22 September 21
One year before the world’s first skateboarding magazine was published in the United States, Dr Leo Kalokerinos, a 29 year old medical student started Australia’s first skateboard company from his family home in Rose Bay, Sydney.
Surfa Sam unleashed a revolutionary new craze onto an unsuspecting Australian public, with the companies first skateboard ‘Landsurfa’ becoming an instant hit, gaining popularity with surfers and non surfers a like.
Over the next two decades, the company introduced a variety of radical shapes and models into the marketplace, selling over 250,000 skateboards across Australia and New Zealand until finally closing the factory in 1985 so founder Dr Kalokerinos could pursue a full time career in medicine.
After 36 years in hibernation, the iconic company has been revived by international designer Nick Dart who is better known for his work with legendary artists such as Aretha Franklin and Black Sabbath.
Surfa Sam is committed to honouring it’s hertiage with a range of new products that are deeply rooted in classic surf/skate style. The company will be moving into high end surfwear but will also continue to manufacture small runs of it’s iconic traditional skateboards from the company’s archives.