Thursday, December 24, 2009

Currumbin Surf Museum

Surfed The Spit early yesterday with The Bazzmeister and his son Chris, visiting from Sydney. Enjoyed some meaty peaks followed by a meaty brekkie and two cups of coffee. Wound our way south through the surreal sprawl that is Surfers' Paradise down to leafy Currumbin and the Village Store above where a kind lady directed us to the Gold Coast Surf Museum. Big Thanks.

What a find! We managed to chance upon none other than surfing legend MP, photo legend Mal Sutherland and Josh Bystrom, son of late surf movie maker Chris Bystrom (RIP).
Had a great yarn with Mal about the old days shooting film during our stinking hot summers with manual everything cameras as well as listening to a few of his funny tales from the 1960's era. Mal is the real deal. Check his awesome work in the Switchfoot II book just out.
The boards at the museum are a magnificent testimony to the shapers' mind with all manner of fins, wings, rockers, flat bottoms, jet bottoms - the works. If you are into board shaping or the history of surf board design, you have to check this place out. (According to Baz all shaping roads lead to Hayden, so a close up of an old three stringer is above. I can see further animated debate on that theory!)

Bottom photo is a collection of equipment and items from Chris Bystrom's movie making days. His son, Josh is keeping his father's legacy in the public arena. For info:
HUGE Thanks to Mal and Josh for their generous time and sharing of their own brine times.

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