Surfing in Australia

Surf culture has been an important part of the Australian identity for over a century.

The influence of surfing can be seen in many of the films, music recordings and newsreels in the NFSA collection.

From clean-cut surf lifesavers in 1920s newsreels, to the psychedelic adventures of Captain Goodvibes in the 1970s, Australia’s fascination with surfing continues to influence popular culture well into the 21st century.

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