Surfing Australia: A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia

Phil Jarratt has written "Surfing Australia: A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia". Discover the stories, the surfboards, the surfers, the innovations, the cutting-edge leaders in Australian surf culture.


The new surf book shows 150 photographs and chronicles the birth, growth and development of surfboard riding in Australia, from the pioneering days through to the surfing boom and professional surfing.

The definitive guide to Australia's surfing history is published in conjunction with Surfing Australia, the country's governing body for surfing.

Surfing in Australia is more than 100 years old. The book by Phil Jarratt confirms that for every Boot Hill Gang there is a Surf Life Saving Association, for every tragic drug disqualification, a world title winner.

From Tommy Tanna, Alick Wickham and Freddie Williams's pioneering surf lifestyles to the hedonism of 1950s beach culture, the Coolangatta Kids of the 1970s, to the eventual professionalised machine that surfing in Australia has now become, this is the complete, no-holds-barred history of both sides of the story.

Mark Richards and Layne Beachley's forewords make of "Surfing Australia: A Complete History of Surfboard Riding in Australia", a fundamental book for your surfing bookshelf.

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