Any surfers out there!? Come on over to Australia!
- Surfing was introduced to Australia in the early twentieth century from Hawaii.
- More than 1 in 10 Australians are surfers.
- Jeff Rowley made Australian history by being the first Australian to paddle into a 50-foot plus wave at Jaws Peahi, Hawaii.
- Australia has 3 of the world’s deadliest waves.
- Surfing is a popular national pastime.
- In 1933 Elston, Queensland took a bet on this national pastime and changed their name to Surfer’s Paradise. This successful name change allowed them to grow from a sleepy seaside hamlet to a booming beachside getaway. And evidently the surfing isn’t too bad either.