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R.I.P. Midget

Post by Trev » Mon Aug 08, 2016 4:28 am

I curse their head & all the hairs of their head; I curse their face, their brain, their mouth, their nose, their tongue, their teeth, their forehead, their shoulders, their breast, their heart, their stomach, their back, their womb, their arms, their legs, their hands, their feet & all their body, from the top of their head to the soles of their feet, before and behind, within and without

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Post by No Pants Lance » Mon Aug 08, 2016 5:12 am

Noooo!. ..

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Post by tootr » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:10 am

R.I.P.
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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by chrisb » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:25 am

I was at Palmie on a pretty ordinary day about 20 years ago surfing the usual close-to-shore crap with many others. This older bloke paddled 100 metres further out from us and just sat there on his board. WTF we all thought.
After 15 minutes this huge wave came from nowhere and the older guy scored himself a fantastic ride..... A combination of local knowledge and finesse ....it was Midget. RIP.

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Post by Over55yrs » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:26 am

And only 71 years old - remember being in the surf at NN in the 70s on the good days and we would be 'honoured' by a visit from Midget. Vale to a great surfer.

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Post by Beerfan » Mon Aug 08, 2016 7:53 am

Sad news.
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Post by Hatchnam » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:02 am

Wonder what will happen to surfblanks and his supplies shop ?
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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by saltman » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:15 am

A true legend of a guy
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Post by RickyG » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:30 am

Wow, that's a shock.
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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by saltman » Mon Aug 08, 2016 11:12 am

Wow he had a great style
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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by Larry » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:19 pm

Farrelly was a dancer in the surf, every move was connected, instinctively measured, done with grace. He was so sure of his momentum power wasn’t necessary.

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Post by Beerfan » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:25 pm

Hatchnam wrote:Wonder what will happen to surfblanks and his supplies shop ?

I believe his daughter works there.
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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by saltman » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:33 pm

Larry wrote:Farrelly was a dancer in the surf, every move was connected, instinctively measured, done with grace. He was so sure of his momentum power wasn’t necessary.
Looking forward to a few midget yarns from you
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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by Larry » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:41 pm

Farrelly showed up one night at the Bronte surf club when Bob Evans was running a movie and he was subjected to a round of ribald jesting from a roomful of southerners unfamiliar with him. He was gone by interval and rumour had it that he took three hours to find Bondi Junction.
That must have been around 1959. But we sure admired him in the water.

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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by Davros » Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:41 pm

Was out a few times at DY last year when he was out. Real cruisey guy for a complete legend.

Have a look at Sea of Joy, he ripped on shorter kit as well.
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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by tootr » Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:43 pm

Used to see him a fair bit around the NB's.
Master of the one or two stroke takeoff.
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Re: R.I.P. Midget

Post by surfresearch » Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:39 pm

It is with much regret that I heard of Midget's passing, and my commiserations to Bev and all the family.

As a surfer, shaper, author, surfboard manufacturer, components manufacturer and supplier, Midet Farrelly's contribution was immense.
That's without mentioning skateboards, coolites, hang-gliders, and windsurfers.
Beginning with a resurrected hollow board at Manly, he rode balsa and then foam; he was at the forefront of the "Shortboard Revolution," 1967-1970; from 1965-1975 his boards set the highest standard of Australian manufacture (and, rightly, at a premium price); where after, Midget's Surfblanks became a major components supplier to the industry, including the fins (and probably the "Phenolic" blank) for Simon's first Thruster.
In recent years, Midget returned to riding a 16ft hollow board and, like many of the top-hollow board riders of the past, captained a surfboat.
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Midget, Coke Contest, North Narabeen, 1975. (Photograph by Aitionn)
Apparently a favourite photograph, a graphic version was used as the logo of Midget's Surfblanks company.
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Midget and Nat (both smiling!), Long Reef, Final of Australian Titles, 1968. (Photograph by Albert Falzon)
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Midget cutback, World Contest heats, Bells Beach, 1970. (Surf International)
Midget, riding a Slide-slipper, placed second behind Rolf Arness in the final at Johanna.
(Younger readers may well ask what's a Slide-slipper and who was Rolf, and what is a TV Western?)
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Midget testing a new Surfblank, circa 1977.
That is, a blank only with no glass or resin, and no fin.

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