The Surf Film Archives

Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s were a great time if you loved surf films. There were many films made with little or no budget, the coast was uncrowded and open to explore.

Many moments of history were captured but are now close to being lost in time.

I loved watching these films that were edited with reels of film spliced together with meticulous detail.

It captured a time in history of surfing where longboards gave way to shorter boards in what became known as the shortboard revolution.

The Surf Film Archives have set out to rescue some of these celluloid and often homemade masterpieces.

By scanning these movies it ensures the survival of our history as surfers.

As I sit here, I have just watched Bob McTavish ride the plastic machine for the first time.

Bob McTavish Photo by Debra Tonks

While films like Morning of the Earth have been staples in our thirst for old surf films, there are many out there made by the likes of George Greenough, Paul Witzwig, Bob Evans and Andy McApline that are less known but have some beautiful imagery.

A donation of $30 can help save the footage and it takes hundreds of hours to save our surfing history and we will be discussing it on the next Crankin Surf Podcast.

I’ve donated as I love the old films shot around Noosa, Angourie and Lennox Head

Donate Here…/the-surf-film-archive-019942400…

Craig Tonks with Bob McTavish – Photo by Debra Tonks

A WQS 1000 Event at URBNSURF

Saturday 10th December 2022, was a historic day at URBNSURF when the first World Surf League Qualifying Event took place at the Tullamarine based wavepool.

Xavier Huxtable and Nyxie Ryan walked away winners on the day bagging 1000 points each, which will help towards their push the a spot on the Challenger Series.

On my podcast, the Crankin Surf Podcast, we have been awaiting the first event at the pool and feel it’s just the start of what can be achieved mixing competitive surfing and the pool.

With the Sydney version due to open in 2024, we will see more events in the pool.

The format was fine once you realised the females were on the right hander and the males on the left hander and both could be ran at the same time.

We know it’s not the ocean but it allowed consistent surf all day and could have even had the finals under lights, although this was not the case this time.

Could this be a preview of a land based Olympic event of the future?

Crankin Surf Podcast – Craig Bloxom Spy V Spy

It was great to have Craig Bloxom from the band Spy V Spy on the pod. A band who raised social issues and fought for what they believed in. So what happens when you walk away from music? Craig details his journey from bass guitars to the kitchen to making big booming bass guitars.