All manner of vehicles were adapted by ‘hot generation’ surfing addicts during the 1960s …(detail). Photograph Jeff Carter. National Library of Australia. © Estate of Jeff Carter
From the arrival of Californian ‘malibu’ surfboards in the 1950s through to the unleashing of the triple-finned ‘thruster’ in 1980, Sydney was Australia’s surfing capital, its ‘surf city’.
It started with a young, restless generation – with their ‘finned’ fibreglass boards, rock ’n’ roll, cars and bad attitudes – hitting the surf and clashing with an outraged alliance of surf-club officials, councillors, police, disapproving parents, a spellbound media and a wide-eyed public. Before long, surfing was ‘king’ and as its fashions and new-found freedoms were ignited, Sydney produced a line-up of top riders and cutting-edge board designers. The evolution of surfing in the 60s and 70s saw Sydney surf writers, publishers, film-makers, bands and businesses gain international attention as innovators and stirrers.
Surf city at the Museum of Sydney will return to the beaches of the 50s, 60s and 70s and show how Sydney’s love affair with surfing has left an indelible, salt-stained mark on this beach-crazed city.
Museum of Sydney
Saturday 24 September, 2011 — Sunday 18 March, 2012