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Pam Burridge

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Former World Champs Pam Burridge & Bernard Farrelly named ambassadors

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 19 November, 2014 - This coming January 8-10, 2015, the Freshwater Surfing Community is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Duke Kahanamoku’s visit to Freshwater igniting Australian Surf Culture.  “I am extremely proud and excited to announce that the Duke’s Day Committee have invited Iconic Australian surfing personalities, former World Champions Pam Burridge and Bernard “Midget” Farrelly, to be the female and male Honorary Australian Surfing Ambassadors for this historic three day celebration” said Stephen Bennett –Chairman of the Dukes Day Centenary Celebrations Committee.

Pam Burridge is one of Australia’s most esteemed pioneers of women’s professional surfing and won the Women’s World Title in 1990. She also had the honour of striking up a friendship with the late Isabel Letham, the young girl Duke pulled from the crowd during one of his surfing demonstrations in 1915 to take for a tandem ride, demonstrating the art for the first time in Australia.

Also invited to be the Honorary Australian (Male) Ambassador is living legend Midget Farrelly. Eric Middledorp, DD Committee Member, and Duke Board Caretaker, said: “Both Pam and Midget have had long associations with Freshwater and with Duke’s Legacy to Australian and World Surfing. Midget was a member of Freshwater Surf Club during the 1950’s and went on to claim the first world championship in 1964”.

Some of the highlights of Dukes Day will be the re-enactment of what went down at Freshwater Beach 100 years ago. Hawaiian World Champion Longboard surfer Duane DeSoto will surf the replica of the 37 kg solid timber, finless, board that Duke made when he came here. Also of great interest will be the Patagonia Closing Ceremony featuring the Panasonic Surf Shorts and Jack McCoy’s feature film “A Deeper Shade of Blue” screening free to the public in the park to conclude the weekend of activities.   For a full schedule please go to www.dukesday.com for details.

“Duke Kahanamoku may not have been the first to ride a surfboard in Australia, but the fact that the Freshwater boat crew offered to take his board beyond the waves so he could ride them in said a lot about how much was known of board surfing at the time.  Freshwater Beach has always meant a lot to me as my early years there were filled with great surfing experiences with Freshie water men. These experiences set me on my path to that Makaha win which in turn triggered a massive upsurge in Australian surfing” shared an elated Burridge.

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