The Surfer statue

The Surfer, Verys Allerton, Yallingup, public art

Public Art : The Surfer statue

Sculptor: © Cerys Allerton

Sculptor's Website: www.cerysallerton.com

Description: A 2.1m (7ft) bronze sculpture of a surfer with his surfboard commemorating Yallingup as the birthplace of surfing in Western Australia.

Cost : $60,000

Cast: Coates and Wood Foundry, Melbourne.

Funding: Local surfers, the public and councils helped in the funding of the statue.

Date Unveiled: The Surfer was unveiled on the 2nd of December, 2011 by Hon Barry House MLC for the South West Region.

Location: The surfer with his board can be found on the yalingup foreshore overlooking the Indian Ocean

Inscription:

THIS SCULPTURE IS TO RECOGNIZE THE ORIGINS OF SURFING IN W.A.

Yallingup, the Wardandi Aboriginal meaning of place of love, is where surfing began in the early 1950's.

The love of the ocean attracted a small band of pioneer surfers from Perth to challenge the much larger waves Yallingup offered.

It was from those humble beginnings at yallinguip that the sport of surfing in W.A. grew and evolved to what it has become today.

Sculpture by Cerys Allerton
Board designed & shaped by Mark Ogram

Unveiled by
The Hon Barry House MLC for the South West Region
President of the Legislative Council
2nd December 2011

Background of the Surfer Statue: The idea for a memorial to Yallingup (the birthplace of Western Australian Surfing) was the brainchild of local identity Joy Smith, chairperson of the Yallingup Historical Society. Joy approached one of the original 1950's surfers, Kevin Merifield, to provide some background history of surfing in the State and then asked if he would like to take the project on. With the enthusiastic support from the local cumminity and the surfing fraternity the "Yallingup Surfing Memorial Committee" was formed. A call to sculptors from all over Western Australia resulted in an artist being chosen, however the committee members weren't happy with the eventual model produced. Enter local artist Cerys Allerton, who got a big thumbs up from the steering committee after producing a quarter size scale model of her design. It took over nine months for Cerys to complete the statue of the larger than life early surfer with his surfboard.

Yallingup Surfing Trivia:

Kevin Merifield, one of the original WA surfers from the 1950's, believes that Yallingup was first surfed at Easter 1953.

The original surfers would trek from Perth, a then 4-5 hour drive, armed with tins of spaghetti and meatballs and their hammocks. If the weather turned bad they would seek shelter on the verandah of the one room Yallingup School. 

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Ben Allerton from Cannonball Productions for kindly providing information and photographs. 

The Surfer sculpture, Cerys Allerton, public art

The Surfer, Cerys Allerton, Yallingup

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