|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.