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Gold Coast bikini queen and business legend Paula Stafford celebrates 102-year reign

Gold Coast bikini queen and business legend Paula Stafford celebrates 102-year reign

Australia's Bikini Queen Paula Stafford turned 102 this week. Frenchman Louis Réard may have invented the bikini back in 1946, but it was Paula Stafford who popularised the controversial swimwear design and put the burgeoning holiday destination of the Gold Coast on the map. In 1952, ...


The MP Classic is back! And on his mum Joan’s 90th birthday no less!

The MP Classic is back! And on his mum Joan’s 90th birthday no less!

The MP Classic is back as an invitational one-day open event on Saturday 25th June. The Kirra Surfriders Club of which ...

A particularly grisly mystery in the Pacific Nothwest – solved by science

A particularly grisly mystery in the Pacific Nothwest – solved by science

From the Strange Sea Stories file  - and a warning, this is a macabre story: Over the course of 12 years, a ...

This Kiwi bloke has helped give 460 dead whales a second life - as art

This Kiwi bloke has helped give 460 dead whales a second life - as art

When Hori Parata talks to a dead whale on a New Zealand beach, he welcomes it home. “It is returning ...

Ocean Ramsey on what to do in a shark attack

Ocean Ramsey on what to do in a shark attack

Renowned Hawaiian freediver Ocean Ramsey on what to do in ‘the worst case scenario’. This came to us via The ...

Man in critical condition after ‘serious incident’ at Melbourne’s URBNSURF

Man in critical condition after ‘serious incident’ at Melbourne’s URBNSURF

A surfer in his 40s suffered a “medical emergency” – reportedly a heart attack which are all too common in ...

The Yanks Down Under - original footage from the 1956 visit that changed Australian surfing forever.

The Yanks Down Under - original footage from the 1956 visit that changed Australian surfing forever.

The US and Hawaiians lifeguard teams bring their finned “Malibu" surfboards to Sydney and Torquay and start a revolution. This is ...

“The Gargantuan Rogue Wave” of the open ocean

“The Gargantuan Rogue Wave” of the open ocean

From National Geographic: The swells come seemingly out of nowhere - amazingly steep and potentially deadly. Sometimes the gargantuan waves ...

The Haleiwa section from

The Haleiwa section from "High On a Cool Wave"

From Bob Evan's fifth and final film. Fully  restored DVD copies of the full film are available in the PLB Shop HERE THIS CLIP: This original ...

The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez. News and Trailer

The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez. News and Trailer

Patagonia Films’ new documentary The Yin & Yang of Gerry Lopez, directed by Stacy Peralta, is coming to Australia.  Check-out the trailer below, and ...

What Happened to the Association of Surfing Professionals?

What Happened to the Association of Surfing Professionals?

The Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) is the organization that established the inaugural world circuit of pro surfing events. Their ...

Scientists discover ‘biggest plant on Earth’ off Western Australian coast

Scientists discover ‘biggest plant on Earth’ off Western Australian coast

About 4,500 years ago, a single seed – spawned from two different seagrass species – found itself nestled in a ...

Noosa Longboards signed Endless Summer lithograph winner - plus some insights into Van Hamersveld himself

Noosa Longboards signed Endless Summer lithograph winner - plus some insights into Van Hamersveld himself

"The world’s greatest living pop artist." It’s 60 years since the movie’s release, yet John Van Hamersveld’s artwork for The Endless ...

1960s Queensland – “Route One: Highway to the Sun”

1960s Queensland – “Route One: Highway to the Sun”

You might have to come back to this when you have 40 minutes to spare - it’s a major production ...

Tracing Eve: How one female crayfish turned into a new species

Tracing Eve: How one female crayfish turned into a new species

Here's one from the Strange Sea Stories File: It all began with one female. A slough crayfish was fished from the ...

The Old Mal Australian Nationals is a GOER

The Old Mal Australian Nationals is a GOER

News from Daffy Chisholm: The usual shenanigans will occur - Retro Wear all weekend, Show & Shine Friday arvo followed ...

The wonderful life and extraordinary history of the NSW ocean pools

The wonderful life and extraordinary history of the NSW ocean pools

Seawater pools sitting on rocky surf coasts so that waves can wash into them are wet, wild, convivial public places ...

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