Sons of Beaches movie opens at Gold Coast City Gallery

8 Feb 2012 0 Share

Sons of Beaches movie opens at Gold Coast City Gallery

Sons of Beaches movie opens at Gold Coast City Gallery

2012 marks the 40th anniversary of the 1972 World Surfing Titles held in San Diego, California. Over the past 40 years surfing has been transformed from the leisure activity of beach goers and “soul-surfers” to a highly competitive professional sport complete with million dollar prize purses, targeted sponsorship from surf and sporting companies, and developments in the science of board design and construction as well as analysis of the surfer’s technique.

Coinciding with the 2012 Quiksilver Pro and Bleach Festival, Sons of Beaches ’72 movie and art installation charts the development of a seminal period in Australian surfing history. Before the emergence of Joel Parkinson, Mick Fanning and Dean Morrison there were the original Coolangatta Kids: Michael Peterson (MP), Peter Townend (PT) Wayne Bartholomew (Rabbit) as well as the score of young emerging surfers from around Australia.

Leigh Fabian, a Gold Coast contemporary graphic designer has created a historic tribute, bringing to life the Peter Townend collection of surf magazine and newspaper articles, original photographs, competition posters and other objects, which follows the 1972 Australian team’s journey from Australian surfing breaks to the San Diego World Surfing Titles and the highs and lows along the way. It examines the controversy that occurred out of the water and the somewhat subversive culture of the 1970s which was driven by social change and the youth revolution.

Local producer and director Glenn Blight has collaborated with PT to make a film documentary which features original unseen footage from the 1972 World Titles alongside a 16mm surf by Steve Core that was screened at the Titles. Glenn has also uncovered unseen super 8 mm film footage of the original Coolangatta Kids surfing off local breaks which will be screened alongside the installation.

In addition to images from the Peter Townend collection, a range of surfboards will be on display that document the development of design and shaping techniques. The introduction of the short board single-fin and the evolution of multi-fins transformed the movement of surfers, and allowed competitors to manoeuvre tighter turns in a shorter time frame, which allowed flashy aerial tricks. As well as showcasing works by Australian Contemporary artists Paul McNeil, Ella Hensehell and Leigh Fabian, a range of pinnacle surfboards will be on display.

On the Couch - Over four Sundays during the exhibition, past and present surf professionals, including Hawaiian Legend Larry Bertlemann, Rabbit Bartholomew, Peter Townend and more, will relay their experience of the 1972 World Titles and the impact on the contemporary sport.  SOB72 opened at the Gold Coast Arts Centre City Gallery on Saturday 4th of February and runs up to 18th March. A special one off session will be screened at the Komune Beach Club, Greenmout on Friday 24th of February which will include original members of the 72 Australian Team. Both showings will be free to the public and donations will be accepted on the Komune night in aid of the Currumbin Surf World Surf Museum.

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