FREE entry to Surf World

23 Jan 2013 5:00 PMGSGC Chamber Administrator

Surf World Gold Coast offers Southern Gold Coasters FREE entry on weekends from Australia Day January 26th to February 17th 2013.

To bring in the New Year and celebrate going back to school, the team at Surf World Gold Coast have a special treat for Southern Gold Coast locals. If you live between Currumbin in the North, Currumbin Valley to the West and Coolangatta and Rainbow Bay to the South, then you’re in for a treat this back to school season. Starting on Australia Day weekend, Surf World will be offering local residents free entry to its surf history museum each weekend until Sunday February 17th.

Surf World Gold Coast boast’s one of Australia’s largest and most comprehensive historical surf displays including memorabilia, surfboards from throughout the ages, videos, art and surf photography from some of the world’s finest surf photographers.

Come down this back to school season for a local treat. Surf World President Jak Carroll says “The local community has been so supportive of the Surf World not-for-profit organisation over the last three years. This season of free entries is our way of saying thank-you for keeping surfing history alive on the Gold Coast.”

Surf World History:

Surf World Gold Coast originated as an idea among local Gold Coast surfers, photographers, board makers and collectors in the mid 1990s. Daryl Barnet who owned Retrogroove, a vintage surf shop in Coolangatta, was one of the prime movers for the museum. He asked Mal Sutherland, a local surfing photographer, for some historical photo’s and this conversation was the catalyst for Mal to get involved. Others soon followed including collector Carl Tanner, owner of Finch Swimwear, and Darryl "Von Weirdo" Miller, artist, collector, dealer and character. Daryl, Carl and Von Weirdo all had significant collections of boards and surfing memorabilia and were looking for somewhere to showcase the display.

The late Gold Coast City Councillor Sue Robbins became aware of these conversations and began working in conjunction with Daryl Barnett to find a suitable venue. On her passing, her sister-in-law, Councillor Chris Robbins continued in the quest and the reason we now have a surf museum on the Southern Gold Coast is largely due to her efforts. Mal Sutherland became the museum’s innaugural Chairman and, with the interest and support of the Gold Coast City Council and many others, Surf World Gold Coast opened its doors in June 2009.

For more information and high resolution imagery, please contact Surf World President, Jak Carroll.
Ph: 0410 227 670
E: jak.carroll@scu.edu.au