A Century of Surf – calling for stories, ideas, photographs


A Century of Surf is being put together by writer and Hawthorn fan Tim Baker to mark the centenary of the visit by the great Hawaiian surfer and swimmer Duke Kahanamoku to our shores in 1914.


Tim is trying to cast his net as widely as possible so looking for leads, photos, suggestions, ideas on previously unsung, overlooked, misreported aspects of surfing history. People can visit the Facebook page:




Tim’swebsite: www.bytimbaker.com


or email me at [email protected]


If you would like to contribute, participate, comment, etc. please contact Tim, or even post something here at the Almanac site and we’ll then shoot it off to Tim.

About John Harms

JTH is a writer, publisher, speaker, historian. He is publisher and contributing editor of The Footy Almanac and footyalmanac.com.au. He has written columns and features for numerous publications. His books include Confessions of a Thirteenth Man, Memoirs of a Mug Punter, Loose Men Everywhere, Play On, The Pearl: Steve Renouf's Story and Life As I Know It (with Michelle Payne). He appears (appeared?) on ABCTV's Offsiders. He can be contacted [email protected] He is married to The Handicapper and has three school-age kids - Theo, Anna, Evie. He might not be the worst putter in the world but he's in the worst four. His ambition was to lunch for Australia but it clashed with his other ambition - to shoot his age.


  1. Neil Belford says

    Thinking about it Tim

    First thought is of Rolf Aurness – one surf surfings great enigma,s. You need to find the photo of him in a lumber jacket but no shirt and with a cigar in his mouth just after winning the 1970 world title at Johanna. That image has stuck with me as one of the all time great surf photos

  2. Colin Ritchie says

    Remember seeing Rolf in Lorne just after he won the championship. With some mates we’d camped in Torquay and if I remember correctly it rained for most of that long weekend to the extent it became very muddy. When the title was moved to Johanna because of poor conditions at Bells my mates and I decided it was too far to go. Anyway we were wet and cold so the pub was a good option. Many others thought the same. I remember the buzz and the excitement when the word went round that the new world champ and other competitors had arrived for a drink and to celebrate. The place was rockin’ and rollin’. And Rolf had that lumber jacket on. Exciting times!

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