So often we submerse ourself into a culture, but do not take the time to understand the history.
This time I'm talking about the huge surf culture on the Gold Coast.
It’s all around us, and has been a major part of the Gold Coast lifestyle for years, but how many of us have actually taken the time to appreciate and understand the history of surfing on the Gold Coast and the impact it has had on the world? I have to admit. I hadn't until just the other day!
In the late 1800’s Governor Musgrave built one of the first beach houses on the Gold Coast. By the early to mid 1900’s the Gold Coast had established a reputation as being a resort town catering to the wealthy and influential. (Thank you Mr. Governor!)
The area grew rapidly, and with it so did the surf culture. In the early 1900's people were riding the Gold Coast waves with merely a piece of wood, but by the mid 80's word had spread that these waves were outstanding and people from all over the world were coming to ride. Australian surf culture was booming and people were loving it! The boards got better and the bikinis got smaller! (YAAS!)
The boards have come a very long way since the days of Governor Musgrave but Surf World in Currumbin has done an outstanding job of tracking the progress by showcasing a collection of over 150 boards! At Surf World, you can see first hand the evolution of our modern surf board from its humble beginnings. This non-for-profit surf museum is staffed by volunteers who live and breathe the Gold Coast's surfing culture.
Not only does Surf World boast a collection of 150 + surfboards, (some ridden, some simply beautiful works of art) but the memorabilia on display is priceless (maybe not priceless, but definitely worth a pretty penny on e-bay). World Champion Gold Coasters Stephanie Gilmore, Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson, have items proudly on display.
Another cool collection at Surf World is the Ukulele wall. Famously played by surfer/musician Jack Johnson, they are certainly the sound of surf culture!
Here’s a fun fact for you, did you know that before the jetski, lifesavers used motorised surfboards as rescue vehicles? Their run was short lived, and they are hard to come by nowadays, but Surf World has one on display to marvel at! (Gotta check it out!)
Whether you are are surfer or a sand baby, you can't help but be captivated by this vast collection of boards.
Surf World hosts fantastic events throughout the year and the next one is the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Surf Movie of the Year.
The award recognises the best single surfing-themed photograph and film taken during 2015. This Friday 18/3/16 at 6pm you can witness the finalists of this prestigious award and listen to talks by leading surfing photographers who will share their experiences and provide tips on capturing stunning surf images.
Sure to be fantastic, you won't want to miss this!
You can visit Surf World daily from 10am-5pm.
1st Floor 35 Tomewin Street, Currumbin (opposite Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary)
07 5525 6380
By Marleigh Kelly
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