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First years surfing in Australia 1932, Bondi Beach


Video from: NFSA Films
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.


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