Midget Farrelly

December, 1968
Australian surfers want to be as original as they can possibly be in this unoriginal period in surfing.

Originally published in the March 1969 issue of SURFER as “Midget Farrelly: Man Goes to the Ocean.” Farrelly was 25, and had just finished runner-up to Fred Hemmings in the 1968 world championships. Drew Kampion did the interview.

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Why do you surf?

Originally it was because I could not resist surfing. I would have had to be completely insensitive to avoid the magnetism of the thing. I surf today for the same reason.  I think, basically, we all respond to the magnetism. If anything, ...