March 15 - 21, 2020: Issue 442


Simon Anderson Awarded Midget Farrelly Lifetime Achievement Award At The 2020 Sydney Surf Pro.

Photo: Simon Anderson was presented with the 2020 Midget Farrelly Lifetime Achievement Award by seven-time world champion Layne Beachley. Image by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW

Simon Anderson, the Sydney surfer and shaper who invented the three fin Thruster surfboard design almost 40 years ago, was lauded on Wednesday, March 11 2020 for making the single most significant evolution of the surfboard since wooden boards were replaced by foam and fibreglass.

Anderson’s design still dominates boards ridden by today’s champion surfers and his innovation was recognised when he was today presented with the 2020 Midget Farrelly Lifetime Achievement Award by seven-time world champion Layne Beachley at a Business Leaders’ Breakfast jointly hosted by Business Australia, Surfing NSW and the World Surf League at the Sydney Surf Pro Challenger Series at Manly.

“Simon is regarded as the foremost surfer and surfboard shaper of his generation and beyond,” said Harry Hodge, Deputy Chairman of Surfing NSW which, along with the late Midget Farrelly’s family, is the custodian of the award.

Anderson, from Narrabeen on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, said the award meant a lot to him.

“It’s the Midget Farrelly Lifetime Achievement Award, so it means a lot,” said a humble Mr Anderson.

“I’ve been in the industry for 50 years - I’ve been a pro surfer and a board maker and its nice to be recognised for your contribution to surfing.”

Almost 100 high profile business leaders gathered at the CEO Club, part of the 2020 Sydney Surf Pro Challenger Series being staged at Manly Beach, to see the presentation of the Award and to learn more about the business opportunities and potential associated with the surfing industry and lifestyle.

Surfing NSW Chairman John O’Neill outlined how Surfing NSW, Surfing Australia and WSL were working closely with government and businesses.

“It’s only March and Surfing NSW is already deep into our annual road trip of some 40 events and a dozen programs designed to leverage the surf lifestyle in a way which benefits the health and wellbeing of the whole community and our marine environment,” said Mr. O’Neill.

“The business leaders here today recognise the many opportunities around surfing.

“Simon Anderson’s invention of the three fin thruster revolutionised surfing and changed the surfboard industry – it had a huge impact on surfboard design and production – it’s just one example of the evolution of surfing and the many opportunities around out sport.”


L to r: Layne Beachley, Johanna Isherwood (daughter of Midget and Beverlie), Simon Anderson, Beverlie Farrelly, Harry Hodge. Photo by Ethan Smith / Surfing NSW


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