Exhibition

Out of Hawaii

Surfing goes global

Senior men’s championship winners on the podium: 1 Midget Farrelly, Australia (centre), 2 Mike Doyle, California (left), 3 Joey Cabell, Hawaii (right).

Two iconic surfing trophies that put Australia on the map in the 1960s are now on display together for the first time since they were awarded to Australian Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly AM (1944–2016) 60 years ago.

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  • Two iconic surfing trophies that put Australia on the map in the 1960s are now on display together for the first time since they were awarded to Australian Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly AM (1944–2016) 60 years ago.

    18 year-old Farrelly surprised the world in winning the two keynote world surfing contests of the time –the Hawaiian Makaha trophy, surfing’s holy grail and the unofficial world title in January 1963 and the First world open surfboard championships title in Manly Australia in May 1964.

    The stunning carved timber surfing warrior and the silver plated globe trophy speak of the heritage, aspirations and transformation of the sport at the time.

    See the trophies, film and photographs from Jack Eden whose 1962 Surfabout magazine hit the news-stands in Australia. With this and the work of filmmaker and publisher Bob Evans, the movement now had a thrilling voice. The sights, sounds, styles, energies and politics of surfing culture exploded. Wipeout!

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