Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly, best known as Midget for his slight size, died on 7 August 2016. He was 71.
• Bernard "Midget" Farrelly born on 13 September 1944 was an Australian world surfing champion.
• He won the first official surfing World Championship at Sydney's Manly Beach in 1964 and dominated the sport as it gained popularity during that decade.
• In 1963, he became the first Australian to win a surfing major at the unofficial world championships in Makaha, Hawaii.
• Farrelly was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.
• In 2007, he was inducted into the surfing walk of fame at California’s Huntington Beach.
• He was the first president of Australia's oldest surfboard riders club, Dee Why Surfing Fraternity, which still operates under the same name.
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