Posted by: Gregoryno6 | December 25, 2012

God Bless Ye Surfing Gentlemen: Music for a Beachside Christmas.

The big day is here, and it seems the weather boys got it right after all. 39 degrees for Perth – that’s 100 plus, in the degrees of F. I’ll be staying indoors with the curtains drawn watching movies, I think. But the beaches will be crowded even without me. Mothers applying sunscreen to the children, while fathers check out the girlies from behind their dark glasses. A few disc dogs for sure. And of course, this being the Australian summer, several million flies. There’s always a chance that a Noah will glide in for a visit, too.

What’s missing? Music! SURF music!

The Atlantics were an Australian band of the early 1960s. Australian – so why didn’t they call themselves The Pacifics? Or The Indians? Or even The South Chinas?

The Atlantics reformed in 2000 with a brilliant new guitarist. Martin Cilia made his public debut at Morley High School here in Perth. Morley’s an adjacent suburb to mine, I therefore claim another near brush with fame.

Northern Hemisphere readers – another Christmas like the one before, and the one before that? Gathered around the table to gorge yourself on cholesterol laden comestibles? Have they stuck you next to Uncle Bert again? Is he starting to ramble? Cutting into your drinking time? Next year, do it differently. Down here we have Christmas In July parties – you can have Summer In December!

Pipeline by The Chantays:

And Out of Limits by The Marketts. (Music kicks in at about 0:30)

Merry Christmas to all from myself and Australia’s most legendary surf legend.

Click on the image for an American's viewpoint on Australian surf culture.

Click on the image for an American’s viewpoint on Australian surf culture.


  1. Hi,
    Merry Xmas to you and your family as well. I hope you had a fabulous day.
    I very much related to the first video, the last time I heard that I’m sure I was still a teenager. 😀 Brought back some great memories.

    • I remember it too, but I only discovered a couple of weeks ago that the Atlantics were an Oz band.
      Spent the afternoon indoors – double feature on the computer screen. Julius Caesar, the 1970 version with Charlton Heston and John Gielgud, and Heat. The best cops and robbers movie ever.

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