Good Vibrations: a transistor radio, a pic-a-nic basket, a í66 Holden HD, what more could womenís world number two Chloe Calmon need! Beachside at Kingslcliff during the Australian Longboard Surfing Open, 2016.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

For surfers a vehicle is a vital tool to help find that perfect wave.  Nowadays there is an assortment of vehicles that surfers use to get to the beach, everything from top of the line 4x4s, camper vans, zippy little inner city traffic runners. But it wasnít always like that.

Back in the late Ď50s and early Ď60s surf transport had one thing in common, the vehicle had to be able to carry a lot of people and even more boards. It didnít matter whether it was a big old yank tank or something from mother England, if you could fit a crew into it and boards on top, you were cool enough to turn both female and male heads when you rolled up to any surf spot.

Towards the end of the Ď60s and throughout the Ď70s surf vehicles took on their own particular image, an image that remains with us today. That is the VW and in particular the Kombi. To have a VW or a Kombi became nearly as important as having a board. The iconic Kombi represented freedom and surfing during this time and every hardcore surfer had one.

To celebrate the traditional "surf car" as part of the celebrations at the Australian Longboard Surfing Open there is the Classic & Surf Vehicle Show & Shine. Owners of what can be loosely described as a classic surf vehicle will be able to display their rides for other car fanatics and surfers to check out and appreciate.

So whether itís a classic 1938 Woody, a 66 Kombi or mumís taxi, put your boards in and come to Kingscliff.

 - report by ALSO
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