Surf City 1964-1968

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Psyched up++EH Holden Station Wagon advertisement 1st World Surfboard Titles program, 1964<br/> Courtesy Manly Library and GM Holden Ltd ++Skimboard Blue Pacific, Brisbane, mid 1960s, marine plywood Courtesy David Bell++Midget Farrelly cutback during a World Surfboard Titles heat at Manly. Ron Perrott, 1964<br/>Courtesy and © Estate of Ron Perrott++Surfa Sam skateboard LH Nicholas Pty Ltd, mid 1960s, Tasmanian oak, aluminium with rubber wheels<br> Vintage Surf and Skate Emporium++Surfer figurine,  Mid 1960s. Mick Mock Collection ++Bennett malibu Barry Bennett Surfboards, Brookvale, 1966, foam, fibreglass, resin, timber stringers  <br>Courtesy Peter Francis++Bikini Professional, mid 1960s Manly Art Gallery & Museum++Midget Farrelly spray jacket Mid 1960s Mick Mock Collection++Whitestag short-legged wetsuit, Mid 1960s. Mick Mock Collection ++Midget Farrelly Custom skateboard deck 1965, laminated timber Mick Mock Collection++Farrelly stringerless Farrelly Surfboards, Palm Beach, 1966<br>foam and fibreglass Courtesy Robyn Harvey++Surf beaches of Australia’s east coast Jeff Carter, Angus & Robertson, 1968<br>Courtesy David Platt++Keyo V-bottom Shaped by Neal Purchase, Keyo Surfboards, Brookvale, 1967, foam and fibreglass <br>Courtesy David Bell++Surf International Edited by John Witzig, Sydney, vol 1, no 1, December 1967 Mick Mock Collection++

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Psyched up

From 1968 the surfing world was swept up in the countercultural spirit reshaping politics, religion, the arts, music and youth consciousness throughout the West. As the Vietnam War dragged on, long-haired surfers dropped out, abandoned competition surfing and boardriding clubs, and dabbled in drugs, environmental activism and ‘cosmic’ lifestyles. Tracks magazine and a handful of movies tapped this subversive hippie drift and celebrated ‘soul’ surfing.
The sudden change saw many surfers flee Sydney or hang up their boards. But younger surfers, ‘grommets’, took to a variety of shorter, more radical boards with relish. By the end of 1974, mass-produced ‘pop out’ surfboards had reignited surfing’s popularity.

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