Surf World Gold Coast committee members Karen Hutchinson, Mal Sutherland and Bob Pankhurst prepare for Saturday.
Surf World Gold Coast committee members Karen Hutchinson, Mal Sutherland and Bob Pankhurst prepare for Saturday. Supplied

How's your surfing knowledge?

ALTHOUGH surfing is synonymous with water, it will be a night on dry land for these boardriding enthusiasts.

The Gold Coast Surf Museum is hosting a special surfing contest this weekend, pitting more than a dozen teams against each other to be named the inaugural Surf World Trivia Challenge champion.

Surf World Gold Coast committee member Bob Pankhurst said questions would be drawn from categories including surf movies, surf music, Aussie world champions and Gold Coast surf legends.

“We’re going to have surf boards up the front where people have to guess the era they’re from, and surf songs on guitar which people have to name,” he said.

Surf World Gold Coast chairman Mal Sutherland said it would be a night of fun and music as surfing buffs put their knowledge to the test.

“Most surfers think they know a lot about the sport, so this event will be a chance to see who the real surfing experts are,” he said.

The money raised from tickets will go back into the Surf Museum, a not-for- profit organisation.

“We have a lot of great prizes which have been donated,” he said.

“Ocean and Earth have donated clothing, Food Works have donated food, and Mal Sutherland has donated some historical photographs.”

The trivia night is being held to promote surfing as a sport and to reflect on the contributions of the past.

“The museum wants to get surfers involved with other surfers,” Mr Pankhurst said. “There will be top surfers, surfboard shapers and manufacturer and surfshop owners.

“We want to make these people and the community aware of where we are and what we have in our museum.”

Event co-ordinator Jak Carroll said the “Crap or Fact” segment was sure to be a highlight.

“It’s essentially true or false questions, and people will have to put their hands on their head or their bum as a way of answering,” Mr Carroll said.

“It’s just a bit of fun audience participation.”

Other quirky questions include coming up with a surfing limerick, which will then be judged by a panel that includes well-known surfing identity Darrel Barnett, and Alan Fenn-Lavington who is also the musician for the night.

Surf World Gold Coast committee member Karen Hutchinson said the night would give the museum a much-needed financial boost.

“We want to let the community know where we are and what we do,” she said.

“We are all volunteers, so we rely on getting business through the door to cover our operational costs.”

Surf Word Gold Coast is a museum dedicated to celebrating the history and culture of surfing.

The Surf World Trivia Challenge is on Saturday, November 28 at 7pm at the Gold Coast Surf Museum.

Tickets cost $20 per person or $120 for a table of eight. Tickets are available at the musuem or by calling (07) 5525 6380.



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