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Bells Beach, Victoria.
Bells Beach, Victoria.
Catriona tries out her technique.

Surfworld

Thursday, May 24, 2001
If you're a moon doggie from way back, then visit Surfworld Museum — a shrine to the art of surfing.

Surfworld Museum is a shrine to the art of surfing. It is part of Surf City Plaza, a shopping precinct dedicated to surfing and extreme sports which is located just five minutes from Torquay Beach and 10 minutes from the world-famous Bells Beach. A walk through the museum takes a couple of hours. Guided tours are available and take between one-and-a-half and two hours, but real enthusiasts take longer.

In the Boardroom there's a display featuring the history of the surfboard where you can learn about wave types and sizes. There are clips of '60s and '70s surfing music plus a display of surf fashion from that era. You can also check out some interactive videos and historical information boards, which include facts about Duke Kahanamoku, the Hawaiian Olympic swimmer who introduced surfing to Australia early in the 20th century. One of his boards holds pride of place in the display.

The Wave Room has a tank making mechanical waves. You can see how they break and test your surfing skills by trying to get a huge ball to the other end.

Bells Beach is important to the surfing fraternity — it's the site of the world's longest-running competition and Surfworld has a hand-painted board featuring Bells. It is thought the beach got its name from Ma Bell, who owned the farm behind the beach.

Surfworld has lots of hands-on activities, from a paddling machine to interactive CD-ROMs in the Hall of Fame. Fitness and technique can be tested, and you can "talk" to famous surfers about their careers: you ask the questions and back will come pre-recorded replies.

The theatre seats about 80 and plays some classic surf movies while you sit back in deckchairs.

In the Shaping Bay, you can see a board actually being made behind a glass partition.

Location

Torquay, 1½ hours south of Melbourne.

Cost

Entry to Surfworld is $6.50 for adults and $4.50 for children and concessions. It is open from 9am-5pm every day of the week.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Surfworld
Surf City Plaza, Beach Road, Torquay Vic 3228
Ph: (03) 5261 4606
Fax: (03) 5261 4756
Email: surfworld@iprimus.com.au
Website: http://www.surfworld.org.au

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