Surfing through the pages: vintage magazine collection for sale
THE piles of magazines in Noel Woods lounge room are the work of years of collecting but span even longer in the history of surfing.
Mr Woods, a part-owner of the Beach Beat surf shops, has amassed a collection of surfing magazines dating back to the 1960s during the last 25 years.
But all good things must come to an end, including his days of collecting surfing magazines, and he has decided to offer the entire collection for sale.
"I just thought it was time for someone else to have it and read it,” he said.
The collection includes copies of American Longboard, Surfabout Magazine, Surfing World, Surfer, Surfing Australia and Australian Longboard.
Some of the editions have been autographed by surfing legends, including 1960s and '70s champions Nat Young, Tom Carroll and the late Midget Farrelly, and Donald Takayama, shaping guru Dick Brewer, and big wave pioneer Greg Noll.
Mr Woods has acquired the collection the old fashioned way - bit by bit, as a quiet accompaniment to his surfboard collection.
"The magazines were secondary to the surfboards I was collecting at the time,” he said.
"If you're going to buy a surfboard from someone who surfed in the 1960s, there's a fair chance he's going to have a few surfing magazines from that era as well.
"When I look back 20 or 30 years ago at why I collected the '60s magazines, it was almost like they were a dead weight.”
"People didn't have much interest in them in the '80s. You could pick them up for next to nothing, really. People were happy to get rid of them.”
The annual Noosa Festival of Surfing afforded him the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the stars of surfing and go autograph hunting with his magazines.
"I had the opportunity to get autographs from all of these people turning up year after year,” he said.
One of the star pieces of the collection is a magazine signed by Bob McTavish, known as the inventor of the shortboard.
McTavish has signed an article on Dick Brewer, who has also laid claim to creating their shortboard.
"Yeah, and I cut the last 18 inches off for him in '69,” McTavish has written.
Mr Woods said the magazines documented the evolution of surfing from the 1960s through to the 1980s and had been an invaluable reference tool in his line of business, as well as for his own personal knowledge.
He said 1980s surf memorabilia and shortboards had surged in popularity and growth ahead of 1960s relics and longboards but collectors tended to be interested in what eluded them in their younger years.
He expects the magazines will appeal to surfers who grew up in the same era but perhaps were not able to afford the magazines then, and wanted to catch up on what they missed out on.
He is keen to keep the collection in tact rather than undo years of collecting and has listed the lot for sale online for $950.
The sale is conditional on the buyer doing a few hard yards.
"There's probably 80-100kg of books. You've got to come up and pick them up, that's the deal,” he said.