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Charles Bombeld Surfing Memorabilia

Identifier: SC-MS-344

Scope and Contents

This collection contains Surf movie mini-window cards, a film program, and a interview print-out of local surfer Bruce Clelland. The collection consists of items relating to early 1960s independent surf films. A period film program and an interview from one of the film's surfers, Bruce Clelland, are preserved here.

It should be noted that Big Wednesday (1961) is not Big Wednesday (1978, Warner Bros.). Both are surf films, but the latter is more well known.


  • Creation: 1959, 1961, 1999, Undated

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Copyright Statement

Copyright 2019 University of North Carolina at Wilmington, all rights reserved (subject to exceptions). Certain items in this collections were conveyed to UNCW without the accompanying copyright. Where the donor did not convey copyright to UNCW, copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Historical Note

The vast majority of the mini-window cards are for Severson studio films (which only survive in partial fragments). Severson exhibited these in small screenings up and down the East Coast, often with "needle drop" soundtracks from an accompanying record. The Endless Summer (1964, 1966) is often considered a classic from this period of independent surf filmmaking and eventually saw a 35mm theatrical release in 1966.

Surfing In the Movies: A Critical History (McFarland and Companies, 2015)


1 Folder (Contains 1 oversize folder.)

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Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Chris Bombeld in relation to the Surfing Collection on April 14, 2009.

Charles Bombeld Surfing Memorabilia Collection
Matthias Bernhard Smith
2020 September 18
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Part of the Randall Library Special Collections Repository