Pacific Dreams – Wood and Glass Exhibition 8-9th December 2012

Some of Newcastle’s elder surfing statesmen have got together and will be putting on an exhibition of classic surfboards at Pacific Dreams Surf Shop at 9 Darby Street Newcastle on the weekend 8th-9th December 2012. Some of Australia’s vintage shapers will be on hand for a chat or signings, bring in any boards of their brands and get it verified. The list includes Sam Egan, Roy Lee, Bob Brown, Bob Keno, Brian Jackson and Barry Bennet. The collection of boards includes solid Rewoods, hollow ply and foam along with some classic boards from famous surfers.

Poster for the event: Gee some of those photos on the poster look familiar. And the guy with the redwood is legendary Redhead Beach inspector Wally Berwick.

Pacif Dreams Exhibition 8th and 9th December 2012

The guys got together over a few cold ones at the Pacific Dreams board factory and came up with the ideas for the exhibition. From left Roy lee, Ron Rudder,Glen Benton, Steve Butterworth, Peter McCabe and Sam Egan.

Roy Lee and the team

Wood and Glass Surfboard collection Saturday 8/12/2012.

Lots of Newcastle’s surfers met up and checked out some classic surfboards.

Pacific Dreams Wood & Glass Board Collection 8/12/2012

A chance for some old mates Crow, Jim, Al and Roy to catch up at Roy’s Pacific Dreams Surf Shop 8/12/2012.

Crow Jim Al and Roy at Pacific Dreams 08-12-12

Domma and Ted Harvey checking out Domma’s restored classic – a 10 foot Sam Egan owned by Ted around 1966.

Domma & Ted Harvey at PD’s 8/12/2012

25/11/15 Redhead’s Neil Dalby

Redhead 25-11-12 Neil Dalby

25/11/12 Crowd on a sunny day at Redhead beach

Redhead Beach Crowd 25-11-12

 

June 2011

Newcastle surfer 3-6-11

I met young photographer Sam Glohe at Blacksmiths last Sunday when I was going out for a paddle. Sam took some water shots in the solid closing out but sunny conditions and his photos are awsome.

Check his site:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/samglohe/

Here is some of his stuff –

Blacksmiths by Sam Glohe

Blacksmiths by Sam Glohe

Blacksmiths by Sam Glohe

Pulled Back by Sam Glohe

Pulled Back by Sam Glohe

Pulled Back by Sam Glohe

Closed Curtain by Sam Glohe

Closed Curtain by Sam Glohe

Closed Curtain by Sam Glohe

Stringy by Sam Glohe

Stringy by Sam Glohe

Stringy by Sam Glohe

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Redhead local Bodyboarder John early April 2011 morning Redhead Little Beach.

Redhead Beach bodyboarder John 2-4-11

Redhead Beach bodyboarder John 2-4-11

Blacksmiths SUP Surfer Rick 14th May 2011

Blacksmiths SUP rider Rick

Blacksmiths SUP rider Rick

Newcastle Beach mid week May 2011

Newcastle Beach May-2011

Newcastle Beach May-2011

Overlooking Newcastle May 2011

Newcastle 1-May-2011

Newcastle 1-May-2011

Surfer at Redhead Easter 22nd April 2011

Redhead surfer 22-4-11

Redhead surfer 22-4-11

Surfer Newcastle 3rd June 2011

Newcastle Beach surfer 2-3-6-11

Newcastle Beach surfer 2-3-6-11

Another Newcastle surfer  3-6-11

NewcastleBeach surfer 3 3-6-11

NewcastleBeach surfer 3 3-6-11

Windsurfing in the 1970’s

Digger windsurfing at Blacksmiths around 1979 – At full throttle and fins out.

Martin Littlewood Windsurfing  Blacksmiths around 1979. Martin makes all sorts of surfing equipment under the name Delta Designs at Margaret River  WA.
This is what happens if you stay in the water too long. Barnacles growing  on driftwood washed up at Redhead Beach around 1980.
Barnacles on driftwood Redhead Beach 1980

Barnacles on driftwood Redhead Beach 1980

Egypt’s Pyramids. Photo by my daughter Ellen 2006.
Crescent Heads 1980 Late afternoon session.
Cresent-Heads-1980s
Redhead Third Creek 1985. The third creek was man made, dug out to aliviate  flooding at the Jewels Crossing, unfortunately it deviated a lot of water from  the Second creek which rarely runs now.
John Dallymore Band at the Mawson around 1980. A great Aussie band.
John-Dallymore-Band-Mawson-1980
Redhead Surf Carnival around 1981. Iron man Grant Kenny competed and lots  of people grabbed a vantage point to watch.
Redhead-carnival-crowd
Newcastle Beach nice left on a beatiful day June 2010.
Newcastle-Beach
Sydney Harbour Bridge by night 1985. The photo looked better photoshopped into a water colour.
Sydney Harbour Bridge 1986

Sydney Harbour Bridge 1986

 

Wooden surfboards and other things

In 1935 Tom Blake made a hollow surboard and put a fin on and surfing moved  quicky ahead with many changes since.

Well, the hollow board has started to come back with technology advances,  Weber is making chambered epoxy /styrene composites and Pope is making hollow  epoxy boards and now many craftsmen are making chambered wooden boards  again.

A good surfboard is regarded as a work of art, in this case a work of art – is a good surfboard.

Redhead regular David Chung met up with some other like minded Aussies and  attended a mind blowing week on the NSW South coast making their own wooden  boards under the guidance and trained eye and skilled hands of US craftsman  Paul Jensen.

Here is a link to Paul Jensen’s blog, giving details of the process of  building a wooden board.

http://www.hollowsurfboards.com/2010SapphireCoastAustraliaTripReport

Check out Paul Jensen’s Website:  http://www.hollowsurfboards.com/

David’s new board detail:

Manna Fish 5’10” x 21″ x 2.5″ Built by hand October 2010 at Manna Park  Merimbula Decks – Blackwood, Western Red Cedar and Paulownia Rails – Cork  and Ply, Fins – Marine Ply  Inspired by Steve Lis Designed by Paul  Jensen Board Construction and Fins by David Chung Rails shaped by Jed  Done Glassing by Jye Byrnes 45+ hours to build and a lifetime to  enjoy.

David Chung’s wooden Board – Deck

David Chung’s Wooden Manna Fish November 2010

David Chung’s Wooden Manna Fish November 2010

David Chung’s wooden Board – Bottom.

David Chung's Manna Fish

David Chung’s Manna Fish

Here is a collage of the week making the board  : 

Making Manna Fish Collage

Making Manna Fish Collage

Mark Richards Leggy Point 1978 heading for a place on a wave not many can come back down from.
Mark Richards Leggy 1978

Mark Richards Leggy 1978

Mark Richards cutback 1977

Mark Richards cutback 1977

Dudley/Redhead swamp 1980. The white paperbark trunks reflecting in  the water made a striking scene.
Dudley Swamp reflections 1979

Dudley Swamp reflections 1979

The little crab in the top left was keeping very busy making this sand  sculpture 1978 Marks Point.
Crab at Work Marks Point

Crab at Work Marks Point

Peter Allen took us all on a trip to Rio when he did this song at the  Newcastle Civic Theatre around 1989. What a great singer songwriter and  entertainer he was.
Peter Allan Civic Theatre 1989

Peter Allan Civic Theatre 1989

December 2010

Late November 2010 Redhead Little Beach is starting to get some sand out the  back again with the constant North Easters we have been getting.

Redhead-27-11-10
Bells Beach 1977 Women’s top 3 place getters, who all put on a  powerful display in very cold and very solid 8 foot surf. These ladies  ripped.
Women-Finalists-Bells-77
Graham Parker & the Rumour at Newcastle Civic Theatre 1978.  England’s Graham Parker produced some great R&B music with biting lyrics and  had a great band. Here he lifts the obligatory shades and sings “Hey Lord, don’t  ask me questions, cause there aint no answer in me”
Graham-Parker-1
Redhead Shark Tower left June 2010 unknown surfer.
Redhead Shark Tower left May 2010

Redhead Shark Tower left May 2010

Sandy on a windy day at Redhead Beach 1984.
Sandy on a windy day at Redhead Beach 1984

Sandy on a windy day at Redhead Beach 1984

Redhead Surf Club Members after the annual general meeting around  1977.
Redhead SLSC Members 1977

Redhead SLSC Members 1977

Who you gonna call? Turd Busters! Apply named business – Central  Coast plummers truck at Bateau Bay around 1992.
Turd Busters Central Coast around 1992

Turd Busters Central Coast around 1992

Redhead Lambton B Colliery shut down and on the way out around 1980.  This coal mine was the financial backbone for Redhead during it’s many  years in operation.
Redhead Lambton B Colliery closed around 1980

Redhead Lambton B Colliery closed around 1980

Old photos of Redhead and elswhere

On Surfari around southern NSW near Bega 1977 getting close to susnset,   we went through this water way and then went back and did it again  for the camera.

On surfari near Bega 1977

On surfari near Bega 1977

Redhead Beach from the Bluff 1978
Redhead beach 1978

Redhead beach 1978

Ray Lunn stalls hard and then later gets a nice tube from behind  the Redhead Shark Tower 1977.
Ray Lunn Redhead Beach 1977

Ray Lunn Redhead Beach 1977

Not a bad surf for no one out. Redhead Little Beach 1978.
Redhead Little Beach no one out 1977

Redhead Little Beach no one out 1977

Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977. Even looks good in black &  white.  A 30 second time exposure.
Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977

Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977

Bring back the chariot races and the pillow fights at Surf Carnivals! Newcastle region surf carnival Chariot Race at Blacksmiths around 1978, these teams look like they were having fun.
Newcastle area surf carnival Chariot Race 1978

Newcastle area surf carnival Chariot Race 1978

We gave them the book, but it didnt seem to help much. My daughter Ellen  and son Sam seem to be taking the business of toddler taming a bit too  lightly.
Toddler Taming Sam & Ellen 1990

Toddler Taming Sam & Ellen 1990

An uncrowded line up at Arrawarra around 1977.
Arrawarra 1977

Arrawarra 1977

A  bee on a flowering thistle plant close up make a nice combination  of colours.
Bee on flowering thistle 1978

Bee on flowering thistle 1978

Blower & his Dad and band playing some super cool music at Belmont Yatch Club around 1978.
Blower & Dad's Band

Blower & Dad’s Band

Redhead surfers in the 1970’s

Surfing at Redhead in the 1970’s

I started surfing at Redhead in 1963. Redhead was always a great place  to surf with good surfers. Somehow I found time to take some photos along the  way.

Col Smith was Redhead’s best surfer and in the 70’s and 80’s became respected  for his surfing world wide.

Col Smith Channel Boards he took to Hawaii

Col Smith Channel Boards he took to Hawaii

Col Smith Channel Boards he took to Hawaii

Col Smith Channel Boards he took to Hawaii

Col Smith the day before heading to Hawaii with his new channel boards  made by Shane, shaped by Jim Pollard. Col went well in Hawaii in  1976  winning the Pro AM and places in all other events including 4th at  Pipe.
Col Smith surfing next to the Shark Tower at Redhead about 1976.

Col Smith surfing next to the Shark Tower at Redhead about 1976.

Col Smith in his shaping Bay making Channel Boards

Col Smith in his shaping Bay making Channel Boards

Col started making his own harder edged Channels in his Dad’s Shed that he  and Martin Littlewood from Delta Designs worked out. This one was my 6 foot 5 inch single  fin.

Martin Littlewood was another good Redhead surfer in the 70’s shown here at  Redhead Beach. Martin has been making surfboards since then and is now over at  Margaret River WA making all kinds of surf boards under the name Delta  Designs.

Martin Littlewood Redhead Beach 1976

Martin Littlewood Redhead Beach 1976

Peter Kuba was another good surfer from Redhead shown here in a nice  tube same day as the photo above.

Peter Kuba surfing at Redhead 1976

Peter Kuba surfing at Redhead 1976

Here is Col Smith again in an excellent position, making getting a good  photo easy. These lefts next to the Redhead Shark Tower were solid this  day in 1976.
Col Smith Redhead Beach 1976

Col Smith Redhead Beach 1976

Redhead Boardriders Club was very competetive and finished 2nd to Merewether  in the  Newcastle area teams comps, having a great surfer like Col Smith  helped. This team photo after a club competition was held at Col’s place and all  members were having a good time as usual.

Redhead Board Club 1976

Redhead Board Club 1976