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Shake hands with a cut-out of Michael Peterson

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



Surf Culture

Art and film installation reflects on the 1972 Australian Team 

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 13 January, 2014 - 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.

Sunshine Coast Council’s Caloundra Regional Gallery is exhibiting Sons of Beaches 72 until February 2 (2014). Surf cult movies Morning of the Earth will be screened at the gallery on Sunday, 12 January at 2pm and Endless Summer on Sunday, January 19, at 2pm. No charge but bookings required online via the council’s Caloundra Regional Gallery link.

The gallery at 22 Omrah Ave has free entry and is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-4pm.

The Events Centre Caloundra, just a short walk away in Minchinton Street, compliments the gallery exhibition with Surfing the Decades featuring an evolutionary range of unique and classic surfboards that have shaped the way surfing has evolved. Surfing the Decades is open Monday to Friday, 10am – 4pm, with a gold coin donation.

Chief Executive Officer of Sunshine Coast Destination Limited, Simon Ambrose, said many people had a strong connection with surfing culture and folklore, and the displays would rekindle memories of an iconic lifestyle.

“This is a rare opportunity for visitors to savour a unique package of memorabilia, and stories, with many of the items in the collections privately owned and unlikely to appear in public again,” Mr Ambrose said.

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