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Surfing in Sydney

brief history ...

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The first modern record of surfing was made by Lt James King in 1779. At the time, surfing was part of the indigenous Hawaiian culture. Native Hawaiian rode waves lying down, sitting or standing on long, hardwood boards. Even the Hawaiian chiefs would require to demonstrate and confirm their authority by the skills they displayed in the surf.

Surfing popularity grew slowly from 1779 through to 1960, but with improvements made in TV casting, the growing media exposure made surfing a multi billion sport.

about ...

Most important beaches North of Sydney Harbour:
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  • Manly - good surf and well known
  • Curl Curl - best surf in the Norhern beaches
  • Palm Beach
  • Balmoral
  • Narrabeen

Most important beaches South of Sydney Harbour:
  • Bondi - good surf and best known Sydney beach
  • Tamarama
  • Bronte
  • Coogee
  • Maroubra - best surf in the Southern beaches
  • Cronulla - the only beach close to a railway station

tourist information ...

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22 August
1770 - Captain James Cook claims the east coast of New Holland in the name of King George III, naming the site Possession Island.

1872 - The 3200 km Australian Overland Telegraph Line is completed.

1930 - The two spans of the Sydney Harbour Bridge are joined.
Australian slang
  • bush bash long competitive race
  • yarn a story
  • duds pants, trousers
  • bull dust rubbish
  • ABC Australian Broadcasting Corporation
  • come good turn out alright
  • heads or tails spinning a 1$ coin Queen's Head vs Kangaroo Tail
  • boofhead stupid person
  • bogged stuck in the mud/sand with a vehicle
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