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“Nobody expected the crowd of 60,000+ people who attended the 1964 surfing world titles at Manly Beach. As a 19 year old, I could not imagine that this small sport could be so well received in Australia.”

“The event itself kicked off competitive surfing contests world wide and allowed the creation of the international surf federation, which still operates today.”

Midget Farrelly. First Australian to win a major surfing title, the 1963 championships in Makaha, Hawaii.
In 1964 he won the inaugural World Surfing Championship at Manly, Australia.

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Wrap Up Statement – GSI Manly Festival of Surfing

The 2010 GSI Manly Festival of Surfing, presented by Manly Council was just sensational!

Two of the major goals are to showcase Manly as a destination and introduce festival goers to the all encompassing laid back lifestyle of surfing.

“Both of these goals were achieved with ease. What a glorious event we have created here. The long term dream of having a festival like this, were definitely turned into reality over the four days of the festival. Everyone at Global Surf Industries is completely stoked with the event and already looking forward to 2011” said Mark Kelly from GSI.

Over 60,000 people attended the event over the 4 days, to celebrate the spiritual birthplace of Australian Surfing – Manly Beach!

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Legends & Celebrity Surfing names & rashie colours

4 Pines Brewing Co. Decades of Legends

Sunday 21 November


Gary Birdsall – Red

Bruce Channon – Black

Simon Anderson – Blue

Nick Carroll – Yellow

Jack Enthwhistle – Orange

Barton Lynch – Red

Ray Moran – White

David Baddy Treloar – Black

Layne Beachley – Blue

Kingsley Looker – Orange

Wharf Bar Celebrity Surfing

Sunday 21 November


Damien Hardman – Blue

Toby Martin – Red

Barton Lynch – White

Layne Beachley – Yellow

Nick Carroll – Red

Simon Anderson – White

Steve Lee – Blue

David Treloar – Yellow

Mike Baird – Red

Steven Lee – Orange

Tony Abbott – White

Tom Wegener – Blue

Lochie Daddo – Red

Andrew Daddo – White

Pete Evans – Yellow

Dave Evans – Blue

Film legend Jack McCoy to host nightly movies…

We asked Jack McCoy to be a part of this years Manly Festival of Surfing and he not only agreed, but he will be there to introduce the shows. He asked if he could pick 3 programs that he want to share and here is his reply…. (more…)

Surf Legends & Industry Statements

Manly is LOVED not only by the locals who live here, the everyday surfers who flock here, but the industries best shapers, film makers, and surfing world champs – past and present.

Our favourite friends attest, as to why this really is ‘God’s Country’ and what they love about Manly the most!


Press Release National Surf Reserves 15 September

Surfing legends Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly, Phyllis O’Donnell and Barton Lynch will be special guests when Manly and Freshwater surf beaches on Sydney’s Northern Beaches are formally declared Australia’s latest National Surfing Reserve in a dedication ceremony taking place on the Beachfront Promenade at North Steyne (near the Ocean Beach House) at 11.30am on Saturday 25 September 2010.


Press Release Festival Launches 26 August

Global Surf Industries invites you to embrace four days of surf, surf, surf at the 2010 Manly Festival of Surfing. Shortboards, longboards, stand up paddleboards, kombis, music, art, film, fashion and every type of surfing contest or display imaginable will be held from 18 – 21st November, supported by Manly Council.

Manly is a world renowned surf spot and breeding ground for world champions.