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Mark Richards, Michael Peterson, Peter Townend and Ian Cairns © Thor Stevenson


Surf Culture

Sons of Beaches 72 exhibition lands at Caloundra Regional Gallery

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 25 November, 2013 - Glen Blight and Leigh Fabian are the creators of Sons of Beaches art and film installation that reflects on the 1972 Australian Team competing in the San Diego World titles at Ocean Beach, California. PT’s (Peter Townend) legendary collection of surf memorabilia has assisted greatly, documenting the 1972 period, embracing the art and culture of the sensational seventies lifestyle.

Now back by popular demand after rave reviews on the Gold Coast and Noosa, The Sons of Beaches 72 Exhibition has dropped into the Caloundra Regional Gallery for a summer of fun, entertainment, and surfing pleasure of the classic seventies era.

Co-incidentally Caloundra is where the short board revolution evolved in the mid-sixties when the Lascelles brothers Humphrey and Peter launched Cord Surfboards with the help from the Godfathers of surfboard change Bob McTavish and George Greenough. Caloundra has been the home of World Champion Joel Parkinson and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Pa Bendal competition in 2014.

Iconic cut-out shapes of the legendary MP aka Michael Peterson allows the public to interact and participate in the raw history of the sport finding its professional feet in those heady halcyon days.

A documentary will feature interviews from members of the Australian team as they struggle to feel their way through a mine field of drugs, the Vietnam War and a brave new world of turning professional, paving the way to what surfing has evolved into today.

Sons of Beaches exhibition is highly entertaining depicting a lost era of Australian surfing that walked a fine line between soul surfing, the demise of amateur surfing and a new beginning of professionalism.

The official opening night of Sons of Beaches 72 will be on Friday 6th December, online by 5th December. A Perfect Blend on Thursday 12th December, 10.30am with 1972 Australian team member &  6th in the 1972 San Diego World titles,  Surf Reporter Andrew “AndyMac” McKinnon takes you on a wave of nostalgia, humour and history through shared stories of our region.

Andrew McKinnon

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