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.
Lorne surfer Murray Walding has just updated his book SURF-O-RAMA. The original book was an amazing treasure trove of surf art, posters and music. The new edition packs in more boards, more posters and a forward by surfing legend Bob McTavish.
Bon Scott is a legend of Australian rock and roll. The skinny front man from AC/DC had charm and charisma by the bucketful. He could sing, he could swagger he could play the bagpipes. During a period when Brian Cadd and Barry Crocker were topping the Australian charts, Bon was more than a breath of fresh air. He was the double strength Red Bull to music’s vanilla flavour at the time.
Surf films have been an important part for surf culture for over 60 years. Every summer it was a tradition amongst surfers to head down to their local hall, surf club or pub to watch the world’s best surfers on the big screen while the film maker sat up the back making sure everything stayed in focus.
Musicians have always had a strange fascination with surfing. Surf culture exploded into the mainstream in the late fifties after the publication of the book GIDGET and subsequent movie featuring Sandra Dee in the main role. GIDGET was based on the real life experiences of Kathy Kohner and her surfing friends on the beach in Malibu.
Lachlan Manley grew up in Point Lonsdale and started surfing in Grade 6 with his mates. He started on a rubber surf matt then progressed to riding what he describes as a heavy “log of a surfboard”. His early surf heroes included Tom Carroll, Mark Richards, Tom Curren, Kong, Martin Potter and Occy.