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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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20 February
1913 - King O'Malley drove in the first survey peg to mark the commencement of work on the construction of Canberra.

1962 - Perth becomes known as the City of Light when astronaut John Glenn passes over the city and thousands of external lights are switched on to greet him.
Australian slang
  • yewy u-turn in traffic
  • session, to have go out drinking
  • bottle shop liquor shop
  • yabber to talk a lot
  • snag a sausage
  • back o'Bourke a very long way away
  • chunder vomit
  • wally a person making often mistakes
  • waggin' school missing unjustified school
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