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Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly died

Inducted into the Australia Sports Hall of Fame in 1985, he was crowned world champion in 1963 after winning the very first official championship in Manly.

Aug 8, 2016 10:22 IST
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Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly, best known as Midget for his slight size, died on 7 August 2016. He was 71.

Bernard Farrelly

• 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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