A surf life saving IRB carves through the choppy waters of Freshwater Beach on a hot summer's day. Freshwater is one of the Sydney's great beaches. A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly.
Freshwater's unique claim to fame is that this is where surfboard riding was popularised in Australia by Hawaiian "Duke" Kahanamoku. Duke famously carved a board from a piece of local timber and demonstrated surfing for an enthralled crowd on 10 January 1915. A life-size statue of Duke Kahanamoku on the northern headland commemorates the historic day.