National Geographic : 1963 Sep
Breakers Make an Exciting Playground for Bondi Bathers Surfing, one of the coun try's most popular sports, captures the Australian imagination.Experienced riders avoid the towering concave wave thatbreaks too quickly and dumps them under tons of water; they wait instead for the billow that rolls in with a slow break. Popularity of the sport gave rise to the Surf Life Saving Asso ciation of Australia. Bathing suits must be full length and have a skirt, a forgotten Sydney law states. This blonde at Bondi may never have heard of the ordinance. Feet pounding sand, a lifesaver races through a drill at Lorne, Victoria. Team members pay out the line that will haul in beltman and swimmer. NEXT PAGE Bondi lifeguards launch a rescue boat in the teeth of surging surf.