13 September 1944
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||6 August 2016(aged 71)|
|Residence||Palm Beach, NSW|
|Occupation||Surfer, designer, shaper, board maker|
|Known for||Farrelly Surfboards|
|Weight||145 lb (66 kg)|
Bernard "Midget" Farrelly (13 September 1944 – 6 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. In 1964 he won the inaugural World Surfing Championship at Manly Beach in Sydney.
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.
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. Farrelly died on 6 August 2016, aged 71, from stomach cancer.
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