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Surf riders, Dee Why, New South Wales

gelatin silver photograph
36.6 × 59.0 cm (image and sheet)
Accession Number
Australian Photography
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through the KODAK (Australasia) Pty Ltd Fund, 1969
© David Beal
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Daryl and Anne Whinney
Gallery location
Not on display
Surfing became an increasingly popular sport in Australia during the 1960s. The first surf movie was screened in Australia, shown in Sydney in 1960 and in 1962 Midget Farrelly became the first Australian to win a world surfing championship. David Beal’s photograph, Surf riders, Dee Why, New South Wales, was photographed the year of Farrelly’s triumph and encapsulates the sense of freedom and independence associated not only with the sport but also with the energy of being young.