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Rare surf footage from 1925 – “The Popular Sport of Surfboarding” – Bondi Beach

Rare surf footage from 1925 – “The Popular Sport of Surfboarding” – Bondi Beach

Three minutes from 1925, pre talkies. Ferretted from the Australian Screen web pages by Ian "Gumshoe" Lording.  SOME BACKGROUND & ORIGINAL NOTES: Clip description This is a segment from the newsreel The Spectator Magazine. Three surfboard riders take off on a full wave at the north ...


Beware the Blob

Beware the Blob

From Nat Geo: Marine heat waves are on the rise. What are these blobs of hot water? The water began warming in ...

Big Wednesday is back

Big Wednesday is back

From the California Surf Museum: It’s been four years since we have seen them at CSM. One of our favourite ...

Billionaire no more: Patagonia founder gives away the company

Billionaire no more: Patagonia founder gives away the company

There have been baggings and doubters on Twitter, FB, and Instagram (of course) since this news came out yesterday, but ...

THE NEW PLB - ISSUE 112 - Mick the Mighty Proofreader brings the inside info on what's in it

THE NEW PLB - ISSUE 112 - Mick the Mighty Proofreader brings the inside info on what's in it

Mighty Mick the Hyphen brings us his run-down on what lies between the covers of the newie: >> FEATURES Mr METICULOUS It’s over ...

Watch the largest feeding frenzy of fin whales ever recorded

Watch the largest feeding frenzy of fin whales ever recorded

This ocean we share never ceases to amaze - check this out from Nat Geo: Weighing 80 tons, fin whales ...

“The Ballad Of Clayton Looby” - anti-establishment ode to the larrikin surfer - from Dog Trumpet

“The Ballad Of Clayton Looby” - anti-establishment ode to the larrikin surfer - from Dog Trumpet

News and link from The Surf Film Archive: Legendary duo ‘Dog Trumpet’ have just released their latest album ‘Shadowland’. We were ...

Rare Surf Tees – new range, new website - vintage art logos

Rare Surf Tees – new range, new website - vintage art logos

Nine years this summer and still digging up rare logo designs from surfing’s wild and colourful eras of the 1950s, ...

Shaun Tomson & Rabbit Bartholomew on a Lightning Tour of the SE Australia

Shaun Tomson & Rabbit Bartholomew on a Lightning Tour of the SE Australia

Legendary World Surfing Champion Shaun Tomson is on a lightning tour of the East Coast of Australia where he has ...

World Mix – episode 12 of Crescent Swells – check out the track list, tune in for a listen

World Mix – episode 12 of Crescent Swells – check out the track list, tune in for a listen

Surf music! “CS12 has been dropped on MixCloud. We’ve had some fun this show, producing a special ‘World Mix’. There are some great ...

RIP Brian “Harry” Hann

RIP Brian “Harry” Hann

Here at PLB we knew Harry to be generous and a gentleman, and always a little larger-than-life. There will be a ...

1959: Making Sydney’s Surfboards

1959: Making Sydney’s Surfboards

Newsreel ferreted from the dusty files of British Pathe by Surf Detective Ian Lording, who added: "The late Greg McDonagh ...

China’s first wave pool bites the dust

China’s first wave pool bites the dust

From WavePoolMag: China’s first wave pool experiment sent shock waves around the world in 2019. The world’s biggest manufacturing power had entered ...

The Road Remains – Gerry, Wayne & Jack

The Road Remains – Gerry, Wayne & Jack

An excerpt from an article by Sean Doherty (full link below): The last time Gerry Lopez was in Australia, he jumped ...

Reflections on a bee encounter

Reflections on a bee encounter

A random piece from (regular PLB reader) Michael Cottier: Today I had a surf with a bee, well sort of. ...

“Gremlins and Sandies in New Craze - Roller Boarding” - 1964

“Gremlins and Sandies in New Craze - Roller Boarding” - 1964

“Dry land board riding – it’s a new twist to the surfing craze.”  “A tricky corner can be as dangerous as ...

Sea stars, purple urchins, California’s kelp forests, and eating for the greater good

Sea stars, purple urchins, California’s kelp forests, and eating for the greater good

From Nat Geo: Looking out over the Pacific Ocean, diners at the Harbor House Inn’s bluff-top restaurant in Elk, California, are ...

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