The Long Ride

SECRET SURFING HISTORY – ISABEL LETHAM

SECRET SURFING HISTORY – ISABEL LETHAM

ISABEL LETHAM   History can be a slippery beast, to a large degree we only know what we know, in time historical focus can become quite tight ignoring a broader, more detailed past. As time inserts distance between events and recollections, things can get lost,...

SURFERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – HARRY WICKE

SURFERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – HARRY WICKE

Harry Wicke was Australian surfboard champion in 1939, he loved the beach, surfing, and was actively involved in the local Surf Life Saving club. But darker days were looming on the world stage, troubled times that would unfairly impact Harry, his idyllic coastal life...

SURFERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – ARTHUR PARKYN

SURFERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – ARTHUR PARKYN

Arthur Parkyn may not be a name familiar to Australian surfers, but it should be. He facilitated one of the greatest shifts in Australian surfing history. A member of the Mooloolaba SLSA Arthur was chosen by the national surf life saving body to coach a Hawaiian team in anticipation of their participation in the International Surf Carnival at Torquay in 1956. This turned out to be one of the most pivotal moments in Australian surfing history.

TURNING POINTS – FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE

TURNING POINTS – FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE

FROM THE FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE   As the 1960s came to a close, the times were a changing, there was revolution in the air. It was a period of dramatic social change, everything was being questioned, and social norms were being turned on their heads. The summer...

BOARD OF THE WEEK – THE BOARD THAT CHANGED THE SURFING WORLD

BOARD OF THE WEEK – THE BOARD THAT CHANGED THE SURFING WORLD

THE BOARD THAT CHANGED THE SURFING WORLD Simon Anderson’s Thruster is surfboard is pretty much the most significant surfboard of the past one hundred years. This board ushered in a new era of performance and is the most copied and referenced design in history, let me...

BOARD OF THE WEEK – MIGHTY MIGHTY KONG!

BOARD OF THE WEEK – MIGHTY MIGHTY KONG!

MIGHTY MIGHTY KONG! In the mid seventies as pro surfing became more established, there was one surfer who definitely stood out from the crowd. Wearing hyper-coloured superhero inspired wetsuits and riding fully decorated surfboards, Newcastle’s Mark Richards was...

SECRET SURF HISTORY – WHO INVENTED THE LEGROPE?

SECRET SURF HISTORY – WHO INVENTED THE LEGROPE?

WHO INVENTED THE LEGROPE? For a very long time being a surfer meant you had to be super fit and a strong swimmer. For over sixty years in Australia the timber surfboards used were heavy and hard to handle. If you wiped out you had to be able to swim after your board...

SURFERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – GAIL COUPER

SURFERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – GAIL COUPER

GAIL COUPER It is ironic that Victoria's most successful competitive surfer is such a shy and unassuming character, who most people have probably never heard of, yet her sporting record is exceptional. Gail Couper was born in Melbourne in 1947 before moving with her...

SURFERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – FRANK BEAUREPAIRE

SURFERS YOU SHOULD KNOW – FRANK BEAUREPAIRE

FRANK BEAUREPAIRE Frank Beaurepaire is perhaps not a name immediately associated with surfing, after all how many surfers do you know have been knighted? Frank was a world class swimmer (world record holder when Duke visited Melbourne in the summer of 1914/15)....

SECRET SURF HISTORY – AUSTRALIA’S FIRST WOMEN’S CHAMPION?

SECRET SURF HISTORY – AUSTRALIA’S FIRST WOMEN’S CHAMPION?

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST WOMEN'S CHAMPION? Over the years pieces of the surfing puzzle can slip through the cracks, history can be forgotten or deliberately erased. Sometimes more celebrated events can throw shade on previous achievements, so we are always delighted when...