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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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06 December
1882 - A rare Transit of Venus across the disc of the Sun is visible from Australia, and many scientific parties arrive from around the world to observe and record the event.

2002 - The Australian Government announces a hand gun buy-back following the Monash University shooting.
Australian slang
  • skite boast, brag
  • manchester linen, bed sheets, pillow cases
  • woos/wuss coward
  • shoot through to leave
  • muster round up farm animals
  • throw up vomit
  • bail out depart, usually angrily
  • root rat somebody who is always looking for sex
  • rollie own rolled cigarette
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