Check out this classic archival footage from Bondi circa 1938, showing what stand up paddle racing may have looked like (or at least: Sounded like) in the 1930s.
I’m not sure which is more impressive – the footage or the commentary. With golden lines such as “Woah, that was close!” and “Start swimming, brother!” I think we need this guy calling the next big SUP race.
Not too much is known about this footage, apart from the fact it shows a surf boat race at Australia’s Bondi Beach in 1938. The original film was titled “Lure of the Surf” and was released in 1942.
(Surf boat racing is actually still a very popular event at the big surf life saving carnivals in Oz.)
I could watch this all day.
And apparently I’m not the only one: I posted this just two hours ago on Facebook and it’s since spread like crazy, racking up more than
10,000 20,000 50,000 100,000 200,000 500,000 ONE MILLION plays already.