If you’ve ever visited our Sydney office located along the north shore in Manly, you’ve probably noticed the large Lighthouse8 emblazoned surfboard hanging up in the office. There’s a good reason for this! The birthplace of Australian surfing As the birthplace of Australian surfing and one of the world’s nine surfing reserves, Manly and Manly beach have become synonymous with a culture and lifestyle that people from all over the world come for. It’s only right that we take full advantage of what this beautiful enclave has to offer and keep a symbol of the water with us at all time. The surfboard is available for any of our team to take out and use, whether as an early morning activity or as a mid-day stress reliever. Research finds that incorporating physical activity into our working day keeps up feeling feel motivated and productive, especially at work. And with one of the world’s top surfing spots right on our doorstep, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity. More facts about Manly
- The suburb received its name from Governor Arthur Phillip sailed into what is now known as Manly Cove. As he entered the harbour, he described the local Indigenous men he saw as strong and “manly”.
- Manly is home to Layne Beachley, the 7x world surfing champion. She is one of many renowned local surfers, including Tom Carroll, Barton Lynch and Damien Hardman.
- The beach is the site of many great Australian firsts – including the first bodysurfing contest (1908) and first display of board riding (1915). The ‘Surf Sports at Manly’ movie was released in 1909 and had a great influence as the first of its kind in popularising the sport.