11 June 18
From Australia’s National Film & Sound Archive: January 1968 - the clip and the curator’s notes from Bob Evans’ fifth film.
Surfers include Drouyn, Doyle, Cabell, Young ("on a radical vee-bottom"), Apia, & Grigg.
FROM THE CURATOR’S NOTES:
"In one of the first big swells on the north shore of Hawaii in January 1968, the cream of the world’s surfers gather to size each other up at Haleiwa.
"The middle of the film is all set in Hawaii, most of it following a hot new Australian surfer, Peter Drouyn, as he makes his Hawaiian debut. Drouyn, born in 1949, had won the Queensland championship at 15, in 1965.
"That same year he won the NSW junior championship as well, even after he was badly assaulted by some surfers at Manly, the night before the contest. This footage is from late 1967-early 1968, shortly after his 18th birthday. In 1970, he was ranked number one surfer in the world.”
Dug up by PLB’s honorary archive detective Ian Lording
NARRATOR: RENNIE ELLIS
PRODUCER & WRITER: BOB EVANS