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Last Paradise

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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

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Last Paradise film screening, Surf World’s last event for 2014!

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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.

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Phil Jarratt book signing and Bali Heaven and Hell

Bali Heaven and Hell

Get your signed copy of Phil’s new book and join him, Dick Hoole and Richard Harvey while they reminisce about Bali in the early days. Phil will also present a video documentary of his book. Here Phil describes the making of the documentary: ‘The short film we have been making in Bali this month is based on my book, Bali Heaven and Hell, for which I interviewed more than 60 people, but mercifully I had trimmed this down to about 20 – still a lot of work when you have only three days to shoot it, and you have to deal with Bali’s chaotic traffic to get from one scene to the next.

With the help of long-time expat Michael Little, we managed to locate the Windro compound in Suluban on the dusty Bukit, where 40 years ago we would leave our motor bikes and pay the young boys to carry our boards to the cave at Uluwatu while we jogged ahead. In those long-ago days there was nothing but dry and rocky fields surrounding Windro’s, but now it has been surrounded by out-of-control tourist development.

I had a bunch of Dick Hoole’s black and white photos from that time on my laptop, and at a roadside warung we managed to find Wayan, the pretty young girl pictured walking down to the beach with a bucket of cold drinks balanced on her head. Now in her late 50s and still beautiful, Wayan led us to the compound.We walked down tracks and along stone walls to a paddock that I recognised immediately as the place where Dick had shot a picture of me in 1975, laughing uproariously while the film-maker Jack McCoy gave the kids joy rides on his motor bike, pretending to be out of control. Wayan shouted out a name, and another lovely woman emerged from behind some shrubs. I showed her the series of photos that had been taken right where we were standing, and she pointed to little Nyoman, my favourite board-carrier for several years, and said: “That my husband, he no look like that now!” She and Wayan laughed until they cried’.

Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. For more information contact Surf World on 55 25 63 80

Photo: Phil Jarratt on left, Jack McCoy giving the lesson. There were no motor bikes at Windro’s yet. This was a pure novelty
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Jamie Mitchell Exhibition

For those of you who don’t know much about the Gold Coast’s Jamie Mitchell, he is a man of many talents. Although the term ‘legend’ is thrown around lightly these days, it’s hard to describe Jamie in any other way. He is not only an accomplished big wave surfer, tow-in surfer, stand-up paddle boarder, professional lifeguard, but also the 10 time consecutive winner of the Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board World Championships.
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Cheyne Horan Exhibition

Cheyne Horan

There is still some fascinating memorabilia on display for the Cheyne Horan exhibition at Surf World. One particular item that is featured from Cheyne’s long and distinguished career is the Waimea 5000 trophy that he won whilst competing in Hawaii.

At the time of the win Cheyne had only just turned 18 years of age, which made him the youngest competitor to win an event of that type. The monstrous trophy still remains Cheyne’s favourite and sits beside other great pieces that make up his exhibition. Come and check it out!
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Wooden Board Night by Grant Newby

Wooden Boards

Grant Newby loves to surf. Not only that, but Grant has a particular proclivity to build surfboards out of wood, something that very few shapers do in this day of age. On the 2nd of August, Grant will be hosting a Wooden Surfboard night at SurfWorld. The gathering is a great way for board builders and like minded people to connect whilst enjoying the wonderful display of boards and surfing history at the museum.

Grant has also organised a guest speaker for the night, Sergi Galano from Flama Surfboards in Spain. Sergi will be talking about his experience in setting up his wooden surf board business and his method of building wooden boards. I am sure you will have plenty of questions for him and experiences to share. For further information on the event night, call Grant Newby on 07 5539 5969 or visit his blog here

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Tubular Swells - Movie Night

Tubular Swells

Movie Night at Surf World - 27th April 6.00pm

In conjunction with the heritage event Surf World GC will have a movie night featuring the 1976 surf movie ‘Tubular Swells’  a Dick Hoole and Jack McCoy production.  This movie featuring the Gold Coast along with other international destinations was developed and edited in a small unit at Mermaid Beach and was the first feature length surf movie produced in Queensland.  Dick Hoole, film maker and producer will be on hand to introduce the film and will host a Q and A session at the end of the evening.

An added bonus (yet to be confirmed) will be the showing of clips from their 1981 film ‘Storm Rider’.

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Bells Beach Short Documentary ‘The Winning Bell’

Natalie Imgraben and Jess Drummer

In conjunction with ABC, Natalie Imgraben and Jess Drummer came to visit Surf World Gold Coast in February and had the pleasure of talking with Surf World Gold Coast’s Chairman, Mal Sutherland, about the infamous and iconic Rip Curl Pro Bell. The particular trophy that the museum holds was won by Joel Parkinson in 2004.

The girls compiled a video as part of their curriculum for Bond University and Natalie has passed the film onto Surf World Gold Coast. Have a watch of the video and listen to Mal while he tells us some of the history behind one of professional surfing’s most sought-after prize.

Thanks Girls!

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Surfboard Shapers Workshop – The Art of Shaping Surfboards

Surfboard Shapers

On Saturday 22nd March 2014, a 3 hour workshop will be conducted by master shaper Richard Harvey, a man who has been shaping boards for over 45 years and is a former Australian champion. The workshop is designed to introduce people to surfboard shaping and to provide them with a better understanding of how their current board works and for those who want to experience the satisfaction of riding a surfboard that they have designed and crafted themselves. This workshop will launch them in the right direction.

“Richard is one of the most experienced and highly regarded shapers on the coast and a real craftsman. This will be Richards second workshop at Surf World and we thank him for his continued support” said Surf World Chairman Mal Sutherland.
A digital or printed notes folder containing, tool lists, information on setting up a shaping bay, safety equipment, a set of instructions for building your own shaping stands and a Surfboard Shapers Workshop DVD will also be available for an additional $10.
Surfboard Shaping Stand kits and T-shirts will be available for order on the night.

Venue: Surf World Gold Coast, Level 1/35 Tomewin St, Currumbin
Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014.
Time: 6.30—9.30pm
Cost: $30.00
Phone 0722256380 for Bookings
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Richard Harvey Board Shaping Night

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With so many surfboard shapers residing on the Gold Coast it’s hard for the average Joe to know what separates the good shapers from the great. Master Shaper Richard Harvey comfortably fits into the latter category. With over 45 years experience, Richard has not only shaped thousands of remarkable surfboards over the years, but has also shaped an impeccable reputation amongst surfers and his colleagues as a truly gifted shaper.

The Surfboard Shapers Workshop, which is on at Surf World Gold Coast this Saturday, 22nd March, is an introductory course to shaping your own board. This one 3 hour session covers all the basic elements of surfboard shaping, including the shaping bay layout, the tools used in each of the processes, design elements, to understanding the fundamentals and character of boards and fins. It also covers how to decide on what surfboard to shape and ride, to creating templates, translating measurements, and much more.

Richard’s vast knowledge on anything surf related is an indication of how he has immersed himself in his work, leaving him with a reputation for an attention to detail that is second to none. Renowned local surf photographer Marty Tullemans will also be attending the workshop as the official photographer.

This price of attending the workshop is available for an exclusive offer of just $30. If you wish to secure a position for this prestigious event, contact Surf World Gold Coast on (07) 55 256 380.

Venue: Surf World Gold Coast, Level 1/35 Tomewin St, Currumbin
Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014.
Time: 6.30—9.30pm
Cost: $30.00
Phone (07) 55 256380 for bookings
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