Bells Beach Surf comp Easter 1963



From the surfing in the ’60s series by Garry Birdsall

Garry Birdsall was born in Sydney, where surfing is a national pastime. He spent all his leisure time as a youth on the beaches of Sydney. He was one of the pioneers of Malibu surfboard riding and has participated in numerous Australian and world surfing events. He was the first artist worldwide to do airbrushed paintings on surfboards.
Most of his life he has worked in the surfing industry in Australia, New Zealand and California, USA.

“In 1963 1 spent a month down south in VIC with my good mate David Cobbelson. Once again, my mobile home was an old 1955 Vanguard ex-bread delivery van. After some nice lefts at Cat Bay we journeyed on to Torquay. It was the time of the famous Bells Beach Easter Surf Comp”

The comp was supported by some famous surfers down from Sydney and of course the top local talent Peter Troy, Terry Wall, Marcus Shae, Brian Prynton and Flossie Neylan. Midget came down, on this occasion he did not participate in the comp, instead he volunteered to be a judge. Dough Andrews from Dee Why won the men’s senior title and Nat Young took out the junior title.


Approx 100cm x 80cm


Framing Available