which played a significant role in popularising the surfing sub-culture around the world.

Inscriptions & Markings

Main title GIDGET on cover. One line testimonials at the top of the book cover. Publishers logo on spine. Barcode on back of book. Inside cover personally signed by Kathy Kohner Zuckerman.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Magazine - Smorgasboarder

Key words

surfing
smorgasboarder

Free full colour surf magazine: SMORGASBOARDER issue #2 Nov/Dec 2010. For all that love surfing. Available from Noosa to Warnambool. 6 times a year. www.smorgasboarder.com.au

Historical information

This is a free surf magazine for all that love surfing. Available 6 times a year. www.smorgasboarder.com.au This issue contains a reference to China Gilberts'memorial paddle out at Torquay and the SurfWorld Revolution exhibition (pg 17)

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Jack McCoy and Lightning Bolt Surfboard

Key words

jack mccoy
lightning bolt surfboards

Black and white photograph of surf film maker Jack McCoy holding a Lightning Bolt surfboard.

Historical information

Jack McCoy is a famous surfer and surf film maker from Hawaii. In this photograph he can be seen holding a brand new Lightning Bolt single fin surfboard.

Significance

Jack McCoy is recognised as one of the world's great surf film makers.During the seventies Lighting Bolt were one of the most famous surfboard companies in the world. The fact both 'were' born in Hawaii makes this photograph interesting and significant.

Inscriptions & Markings

Lightning Bolt logo on surfboard

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - Surf Rage

Key words

surfing
nat young
surf rage
nick carroll
gordon stammers
tribal law
surfers
violence
anger

SURF RAGE by Nat Young (a surfers guide to turning negatives into positives). Full colour, soft colour book with a photo of a tubing wave on the cover

Historical information

This book is a direct result of an incident on 16 March 2000 when Australian surfing champion Nat Young was physically assaulted at Angourie Beach after an altercation in the water. The book contains a series of eleven articles exploring the issue of aggression (rage) in the surfing community. The book features a forward by Drew Kampion and articles by a number of surfers including Nat Young, Derek Reilly, Nick Carroll, Fred Pawle and Torquay local, Gordon Stammers.

Significance

This book is significant in that it was the first Australian publication to formally address the issue of surf rage on Australian beaches.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0-9585750-1-0

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Programme - 2000 Rip Curl Pro / Sunsmart Classic at Bells Beach official contest guide

Key words

cheyne horan
bells beach
layne beachley
kelly slater
rip curl pro
sunsmart classic
glenn romanis
offshore music festival
terry richardson
nicky wood
mark occhilupo
tom curren
shane dorian
surfers appreciating the natural environment

Full colour 32 page magazine with information about the 2000 Rip Curl Pro / Sunsmart Classic at Bells Beach. The cover features artwork by Indigenous artists Glenn Romanis. The artwork features an indigenous theme relating to Bells Beach.

Historical information

This magazine is representative of event guides prepared for the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach each year. This particular event guide features unique artwork by Indigenous artist/surfer Glenn Romanis including an indigenous representation of the world famous Bells Beach 'bell' on the top left hand corner.

Significance

The 2000 Rip Curl; Pro event guide featured unique artwork by Indigenous artist Glenn Romanis. During this period the event was one of the first major sporting events in Australia to embrace Aboriginal culture.

Inscriptions & Markings

The cover includes the official event title plus sponsors logos, Rip Curl, Sunsmart, Coca-Cola, Tracks surfing magazine, Surfing Victoria, Surf Coast Tourism, Association of Surfing Professionals and Offshore Music.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Reno Abellira Holding Twin Fin Surfboard

Key words

reno abellira
twin fin surfboard
o'neill wetsuits

Black and white photograph of Hawaiian surfer Reno Abellira holding the tail of a twin fin surfboard.Abellira is wearing an O'Neil full length wetsuit.

Historical information

Reno Abellira was one of the top surfers to come out of Hawaii during the seventies. He was noted for his speed and style on the wave culminating in success on the early professional surfing circuit. The twin fin fin surfboard was a natural progression from the single fin and one of the most popular types of surfboard ridden during the mid-seventies.

Significance

Reno Abellira was one of Hawaii's top surfers and one if its first professional surfers during the seventies. This rare photograph shows Reno holding his 'tools in trade' a twin fin surfboard.

Inscriptions & Markings

O'Neill logo on wetsuit

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Newspaper Article - Loud and Clear, Parkinson eyes world crown after victory.

Key words

bells beach
surfing
bells beach surfing contest
joel parkinson
2011 rip curl pro
mick fanning

Feature newspaper article with colour photographs of 2011 Rip Curl Pro winner, Joel Parkinson, ringing the big Bell and smaller insert photo of his opponent Mick Fanning surfing at Bells Beach.

Historical information

Feature magazine article by Nick Wade about Joel Parkinson's success in winning the 2011 Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach on its fiftieth anniversary.

Significance

Joel Parkinson wins his third Bells Beach contest on its historic fiftieth anniversary. The Bells Beach Surfing Contest is the longest running surfing conterst in the world.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

VHS Movie - The Green Iguana

Key words

mark occhilupo
jack mccoy
the green iguana
luke egan
munga barry
inxs
the cruel sea
hunters and collectors
the celebrite rifles
yothu yindi and ed kuepper

VHS surf movie with colour cover art featuring Mark Occhilupo surfing and a green Iguana.

Historical information

The Green Iguana is one of the most creative surf films ever featuring Australian surfers Mark Occhilupo, Luke Egan, 'Munga' Barry and 'Margo'. All Australian soundtrack by the best independent bands of the time and stunning cinematography by Jack McCoy made this a cult classic when it was released in 1992.

Significance

One of the most influential surf films of the nineties by world renowned surf film maker Jack McCoy.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sponsors name in title.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - Switch-foot (surfing art music)

Key words

art
surfing
jack eden
switchfoot
music
surf photography
alby falzon
george greenough
peter drouyn
dolphin glide
dick van straaleen
jim banks
peter crawford
mark richards

Switch-foot (surfing art music) is a hard copybook of surfing photography with a black cover featuring 5 art panels and one panel with text. 'Switch-foot surfing art music'.

Historical information

Switch-foot is a classic publication out of Australia 2005. This 210 page hardcover book has many of the immortal surfing images from the golden era in surfing from photographers such as Albe Falzon, George Greenough and Jack Eden. Stories from: George Greenough looking at his simple genius and his movie magic with ‘Dolphin Glide’ and ‘Behind the Scenes.’ The unmasking of the truth behind Peter Drouyn, 12 legends of the Lens (images from the golden era) The telling of Dick Van Straalen’s story and his current relationship with Dave Rastovich The art of Harry Daily Global surf travel with Colas Thomas Campbell drops by Rasta and friends music with the exploration into the mystery of the art of jamming Discussions about sustainable surfcraft production with Tom Wegener, the unveiling of new school talent within music and photography and also talking to important leaders in the field of classic surfing to gather information on surfboard design, single fin surfing and fin dynamics. Music from low pressure sound systems in the story titled ‘the art of jamming’

Significance

A significant publication that explores art, photography and music in surfing culture.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN 0-646-45057

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Magazine - Surfer Magazine Vol.3 No. 3 1962

Key words

cartoon
surfing
music
hawaii
new zealand
midget farrelly
rick griffin
john severson
murphy

Colour cover featuring cartoon of a surfer by Rick Griffin. Inside magazine 52 pages of black and white text and photographs.

Historical information

The first SURFER magzazine to feature Murphy a cartoon creation by Rick Griffin on the cover.

Significance

SURFER was one of the first international surfing magzines. Created by John Severson the magazine is still in print today. The cartoon on the cover is drawn by Californian artist Rick Griffin who during the sixties and seventies was one of the most influential artists in the world of surfing and later music. This issue was also one of the first international surf magazines to feature images of Midget Farrelly surfing Hawaii and the first pictorial on New Zealand.

Inscriptions & Markings

Surfer logo on the cover

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Lorne surfers 1920

Key words

lorne beach
redwood timber surfboard
ian macgillivray
louis whyte
blue harper

Black and white photograph

Historical information

This photograph shows Louis Whyte from Geelong and friends on Lorne Beach in 1920 holding two redwood timber surfboards. In the background can be seen the Lorne foreshore.

Significance

One of the earliest group photographs of surfers in Victoria. The surfboards and surfers are believed to be the first in Victoria.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Poster - First Love

Key words

phillip island
surf film
first love
jess laing
nikki van dijk
india payne
stephanie gilmore
bethany hamilton
liquid pictures production
fran derham
clare plueckhahn
claire gormon
rip curl pro

Full colour film poster for the surf film FIRST LOVE. The poster features a long shot of the main surfers in the film, Jess Laing, Nikki Van Dijk, and India Payne walking along a country road towards the camera carrying their surfboards and wetsuits.

Historical information

First Love is a feature film length surf film that tells the story of three young female surfers. The film follows the lives of Jess, Nikki and India as they follow their passion for surfing growing up together and competing against one another. Surfing brings the girls together but they are all different in their own way. The film culminates in a surf trip to Hawaii where they meet a number of professional female surfers. The film also features surfers Stephanie Gilmore (world champion), Alana Blanchard and Bethany Hamilton.

Significance

First Love was produced by an all female creative team and officially launched at the Surf World Museum Torquay on 4th April 2010. The film had its festival debut at the DUNGOG FILM FESTIVAL in May 2010 and its international debut at the HAWAIIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL in October 2010. First Love is the first surf feature film shot in Australia with an all female cast/crew. The film had a national theatrical release across Australia on February 14th, 2011.

Inscriptions & Markings

Film title, sponsors logos, film makers credits and touring dates for the Autumn 2010 tour of the film.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Nat Young and Duke Kahanamoku

Key words

nat young
duke kananamoku
1963 australian surfing championships
bondi beach

Black and white photograh of Nat Young and Duke Kahanamoku in 1963 at Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

Historical information

Black and white photograph of Australian surfer Nat Young with Hawaiian surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku at Bondi Beach. The Duke was guest of honour at the 1963 Australian Surfing Championships which were run from 22-23rd November.

Significance

A rare photographs of two surfing legends together. Young was three years away from winning his World Title in San Diego while the Duke played a key role as an Elder to the surfing community world wide during the twilight years of his life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black and white photograph

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Programme - Australia 1970 Fifth World Surfboard Riding Championships, Bells Beach, Victoria

Key words

bells beach
1970
surfing
world surfboard riding championships
melbourne surf shop
world surfing titles
australian surfriders association
rolf aurness
tony olsson

24 page souvenir programme, colour cover, colour black, black and white pages inside. Cover features colour drawing of a surfer riding a wave.

Historical information

The souvenir programme was produced for the Fifth World Surfboard Riding Championships at Bells Beach, Victoria. The championships were the first international surfing contest held at Bells Beach. The finals of this event were held at Johanna Beach, also a first. The programme features an introduction by the Premier Sir Henry Bolte, Daily Programme of activities, feature articles about Bells Beach and previous World Surfboard Riding Championships plus advertisements for Qantas, Fiat, Peter's Icecream, Jantzen Surf clothing, Schweppes and Bower Boy Surfwax.

Significance

The Fifth World Surfboard Riding Championships were a first for Bells Beach and also significant for the role they played in the development of Bells Beach as an international surfing venue.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

DVD Movie - Surfing 50 States

Key words

jonno durrant
stefan hunt
surfing 50 states
spiderbait

Colour cover art of an American flag over a sand, movie title and colour photograph of Johnno and Stefan with the infamous Hurley Van.

Historical information

Cult Australian surf travel documentary made by Stefan Hunt and Jonno Durrant as they endeavour to surf 50 states of the United States of America in 50 days (32 without an ocean). Music by Spiderbait, The Wahas and many more. World Premier at the Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace, Cremorne, Sydney on 15th October, 2008.

Significance

On of the most popular independent surf travel documentaries ever made. Unique insight into surfing and popular culture.

Inscriptions & Markings

Movie title, one line synopsis

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Kennett River

Key words

kennett river
surfboards
vw sedan
jack eden
great ocean road

Black and white photograph taken at Kennett River, Victoria, of a surfer standing next to a VW sedan with surfboards on the roof. Another car and more boards on the ground is to the right of the VW. In the background is a righthand, peeling wave with a surfer riding it.

Historical information

Black and white photograph taken by Jack Eden at Kennett River, Victoria, in 1964. Image is of a surfer standing next to a VW with surfboards on the roof. Another car and more boards on the ground also appear in the picture. In the background is a peeling wave with a surfer riding it. More surfers sit waiting.

Significance

Jack Eden was a pioneer of Australian surfing and surf photography. His images capture something of arguably the halcyon days of Australian surfing. Rare image of surfing at remote Kennett Rover along the Great Ocean Road.

Inscriptions & Markings

Titled: Australia Jack Eden, Kennett River, Victoria

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Document - Human Impact on Australian Beaches (Results from SOS95 Beach Survey)

Key words

beach
surfrider foundation australia
human impacts on beaches
sos95
michael legge wilkinson
coastal development
beach pollution

Beach Environmental Report. 168 page report which examines the health of 1612 beach areas around Australia. Sepia cover featuring a photograph of endangered sanddunes at Stockton Bight, north of Newcastle. 168 pages

Historical information

Human Impacts on Australian Beaches was a landmark environmental study which provided a 'snapshot' of the health of 1612 beach areas around Australia. This nationwide study (which built on the success of the 1994 State of Our Surf Report) was put together by the Surfrider Foundation Australia with the support of more then 340 individuals and 70 organisations around Australia. The report was authored by surfer/environmentalist/artist Michael Legge-Wilkinson from Newcastle, New South Wales. Human Impacts was launched officially by Peter Garrett, leader of Australian rock band Midnight Oil at the Bondi Pavilion, Bondi Beach in May 1996.

Significance

Human Impacts built on the success of the 1994 State Of Our Surf Report, released by the Surfrider Foundation Australia in 1994. Human Impacts was the first major report to specifically examine the environmental health of 1612 of Australia's beaches. A limited 500 copies of this report were produced, the majority of which went to education institutions, libraries, community groups and government departments. The report generated national and international media interest with the BBC London reporting on its findings in the week after its launch.

Inscriptions & Markings

Sepia cover, Surfrider Foundation logo on report cover

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Book - To The Four Corners Of The World

Key words

torquay
rod brooks
surf
bells beach
peter troy
rennie ellis
hawaii
nias
vic tantau
terry wall
bells beach surf contest
brazil
world surfing championships
biarritz
european surfing championships
flying pineapple media
sean doherty

Full colour, hard bound travel surf book by Peter Troy OAM, edited by Brendan McAloon. Colour cover image of a young Peter Troy by Rennie Ellis.

Historical information

This book is the definitive history of the surf travels by Peter Troy. Troy's travels are the stuff of legends. An original and influential figure in the early days of surfing at Bells Beach, Troy left Australia in 1963 and roamed the planet with surfboard under arm from Europe to Hawaii, South America to South Africa, introducing surfing to Brazil and discovering untold perfect waves like Nias off the coast of Sumatra. He documented every step of this remarkable journey in letters home which were rediscovered after his untimely death in 2008.

Significance

This book represents the major surf travel history of one of the great legends in world surfing Peter Troy from Torquay. In 1962 Troy was one of the founders of the Bells Beach Surf Contest, the longest running surf contest in the world. He was an intrepid surf traveller who during the period 1963-1966 introduced surfing to the country of Brazil and explored the four corners of the globe for waves. This book is a unique record of world travel by surfer(s)during this period.

Inscriptions & Markings

ISBN - 978-0-9808480-0-7

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Final Wave - 'Midget' Farrelly

Key words

jack eden
manly beach
bernard midget farrelly
1964 world surfing titles

Black and white photograph of 'Midget' Farrelly surfing in 1964 World Titles at Manly Beach, Sydney.

Historical information

This stunning black and white photograph by Jack Eden shows Midget Farrelly doing a cutback on the final wave he rode during the 1964 World Titles at Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia.

Significance

Rare photograph of the last wave Farrelly rode during the final of the first World Surfing Titles at Manly Beach. Farrelly was declared the winner and surfing's first World Surfing Champion after this photograph was taken.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

Photograph - Surfboat at Bondi Beach 1923

Key words

sydney
bondi beach
surfboat
surf life saving clubs

Black and white photograph

Historical information

Surfboats have played an important role in saving lives on Australian beaches since the early 1900's. This boat at the famous Bondi Beach can be seen riding a wave to the beach with the standard five man crew. Many early Australian surfers were members of Surf Life Saving Clubs regularly riding the waves in surfboats, surf ski's and other surf rescue craft.

Significance

Rare image of an Australian surfboat riding a wave at one of Australia's most iconic surf beaches in Sydney during the 1920's.

Inscriptions & Markings

'Donated by John Pettigrove' on the back

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

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Video Clip - The Story of the Bells Beach Bell

Short webclip featuring Joe Sweeney describing how he makes the iconic Bell trophy each year for the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach. Duration: 01.48

Historical information

The Bells Beach contest trophy is one of the most widely recognised sporting trophies in the world. Joe Sweeney has been making the trophy for the Bells Beach surfing contest since the late 1970's. It has been won four times by Australian surfer Mark Richards and American surfer Kelly Slater.

Significance

The Bells Beach trophy is an iconic surfing artefact. To ring the trophy at Bells Beach at Easter is something all professional surfers aspire to achieve once in their professional careers.

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay

DVD Movie - Bustin' Down The Door

Key words

kelly slater
mark richards
gerry lopez
shaun tomson
bustin down the door
wayne rabbit bartholomew
peter townend
ian cairns
michael tomson

Cover photograph of Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew hand raised with inset image of Mark Richards surfing Sunset Beach.

Historical information

Feature length surf documentary which looks at events leading up to the clash between Hawaiian surfers and Australian surfers on the North Shore of Oahu in the early seventies. Includes interviews with Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards, Peter Townend, Ian Cairns and others.

Significance

Award winning documentary that focused on a pivotal moment in world surfing history as Australian and other surfers strove to 'bust down the door' in the surfing Mecca of Hawaii.

Inscriptions & Markings

Certification (M) and Madman logo

Australian National Surfing Museum, Torquay