Out front of some of the trendiest property in Australia, Hugo Odgers a world away. Pic: Andreas Thoma
A thousand truly great surfers have come out of Bondi, but across longboards and short none better than Robert “Bonza” Connelly. Mid ’60s toe-wrap, photo by South Coast photographer Dave Milnes (who’s still taking great shots).
Bondi in 1910.
1920 - the motor vehicle has arrived and so have the crowds.
23 November 17
Hopefully with the Australian Prime Minister and Eastern Suburbs local Malcolm Turnbull presiding, the National Surfing Reserve dedication ceremony to make Bondi our 20th NSR is all set for Saturday December 2.
The following summary was written by Andrew Short and Brad Farmer and supplied to PLB by John Sullivan from Bondi’s NSR Committee:
The dedication recognises the pioneering role Bondi Beach has played in the development of surfing in Australia.
Bondi can claim to be the birthplace of Australian surfing with sea bathing dating back to at least the mid-1800s and the famous tram arriving in 1884, which brought the masses. It is also home to two surf life saving clubs, one the oldest in Australia, two ocean pools, one hosting the famed Bondi Icebergs, and three boardriding clubs.
It is today Australia’s best-known and most popular beach, due in part to its proximity to Sydney CBD, but also because of the beautiful curve of wide sand and the never-ending waves that roll to the shore - a gem of sand and surf wedged into an otherwise cliffed and rocky coast. Today it can claim to be both the birthplace and cultural capital of Australian surfing.
National Surfing Reserve status formally acknowledges Australia’s greatest surfing locations together with the local surfing history and the community’s association with the beach and surf. There are three criteria required to become an NSR. First and foremost is good quality, consistent surf; second, is a place considered sacred by surfers; and third, is the long-term usage of the beach and surf by the local and broader community.
Bondi with its southerly orientation has surf in abundance, while its surf history and beach usage goes back more than 150 years. Bondi Beach is an Australian surfing icon, known throughout Australia and indeed, through “Bondi Rescue”, much of the world.
Bondi is used intensively by the local community who can be seen in their hundreds every morning relaxing, walking, jogging, fishing, swimming and surfing. It is also visited daily by an international mix of sightseers, beach-goers and surfers. It is truly the surf capital of Australia and an international surfing destination.
In achieving National Surfing Reserve status we would especially like to thank and congratulate John Sullivan and his Bondi NSR Committee on the 18 months of hard work that went into the nomination and now dedication of Bondi as a NSR.
We also thank the Honorable members from all three levels of government for their visible support, and wish the Bondi and broader community many sunny days and great surf at Bondi.
Professor Andrew D Short, OAM - Chair & Co-Founder
Brad Farmer, Patron & Founder, National Surfing Reserves