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Cronulla boardriders in front of Joe’s Milk Bar, 1966. Photo from the exhibition, by John Veage

A Swell Century: surfing Sydney’s beaches from 1915 to 2019 – in pictures

25 November 19


Surfing mythology often places the birth of the sport in Australia at the feet of Hawaiian Duke Kahanamoku, who was said to have taught board riding to 15-year-old Sydney swimming coach Isabel Letham during a visit to Sydney’s shores in 1915. 

Since the early 20th century Sydney’s beaches have been a magnet for boardriders.

Southern Swell, a new exhibition at Hazlehurst Arts Centre co-curated by lifetime surfing photographer John Veage and arts centre director Carrie Kibbler, celebrates the history with a selection of vintage boards and paraphernalia, alongside artworks and photography documenting what has become a favourite local pastime.

Southern Swell is showing at Hazlehurst Arts Centre, Gymea, until February 2, 2020.

 MORE PHOTOS & INFO HERE

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN

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