Over the past few years there’s been a recent resurgence of the ukulele. Popular artists such as Jack Johnson and Vance Joy have all had major hits featuring the soothing cords of ukuleles, which seem to conjure images of palm trees, beaches, flowers, and that easy going island vibe.
Between the months of March and July, Surf World Gold Coast will host a rare Ukulele Exhibition in celebration of this amazing instrument. The exhibition will feature ‘A Century of Ukuleles’. Consisting of early Portuguese and Hawaiian models dating back to 1915, to modern and present day Hawaiian and U.S. models, the vast display is a rare and wonderful array of prominent pieces that few would have experienced.
So if you’re a ukulele enthusiast, or you’d simply like to see the historic displays of surfing memorabilia featured at Surf World Gold Coast, drop by for a visit.
World renown author and Surf World advocate, Tim Baker, has made a living from embracing everything to do with surfing. Having twice received the Australian Surfing Hall of FameCulture Award, Tim has recently penned a brilliant article on Surf World Gold Coast and its mission to preserve the history of surfing.
Click here to read the article.
Due to the success of our first ukulele night, Surf World Gold Coast is happy to announce a second ukulele night entitled ‘A 100 years of Ukuleles’. Kicking off at 5pm Thursday 4 June, the event will feature live entertainment from the Coolangatta Ukulele Club who will be greeting guests as they arrive, and also a solo performance from one of the leading ukulele players on the Gold Coast, Chad Sheather. Chad was a sensation at our original Ukulele night with his impressive skills, and due to demand he is back again to the delight of guests and will also be accompanied by an electric bass player and a lead vocalist.
The ukulele exhibition that is currently on at Surf World Gold Coast will be on display for guests along with the vast collection of historic boards that feature throughout the museum. The ukulele exhibition consists of early Portuguese and Hawaiian models dating back to 1915, to modern and present day Hawaiian and U.S. models. It is a vast display and consists of rare and wonderful pieces that few would have experienced. The surf film, Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau, will also be shown on the evening. This insightful documentary features the life and times of Eddie Aikau, the iconic Hawaiian waterman best known for the namesake big wave event held in his honor at Waimea Bay and the even more iconic bumper sticker ’Eddie Would Go’. It is a must see film for anyone who’s remotely interested in surfing, Hawaiian history, or documentaries in general.
There will also be a BBQ with beer,wine and soft drink available. This is an all ages event, and only a limited number of tickets are available, so get in quick to secure your spot for what is sure to be a terrific evening.
Phone Surf World Gold Coast on 07 55 256380 or email for more information.
Saltfest is a unique Surf Festival held at Coolangatta on the Gold Coast that ventures back to the grassroots of surfing and draws in the best of what the smaller, bespoke players in industry have to offer. The event celebrates our surf lifestyle and culture, by delivering a fusion of surf and street products, amazing food, sweet as tunes and it’s all in the one epic, super lush location.
The inaugural event is on the 1st March to coincide with the Quiksilver Pro, Gold Coast. Held at the Kirra Hill Community and Cultural Centre, the venue is perched on top of a grassy knoll overlooking the spectacular Pacific Ocean – the views and atmosphere are breathtaking. The hybrid indoor/outdoor event catches the best of what the Gold Coast and surrounding towns have to offer in terms of surf culture and artesian products. The day will cater for ocean lovers and families who are looking for a unique experience and a taste of what the Gold Coasters enjoy from one of the fastest growing sports and cultures in theworld.
There’ll be some very unique products on offer and you can even order a custom surfboard on the day. You’re encouraged to come and chat to local shapers, surf photographers, surfclothing businesses, surf rider groups, musicians and local ‘tasty as’ food vendors. SurfWorld will also have a display so be sure to come say hi.
Be healthy and walk the hill after parking in the surrounding areas. ATM’s available on the day. Kicks off 9am and finishes 3pm (QLD time).
If you have grown up with stories of the freakish abilities of the great Michael Peterson, and wondered if the tales had grown somewhat taller in the retelling, you need to get yourself down to Surf World Gold Coast, Friday, January 2.
Given the scarcity of quality footage of Peterson, who dominated Australian surfing in the ‘70s then vanished into a twilight world, younger surfers might be prone to think his peers have exaggerated the stories of his feats. Yet the proof is in the watching for those fortunate enough to clap eyes on Steve Core’s classic but largely forgotten 1972 surf movie, In Natural Flow.
In Natural Flow captured the turn of an era, as the giants of the ‘60s disappeared into the Byron Bay hinterland or in search of enlightenment through yoga, eastern religion or drugs. Into the breach stepped a new generation of hyper-competitive youngsters hell-bent on taking over the surfing world. Core was right in the thick of it and captured many of these budding young talents as they bloomed. As well as the great MP, there’s Peter Townend, a very young Rabbit Bartholomew (briefly), Simon Anderson, Col Smith and many others, putting the evolving shortboards through their increasingly radical paces.
IN a very special screening, Surf World Gold Coast will host filmmaker Steve Core and world champions Peter Townend and Rabbit Bartholomew, who will stage an insightful panel discussion following the screening.
Join us for the screening of our first event for 2015. Doors open at 6 pm and admission is $10. Drinks and BBQ available on the night.
The museum is privileged to be hosting an exhibition of superb photographs by Bali pioneers Dick Hoole and Richard Harvey. Both icons in their field the exhibition of over 50 photographs showcases the lifestyle of the Balinese people in the 70’s as well as newly discovered surfing locations. The exhibition will be on display until Xmas/New Year and all photos are available for purchase.
Photo: Richard Harvey at Uluwatu – Photo by Dick Hoole
A small audience was in attendance for the showing of LAST PARADISE which was Surf World GC’s final event of the year. The movie which documented the beginnings of some of our extreme sports such as jet boating, bungy jumping, glacier skiing and big wave riding featured some amazing footage and was very well received. Clive was on hand to introduce the movie and answer questions. Surf World GC would like to thank Clive for his support.
Photo: Clive Neeson and fans
A special screening of the National Geographic version of LAST PARADISE will be held at Surf World on Friday the 21st Nov with Film Maker and physicist Clive Neeson on hand to present and explain the significance of the film. Local legend Al Byrne is one of the story tellers in the film who creates the spirit of innovation and love of the wilderness. For those who missed the LAST PARADISE at Twin Towns event, this is an ideal opportunity to see the film and be inspired by its wider significance.
“LAST PARADISE” has been dubbed “the greatest story of adrenaline and innovation” and tells how a bunch of young adventurers met in the wilderness and pushed the limits of innovation to pioneer the modern concept of extreme sports and adventure travel. For physicist/film maker Clive Neeson, the film has literally been a lifetime in the making and that journey has revealed major issues about our future and how we will innovate the vital solutions for survival of our civilisation. Oddly enough, it’s all concealed in the fun of adventure and 45 years of jaw-dropping original footage.
Among the characters are our extreme sports pioneers and surf legends like AJ Hackett and Al Byrne who take us on the journey of a lifetime to discover virgin paradise in Noosa, Gold Coast, Bali, Mexico, Europe, New Zealand and Africa during the 60’s and 70’s.
Entry is $10 per head. Drinks available to purchase.