When pro-surfing contests were held on the fringes of concrete jungles.
The recent announcement that Narrabeen and Newcastle will host WSL, CT contests this year marks the return of elite pro surfing to city beaches in Australia. While some may lament the loss of Snapper Rocks and Bells as locations in 2021, there is a long history of surf contests being held at urban meccas in OZ. Throughout the 80s and 90s Manly, Newcastle, Narrabeen, Bondi, Cronulla, and Wollongong were all settings for city beach events. Back then Tracks photographer, Tony Nolan, was immersed in the pro surfing scene. His images from in and around the contests capture all the color and charisma of a time when city crowds flocked to the beach to see the world’s best surfers compete.