- Past Exhibition
From the arrival of Californian ‘malibu’ surfboards in the 1950s through to the unleashing of the triple-finned ‘thruster’ in 1980, Sydney was Australia’s surfing capital, its ‘surf city’. It started with a young, restless generation – with their ‘finned’ fibreglass boards, rock ’n’ roll, cars and bad attitudes – hitting the surf and clashing with an outraged alliance of surf-club officials, councillors, police, disapproving parents, a spellbound media and a wide-eyed public. The evolution of surfing in the 60s and 70s saw Sydney surf writers, publishers, film-makers, bands and businesses gain international attention as innovators and stirrers.
Before long, surfing was ‘king’ and as its fashions and new-found freedoms were ignited, Sydney produced a line-up of top riders and cutting-edge board designers.