There was a time when you would go for a surf and it was rare to see a female in the water. For years you could count the number of female surfers along the Surf Coast on one hand, and women were banned from patrols and competing at local surf life saving clubs.
1984 was a big year in the world of surfing. It was a year when a group of younger surfers led by Tom Carroll, Martin Potter and Tom Curren started to shake down the old guard of Mark Richards, Cheyne Horan and Shaun Tomson.
Head down to any beach most days and you will find cameras everywhere. Cameras on surfboards, cameras in the air, cameras on phones, cameras in the water. Going for a surf today can be like a red carpet experience with cameras coming at you from all angles.
Bells Beach is one of the most well-known surf spots on the planet. Just over 20 minutes from Geelong and seven odd minutes from Torquay, Bells has captured the imagination of surfers around the world for over 50 years.
There is a new book out about Brian Wilson and it is fantastic.
Last week saw the running of the 7th annual Bells Beach Surf Film Festival. The festival is the longest running surf film festival in Australia screening a wide range of new and rare surf films at the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay.
Master surf filmmaker Jack McCoy was in Torquay recently talking about one of his passions – the spirit of Aloha – which he talks about regularly around the country. This time however, there was a twist. Jack was presenting a talk at Patagonia on the unique history of the Aloha or Hawaiian shirt.