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It's been 60 years this week. Some great coverage of the first World Titles at Manly in 1964 – a newsreel presented by Rothmans

16 May 24

This was originally posted to YouTube by archivist Charles Slater, along with these notes: "Recently in amongst a mixed lot of 16mm movie film, I found this brief (5¾ minute) coverage of the initial World 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."

It was sent to us by Ian Lording, who added, “Love the starter’s gun!”

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