Women in the Waves

 The Women in the Waves night to be held on Thursday 21st March 2019 at 6pm will be a celebration of women surfing with a diverse range of women champions, artists, writers, photographers, and music. Guests include Pamela Burridge, Pauline Menczer, Jalaan Slabb, Nancy Emerson, Sally MacKinnon, Alison Gowland, Shakira Westdorp, Jenny Steen, Jenny Midson, Robyn Harvey, Toni Sawyer, Rachael Tilly, Tanya Binning, plus special guest Phyllis O'Donnell. MC Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew.

Poster by Angela Collins

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Stubbies Exhibition

The inaugural Stubbies exhibition  will include the first ever showing of the Stubbies years' movie, a massive photo collection, memorabilia and slide show. There will also be an entertaining panel discussion between those involved including Bill Bolman, John Neilsen, Dick Hoole, Doug Warbrick and 1980 Stubbies Champion Peter Harris.

The launch is strictly a ticketed event and ticket sales are limited. No ticket, no entry. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased through goldcoasttickets.com.au or from Surf World. Doors open 6pm, for 7pm start, drinks and BBQ available.er your text here ...

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'Emocean' Movie - Friday, May 18th

Forget your Friday night football Surf World Gold Coast is proud to announce that Tony ‘Harro’ Harrington will be taking time out of his busy schedule to showcase his latest movie Emocean at the museum on Friday, May 18th.
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An Entertaining Evening with Phil Jarratt

Venue :Surf World Gold Coast
Date : Wednesday 18th October
Free entry -- Doors open: 6pm for 7pm start
Drinks and sausage sizzle available
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Surf World Pop-Up Display & Swap Meet

Surf World Pop-Up Display & Board Collectors Swap Meet
Venue :Kirra Hill Community and Culture Centre, 1 Garrick St, Coolangatta
Date : Sunday 18th June -
Date :10am - 4pm
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WindanSea Exhibition

A huge thank you to Rob Ryan and Karen Neilson for putting the display together and with the help of Andy Mac, Paul Daly and Mal Chalmers .  The night went off extremely well with our volunteers always up to the task!

A special mention to Lawrie Jarman, who travelled down from the Sunshine coast to loan us the Ma & Pa Bendall trophy for the exhibition. thank you to all those who put in the effort to make another fun night at Surf World..

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Men of Wood and foam

The film focuses on the “Brookvale Six” – Gordon Woods, Bill Wallace, Scott Dillon, Barry Bennett, Greg McDonagh and Denny Keogh – who range in age from 91 (Gordon) down to 79 (Denny), but there also many valuable contributions from contemporaries in the Brookvale factories of the early 1960s, such as Joe Larkin, Bob Cooper, Shane Stedman, Bob McTavish, Nat Young and the late Midget Farrelly.

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The Conference is aiming to be an annual event and follows a Festival Circuit with Byron Bay and Nossa Surf Festivals and is on the eve of the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, World Tour opener at Snapper Rocks.

International Surfing Symposium

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One of the greatest ever International boardriding clubs in the world is having a one-off never to be repeated Reunion!
Bringing together surfing generations from the Sixties right through to the Millennials.

reunion 2017

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save the waves

Next showing in Australia is being held at Surf World on Wednesday 15 March from 6.30pm.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from the museum or via this link

Save the Waves documentary films and the Film Festival educate and inspire audiences to protect the coastline.

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Litmus Surfing Movie


Litmus, created by Australian film-maker Andrew Kidman along with cinematographer John Frank and artist Mark Sutherland, sparked an aesthetic revolution in surf culture. 

Shot in Australia, South Africa, Ireland, California and Hawaii, and featuring surfboard design guru Derek Hynd and iconic surfer-shaper Wayne Lynch (as well as appearances by Tom Curren and Miki Dora), the film, released in 1996, was entirely devoid of the hard-driving, thrash-and-burn ethos of the era.  Litmus helped shake the surfing world awake to the fact that stylish, flowing surfing didn't fade out with the advent of the tri-finned shortboard, and that the act of surfing itself is far richer than a set of saleable cliches. 

The film spread the gospel of what has been labelled a 'retro-progressive' school of surfing, and what was being practiced by an avant-garde core soon spread all over the world.  According to Kidman, 'originally cinematographer John Frank and I just wanted to make a film that showed how Wayne Lynch and Derek Hynd had remained surfing extremely well into their forties, and how they had achieved this through design exploration.  Other things happened along the way, like the waves in Ireland.  We just put the time into the subjects and the places until we felt like we'd represented them with honesty.'

Tickets $15 each and can be purchased from Surf World or goldcoasttickets.com.au

Litmus Trailer


Litmus Trailer from Andrew Kidman on Vimeo.

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'From Steel City To Hollywood', An Evening with PHIL AVALON 19 February

Phil Avalon picked up a Bolex movie camera whilst still in his teens and it seems as though he has never put it back in its case. Actor, writer, film maker and die hard surfer, Phil’s movies have played in every country throughout the world.

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Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Surf Movie of the Year Awards Friday 18th March

For the first time Surf World Gold Coast presents the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year and Surf Movie of the Year Awards. This exhibition showcases the finalist of this prestigious awards that recognises the best single surfing-themed photograph and film taken during 2015.


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Surf World attended the Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards (GAMAA) at Redland Performing Arts Centre last week to accept the award (photo above) for their win in the Organisations Volunteer Run – Engagement category for “Sharing the Stoke” project.

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Switchfoot III book launch and signing - Dec 4th

Author Andrew Crockett will be appearing at SWGC for the launch and signing of his latest book in the Switchfoot Trilogy. In addition he will be presenting and narrating a slide show of the most intriguing images from the three Switchfoot books.

This will be followed by the unseen short films by George Greenough, ‘Heads, Faces in the Sky’ and ‘Get it by the Wings’. Music by the Makaha duo.

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Surfboard Appraisal Day – Sunday 1 November

On Sunday 1 November from 10am to 12pm on the Village Green, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Surf World Gold Coast volunteers will be on hand to appraise your boards for free.
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‘The More Things Change’ featuring Gerry Lopez – 30th October

An added feature of the night will be the showing of the short movie ‘ The Fishermans Son’. Both films are part of Patagonia’s new initiative, The New Localism.

To learn more visit: www.patagonia.com.au/thenewlocalism

Doors will open at 5.30pm for 7.00pm start. Food and drinks available

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EVO – Bob Evans Exhibition | 60 Years of Pure Stoke

On Friday 4 September, 2015 a huge gathering took place at Surf World for the launch of the legendary Bob 'Evo' Evans Exhibition. Fans came in their droves to celebrate the life of one of surfing's most influential personalities, Mr Bob Evans, and they were not disappointed.

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Fish Fry Night at Surf World Gold Coast Museum

This year we are most fortunate to have a special guest in Dick Van Straalen, who many of you will know from his time here on the Gold Coast as a shaper of note. But first up Dick would like to share a very rare film that he was a part of. ” The Surfing Years ” is a great little movie of Dick and some friends, taken in 1964 when Dick was a 20 year old doing what we all dream of. Tossing in the job, jumping in the car with some mates and couple of girls, and leaving Sydney behind for a surfing road trip to Noosa Heads. The movie is a classic and has some great footage of early Crescent Head, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast on the way to Noosa. This is the same trip many of you will have no doubt done yourselves and you won’t be the last to take this journey.

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Surf World Calendar Launch Night

A launch night was held on Wednesday 25th of September for the sponsors and photographers that contributed to the Surf World Gold Coast 2014/2015 calendar. The photographers provided a rare insight into their images, with great stories by Peter ‘Joli’ Wilson, Ted Grambeau, Shelli Bankier, Tony Harrington, Ben Whitmore, Shayne Neinaber, and Mal Sutherland. Without the beautiful images donated by the photographers, and the support from the sponsors involved, none of this would have been possible.

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Tim Baker’s 100 years of Australian Surf exhibition

From the early beginnings of English settlers learning to swim in the ocean, to the introduction of surfing compliments of the Duke, Australia has a deep and rich history of surfing that many are unfamiliar with. Although there are a multitude of Australian world champion surfers such as Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Tom Carroll and Mark Occulupo that strike a chord with local residents, Tim Baker takes a detailed look into how surfing in Australia evolved into the mainstream sport that it is today that many would never know existed.

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Ukulele Lesson at Surf World

If you love music and want to learn how to play the ukulele then look no further! On Thursday 20 August at Surf World Gold Coast, ukulele extraordinaire and Coolangatta local Chad Sheather will be hosting yet another ukulele lesson. Whether you’ve never picked up a ukulele before or if you’re an intermediate to advanced player, Chad’s skill level can cater to both. Chad was the star ukulele performer at Surf World’s past two ukulele events which saw visitors from far and near flocking to Surf World. Chad’s effortless style and amazing skill made him the highlight of each event.

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