The Surfer statue
Public Art : The Surfer statue
Sculptor: © Cerys Allerton
Sculptor's Website: www.cerysallerton.com
Description: A 2.1m (7ft) bronze sculpture of a
surfer with his surfboard commemorating Yallingup as the birthplace of surfing in Western Australia.
Cost : $60,000
Cast: Coates and Wood Foundry, Melbourne.
Funding: Local surfers, the public and councils
helped in the funding of the statue.
Date Unveiled: The Surfer was unveiled on the 2nd of
December, 2011 by Hon Barry House MLC for the South West Region.
Location: The surfer with his board can be found on
the yalingup foreshore overlooking the Indian Ocean
THIS SCULPTURE IS TO RECOGNIZE THE ORIGINS OF SURFING IN W.A.
Yallingup, the Wardandi Aboriginal meaning of place of love, is where surfing began in the early
The love of the ocean attracted a small band of pioneer surfers from Perth to challenge the much larger
waves Yallingup offered.
It was from those humble beginnings at yallinguip that the sport of surfing in W.A. grew and evolved to
what it has become today.
Sculpture by Cerys Allerton
Board designed & shaped by Mark Ogram
The Hon Barry House MLC for the South West Region
President of the Legislative Council
2nd December 2011
Background of the Surfer Statue: The idea for a memorial to Yallingup (the birthplace of Western Australian Surfing) was the brainchild of
local identity Joy Smith, chairperson of the Yallingup Historical Society. Joy approached one of
the original 1950's surfers, Kevin Merifield, to provide some background history of surfing in the State and
then asked if he would like to take the project on. With the enthusiastic support from the local cumminity and
the surfing fraternity the "Yallingup Surfing Memorial Committee" was formed. A call to sculptors
from all over Western Australia resulted in an artist being chosen, however the committee members weren't
happy with the eventual model produced. Enter local artist Cerys Allerton, who got a big thumbs up from the
steering committee after producing a quarter size scale model of her design. It took over nine months for Cerys to
complete the statue of the larger than life early surfer with his surfboard.
Yallingup Surfing Trivia:
Kevin Merifield, one of the original WA surfers from the 1950's, believes that Yallingup was
first surfed at Easter 1953.
The original surfers would trek from Perth, a then 4-5 hour drive, armed with tins of spaghetti and
meatballs and their hammocks. If the weather turned bad they would seek shelter on the verandah of
the one room Yallingup School.
Acknowledgements: Thank you to Ben Allerton from
Cannonball Productions for kindly providing information and