pix magazine : swim flippers, 1977.
THIS WEEK'S COVER
Demonstrating the latest beach vogue
(rubber flippers which give you speed in the water)
are models Betty Gardiner (seated) and Valerie May.
This new beach device has a long and interesting history
and apparently a big future.
See pages 15-17.
Worn by frogmen in the war, rubber web-feet are the latest thing for surfers.
They give that extra nip of speed to catch the breakers.
See next pages.
To enter surf in flippers you must walk backwards.
Party wearing flippers shuffles backwards into the surf.
Once in the water they’ll take the breakers on their backs too until they get a shoot.
If they face the waves, flipper wearers may be tripped or tipped over.
Left to right:
Bondi lifesaver John Bradshaw, Bondi surf champion Reg Irons, model Betty Gardiner, lifesaver Peter McIntyre, model Valerie May, and Australian Surf Champion Team member Jim Cully.
SLIPPING INTO FLIPPERS, the trick is to wet both feet and the rubber.
Then they slide on easily.
Models Betty Gardiner and Valerie May show how it’s done gracefully, lying back on the sand.
MRS. M. D. TURNBULL, (centre) wife of the inventor of the new flippers, shows how to use the web-feet when swimming.
They are not much use in breast-stroke, but they give a powerful kick in the crawl.
UNDER-WATER SPEARMEN find the flippers give them greater thrust when diving,
help them to stay on the bottom.
Spear Fishermen’s Association member Bondi Iceberg George Owens,
ready for a plunge.
BELTMAN JIM GILLY lifts his feet high to run through the shallow water
as he comes from the surf in flippers.
Surf clubs are keenly interested in the flippers.
They are testing them under all conditions.
FROGMEN USED DIVING SUITS with flipper
feet in daring under-water operations during the war.
They trained ex-WAAF Gwennda Davies (in the centre)
to help them give demonstrations of war work.
NAVAL VOLUNTEER BEING TRAINED
as a frogman during the war.
Teams of these men opened up the way
for the Allied invasion of France.
They swam into the beaches,
cleared obstacles, blew up mines.
—Story of National Australian
Pastimes _ 16 19
Volume 24 Number 3
January 21, 1950.