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Call Of The Surf.

NFSA title: 13240. From the National Collection. Directed by Jack Fletcher 1932. Shot famous Bondi Beach the film reflects on the prominence of beach culture in Australia. It includes demonstrations of surf lifesaving and carnivals as well as recreational pastimes such as body surfing, or “body shooting” as it is referred to here, rubber surf mats and early wooden surf boards with reference to their Hawaiian origins. Another unusual pastime is that of “duck diving” where the the participant hurls themselves on the hard, wet sand and slides along on their stomach.

Call Of The Surf.


  1. Jason Carpp on 03/03/2016 at 5:46 pm

    Looks like fun. ūüôā

  2. GrenadierGuardsDmr on 04/03/2016 at 5:49 am

    The timber surf boats at Bondi were once kept in sheds built into the concrete board walk at sand level. One day in the late 1960’s we arrived there to find the smell of burnt timber filling the air. Someone had set fire to them the night before. Charming.
    I remember another day when the power and the size of the surf was so perfect for body surfing, the waves carried me until my chin touched the sand at the shore, again and again.

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