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Back Beach Noosa uncovers rare collection of surf mags


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Surf Culture

Collectors Club gives members first dibs on the goods

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 May, 2009 : - - Back Beach Noosa, established in the iconic Queensland surf resort last September, has already gained a reputation for its esoteric collection of surf memorabilia, art and beach house décor. Now the company, owned by author and surfing identity Phil Jarratt and wife Jackie, is offering a selection of rare and special gems through a newly-created shopping page at

The on-line shop will feature one of Australia’s best collections of early surf magazines, including mint copies of Surfing World, Surf, Surfer and Australian Surfer from an archive never previously offered for sale. Says Jarratt: “When Back Beach was asked to market the magazine collection of a dear departed friend, we knew we were going to uncover some good stuff, but nothing like this treasure trove.”


Rare copy of The Australian Surfer #2 (1961)

Back Beach is also offering its on-line customers great introductory offers on surf-related books, music, art and photography. One of the first specials is a small number of Kelly Slater’s For The Love, co-authored by Jarratt and signed by Kelly.

“We’re also going to set up a collectors’ club,” Phil added, “with members getting first shot at surf collectibles as they come on offer. That will be up and running in June as we release the second lot of antiquarian publications.”

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