Surfing in UK: heavy boards used in 1929, hein?

Eighty-one years ago Lewis Rosenberg and a group of friends saw a newsreel showing Australians surfing standing up on their surfboards – it was a moment of inspiration that changed their lives.

This close-knit group of Jewish immigrants, who lived in London and Hove, had been riding their four-foot long wooden bodyboards in the West Country and Channel Islands for almost a decade. But in 1929 they set about building their own longboard, wrapped it in linen sheets, and took it on a steam train from London to Newquay.

Not only did they try to teach themselves how to surf standing on their board, they also filmed their exploits and now this rare footage has been brought back to life after lying untouched in a Cambridgeshire loft for many years.

“When Sue Clamp visited one of our exhibitions and told us she had film of her father’s surfing exploits on a wooden longboard in 1929 we were totally blown away,” said Peter Robinson, founder of the Museum of British Surfing. “We took the reels of fragile 9.5mm stock to the local film archive for them to be preserved and transferred to digital tape – it’s a national treasure.”

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Paddle Round The Pier: funny days in Brighton

Paddle Round the Pier (or 'Paddle') is Europe's biggest free beach and watersports festival. It runs every year on the beautiful venue of Hove Lawns - Brighton & Hove - and features the very best in water, street & urban sports, live music, kids entertainment, 'have a go' opportunities and much, much more.

Paddle has always appealed to surfers and watersports enthusiasts, but it seems we just can't stop people wanting to get involved. With all the usual suspects, from surfing, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, skating, windsurfing and free running, to all new sports like Surf lifesaving, Streetball, mountain boarding and freestyle mountain biking‚ now everyone wants a piece of the pie.

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Noel Robinson: a XXL charger (Photo: Kent Porter/Press Democrat)

Big wave rider Noel Robinson has lost his life after a wipeout, in Southern Mexico, 200 miles south of Acapulco.

Robinson had disappeared in the water for one hour, when close friends found him.

He was living between Bodega Bay and Puerto Escondido and everyone loved his warm personality.

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