'Legends of Surf 72' Exhibition

Legends of Surf 72 Exhibition takes you on a ride down the tunnel of 1972 and the events that shaped a breakthrough year in surfing.

It was the year that G-Land was discovered and Morning of the Earth was released. There was immense cultural and social change owing to the Vietnam war and the election of Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

Legends of Surf 72 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary 1972 Australian Team. Tracing their competitive journey from the 1972 World Surfing Championships in October to the big wave season in Hawaii through November and December. 

1972 witnessed the changeover from amateur competitions to the birth of new professional surfing events that would pave the way towards surfing professionalism.

The significance of the 1972 Australian Team is that, of the 21 surfers, 14 have since been inducted into the Surfing Australia Hall of Fame Awards, a statistic unlikely to ever be repeated.

Exhibition images illustrate those young Australians in their formative years and how they'd go on to establish so many successful surfing careers.

Organiser Andrew McKinnon, himself a member of the 72 Team, has collaborated with Curator Karen Neilsen and fellow Australian team member Rod Brooks to jointly bring this engaging story to life. 

Photos have been supplied by photographers such as California’s Jeff Divine, Steve Wilkings, Drew Kampion, Australians Dick Hoole, Frank Pithers, and Mick Eyre, plus photos from 72 Team members Mark Warren, Peter Townend, and Anthony Hardwick.

Legends of Surf 72 has been sponsored by City of Gold Coast and supported by Surfing Australia, TRACKS magazine, Swellnet.com, Floxy, Print & Wear and S-Lab for the creators.


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Panman Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 2:40pm

72 was a vintage year.

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crg Friday, 2 Sep 2022 at 3:19pm

Proudly born on the day Morning of the Earth was released!
Go the 50 year olds!

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Komodo Saturday, 3 Sep 2022 at 8:46am

Please correct me if I am wrong!
But no exhibition dates for the goldy?

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lostdoggy Saturday, 3 Sep 2022 at 9:15am

I think it’s been in the goldy a coiple times this year already and now they’re taking it on the road.

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Komodo Saturday, 3 Sep 2022 at 9:44am

Cheers LD.
Bugger I missed it.
Looks like it would be awesome

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 7 Sep 2022 at 3:20pm

Goldie crew are happy to help with Komodo's request...

April / May 2022 Legends of Surf ' 72 Gold Coast

Companion swellnet sites share the stoke from recent Goldie Exhibition!

(Choice of 3 swellnet sites!) ~ Features : Dates / Photo Galleries / Vidz / Interviews / Comments

It seems the Surf Safari will likely collect more local Photos & Stories as it Tours

Goldie Gigs were Free + Bondi gig is FREE (Check here!)

Oz Surf Museum Torquay ? ( Standard Entry Fees from $6-$12 > Tour )

Goldie sends their best crew & thanx #1 swellnet for piloting our Oz Legends' Surf Safari.