Men of Wood & Foam Cast
Men Of Wood And Foam tells the story of the birth of the surf boom in Australia, a golden decade when surfing was transformed into a sport and culture with its own music, movies, fashions and heroes. Underpinning this transition was a small group of surfboard artisans who set up their primitive factories in a former market garden at Brookvale, close to the favoured wave spots of Dee Why Point and Fairy Bower. These pioneers became known as “The Brookvale Six”.
The granddaddy of the Brookvale Six, born in 1925, Gordon started riding a home-built canoe in the surf at Bondi in 1939 and progressed from there to building hollow “tooth picks” for himself and surf club mates through the war years. Read more..
Born at Bronte in 1926, Bill began making tooth picks under his grandmother’s house while working at a munitions factory during the war years. Read more..
Born in 1931, Barry started surfing on a plywood hollow board in 1946, and began building his own soon after. Read more..
Born in 1937, Denny started surfing in 1945, aged eight, and began shaping balsa Malibu boards in 1956. Read more..
Greg, born in 1936, began building surfboards under the family home above Harbord Beach in the 1950s. Read more..