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Phill Jarratt Book Launch – ‘That Summer at Boomerang’

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Surf World would love you to join us on Friday 17th January. Phil Jarratt will be launching his new book ‘That Summer At Boomerang’ and presenting a ‘magic picture show’ about Duke Kahanamoku’s visit to Australia in the summer of 1914-15.

Doors open from 5.30pm for 6.00pm start. FREE entry, BBQ & drinks available. We we would love to see you here.
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Bob McTavish to launch new book ‘More Stoked’


Taking up where Bob’s first book, STOKED, left off, this is the story of what happens when youth gives way to the responsibilities and discoveries of middle age, when things like family and religion and bringing in income clash head to head with a lifestyle built on no commitments.

Told in Bob’s signature style, a mixture of mischief and poetry, MORE STOKED! is a homage to 70s surfing as well as a coming of age story. Accompanied by many never seen before photographs this is a beautiful gift book for surfers and armchair surfers alike.It’s impossible to picture Australian surf history without Bob McTavish. One of the first Australians to adopt surfing as a lifestyle, McTavish worked to surf, hung out with legends of the sea and turned himself into a household name. Now in his late 60s and running a successful board business in Byron Bay, he still surfs daily.“From long-term addict to pragmatic. From original wooden boards through to the first longboard era. The Short Board Revolution. Wave skis. Snowboards. Sailboards. Longboards reworked and redeveloped. Guns. Big-wave lust. Small-wave joy. A wife who surfs. Two sons who surf everything well. A happy outlook. No end in sight.”  Bob McTavish is MORE STOKED than ever.

Bob will be talking about the book and showing 3 short movies including a 15 minute film of Noosa taken by Hayden Kenny in the early 1960s.

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iON the Barrel - Sneak Preview

iON the Barrel

Tony ‘Harro’ Harrington, world renowned photographer and contributor to our calendar will be previewing his new movie titled titled “iON the Barrel presented by Carlton Dry” at Point Break Burleigh Heads on Nov 3rd. Harro has been filming at many of the key destinations for barrels around the globe this year capturing tube rides in Hawaii, Mentawais, Mexico, Tahiti and of course here on the Gold Coast, all of which feature in the 52 minute film. “The barrel is the Holy Grail for all surfers and Point Break is perfect, with a view of the Burleigh barrel and some cold beers I can’t think of a better place to kick off the movie with friends and family” said Tony.
A great supporter of Surf World, Tony has generously offered to make the night a fund raiser for the museum.

- 7pm (Qld time) Sunday 3 November 2013
- Gold coin donation to Surf World Museum on arrival

- Door prize – iON Air Pro 2 camera will be drawn from RSVP list
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Laurie Lawrence Swim Schools Interview

Laurie Lawrence

Laurie Lawrence Swim Schools is a platinum sponsor of Surf Worlds 2014/2015 Calendar! Surf World interviewed Emma Lawrence to find out a little more about Laurie and what it is that makes Laurie Lawrence Swim Schools world renown. On behalf of Surf World we’d like to thank Laurie Lawrence Swim Schools for supporting Surf World!

Surf World: So Emma, being the daughter of the great Laurie Lawrence, can you tell me about Laurie Lawrence Swim Schools and how the swim school came about.

Emma Lawrence: The swim school first opened over 40 years ago in 1966 in Northern Queensland. Laurie’s passion for swimming first came about when he was working as a Physical Education teacher. Laurie’s father owned the lease on the Tobruk pool in North Queensland, where several great Olympic athletes such as Dawn Fraser trained. It was there that Laurie’s passion for swimming grew rapidly, and he became immersed with teaching people how to swim.

Surf World: I believe the Laurie Lawrence Swim School has produced a fair few swim stars over the years as well?

Emma Lawrence: You’re right, the swim school has produced a large number of State, National, Commonwealth, World and Olympic champions. It’s due to this reason that swimming coaches from around the world come to Australia to learn the techniques that LLSS have developed from over 35 years experience.

Surf World: Laurie was also involved in the Kids Alive do the five program. Can you tell me a bit about it?

Emma Lawrence: Laurie has been an avid advocate for water safety, introducing the ‘Kids Alive do the Five’ water safety programs in 1988. Drowning is the greatest cause of accidental death in children under five in Australia.  The Kids Alive community service program educates the public on five important steps to reduce the risk of preschool drowning.

Surf World: Laurie has done so much for swimming in Australia, it’s quite remarkable. Now where can people learn to swim at Laurie Lawrence Swim Schools?

Emma Lawrence: Laurie Lawrence Swim Schools have several venues on the coast including Currumbin, Banora, and Underwood. They have swimming classes that cater from babies as young as 4 months old, to children and adults learning to swim, as well as advanced adult squad classes. For any information regarding Laurie Lawrence Swim Schools, please feel free to contact their following pools:


    Banora – Cnr Greenway & leisure Drive Banora Point (07) 5523 3177
    Currumbin – Cnr Currumbin Creek rd & Philip St Currumbin 0449 209 727
    Underwood -2 Sports Drive, Underwood Ph (07) 3120 1600

Surf World: Terrific. Well thanks for your time and on behalf of everyone at Surf World we’d like to thank you for being a major sponsor of Surf World’s 2014/2015 Calendar!

Emma: Glad we could help! Thanks

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Pineapples ‘n’ Palms art exhibition by Jenny Midson and Pamela Oberman

Pineapples ‘n’ Palms

Get ready to be wowed by Pineapples ‘n’ Palms, an evening of art, wine, ukulele tunes and conversation as two of the most well-known and unique artists on the Gold Coast showcase their new collections.

The two artists, Jenny Midson and Pamela Oberman, share a love of pineapples ‘n’ palms, vibrant colours, and the beach and island lifestyle. While they embody two very different styles of art, their creations are always bold, colourful and eye-catching.

Pam’s interior design background and the fact that she lived in PNG in her early days is very evident in her primitive island style of painting. Jen’s colourful upbeat retro surf art reflect her bubbly personality and a life lived by the beach and surfing the Gold Coast and Bali.

Doors open at 6.00pm and the $10 entry price includes a complimentary drink on arrival. For the latest updates on this event go to the Pineapples n Palms event site on Facebook
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Tim Baker book launch ‘Century of Surf’

Century of Surf Tim Baker

2014 will mark the centenary of Duke Kahanamoku’s historic visit to Australia in the summer of 1914/15. To mark the occasion, surf writer, Tim Baker, has written a compelling history of Australian surfing that reveals some previously untold chapters in the story of wave-riding Down Under. How was Tommy Walker surfing years before Duke’s visit and why has his place in history been obscured? What does our beach culture owe to the Indigenous coastal lifestyle? Why was the 1939 Australian surfboard champion locked up as an “enemy/alien”?

A slideshow of historic images from the book, many previously unseen, will be shown along with a lively surf history discussion. Books available for sale on the night.
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Marty Tullemans “What is surfing”

Marty Tullemans “What is surfing”

Keep Friday the 13th of September free as master photographer and raconteur Marty Tullemans will present “What is surfing? Art, dance or religion”.

A great night will be had by all who attend so be sure to save the date!
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Surf World – Surfing in the 50′s and 60′s

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Gold Coast’s Newest Icon – Surfing Museum Opens 27 June

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Queensland’s first surfing museum, Surf World Gold Coast, opens its doors at Currumbin on Saturday, 27 June.

The museum celebrates the history and contribution of surfing and beach culture. A topic of discussion for many years, the museum has come to fruition in the last 12 months.

Chair of the steering committee, Mal Sutherland, said the exhibition opening followed months of hard work.

“We have over 100 boards showing the evolution of design and technology from the 1930s through to today, photographs of early surf scenes and current work by world-renowned surf photographers. This is just some of the collection,” he said.

The museum is located on the 1st floor of Honeyworld, opposite Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and entry will cost just $9 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for families.

“We have been very fortunate to secure a space in this building with the assistance of Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. There is a great synergy between “beach and bush” and both the sanctuary and museum see the benefits to be gained in co-locating these attractions.”

Besides the partnership with the Sanctuary, Surf World Gold Coast has also partnered with its sister museum Surf World Torquay to share its name and branding.

The museum has an another avid supporter in the local Divisional Councillor, Cr Chris Robbins.

“The experience of riding down a curling wave on a board on one of our iconic beaches has captured the imagination and spirit of generations of locals and visitors alike,” Cr Robbins said.

“Surfing and surf culture is integral to life on the Gold Coast and we now have a place to showcase this.”

Mr Sutherland said Cr Robbins had supported the project ‘from day one’.

“Without her support and financial contribution we would not be where we are now.”

The doors open for the first time on Saturday, 27 June after a ‘soft’ opening at 10am. “It will be wonderful to cut the ribbon and accept our first visitors,” Mr Sutherland said.

Surf World Gold Coast would like to acknowledge its partners – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, National Trust of Queensland ,Gold Coast City Council and Connecting Southern Gold Coast.

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Gidget Film Night


Only shown in Australia twice before to small restricted audiences, Surf World Gold Coast has been given permission by the producer to have a one off fund raising screening on the 7th June of his documentary Accidental Icon: The Real Gidget Story. Written and produced by two times Emmy Award winner Brian Gillogly, the movie documents the story of Kathy ‘Gidget’ Kohner whose diary of her experiences at Malibu in the 1950s were transformed by her father into a book, movies and later a TV series. The release of the movie Gidget in 1959 staring Sally Fields introduced surfing to the mainstream and changed surfing forever and is an insight into the way surfing has developed.

The Documentary features interviews from Sally Field to seven times World Champion Layne Beachley and all the other women surfers in between who have been nicknamed ‘Gidget’.

This is a historical documentary not to be missed.

A limited number of ‘Gidget’ books personally signed by Kathy for Surf World Gold Coast are available for sale. Be early to purchase your signed collectors edition.
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Andrew McKinnon's Surf Scene

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Kanga aka Ian Cairns book signing at Surf World with PT and Rabbit

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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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