Australian Surf Festival competitors gather at Arrawarra Headland to celebrate the life of Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly.
Australian Surf Festival competitors gather at Arrawarra Headland to celebrate the life of Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly. Ethan Smith/Surfing NSW

Surf Festival pays its respects to Midget

LONGBOARD competitors at the Australian Surf Festival celebrated the life of iconic surfer and former World Champion Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly.

The Australian surfing legend passed away yesterday and more than 70 Australian Longboard Title competitors and staff - many who had met and surfed with Farrelly - gathered on the shores of Arrawarra Headland to commemorate his life.

Crowned world champion in 1964, Farrelly won the very first official championship in Manly. He was also inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame in 1985.

"Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly was one of the true icons and legends of the sport globally," Surfing Australia CEO Andrew Stark said.

"He was the first Aussie world champion and the first surfer in this country to truly become a household name and surfing identity among the broader population.

"He was instrumental in the development of the sport and Surfing Australia in its early days and has absolutely left an amazing legacy.

"We pass on our condolences to the Farrelly family."



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