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.
BELLES is an new exhibition exploring the lives of the female surfers who have graced the waves at Bells Beach. Presented by the Australian National Surfing Museum in Torquay the exhibition features rare photographs, surfboards and posters which tell the story of Bells female surfers.
An Aussie surf documentary titled FISH was one of the highlights at the 2016 Bells Beach Surf Film Festival last summer. Written and directed by Joseph Ryan the award winning film looks at the origin and impact of the fish surfboard design and how it would influence mainstream surf design 30 years later.
The Rip Curl Pro returns to Bells Beach next week for another action packed Easter weekend. Over the next few days the best surfers in the world will descend on Torquay for the 55th running of the longest running surfing contest in the world. Once again anticipation will be high that Bells will turn it on and produce 20 foot plus surf as it did in 1965 and 1981.
A couple of weeks ago Dick Dale played the Canyon Club in California. Dick has another busy year of touring playing his brand of high energy surf guitar music that has entertained audiences around the world. Dick Dale turns 79 this year.