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By the time we captured our first vision of Midget Farrelly surfing live he was already a World surfing champion in 1964 , a household name that was very marketable in fact he even had his own branded skateboards the first to be commercially available in Australia and had published a book ” This Surfing Life”.

Our first glimpse came during Easter 1965 when gigantic swells pounded bells Beach so much so that the best 20 surfers in the country gathered at Fisho’s beach for what turned out to be probably the greatest expression sessions on malibus ever seen in the southern states.

The waves were a perfect peeling 2 to 3 ft and we watched in awe as Midget and Nat stole the show alternating between 5 and 10 toes on the nose wave after wave.

The whispers floating around the car park was that Midget was riding the first stringer less board.

Mine on the car was a triple stringer Pyke weighing 42 lb (20 something kilo’s) so we waited until Midget walked past and sure enough The 9ft mal was naked, no timber stringer, “What was he thinking”!

In 1967 Midget’s persona took another amazing step forward with the release of 10 half hour episodes of the Midget Farrelly Surf Show. I am pretty sure the show went to air late Sunday afternoon.

We didn’t miss an episode and the show would always start with a classic Midget backhand bottom turn followed by a walk to the nose.

No individual before or after has had such an amazing impact on bringing surfing to the eye of the general public.

Cutting an occy strap to open the 1975 Surfworld exhibition with the Skyhooks frontman, the late Graeme “Shirley” Strachan.Picture: Keith Platt The 1968 World Surfing Titles at Rincon in Puerto Rico was almost another Title for Midget when he placed 2nd to Fred Hemmings.Ten times Easter Bells winner Gail Couper is convinced that ” Farrelly was robbed”.Participants in the sport of surfing were growing at a phenomenal rate eventually culminating in so many Australian surfers dominating the World Rankings since the First Pro Comp at bells Beach in 1973.The Easter Bells comps from 66 to 73 provided the opportunity for Victorians to catch a glimpse of their heroes in particular Midget with his long blond hair and heavy cabled white cardigan , Nat with his felt green hat and Wymorana dog by his side.These images along with their riding to be etched into the memory bank of the adoring fans.In 1970 the world surfing titles came to Bells Beach. In the case of most of the Aussie contingent way too short (under the 6ft mark) which severely handicapped the likes of favourites Wayne Lynch and Nat young.Midget who was overlooked as a serious threat placed a very creditable 2nd to American Rolf Arness.Bernard “Midget” Farrelly, above, at Bells Beach in 1973.Picture: Kieth Platt Phil recalls Midget rode a 6ft 3 duck bill nose side slipper in the smaller waves and backed this up with a couple of big wave boards He was all style and grace choosing only the very best waves, never falling off and in many cases only riding the minimum number of waves he would be judged on.He was a true professional before pro surfing surfaced in 1973.

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