Australian surfing champion Bernard Farrelly died

Aug 8, 2016 10:22 IST

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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