Surfing at Torquay in the early days

China Gilbert talks about surfing at Torquay in the early days and the 1956 International Surfing Carnival.

The 1956 Olympic Games shaped the future of Australian surfing. At the time the old-style ‘toothpick’ heavy boards designed for paddling were very popular. After the US paddleboard team demonstrated the ‘Malibu’ board, the habits of Australian surfers changed forever. The shorter, lighter boards were ideal for catching waves because they were more manoeuvrable.

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