The Bobby Brown Exhibition has toured Gold Coast, Noosa, Torquay, Cronulla and will have its final exhibition at Sandon Point, the spiritual surfing home of Bobby Brown in the last week of September.

The Bobby Brown Exhibition comemorates this iconic surfing legend from the sixties, who had his last stand at Sandon Point, his spiritual surfing home due to his love of the Point break and his fiance Lorraine McIntyre of Towradgi.

They met as teenagers at the Thirroul Surf Club stomp and became inseparable. Bobby was from Cronulla and was a carpentar and regarded as one of the best Australian surfers in the sixties featuring in World,
Nat and State finals. Lorraine and Bobby were engaged to be married and planned to go to Hawaii for their honeymoon at the end of 1967. They were also planning to open up a surf shop in Wollongong as Bobby was
quickly becoming a great shaper, they had it all infront of them but one Saturday night in August 1967 put an end to that golden dream when Bobby was fatally glassed in a Southside pub losing his life at only 20 the same age as Lorraine.

Three memorial events were held in Bobby’s honor from 1968, the first won by good friend Midget Farrelly, followed by childhood friend Frank Latta of Cronulla in 1969, and finally a 16 year old rookie from the Gold Coast called Andrew McKinnon won the final event in 1970, after which Bobby’s Mum Glady Brown asked for the event to be shelved.

41 years later Andrew McKinnon who has held onto the BB memorial perpetual trophy, modelled off a Jack Eden photo taken of Bobby at Sandon Point and decided to pay homage to Bobby with a touring exhibition.

This unique collection includes Bobby’s last board he rode at Sandon Point epitomised in the photo that the trophy was designed from, the Bobby Brown memorial trophy, Bobby’s personal trophies including his
first ever in 1961, at least 40 images taken from 6 photographers including local photographer Dave Milnes, a Gary Birdsall painting (Gary was a close friend) who lives at Bulli, and two epic 16mm surf movies
Bob Evans, The Young Wave Hunters and Paul Witzigs The Hot Generation recently re-released and dedicated to Bobby.

Bobby Browns short but spectacular life was well documented considering there was only limited media coverage of surfing in the sixties. He was the Southsides’ first surfing hero ranked amongst the top Australian surfers like Midget Farrelly, Nat Young and Peter Drouyn. Admired and respected by all as a humble, polite, stylish and yet a super progressive surfer, begging the question what if?

The Sandon Point boardriders club are running their annual Kerryn McCann Single fin event at Sandon Point on Saturday 24th of September, and will host a Paddle Out for Bobby in conjunction with their fundraiser event, which will include a shrine of memorabilia for Bobby set up on the Point, together with live music and BBQ.

On Saturday night the public are invited to join a dinner preso and movie night at the Heritage Hotel, Bulli and the BB Exhibition will be on show at the Heritage from Saturday 24th – Fri 30th of September.

Bobby Brown Moving on to Sandon Point

August 24, 2011

We’re pleased to announce details of the Bobby Brown Exhibition’s last stop (for now, at least!). In association with Sandon Point Boardriders, and the Kerryn McCann Single Fin Contest, the exhibition will be at the Heritage Hotel in Bulli from September 24th – 30th. Admission is free for the duration and there will be a […]

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Bobby Brown Exhibition featured on Coastalwatch

July 13, 2011

We’re happy to say we were recently featured on the Coastalwatch website in their “Culture Jam” section. Here’s the video they put up… Thanks Coastalwatch! PS. Don’t forget, one of your last chances to see the full exhibition is coming up soon! For more details, click here

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Back To Where It All Started…

June 25, 2011

From September 10th through to the 17th, the Bobby Brown Surfing Legend Exhibition heads back to where it all started – Cronulla. Head down to Jackson Surfboards at 57 Captain Cook Drive, Caringbah (Click here for Map) from 1pm on Saturday 10th for the official launch. This is your last chance to see the exhibition […]

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Bobby Brown heads to Bells Beach Surf Festival

April 18, 2011

Image of Bobby Brown surfing at Bells Beach 1967

We’re excited to announce The Bobby Brown Exhibition “Celebrating a Surfing Legend” is now heading to the Bells Beach Surf Festival as part of the legendary contest’s 50th Anniversary, and will be on display at Surf World Torquay. It is entirely fitting that the exhibition is on show during the 50th anniversary of the event […]

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Bobby Brown Exhibition heads to Noosa Festival of Surfing

January 20, 2011

Image of Bobby Brown surfing Angourie Point, shot by Alby Falzon

The Bobby Brown exhibition currently on show at the Gold Coast Surf Museum, Currumbin until the 31st of January will hit the road to be part of the Noosa Festival of Surfing from 12th – 20th March 2011. This unique exhibition features timeless photo’s, original surfboards, memorabilia and personal artifacts of Bobby Brown considered to […]

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Exhibition Opening Night @ Surf World Gold Coast

November 13, 2010

Image of memorabilia from the Bobby Brown Surfing Legend Exhibition

Our opening night party at Gold Coast Surf World was a huge success and well attended by happy crowd of at least 200 soaking up some of the history of Australian surfing. MC for the night Bushy Mitchell did a fantastic job and asked everyone to pause for a minute silence in respect of Remembrance […]

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Surfing Heroes Celebrated in ‘The Hot Generation’

November 10, 2010

Featuring clips from Paul Witzig’s “The Hot Generation”, here’s our slot that aired on NBN TV on November 10. The Hot Generation movie by Paul Witzig Paul Witzig’s first movie released after Bobby’s death in the summer of 1967 appropriately titled “The Hot Generation”, it was a runaway success demonstrating the new style of Aussie […]

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Press Release

September 28, 2010

There have been many talented surfers from Cronulla and the Southside beaches of Sydney. Names like Eddie Conlon, Gary Hughes, Jim Banks, Ross Marshall, Gary Green, Michael Mackie, Richard Herbert, Rod Baldwin and of course the one and only World Champion Mark “Occy” Occhilupo that established themselves through-out the 70’s and 80’s. However the history […]

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