Title ID 6224Collection ID868
Title[Surfing Scenes]
Date[ca. 1930s]
CollectionRosenberg Films
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionFamily Life
ThemeSeaside Case Study Jewish Stories
KeywordsBeaches Camping Dance Holidays Leisure Time Activities Men Sport Swimming
LocalSt Peter Port, Guernsey, Sark
RegionalChannel Islands Cornwall
NationalUnited Kingdom
ProductionLewis Rosenberg
CameraLewis Rosenberg
Format9.5mm Mixed Colour and Black & White Silent
Duration13 min. 40 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A group of men go on a camping holiday in Guernsey, taking their bodyboards to the beach to catch waves, along with sightseeing on Guernsey and Sark.


A group of men go bodyboarding in the surf using a short wooden board. Some of the men are bodyboarding in the nude, whilst others wear swimming trunks or full swimming suits [a short section of the action is filmed in Dufaycolor]. A woman and a man take larger, improvised, wooden boards out into the waves for more bodyboarding, then retuning to relax the beach,

The men are joined by some women and the group dance and play about on the beach, before relaxing with drinks. A woman imitates a hula dance wearing a skirt made from seaweed (?), whilst the men play improvised music on a lilo and a cardboard box [a short section is in Dufaycolour[. The group play catch on the beach before climbing up the cliff path.

A title reads "Introducing Mrs Martin who made our dinners". The group poses for the camera with Mrs Martin and a younger girl (her daughter ?). They then travel to St Peter Port, Guernsey. They visit the 'Little Chapel' made with shells and broken china, pass Victor Hugo's house and other sights. At the campsite, the group have refreshments.

They travel to on a bus and board a boat to Sark. The group of men dry off on the beach after a swim and have a 'siesta'.


A still from [Surfing Scenes] (1930s)

Contextual information

Lewis Rosenberg was born in London in 1906, to working class Polish Jewish immigrants. When he was in his twenties he bought his first cine camera and, despite a lack of formal training, took it with him when he went on holiday with his friends. Every week Lewis and his pals each saved 2 shillings and were thus able to afford annual camping holidays, using home made tents, mostly in Cornwall and Guernsey.

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