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Smith will be 36th member of Hall of Fame

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 10 February, 2014 - North Narrabeen surfing institution Col Smith will be inducted to the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame in Sydney on Thursday. Smith was a dominant figure at Sydney’s North Narrabeen during the 1970s and 1980s when the area not only produced some of Australia’s most influential surfers but also surfing ideas that impacted the sport on a global scale.

Smith’s aggressive, goofyfoot vertical attack on the wave was considered quite radical at the time and surfers in the area were in awe of his ability. He won an Australian title in 1977, but it was the list of surfers he inspired that reflects Smith’s legacy to Australian surfing. Simon Anderson, inventor of the thruster, grew up watching Smith at North Narrabeen and regarded him as one of the best surfers in the world at the time. 

Smith was also a respected surfboard shaper creating the Morning Star brand and was creating boards for and mentoring a young Tom Carroll, another Sydney Northern Beaches goofyfooter, who would take Smith’s vertical top-to-bottom, lip bashing assault on a wave to the world stage and two World Titles.

His induction is part of the 2014 Australian Surfing Awards to be held in Manly. 

Read more on Col Smith at the Encyclopedia of Surfing

Tim Brimblecombe

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