Surfing in Sydney
brief history ...
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.
Most important beaches North of Sydney Harbour:
- Manly - good surf and well known
- Curl Curl - best surf in the Norhern beaches
- Palm Beach
Most important beaches South of Sydney Harbour:
- Bondi - good surf and best known Sydney beach
- Maroubra - best surf in the Southern beaches
- Cronulla - the only beach close to a railway station
tourist information ...