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Litmus Surfing Movie


Litmus, created by Australian film-maker Andrew Kidman along with cinematographer John Frank and artist Mark Sutherland, sparked an aesthetic revolution in surf culture. 

Shot in Australia, South Africa, Ireland, California and Hawaii, and featuring surfboard design guru Derek Hynd and iconic surfer-shaper Wayne Lynch (as well as appearances by Tom Curren and Miki Dora), the film, released in 1996, was entirely devoid of the hard-driving, thrash-and-burn ethos of the era.  Litmus helped shake the surfing world awake to the fact that stylish, flowing surfing didn't fade out with the advent of the tri-finned shortboard, and that the act of surfing itself is far richer than a set of saleable cliches. 

The film spread the gospel of what has been labelled a 'retro-progressive' school of surfing, and what was being practiced by an avant-garde core soon spread all over the world.  According to Kidman, 'originally cinematographer John Frank and I just wanted to make a film that showed how Wayne Lynch and Derek Hynd had remained surfing extremely well into their forties, and how they had achieved this through design exploration.  Other things happened along the way, like the waves in Ireland.  We just put the time into the subjects and the places until we felt like we'd represented them with honesty.'

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Litmus Trailer


Litmus Trailer from Andrew Kidman on Vimeo.

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'From Steel City To Hollywood', An Evening with PHIL AVALON 19 February

Phil Avalon picked up a Bolex movie camera whilst still in his teens and it seems as though he has never put it back in its case. Actor, writer, film maker and die hard surfer, Phil’s movies have played in every country throughout the world.

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Peruvian Cultural Surfing Tour - Friday 11 March

One Night Two Events

Surf World Gold Coast is proud to host the Peruvian Cultural Surfing Tour presented by Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve and in conjunction with the 2016 Bleach* Festival.  This tour features Felipe Pomar, Peru’s first World Champion.

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Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Surf Movie of the Year Awards Friday 18th March

For the first time Surf World Gold Coast presents the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Surf Movie of the Year Awards. This exhibition showcases the finalist of this prestigious awards that recognises the best single surfing-themed photograph and film taken during 2015.


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Surf World has welcomed a new addition to our collection – a board from Peru called the Caballito de Totora.

The caballito has been named the world’s oldest surfboard. Andy Mac lead a project of Peruvian surfers and fishermen to bring the reeds over from Peru.

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Surf World attended the Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at Redland Performing Arts Centre last week to accept the award (photo above) for their win in the Organisations Volunteer Run – Engagement category for “Sharing the Stoke” project.

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Switchfoot III book launch and signing - Dec 4th

Author Andrew Crockett will be appearing at SWGC for the launch and signing of his latest book in the Switchfoot Trilogy. In addition he will be presenting and narrating a slide show of the most intriguing images from the three Switchfoot books.

This will be followed by the unseen short films by George Greenough, ‘Heads, Faces in the Sky’ and ‘Get it by the Wings’. Music by the Makaha duo.

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Surfboard Appraisal Day – Sunday 1 November

On Sunday 1 November from 10am to 12pm on the Village Green, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Surf World Gold Coast volunteers will be on hand to appraise your boards for free.
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‘The More Things Change’ featuring Gerry Lopez – 30th October

An added feature of the night will be the showing of the short movie ‘ The Fishermans Son’. Both films are part of Patagonia’s new initiative, The New Localism.

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Doors will open at 5.30pm for 7.00pm start. Food and drinks available

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EVO – Bob Evans Exhibition | 60 Years of Pure Stoke

On Friday 4 September, 2015 a huge gathering took place at Surf World for the launch of the legendary Bob 'Evo' Evans Exhibition. Fans came in their droves to celebrate the life of one of surfing's most influential personalities, Mr Bob Evans, and they were not disappointed.

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Surf World Gold Coast is a charitable institution and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) covered by Items 1 and 4 of the table in section 30 -15 of the Income Tax Assesment Act 1997. All donations over $2 are tax deductible.


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