Surf museum takes off

A LIKELY home has finally been found for a Gold Coast surfing museum, at the Honey World tourist attraction opposite Currumbin Sanctuary.

About 100 surfing legends, business leaders and the mayors of the Gold Coast and Victoria's Surf Coast, Ron Clarke and Libby Mears, attended the official launch of Gold Coast Surf World.

Prized surfboards from Gold Coaster Carl Tanner's massive world-class historic board collection will be featured in the museum.

Planned to operate under a licensing arrangement with Torquay's Surf World museum, the Gold Coast museum committee, chaired by Currumbin Waters retired builder Mal Sutherland, aims to initially lease the Honey World venue from the Queensland National Trust-controlled sanctuary for 12 months.

During that time, the museum will aim to gain sufficient support to enable it to operate on a permanent basis.

Currumbin Sanctuary chief executive Jonathan Fisher said it was hoped the surfing museum would be a catalyst to establish a link between the sanctuary and the beach, “our white water world”, offering an extra attraction for tourists visiting the southern Gold Coast and anyone interested in surfing.

Councillor Mears said the two museums would share ideas, expertise and exhibits.

Mr Sutherland, whose historic surfing photos have been exhibited at the Gold Coast Art Gallery, said it was expected the museum would be open to the public later this year.

Mr Sutherland said meetings held since last year, attended by Rip Curl founder Doug Warbrick, who helped set up the Torquay museum and now lives on the Gold Coast, had defined the aims and objectives of Gold Coast Surf World. “A steering committee was formed with representatives from the surfing, tourism and education industries, local and state government, collectors and community members,” Mr Sutherland said.

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