Midget Farrelly

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Midget Farrelly
Born Bernard Farrelly
(1944-09-13)13 September 1944
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died 7 August 2016(2016-08-07) (aged 71)
Residence Palm Beach, NSW
Nationality Australian
Occupation Surfer, designer, shaper, board maker
Known for Farrelly Surfboards
Height 5' 8"
Weight 145 lb (66 kg)
Spouse(s) Beverlie
Children 3 daughters

Bernard "Midget" Farrelly AM (13 September 1944 – 7 August 2016) was the first world surfing champion.

He was the first Australian to win a major surfing title, the 1962 Makaha International Surfing Championships, the unofficial world surfing championship of the day.[1] In 1964 he won the inaugural World Surfing Championship at Manly Beach in Sydney.[2][3][4]

Farrelly was also the first president, in 1961, of Australia's oldest surfboard riders club, Dee Why Surfing Fraternity, which still operates under the same name today.[5]

Farrelly was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame in 1985 and into the Surfing Walk of Fame at California's Huntington Beach in 2007.[6] Farrelly died on 7 August 2016, aged 71, from stomach and liver cancer.[3][7][8]

Farrelly was posthumously inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen's Birthday Honours.[9]


  1. ^ Warshaw, Matt. "Makaha International Surfing Championships". Encyclopedia of Surfing. Carlsbad, CA: Surfer Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  2. ^ Carroll, Nick (2000). "Midget Farrelly profile". Surfline. Retrieved 16 September 2007. 
  3. ^ a b Warshaw, Matt (7 August 2016). "Remembering Farrelly". Surfer. Carlsbad, CA. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Warshaw, Matt. "Farrelly, Midget". Encyclopedia of Surfing. Carlsbad, CA: Surfer Magazine. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  5. ^ 1960 Dee Why Surfing Fraternity, www.dysf.com.au. Retrieved 7 August 2016
  6. ^ "Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly". Sport Australia Hall of Fame. Retrieved 20 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Australia's Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly, surfing's first world champion, dies at 71". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. AAP. 7 August 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Bungard, Matt (8 August 2016). "Australia's first world surfing champion, Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly, dies aged 71". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Adamski, Kat (12 June 2017). "Boardriding pioneer Bernard 'Midget' Farrelly honoured for his service to surfing and surf lifesaving". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 

External links

  • Midget Farrelly on IMDb
Preceded by
ISF World Surfing Champion (men's)
Succeeded by
Felipe Pomar
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