21st January 2012

Redhead regular and a real nice bloke, Glen “Lenny” Folkard was attacked and  bitten by a shark surfing at Redhead Wednesday afternoon 18/1/2011. With him keeping a cool head and the gutsy efforts of the guys in the water,  he was brought in quickly. The Lifeguards and luckily some paramedics  were there to help slow the blood loss and with the Ambulance’s speedy  attention he is  recovering in hospital from some large gashes.

The guys who helped should get unlimited waves from now on. Many thanks to  Nathan, Steve, Tony and Danny and any others who were there and helped.

From all the Redhead guys, we wish Lenny all the best in his recovery and  hope he can put it behind him. Did it rattle us?  Yes … eveyone’s talking  about it and going back out in the water very warily.  This is the first  shark attack since the 1930’s at Redhead, so the odd’s were big considering how  many people have gone into the water in over 80 years. But we know they  are out there. Fifty sharks were sighted that day between Blacksmiths and  Newcastle from the air.

Steve Butterworth and Col Smith with Jim Pollard Channel Boards  at  Redhead 1978. This photo appeared in Sea Notes Magazine in 1978 .Steve & Col Sea Notes Mag 1978

Steve and Col Sea Notes Mag 1978

Steve and Col Sea Notes Mag 1978

Surfhouse Surf Shop top of town Newcastle. A great place to browse for surf  related gifts and a range of local surf photography to hang on your wall. Surfhouse Surfshop Newcastle. Alas no longer there now…

Surfhouse Surfshop Newcastle

Surfhouse Surfshop Newcastle

Redhead Little Beach 27/9/2011
Redhead Littel Beach 27-09-11

Redhead Littel Beach 27-09-11

Colourful Sunset Redhead 10/1/2012

Redhead Sunset 10-01-12

Redhead Sunset 10-01-12

Newcastle Harbour and Nobbys Headland 12/11/2011

Newcastle Harbour & Nobbys

Newcastle Harbour & Nobbys

Herron looking for a feed at Belmont South 14/1/2011

Herron Belmont South 14-01-12

Herron Belmont South 14-01-12

Swans in Belmont South Bay 14/1/12

Swans Belmont Bay 14-01-12

Swans Belmont Bay 14-01-12

 

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