1968-1974

Surf City 1945-1960
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New wave++Kids on Manly boardwalk Kenneth Clifford, 1960 Courtesy Dale Egan. © Beverley Clifford++[Kids on the wall at Manly], date unknownFarrelly egg Farrelly Surfboards, Brookvale, c1969, foam, fibreglass and resin<br> Mick Mock Collection++Bennett tracker Barry Bennett Surfboards, Brookvale, 1968, foam, fibreglass and resin  <br>Courtesy Steve Abbott++Surfboards, Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross Wesley Stacey, 1970–71 Rennie Ellis Photographic Archive. © Wesley Stacey++Men's brown suede jacket and Amco jeans++Desert boots 1969–75 Mick Mock Collection++Brad Mayes, Bondi, John Witzig, c1968. Courtesy and © John Witzig++McCoy twin fin  McCoy Surfboards, Brookvale, c1970, foam, fibreglass and resin <br>Warner Surfboards++Short John wetsuit Sea Bee, c1970s Mick Mock Collection++Shane Standard Shane Surfboards, Brookvale, c1974, foam, fibreglass and resin <br>Courtesy Steve Abbott++Point Land. Dale Egan with Shane Egan airbrush board at Snapper Rocks Shane Egan, 1973<br/>Courtesy and © Shane Egan ++

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The hippie drift

From 1968 the surfing world was swept up in the countercultural spirit reshaping politics, religion, the arts, music and youth consciousness throughout the West. As the Vietnam War dragged on, long-haired surfers dropped out, abandoned competition surfing and boardriding clubs, and dabbled in drugs, environmental activism and ‘cosmic’ lifestyles. Tracks magazine and a handful of movies tapped this subversive hippie drift and celebrated ‘soul’ surfing.
The sudden change saw many surfers flee Sydney or hang up their boards. But younger surfers, ‘grommets’, took to a variety of shorter, more radical boards with relish. By the end of 1974, mass-produced ‘pop out’ surfboards had reignited surfing’s popularity.

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