Australians dominated the first official world surfing championships at Manly in May 1964. Buoyed by this victory, Sydney’s surf culture entered a new phase of competition, commerce and progressive riding. Surfers wrote columns for city tabloids, and endorsed cars, cigarettes and confectionery. Radios crackled with surf reports and footpaths rumbled with skateboards.The growth of boardriding associations and fierce interclub competition coincided with rapid improvements in board design, spearheaded by local shapers. On the beaches, tight-turning shortboards replaced the malibu and by 1968 surfing’s ‘endless summer’ was over.
This well-known book by Australian photojournalist Jeff Carter
managed to capture the vitality and ‘groove’ of surf culture
just as V-bottom surfboards, ‘involved’ surfing, hip fashions
and paisley prints were taking off.
Writer, photographer and surf culture stirrer John Witzig left
Surfing World in 1967 to set up Surf International, a magazine
that mirrored surfing’s emerging psychedelic consciousness and
revolutionary spirit. For two years, this colourful magazine
captured the latest in board design, surfing fashions and alternative lifestyles
Leo Kalokerinos knocked up skateboards in his Rose Bay home before founding
Surfa Sam in 1965. Thousands of Surfa Sams – complete with Kalokerinos’s
unique trucks, ‘Detroit Super’ wheels, painted oak deck and tubby surfer logo
– were churned out before the company closed in 1974.
Highly sought after, Midget Farrelly skateboards were built locally
and distributed by Paul Witzig’s Surfing Promotions. Skateboarding
and surfing shared similar moves such as nose riding, ‘soul arches’
and plenty of fancy footwork.