Snow McAlister

Sydney, 1964

In 1925 I was invited to give a boardriding display at Catherine Hill Bay, near Newcastle. I found suitable waves near the mine jetty.

Charles “Snow” McAlister was Australia’s national surfing champion for three years running, starting in 1925. He remained a beloved fixture on Sydney beaches well into the 1980s. The quotes below are taken from his “Surfing With Snow” column, written for Surfing World magazine in 1964.

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