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12 February 2013
3/2013
Commemorative Issue

Surfing Australia

Australia
Surfing is such a cornerstone of Australian leisure that it is difficult to imagine a time at which it did not exist. At the dawn of the 20th century, surf bathing was prohibited during daylight hours, surfboards were unknown and the unpatrolled ocean was feared by most. A little over a century later, Surfing is one of our most popular leisure pursuits, our champions are among the best in the world, and the fashion and culture of the sport are dominant not just along the coastline but also across the country.

For many, Surfing has become shorthand for what it means to be Australian. It accommodates both our irreverent, laidback sensibility and our dynamic sporting prowess. In 2013, Surfing Australia, the governing body of the sport, celebrates 50 years of promoting Surfing as quintessentially Australian and steering its professional recognition. Marking the anniversary of Surfing Australia, this stamp issue embraces Surfing culture and history since its popularity surged in the 1950s.

The stamps have been designed to reflect the ephemera produced through the years, which has supported and given shape to surf culture. Typography has been a large part of ephemera design, which is reflected in the stamp designs. Through their imagery, typography and "look", the stamps express an historical arc from the 1950s to the current day.

Beach beauties  

Beach beauties

Surfing  

Surfing

Surf pilgrimage  

Surf pilgrimage

Pro surfing  

Pro surfing

Technical Information

Issue date: 12 February 2013
FDI withdrawal date: 13 March 2013
Denomination: 4 x 60c
Stamp design: Andrew Hoyne Design
Product design: Jo Mure, Australia Post Design Studio
Printer: McKellar Renown
Paper (s/a): Tullis Russell (c90,c100 s/a)
Printing process: Lithography
Stamp size: 37.5mm x 26mm
Perforations: 13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout: Module of 50 (with design in the gutter)
National postmark: Torquay, Vic 3228
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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