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Note: The following list of video's posted online is subject to error, as some online video is found to infringe copyright it maybe removed and thereafter not found at the posted address.

The links are listed chronologically, on their approximate date of original release.

Several are inaccurate in their titles or description as uploaded.
In many cases the descriptions and posted comments are trivial, they are rarely informative, and on some occasions verge on abuse.
Preference is given to early material from obscure sources, particularly newsreels, home movies or advertisements.
The many postings of short sequences lifted from widely available professional surfing films are listed with the relevant entry at
Also see References: film and video

Entries are in the following format:
Uploaded Title
Link (for example-
Where applicable, the
"Uploaded Description (often edited) is included, and occasionally some of the attached Comments (also edited.

My Notes
00:00 Titles or featured sequences, timed.
Production Notes (usually or
- Name: Source, Date (previously noted by)

Thomas A. Edison's "Hawaiian Islands" | -The Surf Scenes Shot in 1906
"Hawaiian Islands" is a 1906 actuality film by Thomas A. Edison's studio.
The documentary features the oldest footage ever taken of surfing, and it was shot in Hawaii by Robert Bonine.
This compilation includes three chapters: "Panoramic View - Waikiki Beach Honolulu," "Surf Board Riders - Waikiki Honolulu," and "Surf Scenes - Waikiki Honolulu."

Vintage Hawaiian Film - Circa 1913 - Waikiki Honolulu surfing scenery waterfalls old antique cars

00:02 Title: Hawaiian Islands (with map)

00:13 Waikiki Beach.
00:21 Surfboard carried from the surf on the shoulder.
00:27 Four riders on solid wood surfboards on a long right hander.
00:50 Five riders on solid wood surfboards on a right hander, two riders transfer on to a third's board.
01:06 Coconut harvest.
01:10 City scenes.
01:42 Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.
02:12 Coastal train trip.
02:19 Waterfalls.
Keystone: The Motor Life-Saving Ambulance
The Latest in Life Saving with George Freeth and Ludy Langer.
Many thanks to Brent E. Walker for sharing the video.
See his _Mack Sennett's Fun Factory_ for details of the video production (p. 281).
Filmed from 7/8/1913 to 7/11/1913.
Posted and forwarded by Patrick Moser, April 2019.

See George Freeth.

Lyman H. Howe : Hawaii: The Paradise of the Pacific
Howe Films Co , 1916.
Sepia/colour (?)
Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam)

Beautifully filmed and edited travelogue about the large island of Hawaii.
00:28 Shots of
a coastal train trip on the so-called Hilo route, crossing some spectacular timber bridges.

03:46 Fishers in the surf with casting nets.
Note the consistent left handers breaking on the outside reef.
06:36 Portraits of native Hawaiians

08:26 Surfboard riding at Waikiki shot from a canoe sitting inside the break; unlike some contemporary footage where the cameraman films while the canoe is riding the same wave
Two attempts at tandem riding by board jumping.
One prone/body-surfer rides inside white-water.
The last wave  is a particularly long ride.

The Hawaiian musical
accompaniment is delightfully appropriate, but unaccredited.

By the Sea. Seeing Atlantic City, 1919
US National Archives: Ford Motor Company.

Tourists flock to Atlantic City, with many indulging in sea-bathing at 00:17, 03:42, and 04:43.

Strange  Days:
00:55 The Elephant Hotel, introduced by an animated title card.

Surfing at Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii: "Sons of the Surf" circa 1920 Educational Film Exchanges
Uploaded by Jeff Quitney 1 Sep 2013.
Surfing at Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, in the 1920s.
The surfers include William Kahanamoku, David Kahanamoku, and Dave's dog, "Spot."
Re-released in 1965 by Educational Film Exchanges.
Public domain film from the Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.
The film was silent. I have added music created by myself using the Reaper Digital Audio Workstation and the Kontakt 5 and Proteus VX VST instrument plugins

The Father of Surfing wins another Olympic gold - Swimming - Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games

1920, 29th November
Edward, Prince of Wales, goes surfing in Hawaii (he's not very good!)
Notes: Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.
Intertitle: "PRINCE OF WALES - ( in the last seat of Canoe ) - enjoys exhilarating sport of 'Surfing'".
M/S of a strange banana shaped canoe, six men are paddling and Edward, the Prince of Wales, sits on the end.
He, like all the other men, is dressed in a bathing suit, he laughs at the camera.
Panning shot following the canoe, in the foreground are several men on surf boards.
A large wave comes up behind the canoe and the surfers.
M/S of the canoe surfing into shore.
C/U of the Prince lying on his stomach on a surf board - he looks rather undignified, a Hawaiian man pushes his board along.
Various shots of the Prince surfing ( he's not very good; he keeps falling in ).

1920s ?
Historic dana point part 1a.
Amateur home film with combination of black and white and some colour footage at various locations in southern California .

05:40  Skimboards and swimming, colour.
07:40 Dory launch in the surf
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden: The Surf Blurb 19 Dec 2011

Australasian Gazette – All for a Good Cause

Clip Description:
This clip shows a surf carnival at Bondi Beach, Sydney in aid of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade. Surfers catch waves on longboards, lifesavers march on the sand and compete in wheelbarrow races.
Curator’s notes by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers:
Bondi Beach is one of the best known beaches in the world.
The surf lifesaving movement began here in 1906 and surf carnivals have been an integral part of their culture since.
The surf-lifesaving clubs of Australia are made up of volunteers who patrol the beaches through summer every year.
Apart from this, they compete in surf carnivals which feature sports such as swimming, sand running, mock rescues, surfboard riding and a march past, which is captured in this newsreel.

Surfing Hawaiian Redwood Boards at Lorne 1920
Craig Baird, Australian National Surfing Museum
Discovered and preserved by Barry Langan, Edited by Craig Baird.
This footage from Lorne in the early 1920s showing the earliest surfing in Victoria.
Wealthy Geelong sports enthusiast Louis Whyte travelled to Hawaii in 1919, spent six months learning to surf at Waikiki and bought four surfboards from Duke Kahanamoku before returning home to surf at Lorne and Anglesea.
The footage was recorded by Frank Beaurepaire (who would go on to become Lord Mayor of Melbourne) a world- class swimmer and good mate of Duke’s.

Also see:
Frank Beaurepaire : Riding Waves at Hawaii, 1921.

Durban - South Africa (1900s- 1970s) | Vintage Historical Footage

1920s: 1:28 Beach Hotel, 1:54 Beach Enclosure, 2:11 Surf-bathers, 2:28 End.
1962 (colour): 9:58 Skim-boards, 10:03 Sail-boats, 10:18 Malibu Board-riders, End 10:45.

Ford Educational Library: The Hawaiian Islands
US National Archives FC.FC.484
Ford Motor Company, 1924
06:07 Waikiki
06:28 Surfriding
Noted by Gary Lynch, June 2017.

circa 1924
Australasian Gazette – Sun Worshippers
Clip description:
This newsreel from approximately 1924 shows surfers and swimmers enjoying the first day of real summer weather of the season.
It opens with a wide shot of the northern end of Bondi Beach.
Although there are some buildings on the shore front, the Bondi Pavilion had not yet been built.

Curator’s notes by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers:
Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world, is captured in this Australasian Gazette newsreel.
Australia’s love of the sun, sea and surf has been a strong part of our national identity and way of life over the past century, particularly from the 1920s when this newsreel was produced.
Newsreels at this time were used mainly to entertain rather than challenge or question the status quo.
This newsreel certainly entertains and provides us with a record of this Australian icon.
Elaborate intertitles not only help tell the story but add drama to the newsreel.
As it says, 'Perhaps the most thrills go to the surf-board riders’.

Waimanalo HI 1920s 1930s
Vintage 16 mm footage at and around the mid 1920s stone house originally of Alfred Hocking, brewer of Primo Beer in 1898, first house to be built on Waimanalo Beach. Images of fishing, vistas and Hocking/Hill Family.

Filmed at Waimanalo on the large island of Hawaii, this brief glimpse illustrates that surfboard use was not confined to Waikiki (on Ohau) at this time.
04:23 A young man paddles a surfboard just off the beach while others harvest a large fishing net.

Women surf lifesavers at Bondi Beach in the 1920s: newsreel "Surf Guardians"
A short silent historical newsreel film from the 1920s entitled ''Surf Guardians'' showing the new patrol of women surf lifesavers in the Bondi surf lifesaving club.

Lasker and Lasker, Australian cinema advertisement for women's and men's swimwear (1925)
Promotes Sydney's "Lasker and Lasker" Surf Outfitters of 402 and 404 George St, Sydney, Australia.
Women and men model bathing suits and caps on a beach.
Shots include the models standing next to a surf boat, models with parasols, and a model putting on a beach coat.
Men are dressed in full length costumes.

The Popular Sport of Surfboarding (1925)
Clip description
This is a segment from the newsreel
The Spectator Magazine.
Three surfboard riders take off on a full wave at the north end of Bondi Beach, riding large Hawaiian-style longboards.
They are shown from the side, then filmed from the beach, riding straight in.
One man performs a handstand while riding. Another tries to ride his board from left to right along the wave.
We see a total of about five surfers, in varying surf conditions.
They ride amongst the swimmers, rather than separately, and appear to be playing up to the camera.

The Popular Sport of Surfboarding (1925)
PLB Newsletter, April 2021:
Ferretted from the Australian Screen web pages by Ian "Gumshoe" Lording
Clip description
This is a segment from the newsreel The Spectator Magazine.
Three surfboard riders take off on a full wave at the north end of Bondi Beach, riding large Hawaiian-style longboards.
They are shown from the side, then filmed from the beach, riding straight in.
One man performs a handstand while riding.
Another tries to ride his board from left to right along the wave.
We see a total of about five surfers, in varying surf conditions.
They ride amongst the swimmers, rather than separately, and appear to be playing up to the camera.
Note: This clip has been pillarboxed to preserve as much of the original image as possible.
Curator’s notes by Paul Byrnes
Australians had only been allowed to swim in the ocean in daylight hours since 1903. Many drowned immediately after the lifting of the ban. The surf lifesaving clubs were established soon afterwards to cope with the large numbers of people who entered the water, even though they could not swim. These new clubs took a proscriptive attitude to the beach. Sunbathing was considered a form of loitering, and the earliest attempts to ride surfboards were instantly discouraged.
In his book Surfmovies: The History of the Surf Film in Australia (2000, Shore Thing Publishing, ISBN 0 9587420 3 0), Albie Thoms quotes the American travel writer Alexander Hume Ford: ‘I was arrested at Manly Beach before I had even stepped into the breakers. I had committed the unpardonable offence of sitting in the warm sand in my bathing suit.’ That was in 1908. The first surf carnival was held at Manly on 25 January 1908, and many of these carnivals were filmed by newsreel companies. Most of those silent films are now lost.

The lifesavers also policed what swimsuits could be worn. The men in these clips are wearing the approved style of the day, a single suit covering most of the torso. In the earliest years of public bathing after 1903, men and women were segregated on the beach, but some women became members of surf clubs and qualified for the bronze medallion, the accepted test of lifesaving skills. In the 1920s, after the return of many men from the Great War, women were excluded from the surf clubs and from taking the bronze medallion. By the time this film was made, the surf clubs were an exclusively male bastion.

Lifesavers: Cryst-O-Mint Flavour (1925)
Clip description
This clip from a silent black-and-white cinema advertisement for Life Savers sweets shows a young woman dive into the surf, only to be rescued by a surf lifesaver.
He lies her down and gives her a Life Saver mint to revive her.
It ends with an inter-title that states ‘good ain’t they huh’.

The location, note the ocean pier in the background, is unknown.

Beautiful Bondi, 1926
An early silent documentary showing the attractions of Bondi Beach and the surrounding Waverley area.
Beaches include Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama.
Surfing, swimming, sunbaking, life savers, all the beach activities and features that are seen on these beaches today were just as popular in the 1920s.
Hotels and apartment  developments are seen under construction, many of which remain as Bondi heritage today.
NFSA: 8966
01:00 Beach scenes
04:00 Lifesaving
05:00 Surfboards

The Pleasure Beach, Blackpool 1920s
Here's a gem of early footage to feast the eyes upon. Enjoy!"

Black and white footage of a famous English seaside resort and fun-park.

Note the short colour version with production notes, below.
Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire (1926)

British Surfboard Riders, Portugal, 1927.
“Surf Mats,” Estoril, portugal, 1953
Forwarded by João Macdonald, September 2012, with many thanks.
João notes:
A documentary film produced in 1927 by the Portuguese Army Cinematographic Service shows a group of men at Leça da Palmeira’s Praia dos Ingleses (the Englishmen Beach), on the outskirts of Porto in northern Portugal, practicing bellyboard, the original version of bodyboard.

The film is entitled Aspects of Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos and Leixões and the excerpt corresponds to 28 seconds of a total 32.34 minutes.
The full version is stored in the National Archive of Moving Images in Bucelas, near Lisbon, and can be viewed on the Digital Cinematheque’s webpage, in the Portuguese Cinematheque website.

The excerpt consists of three scenes in which about 12 individuals are seen entering the water with what appears to be an alaia, a primitive type of surfboard, and surfing the waves to the beach, lying on the boards.

The situation was filmed in 1926 or 1927, a period of quiet activity for the Army Cinematographic Service, created in 1917 to record the participation of Portuguese troops in WWI.
The name of the director or cameraman are not known.

The detail in the film was detected by writer José Carlos Soares, a native of Leça, who relayed the information to UP magazine.
The film was on public display at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Serralves in a parallel program to the exhibition Álvaro Siza. Expose – Museums and Spaces in 2005, and during the program Cinema in the Pilgrimage, inserted in the festivities of the city of Matosinhos in 2011, at the Town Hall auditorium."

Honolulu 1928 wakiki 1
Uploaded by treeleaf8 on 31 Jan 2011.
My relative had this old film in his basement. Arthur Goodwin must have spliced his own footage in with a professional film. He went in March 1928. One of the buildings shown was built in 1927.
I split the film into two for uploading.

Part 1 of four postings of Arthur Goodwin's tour of the Hawaiian Islands in 1927

Part 2: Honolulu 1928 wakiki 2, Part 3: Honolulu March 1928, Part 4: Kuaui 1928.
Arthur Goodwin's original footage appears to be from 03:51 to 06:16.
The first four and last five and a half minutes is directly lifted from Hawaii, edited by Eugene W. Castle (1938).
Hawaii 1938

00:00 Title: After languid. peaceful days on sapphire seas - Hawaii (Castle 00:05).
00:01 Ocean liner off Waikiki.
00:18 Arrival at Honolulu dock.
00:26 Title: A typical welcome , with Proverbial Ginger -- Blossom Leis
00:35 The female tourists receive/purchase leis.
00:52 Elevated (mountain?) views of Honolulu.
01:27 Elevated (rooftop?) views of Honolulu.
01:54 Title: A noted landmark Aloha Tower
01:59 Aloha Tower
02:10 Title: The Old Palace Monument to Royalty of other days
02:22 The Old Palace.
02:33 Beachfront hotel, shot from the water?
02:41 City buildings.
03:00 Title: The Statue of King Kamehameha Stands before the Court House
03:11 The Statue of King Kamehameha.
03:30 Title: Duke Kahanamoku, the islands' ambassador of good will.
03:39 Duke Kahanamoku in white shirt, dark tie and hat. (Castle 02:27)
03:51 Passengers (Goodwin?) clay-shooting aboard liner.
04:29 Fishing boats in harbour.
04:53 Visit to (Dole?) pineapple factory
06:01 Indoor (?) hula performance by Goodwin
06:16 Title: The Hula-Hula danced to the rhythm of soft guitars.(Castle, 04:21)
06:28 Outdoor hula performance with grass hut and surfboard proped against tree in background.
07:43 Laminated timber board shoulder carry to water.
08:00 Title: Surfboard riding - the first sport of Hawaii.
08:09 Canoe and surfboard riding, Diamond Head in background.
08:50 Title: Over the sea in native canoes.
09:00 Canoe launch.
09:32 Duke and three others on his Australian surfski with an attempted tandem lift.
10:28 Title: The sun and trade winds are ever gentle here,
11:10  Laminated timber board shoulder from water.
11:21 Title: Expert surf riders defy the high running sea.
11:54 Duke and double tandem lift successful.
12:04 Title: Paradise in Mid-Pacific. (Castle, 08:35)

Honolulu 1928 wakiki 2
Uploaded by treeleaf8 on 31 Jan 2011
No description available.

Part 2 of Arthur Goodwin's home movies.

The specific content of some of the titles suggests that these were prepared by Goodwin himself.
The first minute is the final sequences from Hawaii, edited by Eugene W. Castle (1938).

00:00 Title: Paradise in Mid-Pacific. (Castle, 08:35)
00:08 Scenes in and around Honolulu
00:10 Hula performance with laminated timber surfboard and grass hut in the background.
00:18 Rural scenes.
00:30 Coastal scenes.
00:36 Diamond Head.
00:43 Sunset through palm trees (Castle 09:29).
00:59 Bathing at Waikiki Beach.
01:14 Surboard rider.
01:17 Title: Art dives in from the beach.
01:22 Arthur Goodwin dives in from the beach, Moana Pier in the background.
01:39 Title: Caroline floats like Ivory Soap
01:46 Caroline Goodwin bathing at Waikiki.
01:55 Title: Hawaiian Shores
01:57 Coastal scenes.
02:03 Title: Behold the fisherman!
02:07 A native fisherman casts and retrieves his net on a rocky shore.
02:59 Title: A catch of silvery mullet!
03:02 The fisherman, and two naked boys, collect the catch.
03:20 Title: At night with torch and spear
03:26 Night fishing.
03:49 Title: The Black Sands of Kalapana.
03:52 Two naked boys play in the shorebreak at Kalapana.
04:20 Title: This way for coconuts
04:24 Coconut harvest.
04:58 Title: Off with the outer husk
05:02 Young male in swimsuit, watched by a young lady also in a swimsuit, removes outer fibre from a coconut.
05:21 Title: Husky Husking
05:24 Young male removes coconut fibre using his teeth.
05:46 Title: Coco milk and coco meat
05:50 The shell is broken on a rock and the milk is drunk and the flesh eaten by both.
06:36 Title: "A nut, a cup of coco milk and thou - -"
06:40 Young couple embrace by lagoon

Honolulu March 1928
Arthur, Caroline, Ben and Luana Goodwin visit Honolulu in 1928.
Film of surfers and canoers at Wikiki (sic).

Part 3 of Arthur Goodwin's home movies, possibly spliced with sections from professional footage.

The specific content of some of these titles suggests that these were prepared by Goodwin himself.

00:00 Title: Our Trip to Hawaii 1928
00:05 Title: Diamond Head and Honolulu
Diamond Head and coastal views from an approching liner.
00:44: Title: Friends greet us on arrival
Honolulu whalf, sign reads Matson Line - Honolulu to San Franciso - South Seas and Australia
01:00: Title: And decorate us with Leis
01:05 The ladies of Goodwin's party, wearing leis, walk along the Moana Pier (removed in 1930), which features throughout the film.
01:46 Outrigger canoe, five crew, surfing waves.
02:05 Beach launch of large outrigger canoe with Moana Pier in the background.
02:34 Large outrigger canoe surfing wave   - shot from the end of the pier (?) towards the east.
03:09 Large outrigger canoe, nine crew and black and white dog, paddles seaward.
03:32 Surfboard riders, in the shorebreak west of Moana Pier.
Headstand, standing on one leg, ride onto the sand, beginner's (striped top) lesson.
04:46 Canoe surfing
05:27 Surfboard riding, some tandem.
06:46 Title: How it looks from a canoe.
06:49 Canoe and surfboard riding, Diamond Head in background.( ?)
08:17 Canoe paddling.
08:29 Surfboard riding, headstand.
08:37 Surfboard riders, in the shorebreak west of Moana Pier, standing surfboard beach launch.
09:04 Title: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
09:20 Surfboard riding
09:29 Title: Joe, a Beach Boy, serenades us (with ukelele).
09:51 Title "The Beach at Waikiki."
10:02 Beach boy, in Hawk Shaw Surf Rider swim suit, making palm frong hat.
10:13 Standing surfboard beach launch with hop and dive.
11:15 Joe plays ukelele behind his head (a la Jimi Hendrix, c1968).
11:39 Coconut harvest.
13:13 Waikiki shorebreak

Kuaui 1928
Arthur, Caroline, Ben and Launa and friends travel to Hawaii in 1928.
Silent black and white film. I projected in onto my wall and videotaped it. Volcano is from Island of Hawaii.
Let me know if other things aren't from Kuaui.
Arthur consulted around on the world on Farmer's Markets. His uncles also sold sugar at the Pike Place Market.
I imagine he was in Hawaii for one or both of those reasons.

Part 4 of Arthur Goodwin's  home movies, possibly spliced with sections from professional footage.

The volcano footage (06:06 to 11:27) is from Hawaii, edited by Eugene W. Castle (1938).

00:00 Title: Kauai - The Garden Island of Hawaii
02:52 Title: The famous Barking Sands that growl when agitated (Kauai)
04:06 Title: The Spouting Horn (A blowhole on Kauai)
04:55 Sugar cane harvest
05:08 Coconut harvest
06:06 Title: Kileau - world's largest active volcano (Castle 03:30, Kileau Volcano is on Hawaii, the big island).
06:47 Title:Seen at night, grumbling, like an angy giant (Castle 03:47).
11:27 Title: The Ti plant from which is Okolehau is made (Okolehau is a fermented alcohol)
11:57 Title: Grimshaw and Family (Honolulu?)
12:06 Aala Market (Honolulu)
12:33 Title: We say "Aloha!"
12:35 Harbour and cityscape (return to San Francisco?)
12:57 Large warships.
13:18 Title: On Into the Night
13:20 Paddling canoe at night with a flare.

A Day at the Beach 1928 - Biarritz France 1920s
Time travel back to roaring 20s Biarritz in France on a September day in 1928.
Dug up from the dark web by Ian “Hercule Poirot” Lording, 12 November 2021, who added: “Hardly anyone out!”

Life Guards at Bondi Beach (c1929)
Clip description:
Teams of lifeguards ready their wooden boats on shore.
One lifeguard is shown in close-up wearing a life jacket and swimming cap.
The boats are pushed out to the surf while spectators watch from the beach.
The teams of five row in their boats, one of them standing on the end as a rudder, as they move further out into wild surf.
Some of the boats get more buffeted than others

Several early tucked-stern surfboats compete to get out though large surf at Bondi Beach.

Pioneer surfing near Newquay in 1930
Lewis Rosenberg was a young man from London who, like thousands of others in the 1920s, travelled to Newquay by train with his friends for the summer holidays. In 1929 he and his mates spent a week at Holywell Bay.

Mostly prone riding on large solid wood boards, some on-board footage.

Surfing in Britain in 1929

A shame that this video is incorrectly captioned. The man being interviewed is Harry Rochlin, not Lewis Rosenberg, my? father. Also, as dorlec1 says, it's Holywell Bay, not Newquay, where they surfed.

- Pete Robinson: The Surf Blurb 5 Dec 2011

Indoor Surfers! 1929
British Pathe:
Title: This is the new kind of swimming bath that is becoming the rage of Germany.
M/S of an amazing looking indoor swimming pool.
There are large advertising posters around the walls and a balcony for spectators.
Lots of people are in the pool and hanging around the edges. M/S of the edge of the..."

Mickey Mouse - Wild Waves 1929 HD (colorized)
Mickey rescues Minnie from drowning, then plays music with various beach animals.
He scat-sings to "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep."


Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop), Honolulu (1930)
This movie is part of the collection: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Films
Producer: Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop)
Audio/Visual: silent, b&w.
Reel No. 36
Travelogue footage, no titles possibly outtakes from f16-0496

Distant shots of ocean liners
Honolulu Iron Works
Young Hawaiian man on surfboard, paddling
Hotel on beach front
Beach front from the water
Kate [?] and her father or father in law, in swimsuits, two people goofing in swimsuits
Surfing, mostly soft focus
Kate, MWS paddling on a surfboard
Another wide shot of the same fancy hotel on the beachfront
Surfing, and outrigger canoe, paddled by Hawaiians, with tourists on board.
Many more shots of outrigger canoes.

"Arthur Monroe Tode (1894-1966), and Kate Eisig Tode (1905-1990), who christened their films with the combined nickname "Kahop" (Kate +"Hop") were great 20th century travelers and avid film amateurs who documented their journeys, and edited them with inter-titles perhaps to be shown at parties or meetings of their clubs.
The Tode travelogues begin with their honeymoon in the 1920's.
In the years that followed they traveled by sea, air, and automobile across the United States and around the world, with a 16mm camera in hand. Actually, there were two 16mm cameras in the family, as you can see Kate filming in some of Arthur's films, so the authorship of individual films is likely mixed.
The Todes were early members of the Circumnavigators Club, and traveled the entire globe by longitude- one of the requirements for membership of the club- at least twice.
Arthur, a Chief Engineer and Lieutenant in the Navy in WW I, was the founder of the Propeller Club of New York in 1923, and both the Todes served as officers of the club, created to advocate for the role of the Merchant Marines and marine commerce in general.
The films that they made depict countries that in some cases have changed completely, been renamed, or redrawn, and much of the material culture and cultural practices are now utterly transformed.
Kate Tode donated the films to the University of Pennsylvania Museum shortly after Arthur's death, before she moved to Australia, around 1979. Arthur Tode's personal papers can be found at the Stephen B. Luce SUNY Maritime College Library.
Other notable contributions of the Todes include establishment of an Aquarium at U.C. San Diego.
After Arthur's death, Kate continued being active in environmental and natural world concerns in her adopted country of Australia, where there is still a park named in her honor.
The earliest films in the Tode's Penn collection are 16mm black and white diacetate reversal, and are the best preserved of the Tode collection.


On The Waves At Waikiki - Vintage Hawaii Surfing
A look back at the golden years of 1930s surfing Waikiki Beach.
Night Hawk, the original Waikiki beachboy surfing dog is spotlighted.
Nighthawk's owner and fellow surfer was Philip Auna.

hebneh:This film was made between Feb. 1927 (when the Royal Hawaiian Hotel opened) and April 1930 (when the Moana Hotel pier was demolished).
'Honolulu? Baby' is from a few years later, from the Laurel & Hardy film 'Sons of the Desert' (1934).

Noted by Jeremy Oxenden: The Surf Blurb 19 Dec 2011

All the surfing shots are taken from an outrigger canoe, riding on the same wave.

The title cards have an illustration of a surfboard rider.

00:02 Titles: Travellettes - On the Waves at Waikiki - Surfboarding - Hawaii - The Queen of Sports.
00:14 Moana Hotel Pier
00:18 Title: A symphony of sun and sea an comfort.
00:29 Title: The Royal Hawaiian Hotel
00:38 Title: Waikiki Beach ... the mecca for all tourists.
00:56 Title: All Hawaii takes to the waves.
01:10 Title: Surfboard water polo.
01:27 Title: Thrills and spills! Surf-boarding ... the most picturesque of sports.
01:33 Solid wood boards ridden at Waikiki, shot from a surfing canoe.
02:17 Title: Stunts like this take nerve.
02:22 Male and female tandem ride.
02:37 Title: And now ... introducing "Night Hawk" .. eager for the sport.
02:41 Philip Auna and his dog, Night Hawk, enter the surf.
02:57 Title: Aqua-planing a la surf-board.
02:58 Philip Auna and Night Hawk towed behind a speedboat or saiboat (?).
03:16 Philip Auna and Night Hawk, who consistently hangs eight.
04:11 Title: Majestic Diamond Head, an extinct volcano, graces the horizon.
04:25 Title: He rides alone!
04:27 Auna falls off, leaving Night Hawk to ride the wave by himself.
04:48 Title: End (written in the sand, washed clean by a wave).

Waikiki - Traditional Hawaiian Surfing & native Life 1920s
Surfing from the 1920s that dispel the myth of turning using you feet. Turning is done with the touch of the hand on the water and the the leg is dragged to make a complete re-direction of the board. Another misinterpretation of our Hawaiian practice that comes to an end.

- Trunk It 

Duke and Douglas catching waves.

01:44 Duke is towed on his board behind an outrigger canoe, Duke rides several himself.and on one he stabilises the tail of the board for Fairbanks to ride the wave.

The board is long, wide and very thick, possibly balsa?

Around the World with Douglas Fairbanks (1931)
80 min  -  Documentary   -  12 December 1931 (USA)
Directors: Douglas Fairbanks, Victor Fleming
Writer: Robert E. Sherwood
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks, Victor Fleming and Duke Kahanamoku
Also Known As: Around the World in 80 Minutes.

Water Sportites 1931
Canoe and board surfing at Waikiki.
 Description: Surf Riding on the outriggers of Waikiki in Hawaii is the sport featured in this story.
M/S of men rowing a strange looking boat out to sea.
We then see them surfing the waves.
M/S of two of these surfing boats.
Shot from on board the boat of men rowing away from a breaker.
C/Us of the rowers.
"You've heard of riders of the storm - here are riders of the surf - " Action shots of surfers.
Was an item in Pathe Pictorial issue number 689.

- Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blub, 24th December 2012.

Surf Dancing 1931
British Pathe
M/S of a woman doing some crazy dancing on a surfboard as she rides a wave.
Pretty impressive!
"Any way you like - Eve doesn't mind!"
M/S of woman riding on the shoulders of a man who is riding a surfboard...."

Charlie Chan ~The Black Camel, Warner Oland ~ Bela Lugosi
The Black Camel (1931) The earliest surviving of the Charlie Chan films (there were two silents and two other talkies between 1926 and 1931, which have since been lost to studio fires) stars Warner Oland as the inscrutable sleuth, who investigates the murder of a young actress in Honolulu and finds there's a connection with an unsolved murder from a few years before and an enigmatic psychic, Tarneverro (Bela Lugosi), who may know more than he's letting on.

00:51 Opening sequence has one wave at Waikiki with surfboard riders.
Probably from Travellettes: On the Waves at Waikiki (1930), above.
The opening scene is the making of a film on a beach (Waikiki?).

The following notes are complied from:
Huang, Yunte:
Charlie Chan - The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendevous with American History.
W.W. Norton and Company
500 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10110, 2010.

After some initial success as a writer, Charlie Chan's author Earl Derr  Biggers (1884-1933) arrived in Honolulu in April 1920, staying at a hotel run by Mrs. La Vancha Gray,  the area is still called Gray's Beach (?).
On the beachfront at Waikiki he began a novel, eventually published as The House Without a Key.
The location inspired both the book's title and the plot.

"When he first checked in, Biggers asked for the key to the cottage. "What key?" retorted Mrs. Gray. In those days, no one in Waikiki would lock their doors. That brief exchange- culture shock for a Bostonian- would eventually inspire the title of the first Chan book." - page 110.

"An idea suddenly dawned: he could write a novel in which the killer swims ashore from a ship docked beyond the harbor, commits the murder, and then swims back to the ship, allowing himself a perfect alibi." - page 111.

 In 1922, after his return to the mainland, Biggers wrote to his editor, Laurence Chambers, with a list of some of the potential characters for the novel.
It included "a champion Hawaiian swimmer" (page 112), no doubt a reference to Duke Kahanamoku.

In 1924 Bigger's introduced the Charlie Chan chartacter into the novel, based loosley on Chang Apana (c1871-1933), a detective on the Honolulu Police Department.

Apana was born of Chinese descent in c1871 at Waipo, east of Honolulu, but three years later the family relocated to Canton, China.
He returned in 1881 with his uncle where his acquired skill with horses on the Parker Ranch (Waimea, Hawaii) procured a position as a stableman with the Wider family in Honolulu.
In 1897 Apana was appointed Honolulu's official animal case investigator, as a result of Helen Kinau Wilder's campaign against animal cruelty.
This led to an appointment as the only Chinese member of a recently expanded police force (encouraged by Hawaii's annexation by the U.S.) in 1898.
In a long and successful career, Apana was particually useful in dealing with the Chinese community.

"One year (early 1910s), just as the islands were preparing for the big Independence Day celebration, a popular mainland girl named Frances Ash was reported missing from Waikiki Beach. "The news of the disappearance reached the police station early in the morning," read the front-page article in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, "and Chief of Detectives Arthur McDuffie, together with his aides, John Kellett  and Apana, came out in a high-powered machine. "They searched , every hotel room along the beachfront and sent a team of lifeguards, including the brother (sic, there were several) of famed surfer Duke Kahanamoku, into the water with canoes and surfboards to look for the girl. The search went on for days, but no trace of Miss Ash was ever found.'' - page 75.

The House Without a Key  was published (and serialised in the Saturday Evening Post ) in 1925 and filmed in 1926 (now lost).


The Black Camel (1931)
Director: Hamilton MacFadden
Writers: Earl Derr Biggers (novel), Barry Conners, and 3 more credits.
Stars: Warner Oland, Sally Eilers and Bela Lugosi
Also Known As: Charlie Chan in the Black Camel
Filming locations: Honolulu, Punchbowl Hill, Royal Hawaiian Hotel (2259 Kalakava Avenue, Honolulu), Waikiki Beach, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA.
Memorable quotes
Wilkie Ballou: Your theory's full of holes. It won't hold water!
Charlie Chan: Sponge is full of holes. Sponge holds water.

1931 Surfing Behind a BLIMP 1931
Featuring Elmer Peck and the Good Year Blimp circa 1930, probably promotional footage for the tyre company.
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden: The Surf Blurb 30 Jan 2012

Peck is likely the surfboard rider being towed by a speedboat in black and white footage included in MacGillivray and Freeman: The Sunshine Sea (1973).

Blimp Water Skiing - The New Sport of 1932 [HD]
Zeppelin Water Skiing! - The New Sport of 1932, taken from the British Pathe reel "A Risky Ride" - watch the full-length reel for free here:
The sport is called Aquaplaning but with the novel addition of being towed by an aircraft instead of a boat.
Call Of The Surf.
NFSA title: 13240. From the National Collection.
Directed by Jack Fletcher 1932.
Shot famous Bondi Beach the film reflects on the prominence of beach culture in Australia.
It includes demonstrations of surf lifesaving and carnivals as well as recreational pastimes such as body surfing, or "body shooting" as it is referred to here, rubber surf mats and early wooden surf boards with reference to their Hawaiian origins.
Another unusual pastime is that of "duck diving" where the the participant hurls themselves on the hard, wet sand and slides along on their stomach.

Australian Screen
Farey: Opening of Sydney Harbour Bridge (1932) [Surfboard Riding, Manly Beach, NSW., 1932]
Australia Screen:
A beach scene from the 1930s is captured on this home movie clip taken by Leslie Francis Farey.
People are shown lying on the beach and a group of people swim between the flags while surfers catch waves using longboards.
[For their full menu, see-]

Initially shot from the north side of the North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club on a hot westerly (offshore) day, the camera pans from Queenscliff in the north (left), past a large group of body surfers in four foot surf between the flags at North Steyne, and on to South Steyne with St. Patrick's Seminary prominent in the distance, with a brief return to the north.
The relatively small number of people on the beach may indicate it was a week-day.
At 00:35 the scene shifts to three surfboard riders on solid redwood boards at the south corner of Manly Beach
In what look like three cuts, but what is probably Farey briefly "pausing" the camera, two riders take-off on a plus-three foot wave and slide left (right for the observer) towards the point.
On take-off, the inside rider (observer left) is riding prone, covered by the foam, the outside rider, a goofy foot (right foot forward), rides standing.
The prone rider recovers control and stands, left foot forward, and both ride a considerable distance into the corner.
While these two are seen paddling back out, a third rider has a similar, but shorter, ride.
Another goofy-foot, this rider may be wearing a white bathing cap, which could suggest that they are female.

"Sailing, Sailing Over The Bounding Main" 1933
"In Hawaii, where the surf boats push off into the breakers" M/S of a surf boat being lifted into the sea.
A team of five then row the boat out to sea. There is at least one woman as part of the crew I think.

"Some like the surf-boards" Very fast moving footage of men surfing with the surf.

Canoe and board surfing at Waikiki, some riders wearing white pants and shirts (?)

One rider wears a white cap.
Round The World No. 12 With The Pictorial… 1933
Cute little film with lovely Hawaiian music.
Various shots of Hawaiian hotels, American sailors in uniform on the beach, swimmers on the beach etc.
Then some great shots of surfers shot from alongside as they ride the waves.
One guy is particularly flash, dancing and doing some pelvic...

Waikiki, probably shot in conjunction with visiting US ships ,seen offshore and sailors at the beach in uniform.


South Seas and Oriental Cruise 1934
Home movies of a trip in 1934 through the South Seas with stops in American Samoa, the Fiji Islands, Australia, New Guinea, Bali, Java and Hawaii.

No Hawaii.

my great uncle tom quinn surfing in waikiki 1935 with some friends and a dog!
classic clip of my great uncle surfing with a bunch of friends and a dog, tom is on the far right of the screen when the clip starts. this vintage clip was in the show modern marvels extreme sports gadgets, on the history channel.

Surf's up, Newquay, 1935.

Surf's up on the shore of Newquay in 1935.
Holidaymakers grab their boards and hit the waves of Britain's surfing capital.

Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb, 26 June 2017.

Shirley Temple in Hawaii to work on a film. Also met Duke Kahanamoku.
Shirely arrives by ship and is greeted by members of the Outrigger Canoe Club, (including Sally Hale ?).
Shirley does not go surfing.
The meeting with Duke, recorded by a widely published still photograph, is not included in the footage

BMA world tour Part 3: Hawaii

This amateur film, which has been edited semi-professionally with additional intertitles and maps to orientate the viewer, consists of footage shot in the third part of the BMA's World Tour as they travel onwards.
06:32 Native people are seen surfing on long wooden boards and boys dive from a jetty.

Hawaii 1936

05:04:44 Coast line of Oahu from ocean (photo)

05:04:54 Diamond Head from ocean
05:05:25 Couple wearing leis on beach of Honolulu with Royal Hawaiian Hotel across bay in background
05:05:35 Departure of cruise liner from Honolulu
05:05:56 Man climbing up side of Liner as it is departing
05:06:09 Tug boat and boys diving
05:06:22 Cruise liner departing harbor
05:06:34 Scenics of Oahu (various) including shoreline."

Surf Riding - Surfing in Australia 1936
British Movietone: Close shots of surfing with canoes, boards etc.
Surfboards, canoes, surfski and surfoplanes at Bondi Beach.


David at Punaluu / Hawaii 1937
Uploaded by CurtCowanVideo on 28 Dec 2010
This is from a home movie taken by my great uncle in 1937 on a Hawaii vacation.
Kuhao Zane commented:
Thanks for posting this. I've so enjoyed watching it and sharing it with my friends.
This was my grandfather, but reminds me so much of my dad! He loved to "ham" it up? too.
Check out my website for more pics of my family.

Kuhao Zane posted to
That was David Kaapu of Punaluu Oahu he was a lawyer back in the day but their ohana was brought up like that cause the father refused modern amenities so they lived in hale pili but they were brilliant.
There were two men from Punaluu like that him and Tommy Kanakaole’s father but they did not live off the grid like the Kaapu’s but they did do the malo thing.
So to me that’s admirable to be able to bring up your kids like that and still have kids who are lawyers doctors teachers.
It was not all fun and games they were the butt end of jokes and ridicule cause they did not conform.

David Kaapu is shown replicating the ways of the ancient Hawaiians, principally fishing.
00:00 Blowhole
00:09 Title: David at Punalluu
The text is over an image of David standing outside his grass hut with a surfboard leaning on the wall at left.
00:11 Smiling David at seashore.
00:18 Preparing fishing net.
00:30 Casting of fishing net.
00:36 Catch collected by hand.
00:50 Net retrieved.
00:56 Fish harvested from net onshore.
00:59 David bites the head off a fish.
01:05 Octopus on David's arm.
01:14 Octopus eaten, a timber frame house under construction in the background. .
01:19 Second, smaller, octopus.
01:26 Flowers collected from a lagoon.
01:32 Flowers presented.

At Home with Doris Duke: Selections from her personal home movies
Footage from the Doris Duke Foundation Historical Archives. This collection is housed at Duke University Libraries' Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library ( ).
The home movies are part of the exhibit "Philanthropist, Environmentalist, Collector: Doris Duke and Her Estates," curated by Mary Samouelian and Molly Bragg at Duke University Libraries' Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library.
See the online exhibit at:

10:54 Title: Honolulu, HI, 1937, Getting to know the local customs
10:59 Title: Doris and the Kahanamoku family

Walt Disney Treasures - Hawaiian Holiday (1937)
Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto relax in sunny Hawaii in this classic 1937 cartoon.

Walt Disney Productions
Pinto Colvig - Goofy and Pluto (voice)
Walt Disney - Mickey Mouse (voice)
Marcellite Garner -  Minnie Mouse (voice)
Clarence Nash - Donald Duck (voice)
Soundtrack "Aloha Oe" (uncredited) Written by Queen Liliuokalani
Release Date: 24 September 1937 (USA)

Joel T Smith noted in December 2013:
"Goofy doesn’t quite get it together until about the 7:45 mark....
but please note that he is actually a SWITCH FOOT."


Surfing Corona del Mar 1938
Before the jetties were built at the entrance to Newport Harbor, the surf in front of Corona Del Mar was pretty good.
The area was known as the 'Waikiki of the west coast'.
The Balboa side jetty was built using a railroad to bring in rocks from inland, and is under construction when this film was made.
The CDM side jetty was constructed a few years later using rocks barged over from Catalina Island.

Hawaii 1938
A tour of Hawaii, its beaches, volcanoes, and people in 1938.
Comments by hebneh: Castle Films (like this one) were sold mostly? for individuals to show at home. Amateur film projectors of that time were nearly all silent, since sound film technology then was expensive - so this film has no soundtrack.
Castle Films was a home-movie distributor founded in California by former newsreel cameraman Eugene W. Castle (1897–1960) in 1924. The company originally produced business and advertising films. By 1931 it had moved its principal office to New York City. In 1937, Castle branched out into 8 mm and 16 mm home movies, buying newsreel footage and old theatrical films for home use.

Eugene W. Castle (editor): Hawaii  (1938).

00:00 Title: Hawaii
00:03 Title: edited by Eugene W. Castle
00:05 Title: After languid. peaceful days on sapphire seas - Hawaii.
00:11 Ocean liner off Waikiki.
00:22 Arrival at Honolulu dock.
00:25 Title: A typical welcome , with Proverbial Ginger -- Blossom Leis
00:29 The female tourists receive/purchase leis.
00:56 Elevated (mountain?) views of Honolulu.
01:13 Elevated (rooftop?) views of Honolulu.
01:30 Title: A noted landmark Aloha Tower
01:34 Aloha Tower
01:40 Title: The Old Palace Monument to Royalty of other days
01:45 The Old Palace.
01:52 Beachfront hotel, shot from the water.
01:57 City buildings.
02:05 Title: The Statue of King Kamehameha Stands before the Court House
02:15 The Statue of King Kamehameha.
02:23 Title: Duke Kahanamoku, the islands' ambassador of good will.
02:27 Duke Kahanamoku in white shirt, dark tie and hat.
02:34 Title: Exotic Flowers or rare perfume
02:39 Flower display.
02:51 Coconut trees shot from elevated hotel balcony.
03:01 Native climbs coconut palm tree.
03:24 Native with coconuts.
03:30 Title: Kileau - world's largest active volcano (Kileau Volcano is on Hawaii, the big island)
03:33 Views of Kileau
03:47 Title:Seen at night, grumbling, like an angy giant
03:53 Percolating lava.
04:21 Title: The Hula-Hula danced to the rhythm of soft guitars.
05:10 Outdoor hula performance with grass hut and laminated timber surfboard standing against a palm tree in background.
05:15 Title: Famous Waikiki Beach and towering Diamond Head
05: 20 Waikiki Beach
05:41 Laminated timber board shoulder carry
05:52 Surfboard riding - First sport of Hawaii
05:54 Surfing  on laminated and hollow timber boards, canoes and water shots.
06:18 Title: Over the seas in native canoes
06:23 Canoe launch, possibly Outrigger Canoe Club member, Sally Hale, in cap..
06:43 Duke Kahanamoku on his Australian surfski with two females and another male.
06:54 Duke paddles while standing, the other male kicking at the rear and the crew attempt a tandem lift while riding.
07:14 Title: The sun and trade winds are ever gentle here
07:19 Beach scenes
07:44 Laminated timber board shoulder carried from water.
07:51 Expert surf riders defy the high running sea
07:56 Surfboard riding, canoes and water shots.
08:08 Duke and crew execute a successful tandem lift on the surfski
08:20 A surfer jumps onto another's board and they ride tandem.
08:35 Title: Paradise in Mid-Pacific
08:38 Scenes of beach and coconut groves.
08:47 Liner departs from whalf.
08:56 Title: "Til we meet again, aloha oe."
09:01 Liner departs from whalf.
09:05 Montage, including outdoor hula performance (repeat of 05:10)
09:20 Passengers wave goodbye to Diamond Head.
09:29 Beach sunset.
09:37 Title: Castle Films
09:40 Title: The End

Appears to not be the same, but similar, to some footage in the Trunk It  DVD. .

Pacific Palisades (via Linda Benson)
A sequence titled  Water Babies Slam Slippers, Srtike Permanent Waves.
Title: Chevrolet Motors Division, General Motors Sales Corporation  presents The Leader News. Handy (Jam) Organization, (1938).
Paddle board cove at Palos Verdes circa1938.
Laminated and hollow timber boards.
Male and female riders, headstand.
For advertising purposes the female riders are featured in close ups.
Full version: Chevrolet Leader News (Vol. 4, No. 1) (1938)

Promotional newsreel sponsored by General Motors: Automobile driving along coastline, men and women surfing; Supply truck driving through desert (Death Valley) to remote campsite; Man lying on railroad tracks (photographing trains from odd angles), developing photographs in trunk of car; Police using paint guns to measure automobile's braking distance; Family with pet deer."

Malibu, California (sic): LS 3 automobiles driving along winding road (at base of oceanfront mountain). MS above automobile (leaving dusty trail). Several women (wearing swimsuits) getting out of car (parked on beach; surfboards strapped to roof); women removing surfboards. Men and women (carrying surfboards) running toward ocean. VS several men and women paddling surfboards; riding waves; man surfing while standing on head; falling from surfboard. CU 4 women (wearing swimsuits) waving from rock.

Noted by Jack Jorgensen, The Surf Blurb 3 Jan 2012

Surf Racing - U.S.A. 1938
Title "Surf race. Paddling 35 miles through the sea."
Santa Catalina to Santa Monica. America (USA).
M/S as the men pick up their surfboards on the beach and run into the sea, they paddle with their hands and lay on their boards.
C/U of actor Lee Tracy turning the wheel...the winner is handed a duck which wriggles about.

Duke Kahanamoku Surfing 1939 COLOR Stand Up Paddleboard SUP
This is some RARE footage of Duke surfing his paddle board at Waikiki Beach along with an outrigger flipping over and more surfing.

Duke riding his Australian surf-ski, see
Hawaii 1938, above.

Honolulu Bound AKA Australian Surf Team… 1939
Full titles read: "HONOLULU BOUND"L/S's of the Australian lifeguards in training on the beach. L/S's of the men running along the beach and into the sea carrying surf boards. L/S's of the men rowing hard in a large rowing boat. The commentator says that the men are off to compete in a surf..

Members of the Australian team to the Pacific Games in Honolulu in 1939 demontrate belt and reel, surfboard paddling and rowing a clinker surfboat at Balmoral, inside Sydney Heads.

San Francisco and Hawaiian Islands: 1939 Trip around the World (Part 1 of 10)
Part 1 features scenes of San Francisco, California, including the Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz, followed by the Hawaiian Islands, including dancing at the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial and the Aloha Tower in Honolulu Harbor.

Black and white amateur footage.

00:02 Title: My Trip Around the World, May 15 1939 - September 4 1939 by Evelyn Reinhart
00:56 Hula display - grass hut and surfboard proped against tree in background.

Hula Girls on surf boards in a swimming pool (California?)

PeriscopeFilm, published on Aug 22, 2016.
Produced by Frederic Ullman, Jr., for Pictorial Films in the early 1940s, this short “Sportreel” black-and-white film is titled “Riding the Crest” and takes it viewer to Honolulu, Hawaii.
At mark 02:20, the narrator explains one of the island’s most popular sports: body surfing. (The title itself is a reference to surfing and the ability to successfully ride the crest of a wave.) The narrator explains the “how to” basics of surfing as we see scenes of novice and expert surfers out in the ocean.
The viewer is also introduced to surfboarding starting at mark 03:04, in which the brave hearted are said to ride a “streamlined ironing board” as men are shown heading out to the Pacific Ocean and the narrator again explains the basics.
Scenes of outrigger canoes follow, and at mark 05:44, the viewer is returned to surfboarding as we see a bikini-clad novice surfer practicing her balancing techniques on dry land, followed by more scenes of experienced surfers riding the waves.
As the sun sets at mark 08:34, the narrator reminds the viewer that “so long as there is a surf on the island, there will be sport … and sportsmen to ride the crest.”

RKO-Pathe Sportscopes, produced by Frederic Ullman, Jr., were released through RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.

... practising her balancing techniques on dry land ...

Early Days of Surfing in Manhattan Beach 1930s?
Manhattan Beach, California: Hollow and laminate boards, body surfing, an American canoe, and beach scenes.
The hollow (Blake) and laminate (Swastika) boards suggest it was filmed possibly from the mid to late 1930s.
Shot at several locations,
apparently by a skilled cameraman and surfer, considering the water footage possibly shot from a canoe.
The film was probably compiled over a number of summers.

Jim Shelton has identified Ron Drummond in his canoe at Dana Point and Lorrin Harrison strumming the ukulele at San Onofre.
In 1931 Drummond self-published a 26 page manual on body surfing, titled The Art of Wave Riding, and lead the resistance to the loss of Killer Dana.
Noted by  Jeremy Lemarie (editor) Surf Blurb, 15 April 2019.

In the next Surf Blurb, Bruce Laserna  detailed
several locations in addition to just Manhattan Beach.
He also argued that the film appears to be the late 1920’s to mid 1930’s, from the looks of the boards and “bathing costumes”.
Bruce recalled elderly locals claiming that,
prior to the extensionof the San Pedro Breakwall, Long Beach had good surf and an active Long Beach Surf Club; or perhaps the Manhattan Beach Surf Club, see 00:55 below.

00:00 Three surfers and long hollow surfboards
at Manhattan Beach Pier.
Manhattan Beach Surfing Club sweater
00:11 S
urfing at
Manhattan Beach Pier, mostly on hollow boards but some laminates.
00:57 Gymnastics, definitely Manhattan/Hermosa.
01:07 Tandem body surfing
01:17 Amusement pier the background, might be the Long Beach Amusement Park, or Pike.
01:30 Surfers and surfboards in a star pattern, some with a stub keel fin.
02:00 Paddle out, most kneel paddling.
02:50 Surfing
, based on the angle of the short length of the pier, Bruce Laserna guessed that the location is neighboring Seal Beach Pier before the power plant.
03: 21 Beach scenes
03:44 Bodysurfers and one small-board prone rider, with oil towers in the background, appears to be at Long Beach, before the breakwall was extended from San Pedro to Long Beach.
04:14 Coastal scenes
04:18 Surfing,
San Onofre?
04:38 Overhead shot of the parking area- looks to be San Onofre
04:57 Group leap from the concrete pier  with small surfboards (looks to be Huntington Beach).
05:52 Mixed surfing
06:25 Coastal scenes
Canoe surfer, Ron Drummond.
08:16 S
urf at Dana Point (Killer Dana) before the boat harbor.
Canoe surfer, Ron Drummond.
11:56 Water shots, from another canoe?
14:02 Male-female tandem surfers, the female appears to be wearing a two-piece swimsuit which suggests late 1930s
San Onofre surfers in palm frond hats, a surfer luau?
15:58 Lorrin Harrison playing ukulele.
16:06 Car-park breakfast

Surfers and surfboards in a star pattern, 1:32.

San Onofre water shots, 13:46.
Possibly relevant:

California's Dana Point
was named after Richard Dana, a once famous surf break that vanished in the early 1960s, see
Killer Dana.
Dana Point was the home of Hobie's first retail shop (1954), Severson's Surfer Magazine (1960), and where Bruce Brown produced Endless Summer.

Anchored off Santa Barbara, Dana was impressed by a crew of Hawaiians riding
a great comber to the beach in a long-boat, see:
1840 R. H. Dana : Hawaiians in California.

From the 1940 film TURNABOUT
No surfing - the sequence shows the production of a advertisement for pineapple juice in a fim studio with the male and female models standing on a laminated timber board fixed in front of a wave backdrop.
Turnabout is a 1940 comedy film directed by Hal Roach and starring Adolphe Menjou, Carole Landis and John Hubbard.
Based on the 1931 novel of the same name by Thorne Smith

Surf Pioneers
Surf Life Saving Newsreel footage, Australia.
Boards, boats and skis, circa 1940s. (before tuck-stern boats)

Beachobatics - Sydney in the 1930s
Photographs by George Caddy, hundreds of which were found in 2007, giving insight into Sydney beach culture and urban life ca. 1930s.
Song is Bye Bye Pride by the Go-Betweens, from their 1987 album Tallulah.

Includes a beach portrait at wall with Mac's Surfboard Hire sign in the background.

Call No. PXD 1038
53. Sunbathing under the promenade, 6 October 1940 (N895)? 

SURFING 1940's
Vintage surfing from the 1940's.

Cinetopicalities In Brief No. 145 1941
Tom Blake Paddle-board Rescue, Waikiki, 1941.

M/S of lifesavers on a beach, posing with their new kind of surfboards.
00:58 M/S of the men trying out their boards on the sea, lying on the board and paddling along.
01:02 One lifeguard is sitting on his board on the beach when he is alerted to an emergency.
01:07 He paddles out to a person in difficulties in the sea, beating a man in a rowing boat to the scene. (Location of events unknown.)
01:31 Next Item

The lifeguard is certainly Tom Blake, inventor of the hollow board and an active promoter of his designs, and the location probably Waikiki.


Australian Surf Men - In Palestine 1942
Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia.
High angle shot shows men marching towards the sea on Bondi Beach in a 1939 lifeguard display.
Then: "Gaza, Palestine"
We then see various shots of Australian soldiers putting on a lifesaving.

Australian soldiers present a march past and reel event on the beach in Palestine.

Surfing On Manley Beach AKA Call Of The… 1945
Various shots of people gathered on Manley beach, M/S barbed wire in background.
Various shots people gathered on the packed beach and in the sea. M/S man surfing.
Various shots of Bondi beach. M/S two children.

The first part, including the surfboard and surf skji riding is shot at Bondi.
The second section with the surfboards may be at Manly.

Surf Season - Australia 1946
British Movietone: The heavy surf on Australian beaches gives sport for both boards and boats.
Surf boats battle against seas, rowing to turning point, jagged rocks of Shark Island, round rocks and racing for the beach.
Several get swamped, winner reaches beach.
At Marouba, marchpast on beach, lifesavers, etc.
Cut-ins of crowds watching marchpast.
Shots of Lord Nuffield watching same.
Surf race in progress.
Slow motion shots of men being swept overboard.

Shark Fishing Off The Madras Coast 1946
Various shots of the fishermen heading out to sea in their fragile catamarans.
A shark is hauled aboard one of the craft.
M/S of the boat riding the surf back to the shore. M/S...

Shark Fishing In India 1946
Madras, India.
Shark fishing off the coast of Madras, India.
Various shots of the fishermen in their fragile catamarans.

A shark is hauled aboard one of the craft.
M/S of the boat riding the surf back to the shore

Shark Fishing - India 1946
Thought to be Selected Originals from late 1940s material.
Shark fishing off the coast of Madras, India.
Various shots of the fishermen heading out to sea in their fragile catamarans.
A shark is hauled aboard one of the craft.
M/S of the boat riding the surf back to the shore. M/S...

Appears to be a combination of scenes from the above two items.
Surfing at Sunset Cliffs c.1947 cool boards and surf!
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb 6 Feb 2012

05:58 Surfer rturns to the beach and shoulders a Hot Curl laminate with deep vee tail.
Part 1 has a short scene of La Jolla Cove:

Wooden Boards at Malibu 1947:
Trunk It  footage.

Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb 6 Feb 2012

Surfing: "Riders of the California Surf" 1947 Hermosa Pix
Uploaded by Jeff Quitney, 26 Feb 2013.
Surfing on solid laminates and hollow boards, some prone boards and surf-mats, at Hermosa Beach, California, in 1947, in colour.
Also shows the construction of a solid laminate surfboard.

Riders Of The California Surf (1947) is a silent 15 minute color movie filmed with the cooperation of the Hermosa Beach Surfing Club, featuring many of the themes that became common to later surf movies (shots of women on the beach, wipeouts, the comedy of the beginner, sunset at the end of the movie, etc.)
Of particular interest to surf historians is a scene at 00:04:19 demonstrating how a solid plank surfboard is assembled and shaped.
The shaper has been identified by family members as Ed Edgar, one of the surf pioneers of the South Bay (Los Angeles County, CA), and the footage may be among the earliest of its kind.

This movie has been assembled from two separate source files found in the Prelinger Collection (you are encouraged to go to these source files if you want or need a higher quality video format):

Hazardous loading cocoa thru surf in Accra, Ghana, back in 1947
In an old German educational film surfboats are seen loading a Dutch ship of the Holland West Afrika Lijn.
I wonder whether it is still customary to load ships there that way nowadays.

An early report of this activity was recorded by James Alexander in 1835.

"Passing the deserted Dutch fort of Courmantine on a long wooded line of coast, in the evening we had run our sixty miles, and anchored off the lights of Accra. A large canoe was soon seen rising on the heavy swell, full of men, who sang and shouted loudly, "Eeo wabara ! hoo ! hoo !"  They paddled alongside with considerable merriment among them, perhaps in anticipation of realizing a plentiful harvest of 'cut-money' and tobacco, in exchange for fruit and fish on the morrow.
As the white walls of the English fort (James) rose upon us, we dashed into two or three lines of heavy rollers, and then paddling along shore, passed behind a ledge of rocks covered with white foam, and well adapted for a pier. We shipped one sea, and then were run up high and dry on the sand." - pages 178-179.

He also noted:

"From the beach, meanwhile, might be seen boys swimming into the sea, with light boards under their stomachs. They waited for a surf; and then came rolling in like a cloud on the top of it." - page 192.

Alexander, James Edward: Narrative of a Voyage of Observation among the Colonies of Western Africa ... 1835.
Henry Colburn, London, 1837, Volume 1.
www.googlebooks (1840 edition).
About fifty years later, a similar (unaccredited) illustrated report from Accra appeared in The Graphic in 1891:

"As the boat is propelled through the water by the paddlers, the crew keep time with a musical chant. Nearing the beach, the boat arrives amoungst the breakers, and then comes the tug of war. The "boatswain," every nerve and muscle strained, steers her wIth unerring eye, the crew with a will work their paddles and shoot her like a rocket  through the heavy surf."

The illustration is titled:

Drawn by Joseph Nash.  - Our engraving is from a sketch  by Mr. Fred W. J. Airey,   H.M.S. Magpie, Fernando Po."  - page 198.

The Graphic (London, England),
Saturday, August 15, 1891; Issue 1133.
British Library Gale Document Number: BA3201451542
British Library: British Newspapers 1800-1900.

Importantly, the surfboat image (sketch by Airey, engraving by Nash, 1891) shows virtually an identical craft, with the same "forked-blade" paddle design, as featured in Hazardous loading cocoa thru surf in Accra (1947) and as native fishing boats in a segment of Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer (1966) also filmed in Ghana.
Endless Summer (2 of 2)
While Bruce Brown's narration suggests that the local fisherman are normally adverse to riding waves in their fishing boats, inspired by the visiting American surfboard riders (Robert August and Mike Hynson), they do so on this occasion.
The historical evidence indicates that this was not the case, and wave riding was the traditional method of returning to the beach.

The Ghana sequence also shows juveniles riding waves on small prone boards, consistent with Alexander's 1835 account (page 192).
According to Brown, this was also inspired by the surfing of August and Hynson and in their enthusiasm the young natives pull wooden
panels from their houses to use as surfboards.
It is possible that this was further dramatic license on Brown's part, and that juvenile surfing was already a common practice before the arrival of the American surfers.

The fishing boats are still in used in a similar manner in 2007, see:

For recognised surfing breaks and conditions in Ghana, see:

Surfing With Plank Boards in 1947 (IN COLOR)
Filmed at Hermosa Beach, California. Imagine getting hit by one of these monster...public domain.
Music from youtube audioswap: Aalborg Soundtracks

00:10 Titles: Hermosa Pics present an American Miniature.
Riders of the Californian Surf
Photographed with the Cooperation of the Hermosa Beach Surfing Club.
00:52 Beach volleyball
01:00 Juveniles with inflatable mats
01:05 Diving from pier
01:15 Bellyboard riders, including a female in white cap
02:03 Shaping a 12 foot laminated solid wood board - "Bing Copeland says that it is Ed Edger."
03:20 Paddling out
03:30 Beginner on short green hollowboard with small keel fin.
04:10 Surfing on laminates and hollows of various dimensions, designs, and colour.
04:45 Film reversed (humour)
04:48 Surfing on laminates and hollows of various dimensions, designs, and colour.
05:16 Steering by dragging one foot
06:00 Surfboards in beach break
06:45 Beginner on short green hollowboard with small keel fin.
07:11 Whitewater riding
07:55 Sunset

Also at
Surfing: "Riders of the California Surf" 1947 Hermosa Pix

Noted by Ben Marcus, emailed by Joel T. Smith, April 2013.
"He (Ben) was wondering if the shaper was Velzy, but Bing Copeland says that it is Ed Edger.
He also mentioned that the steering by dragging one foot was referred to as dipping."

Rare Surfing Footage in California 1947 San Onofre , Malibu, Ventura Overhead, Rincon

Surfing Maroubra Beach Sydney Australia.… 1948
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blub, 24th December 2012.

Surfboat carnival in huge swell and brisk off-shore wind.
Many wipe-outs, has two waves ridden by surfboard riders.

Italian Summer 1948

Thought to be Selected Originals from late 1940s material.
Italy. Italian voice-overed newsreel material.
General view of sunny beach in summer. Children playing in surf. Two swimmers wearing frogman's flippers, flop into sea. .... Two swimmers coming in on surfboard.

Noted by Bob Green, February 2018

Thrill of the Surf (1949)
Clip description
Commentator John Moyes explains that men are making surfboards out of plywood.
A line of surfers carry their boards down to the shore and paddle out towards the breakers.
The camera follows their path, capturing them from just in front of the waves.
A man who has been hit by a surfboard is rescued by the lifesavers on duty and carried ashore.
The clip ends with a shot of the surfers in the afternoon sun.

Thrilling surfing 1940's film 38743
HuntleyFilmArchives·2,053 videos, published on 22 May 2012

Australia 1940's

A crowded beach. Women and children paddling and playing in the sea.
Beach is covered with people and parasols. People sunbathing. A toddler sat playing in the sand. Children on the beach.
A lifesavers parade on the beach. They march in groups. Hunky men, and attractive young women in matching frilly swimsuits. Young woman in one group carries a banner.

Australia's National Sport - Surfing. Making surf boards and carrying them down the beach. Lots of surfing scenes. Close up of surfers riding the waves. Doubles surfing on boards using paddles.
The life savers go into action carrying a man who has been hurt or in trouble.
Youngsters with rubber rafts. Shots of rubber dinghy capsizing and the passengers are all thrown out. Rowing boats with 5 men including the coxswain. Rolling waves smashing into the boats and the crew all dive into the water. Lifesavers boat race. Lots of thrilling stuff as the boats tackle the surf and capsize. Thrilling stuff!

 Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb, 15 July 2013.

British Movietone: On Bondi Beach, Australia, frogmen's flippers are the latest idea tried out.
A swimmer, they say, with the aid of these flippers, can ride the great combers right up to the beach. 

"Mammy Water" Jean Rouch (1953)
A short film by Jean Rouch, Mammy Water (1953-1954), explores traditional water legends and documents the local fisherman using their
boats in the surf of the Ghana coast, with a bellyboarding sequence appearing in the last minute of the film (17:00-17:44).
These surfers are adult males and their narrow timber boards appear to be specifically constructed, with at least one with a rounded nose.
There is no board with a  "steering wheel," as described and illustrated by Rouch in the 1949 article.
1949 Jean Rouch :Surf Riding at Dakar, Senegal.

National Museumof African Art Mammy Water - Mami Water - Mami Wata (Mother Water) are at once beautiful, protective, seductive, and dangerous water spirits, celebrated throughout much of Africa and the African Atlantic.
A rich array of arts surrounds her, as well as a host of other aquatic spirits--all honoring the essential, sacred nature of water.
Mami Wata is often portrayed as a mermaid, a snake charmer, or a combination of both.

Bellyboarding - 1940s style.
From the British Surfing Museum Facebook page.
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blub, 4 September 2012.

Surfing Stunts 1949
Pete Peterson Performing
This is an understatement, as Peterson performs a number of surfing and high-diving skills (mostly falls) that looks to be intended to promote him as a film stuntman.

Aborigines of Arnhem Land, Australia, (ca 1950)
US television travelogue series, hosted by Ray Forrest.
00.57 Surf beach,
0.1.00 Canoe in surf
01.04 Juvenile riding a
wave on a prone board
01.09 Canoe surfing
01.14 Canoe building, Step One: harvesting tree bark

01.04 Juvenile riding a wave on a prone board

01.09 Canoe surfing
Identified by Bob Green with many thanks, October 2019.

Weatherman Takes A Holiday 1950
Full title reads: "Weatherman Takes A Holiday".
United States of America (USA).
New York. MV Young couple walking through New York's Central Park in Spring-Like weather. MV Woman artist painting young girl in Park with skyscraper background. CU Girl. CU Artist unbuttoning neck of frock.
Memphis, Tennessee. GV trolley cars snowed up in Memphis. MV Snow-covered trees and bushes pan up to power and telegraph lines. MV Broken wires trailing from telegraph poles. MV Telegraph pole lying in ditch.

Hawaii. MV Surf-boarders skimming water on Waikiki Beach, Hawaii.
MV Group rushing down to water and skimming waves on tummies.
CU surfer laughing. MV Hawaiians on surf board.
One man leaps in air and lands safely on board.
MV Back view surfer standing on board.
MV Three Hawaiians on board.
SV Hawaiians seated on board skimming through water.
MV Group of Hawaiians on board. One girl clambers on partner's shoulder.
MV Back view surf riders.
MV Three surf riders falling off boards in rotation

BLUE HAWAII cartoon 1950
Classic sing along Hawaiian Cartoon 1950.

Origianlly released by Paramount on 13 January 1950.
Veteran New York radio announcer (later West Coast character actor) Charles Irving is the narrator; Sid Raymond provides the Jimmy Durante impression at 1:31; caricatures of Groucho and Harpo Marx [as they appeared in their Paramount films in the early '30s] also featured.
In the 1960's, Elvis Presley would star in a film of the same title, Blue Hawaii.

Over The Sea To Honolulu 1950c
A cruise to Honolulu, Hawaii around 1950.

06:00 Outrigger canoes, laminated and hollow timber surfboards and surf-ski, ridden standing at Waikiki.
James A. FitzPatrick
American documentary film director. After completing training in the dramatic arts, he worked for a while as a journalist. In 1925 he entered films and specialized throughout his career in travel documentaries. Besides directing, he also wrote, produced, and narrated many of his films. MGM distributed a series of his travel films under the umbrella titles "Fitzpatrick Traveltalks" and "The Voice of the Globe", as did Paramount as "Vistavision Visits." The hallmarks of Fitzpatrick's films were Technicolor photography and stolidity.

Surfing 1950
Rough Sport: Wonders on Surfboards
These appear to be fin-less Hot Curls.

Title - 'Rough sport: wonders on surf boards'. Mye Lee Beach, Honolulu. Hawaii.

LS surfer rushing into sea with balloons (sic, with boards?); surfers on boards.
MS surfers standing boards racing out to sea
(sic,in ?); surfer disappearing beneath huge wave; surfer being carried in on huge wave.
LS huge waves bearing down on surfers.
MS two surfers on crest of wave.
LS surfers speeding towards land.
MS surfer speeding along; huge wave upsetting surfer from board.
Cataloguer's note: American commentary.

The Queen in Australia (1954)
Clip description
At Bondi Beach, the Queen observes an Australian surf carnival, a gathering of teams from surf clubs around the country and New Zealand, all wearing the traditional neck-to-knee surfing costume that was required just after the turn of the century, when Australian surf clubs began.
After the traditional march past, the lifesavers take to the water to give a demonstration of rescue techniques, using both hollow surfboards and surfboats, but the heavy seas play havoc with their plans.

Includes surfriding on hollow longboards, surf-skis, and surfboats.
Some rare sequences shot from in a surfboat, when stroking out and of board and ski riders on the wave  coming in.

circa 1954
Manly beach, bathing beauties and surfing, 1950s Australia
From the Kinolibrary Archive Film collections.

Double surf-skis, surfboats and 16ft hollow boards at Manly and several waves at Fairy Bower.

News Flashes - Australian "Ducks" 1954
A fleet of Army DUKWs surf-ride in Australia as part of a plan to beat floods.
GV "Ducks" (amphibian army vehicles) entering sea on beach in Australia. CU "Duck" ploughing through rough sea. SV "Ducks" being tossed by breakers, & CU. CU "Ducks" wind screen wiper working. SV "Ducks" returning to shore helped by breakers, & SV. 

Meet The Family: TV Pilot
Surf Blurb,  9 October 2012.
Scott Starr:
I just found this amazing rare tv pilot from 1954 called MEET THE FAMILY, starring Arthur Lake and family.

The whole show revolves around surfing and is the earliest tv show with a surfing theme i have ever seen...
Arthur owns a Sporting Goods Store and he orders some Surf Balls (Beach Balls) and ends up getting a shipment of Surf Boards, 
The truck dropping them off says Velzy and Son on it. 
I notice one of the surfers in the water is Pete Peterson and Arthur calls him by name. 
There is more surfing footage and in the end what Arthur does to sell the boards is pretty cool.
Scott’s selling copies of the Pilot Show (the pilot was probably not produced into a regular TV show) of Meet the Family approx. 24 min. (1/2 hour episode + a short of Pete Peterson (filmed on the same beach as the TV Pilot) for $20 to recoup costs and help him continue his search for old surf films:

Surfing Makaha Bay in 1950s by Warren Miller
This footage was posted previously, but now deleted, as:
Warren Miller's film crews capture some fun 'Old School' footage of Surfing Makaha Bay in Oahu, Hawaii in 1950s in these classic Warren Miller moments.

The narrator of this version (Warren Miller) appears to imply he is not the cameraman.

Very large Mahaka, the title Makaha, Honolulu T.H. infers pre-1959 (T.H. =Territory of Hawaii).
Warren Miller was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and as a young man he took up the hobbies of skiing, surfing, and photography.
At the age of 18, with the U.S. ten months into World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific.
Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946 he bought his first 8mm movie camera.
He and a friend moved to Sun Valley, Idaho where they camped in the parking lot of the Sun Valley ski resort, lived in a teardrop trailer and earned money as ski instructors.
In their free time, they filmed each other skiing to critique and improve their ski techniques.
During the summers they shifted to the California coast where they filmed each other surfing.

Hawaii became a state on August 21, 1959. 

Greg Noll Australia 1956 by Gary Crockett
Includes some shots of the boards in transit and action footage with some Australian hollow board riders.

Winter Sports Hawaiian Style, 1956
LS Man running into water and trying to catch dog.
MS Little girl with toy in water. LS Boys on water shoot, rides down into water. Various shots, showing different types of boats sailing and also surf riding.
Noted by Timpthy DeLaVega, The Surf Blurb, 7 November 2016.

A Day at the Beach (1956)
Clip description
You can view the short film A Day at the Beach here in its entirety.
This is an education film for children aged six to eight years, in which a young Australian family, the Mitchells, head to the beach on a Saturday for a day of fun in the sun.
The children, Bruce and Anne, build sandcastles until a wave washes away their handiwork.
Their father goes fishing while mother watches the children.
After a swim and a picnic lunch, the children bury their sleeping father in sand.
They watch a surfboat row out between the breakers, as a young surfer rides a longboard to shore.
After an exhausting but enjoyable day, the family heads for home.

A children's program with surf beach scenes, possibly at Newport on the Northern Peninsular.
04:450 The family prepare to enter the surf, the young boy using a surfoplane.
He successfully rides a wave all the way to the beach, completing an "el rollo" in the shorebreak,; later, his mother also rides a wave on the surfoplane.
06:31 A surfboat is launched, while surfrider on a hollow long board rides in.

Service in the Sun
Clip description
On a beautiful day at Bondi, two members of the American surf lifesaving team and one from the Hawaiian team take to the water to show off the latest surfing techniques.
They are in Australia for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, where surf lifesaving is a demonstration sport.
Hawaiian team manager and surfing legend Dick Kahanamoku watches from the beach, with the board he made during his first visit to Australia in late 1914.
The Hawaiian and American surfers display technique far beyond anything then known in Australia.

The City of Geelong (1957)
Clip description
This clip shows various leisure activities in the beaches, rivers and bays of the Geelong area.
At Eastern Beach swimming pool hundreds enjoy the waters.
Only a few miles from the city, at some of the ‘best surfing beaches in Australia’ – Torquay, Anglesea, Ocean Grove and Port Lonsdale – women come down to the beach and put their bathing caps on, while others take their long boards out into the surf.
The Royal Geelong Yacht Club at Corio Bay, and the Barwon River featuring the local rowing club in training, are also featured.

00:30 Surfriders on a hollow long boards (Jim Bell), surf-skis, surfboat, and bodysufers at Torquay, Victoria.

Velzyland 1957: Weber vs Aaberg
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surfblurb, 29 October 2013.
Sequence from Bruce Brown's first release, Slippery When Wet (1958)

Queensland Playground
Clip description
Produced by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1957. Directed by Richard Mason.
Twenty miles of sea and sand on the coast of southern Queensland.
The beaches between Coolangatta and Surfer's Paradise are known as the Gold Coast.
Here, where it is always summer, there is an all year playground and tourist

The Sporting Scene - Surf Riding in Sydney 1958
British Movietone: It is Spring-time in Sydney, and the surfers are trying out a new type of board, made of balsa wood: just the job for a quick ride home to the beach, as the combers come tumbling in.
Young Australia takes full advantage of the sunshine and the surf

Kemp Aaberg, Rincon,
Two waves.
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surfblurb, 4 September 2012.

Duke Kahanamoku: This is Your Life, 1957.
Noted by James Patton, The Surfblurb, 10 October 2012.

Where the Mountains Meet the Sea (Part I)
Executive Producer: Richard Atkinson. Producer and Director: Ed Woodworth
Concord Company, 1959.
Sound, colour
Introduces the city of Santa Monica, showing its amenities and the lives of its residents.
A great snapshot of life in coastal California at the end of the 1950s.

Car with surfboard enters Malibu Colony with one wave of a surfboard rider in the shore break.

Beach beauty and photographer, surfboard next to lifeguard tower

Australia: Making Sydney's Surfboards. 1959

In the 47 years since the first surfboard was introduced in Australia, surf-riding has become a synonym for love of the water. More, it's a hallmark of the Australian outdoors.

In a home workshop in the Sydney suburb of Harbord, the craft of board-making is the speciality of Greg McDonagh and his father Army McDonagh. The boards the McDonaghs make are rather special - they're so light they can be picked up with one hand. And they are made of a foam plastic.

Cutting the pattern on the meet of plastic is a simple job. The McDonaghs use a sew, but a kitchen knife would serve almost as well - the material is so soft. This is a far cry from the first boards which came to Australia from Hawaii, more than forty years ago. The first one was brought here by a men named Patterson, in 1912. It was a solid, heavy, red-wood slab that scarcely anyone could handle. And it indeed it wasn't handled much until two years later, when the now famous Duke Kahanamoku of Hawaii toured the country, and gave exhibitions of surfboard riding. From these primitive beginnings, the sport has risen to become one of Australia's top summer activities. The making of the boards has developed accordingly, and the latest material is plastic foam.

To protect the plastic board and make it highly durable, it is covered with fibreglass. This forms a tough waterproof skin, sealing the plastic's aerated quality.

It's an exhilarating feeling to catch a "boomer" feel the salty spray and smell the tang of the surf, as you ride the crest of a wave at may be 30 miles an hour. It's a sport that most people can master with a little time, a few spills - and patience. The lightness of the boards will make them easier to handle in the surf, and less likely to cause injury to bathers. And to the riders themselves they'll mean better chances of catching the weaves. They'll be riding the surf on plastic

Hawaiian Eye : Opening Credits.
Introduction has several of  the stars (Connie Stevens, Robert Conrad, Anthony Eisley ?) riding surfboards at Waikiki.
Hawaiian Eye  ran from October 1959 to September 1963 on ABC.
Also see:
Cartoon strip: Beach Boy-Frank Springer (?) -1963

Adventures in Paradise : Somewhere South of Suva
Season 1, Episode 12, aired 28 December 1959.
00:45 Surfboard riders on two waves at Waikiki, in the intoduction to this episode.

Gidget graduates as a Surfer
After much endeavour and hard work not to mention the fun and excitement Gidget is accepted by her peers as a fully fledged Surfer.
With Sandra Dee as Gidget, James Darren as Moondoggie, Cliff Robertson as The Big Kahuna, Shary Layne as Joanne, Joby Baker as Sticky, Tom Laughlin as Lover Boy, Robert Ellis as Hot Shot, Doug McClure as Waikiki, Burt Metcalfe as Lord Byron.
From the film Gidget (1959)
Directed by Paul Wendkos.

It's a shame that this classic film is not available on high quality DVD in the original wide screen 2.35:1 aspect ratio format.

A Hole in the Head
A comedy film, directed by Frank Capra and  featuring Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, and released by United Artists.
Sinatra (Tony) and  his local girlfriend, Caroline Jones (Shirl), visit the beach in the evening (?) and she rides some waves in the shorebreak on a +9ft balsa surfboard.
Although the plot is located and it was filmed in Miami, Florida, the surfing sequence may have been filmed elsewhere.
No online copy of the surfing sequence.
Carolyn Jones began her film career in the early 1950s, with a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Bachelor Party (1957) and a Golden Globe Award as one of the most promising actresses of 1959.
In 1964, she began playing the role of Morticia Addams  in the original black and white television series The Addams Family.
Carolyn Jones & Sinatra. Hole in the Head!


The Hawaiian Cottage - Cherry Hill, NJ
The Hawaiian Cottage (1938-1978)
Polynesian themed restaurant in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, that burned down July, 1, 1978.

Adventures in Paradise : Makaha Surfing 1960
Tv show from 1869 (sic) ADVENTURES IN PARADISE... Surfing at Makaha.

Combination of studio, location and surfing footage (note the brief board mounted camera shot).

Definitely not 1869, at the latest 1962, and surfing footage is most likely at Sunset Beach.
Probably the footage was from a surfing film of the late 1950s, for example John Severson.
Adventures in Paradise is an American television series which ran on ABC from 1959 until 1962.
It starred Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, the captain of the schooner Tiki III which sailed the South Pacific looking for passengers and adventure.
The show was created by James Michener.


The Big Surf
(1) Episode # 39 Aired US: 5 December 1960
(2) Season 2, Episode 9, Aired 12 December 1960
Adam decides to take a holiday in Hawaii, where the International Surfboard Championships are being held.
Gardner McKay - Capt. Adam Troy
Pilar Seura - Midge.
Robert Sampson - Johnny Kino
Betsy Von Furstenburg - Dani Baxter

Ricky Nelson : Surfing Kodak Commercial 1960
Kodak Movie Camera commercial starring the Nelsons circa 1960.
Back in California, the Nelson family watch their Kodak Brownie home movies of their holiday in Hawaii.
00:38 Ricky and Dave (?) surfing at Waikiki.
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet aired on ABC from October 3, 1952 through March 26, 1966.

Whiplash: Episode 01
Set in the 1860s, the series is a western filmed in Australia, and stars Peter Graves as "Christopher Cobb".
The series is loosely based on the life of Freeman Cobb, who was the genuine founder of Australia's first stagecoach line Cobb and Co.
Peter Graves was the brother of James Arness, star of the long running Gunsmoke, who was the father of 1970 World Surfing Champion, Rolf Arness.
At 04:35 in this episode, Graves/Cobb takes time for a quick body-surf, shooting a wave back to the beach.

Surf Riders by Castle Films, 1960

Surf Riders Of Hawaii - 1960 Educational Documentary 

Included mid 1950s footage of canoes and boards at Waikiki, fibreglass balsa boards,
Quigg-type paddle-boards, expert body-surfing,.+10ft Makaha with a light off-shore breeze,

British Movietone: Manley Beach on the North side of Sydney Harbour one of the oldest and most famous surfing centres in Australia, but on the opening of this years surf season the beach has been rocked by one of the most vicious blows every dealt by Mother Nature.
Furious easterly winds and king rides produce a watery battering ram which eats a 60 ft gap in the ocean retaining wall.
Precious and is sucked away and hundreds of tons of rock is tipped into the breach.
The surf pavillion also suffers.

Cigarette Smoking Surfer 1960
Belair Cigarettes tv commercial with Surfing
: Breath easy, smoke clean.

Noted by PLB Archive Detective Ian Lording, December 2020.

Top Cat: Hawaii Here We Come.

In the first episode in the Top Cat series after the gang jump overboard from SS Aloha Hooey, a steamer bound for Hawaii, they arrive on a surfboard.

Also see Tpo Cat Fandom:

Follow the Sun
(Introduction only)
An American television adventure series that aired on ABC 1967-1962.
The episodes follow a pair of freelance magazine writers based in Hawaii who seek out interesting stories while leading an active social life both on the mainland and aboard their boat, The Scuber.

Midget Bootleg
11 minutes of pure hotdogging from Midget Farrelly, early to mid 60s.
There are no credits on this, but surely shot by Bob Evans? (We would like to give credit where it's due.)

Compilation of rare footage of Midget from 1960 to 1966 shot in Australia, Hawaii and California, including the 1966 World Contest.
Most probably shot by Bob Evans, but most of his films were never converted to VHS or DVD, except for Evan's own compilation, Ride a Wild Horse (1968) released in 2009, and from which a significant portion of the material is included in Midget Bootleg.
Neither has footage from Midget's victory in the first World Championships at Manly in 1964.

Surf Board Competition 1962

Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blub, 24th December 2012.
Probably a local contest sponsored by O'Neill Surfboards-Wetsuits, possibly Steamer Lane.

1962 ?
British Movietone: A pneumatic surf-board is making the scene in Australia - far less dangerous to bathers than the conventional type.
Rubber surfoplanes at North Bondi, some riders use flippers.

A Visit To Waikiki Beach 1962
Description: Cinesound Review item - Australian commentator.
Hawaii travelogue.
Excellent panning shot of Quantas Boeing taking off.
High angle GV. Honolulu. VS.
Travelling through traffic along modern highway.
GV. of Honolulu through windows of revolving restaurant on top of tall building.
Waikiki beach scenes.
MS. Two bathing beauties on beach in bikinis.
LS. People messing about in bay.
VS. Girls in grass skirts perform hula-hula dance.
(Comb F.G.)

The Alfred Hitchcock Hour
Forecast: Low Clouds and Coastal Fog
Season 1, January 18, 1963
A woman left alone in a fogbound beach house by her husband, who's working on a big business deal in San Francisco, is in danger.
Directed by Charles Haas, written by Lee Erwin
Host: Alfred Hitchcock
Karen Wilson: Inger Stevens
Simon Carter: Dan O'Herlihy
Ed: Peter Brown; Brown played the role of Chase Colton in Ride the Wild Surf (1964), his romantic interest was Barbara Eden who later starred in I Dream of Jeanie (1965).
The doctor: Greg Morris, later one of the team in Misson Impossible (1966).

A mobile home park in Malibu was one of the locations in Revenge, the first episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, aired on 2 October, 1955.
Other Alfred Hitchcock Hour episodes to feature seaside locations include House Guest (Season 1, 8 November 1962) and Change of Address (Season 2, 12 October 1964).

Hitchcock's introduction to
Forecast: Low Clouds and Coastal Fog

The Intoduction
Hitchcock appears holding a balsa wood surfboard.

Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and fellow surfers.
This evening's drama is only incidentally concerned with surfing.
Actually it touches on many popular sports: drinking, revenge, kidnapping, homicide...
I first became attracted to surfing when I was told that it was possibly the only sport which involved no competition and where the participants did not throw or catch a ball, or run and jump.
It seemed to be a perfect way to relax from the strain of oversleeping.
I've become quite good at it really, and I'm eager to see how it works in the water.
You see, we're still looking for a wave large enough to support me.
Meanwhile, here is a sponsor who is supporting this portion of the programme.

The Ending
A long shot reveals that he is using the surfboard as a bench or ironing board.

This is my final appearance tonight.
However, we have some scenes of next week's story, which I'm anxious for you to see.
As for surfing, I've just discovered why one sees so many of these about -- at the beach, on the highway, on top of automobiles, etc -
- it's because they are so practical.


The Hitchcock Zone

Official Peter Brown Fan Site

Peter Brown

Surfboard riders.

Inger Stevens

The Severson Files #1
From footage of a placid, glassy right point to shots of a big and rippled dirty old wedge, this random collection of surf clips captured by Surfer Magazine
founder John Severson is an example of the scope in which he documented surfing.
Not only fixated on the “hot doggers” of the time, Severson also focused his lens on crucial moments in surf culture.
If you’ve never fantasized about hopping in a time machine and visiting surfing of decades past, then this assemblage of Severson’s clips probably will cause you to.

PLB Newsletter, April 2021: Ferretted from the Australian Screen web pages by Ian "Gumshoe" Lording

Dale Davis: Walk on the Wet Side, 1963.
Part 1
Part 2

Noted by Calvin Clack, The Surf Blurb, 14 August 2017

James Caan Surfer and Sheriff Mickey Rooney 1963
"Rare tv show with Surfer James Caan getting Hassled by Sheriff Mickey Rooney."
Not only does Caan drive a classic, if well used, woody with sunroof, but he also has a quiver of two surfboards hanging out the back.

Kraft Suspense Theatre (TV series 1963–1965)
The Hunt
Dec. 19, 1963
Directed by William A. Graham   (as William Graham) and Robert Altman (unaccredited).
Altman is also accredited for one of the story writers.
Starring Mickey Rooney, James Caan and Bruce Dern
Plot Summary
A "surfer bum","600 miles from a wave", is roaming the back-roads of the U.S. in his woody wagon when it breaks down. His "rescuers" include a small town sheriff who has a habit of his prisoners escaping and then being hunted down and murdered by his bloodhounds. When the surfer is seen as a threat to report the goings-on he is arrested and is next in line to "escape".

BIARRITZ FRANCE 1963 1st European Surfing Contest
British Movietine News clip of the 1st Biarritz Surfing Contest, France.
Dana Point 1963-1968

Surfing "Killer Dana" and other local spots between 1963 and 1968
a clip from a very rare 1963 Surf film

Another rather poor film titled 1950 Surf - some discussion on page about where and what:
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden: The Surfblurb 6 Feb 2012

Although titled Miami Beach (Florida?), some commentators think this maybe on the West Coast.
Elevated shooting position, from cliffs or pier?
Likely 1960s, amateur footage.
Vintage Surfing Video
Six minutes from the early 1960s, North Shore
28 May 2020 by Pacific Longboarder Archive Detective Ian Lording :
The lost art of the kickout.
Love how the offshore saves them from a long swim.
A few big names from the era in this one.
The footage is pretty crisp so looks to be lifted from a proper movie - Bud Browne or Bruce Brown maybe - and set to music by the Rockin’ Rebels & Jan and Dean.

Professionally shot and edited footage from the winter of 1962-1963 (
Bud Browne? Bruce Brown? other?) with a non-original soundtrack, possibly overlaid on commentary.
North Shore locations include Haliewa, Sunset, Pipeline, and Waimea Bay.
Surfers include California's Mickey Dora and, his employer, Greg Noll in distinct surfwear.
Dora's da Cat was the leader of Greg Noll Surfboards' range of models in the late 1960s.
Dora wears shorts provided by the producers of Ride the Wild Surf for continuity as the
stunt double for the Fabin, in the lead role.
Greg Noll is easily identified by his black and white jailhouse-stripe board-shorts, which were replicated for star James Mitchum, see below.
Other surfers may include Midget Farrelly from Australia, on the first wave in the Pipeline sequence.

RIDE THE WILD SURF 1964 Movie Trailer

Ride the Wild Surf is romantic drama in the beach party style. It was filmed in 1963 and distributed in 1964.
Unlike most films in the genre, it is known for its exceptional big wave surf footage – a common sight in surf movies of the time, but a rarity in beach party films.[2]
Likewise, the film has only one pop song – the titular Jan & Dean track, which is heard once, at the end of the film.

Surfers Mickey Dora, Greg Noll and Dick Ziker performed a large part of the surfing seen in the film.

Of the three surfer leads, raven-haired Peter Brown was made into a blonde by makeup artist Ben Lane (to match the hair of Brown’s surfing double – and to keep all three men from being brunettes), which required his girlfriend, the blonde Barbara Eden, to have auburn hair; likewise the dark-haired Shelley Fabares – who is paired with the dark-haired Fabian, became a Scandinavian blonde.
Susan Hart’s black hair was sufficiently indifferent to male counterpart Tab Hunter’s that no change was required.

The stunt surfers were given swim trunks that matched their movie star counterparts, except for star James Mitchum, who was instead given trunks that replicated his stunt double Greg Noll’s famous black & white "jailhouse stripe" boardshorts.

Ride The Wild Surf
Ride the wild surf in Hawaii. Clips from the film Ride The Wild Surf.
Director of photography Joseph Biroc. Directed by Don Taylor.
Filmed on location at the northern shore of the Hawaiian island of O'ahu in1963.
Some of the most prominent real surfers featured in this film were Miki Dora, Greg Noll and Dick Ziker.

With Peter Brown, Tab Hunter, Fabian and Shelley Fabares.
Music by the Beach Boys (Hawaii and Honky Tonk) and Jan and Dean (Ride The Wild Surf).

This is a compilation of most of the surfing action footage from the film.
Although the film's climax emphasised the danger and drama of Waimea Bay, most of the surfing footage was shot in excellent conditions at Sunset Beach.
Starts with the boys' surf-check at (Sunset Beach?) carpark, followed by a mass paddle-out.
00:37: Sunset Beach
01:07: Pipeline
01:26: Sunset Beach
03:11: Pipeline
03:41: Waimea Bay

Selected Originals - Cinesound Surfing Special 1964

Noted by Jeremy Oxenden,
The Surfblurb, 24th December 2012.

Australia - Surf And Underwater Girls 1963





Cinesound Productions: All Quiet on the Surfie-Rocker Front (1963)
A short newsreel item from 1963, outlining police efforts to curb gang violence between outer suburban ‘rockers’ and surfers at Manly beach.

Best Clip from "The Endless Summer" : Cape Saint Francis

Universal-International News, Sports, Voice: Ed Herlihy.
1964 paipo footage filmed by Barry McGuigan, edited by Bob Green
Barry MGuigan shot footage on a 1964 trip to Hawaii.
Included is footage of Leigh Tingle from Sydney.
Tingle's board can be seen in a group shot - notable is the wood hand grip.

Footage includes Pipeline (?), Makaha and Waimea Bay and Duke celebrated at Mahaka Contest (?).

Surf Riders' World Title 1964
Full title reads: Hawaii. Surf Riders' World Title.

Makaha, Hawaii. World Surfing Championship won by American Joe Cabell.

Probably 1963-1964 Makaha Contest;
1st Joey Cabell (H), Women  - Nancy Nelson (USA)
Hawaii Newsreel 1964 Surfing Makaha
1964 newsreel on hawaii and surfing, I took the sound off and added music.

Sun And Surf At Hawaii 1964

Hawaii, United States of America (USA).
Title reads 'Sun and Surf - Hawaii'.
Long panning shot of the American Boeing aircraft taxiing in at airport in Hawaii. GV. Travelling shot from car on the road to Honolulu. Travelling shots in Honolulu showing modern buildings and avenues lined with palm trees. MV. Pan down palm tree to sandy beach. GV. Beach at Waikiki, not very crowded. GV. Exterior of modern hotel, pan down to beach. Various shots of the people relaxing, sunbathing and walking along beach. MS. American beat group on a small stage playing at the beach. LS. Surfers paddle out to where the waves begin and fairly good shots of them surfing. Various night shots with torches alight on the beach and the shots of the palm trees against the darkening sky.
Date found in the old record - 30/01/1964.

[NSW] Surfing Championships 1964
Championships: Surfin' At Avalon. (By courtesy of CBS Records The Atlantics play 'The Crusher')".
Australian voice overed newsreel material.
Bobby Brown, Midget Farrelly, others.
Open Surfboard Championships In Australia 1929
Title: Midget Regains World Board Riding Title.
LS. Australian surfer "Midget" Farrelly and Californian surfer Joey Cabell riding high waves on the surf at Makaha, Hawaii during the 1963 surfing championships.
CU. Trophy for 'First World Open Surfboard Championship'...

World contest at Manly Beach in 1964, the date 1929 is clearly incorrect.

First Australian Championship Surfing Competition - 1964
Charles Slater:
Surf riding is a long way from whatever area of expertise I might possess (Now there's an understatement).
Recently however, in amongst a mixed lot of 16mm movie film, I found this brief (5¾ minute) coverage of the initial Surfing Championship contest held at Manly, NSW, Australia.
By the amount of noticeable wear (scratches) on this short, I surmised that had been shown many times.
In turn, this indicates that it was of significant interest to surfing fans.
In case it might now be of some interest current fans of the sport, I thought it worth preserving on YouTube.

Posted on PLB newsletter, March 20202 by Ian “Surf Tragic” Lording, who added, “Love the starter’s gun!”

Selected Originals - Cinesound Surfing Special (1964)
Selected Originals (offcuts, out-takes, selected scenes, rushes) for newsreel story "Surf Riders' World Title" - 64/4 (see above).
Library shots of old car. Woman in old style bathing costume. Shots of men wearing early design of swimming trunks from 1930s.
Shots of famous surfer Duke Kahanamoku - originally from Hawaii - but here in Australia.
VS of surfers. Changes in surfboard design are discussed and illustrated. Shots of surfers.
VS of surf music band The Atlantics playing their tune 'Bombora'. Members of the band watch their record being pressed.

World Contest, Manly
Rare footage of the heats featuring Nat Young, Booby Brown, Keith Paull, John Giles, Glen Ritchie, Mike Doyle, Phillis (sic) O'Donnell, Ken Adler, and Joey Cabell.
And in the final: Midget, Cabell, Mick Dooley, and Doyle.
Reportedly shot by Baba Looey, buddy of Scott Dillon.

King of the Surf (1964)
During the 1964 world surfing championships at Manly, local teenagers flood into a dance, while the international contestants fraternise with new friends.
In the morning, the keenest local surfers are out to get a wave before the competition begins.

ABC Television: Surf culture hits Australia in the 1960s.
First broadcast: 01 May 1964
How did surf culture change Australian popular culture?
Rock music and the concept of the 'teenager' had arrived in Australia in the 1950s but in the 1960s the surfboard gave rise to a new youth subculture.
This clip from 1964 explores conflict in the water and cultural changes that came with the rise of the 'surfie'.

Features an interview with Manly Beach inspector, Bob Brewster, later the proprietor of Stora-a-Board at Manly and manufacturer of Bower Boy Wax.

LJ Richards 1964 MSA Contest

Malibu Surfing Association / Windansea Contest August 22,1964 with all-time surf heroes, LJ Richards being one of them.
1964 Malibu Invitational
Video of the MSA/Windansea contest from ’64 – featuring: Joey Cabell, Mike Hynson, Butch Van Artsdalen, LJ Richards (on a Phil Edwards), Skip Frye, Mike Doyle, Mickey Munoz, Bobby Patterson, Rusty Miller,  Butch Linden, Cowboy Henderson, Barry Kanaiaupuni, Jo Jo Perrin, Andy Newman, Billy Fury, Steve Bigler, and Lance Carson
Noted on the PLB newsletter May 2021, forwarded by John Wade and Randy Rarick.

Gremlins and Sandies in New Craze.
Various shots of the youngsters showing off their new craze of 'roller boarding' which is good practice for surf boarding.
A small piece of wood with two little rollers fixed on the bottom and they just roll down any convenient slope.
Dated: 30/01/1964.
Comment by Unknown user, 15th February 2014:
This roller boarding footage was shot in Alexander & Kenneth Streets at Bondi (now Tamarama).
It is of myself, Joanne Maslin and my childhood friends.....Lyn Abberton, Noelene O'Neill, Robyn Hindle, Meryl Shine, John Moore, Tony Atkinson and Kevin Hindle.
It was shown on the news on TV and also in cinemas.
We had metal roller skates that strapped on over our sneakers and comprised of two sliding pieces joined with a wingnut, which enabled them to be made bigger or smaller depending on your foot size.
We would separate the two pieces and nail them to a piece of wood to make what is now known as a skateboard.

Shark Patrol (1964)
Full title reads: "Australia. Shark Patrol" (Sydney, Australia).
A report on the 2SM sponsored airborne shark patrol (Cessna?), inter-cut with beach and surfing scenes.
Includes disc jockey lifting the stylus from a record (Decca) in the studio before switching to the shark patrol report by John Highfield:
"At the moment we are flying over Long Reef and we have just sighted a school of sharks about 5 or 6 in number about 50 yards out from the beach and just to the North of the headland.
If the surf club could clear the water it would be advisable as the school of sharks is heading in towards the beach".

Pacific Longboarder Magazine Newswire, August 2020:
Ferreted out from the bowels of the British Pathe Historical Collection by PLB’s archive sleuth Ian "Danger" Lording, a newsreel from the colonies for British cinema and TV consumption.

[For Those Who Think Young]
Nancy Sinatra in her first film with Gilligan aka Maynard G. Krebs...
You can see surfer Miki Dora running around in the orange trunks with while trim.
He's also the mail
(sic) surfer at the end.
A few months later, Gilligan would be stranded on a desert island.

For Those Who Think Young is a 1964 beach party film directed by Leslie H. Martinson and starring James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, and Paul Lynde.
Featuring: Tina Louise, Nancy Sinatra, Bob Denver, Claudia Martin, Robert Middleton, and Woody Woodbury.

Bob Denver (Gilligan) and Tina Louise (Ginger) later appeared in the television series, Gilligan's Island.

Muscle Beach Party (1964) Trailer

Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello gets up to more crazy antics in this great entry in the Beach films.
Also features Dick Dale and Stevie Wonder.

Mister Ed surfando 1964 - Mr Ed Surfboard Riding at Waikiki, 1964.
Mr Ed and Wilbur visit Hawaii where Ed  decides he wants to be a beach boy and takes up surfboa
rd riding at Waikiki.
Note that Ed was a horse, of course.

San Diego Surfing in the 1960's - Trip from Pacific Beach to San Onofre
These are family home movies taken during the early 1960s of a trip from our uncle's house in Pacific Beach to San Onofre.
Family of owner of and
circa 1964

1960s Rebellious Surfers
These 1960s surfers had some issues.
Black and white footage of Malibu with on-beach interviews.

Butch Van Artsdalen
Butch, one of the greatest longboard surfers of all-time, lived fast and died way too young.
He and Mickey Munoz go to Maui in this video.

Taken from a Bruce Brown movie, featuring
Butch Van Artsdalen and Mickey Munoz in Hawaii.
Footage of them being towed behind a catamaran at Waikiki and Butch in large surf at Sunset Beach, including going left.
They travel to Maui to surf small waves off Lahaina Harbour and Honolua Bay

Australian Championships, Manly NSW,
May 1965.
News from Australia: 
Part 1: Warrandyke.

Steve May
with his eagle Sparticus.
Part 2:
(Manly Beach, Sydney)
Various shots of the crowded beach.

L/S boy
(Wayne Lynch) in the Junior Championships coming in on surfboard on very flat surf.
Various shots Kevin Brennan coming in on surfboard.
M/S Peter Drouyn
(actually a young Wayne Lynch) the winner of Junior Championships coming in on board.
C/U man [Bob Cooper, a contest judge) watching.
Various shots Nat Young coming in on surfboard in the Senior Championships.
L/S as another entrant comes in on board but falls into wave.
Various shots Midget Farrelly coming in on board.
M/S as Farrelly walks to winner's rostrum.
C/U Farrelly holding Cup.

1st Midget Farrelly

2nd  Nat Young
3rd Bob McTavish.
Junior - 1st Peter Drouyn, 2nd Kevin Brennan
Women - Phyllis O’Donell

SURF BEACH 1965 Australia Mat Surfing
Body surfing, Coolites and mat surfing (Bondi Beach) and surfboard riding on various Sydney beaches circa 1965.
One sequence shows two young surfers completing their 1965-1966 surfboard registration and the program ends with a simulated rescue.
Clip Description
From the Film Australia Collection. Made by the Commonwealth Film Unit 1965. Directed by Bern Gandy. From beach inspectors watching for danger to the ice cream vendors helping people cool down, Australia’s major beaches in summer have the hustle and bustle of a small town. Surf Beach looks at the proud tradition of surf lifesavers, who give up their weekends voluntarily to patrol our beaches, keeping ordinary folks safe from disaster. Witness the thrilling rescue of a young woman who has got herself into trouble, and the military precision of the surf lifesavers as they bring her back into shore. The highlight of the season is the Surf Life Saving Championships – a marvel of pageantry as surf lifesaving clubs from across Sydney march proudly along the beach, led by the UNSW Regiment brass band. Beautifully shot and set to a swinging soundtrack, Surf Beach pays tribute to an Australian icon: the beach.

NFSA Films: Surf Beach
From the Film Australia Collection. Made by the Commonwealth Film Unit 1965. Directed by Bern Gandy.
From beach inspectors watching for danger to the ice cream vendors helping people cool down, Australia’s major beaches in summer have the hustle and bustle of a small town.
Surf Beach looks at the proud tradition of surf lifesavers, who give up their weekends voluntarily to patrol our beaches, keeping ordinary folks safe from disaster.
Witness the thrilling rescue of a young woman who has got herself into trouble, and the military precision of the surf lifesavers as they bring her back into shore.
The highlight of the season is the Surf Life Saving Championships – a marvel of pageantry as surf lifesaving clubs from across Sydney march proudly along the beach, led by the UNSW Regiment brass band.
Beautifully shot and set to a swinging soundtrack, Surf Beach pays tribute to an Australian icon: the beach.

MR SURFBOARD (Don Adams aka Get Smart) 1965
Hosts Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello introduce Mr. Surfboard, Don Adams,  a skit from Hullabaloo!
Show #6
Season 1, Episode 6, Aired 16 February 1965
The show also included The Kinks, Dobie Gray, Freddie and the Dreamers, Andrew Loog Oldham, and The Brothers Four.

Don Adams later appeared with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in Back To The Beach in 1987.

The Hullabaloo TV show was a musical variety series that aired on NBC for two seasons from January of 1965 to April of 1966.
Each episode of Hullabaloo had a popular guest host who would sing a song or three even if they weren't known as a singer.
The first 13 episodes had a segment where Brian Epstein would introduce a hot group from London.
There was also a number done by the guest host and the guest performers called the Hullabaloo "Top Pop Medley", a medley of the current hits that topped the charts.
After the guest performers sang their tunes, the final number would be performed on a hot night-club type set and was referred to as "Hullabaloo A Go-Go".

1965 PERU 2nd Worlds Surfing Championships
Excerpt from US television sports program?
Tandem event from the 2nd World Surfing Championships in 1965.
Begins with finish and presentation of a paddling race, then tandem contest (final?) and presentation.
Ends with one wave of female surfers.

British Movietine News clip of a '60's motorized surfboard, Shown to Duke Kahanamoku.
Sorry there was on sound so i added my own.

Promo for Gidget television series, with Sally Field taking the part of Sandra Dee in the 1959 film.
The series was first broadcast on ABC from September 15, 1965 through April 21, 1966.

Perry Mason Surfing Episode 1965 Hawaii
The Case of the Feather Cloak
In Hawaii to handle an investigation for a hotel chain, Mason and Drake uncover a murder.
Season 8, Episode 19, Aired 2 November 1965 

on their cross country tour, the Hobie Super Surfer Skateboard team stop off at Cypress Gardens and go surfing behind a boat.

Endless Summer (2 of 2)
From a documentary about two guys surfing in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Hawaii and Australia.
This clip is when they were in Ghana. Part 2 of 2.
Contains footage of Ghana fisherman surfing waves in their boats on returning to the beach.
Also juvenile prone board riders.

HAMMS BEER 1965 Surfing Commercial
Hamms beer surfing commercial from 1965, notice footage from Bud Browne's surf film, LOCKED IN

The Beatles Cartoon 1960s: The Surfer-Duel
George winds up in a duel with a big surfer dude for a girl's attention.

First season, Episode19: From Me to You/Boys

In Hawaii, a surfer named Surf Wolf challenges George to a surfing duel; The Beatles participate in a Mr. Hollywood Contest in California. Sing Along: Please Mr. Postman/I Saw Her Standing There.
Note that the opening title erroneously shows "With Love From Me To You"

MR MAGOO goes Surfing in Hawaii Cartoon 1965

The Beach Boys & Annette Funicello - The Monkey's Uncle
Walt Disney Film
Title song written by Sherman & Sherman, composers of You're 16.
No surfing content.

[Bruce Brown: Phil Ewards Profile, US TV, c1965]
UToobCrazy noted: The Footage is from the Movie Surfin Short By Bruce Brown.

Bruce Brown's Surfin' Shorts (c1966) was  a collection of short films and outakes from Brown's earlier films.
This segment is a compliation of Phil Edwards' surfriding, with
succinct and informative comments by Brown and Edwards, prepared for a US television sports program circa 1965.
Note that Brown descibes the noseride as "a stall", and Edwards downplays the speed, "between 20 and 30 (mph?), and danger of surfboard riding.
This post is taken from a South American television station, with Spanish/Portuguese subtitles.
Ewards is shown surfing in Hawai'i and California, in a early sequence from Surfing Hollow Days (1961) at ??, he rides his famous fibreglassed balsawood surfboard, Baby.

Bob Cooper wrote that:
Everybody said that Baby was a magic surfboard.
To watch Phil Edwards ride it, it certainly seemed like a magic surfboard.
I rode it, it felt very good to me.
Phil watched me ride it, said I rode it very well ...
Nat rode it, he can tell you the board had a little magic in it, I think Midget might have also.
- Bob Cooper: Magic, Surfing World, Volume 14 Number 4, circa August 1970,  pages 14 to 17

A later sequence, at Sunset Beach features, possibly, the first filmed "re-entry" at 2:02.
This only become a recognised manoeuvre in 1966, initially referred to by some US commentators as the roller-coaster.

"Mickey Dora & Friends" (Short Film)
The Dave Reynolds Project
Featuring vintage surf footage from Mickey's glory days in the 1960's along with five new tracks by The Dave Reynolds Project.
Sit back and enjoy watching one of surfing's most legendary figures, complimented by a smooth, contemporary soundtrack.
Noted by Dave Reynolds in the The Surf Blurb, 22 January 2018.

TV Broadcast 1st Annual Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships
CBS Sports Spectacular TV Broadcast: 1965 1st Annual Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships,
Sunset Beach.
First surfing contest held on the North Shore of Hawaii - Shown on NBC Sports Easter Sunday 1966.
Narrated by Bruce Brown
+ Interview with Mickey Dora.
eaturing Mike Doyle, Greg Noll, Fred Hemmings, Rusty Miller, Mike Hynson, Jackie Eberle, Paul Strauch,Peter Cole, Felipe Pomar + others

Hobie Surf Team - McGregor Surf Wear.
Hobie Alter, Mickey Munoz, Bobby Patterson, Mike McClellan, Herbie Fletcher & Billy Hamilton

Stop the Wave 1965 Surfing Film Hawaii
Introduction only.
Produced by Jim Wilhoite,
Associate Producer: Charles Fox
Contributing Photographer: Ralph Klaus

Ventura High School
Friday May 21, 1965.

Hawaii and California
Skim Boards
Maui with Mickey Munoz and Butch Van Artsdalen

Also see:

Maui with Mickey Munoz and Butch Van Artsdalen
Corky Carroll, Mickey Munoz and Mark Martinson, Velsyland 1965.

1965 Australian Skateboarding Midget Farrelly
World Surfing Champ Midget Farrelly had really pushed the sport of skateboarding in Australia in the '60's.. He had his own model

THE PROFESSIONALS 1966 Surfing Tv Show
Part of a tv show from 1966 called THE PROFESSIONALS,
This one episode was on SURFERS. Greg Noll, Skateboarding, Skimboarding, Hawaii etc.

Clairol Summer Blonde Commercial with Andrea Dromm - Short Version (1966)


Surf Boat off Fairy Bower '65
John Windshuttle captains the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Boat, Cabbage Tree 1, at Fairy Bower, 27th March, 1966.
The boat was destroyed two waves later, and an inquiry was held by the club into the actions of the crew.
See  Brawley: Palm Beach S.C. (1996), page 148.
Surfboard riders may include Midget Farrelly (wetsuit) and Scott Dillon (goofyfoot).

Al Hunt reported in the The Surfblurb, March 2012:
: re: Surf Boat off Fairy Bower '65 video in last blurb:
Right at the end of it as the boat rides the wave with a guy surfing behind, someone paddling out nearly gets cleaned up by the boat.
That was me.

Paper Surfboard tv Commercial (Tom Morey)
Tom Morey, now known only as "Y" building a paper surfboard, a few years after making the paper surfboard, he invented the Morey Boogie Board.
I'm delighted to find this on here! Thank you!!
It was not years after but three years before? the boogie.
I built the board from their cardboard and it actually surfed. The wind was howling, a huge 1000mm lense aimed at me from down wave. The direct says, "Go!"
I swing around, stuff, catch, pop up, crank right, trim, squat and scoot!
About 6 perfect seconds go by... trimming, dropping and then I swing it up, over and glide to a graceful end. The guy with the camera yells, "Any time you're ready!"
Totally missed the shot. Thereafter,? a comedy of errors. Yet still, Al Jenkins, the producer, somehow patched together a workable commercial.
Look closely and you'll note in the closing scene I'm paddling back out on half a board."

vintage longboarding "the 1966 world surfing contest"

1966 World Contest sequence from
Greg MacGillivray and Greg Freeman's  Free and Easy (1967)
Features Jock Sutherland, reverse-fin-take-off by Leroy Ah Chow (?) and winner Nat Young.

A Trip To Honolulu 1966
Description: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America (USA).
Title reads 'Honolulu'.
GV. Exterior of Honolulu Airport building. LS. Plane taxiing in at Honolulu. Various shots of new buildings around Honolulu and palm lined streets. LS. Large crowd of people gathered around to watch Hawaiian girls dancing. Various shots of the people in streets walking about in casual gear. Various shots of the golfers out on the Honolulu Golf Club. They use little golf carts.
GV. Hawaii and Waikiki Beach.

(Comb. F.G.)
Date found in the old record - 01/06/1966.

Surfers, Waikiki

Can Women Surf? (1966)
ABC Television

Noted by Jeremy Oxenden in The Surf Blurb, August 5, 2019.

Surfing footage and interviews with male and female surfers, shot mostly around Manly Beach with some rides at Fairy Bower.
Noted interviewees include Rodney Sumpter and Robert Conneelley.
The introduction notes that surfies like their girls on the beach.
Beginning surfing at Avalon on Sydney's northern beaches, Rod Sumpter won many UK and European titles, after moving to England in the mid-1960s, and represented the UK
at world contests in California and Puerto Rico, and for Ireland at the 1970 titles in Australia. 
Sumpter is concerned that female surfers develop muscles in the wrong places, and would prefer not to date a girl with arms muscles bigger than myself.
Bondi surfer and surf-shop proprietor, Robert Conneelley won the Australian Junior Championship at Manly Beach in 1964 and was a regular finalist in the men's events until he relocated to Western Australia by the mid-1970s.
Conneelley simply suggests that they should involve themselves in more feminine activities.
One female surfer observes, accurately, I don't think they know what they are talking about.
Right: Surfer in a bikini riding a nice six foot wave at Fairy Bower, 1966.

circa 1967
Duke Kahanamoku:This Is Your Life

RINCON Surfing Miki Dora 1966-69
A clip from Jamie Budge's film THE CALIFORNIANS


Actually the Makaha ABC Invitational, Makaha, 1966.

Excerpt from ABC's Wide World of Sports (US television program), 1966.

Includes footage from the beach, helicopter and water shots from a power boat.

Results: Nat Young (Australia) 1st, Reno Abellira (Hawaii) 2nd, Mike Purpus (California) 3rd.
David Knox (The Surf Blurb, 19 March 2012) noted:
Results and year of Makaha championships are wrong, I am pretty sure.
The year was 1966 and the winner, I am fairly sure, was Joey Cabell, the other finalists included Fred Hemmings, George Downing, Felipe Pomar and Nat.
Nat never won Makaha, senior or junior.

Matt Warshaw notes that ABC's Wide World of Sports covered the Makaha Contest from 1962 to 1965 and records the Makaha results for 1966 as Fred Hemmings (open), Joyce Hoffman (Womens), Reno Abellira (Juniors), Pete Peterson and Barrie Algaw (Tandem).
The results for 1967 were Joey Cabell (open), Martha Sunn (Womens), Reno Abellira (Juniors), Bob Moore and Patti Young (Tandem).
- Warshaw: Encyclopedia (2004) pages 357-358.

 In the The Surfblurb (26 March 2012), Randy Rarrick noted:
Just a little bit of history on the footage of the Makaha Surfing event.
It was a made for TV special that ABC did, because Nat Young had been eliminated in the main Makaha event.
They picked Nat because he was the reigning World Champion and  they hand picked all the other surfers so they would have contestants from France, Peru, California and Hawaii besides Nat from Australia.
The Makaha organizers were unhappy with ABC, because it caused confusion over the "official" event.

The Hot Generation Trailer (1967)
1967 May  The Hot Generation
Directed/Camera/Script by Paul Witzig.
First release.
Surfers : Bob McTavish, Russell Hughes, Kevin Brennan, Bobby Brown, Rodney Stumper, Nat Young, Peter Drouyn, Midget Farrelly, Robert Connelly, Keith Paull, Ted Spencer, George Greenough, Reno Dick Brewer, Buddy Boy.
Locations :Noosa, Byron Bay, France, Burleigh Heads, Bells Beach (Austrailian Titles or Easter contest 1967?),  Maui/Honolua Bay.

Holiday Scenes At Biarritz, 1967.
L/S of the beach at Biarritz, zoom in to surfer.
Various shots of the surfers riding the waves.
C/U of girl in bikini watching through binoculars.
Various good slow motion shots of the surfers in action, one goes under. C/U surfer's...

Holiday Scenes At Biarritz, 1967
Noted by Timothy DelaVega in the The Surfblurb, 12 September 2016.
Dick Catri's HobieTeam 1967 Gary Propper Mimi Munro
Rick Catri's East Coast Hobie Team consisted of some of the hottest surfers and was the standard by which others were measured.
This clip is from the film the Summer of '67.
Noted by  Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb, August 2012.

A large number of East coast USA riders for Hobie Surboards, circa 1967.

Surfing The Severn Bore 1967
V.S. Canoeists prepare their boats and put on life jackets and take to the water to go and ride with the Bore.
L.S. The canoes riding on the Bore.
M.S. Australian surf champ, Paul Saymer, carrying his surfboard down to water.
He starts to paddle out into mid-stream.
L.S. Paul Saymer catches the Bore and rides it down river.

Surfing Contest : Batman versus Joker
Batman and Joker are both natural-footers, kneel paddling at take off on a small wave, they then ride together against back-projection of large and powerful Hawaiian surf
On his next wave,  Batman completes a rather unsteady spinner, and needs to employ his spray can of shark repellent from his utility belt.*
Joker, and then Batman, ride small left-handers to the beach, with Joker claiming victory.
Episode104 Surf's Up! Joker's Under!
Screened November 16, 1967
Cesar Romero as The Joker.
The surfing-doubles are unknown.
*Clearly, for each encounter with evil, Batman loaded his utility belt with items that he anticipated might be useful. For the surfing contest he probably also carried spray-on surf wax, sunscreen, and repellents for giant jellyfish and octopus/squid (Fear the Kraken!)..

Duke Kahanamoku and George Downing Talking Surfboard Design From Wood To Foam
From ABC TV: Duke Kahanamoku's World of Surfing, 1968.

High on a Cool Wave (1968)
Three clips from a rarely seen film by Bob Evans, like most of his films it was has not been released on VHS or DVD.
The first two feature Nat Young, Bob McTavish and kneeboarder, George Greenough, at Noosa Heads, Queensland.
The second records one on the outstanding days of the Hawai'ian winter of 1967-1968 at Halewai, with host of local and international surfers including Joey Cabell, Mike Doyle, Ben Apia, and Nat Young.
Evans' upcoming star, Peter Drouyn, is featured on some excellent rides.
This is a valuable adjunct to the similar footage shot by Paul Witzig, originally for his short Hawaii '68 (1968), and then added as the finale of his previously released feature, The Hot Generation (1967-1968).
Footage of the session also appeared, somewhat belatedly, in Eric Blum's The Fantastic Plastic Machine (1969)

The Pink Panther in "Come on In! The Water's Pink"
Episode 40

Coppertone TV commercial with 1968 Playboy Bunny Anne Randall.

Andy Warhol: San Diego Surf

Vogue: Andy Warhol Surfboards Recall the Artist's Long-Lost Surf Film

The Beach Boys Go Surfing
The Beach Boys Go Surfing at "The Ranch" Point Conception, California.
Filmed in 1968, this music video features The Beach Boys picking out some surf boards at The Hobie Shop on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica and then heading up to "The Ranch" north of Santa Barbara for a day at the beach between tour dates.
They took along their friend Corky Carroll, 5 time U.S. Surfing Champion and winner of the Surfer Poll that year who also happens to be a fine musician.

The soundtrack is Do It Again, recorded at Brian Wilson's home studio, Los Angeles, May–June and released in the US on July 8, 1968.
It  peaked at the number 20 in the US but was a number one hit for the band in the UK and Australia.

This promotional film, directed by Peter Clifton, was shot in Los Angeles.
Originally shot in colour, features the group driving
their VW Kombi to the Hobie surf shop on Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, to collect some new boards; all +9ft except for Al Jardine's smaller belly-board, similar to a Boogie-board.
The stock boards include a stringer-less Corky Carroll Flex/Mini ? model, the lengths substantially longer than those found on the racks of Sydney surf-shops in mid-1968.
After driving to The Ranch they surf with US champion
Corky Carroll, who rides aggressively on a sub 9ft board.

An alternate promotional clip was planned to feature special guest, Beatles member Paul McCartney as a clerk, however the idea was abandoned due to his hectic schedule
The clip first screened on BBC-1's Top of the Pops on August 8, 22 and 29, and in September on Germany's Hits A Go Go show on ZDF TV.

It later featured in the  Peter Clifton Australian surfing film Fluid Journey (
Colour sections of the clip were later used by
Clifton in his rock-film Popcorn (1969) cut with footage of some elite surfers and with Heroes and Villains as the soundtrack.
The original 85 minute release included, along with the Beach Boys, songs by The Rolling Stones, The Animals, Otis Redding, Joe Cocker and Jimi Hendrix.
The Bee Gees performed To Love Somebody, along with less prominent Australian performers such as Johnny Farnham and Russell Morris.
Peter Clinton is best known for directing the Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains the Same.
Beach Boys Heros Villians Surfing 1969

The Sweet Ride,1968: trailer
Variety Review: The Sweet Ride could sum up as Hell's Angels' Bikini Beach Party in Valley of the Dolls near Peyton Place.
Joe Pasternak (1901-91)
Director: Harvey Hart (1928-89)
Screenplay: Tom Mankiewicz (1942-2010)
William Murray (novel), Malibu (1983)
Jacqueline Bisset (Vickie Cartwright), Michele Carey (Thumper Stevens), Lara Lindsay (Martha), Stacy King (Big Jane), Corinna Tsopei (tennis girl)
Tony Franciosa (Collie Ransom), Michael Sarrazin (Denny McGuire), Bob Denver (Choo-Choo Burns)
Uncredited: Mickey Dora (surfer),
Lee Hazlewood (The Man)
Olds: Michael Wilding (Bill Cartwright)
Music: Moby Grape

Belgian Poster, 1968.

Patagonia:  Mountain of Storms
In 1968, five friends set out on a 5,000-mile road trip in a white Ford van bound for South America.
They packed surfboards, skis, and climbing gear and documented the whole trip on a 16mm Bolex camera.

Mountain of Storms- Trailer
Mountain of Storms (Full Film)- A Legendary Road Trip

1969 Australian Surfing Titles held in WA
Presented by Surfing Down South
In May 1969 the Nation’s best surfers competed in the first Australian Surfing Championships held in WA.
Contest rounds were held in fine autumn conditions with offshore winds at Scarborough (small), Margaret River (large) and Yallingup (windy).
This video features contest surfing at Scarborough, Margaret River and Yallingup.
The footage was captured on a Super 8 camera by members of the City Beach Surf Riders club WA.
Video music courtesy of Vance Burrow Yallingup. (No narration).

Surfriders Championship - Noosa September 1969
Originally a news broadcast on Wide Bay Television ... this film was originally produced by WBQ 8 and was reproduced as 7 Extract from the Archives project.
The project was supported by an innovation grant from the Library Board of Queensland.
© 2020 Seven Network and Gympie Regional Libraries
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Noosa News,September 1969:
The value of the prizes and trophies totals a hitherto unheard of $1000.
Included are five surfboards ($500), 21 trophies and cups, Levi gear, dinners, and chooks.

1st Ted Spencer, 2nd David Treloar, 3rd Peter Drouyn
Said to be Australia’s First "Professional” Surf Contest.

Noted by PLB archive detective Ian Lording, December 2020, reposted September 2021:
Shame about the crap surf, and shame there’s no voiceover, but it is an interesting glance at a pivotal time.
Regarding the competition - in the Sun Herald dated September 21, 1969, an article by Midget Farrelly tells how Ted Spencer fought it out in a close final against David Treloar.
Peter Drouyn finished third and then expressed his displeasure by giving away his trophy, jumping in his car and driving off. Simply, he cracked it big time, spat the dummy and left, with possible thoughts going through his head of a different judging system and contest format.
In another twist according to Midget, the prize money was never honoured due to “lack of entry numbers”.

Also, from the Noosa News in September 1969: “The value of the prizes and trophies totals a hitherto unheard of $1000.
Included are five surfboards ($500), 21 trophies and cups, Levi gear, dinners, and chooks."
Yes, that read “dinners, and chooks”!

The presentation was held in the park opposite the new Noosa Post Office, and the trophies were presented by Rick Bennet, Peter Troy and Garth Madill.
A special trophy for the highest score went to one B. Cooney.

In his book A Cup Of Tea With God, Phil Jarratt writes, “The 1969 Noosa Open, taken out by Sydney superstar Ted Spencer, featured most of Australia's leading surfers.
By 1970 the surf contest had become secondary to the party at Tewantin's Royal Mail Hotel, that year featuring surf psychedelic band Tamam Shud and the event fizzled out in a pall of thick blue marijuana smoke.”

Coca Cola (Australian ad) 1969
Psychedelic Australian Coke add, featuring Australian vocal legend, Doug Parkinson.
Noted by PLB archive detective Ian Lording, September 2021.
Some suggested Terry Fiz and Mark Warren were the surfers.
More likely Ted Spencer and Wayne Lynch segments from Paul Witzig's Evolution.

: Trailer
- noted by Gibus de Soultrait, Surfer's Journal France, in the Surf Blurb, 10 July 2018.

Director/Camera: Paul Witzig
Extra footage: George Greenough
Soundtrack:Taman Shud and Tully (and Ravell)
Surfers: Wayne Lynch, Butch Cooney,Ted Spencer, Nat Young, Midget Farrelly, Skip Frye, Ben Apia, Russell Hughes, Keith Paull, David Nuuihwa,  Reno Aberlira, Joey Cabell, Fred Hemmings, Mike Doyle,  Peter Drouyn, David Treloar, Richard Harvey.
Locations: Victoria, Sydney, France, Morrocco/Portugal, Puerto Rico (World Titles 1968), South Australia, Western Australia  (Australian Titles 1969, Margaret River).

British Movietone: Charles Williams wanted to go to the Surfing Championships in Puerto Rico, but lacked the money.
So, five of his fans who work in a Cornish Discotheque are trying to raise the money for him.
Charles ride small Cornish waves on a 8ft (?) round-tail, possibly recently modified.

CORKY CARROLL 1969 Surfing 1st Smirnoff Contest Santa Cruz
TV News clip for the 1969 Santa Cruz 1st Smirnoff Surfing Contest

Coca Cola (Australian ad) 1969

Noted by PLB archive detective Ian Lording, November 2020.
Bikini clad girls frolic on beach front spliced with footage of  Wayne Lynch and Ted Spencer from Paul Witzig's Evolution.
retrooldcommercials: Coca Cola cinema commercial from 1969 transferred from U-Matic video cassette.
This is one of the BEST Coke commercials I've ever seen, the psychedelic visual effects are absolutely wicket and the soundtrack is very trippy!!!
The artist who sang the jingle for this ad is Doug Parkinson.
This commercial came from commercial director Barrie Smith's collection.

The Big Island.
Made by the Commonwealth Film Unit 1970.
Produced by Frank Bagnall with photography by Keith Gow and Don McAlpine.
The aim of this film is to show an international audience, within a limited time span and in a necessarily superficial, yet attractive manner, some aspects of Australian life.
The film pictures Australia as a brisk, exciting place where things are happening.
The fast pace of the film creates the mood of a young country on the move.
Bright beaches, a booming, blossoming economy, a happy people strangely at ease in a hectic world- a place that is interesting, unique and full of fun.

Surfboard riding at Narrabeen (?), some in contest shirts, "Dappa" Oliver?

Puerto Rico World Surfing Championships 1968 Mix
A mix from Paul Witig's Evolution (1970) and ABC Television broadcast.

Bells Beach, 1970 ISF World Surfing Championship.
Heats at Bells Beach.
Men's: 1st Rolf Aurness, 2nd Midget Farrelly, 3rd Peter Drouyn. Women's: 1st Sharron Webber.

Footage owned by Dudley Productions, Filmed by Tim Clifford.

Australia: World Surfboard Riding Championships At Lorne Beach. 1970
Finals were held at Johanna (not Lorne) and won by
Rolf (not Ralph) Arness
The World Surfboard Riding Championships were held recently at Lorne Beach near Melbourne.
The winner of the Men's Championship was Ralph Arness of the U.S.A.
The Championships were held at Bell's Beach, Victoria to begin with but poor surf postponed the finals for seven days, and finally they were moved to Lorne beach, near Melbourne.
From an original entry of 82, the semi-finalists included surfers from Hawaii, U.S.A., U.K., South Africa and Australia.
The winner of the Men's Championship was 18-year-old Ralph Arness (U.S.A.) the son of American actor James Arness (Matt Dillon in `Gunsmoke').
Second was the former World Champion Bernard Farrelly (Australia) and third was the current Australian Men's Champion Peter Drouyn.
The Women's title was won by Sharon Weber from Hawaii.

3rd Peter Drouyn (Australia)

5th K. Downing (Hawaii)

1st Rolf Arness (USA)

1970 World Surfing Championships Vic 18 min NVEExport
The fifth World Surfboard Riding Championships were held in Victoria, Australia, between May 1st and May 14th 1970.
This footage features contest surfing at Bells and Johanna beaches and includes footage of International and Australian surfers.
The action was captured on a hand held Super 8 camera by members of the City Beach Surf Riders club WA.
Video music courtesy of Vance Burrow Yallingup. (No narration)

James Arness Surfing
Australian National Surfing Museum:
In 1970 Rolf Aurness won the Surfing World Championship at Bells Beach and his father James Arness the Hollywood actor (he featured in the TV western drama 'Gunsmoke' as Marshall Matt Dillon) travelled with him to Victoria, Australia.
The pair surfed at Bells in the lead up to the event.
This footage from John Bennett's film Blue Cool shows James Arness surfing Bells on his Bing Foil.
Video sent to PLB Newsletter by Ian “Gumshoe” Lording, June 2021.
Also see:
Australian Women's Weekly 20 May 1970.

ABC TV: Soul Surfers: Pa & Ma Bendall (1970)
This Day Tonight interviews soul surfers Pa & Ma Bendall, who are camped at Bells Beach, VIC, Australia (11/5/1970).

The Cosmic Children
: Dave Brubeck
1971 marked the feature debut of Hal Jepson, who went on to be one of America's leading surf movie producers.
The Cosmic Children featured surfing in California and Hawaii with established stars such as Hakman, Nuuhiwa, Rolf Aurness and Barry Kanaiaupuni.

Our Day In The Sun

Our Day In The Sun is a surfing movie filmed in the early 1970s in Australia.
It features some of the best surfers of that era: Nat Young, Wayne Lynch, Ian Cairns, Mark Richards, David Treloar and many others.
It was filmed by Phil & Russell Sheppard and Bruce Usher. For more surfing videos to www.walkcycle and click on the video gallery in the Home Menu.

DAVID NUUHIWA Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge (1972) - Cool to see David Nuuhiwa, Barry Kanaiaupuni, Herbie Fletcher, Mike Hynson and Jimi Hendrix all featured in the same movie.

Pacific Vibration??02 / like woodstock on a wave / rare surf movie
From Pacific Vibrations (1971), John Severson.
Introduction - Surfing on various craft: rubber raft, belly boards, surf ski. canoe, board with chair, surfing dog, surfmats, kneeboards, body surfing (the Wedge), Makaha backwash.
00:50 Snowy McAlister on his surf ski.
01:42 Body surfing feet first ride.
02:33 Jeff Hakman rides left at Huntington, an on-board shot simulating a collision with the pier.

Pacific Vibration??05 / like woodstock on a wave / rare surf movie
From Pacific Vibrations (1971), John Severson.
00:20 Steve Barger or Tom Warren (goofyfoot) on a red finfless Bing Auga board, multiple 360s on left, at Trestles?
00:52 David Nuuhiwa, Twin fin Fish(es) ?, Huntington lefts?
02:02 Corky Carroll, dark red Hobie Twin fin, lefts, kneel paddles.

Sea of Joy Trailer (1971)
Sea of Joy, a film by Paul Witzig.
Staring Wayne Lynch, Nat Young and Ted Spencer and many more.
Filmed in Australia, Mauritius, South Africa, Oahu and Kauai.
Original soundtrack by Tully.
Avalable now on DVD from select stores and WITZIG.COM.AU

Tully - Sea of Joy, Part 1 [Official Video]
Note: 02:35 Nat Young on 8ft yellow round-tail, Africa?

Tully: I Feel the Sun From "Sea of Joy"

Ted Spencer and Wayne Lynch, Mauritius
Wayne Lynch surfing in the seventies in the west australia desert.
He is riding an 8ft Pat Morgan pintail keel finned surfboard.

Morning of the Earth (1972)
Three clips:
Just give me sunshine: David "Baddy Trealor and others at Angourie and the Wilderness Surfboards "factory."
The first Uluwatu afternoon : Rusty Miller and Steven Cooney in Bali.
Winter in Oahu: Gerry Lopez, Terry Fitgerald, Barry Barry Kanaiaupuni, and others at Sunset Beach, Ohau.

Nat Young surfing for Morning of the Earth

ISLAND MAGIC 1972 Rare Surf Film
early 1970s surf film by John Hitchcock.... starring Dick Brewer, Owl Chapman, Jackie Baxter, Buddy Boy Kaohi, Gerry Lopez, Jimmy Lucas, Sam Hawk & Joey Cabel

Rare Interviews with John Severson and Tom Blake - 1972 Australian TV
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb, 15 July 2013.
The importance of Blake's remarks was noted by Gary Lynch in May 2016.
Excerpts from Pacific Vibrations (1971) are listed above. 

Most probably produced by the ABC, the interview begins in the offices of Surfer Magazine where the editor, John Severson, discusses his recent film, Pacific Vibrations, released in 1971 and the issues of crowds, ecology, developments in surfboard design, and the beginnings of professional surfing.
This is followed by a brief commentary by Tom Blake, shot on a beach, (3.03-4.00) and closes with footage of Sunset Beach from the film.

Blake's contention that surfing originated in Africa in pre-history was probably influenced by Ben Finney's  article Surfboarding in West Africa, published in Wiener Volerkundliche Mitteeilungen in 1962.
Whereas Finney concluded that surfboarding in West Africa and Oceania was invented independently, Blake suggests that surfing substantially pre-dates the Polynesian occupation of the Pacific.
Note that it is probable that significant surfing skills were one of the necessary pre-conditions for the success of this vast maritime

3.03 Title:  Mr. Thomas Blake
The surf is still the same ... since one million years ago.
Um, which gets us into the antiquity of surfing.
I feel that the early Hawaiians brought it to its highest point of development, but they did not by any means originate the sport.
I think that it dates back (in)to the East coast in Africa long before the time of Christ.

The Polynesians developed the sport very highly there, and it became a national  pastime.
It was indulged in by men, women and children; and especially by the royalty who had all the times and the means to develop it.
When Captain Cook came to the islands in 1778, he found a sport that was highly developed and a national pastime.
From that time on the Hawaiian race began to diverge in their interests, very soon the sport was forgotten by commercial pursuits, and war mostly.
By 1900 the sport had almost died out.
By that time Waikiki was a small village, palm trees, and was not as big as today, by any means - a beautiful spot then, although I didn't get there until 1924.
Surfing had made a come-back by that time, it was well established, especially the Kahanamoku family had a great hand in it, mainly Duke.
He put the surfing idea into my head and the surf-riding, it was like Heaven to me, and I wanted to pass the word onto my friends in California, so I wrote the first book on it.

ABC TV: Torquay, 1973.

ABC TV's Weekend Magazine visits Torquay in the early 70s to find out more about the surfing culture
, David Hill reports.
Noted by PLB’s Honorary Archive Detective, Ian Lording.
Some surfing, Interviews, surfboard manufacture (Klemm-Bell), Rip Curl wetsuits, Torquay Hotel, leather handicrafts.

Crystal Voyager (1973)
Three clips:
Learning from fish.
An integrated sequence of George Greenough shaping and finishing a fin and surfriding a black railed spoon (Velo V ?)  in California, followed by Greenough riding at Lennox Head (?) on a a red railed spoon (Velo III ?) intercut with his on-board camera shots.
Note the free-fall drop ("getting-air"?) at 00:35, good enough to be repeated at 00:52.

One wave, one surfer
Ritchie West on a short surfboard and George Greenough on a black railed spoon surfing in California, with many deep tubes at Rincon.
This is followed by film of Greenough preparing his sailing ship, the Morning Light, for a trans-Pacific voyage and footage of Nat Young at Rincon on a Pat Morgan Surfboards keel-fin.

Tubular ecstasy.
 End sequence of George Greenough's Echoes, with music by Pink Floyd

A Winters Tale Pt 2 - 1974 Midget Farelly, Frank Latta, John Spence, The Misty Islands, Terry Fitzgerald
Sections from Steve Core's A Winters Tale (1974)
Opens with footage of Australian Pipeline
(Wreck Bay-Black Rock)

SurfAbout 1974
Produced by Albert Falzon for Coca-Cola.
May 1-7, 1974.
Narrabeen and Fairy Bower.
1st Michael Peterson
- $3,000 first prize
2nd Ian Cairns
3rd Nat Young

Old Spice UK TV ad:
Cut with early 1970s professional footage from Hawaii, with several water shots.
Jeff Hakman, Rory Russell?
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden: The Surfblurb, 30 January 2012.

U.S.A.: Reno Abellira Becomes First Hawaiian To Win Smirnoff World Surfing Championships. 1974
Thirty-five of the world's best professional surfers gathered at Waimea Bay, near Honolulu, Hawaii recently for this year's Smirnoff World Surfing Championships.

Five thousand spectators turned out expecting the favoured Australians to win the title for the fourth time. But they were no match for the 5 foot, five inch Hawaiian surfer Reno Abellira on the giant 20 to 35 feet high surf.
Abellira had never previously won a world-class event and baat his compatriot Jeff Hakman by a mere half point. It was Hakman's third consecutive second place finish in the Smirnoff Championships.
The only Australian to figure in the top placing was Peter Townend, who came fourth. On one of this rides he experienced a "wipe-out" on the His comment: "Never been so scared in my life."
The total prize money for the Championships was over GBP 4,000 sterling (11 thousand US dollars), of which Abellira received about GBP 2, 000 sterling (5 thousand US dollars).

SYNOPSIS: Huge waves crashing across Waimea Bay, near Honolulu, Hawaii were the "playing field" for the recent sixth annual Smirnoff World Surfing Championships. Five thousand spectators turned out expecting the Australian competitors to expecting the Australian competitors to win. But the giant surf favoured the hawaiians, with fie men in the finals. Reno Abellera of Honolulu thrilled the crowed with spectacular forty miles per-hour rides across the huge waves.
The lead changed as another Hawaiian, Jeff Hakman, made several near-perfect scoring rides in his nine-foot long surfboard. Surfing experts agreed it was the biggest surf ever for any contest anywhere in the world. And it was hard to ride - as fourth place finisher Peter Townend of Australia learned in this "wipe-out". He said he'd never been so scared in his life.
Six women competed in the Championships, but failed to make the finals. Here Laura Ching shows the form that won her one thousand dollars for the best performance by a women.
During the finals the waves became bigger and wipe-outs more spectacular. Surfboards broke and injured some contestants.
Hawaii's Abellira, who had never previously won a world-class event, defeated compatriot Hakman by half point. It was Hakman's third consecutive second place in this event.
Back on the beach, Abellira receives his prize money - and a kiss from his wife.

Hawaii: Surfers Prepare For 1974 Pro-Am Championships 1974
Australian surfers are expected to maintain their dominance of top-class surfing during the Pro-Am championships in Hawaii later this month ( 18- 30 ) November.
Australian surfers have won three out of the last five championships.
Thirty of the top men's surfers int he world will compete.
For the second year ladies will be competing against them for the $ 11,000 (about 4,700 sterling) prize money.
About thirty men and six ladies will gather on the island of Ohau. They will come from Peru, Tahiti, the United States, South Africa and Australia.
Already, some of the top surfers are on the island practicing in what is regarded as the largest rideable surf in the world.
They include last year's winner, Ian Cairns from Australia and his top challenger, Hawaiian Jeff Hakman.

Forgotten Island of Santosha 1974.
The film focused largely on Tamarin Bay, a perfect wave that became a symbol of escapism.
The spot had been surfed since the early 1960s, but the epic 8-10ft swell featured in the film captured the attention of the surfing world.

Australia: Surfing Santa Visits Sydney Children. 1974
Juveniles on Coolite boards in opening scenes.
Santa Claus, having set out from his North Pole home with sleigh and reindeer, had swapped his traditional transport for a surfboat by the time he reached Australia this week.


Hawaii: Hawaiian Beaches Continue To Be The Surfing Meccas Of The World .. And Encourage A Way Of Life Which Is Dominated By The Size And Shape Of The Waves. 1976
The Hawaiian Islands continue to dominate the surfing world. The sun soaked beaches of Hawaii?
The Hawaiian Islands continue to dominate the surfing world. The sun soaked beaches of Hawaii are the meccas of surfers of all ages from all countries.
Life on the main islands is almost completely dominated by the size and shape of the waves.
For many the day starts with the first surf report on the radio. That determines which beach the surfer will head for.
In Hawaii, his choice is made harder by the fact that there are several beaches that provide the world's most challenging surf daily.
Whether it be the tourist packed Waikiki Beach, under the shadow of famous Diamond Head, or the mighty swells of Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay .. or the chilling rides of the shallow, coral bottomed Banzai Pipeline.
The surfers are in the water from sun up till long past sun down. The long Hawaiian twilights mean that the last wave may be caught well into the night.
Even the fact that the book "Jaws" has reached the top of the Hawaiian best sellers list, doesn't discourage the surfers.
For the surf bums, and there are thousands of them in Hawaii, a surf board, good waves and sunshine represent all that life is worth living for.

DUKE KAHANAMOKU 1976 Surfing Contest Larry Bertlemann
part of the 1976 Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships starring Larry Bertlemann

Go for it ! Larry Bertlemann + others = Rare Surf Movie - 1976
The Hang Ten American Pro Surfing Championship + Tony Alva + Ventura Skate

Usa: Top International Surfers Show How Its Done In Hawaii -- Venue For Next Month's World Championships. 1976
Top international surfers will be displaying their talents in Hawaii next month when the world championships begin at the North Shore beaches of Oahu Island on November the 15th.

SYNOPSIS: Favourites for the major titles are the Australians, who took all the top races in last year's championships -- also held in Hawaii, considered the best place in the surfing world for the biggest waves. Australia has in the past produced the biggest number of international winners -- it's a favourite sport there, with its warm sunny climate and most of its 13 million population living around the coast.
This year's championships carry a top prize of 5,000 U.S. dollars for the main event, with 48 competitors already entered .. including the national champions of Japan, Tahiti, Peru, Brazil, the United States itself, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
This year will be the eighth world championship in the Smirnoff Pro-Am series organised by the vodka-distilling company. This year sees a new event -- a special 'super heat' with seven women surfers competing for prize money of almost two thousand U.S. dollars. Meanwhile tension is increasing across the surfing world as the top riders seek to do battle with each other next month -- at up to forty miles an hour (64 kilometres per hour) on waves as high as fifty feet (15 metres).

The History Of Australian Surfing 1977 to 1984 By Nat Young Part 1.
Overview of competitive surfing (Stubbies and Bells) and board design including MR Twin-fin, Simon's Thruster, Cheyne Horan's Winged-keel, and the return of the Malibu.
On the rise of female surfers, Nat comments: Girls' surfing has really come a long way.
Over the past ten years, their style has developed more than any other group, to the point where they are no longer an embarrassment in competitive surfing.
Hot to Trot (1977)
A cartoon adventure featuring Captain Goodvibes, the pig of steel, and his sidekick Astro, is presented here in its entirety.
Athough Goodvibe's creator, Tony Edwards, has described the film as "a fiasco," once the arty-farty stuff is out of the way, Vibe's noseriding is hot.

Kauai Heaven 1977
The north shore of Kauai in the 70's was a quiet, laid back, uncrowded paradise.
My friend captured that spirit when he visited me here in 1977.
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surfblurb, 4 September 2012.
14 minutes

MP (Michael Peterson) surfing Winki Pop 1977
Excerpt from rarely seen 16mm film of the late Michael Peterson (MP) surfing Winki Pop (Bells) in autumn 1977.
Shot by Don Norris (aka Mr. RealSurf)
Noted by Jeremy in the Surfblurb, March 2019.

Cactus 1977
Terry O'Grady: Old Super8 film of Cactus Beach Surfari taken in 1977

North Shore Hawaii 1977

Filmed & edited by Ross Myers
Interesting footage from Sunset Beach (Duke Contest?) and Pipeline with a host of hot surfers along with a selection of still photographs from the period.
Note that in large surf few are using a leg-rope, and Bobby Owens has the foot-strap on the front foot?

Great 1970s Surfing Footage - Australia 1977
British Movietone: Summer 'down under' the surfboards are polished up and the cult of surfing fills the beaches.
Our cameras take a look at the waves from a surfer's point of view.
Short clips of Sydney beach breaks and water footage at Fairy Bower, some wetsuits and leg-ropes.

Australia: Australian Youth And Hawaiian Girl Take Australia's National Surf Titles. 1977
INTRODUCTION: A young Sydney surfer, Simon Anderson, confirmed his youthful promise when he won the men's title at the Australian National Surf titles at Bell's Beach, Victoria on Sunday (17 April). The women's title went to the brilliant Hawaiian girl, Margot Oberg.

SYNOPSIS: The surf was flat and unpredictable on the final day, but the competitors achieved a number of spectacular runs.
Simon Anderson had twice won the Australian junior title but had no previous wins as a senior. He started a seven-to-one outsider but came through strongly for the title and a four thousand dollar prize.
One of the fancied foreign visitors was South African Shaun Thomson. He looked impressive during both rounds and finally shared second place with Peter Drouyn of Queensland. They split a 2,500 dollar prize.
The class performer of the tourney was the hawaiian girl Margot Oberg, who had already won a cluster of big titles before earning the 1,000 dollars first prize here.
Lyn Boyer, another Hawaiian, found the surf docile compared to the walls of seething water she rides back home. And though Lyn handled every wave she met with easy grace, she had to settle for second place behind her formidable compatriot. Altogether Bell's beach had never been mastered by such a line-up of surfing talent.

peter berry
Footage of Maroubra knee-boarder, Peter Berry, riding some of his designs in the late 1970s.

If it is (
Peter Berry), he passed away on Wednesday 13th September 2017 from a stroke.

Surf [Aust] November 1977  Volume 1 Number 6.

Australia: Australia Small Surf Riders Battle For Big Money 1978: Golden-Breed-Pepsi Professional Junior
Professional surfing is booming in Australia, with new emphasis on junior competition drawing big crowds of fans to Sydney beaches.
Sponsors are putting up big money for small competitors, and many boys in their early teams are now hardened surfing professionals, riding a national " circuit" which often nets them more than their fathers earn in a year.

At North Narrabeen beach, Sydney, a searing 42-degree(Celsius) drew thousands to the Golden-Breed-Pepsi Professional Junior championship -- and there were so many people in the water that riders had a hard time clearing a path.
The waves weren't as big as usual -- but the competition was thrilling, with the youngsters showing all the skills of their top surfing idols.
These boys have a surfboard in their hands before they can read or write -- and the surf is their first love.

J. Engel, of Queensland, edged out C. Horan, of New South Wales, with R. Marshall , New South Wales, third. Top prize was $500 ( Aust ) and the first 10 placegetters took home more than just pocketmoney.

Australia: Unknown 19-Year-Old Student Actor, Larry Blair, Has Surprise Win In Sydney Surfing Contest. 1978
In the biggest upset in surfboarding history, a 19-year-old student actor, Larry Blair, has toppled some of the world's best surfboard riders to win the "Sydney Surfabout" contest.

SYNOPSIS: The young unknown defeated 84 competitors from all over the world to reach the final of this premiere surfing event. His prize was a purse of 9,000 Australian dollars (GBP5,500).
There was excellent surfing throughout the competition. Here Michael Peterson, who has been unlucky in this year's surfing competitions, faces up to a challenge from another newcomer, Kevin Davidson, from Sydney. Peterson failed to find the waves to beat Davidson who has never entered a professional contest before.
The huge crowd watching from the shore was treated to some exhilarating surfing throughout the three days' heats from many of the finest surfers in the world.
But it was when Larry Blair made his appearance the fireworks began. He was matched against one of the sport's top men, Wayne Lynch in the final.
Blair's performance held the crowd spellbound and was all the more startling as he won the final on a broken surfboard. It snapped in two when he wiped out badly on his third wave, but he continued on the same board. On his eight wave, he slotted deep into the "tube" and emerged after six seconds. Later he discussed his win.
His prize, beyond the glory of being the first surfer to come from obscurity to win an international event, was a handsome cash award. Blair, from the Sydney beach suburb of Maroubra, said he'd give a large proportion of it to his mother for all the help she had given him. His surprise win puts him straight into eighth place in the 1978 world surfing rankings.

South Africa: Shaun Tomson Wins Gunston 500 International Surfing Contest For Sixth Time. 1978
Surfing...and South Africa's Shaun Tomson won the ninth Gunston 500 International surfing competition near East London, South Africa on Sunday (16 July).

SYNOPSIS: The competition, -- held this year off Nahoon Beach, East London, attracted a large crowd of spectators. Surfing in South Africa has grown increasingly popular since the first Gunston International in 1969. A large number of foreign surfers turned up for the event, including Wayne Bartholomew from Australia, the current leader of the World Professional Circuit.
The highlight of the Gunston International, is the final for the professional contest which this year brought together two-old rivals -- Shaun Tomson of South Africa and Wayne Bartholomew
Tomson -- who has won the Gunston five times -- is one of South Africa's top surfers.
Bartholomew -- nick-named "The Rabbit" -- has had a good season. He won the Stubbiest Surfing Championship in Australia earlier this year, and heads the world circuit on points.
The final produced some exhilarating surfing. Wayne Bartholomew went first.
But it was the South African who made the most of the surf, and secured the first prize of 3,000 Rand (1,900 pounds Sterling.) Later he commented on how he felt after winning the competition yet again.

Worlds first windsurfing hydrofoils 79'/80'
Design by Joop Nederpelt in ´71 with a windsurfer board, late ´70's he was using a Mistral board.

Mark Richards, Wayne Lynch, PT & Rabbit Surf Bells Beach 1979.
Filmed by Ross Myers

Palm Beach
Alby Thoms
ASO Curator’s notes by Paul Byrnes
The overlapping sound design marks the film’s stylistic ambition, to create a sense of restless energy, where stories interconnect and overlap — perhaps influenced by Robert Altman’s Nashville, which came out in 1975 – although the film was in planning from as early as 1973.
Low-budget origins are apparent in the ragged sync-sound.
Clip 1

Paul (Bryan Brown) looks for work in a surfboard factory
[talking with the sander], as Nick (Nat Young) and his friend Joe (Ken Brown) are there trying to score some LSD.
Joe (smoking a cigarette!) and Nick discuss the surf conditions with the polisher before Joe asks about the availability of "psychedelics."
Private investigator Larry (John Flaus) asks policeman Eric (John Clayton) if he has any leads on a missing girl.
Nick and Joe visit Wick's Surf Shop in Collaroy still searching for LSD; a couple of highly polished McCoy rounded pins are foremost on the racks and Joe stops to admire a Mark Richards board before
the conversation meanders over surfing conditions and surfboards (the MR) before drugs are mentioned.

Clip 3
Private eye Larry (John Flaus) gets the news that Leilani (Amanda Berry) has been found.
As surfers take to the early waves at Palm Beach, fugitive Paul (Bryan Brown) wakes up in his hideout on the cliffs, as the police close in.

Alby Thoms authored the excellent Surfmovies, published in 2000.

Mediterranean wave ski surfing
One of our first video, 25 years ago. Must choose, either we have big waves .....and no cameraman due to rain, or small waves and sun, bad luck !
Location unknown, circa 1980.
Mark Richard's Tooheys New Beer Commercial
Written & Produced by Mojo Advertising Agency
Founders: Alan Morris & Allan Johnston
Sung by: Allan Johnston

Guinness ad Big Wave - Full ad
Original surfer Guinness ad from 1981.
Music composed by Bill Whelan. Voice over Tony Allan.


Throwback: Harken Hydrofoiling Windsurfer

Pipeline Masters 1984 Pt 2 Mark Richards Tom Carroll Michael Ho Shaun Thomson Joey Buran ...
Pipeline Masters 1984 Part 2 4th annual Pipeline Master Mark Richards Tom Carroll Michael Ho Shaun Thomson Joey Buran Mark Ochillupo Gerry Lopez Ronnie Burns Max Medeiros Dane Kealoha

The 1985 mini-documentary on the Morey Boogie board
Mini-Documentary on the Morey Boogie Bodyboard and its inventor, Tom Morey.
Features an interview with Tom Morey and comments from pro-bodyboarder Ben Severson.
Includes footage from the 3rd Morey International Contest at Pipeline (Dec 1984) and additional Hawaiian footage featuring Ben Severson, Keith Sasaki and others.
Originally broadcast in 1985.

Morey Boogie Body Board Commercial, 1986
Morey Boogie Body Board Commercial 1986.

The History Of Australian Surfing, By Nat Young (70's)

Twenty First Century

Palos Verdes Surfing Club, early days remembered:
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surfblurb 16 Jan 2012

The Fathers of the German Surf Scene - Väter des Wellenreitens - English subtitled Trailer
The men in "father of surfing" the retirement age have long since reached or almost at first glance they appear to be close to their fellow peers to differ, but there is a fascinating feature.:
They have dedicated their lives to surf.

In this documentation, they reflect her unique life and tell of the beginnings of the German wave riding. They identify themselves only by the shooting, that they are the ones who were "the first surfers in Germany and that there is not time before the sport and the associated way of life in Germany was ...

Only when the Sylt lifeguards among them the now 81-year-old Uwe wire (born 1927) in the mid 50s had their first bulky solid wood boards to save water, you could talk to law of surfing in Germany. They started the first surf in the North Sea trials, knowing that it was the sport to other continents for decades and it was in its original form in Polynesia before nearly 4,000 years.

Hooked on water and waves were beginning the 60 years, the somewhat younger colleagues by Uwe Jens Körner wire (born 1944), Falk Eitner (born 1942), Gaston Surtmann (born 1939), Dieter Behrens (born 1939) and his brother Uwe Behrens (born 1940). Day after day they amused themselves with the more playful not exactly ideal for surfing the DLRG rescue boards.

Only one report in the former Reader's Digest, an advertisement or an article in Der Spiegel, because the men disagree today, made the squad of young lifeguards aware that surfing in America and Australia, but also in France had long since become a mass phenomenon.
It wanted to see with my own eyes and decided to go with the car 2000km to Biarritz in France. Everyone was fascinated by the virus and surfing, from now on, plugged in completely. Following this "trip was the first real" surfboard bought and the history of surfing in the "good old Germany began. With self-shot Super 8 original recordings and photos from this time, the film documents the optimism of the first surf trip from Germany Sylt in a new exciting world of surfing and wave riding shows the first experiments on the island.

These beginnings are marked by sympathetic naiveté, but also describe the first personal achievements and experiences and on the board. It comes from the film without explaining spokesman. Instead, a complex determined original sound collage of witnesses, such as Former windsurfing pro Jürgen Hönscheid and the protagonists themselves, the storyline.

In the course of the film the men realize the importance of surfing in her life. At the same time they need to realize that surfing inevitably come with age, reaching its limits. Thus, the film documents not only the most fascinating water sports in general and its philosophy, but also describes the growing old in one of its most beautiful forms ..."

While surfing media often notes the sufing skills of dolphins, seals occupy a mid-point between them and humans.
They are able to surf the internal circular wave energy (like a dolpin) and plane on the wave face like a body surfer.
Famously illustrated by Sammy the Seal at Steamers Lane in Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer (1966).

Surfing Seals @ Galapagos Pipeline
Stoked seals in the line up waiting for some hollow tuby waves produced by a nice clean swell. Hang loose!

seal surfing

Seal surfs boat wake to be fed a fish.

Surfin Seal
A seal we saw enjoying the surf at Ethels Wreck in Yorks (Yorkshire ?)

Surfing Dolphins @ Jeffreys Bay- BBC Dolphins: Deep Thinkers
Surfing dolphins clip from the 2003 BBC 'Wildlife on One' episode Dolphins: Deep Thinkers, narrated by David Attenborough.
The educational clip narrates that the maintenance of social bonds in complex animal societies such as dolphins and humans may be the explanation for why both dolphins and humans exhibit 'play' behaviors into adulthood and full maturity.
Footage is from Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. AFAIK this special was never broadcast in the United States.

Possibly has footage sourced from George Greenough's Dolphin Glide, (2005?).

Moko the surfing dolphin.
Moko with his chin on this surf board and showing us how it's done. The father of this family in the video never did get his board back . Moko last seen heading out to sea."

Dolphin removes offensive boogie board from the line up.

Malibu Legends
Posted to the Surf Blurb by Bob Purvey, August 2019.
In 2003, the best of the best met at Malibu for an expression session.
They included (in no particular order), David Nuuhiwa, Jericho Poppler, Nat Young, Steve Bigler, John Baker, Angie Reno, LJ Richards, John Peck, Robert August, Rabbit Kekai,
"PT" Peter Townend and Jackie Baxter.

Made exclusively for NoseRiders.

Aloha Scooby-Doo! - Openning 10 Minutes
The gang travels to Hawaii on a free trip from a surf-and-beachwear company called "Goha Aloha" thanks to Daphne, whom the company wants to design some new swimwear for them.
The gang also goes there to see the Big Kahuna of Hanahuna Surfing Contest.
However, the contest used to only be open for the natives and not for mainlanders, but now the mayor has made it open for everybody.
Many locals are angry because of this, especially Manu Tuiama, a beefcake local surfer, and his friend, Little Jim.,_Scooby-Doo!


Promotion for BBC documentary, featuring Dylan Longbottom.

Geese Surf Glenwood Wave @ 25,500 cfs!! (Original)
- noted by the editor, the Surf Blurb, 10 July 2018.

This is the original video of the infamous surfing geese.
I was filming some kayakers surfing at the Glenwood Springs Whitewater Park when I saw this group of geese floating toward the wave.
Their technique is actually pretty good; beginning surfers could learn a lot.
This was taken 6/7/11 at a 27-year high flow of 25,500 cfs.

Since so many have expressed concern over the geese, it seemed to me like they were all okay when they washed out at the bottom.
For those still concerned about the geese's safety, check out this Discovery Channel analysis:
Geese Surf Glenwood Wave Explained

Philip Köster wins the PWA Wave World title in Klitmøller, best of action! (Windsurfing)
Heavy weather in Klitmøller in Denmark for an extraordinary waves event. Philip Köster wins the stop and became World Champion of waves 2011, Victor Fernandez and Ricardo Campello complete the podium. Let's go for the best of action!

Tahnei Roy: Lightning Bolt - A Pure Source

The Greatest Rides From Maxing Cloudbreak, May 26th-27th, 2018 | SURFER Magazine Amp Sessions
Featuring Ramon Navarro, Billy Kemper, Landon McNamara, Kelly Slater, Luke Shepardson, Nathan Florence, Evan Valiere, Laurie Towner, Makua Rothman, Koa Rothman, Sai Smiley, and a handful of other chargers.
Filmed by Tarlor Curran. Edited by Alex Kilauano Music: The Brotherhood: Face Your Fears.

Makai Side: How Did We Get Here? A History of Surfing in Hawaii
Maui Salt and Sage Magazine
Published on 9 July 2018
Hawaiian Surfing history from the beginning; covering depictions of 18th century surfers by British artists aboard trade ships through Duke Kahanamoku, highlights of the 20s and 30s, Makaha and Hawaiian Culture in the 40s, the accomplishments by the heavies in the 50s and 60s, the innovations of the 70s, and the power surfers of the eighties.

Notably includes rare 1930s footage from Riding the Crest, produced by Fredric Ullman Jr., Supervised by Frank Donovan, at 08:35

Greg Lui-Kwan: The Hawaii Shortboard Revolution 1966-1972
Surfboard collector and surfing historian Greg Lui-Kwan hosts this video mapping the progression of the modern Hawaii shortboard from 1966 to 1972.
Names like Dick Brewer, Reno Abellira, Gerry Lopez, Mike Hynson, and Bob McTavish surface in this video.
Surfboard length, belly design, rail design, and the beginning of three fin surfboards are mentioned in this video along with the infamous nose cavity in some of the early Rainbow Surfboards.

PRO Skimboarders pull off INSANE rides in PUMPING waves!
Pro skimboarders Blair Conklin, Austin Keen, Johnny Weber and Jake Stinnet score insane waves/rides at Aliso in early fall 2018.
Everyone was ripping this session, hope you enjoy!

Joe Quigg - Father of the Modern Surfboard
An entertaining look back at the genius of Joe Quigg.
Surfing Heritage & Culture Center
Includes one wave of Darrilyn Zanuck on her famous board shaped by Joe Quigg in 1947.

Ed's Auto Reviews : Ep. 2 The Origins of the Woodie
A classic car connaisseur is going to tell you the story of why American station wagons had wood on the sides!

Chet Thomas: Duke Kahanamoku Teaser

FRESH - Summer 69 Board Project - Leah Dawson, Willie Asprey and Randy Rarick
Randy Rarick-Host,  Surfers: Willie Asprey and Leah Dawson ride some classic boards of 1969 at Sunset Beach, Oahu, Hawaii.

Australian National Surfing Museum: The DY Surf Shop
January 23, 2020
ANSM curator Craig Baird interviews Australian surfboard building pioneer Denny Keogh and surfer/shaper Mark Rabbidge about their memories of the DY Surf Shop, perhaps Sydney's earliest surf shop?
Also see:

Surfing In The Sixties - Mona Boys
Surfing documentary about the surfing community of Mona Vale, on Sydney's Northern Beaches in the mid 1960s. The surfing footage of the 1960s was filmed by Russell Sheppard. It features a host of excellent surfers, as well as internationally acclaimed Midget Farrelly and Nat Young. Also featured is Bruce Channon, editor of two surfing magazines and photographer and writer Bruce Usher.
Noted by PLB's Ian Lording.

A CREATURE OF LEISURE - How One Man Changed Surf Equipment Forever
A Creature of Leisure tells the story of surf leash innovator John Malloy.
John pioneered the use of urethane cord in the surf leash and invented the stainless-steel bearing swivel, both of which are now standard in pretty much every leash in the world today.
While he has remained under the radar, John’s contribution to surfing and surf equipment are now being recognised in the documentary A Creature of Leisure, narrated by 7-times world champion Stephanie Gilmore.

Big Man on Little Stick: 1965 episode of Gilligan's Island
February 20, 1965
A surfer by the name of Duke Williams washes up on the shore and collapses, having spent five days at sea on his surfboard. The girls fall for Duke, played by Denny Miller, so Gilligan tries to learn how to surf by tying his feet to Duke's surfboard. Despite their interest in the newcomer, Ginger and Mary Ann panic when he makes a pass at each of them. To resolve the conflict, the castaways pretend the girls are not available. Ginger is with the Professor and Mary Ann is with Gilligan. So, Duke decides to leave the island and manages to depart by catching a huge wave. The men sit around the radio, anxiously listening to news of Duke's arrival in Hawaii. To their dismay, Duke doesn't remember where he's been for the last two weeks, having hit a rock and suffered amnesia.

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Geoff Cater (2012-2020) : References - utoobe: Online Film and Video.