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.