Introduction Note: The
following list of video's posted online is subject to error, as
some online video is found to infringe copyright it maybe
removed and thereafter not found at the posted address.
The links are listed chronologically, on their approximate date
of original release.
inaccurate in their titles or description as uploaded.
In many cases the
descriptions and posted comments are trivial, they are rarely
informative, and on some occasions verge on abuse.
given to early material from obscure sources, particularly
newsreels, home movies or advertisements.
The many postings
of short sequences lifted from widely available professional
surfing films are listed with the relevant entry at
Also see References: film
Entries are in
the following format: Date Uploaded Title Link (for
Where applicable, the "Uploaded Description
(often edited) is included, and occasionally some of the
attached Comments (also edited.
00:00 Titles or
featured sequences, timed.
(usually enwikipedia.org or imdb.com)
- Name: Source,
Date (previously noted by) 1913 Vintage
Hawaiian Film - Circa 1913 - Waikiki Honolulu surfing scenery
waterfalls old antique cars http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQz-ubrBmwU
00:02 Title: Hawaiian Islands (with map)
carried from the surf on the shoulder.
00:27 Four riders
on solid wood surfboards on a long right hander.
00:50 Five riders
on solid wood surfboards on a right hander, two riders transfer
on to a third's board.
Beach and Diamond Head.
02:19 Waterfalls. 1916 Lyman H. Howe : Hawaii: The Paradise of the Pacific https://archive.org/details/27267_1411114866_s01_Hawaii_the_paradise_of_the_Pacific
Howe Films Co ,
Film from the collection of EYE (Amsterdam)
filmed and edited travelogue about the large island of
00:28 Shots of a coastal
train trip on the so-called Hilo route, crossing some
spectacular timber bridges.
03:46 Fishers in the surf with casting nets.
Note the consistent left handers breaking on the outside
06:36 Portraits of native
08:26 Surfboard riding at Waikiki shot from a canoe
sitting inside the break; unlike some contemporary footage
where the cameraman films while the canoe is riding the
Two attempts at tandem riding by board jumping.
One prone/body-surfer rides inside white-water.
The last wave is a particularly long ride.
The Hawaiian musical accompaniment
is delightfully appropriate, but
Surfing at Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii: "Sons of the Surf"
circa 1920 Educational Film Exchanges https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUNh6dIqty0 Uploaded by Jeff
2013. Surfing at Waikiki
Beach, Hawaii, in the 1920s. The surfers
include William Kahanamoku, David Kahanamoku, and Dave's dog,
"Spot." Re-released in
1965 by Educational Film Exchanges. Public domain film
from the Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven
edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise
reduction applied. The film was
silent. I have added music created by myself using the
Reaper Digital Audio Workstation and the Kontakt 5 and Proteus
VX VST instrument plugins 1920 The Father of Surfing wins another
Olympic gold - Swimming - Antwerp 1920 Olympic Games http://www.olympic.org/videos/the-father-of-surfing-wins-another-olympic-gold-swimming-antwerp-1920-olympic-games
1920s ? Historic dana
point part 1a. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVZrLbPe4n8
Amateur home film
with combination of black and white and some colour footage at
various locations in southern California .
Skimboards and swimming, colour.
07:40 Dory launch
in the surf
Noted by Jeremy
Oxenden: The Surf Blurb 19 Dec 2011 c.1920 Australasian Gazette – All for a Good
Cause http://aso.gov.au/titles/newsreels/australasian-gazette-all-good/clip1/?nojs Clip Description: This clip shows a surf carnival at Bondi Beach, Sydney in aid
of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade. Surfers catch waves on
longboards, lifesavers march on the sand and compete in
Curator’s notes by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers: Bondi Beach is one of the best known beaches in the world. The surf lifesaving movement began here in 1906 and surf
carnivals have been an integral part of their culture since. The surf-lifesaving clubs of Australia are made up of
volunteers who patrol the beaches through summer every year. Apart from this, they compete in surf carnivals which
feature sports such as swimming, sand running, mock rescues,
surfboard riding and a march past, which is captured in this
newsreel. 1920s Durban - South
Africa (1900s- 1970s) | Vintage Historical Footage https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dEbLXkd3C0
1920s: 1:28 Beach
Hotel, 1:54 Beach Enclosure, 2:11 Surf-bathers, 2:28 End.
1962 (colour): 9:58 Skim-boards, 10:03 Sail-boats, 10:18
Malibu Board-riders, End 10:45.
Ford Educational Library: The Hawaiian Islands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVYaPwYvgY0 US National Archives FC.FC.484
Ford Motor Company, 1924
Noted by Gary Lynch, June 2017. circa 1924 Australasian Gazette – Sun Worshippers http://aso.gov.au/titles/newsreels/australasian-gazette-sun/clip1/
Clip description: This newsreel from approximately 1924 shows surfers and
swimmers enjoying the first day of real summer weather of the
season. It opens with a wide shot of the northern end of Bondi
Beach. Although there are some buildings on the shore front, the
Bondi Pavilion had not yet been built.
Curator’s notes by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers: Bondi Beach, one of the most famous beaches in the world, is
captured in this Australasian Gazette newsreel. Australia’s love of the sun, sea and surf has been a
strong part of our national identity and way of life over the
past century, particularly from the 1920s when this newsreel was
produced. Newsreels at this time were used mainly to entertain
rather than challenge or question the status quo. This newsreel certainly entertains and provides us with a
record of this Australian icon. Elaborate intertitles not only help tell the story but add
drama to the newsreel. As it says, 'Perhaps the most thrills go to the surf-board
riders’. c1925 Waimanalo HI
1920s 1930s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ayAYC3KYlI Vintage 16 mm
footage at and around the mid 1920s stone house originally of
Alfred Hocking, brewer of Primo Beer in 1898, first house to
be built on Waimanalo Beach. Images of fishing, vistas and
at Waimanalo on the large island of Hawaii, this brief glimpse
illustrates that surfboard use was not confined to Waikiki (on
Ohau) at this time.
04:23 A young man
paddles a surfboard just off the beach while others harvest a
large fishing net. c1925 Women surf
lifesavers at Bondi Beach in the 1920s: newsreel "Surf
Guardians" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XmyMmyb0j4 A short silent
historical newsreel film from the 1920s entitled ''Surf
Guardians'' showing the new patrol of women surf lifesavers in
the Bondi surf lifesaving club. 1925 Lasker and
Lasker, Australian cinema advertisement for women's and men's
swimwear (1925) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CMmRQlPXaKc Promotes
Sydney's "Lasker and Lasker" Surf Outfitters of 402 and 404
George St, Sydney, Australia.
Women and men model bathing suits and caps on a beach.
Shots include the models standing next to a surf boat, models
with parasols, and a model putting on a beach coat.
Men are dressed in full length costumes. 1925
The Popular Sport of Surfboarding (1925) http://aso.gov.au/titles/newsreels/popular-sport-of-surfboarding/clip1/
Clip description This is a segment from the newsreel The
Spectator Magazine. Three surfboard riders take off on a full wave at the
north end of Bondi Beach, riding large Hawaiian-style
longboards. They are shown from the side, then filmed from the
beach, riding straight in. One man performs a handstand while riding. Another
tries to ride his board from left to right along the wave. We see a total of about five surfers, in varying surf
conditions. They ride amongst the swimmers, rather than separately,
and appear to be playing up to the camera. 1925
Lifesavers: Cryst-O-Mint Flavour (1925)
Clip description This clip from a silent black-and-white cinema
advertisement for Life Savers sweets shows a young woman
dive into the surf, only to be rescued by a surf lifesaver.
He lies her down and gives her a Life Saver mint to revive
It ends with an inter-title that states ‘good ain’t they
The location, note the ocean pier in the background, is
unknown. 1926 The Pleasure
Beach, Blackpool 1920s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xQEhYv0KfE Here's a gem
of early footage to feast the eyes upon. Enjoy!"
Black and white footage of a famous English seaside resort and
Note the short
colour version with production notes, below. Blackpool
Pleasure Beach, Lancashire (1926) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvUjbKUBMmo
Surfboard Riders, Portugal, 1927. 1953 “Surf Mats,”
Estoril, portugal, 1953 http://upmagazine-tap.com/en/pt_updailys/leca-beach-1927-the-first-surfers-in-portugal
Forwarded by João
Macdonald, September 2012, with many thanks.
film produced in 1927 by the Portuguese Army Cinematographic
Service shows a group of men at Leça da Palmeira’s Praia dos
Ingleses (the Englishmen Beach), on the outskirts of Porto in
northern Portugal, practicing bellyboard, the original version
The film is
entitled Aspects of Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos and
Leixões and the excerpt corresponds to 28 seconds of a
total 32.34 minutes. The
full version is stored in the National Archive of Moving
Images in Bucelas, near Lisbon, and can be viewed on the
Digital Cinematheque’s webpage, in the Portuguese Cinematheque
consists of three scenes in which about 12 individuals are
seen entering the water with what appears to be an alaia,
a primitive type of surfboard, and surfing the waves to the
beach, lying on the boards.
was filmed in 1926 or 1927, a period of quiet activity for the
Army Cinematographic Service, created in 1917 to record the
participation of Portuguese troops in WWI. The
name of the director or cameraman are not known. The
detail in the film was detected by writer José Carlos Soares,
a native of Leça, who relayed the information to UP magazine. The
film was on public display at the Museum of Contemporary Art
of Serralves in a parallel program to the exhibition Álvaro
Siza. Expose – Museums and Spaces in 2005, and during the
program Cinema in the Pilgrimage, inserted in the festivities
of the city of Matosinhos in 2011, at the Town Hall
auditorium." 1928 Honolulu 1928
wakiki 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gF6kF4Dq6I
treeleaf8 on 31 Jan 2011. My relative
had this old film in his basement. Arthur Goodwin must have
spliced his own footage in with a professional film. He went
in March 1928. One of the buildings shown was built in 1927. I
split the film into two for uploading.
Part 1 of four postings of Arthur Goodwin's tour of the Hawaiian
Islands in 1927
Honolulu 1928 wakiki 2, Part 3: Honolulu March 1928, Part
4: Kuaui 1928.
original footage appears to be from 03:51 to 06:16.
The first four
and last five and a half minutes is directly lifted from Hawaii,
edited by Eugene W. Castle (1938).
Hawaii 1938 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0NlyGOr3tQ
After languid. peaceful days on sapphire seas - Hawaii (Castle
00:01 Ocean liner
00:18 Arrival at
00:26 Title: A
typical welcome , with Proverbial Ginger -- Blossom Leis
00:35 The female
tourists receive/purchase leis.
(mountain?) views of Honolulu.
(rooftop?) views of Honolulu.
01:54 Title: A
noted landmark Aloha Tower
01:59 Aloha Tower
02:10 Title: The
Old Palace Monument to Royalty of other days
02:22 The Old
hotel, shot from the water?
03:00 Title: The
Statue of King Kamehameha Stands before the Court House
03:11 The Statue
of King Kamehameha.
03:30 Title: Duke
Kahanamoku, the islands' ambassador of good will.
Kahanamoku in white shirt, dark tie and hat. (Castle 02:27)
(Goodwin?) clay-shooting aboard liner.
boats in harbour.
04:53 Visit to
(Dole?) pineapple factory
06:01 Indoor (?)
hula performance by Goodwin
06:16 Title: The
Hula-Hula danced to the rhythm of soft guitars.(Castle, 04:21)
hula performance with grass hut and surfboard proped against
tree in background.
timber board shoulder carry to water.
Surfboard riding - the first sport of Hawaii.
08:09 Canoe and
surfboard riding, Diamond Head in background.
08:50 Title: Over
the sea in native canoes.
09:32 Duke and
three others on his Australian surfski with an attempted tandem
10:28 Title: The
sun and trade winds are ever gentle here,
Laminated timber board shoulder from water.
Expert surf riders defy the high running sea.
11:54 Duke and
double tandem lift successful.
Paradise in Mid-Pacific. (Castle, 08:35) 1928 Honolulu 1928
wakiki 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nI-qmnyTFm4
treeleaf8 on 31 Jan 2011 No description
Part 2 of Arthur Goodwin's home movies.
content of some of the titles suggests that these were prepared
by Goodwin himself.
The first minute
is the final sequences from Hawaii, edited by
Eugene W. Castle (1938).
Paradise in Mid-Pacific. (Castle, 08:35)
00:08 Scenes in
and around Honolulu
performance with laminated timber surfboard and grass hut in the
through palm trees (Castle 09:29).
00:59 Bathing at
01:17 Title: Art
dives in from the beach.
Goodwin dives in from the beach, Moana Pier in the background.
Caroline floats like Ivory Soap
Goodwin bathing at Waikiki.
Behold the fisherman!
02:07 A native
fisherman casts and retrieves his net on a rocky shore.
02:59 Title: A
catch of silvery mullet!
fisherman, and two naked boys, collect the catch.
03:20 Title: At
night with torch and spear
03:49 Title: The
Black Sands of Kalapana.
03:52 Two naked
boys play in the shorebreak at Kalapana.
04:20 Title: This
way for coconuts
04:58 Title: Off
with the outer husk
05:02 Young male
in swimsuit, watched by a young lady also in a swimsuit, removes
outer fibre from a coconut.
05:24 Young male
removes coconut fibre using his teeth.
05:46 Title: Coco
milk and coco meat
05:50 The shell
is broken on a rock and the milk is drunk and the flesh eaten by
06:36 Title: "A
nut, a cup of coco milk and thou - -"
couple embrace by lagoon 1928 Honolulu March
1928 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upCx_3rMttc Arthur,
Caroline, Ben and Luana Goodwin visit Honolulu in 1928. Film
of surfers and canoers at Wikiki (sic).
Part 3 of Arthur Goodwin's home movies, possibly spliced with
sections from professional footage.
content of some of these titles suggests that these were
prepared by Goodwin himself.
00:00 Title: Our
Trip to Hawaii 1928
Diamond Head and Honolulu
Diamond Head and
coastal views from an approching liner.
Friends greet us on arrival
sign reads Matson Line - Honolulu to San Franciso - South
Seas and Australia
01:00: Title: And
decorate us with Leis
01:05 The ladies
of Goodwin's party, wearing leis, walk along the Moana Pier
(removed in 1930), which features throughout the film.
canoe, five crew, surfing waves.
launch of large outrigger canoe with Moana Pier in the
outrigger canoe surfing wave - shot from the end of
the pier (?) towards the east.
outrigger canoe, nine crew and black and white dog, paddles
riders, in the shorebreak west of Moana Pier.
standing on one leg, ride onto the sand, beginner's (striped
riding, some tandem.
06:46 Title: How
it looks from a canoe.
06:49 Canoe and
surfboard riding, Diamond Head in background.( ?)
riders, in the shorebreak west of Moana Pier, standing surfboard
09:04 Title: The
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
09:29 Title: Joe,
a Beach Boy, serenades us (with ukelele).
09:51 Title "The
Beach at Waikiki."
10:02 Beach boy,
in Hawk Shaw Surf Rider swim suit, making palm frong
surfboard beach launch with hop and dive.
11:15 Joe plays
ukelele behind his head (a la Jimi Hendrix, c1968).
shorebreak Kuaui 1928 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yc-3zmepMSA&list=UUnbPBVcQIDJjvqON0X10p-Q&index Arthur,
Caroline, Ben and Launa and friends travel to Hawaii in 1928.
Silent black and white film. I projected in onto my wall and
videotaped it. Volcano is from Island of Hawaii.
Let me know if other things aren't from Kuaui.
Arthur consulted around on the world on Farmer's Markets. His
uncles also sold sugar at the Pike Place Market.
I imagine he was in Hawaii for one or both of those reasons.
Part 4 of Arthur Goodwin's home movies, possibly spliced
with sections from professional footage.
footage (06:06 to 11:27) is from Hawaii, edited
by Eugene W. Castle (1938).
Kauai - The Garden Island of Hawaii
02:52 Title: The
famous Barking Sands that growl when agitated (Kauai)
04:06 Title: The
Spouting Horn (A blowhole on Kauai)
04:55 Sugar cane
Kileau - world's largest active volcano (Castle 03:30, Kileau
Volcano is on Hawaii, the big island).
at night, grumbling, like an angy giant (Castle 03:47).
11:27 Title: The
Ti plant from which is Okolehau is made (Okolehau is a fermented
Grimshaw and Family (Honolulu?)
12:06 Aala Market
12:33 Title: We
12:35 Harbour and
cityscape (return to San Francisco?)
13:18 Title: On
Into the Night
canoe at night with a flare. 1929
Life Guards at Bondi Beach (c1929) http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/life-guards-bondi-beach/clip2/ Clip
Teams of lifeguards ready
their wooden boats on shore. One lifeguard is shown in close-up wearing a life jacket
and swimming cap. The boats are pushed out to the surf while spectators
watch from the beach. The teams of five row in their boats, one of them
standing on the end as a rudder, as they move further out into
wild surf. Some of the boats get more buffeted than others.
Several early tucked-stern surfboats compete to get out
though large surf at Bondi Beach.
surfing near Newquay in 1930 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2JLcPny6u4 Lewis
Rosenberg was a young man from London who, like thousands of
others in the 1920s, travelled to Newquay by train with his
friends for the summer holidays. In 1929 he and his mates
spent a week at Holywell Bay.
Mostly prone riding on large solid wood boards, some on-board
Britain in 1929
A shame that this
video is incorrectly captioned. The man being interviewed is
Harry Rochlin, not Lewis Rosenberg, my? father. Also, as dorlec1
says, it's Holywell Bay, not Newquay, where they surfed.
- Pete Robinson:
The Surf Blurb 5 Dec 2011 1929 Indoor
Surfers! 1929 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/indoor-surfers/query/surfing
British Pathe: Title: This is the new kind of
swimming bath that is becoming the rage of Germany. M/S of an amazing
looking indoor swimming pool. There are large advertising posters around the walls and a
balcony for spectators. Lots of people are in the pool and hanging around the
edges. M/S of the edge of the..." 1930 Arthur and
Kate Tode (Kahop), Honolulu (1930) http://archive.org/details/upenn-f16-0497_1930_Honolulu This movie is
part of the collection: University of Pennsylvania Museum of
Archaeology and Anthropology Films Producer:
Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop) Audio/Visual:
silent, b&w. Shotlist Reel
No. 36 Travelogue
footage, no titles possibly outtakes from f16-0496 Distant
shots of ocean liners Harbor Honolulu
Iron Works Young
Hawaiian man on surfboard, paddling Hotel
on beach front Beach
front from the water Kate
[?] and her father or father in law, in swimsuits, two people
goofing in swimsuits Surfing,
mostly soft focus Kate,
MWS paddling on a surfboard Another
wide shot of the same fancy hotel on the beachfront Surfing,
and outrigger canoe, paddled by Hawaiians, with tourists on
more shots of outrigger canoes.
Tode (1894-1966), and Kate Eisig Tode (1905-1990), who
christened their films with the combined nickname "Kahop" (Kate
+"Hop") were great 20th century travelers and avid film amateurs
who documented their journeys, and edited them with inter-titles
perhaps to be shown at parties or meetings of their clubs.
travelogues begin with their honeymoon in the 1920's.
In the years that
followed they traveled by sea, air, and automobile across the
United States and around the world, with a 16mm camera in hand.
Actually, there were two 16mm cameras in the family, as you can
see Kate filming in some of Arthur's films, so the authorship of
individual films is likely mixed.
The Todes were
early members of the Circumnavigators Club, and traveled the
entire globe by longitude- one of the requirements for
membership of the club- at least twice.
Arthur, a Chief
Engineer and Lieutenant in the Navy in WW I, was the founder of
the Propeller Club of New York in 1923, and both the Todes
served as officers of the club, created to advocate for the role
of the Merchant Marines and marine commerce in general.
The films that
they made depict countries that in some cases have changed
completely, been renamed, or redrawn, and much of the material
culture and cultural practices are now utterly transformed.
Kate Tode donated
the films to the University of Pennsylvania Museum shortly after
Arthur's death, before she moved to Australia, around 1979.
Arthur Tode's personal papers can be found at the Stephen B.
Luce SUNY Maritime College Library.
contributions of the Todes include establishment of an Aquarium
at U.C. San Diego.
death, Kate continued being active in environmental and natural
world concerns in her adopted country of Australia, where there
is still a park named in her honor.
films in the Tode's Penn collection are 16mm black and white
diacetate reversal, and are the best preserved of the Tode
- http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsnLPcXMHBKP0J_GEW85Zb0YRCl_wNkbG 1930 On The Waves
At Waikiki - Vintage Hawaii Surfing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrrGWESdHZY&feature A look back at
the golden years of 1930s surfing Waikiki Beach. Night
Hawk, the original Waikiki beachboy surfing dog is
Nighthawk's owner and fellow surfer was Philip Auna.
film was made between Feb. 1927 (when the Royal Hawaiian Hotel
opened) and April 1930 (when the Moana Hotel pier was
Baby' is from a few years later, from the Laurel & Hardy
film 'Sons of the Desert' (1934).
Noted by Jeremy
Oxenden: The Surf Blurb 19 Dec 2011
All the surfing shots are taken from an
outrigger canoe, riding on the same wave.
The title cards
have an illustration of a surfboard rider.
Travellettes - On the Waves at Waikiki - Surfboarding - Hawaii -
The Queen of Sports.
00:14 Moana Hotel
00:18 Title: A
symphony of sun and sea an comfort.
00:29 Title: The
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
Waikiki Beach ... the mecca for all tourists.
00:56 Title: All
Hawaii takes to the waves.
Surfboard water polo.
Thrills and spills! Surf-boarding ... the most picturesque of
01:33 Solid wood
boards ridden at Waikiki, shot from a surfing canoe.
Stunts like this take nerve.
02:22 Male and
female tandem ride.
02:37 Title: And
now ... introducing "Night Hawk" .. eager for the sport.
02:41 Philip Auna
and his dog, Night Hawk, enter the surf.
Aqua-planing a la surf-board.
02:58 Philip Auna
and Night Hawk towed behind a speedboat or saiboat (?).
03:16 Philip Auna
and Night Hawk, who consistently hangs eight.
Majestic Diamond Head, an extinct volcano, graces the horizon.
04:25 Title: He
04:27 Auna falls
off, leaving Night Hawk to ride the wave by himself.
04:48 Title: End
(written in the sand, washed clean by a wave). 1930 Waikiki -
Traditional Hawaiian Surfing & native Life 1920s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GO9OA3dqUew Surfing from
the 1920s that dispel the myth of turning using you feet.
Turning is done with the touch of the hand on the water and
the the leg is dragged to make a complete re-direction of the
board. Another misinterpretation of our Hawaiian practice that
comes to an end.
- Trunk It footage. 1931 DUKE
KAHANAMOKU surfing with DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS 1931 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdhE1JVbisc Duke and
Douglas catching waves.
01:44 Duke is towed on his board behind an outrigger canoe, Duke
rides several himself.and on one he stabilises the tail of the
board for Fairbanks to ride the wave.
The board is
long, wide and very thick, possibly balsa? imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021621/ Around the
World with Douglas Fairbanks (1931)
- Documentary - 12 December 1931 (USA)
Douglas Fairbanks, Victor Fleming
Writer: Robert E.
Fairbanks, Victor Fleming and Duke Kahanamoku
Also Known As: Around
the World in 80 Minutes. Water
Sportites 1931 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/water-sportites/
Canoe and board
surfing at Waikiki.
- Noted by Jeremy
Oxenden, The Surf Blub, 24th December 2012.
1931 Surf Dancing
British Pathe M/S of a woman doing some crazy
dancing on a surfboard as she rides a wave. Pretty impressive! "Any way you like - Eve
doesn't mind!" M/S of woman riding on
the shoulders of a man who is riding a surfboard...." 1931 Charlie Chan
~The Black Camel, Warner Oland ~ Bela Lugosi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZZOTEi5NKo The Black
Camel (1931) The earliest surviving of the Charlie Chan films
(there were two silents and two other talkies between 1926 and
1931, which have since been lost to studio fires) stars Warner
Oland as the inscrutable sleuth, who investigates the murder
of a young actress in Honolulu and finds there's a connection
with an unsolved murder from a few years before and an
enigmatic psychic, Tarneverro (Bela Lugosi), who may know more
than he's letting on.
sequence has one wave at Waikiki with surfboard riders.
Travellettes: On the Waves at Waikiki (1930),
The opening scene
is the making of a film on a beach (Waikiki?).
notes are complied from:
Charlie Chan -
The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and his Rendevous
with American History.
W.W. Norton and
500 Fifth Avenue,
New York, N.Y. 10110, 2010.
initial success as a writer, Charlie Chan's author Earl
Derr Biggers (1884-1933) arrived in Honolulu in April
1920, staying at a hotel run by Mrs. La Vancha Gray, the
area is still called Gray's Beach (?).
On the beachfront
at Waikiki he began a novel, eventually published as The
House Without a Key.
inspired both the book's title and the plot.
"When he first
checked in, Biggers asked for the key to the cottage. "What
key?" retorted Mrs. Gray. In those days, no one in Waikiki would
lock their doors. That brief exchange- culture shock for a
Bostonian- would eventually inspire the title of the first Chan
book." - page 110.
"An idea suddenly
dawned: he could write a novel in which the killer swims ashore
from a ship docked beyond the harbor, commits the murder, and
then swims back to the ship, allowing himself a perfect alibi."
- page 111.
after his return to the mainland, Biggers wrote to his editor,
Laurence Chambers, with a list of some of the potential
characters for the novel.
It included "a
champion Hawaiian swimmer" (page 112), no doubt a reference to
In 1924 Bigger's
introduced the Charlie Chan chartacter into the novel, based
loosley on Chang Apana (c1871-1933), a detective on the Honolulu
Apana was born of
Chinese descent in c1871 at Waipo, east of Honolulu, but three
years later the family relocated to Canton, China.
He returned in
1881 with his uncle where his acquired skill with horses on the
Parker Ranch (Waimea, Hawaii) procured a position as a stableman
with the Wider family in Honolulu.
In 1897 Apana was
appointed Honolulu's official animal case investigator, as a
result of Helen Kinau Wilder's campaign against animal cruelty.
This led to an
appointment as the only Chinese member of a recently expanded
police force (encouraged by Hawaii's annexation by the U.S.) in
In a long and
successful career, Apana was particually useful in dealing with
the Chinese community.
"One year (early
1910s), just as the islands were preparing for the big
Independence Day celebration, a popular mainland girl named
Frances Ash was reported missing from Waikiki Beach. "The news
of the disappearance reached the police station early in the
morning," read the front-page article in the Honolulu
Star-Bulletin, "and Chief of Detectives Arthur McDuffie,
together with his aides, John Kellett and Apana, came out
in a high-powered machine. "They searched , every hotel room
along the beachfront and sent a team of lifeguards, including
the brother (sic, there were several) of famed surfer Duke
Kahanamoku, into the water with canoes and surfboards to look
for the girl. The search went on for days, but no trace of Miss
Ash was ever found.'' - page 75.
Without a Key was published (and serialised
in the Saturday Evening Post ) in 1925 and filmed
in 1926 (now lost).
imdb http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021668/ The Black
Derr Biggers (novel), Barry Conners, and 3 more credits.
Oland, Sally Eilers and Bela Lugosi
Also Known As: Charlie
Chan in the Black Camel
locations: Honolulu, Punchbowl Hill, Royal Hawaiian Hotel (2259
Kalakava Avenue, Honolulu), Waikiki Beach, O'ahu, Hawaii, USA.
Wilkie Ballou: Your
theory's full of holes. It won't hold water!
Charlie Chan: Sponge
full of holes. Sponge holds water. 1931 Surfing Behind a BLIMP 1931 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfvNHJp02cQ Featuring
Elmer Peck and the Good Year Blimp circa 1930, probably
promotional footage for the tyre company.
Noted by Jeremy
Oxenden: The Surf Blurb 30 Jan 2012
Initially shot from the north side of the
North Steyne Surf Life Saving Club on a hot westerly (offshore)
day, the camera pans from Queenscliff in the north (left), past a
large group of body surfers in four foot surf between the flags at
North Steyne, and on to South Steyne with St. Patrick's Seminary
prominent in the distance, with a brief return to the north.
The relatively small number of people on the
beach may indicate it was a week-day.
At 00:35 the scene shifts to three surfboard
riders on solid redwood boards at the south corner of Manly Beach
In what look like three cuts, but what is
probably Farey briefly "pausing" the camera, two riders take-off
on a plus-three foot wave and slide left (right for the observer)
towards the point.
On take-off, the inside rider (observer left) is
riding prone, covered by the foam, the outside rider, a goofy foot
(right foot forward), rides standing.
The prone rider recovers control and stands,
left foot forward, and both ride a considerable distance into the
While these two are seen paddling back out, a third rider has a
similar, but shorter, ride.
Another goofy-foot, this
rider may be wearing a white bathing
cap, which could suggest that they are female. 1933 "Sailing,
Sailing Over The Bounding Main" 1933 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/sailing-sailing-over-the-bounding-main/
where the surf boats push off into the breakers" M/S of a surf
boat being lifted into the sea.
A team of five then row the boat out to sea. There is at least
one woman as part of the crew I think. "Some
like the surf-boards" Very fast moving footage of men surfing
with the surf.
Canoe and board surfing at Waikiki, some riders wearing white
pants and shirts (?)
One rider wears a
1933 Round The
World No. 12 With The Pictorial… 1933 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/round-the-world-no-12-with-the-pictorial-cameraman/ Cute little
film with lovely Hawaiian music. Various shots of Hawaiian hotels, American sailors in
uniform on the beach, swimmers on the beach etc. Then some great shots of surfers shot from alongside as
they ride the waves. One guy is particularly flash, dancing and doing some
probably shot in conjunction with visiting US ships ,seen
offshore and sailors at the beach in uniform. 1934 South Seas and
Oriental Cruise 1934 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8uaYOkaI01Q Home movies of
a trip in 1934 through the South Seas with stops in American
Samoa, the Fiji Islands, Australia, New Guinea, Bali, Java and
No Hawaii. 1935 my great uncle
tom quinn surfing in waikiki 1935 with some friends and a dog! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YA_rH0dad2Q classic clip
of my great uncle surfing with a bunch of friends and a dog,
tom is on the far right of the screen when the clip starts.
this vintage clip was in the show modern marvels extreme
sports gadgets, on the history channel. 1935 Surf's up, Newquay, 1935. facebook.com/BritishFilmInstitute/videos/1660210707354415 Surf's up on the shore of Newquay in 1935. Holidaymakers grab their boards and hit the waves of
Britain's surfing capital.
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb, 26 June 2017.
arrives by ship and is greeted by members of the
Outrigger Canoe Club, (including Sally Hale ?).
does not go surfing.
meeting with Duke, recorded by a widely published still
photograph, is not included in the footage
This amateur film, which has been edited
semi-professionally with additional intertitles and maps to
orientate the viewer, consists of footage shot in the third
part of the BMA's World Tour as they travel onwards.
06:32 Native people are seen surfing on long wooden boards and
boys dive from a jetty. 1936 Hawaii 1936 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T73i7BQ_mEQ HAWAII
05:04:44 Coast line of Oahu from ocean (photo)
Head from ocean
wearing leis on beach of Honolulu with Royal Hawaiian Hotel
across bay in background
Departure of cruise liner from Honolulu
climbing up side of Liner as it is departing
05:06:09 Tug boat
and boys diving
liner departing harbor
of Oahu (various) including shoreline."
1937 David at
Punaluu / Hawaii 1937 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30QCSWl8Kas
CurtCowanVideo on 28 Dec 2010 This is from a
home movie taken by my great uncle in 1937 on a Hawaii
Kuhao Zane commented:
posting this. I've so enjoyed watching it and sharing it with my
This was my grandfather, but reminds me so much of my dad! He
loved to "ham" it up? too.
Check out my website for more pics of my family. http://www.carolekaapu.org/friends-and-pictures/family-pictures/
Kuhao Zane posted
to http://damontucker.com That was David
Kaapu of Punaluu Oahu he was a lawyer back in the day but
their ohana was brought up like that cause the father refused
modern amenities so they lived in hale pili but they were
There were two men from Punaluu like that him and Tommy
Kanakaole’s father but they did not live off the grid like the
Kaapu’s but they did do the malo thing.
So to me that’s admirable to be able to bring up your kids
like that and still have kids who are lawyers doctors
It was not all fun and games they were the butt end of jokes
and ridicule cause they did not conform.
David Kaapu is
shown replicating the ways of the ancient Hawaiians, principally
David at Punalluu
The text is over
an image of David standing outside his grass hut with a
surfboard leaning on the wall at left.
David at seashore.
00:30 Casting of
collected by hand.
harvested from net onshore.
00:59 David bites
the head off a fish.
01:05 Octopus on
eaten, a timber frame house under construction in the
collected from a lagoon.
presented. 1937 At Home with
Doris Duke: Selections from her personal home movies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bH94cEXq4M Footage from
the Doris Duke Foundation Historical Archives. This collection
is housed at Duke University Libraries' Rare Book, Manuscript,
and Special Collections Library (
http://library.duke.edu/specialcollections/ ). The
home movies are part of the exhibit "Philanthropist,
Environmentalist, Collector: Doris Duke and Her Estates,"
curated by Mary Samouelian and Molly Bragg at Duke University
Libraries' Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections
See the online exhibit at: http://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/dorisduke
Honolulu, HI, 1937, Getting to know the local customs
Doris and the Kahanamoku family
Disney Treasures - Hawaiian Holiday (1937) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdIaEQCUVbk Mickey,
Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto relax in sunny Hawaii
in this classic 1937 cartoon.
Colvig - Goofy and Pluto (voice)
Disney - Mickey Mouse (voice)
Garner - Minnie Mouse (voice)
Nash - Donald Duck (voice)
"Aloha Oe" (uncredited) Written by Queen
Date: 24 September 1937 (USA)
Joel T Smith noted in December 2013:
"Goofy doesn’t quite get it together until about the 7:45
but please note that he is actually a SWITCH FOOT."
1938 Surfing Corona
del Mar 1938 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSnZrLt8WYc&NR=1 Before the
jetties were built at the entrance to Newport Harbor, the surf
in front of Corona Del Mar was pretty good. The area was known as the 'Waikiki of the west coast'. The Balboa side jetty was built using a railroad to bring
in rocks from inland, and is under construction when this film
was made. The CDM side jetty was constructed a few years later
using rocks barged over from Catalina Island. 1938 Hawaii 1938 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R0NlyGOr3tQ A tour of
Hawaii, its beaches, volcanoes, and people in 1938.
Comments by hebneh: Castle Films
(like this one) were sold mostly? for individuals to show at
home. Amateur film projectors of that time were nearly all
silent, since sound film technology then was expensive - so
this film has no soundtrack.
was a home-movie distributor founded in California by former
newsreel cameraman Eugene W. Castle (1897–1960) in 1924. The
company originally produced business and advertising films.
By 1931 it had moved its principal office to New York City.
In 1937, Castle branched out into 8 mm and 16 mm home
movies, buying newsreel footage and old theatrical films for
Eugene W. Castle (editor): Hawaii
edited by Eugene W. Castle
After languid. peaceful days on sapphire seas - Hawaii.
00:11 Ocean liner
00:22 Arrival at
00:25 Title: A
typical welcome , with Proverbial Ginger -- Blossom Leis
00:29 The female
tourists receive/purchase leis.
(mountain?) views of Honolulu.
(rooftop?) views of Honolulu.
01:30 Title: A
noted landmark Aloha Tower
01:34 Aloha Tower
01:40 Title: The
Old Palace Monument to Royalty of other days
01:45 The Old
hotel, shot from the water.
02:05 Title: The
Statue of King Kamehameha Stands before the Court House
02:15 The Statue
of King Kamehameha.
02:23 Title: Duke
Kahanamoku, the islands' ambassador of good will.
Kahanamoku in white shirt, dark tie and hat.
Exotic Flowers or rare perfume
trees shot from elevated hotel balcony.
climbs coconut palm tree.
03:24 Native with
Kileau - world's largest active volcano (Kileau Volcano is on
Hawaii, the big island)
03:33 Views of
at night, grumbling, like an angy giant
04:21 Title: The
Hula-Hula danced to the rhythm of soft guitars.
hula performance with grass hut and laminated timber surfboard
standing against a palm tree in background.
Famous Waikiki Beach and towering Diamond Head
05: 20 Waikiki
timber board shoulder carry
riding - First sport of Hawaii
Surfing on laminated and hollow timber boards, canoes and
06:18 Title: Over
the seas in native canoes
launch, possibly Outrigger Canoe Club member, Sally Hale, in
Kahanamoku on his Australian surfski with two females and
paddles while standing, the other male kicking at the rear and
the crew attempt a tandem lift while riding.
07:14 Title: The
sun and trade winds are ever gentle here
timber board shoulder carried from water.
07:51 Expert surf
riders defy the high running sea
riding, canoes and water shots.
08:08 Duke and
crew execute a successful tandem lift on the surfski
08:20 A surfer
jumps onto another's board and they ride tandem.
Paradise in Mid-Pacific
08:38 Scenes of
beach and coconut groves.
departs from whalf.
08:56 Title: "Til
we meet again, aloha oe."
departs from whalf.
including outdoor hula performance (repeat of 05:10)
wave goodbye to Diamond Head.
09:40 Title: The
Appears to not be
the same, but similar, to some footage in the Trunk It
DVD. . 1938 Pacific
Palisades (via Linda Benson) http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=FPGK9qevOH8 A sequence
titled Water Babies Slam Slippers, Srtike Permanent
Motors Division, General Motors Sales Corporation presents
The Leader News. Handy (Jam) Organization, (1938).
Paddle board cove
at Palos Verdes circa1938.
hollow timber boards.
Male and female
purposes the female riders are featured in close ups.
Leader News (Vol. 4, No. 1) (1938) http://www.archive.org/details/Chevrole1938
newsreel sponsored by General Motors: Automobile driving along
coastline, men and women surfing; Supply truck driving through
desert (Death Valley) to remote campsite; Man lying on
railroad tracks (photographing trains from odd angles),
developing photographs in trunk of car; Police using paint
guns to measure automobile's braking distance; Family with pet
California (sic): LS 3 automobiles driving along winding road
(at base of oceanfront mountain). MS above automobile (leaving
dusty trail). Several women (wearing swimsuits) getting out of
car (parked on beach; surfboards strapped to roof); women
removing surfboards. Men and women (carrying surfboards)
running toward ocean. VS several men and women paddling
surfboards; riding waves; man surfing while standing on head;
falling from surfboard. CU 4 women (wearing swimsuits) waving
Noted by Jack
Jorgensen, The Surf Blurb 3 Jan 2012 1938 Surf Racing -
U.S.A. 1938 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/surf-racing-u-s-a/query/surfing Title "Surf
race. Paddling 35 miles through the sea." Santa Catalina
to Santa Monica. America (USA). M/S
as the men pick up their surfboards on the beach and run into
the sea, they paddle with their hands and lay on their boards.
C/U of actor Lee Tracy turning the wheel...the winner is
handed a duck which wriggles about. 1939
Duke Kahanamoku Surfing 1939 COLOR Stand Up Paddleboard SUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPnM4ymNj3o This is some RARE footage of Duke surfing his paddle board at
Waikiki Beach along with an outrigger flipping over and more
Duke riding his Australian surf-ski, see Hawaii
1938, above. 1939 Honolulu Bound
AKA Australian Surf Team… 1939 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/honolulu-bound-aka-australian-surf-team-leave-for/ Full titles
read: "HONOLULU BOUND"L/S's of the Australian lifeguards in
training on the beach. L/S's of the men running along the
beach and into the sea carrying surf boards. L/S's of the men
rowing hard in a large rowing boat. The commentator says that
the men are off to compete in a surf..
Members of the
Australian team to the Pacific Games in Honolulu in 1939
demontrate belt and reel, surfboard paddling and rowing a clinker
surfboat at Balmoral, inside Sydney Heads.1939 San Francisco
and Hawaiian Islands: 1939 Trip around the World (Part 1 of
10) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUclQwuEpFw Part 1
features scenes of San Francisco, California, including the
Bay Bridge, and Alcatraz, followed by the Hawaiian Islands,
including dancing at the Waikiki Natatorium War Memorial and
the Aloha Tower in Honolulu Harbor.
Black and white amateur footage.
00:02 Title: My
Trip Around the World, May 15 1939 - September 4 1939 by Evelyn
display - grass hut and surfboard proped against tree in
background. 1939 HULA SURFING
Hula Girls on
surf boards in a swimming pool (California?) 1940 PINEAPPLE
JUICE AD PHOTOSHOOT 1940 Surfers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TY-cdmRE8U
From the 1940
No surfing - the
sequence shows the production of a advertisement for pineapple
juice in a fim studio with the male and female models standing
on a laminated timber board fixed in front of a wave backdrop.
is a 1940 comedy film directed by Hal Roach and starring Adolphe
Menjou, Carole Landis and John Hubbard.
Based on the 1931
novel of the same name by Thorne Smith c1940 Surf Pioneers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ--ZiwgRRg
Surf Life Saving
Newsreel footage, Australia.
Boards, boats and
skis, circa 1940s. (before tuck-stern boats) 1940 Beachobatics -
Sydney in the 1930s http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzptXcBRsSs Photographs by
George Caddy, hundreds of which were found in 2007, giving
insight into Sydney beach culture and urban life ca. 1930s.
Song is Bye Bye Pride by the Go-Betweens, from their 1987
00:56M/S of lifesavers on a beach, posing
with their new kind of surfboards. 00:58M/S
of the men trying out their boards on the sea, lying
on the board and paddling along. 01:02 One lifeguard
is sitting on his board on the beach when he is
alerted to an emergency. 01:07He
paddles out to a person in difficulties in the sea,
beating a man in a rowing boat to the scene. (Location
of events unknown.) 01:31 Next Item
The lifeguard is certainly Tom Blake, inventor of
the hollow board and an active promoter of his designs,
and the location probably Waikiki.
Surf Men - In Palestine 1942 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/australian-surf-men-in-palestine/
"AUSTRALIAN SURF MEN - IN PALESTINE". Bondi
Beach, Sydney, Australia. High
angle shot shows men marching towards the sea on Bondi Beach
in a 1939 lifeguard display. Then:"Gaza,
then see various shots of Australian soldiers putting on a
soldiers present a march past and reel event on the beach in
Surfing On Manley Beach AKA Call Of The… 1945 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/surfing-on-manley-beach-aka-call-of-the-surf/ Various shots
of people gathered on Manley beach, M/S barbed wire in
background. Various shots people gathered on the packed beach and in
the sea. M/S man surfing. Various shots of Bondi beach. M/S two children.
first part, including the surfboard and surf skji riding is shot
section with the surfboards may be at Manly. 1946 Shark Fishing Off The Madras Coast
Various shots of the fishermen
heading out to sea in their fragile catamarans. A shark is hauled
aboard one of the craft. M/S of the boat riding the surf back to the shore. M/S...
1946 Shark Fishing In India 1946 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/shark-fishing-in-india/
Madras, India. Shark fishing off the
coast of Madras, India.
Various shots of the fishermen in their fragile catamarans. A shark is hauled aboard one of the craft.
M/S of the boat riding the surf back to the shore.1946 Shark Fishing - India 1946 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/shark-fishing-india/query/surfing Thought to be Selected Originals
from late 1940s material. Shark fishing off the
coast of Madras, India. Various shots of the
fishermen heading out to sea in their fragile catamarans.
A shark is hauled aboard one of the craft.
M/S of the boat riding the surf back to the shore. M/S...
Appears to be a combination of scenes
from the above two items.
1947 Surfing at
Sunset Cliffs c.1947 cool boards and surf! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFGrzfHblZg
Noted by Jeremy
Oxenden, The Surf Blurb 6 Feb 2012
Riders Of The California Surf (1947) is a silent 15 minute
color movie filmed with the cooperation of the Hermosa Beach
Surfing Club, featuring many of the themes that became common to
later surf movies (shots of women on the beach, wipeouts, the
comedy of the beginner, sunset at the end of the movie, etc.) Of particular interest to surf historians is a scene at
00:04:19 demonstrating how a solid plank surfboard is assembled
The shaper has been identified by family members as Ed Edgar,
one of the surf pioneers of the South Bay (Los Angeles County,
CA), and the footage may be among the earliest of its kind. This movie has been assembled from two separate source
files found in the Prelinger Collection (you are encouraged to
go to these source files if you want or need a higher quality
video format): 1947 Hazardous
loading cocoa thru surf in Accra, Ghana, back in 1947 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhOdTDC9e4c In an old
German educational film surfboats are seen loading a Dutch
ship of the Holland West Afrika Lijn. I
wonder whether it is still customary to load ships there that
An early report
of this activity was recorded by James Alexander in 1835.
deserted Dutch fort of Courmantine on a long wooded line of
coast, in the evening we had run our sixty miles, and anchored
off the lights of Accra. A large canoe was soon seen rising on
the heavy swell, full of men, who sang and shouted loudly, "Eeo
wabara ! hoo ! hoo !" They paddled alongside with
considerable merriment among them, perhaps in anticipation of
realizing a plentiful harvest of 'cut-money' and tobacco, in
exchange for fruit and fish on the morrow.
As the white
walls of the English fort (James) rose upon us, we dashed into
two or three lines of heavy rollers, and then paddling along
shore, passed behind a ledge of rocks covered with white foam,
and well adapted for a pier. We shipped one sea, and then were
run up high and dry on the sand." - pages 178-179.
He also noted:
"From the beach,
meanwhile, might be seen boys swimming into the sea, with light
boards under their stomachs. They waited for a surf; and then
came rolling in like a cloud on the top of it." - page 192.
"As the boat is
propelled through the water by the paddlers, the crew keep time
with a musical chant. Nearing the beach, the boat arrives
amoungst the breakers, and then comes the tug of war. The
"boatswain," every nerve and muscle strained, steers her wIth
unerring eye, the crew with a will work their paddles and shoot
her like a rocket through the heavy surf."
"THE WEST COAST
OF AFRICA -LANDING IN A SURF BOAT AT ACCRA.
Drawn by Joseph
Nash. - Our engraving is from a sketch by Mr. Fred
W. J. Airey, H.M.S. Magpie, Fernando Po." -
15, 1891; Issue 1133.
Gale Document Number: BA3201451542
British Newspapers 1800-1900.
surfboat image (sketch by Airey, engraving by Nash, 1891) shows
virtually an identical craft, with the same "forked-blade"
paddle design, as featured in Hazardous loading cocoa
thru surf in Accra (1947) and as native fishing
boats in a segment of Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer (1966)
also filmed in Ghana.
(2 of 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGepvAGQ3uU
Brown's narration suggests that the local fisherman are normally
adverse to riding waves in their fishing boats, inspired by the
visiting American surfboard riders (Robert August and Mike
Hynson), they do so on this occasion.
evidence indicates that this was not the case, and wave riding
was the traditional method of returning to the beach.
sequence also shows juveniles riding waves on small prone
boards, consistent with Alexander's 1835 account (page 192).
Brown, this was also inspired by the surfing of August and
Hynson and in their enthusiasm the young natives pull wooden
panels from their
houses to use as surfboards.
It is possible
that this was further dramatic license on Brown's part, and that
juvenile surfing was already a common practice before the
arrival of the American surfers.
00:10 Titles: Hermosa
Pics present an American Miniature. Riders of the
Californian Surf Photographed
with the Cooperation of the Hermosa Beach Surfing Club.
with inflatable mats
01:05 Diving from
riders, including a female in white cap
02:03 Shaping a
12 foot laminated solid wood board - "Bing Copeland says that it
is Ed Edger."
03:30 Beginner on
short green hollowboard with small keel fin.
04:10 Surfing on
laminates and hollows of various dimensions, designs, and
04:48 Surfing on
laminates and hollows of various dimensions, designs, and
05:16 Steering by
dragging one foot
in beach break
06:45 Beginner on
short green hollowboard with small keel fin.
carnival in huge swell and brisk off-shore wind.
has two waves ridden by surfboard riders. 1948 Italian Summer 1948 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/italian-summer/ Children playing in surf. ... Two swimmers coming in prone on
surfboards. Noted by Bob Green, February
Thrill of the Surf (1949)
Clip description Commentator John Moyes explains that men are making surfboards
out of plywood. A line of surfers carry their boards down to the shore and
paddle out towards the breakers. The camera follows their path, capturing them from just in
front of the waves. A man who has been hit by a surfboard is rescued by the
lifesavers on duty and carried ashore. The clip ends with a shot of the surfers in the afternoon
sun.1940s Thrilling surfing 1940's film 38743 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jDRjByO_CE
HuntleyFilmArchives·2,053 videos, published on 22 May 2012
Australia 1940's A crowded beach. Women and children paddling and playing
in the sea. Beach is covered with people and parasols. People
sunbathing. A toddler sat playing in the sand. Children on the
beach. A lifesavers parade on the beach. They march in groups.
Hunky men, and attractive young women in matching frilly
swimsuits. Young woman in one group carries a banner. Australia's National Sport - Surfing. Making surf boards
and carrying them down the beach. Lots of surfing scenes. Close
up of surfers riding the waves. Doubles surfing on boards using
paddles. The life savers go into action carrying a man who has been
hurt or in trouble. Youngsters with rubber rafts. Shots of rubber dinghy
capsizing and the passengers are all thrown out. Rowing boats
with 5 men including the coxswain. Rolling waves smashing into
the boats and the crew all dive into the water. Lifesavers boat
race. Lots of thrilling stuff as the boats tackle the surf and
capsize. Thrilling stuff!
Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb, 15 July 2013.
1953 "Mammy Water"
Jean Rouch (1953) http://vimeo.com/57445578
A short film by
Jean Rouch, Mammy Water (1953-1954), explores
traditional water legends and documents the local fisherman
boats in the surf
of the Ghana coast, with a bellyboarding sequence appearing in
the last minute of the film (17:00-17:44).
These surfers are
adult males and their narrow timber boards appear to be
specifically constructed, with at least one with a rounded nose.
There is no board
with a "steering wheel," as described and illustrated by
Rouch in the 1949 article.
1949 Jean Rouch :Surf Riding at Dakar, Senegal.
Museumof African Art http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/mamiwata/intro.html
Water - Mami Water - Mami Wata (Mother Water) are at once
beautiful, protective, seductive, and dangerous water spirits,
celebrated throughout much of Africa and the African
A rich array of
arts surrounds her, as well as a host of other aquatic
spirits--all honoring the essential, sacred nature of water.
Mami Wata is
often portrayed as a mermaid, a snake charmer, or a combination
of both. c1949 Bellyboarding
- 1940s style. http://vimeo.com/48587488
From the British
Surfing Museum Facebook page.
Noted by Jeremy
Oxenden, The Surf Blub, 4 September 2012.
1949 Surfing Stunts
This is an
understatement, as Peterson performs a number of surfing and
high-diving skills (mostly falls) that looks to be intended to
promote him as a film stuntman. Rough Sport: Wonders
on Surfboards https://youtu.be/Bd4Lhta5WXQ
These appear to be fin-less Hot Curls, possibly and 1950
Title - 'Rough sport: wonders on surf boards'. Mye Lee
Beach, Honolulu. Hawaii.
LS surfer rushing
into sea with balloons (sic, with boards?); surfers on boards.
MS surfers standing boards racing out to sea (sic,in ?); surfer disappearing
beneath huge wave; surfer being carried in on huge wave.
LS huge waves bearing down on surfers.
MS two surfers on crest of wave.
LS surfers speeding towards land.
MS surfer speeding along; huge wave upsetting surfer from board.
Cataloguer's note: American commentary.
https://youtu.be/Bd4Lhta5WXQ 1950 BLUE HAWAII
cartoon 1950 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkpIYh3wzEY&feature=related
along Hawaiian Cartoon 1950.
released by Paramount on 13 January 1950.
Veteran New York
radio announcer (later West Coast character actor) Charles
Irving is the narrator; Sid Raymond provides the Jimmy Durante
impression at 1:31; caricatures of Groucho and Harpo Marx [as
they appeared in their Paramount films in the early '30s] also
In the 1960's, Elvis Presley would star in a film of the same
title, Blue Hawaii. 1950 Over The Sea
To Honolulu 1950c http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TBAqaNWv-s&feature A cruise to
Honolulu, Hawaii around 1950.
canoes, laminated and hollow timber surfboards and surf-ski,
ridden standing at Waikiki.
enwikipedia.org James A.
documentary film director. After completing training in the
dramatic arts, he worked for a while as a journalist. In 1925 he
entered films and specialized throughout his career in travel
documentaries. Besides directing, he also wrote, produced, and
narrated many of his films. MGM distributed a series of his
travel films under the umbrella titles "Fitzpatrick Traveltalks"
and "The Voice of the Globe", as did Paramount as "Vistavision
Visits." The hallmarks of Fitzpatrick's films were Technicolor
photography and stolidity. 1950 Surfing 1950
Rough Sport: Wonders on Surfboards http://www.britishpathe.com/video/surfing/
appear to be fin-less Hot Curls.
Title - 'Rough sport: wonders on surf boards'. Mye Lee
Beach, Honolulu. Hawaii. LS
surfer rushing into sea with balloons (sic, with boards?);
surfers on boards.
MS surfers standing boards racing out to sea (sic,in ?); surfer
disappearing beneath huge wave; surfer being carried in on
LS huge waves bearing down on surfers.
MS two surfers on crest of wave.
LS surfers speeding towards land.
MS surfer speeding along; huge wave upsetting surfer from
Cataloguer's note: American commentary. 1954
The Queen in Australia (1954) http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/the-queen-in-australia/clip3/
Clip description At Bondi Beach, the Queen observes an Australian surf
carnival, a gathering of teams from surf clubs around the
country and New Zealand, all wearing the traditional
neck-to-knee surfing costume that was required just after
the turn of the century, when Australian surf clubs began. After the traditional march past, the lifesavers take
to the water to give a demonstration of rescue techniques,
using both hollow surfboards and surfboats, but the heavy
seas play havoc with their plans.
Includes surfriding on hollow longboards, surf-skis, and
Some rare sequences shot from in a surfboat, when stroking out
and of board and ski riders on the wave coming in.
circa 1954 Manly beach,
bathing beauties and surfing, 1950s Australia http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqm_K6BHnNQ From the
Kinolibrary Archive Film collections.
Blurb, 9 October 2012.
Starr: I just found this amazing rare tv pilot from 1954
called MEET THE FAMILY, starring Arthur Lake and
family. The whole show revolves around surfing
and is the earliest tv show with a surfing theme i
have ever seen... Arthur owns a Sporting Goods Store and
he orders some Surf Balls (Beach Balls) and ends up
getting a shipment of Surf Boards, The truck dropping them off says Velzy
and Son on it. I notice one of the surfers in the
water is Pete Peterson and Arthur calls him by
name. There is more surfing footage and in
the end what Arthur does to sell the boards is pretty
cool. Scott’s selling copies of the Pilot
Show (the pilot was probably not produced into a
regular TV show) of Meet the Family approx. 24 min.
(1/2 hour episode + a short of Pete Peterson (filmed
on the same beach as the TV Pilot) for $20 to recoup
costs and help him continue his search for old surf
1955 Surfing Makaha
Bay in 1950s by Warren Miller https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8532Xhm8rvc
This footage was
posted previously, but now deleted, as:
Warren Miller's film crews capture some fun 'Old School'
footage of Surfing Makaha Bay in Oahu, Hawaii in 1950s in
these classic Warren Miller moments.
The narrator of
this version (Warren Miller) appears to imply he is not the
large Mahaka, the title Makaha, Honolulu T.H. infers
pre-1959 (T.H. =Territory of Hawaii).
enwikipedia.org Warren Miller
was born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, and as a young man he took
up the hobbies of skiing, surfing, and photography.
At the age of 18, with the U.S. ten months into World War II,
he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served in the South Pacific.
Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946 he bought his first
8mm movie camera.
He and a friend moved to Sun Valley, Idaho where they camped
in the parking lot of the Sun Valley ski resort, lived in a
teardrop trailer and earned money as ski instructors.
In their free time, they filmed each other skiing to critique
and improve their ski techniques.
During the summers they shifted to the California coast where
they filmed each other surfing.
Hawaii became a
state on August 21, 1959. 1956
Greg Noll Australia 1956 by Gary Crockett http://vimeo.com/20866753
shots of the boards in transit and action footage with some
Australian hollow board riders.
A Day at the Beach (1956) http://aso.gov.au/titles/sponsored-films/a-day-at-the-beach/clip1/
description You can view the short film A Day at the Beach
here in its entirety. This is an education film for children aged six to eight
years, in which a young Australian family, the Mitchells, head
to the beach on a Saturday for a day of fun in the sun. The children, Bruce and Anne, build sandcastles until a
wave washes away their handiwork. Their father goes fishing while mother watches the
children. After a swim and a picnic lunch, the children bury their
sleeping father in sand. They watch a surfboat row out between the breakers, as a
young surfer rides a longboard to shore. After an exhausting but enjoyable day, the family heads
program with surf beach scenes, possibly at Newport on the
04:450 The family prepare to enter the surf, the young boy using
He successfully rides a wave all the way to the beach,
completing an "el rollo" in the shorebreak,; later, his mother
also rides a wave on the surfoplane.
06:31 A surfboat is launched, while surfrider on a hollow long
board rides in. 1957
Service in the Sun (1957) http://aso.gov.au/titles/sponsored-films/service-in-the-sun/clip1/
Clip description On a beautiful day at Bondi, two members of the American surf
lifesaving team and one from the Hawaiian team take to the
water to show off the latest surfing techniques. They are in Australia for the 1956 Melbourne Olympics,
where surf lifesaving is a demonstration sport. Hawaiian team manager and surfing legend Dick Kahanamoku
watches from the beach, with the board he made during his
first visit to Australia in late 1914. The Hawaiian and American surfers display technique far
beyond anything then known in Australia. 1957 The City of Geelong (1957) http://aso.gov.au/titles/sponsored-films/city-geelong/clip3/
Clip description This clip shows various leisure activities in the beaches,
rivers and bays of the Geelong area. At Eastern Beach swimming pool hundreds enjoy the waters. Only a few miles from the city, at some of the ‘best
surfing beaches in Australia’ – Torquay, Anglesea, Ocean Grove
and Port Lonsdale – women come down to the beach and put their
bathing caps on, while others take their long boards out into
the surf. The Royal Geelong Yacht Club at Corio Bay, and the Barwon
River featuring the local rowing club in training, are also
00:30 Surfriders on a hollow long boards (Jim Bell),
surf-skis, surfboat, and bodysufers at Torquay, Victoria.
1957 Velzyland 1957: Weber vs Aaberg http://vimeo.com/63217407
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The
29 October 2013.
Sequence from Bruce Brown's first release, Slippery When
Sound, colour Introduces the city of Santa Monica,
showing its amenities and the lives of its residents.
A great snapshot of life in coastal California at the
end of the 1950s.
Car with surfboard enters Malibu Colony with one wave of a
surfboard rider in the shore break.
Beach beauty and photographer, surfboard next to lifeguard
1959 Hawaiian Eye :
Opening Credits. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wWgT43pWB4U&feature
several of the stars (Connie Stevens, Robert Conrad,
Anthony Eisley ?) riding surfboards at Waikiki. Hawaiian
Eye ran from October 1959 to September 1963 on
ABC. 1959 Adventures in
Paradise : Somewhere South of Suva http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMucaq_pDQc&feature
Season 1, Episode
12, aired 28 December 1959.
Surfboard riders on two waves at Waikiki, in the intoduction to
this episode. 1959 Gidget
graduates as a Surfer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKgpMHjeM4E&feature After much
endeavour and hard work not to mention the fun and excitement
Gidget is accepted by her peers as a fully fledged Surfer.
With Sandra Dee as Gidget, James Darren as Moondoggie, Cliff
Robertson as The Big Kahuna, Shary Layne as Joanne, Joby Baker
as Sticky, Tom Laughlin as Lover Boy, Robert Ellis as Hot
Shot, Doug McClure as Waikiki, Burt Metcalfe as Lord Byron.
From the film Gidget (1959)
Directed by Paul Wendkos. It's
a shame that this classic film is not available on high
quality DVD in the original wide screen 2.35:1 aspect ratio
format. 1959 A Hole in the Head
A comedy film, directed by Frank Capra and featuring Frank
Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn
Jones, Thelma Ritter, and released by United Artists.
Sinatra (Tony) and his local girlfriend, Caroline
Jones (Shirl), visit the beach in the evening (?) and she rides
some waves in the shorebreak on a +9ft balsa surfboard.
Although the plot is located and it was filmed in Miami, Florida,
the surfing sequence may have been filmed elsewhere.
No online copy of the surfing sequence.
Carolyn Jones began her film career in the early 1950s, with a
nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The
Bachelor Party (1957) and a Golden Globe Award as one
of the most promising actresses of 1959.
In 1964, she began playing the role of Morticia Addams in
the original black and white television series The Addams
Family. Carolyn Jones & Sinatra. Hole in the Head! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZozKYgoBQLk Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Hole_in_the_Head https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carolyn_Jones 1960 The Hawaiian
Cottage - Cherry Hill, NJ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk0qXTDZwB4
restaurant in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, that burned down
July, 1, 1978. 1960 Adventures in
Paradise : Makaha Surfing 1960 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy3aYXbdhW8 Tv show from
1869 (sic) ADVENTURES IN PARADISE... Surfing at Makaha.
Combination of studio, location and surfing footage (note the
brief board mounted camera shot).
1869, at the latest 1962, and surfing footage is most likely at
footage was from a surfing film of the late 1950s, for example
enwikipedia.org Adventures in
Paradise is an American television series which ran on ABC
from 1959 until 1962.
Gardner McKay as Adam Troy, the captain of the schooner Tiki III
which sailed the South Pacific looking for passengers and
The show was created by James Michener.
(1) Episode # 39
Aired US: 5 December 1960
(2) Season 2,
Episode 9, Aired 12 December 1960
Adam decides to
take a holiday in Hawaii, where the International Surfboard
Championships are being held.
Gardner McKay - Capt.
Pilar Seura - Midge.
Robert Sampson -
Furstenburg - Dani Baxter 1960 Ricky Nelson :
Surfing Kodak Commercial 1960 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vSsO7lBSgM
Camera commercial starring the Nelsons circa 1960.
California, the Nelson family watch their Kodak Brownie home
movies of their holiday in Hawaii.
00:38 Ricky and
Dave (?) surfing at Waikiki. The
Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet aired on ABC from
October 3, 1952 through March 26, 1966.
Included mid 1950s footage of canoes and boards at
Waikiki, fibreglass balsa boards, Quigg-type paddle-boards,
expert body-surfing,.+10ft Makaha
with a light off-shore breeze,
Midget Bootleg https://vimeo.com/60622304 11 minutes of pure hotdogging from Midget
Farrelly, early to mid 60s. There are no credits on this, but surely shot by Bob Evans?
(We would like to give credit where it's due.)
Compilation of rare footage of Midget from 1960 to 1966 shot in
Australia, Hawaii and California, including the 1966 World
Most probably shot by Bob Evans, but most of his films were never
converted to VHS or DVD, except for Evan's own compilation, Ride
a Wild Horse (1968) released in 2009, and from which a
significant portion of the material is included in Midget
Neither has footage from Midget's victory in the first World
Championships at Manly in 1964.
1962 Surf Board
Competition 1962 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/surf-board-competition
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf
Blub, 24th December 2012.
a local contest sponsored by O'Neill Surfboards-Wetsuits, possibly Steamer
Lane.. 1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Forecast: Low Clouds and Coastal Fog Season 1, January 18,
1963 A woman left alone in a fogbound beach
house by her husband, who's working on a big business deal
in San Francisco, is in danger. Directed by Charles Haas, written by Lee
Erwin Host: Alfred Hitchcock
Karen Wilson: Inger Stevens Simon Carter: Dan O'Herlihy Ed: Peter Brown;
Brown played the role of Chase Colton in Ride the Wild
Surf (1964), his romantic interest was Barbara Eden
who later starred in I Dream of Jeanie (1965). The doctor: Greg Morris,
later one of the team in Misson Impossible (1966).
A mobile home park in Malibu was one of the
locations in Revenge, the first episode of Alfred
Hitchcock Presents, aired on 2 October, 1955.
Other Alfred Hitchcock Hour episodes
to feature seaside locations include House Guest
(Season 1, 8 November 1962) and Change of Address
(Season 2, 12 October 1964).
Good evening ladies and
gentlemen, and fellow surfers. This evening's drama is only incidentally
concerned with surfing. Actually it touches on many popular
sports: drinking, revenge, kidnapping, homicide... I first became attracted to surfing when
I was told that it was possibly the only sport which
involved no competition and where the participants did
not throw or catch a ball, or run and jump. It seemed to be a perfect way to relax
from the strain of oversleeping. I've become quite good at it really, and
I'm eager to see how it works in the water. You see, we're still looking for a wave
large enough to support me. Meanwhile, here is a sponsor who is
supporting this portion of the programme.
A long shot reveals that he is using the
surfboard as a bench or ironing board.
This is my final appearance tonight. However, we have some scenes of next
week's story, which I'm anxious for you to see. As for surfing, I've just discovered why
one sees so many of these about -- at the beach, on
the highway, on top of automobiles, etc -
- it's because they are so practical. Goodnight!
Noted by Calvin Clack, The Surf Blurb, 14 August 2017 1963 James Caan
Surfer and Sheriff Mickey Rooney 1963 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeGZA2EBixU
"Rare tv show
with Surfer James Caan getting Hassled by Sheriff Mickey
Not only does
Caan drive a classic, if well used, woody with sunroof, but he
also has a quiver of two surfboards hanging out the back.
Theatre (TV series 1963–1965) The Hunt
Dec. 19, 1963
William A. Graham (as William Graham) and Robert
Altman is also
accredited for one of the story writers.
Rooney, James Caan and Bruce Dern
bum","600 miles from a wave", is roaming the back-roads of the
U.S. in his woody wagon when it breaks down. His "rescuers"
include a small town sheriff who has a habit of his prisoners
escaping and then being hunted down and murdered by his
bloodhounds. When the surfer is seen as a threat to report the
goings-on he is arrested and is next in line to "escape". 1963 BIARRITZ
FRANCE 1963 1st European Surfing Contest http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILW6axnc9uQ
News clip of the 1st Biarritz Surfing Contest, France. 1963 Another rather
poor film titled 1950 Surf - some discussion on page about
where and what: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VarJP7yGJVA
Noted by Jeremy
6 Feb 2012
titled Miami Beach (Florida?), some commentators think this
maybe on the West Coast.
position, from cliffs or pier?
amateur footage. 1963 RIDE THE WILD
SURF 1964 Movie Trailer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIWqIBLzCeM
Ride the Wild
Surf is romantic drama in the beach party style.
It was filmed in 1963 and distributed in 1964.
Unlike most films in the genre, it is known for its
exceptional big wave surf footage – a common sight in surf
movies of the time, but a rarity in beach party films.
Likewise, the film has only one pop song – the titular Jan
& Dean track, which is heard once, at the end of the film. Surfers
Mickey Dora, Greg Noll and Dick Ziker performed a large part
of the surfing seen in the film. Of
the three surfer leads, raven-haired Peter Brown was made into
a blonde by makeup artist Ben Lane (to match the hair of
Brown’s surfing double – and to keep all three men from being
brunettes), which required his girlfriend, the blonde Barbara
Eden, to have auburn hair; likewise the dark-haired Shelley
Fabares – who is paired with the dark-haired Fabian, became a
Susan Hart’s black hair was sufficiently indifferent to male
counterpart Tab Hunter’s that no change was required. The
stunt surfers were given swim trunks that matched their movie
star counterparts, except for star James Mitchum, who was
instead given trunks that replicated his stunt double Greg
Noll’s famous black & white "jailhouse stripe" boardshorts.
1963 Ride The Wild
Surf http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddmxQxEcR0o&feature Ride the wild
surf in Hawaii. Clips from the film Ride The Wild Surf.
Director of photography Joseph Biroc. Directed by Don Taylor.
Filmed on location at the northern shore of the Hawaiian
island of O'ahu in1963.
Some of the most prominent real surfers featured in this film
were Miki Dora, Greg Noll and Dick Ziker. With
Peter Brown, Tab Hunter, Fabian and Shelley Fabares.
Music by the Beach Boys (Hawaii and Honky Tonk) and Jan and
Dean (Ride The Wild Surf).
This is a
compilation of most of the surfing action footage from the film.
film's climax emphasised the danger and drama of Waimea Bay,
most of the surfing footage was shot in excellent conditions at
Starts with the
boys' surf-check at (Sunset Beach?) carpark, followed by a mass
03:41: Waimea Bay
Originals - Cinesound Surfing Special 1964 http://www.britishpathe.com/video/selected-originals-cinesound-surfing-special
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The
24th December 2012.
1964 JOEY CABELL
USA SURF CHAMP 1964 AT MAKAHA HAWAII http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cyMQL46UIo
Sports, Voice: Ed Herlihy. Hawaii 1964 1964 paipo
footage filmed by Barry McGuigan, edited by Bob Green http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBmAqQ_64u0
shot footage on a 1964 trip to Hawaii.
Included is footage of Leigh Tingle from Sydney.
Tingle's board can be seen in a group shot - notable is the
wood hand grip.
World contest at Manly Beach in 1964, the date 1929 is
clearly incorrect. 1964
World Contest, Manly https://vimeo.com/83471262 1964 ABC Television: Surf culture hits Australia in the 1960s.
First broadcast: 01 May 1964
How did surf culture change Australian popular
Rock music and the concept of the 'teenager' had arrived in
Australia in the 1950s but in the 1960s the surfboard gave rise
to a new youth subculture.
This clip from 1964 explores conflict in the water and cultural
changes that came with the rise of the 'surfie'.
1964 GILLIGAN SINGS
HO DADDY 1964
[For Those Who Think Young] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_LJHQy-idM
in her first film with Gilligan aka Maynard G. Krebs... You
can see surfer Miki Dora running around in the orange trunks
with while trim.
He's also the mail (sic) surfer at the end.
A few months later, Gilligan would be stranded on a desert
island. For Those Who Think Youngis a
1964 beach party film directed by Leslie H. Martinson and
featuring James Darren, Pamela Tiffin, Paul Lynde, Tina Louise,
Bob Denver, Robert Middleton, and Woody Woodbury 1964 San Diego
Surfing in the 1960's - Trip from Pacific Beach to San Onofre http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVBbhEJUI8w These are
family home movies taken during the early 1960s of a trip from
our uncle's house in Pacific Beach to San Onofre. Family of owner of http://www.leucadiasurfschool.com and
http://www.vintagesurfmovies.com.circa 1964 1960s
Rebellious Surfers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dS1dvOCkjyM These 1960s
surfers had some issues.
Black and white
footage of Malibu with on-beach interviews. 1965
Australian Championships, Manly NSW, May 1965. http://www.britishpathe.com/video/news-from-australia-3/query/surfing
News from Australia: Manley.[sic]
Various shots of the crowded beach. L/S boy in the Junior Championships coming in on
surfboard on very flat surf. Various shots Kevin Brennan coming in on surfboard. M/S Peter Drouyn the winner of Junior Championships
coming in on board. C/U man [Bob Cooper] watching. Various shots Nat Young coming in on surfboard in the
Senior Championships. L/S as another entrant comes in on board but falls into
wave. Various shots Midget Farrelly coming in on board. M/S as Farrelly walks to winner's rostrum. C/U Farrelly
1st Midget Farrelly
2nd Nat Young
3rd Bob McTavish.
Junior - 1st Peter Drouyn, 2nd
Women - Phyllis O’Donell 1965 SURF BEACH
1965 Australia Mat Surfing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEQSLwL2XJw
Body surfing, Coolites and mat
surfing (Bondi Beach) and surfboard riding on various Sydney
beaches circa 1965.
One sequence shows two young surfers
completing their 1965-1966 surfboard registration and the
program ends with a simulated rescue.
Clip Description From the Film Australia Collection. Made by the Commonwealth
Film Unit 1965. Directed by Bern Gandy. From beach inspectors
watching for danger to the ice cream vendors helping people cool
down, Australia’s major beaches in summer have the hustle and
bustle of a small town. Surf Beach looks at the proud tradition
of surf lifesavers, who give up their weekends voluntarily to
patrol our beaches, keeping ordinary folks safe from disaster.
Witness the thrilling rescue of a young woman who has got
herself into trouble, and the military precision of the surf
lifesavers as they bring her back into shore. The highlight of
the season is the Surf Life Saving Championships – a marvel of
pageantry as surf lifesaving clubs from across Sydney march
proudly along the beach, led by the UNSW Regiment brass band.
Beautifully shot and set to a swinging soundtrack, Surf Beach
pays tribute to an Australian icon: the beach.
From the Film Australia Collection.
Made by the Commonwealth Film Unit 1965. Directed by Bern Gandy.
From beach inspectors watching for danger to the ice cream
vendors helping people cool down, Australia’s major beaches in
summer have the hustle and bustle of a small town.
Surf Beach looks at the proud tradition of surf lifesavers, who
give up their weekends voluntarily to patrol our beaches,
keeping ordinary folks safe from disaster.
Witness the thrilling rescue of a young woman who has got
herself into trouble, and the military precision of the surf
lifesavers as they bring her back into shore.
The highlight of the season is the Surf Life Saving
Championships – a marvel of pageantry as surf lifesaving clubs
from across Sydney march proudly along the beach, led by the
UNSW Regiment brass band.
Beautifully shot and set to a swinging soundtrack, Surf Beach
pays tribute to an Australian icon: the beach.1965 MR SURFBOARD
(Don Adams aka Get Smart) 1965 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Xs3O2vQlGA
Hosts Frankie Avalon and
Annette Funicello introduce Mr. Surfboard, Don Adams, a
skit from Hullabaloo!
Season 1, Episode
6, Aired 16 February 1965
The show also
included The Kinks, Dobie Gray, Freddie and the Dreamers, Andrew
Loog Oldham, and The Brothers Four.
Don Adams later
appeared with Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello in Back
To The Beach in 1987.
TV show was a musical variety series that aired on NBC for two
seasons from January of 1965 to April of 1966. Each episode of Hullabaloo had a popular guest host who
would sing a song or three even if they weren't known as a
singer. The first 13 episodes had a segment where Brian Epstein
would introduce a hot group from London. There was also a number done by the guest host and the
guest performers called the Hullabaloo "Top Pop Medley", a
medley of the current hits that topped the charts. After the guest performers sang their tunes, the final
number would be performed on a hot night-club type set and was
referred to as "Hullabaloo A Go-Go". http://www.crazyabouttv.com/hullabaloo.html1965 1965 PERU 2nd
Worlds Surfing Championships http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfZk3jGHnAI
Excerpt from US
television sports program?
Tandem event from
the 2nd World Surfing Championships in 1965.
finish and presentation of a paddling race, then tandem contest
(final?) and presentation.
Ends with one
wave of female surfers. 1965 HYDRO JET
SURFBOARD 1965 Hawaii http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjISPLxuZiU
Movietine News clip of a '60's motorized surfboard, Shown to
Duke Kahanamoku. Sorry there was on sound so i added my own.1965 GIDGET
PREMIERS On Tv 1965 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi1fRBpVHeQ
Promo for Gidget
television series, with Sally Field taking the part of Sandra
Dee in the 1959 film.
The series was
first broadcast on ABC from September 15, 1965 through April 21,
1966. 1965 Perry Mason
Surfing Episode 1965 Hawaii http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxjoKCxnrhs&feature
The Case of
the Feather Cloak In
Hawaii to handle an investigation for a hotel chain, Mason and
Drake uncover a murder.
Season 8, Episode
19, Aired 2 November 1965 1965 BOAT WAKE
SURFING with HOBIE SUPER SURFER SKATEBOARD TEAM 1965 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eBbVzVCjbY
on their cross
country tour, the Hobie Super Surfer Skateboard team stop off
at Cypress Gardens and go surfing behind a boat.1965 Endless Summer
(2 of 2) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGepvAGQ3uU&feature=related
documentary about two guys surfing in Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria,
Hawaii and Australia.
This clip is when
they were in Ghana. Part 2 of 2.
of Ghana fisherman surfing waves in their boats on returning to
prone board riders. 1965 HAMMS BEER
1965 Surfing Commercial http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJQUckqA0wU&feature
surfing commercial from 1965, notice footage from Bud Browne's
surf film, LOCKED IN 1965 The Beatles
Cartoon 1960s: The Surfer-Duel http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbrKaNZwAq0
up in a duel with a big surfer dude for a girl's attention.
First season, Episode19: From Me to You/Boys
In Hawaii, a
surfer named Surf Wolf challenges George to a surfing duel; The
Beatles participate in a Mr. Hollywood Contest in California.
Sing Along: Please Mr. Postman/I Saw Her Standing There.
Note that the
opening title erroneously shows "With Love From Me To You"
-http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles_TV_series 1965 PHIL EDWARDS ENTREVISTA [Bruce Brown: Phil
Ewards Profile, US TV, c1965] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9x6VY1nhBt8 UToobCrazy
noted: The Footage is from the Movie
Surfin Short By Bruce Brown.
Bruce Brown's Surfin' Shorts (c1966) was a
collection of short films and outakes from Brown's earlier films.
This segment is a compliation of Phil Edwards' surfriding, with succinct and informative comments by Brown and Edwards, prepared for a US television
sports program circa 1965.
Note that Brown descibes the noseride as "a stall", and Edwards
downplays the speed, "between 20 and 30 (mph?), and danger of
This post is taken from a South American television station, with
Ewards is shown surfing in Hawai'i and California, in a early
sequence from Surfing Hollow Days (1961) at
??, he rides his famous fibreglassed balsawood surfboard, Baby.
Bob Cooper wrote that: Everybody said
that Baby was a magic surfboard. To watch
Phil Edwards ride it, it certainly seemed like a magic
surfboard. I rode it,
it felt very good to me. Phil
watched me ride it, said I rode it very well ... Nat rode
it, he can tell you the board had a little magic in it, I think
Midget might have also.
- Bob Cooper: Magic, Surfing World, Volume 14
Number 4, circa August 1970, pages 14 to 17.
A later sequence, at Sunset Beach features, possibly, the first
filmed "re-entry" at 2:02.
This only become a recognised manoeuvre in 1966, initially
referred to by some US commentators as the roller-coaster. c1965 "Mickey Dora & Friends" (Short Film) www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3YpNR9lzlQ The Dave Reynolds Project Featuring vintage surf footage from Mickey's glory days
in the 1960's along with five new tracks by The Dave Reynolds
Project. Sit back and enjoy watching one of surfing's most
legendary figures, complimented by a smooth, contemporary
soundtrack. Noted by Dave Reynolds in
22 January 2018. 1965 TV Broadcast 1st Annual Duke Kahanamoku Invitational
Surfing Championships https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uv0TaMskT3Q CBS Sports Spectacular TV Broadcast: 1965 1st Annual Duke
Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championships, Sunset Beach.
First surfing contest held on the North Shore of Hawaii - Shown
on NBC Sports Easter Sunday 1966.
Narrated by Bruce Brown +
Interview with Mickey Dora.
Featuring Mike Doyle, Greg
Noll, Fred Hemmings, Rusty Miller, Mike Hynson, Jackie Eberle,
Paul Strauch,Peter Cole, Felipe Pomar + others c1965 Hobie Surf Team - McGregor Surf Wear. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0coduZK3B0 Hobie Alter, Mickey
Munoz, Bobby Patterson, Mike McClellan, Herbie Fletcher &
Billy Hamilton1966 THE
PROFESSIONALS 1966 Surfing Tv Show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLB8SiVHI7M
Part of a tv
show from 1966 called THE PROFESSIONALS, This one episode was on SURFERS. Greg Noll,
Skateboarding, Skimboarding, Hawaii etc.1966 Surf Boat off
Fairy Bower '65 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIYUqp_1KX4&feature
captains the Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Boat, Cabbage Tree 1,
at Fairy Bower, 27th March, 1966.
The boat was
destroyed two waves later, and an inquiry was held by the club
into the actions of the crew.
Brawley: Palm Beach S.C. (1996), page 148.
may include Midget Farrelly (wetsuit) and Scott Dillon
Al Hunt reported
in the The Surfblurb,
March 2012: : re: Surf
Boat off Fairy Bower '65 video in last blurb: Right at the end of it as the
boat rides the wave with a guy surfing behind, someone paddling
out nearly gets cleaned up by the boat. That was me. 1966
Paper Surfboard tv Commercial (Tom Morey) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuVWpeB-ztw&NR=1&feature
Tom Morey, now
known only as "Y" building a paper surfboard, a few years
after making the paper surfboard, he invented the Morey Boogie
Board. tommymorey: I'm
delightedto find this on here! Thank you!! It
was not years after but three years before? the boogie. I
built the board from their cardboard and it actually surfed.
The wind was howling, a huge 1000mm lense aimed at me from
down wave. The direct says, "Go!" I
swing around, stuff, catch, pop up, crank right, trim, squat
and scoot! About
6 perfect seconds go by... trimming, dropping and then I swing
it up, over and glide to a graceful end. The guy with the
camera yells, "Any time you're ready!" Totally
missed the shot. Thereafter,? a comedy of errors. Yet still,
Al Jenkins, the producer, somehow patched together a workable
Look closely and you'll note in the closing scene I'm paddling
back out on half a board."
Actually the Makaha ABC Invitational, Makaha, 1966.
ABC's Wide World of Sports (US television program), 1966.
Includes footage from the beach, helicopter and water shots from
a power boat.
Young (Australia) 1st, Reno Abellira (Hawaii) 2nd, Mike Purpus
David Knox (The Surf
Blurb, 19 March 2012) noted:
year of Makaha championships are wrong, I am pretty sure. The
year was 1966 and the winner, I am fairly sure, was Joey
Cabell, the other finalists included Fred Hemmings, George
Downing, Felipe Pomar and Nat. Nat
never won Makaha, senior or junior.
Matt Warshaw notes that ABC's Wide
World of Sports covered the Makaha Contest from 1962 to 1965 and
the Makaha results for 1966 as Fred Hemmings (open), Joyce
Hoffman (Womens), Reno Abellira (Juniors), Pete Peterson and
Barrie Algaw (Tandem).
The results for
1967 were Joey Cabell (open), Martha Sunn (Womens), Reno
Abellira (Juniors), Bob Moore and Patti Young (Tandem).
- Warshaw: Encyclopedia
(2004) pages 357-358.
(26 March 2012), Randy Rarrick
noted: Just a little bit of history on the footage of the Makaha
Surfing event. It was a made for TV special that ABC did, because Nat
Young had been eliminated in the main Makaha event. They picked Nat because he was the reigning World Champion
and they hand picked all the other surfers so they would
have contestants from France, Peru, California and Hawaii
besides Nat from Australia. The Makaha organizers were unhappy with ABC, because it
caused confusion over the "official" event. (So, this was the ABC MAKAHA SURFING CHAMPIONSHIPS - not
the REAL MAKAHA EVENT. 1967 The Hot
Generation Trailer (1967) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgisHsJZ0vw&NR=1&feature
1967 May The Hot Generation
Bob McTavish, Russell
Hughes, Kevin Brennan, Bobby Brown, Rodney Stumper, Nat Young, Peter Drouyn, Midget Farrelly, Robert
Connelly, Keith Paull, Ted Spencer, George Greenough, Reno Dick
Brewer, Buddy Boy. Locations
:Noosa, Byron Bay, France, Burleigh Heads, Bells Beach
(Austrailian Titles or Easter contest 1967?), Maui/Honolua
Bay. 1967 Holiday Scenes At Biarritz, 1967. http://www.britishpathe.com/video/surfing-1/
L/S of the
beach at Biarritz, zoom in to surfer. Various shots of the surfers riding the waves. C/U of girl in bikini watching through binoculars. Various good slow motion shots of the surfers in action,
one goes under. C/U surfer's...
Holiday Scenes At Biarritz, 1967 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwm-P8Ys93Q
Noted by Timothy DelaVega in the
12 September 2016.
1967 Dick Catri's
HobieTeam 1967 Gary Propper Mimi Munro http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6FH2NTalTo Rick Catri's
East Coast Hobie Team consisted of some of the hottest surfers
and was the standard by which others were measured. This
clip is from the film the Summer of '67.
by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb, August 2012.
large number of East coast USA riders for Hobie Surboards, circa
1967. 1967 Surfing The Severn Bore 1967 https://www.britishpathe.com/video/surfing-the-severn-bore/query/surfboard Gloucestershire. V.S. Canoeists prepare their boats and put on life jackets
and take to the water to go and ride with the Bore.
L.S. The canoes riding on the Bore.
M.S. Australian surf champ, Paul Saymer, carrying his surfboard
down to water.
He starts to paddle out into mid-stream.
L.S. Paul Saymer catches the Bore and rides it down river. 1967 Surfing
Contest : Batman versus Joker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlusgU-MUZ4
Batman and Joker
are both natural-footers, kneel paddling at take off on a small
wave, they then ride together against
back-projection of large and powerful Hawaiian surf
On his next wave, Batman completes a rather unsteady
spinner, and needs to employ his spray can of shark repellent
from his utility belt.*
Joker, and then Batman, ride
small left-handers to the beach, with Joker claiming victory.
Cesar Romero as The
Joker. The surfing-doubles are unknown.
*Clearly, for each encounter with evil, Batman loaded his
utility belt with items that he anticipated might be useful. For
the surfing contest he probably also carried spray-on surf wax,
sunscreen, and repellents for giant jellyfish and octopus/squid
(Fear the Kraken!).. 1968 Duke Kahanamoku and George Downing Talking Surfboard
Design From Wood To Foam From ABC TV: Duke
Kahanamoku's World of Surfing,
High on a Cool Wave (1968) http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/high-on-a-cool-wave/
Three clips from a rarely seen film by Bob Evans, like most of
his films it was has not been released on VHS or DVD.
The first two feature Nat Young, Bob McTavish and kneeboarder,
George Greenough, at Noosa Heads, Queensland.
The second records one on the outstanding days of the
Hawai'ian winter of 1967-1968 at Halewai, with host of local
and international surfers including Joey Cabell, Mike Doyle,
Ben Apia, and Nat Young.
Evans' upcoming star, Peter Drouyn, is featured on some
This is a valuable adjunct to the similar footage shot by Paul
Witzig, originally for his short Hawaii '68 (1968),
and then added as the finale of his previously released
feature, The Hot Generation (1967-1968).
Footage of the session also appeared, somewhat belatedly,
in Eric Blum's The Fantastic Plastic Machine (1969) 1968 COPPERTONE TV
COMMERCIAL 1968 SURFING http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiPWlr_HvOM Coppertone TV
commercial with 1968 Playboy Bunny Anne Randall. 1968 Andy Warhol: San Diego Surf Vogue:Andy Warhol
Surfboards Recall the Artist's Long-Lost Surf Film https://www.vogue.com/article/andy-warhol-surfboards-tim-bessell-san-diego-surf-film
The Beach Boys Go Surfing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vYBQfaTBLE The Beach Boys Go Surfing at "The Ranch" Point
Conception, California. Filmed in 1968, this music video features The
Beach Boys picking out some surf boards at The Hobie
Shop on Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica and then heading
up to "The Ranch" north of Santa Barbara for a day at
the beach between tour dates. They took along their friend Corky Carroll, 5
time U.S. Surfing Champion and winner of the Surfer
Poll that year who also happens to be a fine musician.
The soundtrack is
It Again, recorded at Brian Wilson's home
studio, Los Angeles, May–June and released in the US on
July 8, 1968.
It peaked at the number 20 in the US but was a number one
hit for the band in the UK and Australia.
This promotional film, directed by Peter
Clifton, was shot in Los Angeles.
Originally shot in colour, features the group driving their VW Kombi to
Hobie surf shop on Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, to collect some
new boards; all +9ft except for Al Jardine's smaller
belly-board, similar to a Boogie-board.
The stock boards include a stringer-less Corky Carroll Flex/Mini
? model, the lengths substantially longer than those found on
the racks of Sydney surf-shops in mid-1968.
After driving to The Ranch they surf with US champion Corky Carroll, who
rides aggressively on a sub 9ft board.
An alternate promotional clip was planned to feature special
guest, Beatles member Paul McCartney as a clerk, however the
idea was abandoned due to his hectic schedule.
clip first screened on BBC-1's Top of the Pops
on August 8, 22 and 29, and in September on Germany's Hits A Go Go show
on ZDF TV.
It later featured in the Peter Clifton Australian surfing
film Fluid Journey (1969).
Colour sections of the clip were later used by Clifton in his
rock-film Popcorn (1969) cut with footage of some
elite surfers and with Heroes and Villains as the
original 85 minute release included, along with the Beach Boys, songs by The
Rolling Stones, The Animals, Otis Redding, Joe Cocker and Jimi
Hendrix. The Bee Gees performed To Love Somebody, along with
less prominent Australian performers such as Johnny Farnham and
Peter Clinton is best known for
directing the Led Zeppelin concert film The Song Remains the
Boys Heros Villians Surfing 1969 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltXz42OT1Vg
1970 Evolution: Trailer https://vimeo.com/272393954
- noted by Gibus de Soultrait, Surfer's Journal France,
in the Surf Blurb, 10 July 2018.
Director/Camera: Paul Witzig Extra footage: George Greenough Soundtrack:Taman Shud and Tully (and
Ravell) Surfers: Wayne Lynch, Butch Cooney,Ted Spencer,
Nat Young, Midget Farrelly, Skip Frye, Ben Apia, Russell
Hughes, Keith Paull, David Nuuihwa, Reno Aberlira,
Joey Cabell, Fred Hemmings, Mike Doyle, Peter
Drouyn, David Treloar, Richard Harvey. Locations: Victoria, Sydney, France,
Morrocco/Portugal, Puerto Rico (World Titles 1968),
South Australia, Western Australia (Australian
Titles 1969, Margaret River).
1969 CORKY CARROLL
1969 Surfing 1st Smirnoff Contest Santa Cruz http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g4fZzkMklo&feature
TV News clip
for the 1969 Santa Cruz 1st Smirnoff Surfing Contest 1970 The Big
Made by the
Commonwealth Film Unit 1970.
Produced by Frank Bagnall with photography by Keith Gow and
The aim of this film is to show an international audience,
within a limited time span and in a necessarily superficial,
yet attractive manner, some aspects of Australian life.
The film pictures Australia as a brisk, exciting place where
things are happening.
The fast pace of the film creates the mood of a young country
on the move.
Bright beaches, a booming, blossoming economy, a happy people
strangely at ease in a hectic world- a place that is
interesting, unique and full of fun.
at Narrabeen (?), some in contest shirts, "Dappa" Oliver? Puerto Rico World
Surfing Championships 1968 Mix https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oAiIXSWQnEk
A mix from Paul Witig's Evolution (1970) and ABC Television
broadcast. Bells Beach, 1970
ISF World Surfing Championship.
Men's: 1st Rolf Aurness, 2nd Midget Farrelly, 3rd Peter Drouyn.
Women's: 1st Sharron Webber.
Footage owned by Dudley Productions, Filmed by Tim Clifford.
The Cosmic Children : Dave Brubeck https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvjdZmZv5rM
1971 marked the feature debut of Hal Jepson, who went on to be one
of America's leading surf movie producers. The Cosmic Children featured surfing in California and
Hawaii with established stars such as Hakman, Nuuhiwa, Rolf
Aurness and Barry Kanaiaupuni. 1972
DAVID NUUHIWA Rainbow Bridge Rainbow Bridge (1972) - Cool to see David Nuuhiwa, Barry
Kanaiaupuni, Herbie Fletcher, Mike Hynson and Jimi Hendrix all
featured in the same movie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dI48bA9-Fh0 1971 Pacific
Vibration??02 / like woodstock on a wave / rare surf movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg2Eva50vJA
(1971), John Severson.
Surfing on various craft: rubber raft, belly boards, surf ski.
canoe, board with chair, surfing dog, surfmats, kneeboards, body
surfing (the Wedge), Makaha backwash.
McAlister on his surf ski.
surfing feet first ride.
02:33 Jeff Hakman
rides left at Huntington, an on-board shot simulating a
collision with the pier. 1971 Pacific
Vibration??05 / like woodstock on a wave / rare surf movie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFG6XrTJhKw
(1971), John Severson.
Barger or Tom Warren (goofyfoot) on a red finfless Bing Auga
board, multiple 360s on left, at Trestles?
Nuuhiwa, Twin fin Fish(es) ?, Huntington lefts?
Carroll, dark red Hobie Twin fin, lefts, kneel paddles.
1971 WAYNE LYNCH
WILD WEST COAST EARLY SEVENTIES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnSfqlVSag4
surfing in the seventies in the west australia desert.
He is riding an 8ft Pat Morgan pintail keel finned surfboard. 1972
Morning of the Earth (1972) http://aso.gov.au/titles/features/morning-earth/
Three clips: Just give me sunshine: David "Baddy Trealor and
others at Angourie and the Wilderness Surfboards "factory." The first Uluwatu afternoon : Rusty Miller and
Steven Cooney in Bali. Winter in Oahu: Gerry Lopez, Terry Fitgerald,
Barry Barry Kanaiaupuni, and others at Sunset Beach, Ohau. 1972 Rare
Interviews with John Severson and Tom Blake - 1972 Australian
Noted by Jeremy Oxenden, The Surf Blurb,
15 July 2013.
The importance of Blake's remarks was noted by Gary Lynch in May
Excerpts from Pacific Vibrations (1971) are listed
Most probably produced by the ABC, the interview begins in the
offices of Surfer Magazine where the editor, John Severson,
discusses his recent film, Pacific Vibrations, released in
1971 and the issues of crowds, ecology, developments in surfboard
design, and the beginnings of professional surfing.
This is followed by a brief commentary by Tom Blake, shot on a
beach, (3.03-4.00) and closes with footage of Sunset Beach from
Blake's contention that surfing originated in Africa in
pre-history was probably influenced by Ben Finney's article
Surfboarding in West Africa, published in Wiener
Volerkundliche Mitteeilungen in 1962.
Whereas Finney concluded that surfboarding in West Africa and
Oceania was invented independently, Blake suggests that surfing
substantially pre-dates the Polynesian occupation of the Pacific.
Note that it is probable that significant surfing skills were one
of the necessary pre-conditions for the success of this vast
3.03 Title: Mr. Thomas Blake The surf is still the same ... since one million years ago. Um, which gets us into the antiquity of surfing. I feel that the early Hawaiians brought it to its highest
point of development, but they did not by any means originate
the sport. I think that it dates back (in)to the East coast in Africa
long before the time of Christ. The Polynesians developed the sport very highly there, and
it became a national pastime. It was indulged in by men, women and children; and
especially by the royalty who had all the times and the means to
develop it. When Captain Cook came to the islands in 1778, he found a
sport that was highly developed and a national pastime. From that time on the Hawaiian race began to diverge in
their interests, very soon the sport was forgotten by commercial
pursuits, and war mostly. By 1900 the sport had almost died out. By that time Waikiki was a small village, palm trees, and
was not as big as today, by any means - a beautiful spot
then, although I didn't get there until 1924. Surfing had made a come-back by that time, it was well
established, especially the Kahanamoku family had a great hand
in it, mainly Duke. He put the surfing idea into my head and the surf-riding,
it was like Heaven to me, and I wanted to pass the word onto my
friends in California, so I wrote the first book on it. 1973
Crystal Voyager (1973) http://aso.gov.au/titles/documentaries/crystal-voyager/
Three clips: Learning from fish.
An integrated sequence of George Greenough shaping and
finishing a fin and surfriding a black railed spoon (Velo V
?) in California, followed by Greenough riding at Lennox
Head (?) on a a red railed spoon (Velo III ?) intercut with
his on-board camera shots.
Note the free-fall drop ("getting-air"?) at 00:35, good enough
to be repeated at 00:52.
One wave, one surfer.
Ritchie West on a short surfboard and George Greenough on a
black railed spoon surfing in California, with many deep tubes
This is followed by film of Greenough preparing his sailing
ship, the Morning Light, for a trans-Pacific voyage
and footage of Nat Young at Rincon on a Pat Morgan Surfboards
End sequence of George Greenough's Echoes, with
music by Pink Floyd. 1974 SurfAbout 1974 https://vimeo.com/204513295 Produced by Albert Falzon for Coca-Cola.
May 1-7, 1974.
Narrabeen and Fairy Bower.
1st Michael Peterson- $3,000 first prize
3rd Nat Young 1974 Old Spice UK
TV ad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oL5S6cm7J5g
Cut with early
1970s professional footage from Hawaii, with several water
Jeff Hakman, Rory
Palm Beach Alby Thoms ASO
Curator’s notes by
Paul Byrnes The overlapping sound design marks the film’s stylistic
ambition, to create a sense of restless energy, where
stories interconnect and overlap — perhaps influenced by
Robert Altman’s Nashville, which
came out in 1975 – although the film was in planning
from as early as 1973. Low-budget origins are apparent in the ragged
sync-sound. Clip 1 https://aso.gov.au/titles/features/palm-beach/clip1/ Paul (Bryan Brown) looks for work in a surfboard
with the sander], as
Nick (Nat Young) and his friend Joe (Ken Brown) are
there trying to score some LSD. Joe (smoking a cigarette!) and Nick discuss the surf
conditions with the polisher before Joe asks about the
availability of "psychedelics." Private investigator Larry (John Flaus) asks
policeman Eric (John Clayton) if he has any leads on a
Nick and Joe visit Wick's Surf Shop in Collaroy still
searching for LSD; a couple of highly polished McCoy
rounded pins are foremost on the racks and Joe stops to
admire a Mark Richards board before the conversation meanders over surfing
conditions and surfboards (the MR) before drugs are
Clip 3 https://aso.gov.au/titles/features/palm-beach/clip3/ Private eye Larry (John Flaus) gets the news that Leilani
(Amanda Berry) has been found. As surfers take to the early waves at Palm Beach, fugitive
Paul (Bryan Brown) wakes up in his hideout on the cliffs, as the
police close in.
documentation, they reflect her unique life and tell of the
beginnings of the German wave riding. They identify themselves
only by the shooting, that they are the ones who were "the first
surfers in Germany and that there is not time before the sport
and the associated way of life in Germany was ...
Only when the
Sylt lifeguards among them the now 81-year-old Uwe wire (born
1927) in the mid 50s had their first bulky solid wood boards to
save water, you could talk to law of surfing in Germany. They
started the first surf in the North Sea trials, knowing that it
was the sport to other continents for decades and it was in its
original form in Polynesia before nearly 4,000 years.
Hooked on water
and waves were beginning the 60 years, the somewhat younger
colleagues by Uwe Jens Körner wire (born 1944), Falk Eitner
(born 1942), Gaston Surtmann (born 1939), Dieter Behrens (born
1939) and his brother Uwe Behrens (born 1940). Day after day
they amused themselves with the more playful not exactly ideal
for surfing the DLRG rescue boards.
Only one report
in the former Reader's Digest, an advertisement or an article in
Der Spiegel, because the men disagree today, made the squad of
young lifeguards aware that surfing in America and Australia,
but also in France had long since become a mass phenomenon.
It wanted to see
with my own eyes and decided to go with the car 2000km to
Biarritz in France. Everyone was fascinated by the virus and
surfing, from now on, plugged in completely. Following this
"trip was the first real" surfboard bought and the history of
surfing in the "good old Germany began. With self-shot Super 8
original recordings and photos from this time, the film
documents the optimism of the first surf trip from Germany Sylt
in a new exciting world of surfing and wave riding shows the
first experiments on the island.
are marked by sympathetic naiveté, but also describe the first
personal achievements and experiences and on the board. It comes
from the film without explaining spokesman. Instead, a complex
determined original sound collage of witnesses, such as Former
windsurfing pro Jürgen Hönscheid and the protagonists
themselves, the storyline.
In the course of
the film the men realize the importance of surfing in her life.
At the same time they need to realize that surfing inevitably
come with age, reaching its limits. Thus, the film documents not
only the most fascinating water sports in general and its
philosophy, but also describes the growing old in one of its
most beautiful forms ..." SURFING
media often notes the sufing skills of dolphins, seals occupy a
mid-point between them and humans.
They are able to
surf the internal circular wave energy (like a dolpin) and plane
on the wave face like a body surfer.
illustrated by Sammy the Seal at Steamers Lane in Bruce Brown's
The Endless Summer (1966).
c2000 Surfing Seals
@ Galapagos Pipeline http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjJZnRCOn2U Stoked seals
in the line up waiting for some hollow tuby waves produced by
a nice clean swell. Hang loose! c2000 seal surfing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXDxHgzZrdw Real.
Seal surfs boat
wake to be fed a fish. c2000 Surfin Seal http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTYMouJTpXc&feature
A seal we saw
enjoying the surf at Ethels Wreck in Yorks (Yorkshire ?)
Dolphins @ Jeffreys Bay- BBC Dolphins: Deep Thinkers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWauuX_1KH8
dolphins clip from the 2003 BBC 'Wildlife on One' episode
Dolphins: Deep Thinkers, narrated by David Attenborough. The educational clip narrates that the maintenance of
social bonds in complex animal societies such as dolphins and
humans may be the explanation for why both dolphins and humans
exhibit 'play' behaviors into adulthood and full maturity. Footage is from Jeffreys Bay, South Africa. AFAIK this
special was never broadcast in the United States.
footage sourced from George Greenough's Dolphin Glide,
(2005?). c2000 Moko the
surfing dolphin. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EaYTAjcyJsg&feature
Moko with his
chin on this surf board and showing us how it's done. The father
of this family in the video never did get his board back . Moko
last seen heading out to sea."
This is the original video of the infamous surfing geese. I was filming some kayakers surfing at the Glenwood
Springs Whitewater Park when I saw this group of geese
floating toward the wave. Their technique is actually pretty good; beginning
surfers could learn a lot. This was taken 6/7/11 at a 27-year high flow of 25,500
cfs. Since so many have expressed concern over the geese, it
seemed to me like they were all okay when they washed out at
the bottom. For those still concerned about the geese's safety, check
out this Discovery Channel analysis: Geese Surf Glenwood Wave Explained https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S433Heuh-wY 2018 The Greatest Rides From Maxing Cloudbreak, May 26th-27th,
2018 | SURFER Magazine Amp Sessions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzGFH7NWDIg Featuring Ramon Navarro, Billy Kemper, Landon McNamara, Kelly
Slater, Luke Shepardson, Nathan Florence, Evan Valiere, Laurie
Towner, Makua Rothman, Koa Rothman, Sai Smiley, and a handful
of other chargers. Filmed by Tarlor Curran. Edited by Alex Kilauano Music:
The Brotherhood: Face Your Fears. 2018
Makai Side: How Did We Get Here? A History of Surfing in Hawaii https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4160PEhKNs
Maui Salt and Sage Magazine
Published on 9 July 2018 Hawaiian Surfing history from the beginning; covering
depictions of 18th century surfers by British artists aboard
trade ships through Duke Kahanamoku, highlights of the 20s
and 30s, Makaha and Hawaiian Culture in the 40s, the
accomplishments by the heavies in the 50s and 60s, the
innovations of the 70s, and the power surfers of the
Notably includes rare 1930s footage from Riding the
Crest, produced by Fredric Ullman Jr., Supervised
by Frank Donovan, at 08:35
Man on Little Stick: 1965 episode of Gilligan's Island
February 20, 1965
A surfer by the
name of Duke Williams washes up on the shore and collapses,
having spent five days at sea on his surfboard. The girls fall
for Duke, played by Denny Miller, so Gilligan tries to learn how
to surf by tying his feet to Duke's surfboard. Despite their
interest in the newcomer, Ginger and Mary Ann panic when he
makes a pass at each of them. To resolve the conflict, the
castaways pretend the girls are not available. Ginger is with
the Professor and Mary Ann is with Gilligan. So, Duke decides to
leave the island and manages to depart by catching a huge wave.
The men sit around the radio, anxiously listening to news of
Duke's arrival in Hawaii. To their dismay, Duke doesn't remember
where he's been for the last two weeks, having hit a rock and