Surfing at Fingal back in the day
IN the late 50s, when Malibus replaced the 16 foot paddle boards and surf boards became more transportable, the Kirra Crew would take advantage of the winter break from patrol duties, load their boards onto any vehicle that was available and travel the coast looking for surf.
This photo, taken by Brian ‘Horrie’ Budd, shows them trying to push-start Tony Keane’s ‘A’ model Ford after a surf session at Fingal in 1959.
The photo also showcases Fingal as it was.
The sandhills in the background that once spilled onto Queen St are no longer there, having been flattened by the sand mining companies in the 60s and replaced by houses and parkland.
The old Fingal theatre is still standing after having undergone many transformations and uses.
After much consideration and by popular demand, the Stubbies exhibition has been moved to a permanent location at the Surf World Gold Coast. The Stubbies was one of the most popular displays and drew the biggest crowd of 2017, so it has earned the right to be a permanent fixture at Surf World.
For more information, www.surfworldgoldcoast.com
It was a case of all hands on deck to push-start Tony Keane’s ‘A’ model Ford after a surf session at Fingal in 1959.