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Photograph of Surfers, Bells Beach, 1963

Date: 1999
Overall: 295 x 210 mm
Medium: Silver gelatin print on glossy paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Marcus Shaw
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00033219
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    This photograph of surfers warming themselves by a fire on a headland was taken by Barrie Sutherland in 1965 and reprinted in 1999. A handwritten caption below the image reads 'Brian Poynton, Johnny Keilor, Marcus Shaw, unknown / Bells Beach - Winter 1963'.
    SignificanceMarcus Shaw was an important pioneer of surfboard riding at Bells Beach in Victoria in the 1960s, and manufactures surfboards for riding large waves. Photographer Barrie Sutherland surfed at Bells Beach from 1959 and his work is the most complete photographic record of the early years of surfing in that region.
    HistoryMarcus Shaw was one of the first surfers to ride the waves at Bells Beach in 1957, one of Australia's most famous surfing beaches and the venue for the world's longest running surfing contest. Shaw's aggressive back-hand riding on large gun boards gained him a dare-devil reputation that impressed other surfers in the 1960s. He was a strong influence on champion surfer Wayne Lynch who watched Shaw ride the waves at Bells Beach.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: Photograph of Surfers, Bells Beach, 1963

    Primary title: Brian Poynton, Johnny Keilor, Marcus Shaw, unknown Bells Beach winter 1963

    Related People
    Photographer: Barrie Sutherland

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