Midget Farrelly Reveals His Favourite Surfing World Covers
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There might not have been a Surfing World Magazine at all had it not been for Bernard Midget Farrelly. When SW was founded in 1962 by Sydney entrepreneur Bob Evans as a way to promote his surf films, Evo made sure to hitch his new wagon to the rising superstar.
Indeed, in the first two years of the magazine’s production Midget would feature on the cover four times one being the classic portraits of he and Phyliss O’Donell winning the inaugural World Championships at Manly. Midget was not only Australia’s first World Surfing Champion, he was also our first mainstream surfing hero. However, Evo soon saw a new much more radical style of surfing emerging from a kid down at Collaroy and soon Midget all but faded away from pages of SW as the rise of Nat Young took hold.
Despite this Midget remained arguably Australia’s best competitor right through the 60s, even finishing runner-up to the World Championship again in 1970. A brilliant shaper and student of all things surfing, Midget kept an eye on the goings on at SW over the years and in light of every cover being made visibly digital for the first time on the SW website, he spoke to us about the page ones that resonated with him most over the 55 years since issue one.
Here are Midget's faves, VOTE FOR YOURS HERE.
"Looking back at every issue of Surfing World, it makes you realise how basic the sport was and how far it has come. When I'm an old man, in my final hours, I'd like to be looking over these covers."
VOLUME 8, ISSUE 6
"It's the naughty boys on the stairs. This cover says so much about who each of these people were, they had the full power and control of surfing at the time. Bob Mctavish, Kim Nelson, John Witzig and Russell Hughes."
VOLUME 11, ISSUE 5
"This is an Albee Falzon shot of me at Teatree on a pintail doing a cutback. It was the 1967 cyclone swell and we had it all to ourselves."
VOLUME 12, ISSUE 6
"Rich Harvey - This is really the first hint of vertical surfing - a powerful image"
VOLUME 18, ISSUE 4
"David Nuuhiwa on a twin fin fish. This cover shows a insight to the history of the fish. He was going so fast on a board with two fins. Kids are riding these boards everywhere now but back then, those boards were rare. This was where it all started."
VOLUME 20, ISSUE 2
"This is an amazing shot. Look at what kids are doing now on a thruster and that's what Ian 'Kanga' Cairns is doing here but on a single fin. That Snap is all time."
"This is the cover of Tyler Wright at PPass. What's so lovely about Tyler is that wherever Owen goes, she goes. It's a family thing and has helped push her surfing. It's great to see her winning this year."
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