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Crescent Head & Midget Farrelly Tribute

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Surfing pilgrimage: Mollymook to Crescent Head

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Crescent Head – Surfing Destination

 

 

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Last weeks ‘East Coast’ Low hits Crescent Heads

 

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and brought big seas to the region

 

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The wild weather brought down trees and demolished tents

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Python snake in tree above our booked camping site

 

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Tribute to a trailblazer – Midget Farrelly

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A friend took this pic of Midget riding at Port Kembla on January 20, 1967

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Vale – Midget Farrelly

Our first world surf board champion, Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly has died, aged 71. Midget won his world championship in 1964 and in subsequent years was runner-up in 1968 and 1970.

As a kid riding a surfboard he grabbed everyone’s attention by walking to the front of the surfboard and hanging 5 or sometimes hanging 10. As youngsters we were gobsmacked just watching his skill, which to this day many strive to emulate.

Midget the ‘Trailblazer’!

The following images were taken at Crescent Heads this past weekend of the modern day surfboard riders who have also mastered the skill pioneered by Midget on a ‘long board’.

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The following three images taken on the same wave at different intervals

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Crescent Heads golf course re-opens after being closed for 4 days due to the damage caused by the East Coast Low

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Surfboard Evolution

After a snow ski trip seeing how snow boards performed daring maneuvers and had such speed, it is understood the idea came to surf board designers to experiment with smaller surf boards to gain speed and maneuverability in the post Midget era.

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Youngster in full control

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Speed to get through this barrel

 

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Maneuverability

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Exhausted, the end of another great surfing day at Crescent.

 

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Young lady doing a 360 degree turn

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Maneuvering back into the swell

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Crescent Heads,mollymook beach,mollymook,swimmers,Midget Farrelly

 

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A day was not complete without a visit from the dolphins

 

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Surfing the NEW family outing

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Father and son enter the surf.          Later in the day, the youngster calls it a day.

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Old fella riding a ‘Toothpick’ surf board, popular in the 1950’s

 

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Crescent Heads,mollymook beach,mollymook,swimmers

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The end of another great day.

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