'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.