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Bronte Skaters 1976


Super 8 footage shot by David Clifton around Bronte Beach, 1976, courtesy David Clifton

No stretch of footpath, driveway, storm water channel, overhanging bush, cement slope or random act of paving was safe from the onslaught of mid 70s skating, as shown here by the guys around Bronte Beach in 1976. Surfer David Clifton was nursing a broken arm that summer so turned his time to filming his friends in and out of the surf. The new polyurethane wheels and flex decks, hot from the US had reignited a skater craze, complete with the latest moves – layback cutbacks, handstands, double deckers, tick-tacks, coffin rides and the rest of it.

Written by garycrockett

May 17th, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Posted in 1970s

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  1. wow I loved this it shows exactly how the surfer guys were
    spunks at that
    love the long hair and skate styles
    and loved those flexi decks
    they were dead set, farout, unreal and sooo cool!
    I lived on Macpherson street and we often connected with the roads and pavement around bronte
    so much fun
    will definately get along to the museum exhibit

    jo anne beattie

    29 Jun 11 at 1:38 pm

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