Last Chance To Win A Custom Bob McTavish Plastic Machine
At 2pm today, East Coast time, the raffle is being drawn to win a custom Plastic Machine hand-shaped by Bob McTavish.
All proceeds from the raffle go to The Surf Film Archive, who are entering their third year and hoping to realise many great projects.
It would be a shame to lose all this old footage and that's not just because it's surf-related - or not even because it's surf related.
It's the backgrounds and people from another time that I find so interesting and some of the beach/ coastal scenes from those past eras were only recorded because some surfer had a film/video camera at the beach ostensibly to film waves and surfing but capturing other stuff as well, and there'd be little film record of that other stuff in existence otherwise.
Exactly. The Archive has rich value beyond just surfing history. Some of the footage we are scanning is the first time these places were ever filmed! At the same time it illustrates how much surfers were community leaders in modern Australia. We were some of the first to travel outside of the cities, to consider environmental protection, and to explore healthy living and alternative lifestyle possibilities. Some of these ideas have been co-opted by hipsters and 'lifestyle' industries, we hope The Surf Film Archive helps us re-consider what we have learnt through surfing. Maybe some young filmmaker will 'discover' the footage and use to to reconsider the lessons of those times?
Congratulations Tim Hull.
You've won the custom board from Bob. Even get to watch him shape it.
Congrats Tim. Tim is based in Margarets and going to come east to spend the day with Bob sometime next year. He'll get a tour through the factory, and be in the shaping room as Bob shapes his board. Thanks to McTavish for their support at The Surf Film Archive!
Randy Rarick chipped in $1000!
Randy's been an epic supporter of the archive. He chipped in a grand last year too!! What a legend!
For those that like Oz films,
here is an interesting website by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia
Greeno shaping the fins that changed the direction of surfing in 1972
Tony Edwards "I dont know art, but I know what I like...." 1977
Great links @bbbird
Thanks for all the support, especially @Swellnet who have been great supporters of this important community initiative. It's our history, it's what influenced us (and all of Australia). Australia might be changing; becoming more multi-cultural, more global, more grownup. Call it what you will, our wild adolescent days will always part of Australia's DNA and we have to make sure we share our stories, good and bad, with future generations.
The Aunty Jack Show 1971
MOE 1975 Terry Fitz & MP