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Trailblazing, controversial and free spirited, these down south surfers challenged the status quo.  Find out who and how Bears, Injidup Carpark and Gallows were discovered and named.  What is the relationship between the Busso bogs and surfers? Did farmers really lock up their daughters when the surfers were in town?

Back in the late 50s- early 60s a group of free spirited, curious and adventurous young city surfers headed south in search of the wild surf in the South-West.

The pages of this publication are filled with tales of discovery, mateship and antics.   Weekly weekend journeys were often male dominated, fun filled, challenging and ritualistic.  A surf in the morning, discovering a new surf location during the day, a few beers in the evening, a canned meal then retirement in a hammock or sneaking into the local hall or primary school. 

Many settled in the South West which became a haven for surfing and for escaping conscription, rejecting mainstream lifestyle and for breaking new ground - building alternative style houses and introducing the locals to vegetarianism and wholesome, home grown food.  This book is about connection to place, dropping out, perseverance and community.  

Photographs by legendary surf photographers Ric Chan, John Witzig and John Ogden alongside engaging narratives from pioneering surfers such as George Simpson, Ian Cairns, Rob Conneeley and Foreword by local surfing hero Taj Burrow, the book offers readers a unique insight into the surf culture and surfing history.

Click here to read more about Sue-Lyn Aldrian-Moyle on her profile page, and take a look at more of her photographic work at

Sue-Lyn’s work has taken her to Hong Kong, Cambodia and throughout Europe, eventually leading her back to WA and down to Margaret River where, like so many of us, she has fallen in love with the community and the region’s picturesque landscapes. She photographed and co-authored Chefs of the Margaret River Region, which showcases the beauty of the region through exquisite photographs. In Surfing Down South she conveys a characterful account of local surfing history in combination with bygone imagery.

Surfing Down South- discovering Margaret River and Yallingup (2nd edition)


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Margaret River Press
Hardback (210mm x 197mm (Landscape))
Leisure and Lifestyle
, , australian culture, australian history, conscription, drugs, fifties, ian cairns, john witzig, margaret river, outdoor, people and culture, photography, ric chan, seventies, sixties, snapback, surf, surfing, surfing margaret river, surfing yallingup, taj burrow, western australian landscape, yallingup

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