Surf Culture

In the 1960's

History And Creation

Surfing was brought to Australia in 1915 by Hawaiian Duke Khanamoku. He demonstrated this ancient Hawaiian board riding technique at Freshwater, NSW.

He made a board with local wood, showing both traditional surfing skills as well as board making techniques. The age of surfing had begun.

In the 1930’s, boards hadn’t changed much since Duke’s visit but come the following decade, the heavy wooden boards were exchanged for hollow boards which were lighter and much more maneuverable.

The 1950s and ‘60s would prove to be significant for Australian’s surfing history. Californian surfer Greg Noll traveled to Australia as part a lifeguard paddle board team. During that trip, he and his team mates rode their loose and fast fiberglass Malibu boards. The Australians immediately grabbed on to the new design of high performance long boards. Noll’s trip is regarded by many as the spark in Australia’s surfing design and performance revolution that is still being felt today.

On May 17th, 1965, before an estimated 65,000 spectators, Manly beach was the site of The World Surfing Championships, the event that most historians agree crowned the first official world champions Bernard “Midget” Farrelly and Phyllis O’Donell.

And Value

In the early 1960's surf culture had began to reach the mainland of the United States, thanks to films which popularized it, and a collective surfing craze swept America.

Major Events

Surfer Magazine, founded in the 1960s when surfing had gained popularity with teenagers. Aspects of 1960s surf culture in Southern California, where it was first popularized, include the Woodie, Bikinis and other beach wear, such as board shorts and surf music. Surfers developed the skateboard to be able to "surf" on land. Of these the most popular being snowboarding and skateboarding, in addition to other spin-offs that have grown out of the sport ever since.


Surfing in the sixties left legacies, like there surfers, there foam/fiber glass boards, internationals contests, short board evolution, surf lifestyle and many more.