A new documentary ‘Going Vertical’, to be screened at the Majestic Theatre in Nambucca Heads, re-ignites the debate as to who pioneered the shortboard revolution – Australian Bob McTavish or American Dick Brewer.
A new documentary ‘Going Vertical’, to be screened at the Majestic Theatre in Nambucca Heads, re-ignites the debate as to who pioneered the shortboard revolution – Australian Bob McTavish or American Dick Brewer. Submitted

Shortboard argument goes vertical

IT’S an argument that has raged amongst surfers more than four decades – is Australia or America responsible for the shortboard revolution?

Now, the gloves are off and the debate will be re-ignited with a documentary ‘Going Vertical’, to be screened at the Majestic Cinemas in Nambucca Heads later this month.

The shortboard is the surfboard most commonly used today but the rivalry between Australia and the US has never died down.

At the centre of the debate are two of the sport’s most influential men, now in their 60s – Australian Bob McTavish and American Dick Brewer.

Was the pioneer of the shortboard Mr Brewer, who lead the way to shortboard commercialism in the United States? Or was it the brainchild of Australian surfing legend and surfboard designer Mr McTavish?

The film is narrated by actor Simon Baker and directed by Australia’s David Bradbury and will begin screening at the Majestic Cinemas in Nambucca Heads from March 28.



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