Redhead surfer Col Smith Scrapbook

Various photos of Redhead’s Col Smith from his surfing career.

Col Smith was Australian Champion and placed in 3 Hawaiian Contests in 1976.

Col helped pioneer Channel Bottom Surfboards, first surfing Jim Pollard’s boards with the rolled edge “corrugated” style, then with Martin Littlewood Delta Designs making the hard edged Clinker channels, Col went on to making his own boards and also worked with other board builders, mostly shaping 6 channels with “Bee” tails.

Col Smith with Jim Pollard channel boards for Bells Beach 1976

Col Smith 1976 with Jim Pollard channel Boards for Bells Beach

Col Smith at one of his favourite local breaks 1977

Col Smith at one of his favourite breaks 1977

Col Smith portrait from newspaper 1976

Col Smith newspaper Portrait

Col Smith shaping Channel boards at Redhead

Col Smith Shaping channel bottoms 1977 at Redhead

 

Col Smith in Tracks Magazine surfing Pipeline in 1976

Col Smith in Tracks at Pipeline

 

Surfer Col Smith and Shaper Jim Pollard celebrate Col’s Hawaii Surf contest wins in 1976

 

Col Smith and Jim Pollard celebrate Cols Hawaiian success

 

Col Smith surfing Margaret River WA on an asymmetric channel board around 1986

Col Smith at Margaret River

 

Col Smith at Pipline 1976 Tracker Poster

Col Smith Tracker Poster Pipeline Hawaii 1976

 

Col Smith Asymetric Channel 1986 Margaret River

Col Smith Asymmetrical Margaret River

 

Col and Kim Smith with Martin Littlewood at Margaret River with Asymetric channel boards.

Col Smith at Margaret River with Martin Littlewood 1986

 

Col Smith in Tracks Magazine 1987 surfing big Banzai Pipeline

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11th August 2012

We were trying to find a spot to go for a paddle out of the raging wind. 10/8/2012 Ronnie Rudder on his SUP at Swansea’s Black Ned’s Bay.

10-08-12 Ron Rudder on SUP

10-08-12 Ron Rudder on SUP

Redhead early saturday morning 27/07/2012 the swell was a bit wonky but there were only a few surfers out.

27-07-12 Redhead Beach

27-07-12 Redhead Beach

Belmont Wetlands off the Fernleigh Track 23/07/2011. We saw a huge easy 3 metres long red belly black snake a hundred metres further on by the side of the track.

23-07-12 Belmont Wetlands

23-07-12 Belmont Wetlands

Redhead Beach half in Shade and Sun. It was freezing in the shade but as the
sun came up over the cliff it was sunny and warm down the beach.

27-07-12 Redhead Beach shadow-and-sun

27-07-12 Redhead Beach shadow-and-sun

Friendly Pelican in Black Ned’s Bay 29/07/2012

29-07-12 Black Neds Pelican

29-07-12 Black Neds Pelican

A surf check at Blacksmiths 20/7/12 – no waves but the sun shining on the water was nice.

20-07-12 Blacksmiths sunlight

20-07-12 Blacksmiths sunlight

Black Ned’s Bay – a scenic little spot.

10-08-12-Black Neds Bay

10-08-12-Black Neds Bay

 

22nd February 2012

Redhead Beach 22/1/2012

Redhead Beach 4-2-12

Redhead Beach 4-2-12

Redhead Body Boarder 4/2/2012

Redhead Body Boarder 4-2-12

Redhead Body Boarder 4-2-12

Redhead Beach 22/1/2012. The Pig Face leaves are turning red.

Redhead Beach1 22-1-12

Redhead Beach1 22-1-12

Redhead first Creek wind on the water 22/1/2012

Redhead 1st Creek1 22-1-12

Redhead 1st Creek1 22-1-12

Redhead Shark Tower 21/1/2012

Redhead Shark Tower 21-1-12

Redhead Shark Tower 21-1-12

Redhead First Creek 22/2/2012

Redhead 1st Creek2 22-1-12

Redhead 1st Creek2 22-1-12

 

The following Photos are by Jo and Geoff from their New Zealand South Island hiking
trip last week. Some beautiful landscapes, a very beautful place.

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NZ-South-Isle2

NZ-South-Isle3

NZ-South-Isle4

NZ-South-Isle5 NZ-South-Isle6 NZ-South-Isle7 NZ-South-Isle8

 

21st October 2011

Dudley Beach 25/6/11

Dudley Beach 25-6-11

Dudley Beach 25-6-11

Newcastle Big cold winter swell 13/7/11

Newcastle Beach 13-7-11

Newcastle Beach 13-7-11

Newcastle Harbour Tug 14/6/11

Newcastle Tug Boat 14-6-11

Newcastle Tug Boat 14-6-11

Blacksmiths Surfer 4/6/11

Blacksmiths surfer 4-4-6-11

Blacksmiths surfer 4-4-6-11

Redhead surfer 1 4/6/11

Redhead surfer 9-4-6-11

Redhead surfer 9-4-6-11

Redhead  Surfer 2 4/6/11

Redhead surfer 2 13-4-6-11

Newcastle Beach Big surf close up 14/7/11

Newcastle Beach surf 14-7-11-7

Newcastle Beach surf 14-7-11-7

Redhead Bluff up close 10/6/11

Redhead Bluff 10-6-11

Redhead Bluff 10-6-11

Redhead Beach early morning right hander 14/10/11

Redhead Beach right 14-10-11

Redhead Beach right 14-10-11

Saturday morning 22/10/11 around 7:30 am. The surf was very ordinary at 2 foot with a light onshore starting up, but it was the best place to be to
watch the local dolphins throw a party. Dozens of dolphins gathered
just outside the break in what appeared to be an introduction of the
new young  calves to the extended dolphin clan. The young ones were
accompanied by adults as they cruised around and around, meanwhile
the young adults cavorted further out getting some serious air. They
threw some awsome stale fish moves but without grabbing a rail. They
stayed for almost an hour in the same area while the few surfers out
watched in awe a few metres away.

27th July 2011

Saturday morning started out as normal the last few weeks – wet cold with big surf.

Redhead Shark tower with some big surf 23/7/11

Redhead Beach 23-7-11

Redhead Beach 23-7-11

It cleaned up Monday but was still big. Redhead 25/7/11

 

Redhead Beach 25-7-11

Redhead Beach 25-7-11

 

Swansea Channel entrance Sunday 24/7/11

Swansea Channel 1 24-7-11

Swansea Channel 1 24-7-11

Fishing Boats wisely stayed inside the heads Sunday 24/7/11 as going out past the bar was dodgy.

Swansea channel 24-7-11

Swansea channel 24-7-11

Monday Blacksmiths 25/7/11 dredging sand and double ups – a rare sight.

Blacksmiths surfer 25-7-11

Blacksmiths surfer 25-7-11

Redhead Monday 25/7/11 A  surfer tries his luck.

Redhead Beach surfer 25-7-11

Redhead Beach surfer 25-7-11

A Sand Crab’s art 1981   – maybe a bird?

Sand Crab patterns 1981

Sand Crab patterns 1981

Narabeen’s Col Smith awesome backhand reo Bells final 1977.

Narabeen Col Smith at Bells 1977

Narabeen Col Smith at Bells 1977

Bali Kids 1977.  These kids slept  just outside my losman at Legion in an open sleep out and were great company.

Bali Kids 1977

Bali Kids 1977

Bali Legion beach 1977 – no high rise yet.

Bali Legian beach 1977

Bali Legian beach 1977

Belmont Bay at dusk from the 16 Footers Balcony.

Belmont Bay at dusk 24-7-11

Belmont Bay at dusk 24-7-11

 

Rock bands touring Newcastle in the1970s

Cold Chisel first came up to Newcastle in the late
1970’s and played at the local southern pubs and clubs the
Orana, Belmont Sporties, Mawson, Swansea Workers and went on to bigger
things quick. They always played their guts out and got a big Newcastle
following. great guys too. Ian Moss wowed us with guitar, Jimmy Barnes
revved the crowds, Don Walker’s songs made us listen and the beat was
held by Phil and Steve.

Ian Moss at the Mawson Hotel 1976
Ian Moss Mawson 1976

Ian Moss Mawson 1976

Jimmy Barnes at Cardiff Workers early 80’s
Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1976

Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1976

Here is a rare view of Don Walker as he was always behind the keyboards.
Don Walker loosens up at Belmont Sporties 1980
Cold Chisel Don Walker 1977

Cold Chisel Don Walker 1977

In the late 70’s and early 80’s Cold Chisel regularly visited
around Newcastle and we always had a good night when they
played. Cold Chisel Group Shot Belmont Sporties 1980
Cold Chisel 1976

Cold Chisel 1976

Another hard working band, The Angels always kept the crowd on
their feet hooting, with Doc bouncing around and the guitars riffing.
Doc Neeson from The Angels at the Mawson
The Angels Doc Neesan 1977

The Angels Doc Neesan 1977

Midnight Oil played at the Mawson in the late 70’s and were awsome. Peter Garret had the audience hooting.
Midnight Oil Peter Garrett

Midnight Oil Peter Garrett

Jimmy and the boys were outrageous and played great
stuff. Ignatious was a showman and always up to mischief to say the
least. Rumours were he left a lot of gigs in the roadies gear boxes.
Here at he Belmont Sporties  I had no idea what he was going to do
next. Jimmy and the Boys – Ignatious Jones spitting blood (capsules I hope)

Ignatious Jones 1977

Ignatious Jones 1977

Surfing in New Zealand 1979

New Zealand’s North Island in January 1978 had excellent surf and good weather as the following photos show. The NZ people were friendly and helpful and made my
short stay there a memorable one. Locals picked me up if I was
hitching, took me surfing, to the pub and put me up. The beaches
were unspoilt and beautiful.

Driving down the road to this point you are welcomed by a view of one of the best set ups you could imagine.New Zealand 1978 Whale Bay

New Zealand Whale Bay

New Zealand Whale Bay

And it just seemed to get better and better…
New Zealand 1978 Raglan Indicators
NZ Raglan Indicators

NZ Raglan Indicators

Manu Bay had most of the crowd on it but this view was hard to pass. New Zealand 1978 Manu Bay
NZ Manu Bay 1977

NZ Manu Bay 1977

NZ Manu Bay

NZ Manu Bay

The mid week afternoon sessions were popular with the locals but crowds were thin during the day then. New Zealand 1978 Evening Surf Raglan
NZ Raglan Indicators

NZ Raglan Indicators

 A beautiful summers day 1978 at Manu Bay with a local surfer enjoying the conditions.
Surfer Paul Bates at New Zealand Manu Bay 1978.
NZ Paul Bates at Manu Bay

NZ Paul Bates at Manu Bay

And another scenic point break photo with only 3 guys in the water…
New Zealand Raglan 1978
NZ Raglan 1977Indicators

NZ Raglan 1977Indicators