Redhead Beach October 2010

Saturday morning a cool stiff sou-wester sprung up. The surf was small and  flat but picturesque between cloud banks.

Redhead Beach October 16 2010
Redhead Beach October 16 2010
 
The flags were up but there were no takers, the wind chill and  cold upwell had made it unpleasant but it still  looked peaceful.
 
Flags up no takers Redhead Oct 16 2010
Flags up no takers Redhead Oct 16 2010
 
But the next morning the surf had jumped up and the Sunday morning  Nippers had to stay dry, confined to beach events due to the dangerous surf. I  would describe conditions as narnar – double gnarly.
 
Redhead too big for Nippers 1 Oct 2010
Redhead too big for Nippers 1 Oct 2010
 

Col Smith hanging 5 at Redhead 1978. This was not a popular surfing  manouver at the time on short boards, but has come back in favour with the  reappearance of longboard riders.

Col Smith Redhead 1978 hanging 5
Col Smith Redhead 1978 hanging 5
 
Newcastle Show 1978 – the Spruker talks up the Haunted House Ride.
Haunted House Newcastle Show 1978
Haunted House Newcastle Show 1978

The Redhead Gables 1978. Flying into Redhead, as you do, the first  property you saw was a large grand old house with tennis courts known as the  Gables, originally a Miners Hostel, then a Convent, now a housing estate.  Development in Redhead has now caught up to it on both sides of the road.

The Redhead Gables 1978
The Redhead Gables 1978
 
The Gold Coast Nightlife 2001. Summed up by leaving the camera on at  night for a minute.
Gold Coast night life 2001
Gold Coast night life 2001
 
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Body Boarders Redhead August 2010

August 2010 – The sand banks have not been good for surfers – except for the  hardy bodyboarders getting some gnarly closeout barrels. Unknown bodyboarder  Redhead Little Beach August 2010

Bodyboarder Redhead August 2010
Bodyboarder Redhead August 2010

A week later a little smaller, but good shape for the bodyboards.  August 2010. Is that Bob the barber walking down for a session on the right?  Yep.

Redhead Bodyboarder August 2010
Redhead Bodyboarder August 2010

Simon Anderson wins Bells 1977. Simon surfed powerfully in a solid  swell to win and  he enjoys the moment after a close final.

Simon Anderson 1977 Bells Beach Winner
Simon Anderson 1977 Bells Beach Winner
Ian Moss – Cold Chisel …  sings Georgia at Belmont Sportsmans Club  1976.
Ian Moss – Cold Chisel sings Georgia 1977
Ian Moss – Cold Chisel sings Georgia 1977
A Hunter Valley Coal Mine around 1986.
A Hunter Valley Coal Mine around 1986
A Hunter Valley Coal Mine around 1986
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show Speers Point Park 1999. Surfers  liked the Ninja Turtles, as the movie characters acted and spoke like Corky  Caroll, the 1960’s legendary 5 times US surfing Champion who created surf speak  and lives the carfree fun surfing life we all dream of.
Ninja Turtles show Speers Point Park 1999
Ninja Turtles show Speers Point Park 1999
The BIG Right hander in the Sky. A Storm coming over Redhead around 1984.
Storm Cloud Wave Redhead 1984
Storm Cloud Wave Redhead 1984
Peter Garrett and Rob Hirst Midnight Oils at the Mawson Hotel about 1978 getting serious.
 Mignight Oil Garret & Hirst 1978 Mawson Hotel
Mignight Oil Garret & Hirst 1978 Mawson Hotel

Redhead Surf Club 70th Reunion around 1977. A bunch of old mates meet up over a few cold beers.

Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion
Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion
Redhead’s Col Smith in his shaping bay with a new batch of channel  boards around 1978.

Col Smith shaping Channel Boards

Col Smith shaping Channel Boards

Surf Gets Big at Dudley August 2010

Dudley on a big day in  the 1970’s

Dudley-Point-1980s

Dudley Point 1970’s

August 13th 2010 – the  swell jacked up with a low pressure system and a stiff wind.
Some hell men were out  at Dudley. The next 3 photos courtesy of Geoff Connors.

Big Dudley – surfer unknown 13th August 2010 photo by Geoff Connors

Big Dudley – surfer unknown 13th August 2010 photo by Geoff Connors

Dudley 13th August 2010 – Photo by Geoff Connors

Dudley 13th August 2010 – Photo by Geoff Connors

Dudley unknown surfer 13th August 2010 photo by Geoff Connors

Dudley unknown surfer 13th August 2010 photo by Geoff  Connors

BHP Computer Room  around 1976. This large room full of gizmos is equivalent to the last generation of laptops.

Newcastle BHP computer room around 1976

 

Storm Surf at Redhead in the mid 1970’s. Heavy rain, flooding of the Hunter  River and huge surf created this mess of flotsam and Jetsom near the first  creek.

Storm surf Debri at Redhead Beach around 1976

NSW SLSC Championships at Corrimal around 1978. This scantily clad and fit  looking young lady onlooker caught the eye of Redhead’s boat crew. They asked me  to go and take her photo and I said no, she would just tell me to piss off. Hard  to say no to these blokes, as is evident from the next picture of them. So they picked me up camera bag and all and carried me armchair style to where she was sitting and dumped me in the sand at her feet. She willingly  obliged to have her photo taken bemused by the proceedings.

Redhead Boat Crew fan Corrimal 1978

Redhead Boat Crew in 1978 at Corrimal Beach SLSC NSW Championships. A fit looking bunch, great blokes and not bad rowers. Strategic use of  Boat Oars aye.

Redhead Boat Crew Corrimal NSW Championships around 1978

Newcastle Surfers with Style in the 70s

You gotta make it look good, no good doing the moves without your own style. Surfing has always had stylists to steal a bit off and add your own too. Some of my favourites are Phil Edwards Miki Dora Midget Farelly and Gerry Lopez, more recently Tom Curran and Joel Tudor, they all make anything they do look great.

Newcastle has many surfers with their own style.

For example Steve Butterworth shown here at Redhead in 1978, tubed with  style.

Steve Butterworth Redhead 1978
Steve Butterworth Redhead 1978

Paul “Davo ” Davis – the legend of the Leggy at the Mattara contest Newcastle  1978. Paul surfed the Leggy with style and with an uncanny wave knowledge,  always making it through the bowl.

Paul Davo Davis at Newcastle Mattara comp 1978
Paul Davo Davis at Newcastle Mattara comp 1978

Around 1964, one of the first great Leggy surfers was Peter “Hector” Hogan  who surfed it with a few Redhead guys with only a sprinkle of other guys. Hector  was fearless and rode the place well always coming from behind, and it was long  before legropes, and as such his boards were always a mess.

Mark Richards at the Leggy in 1978 cuts back  effortlessly and  gracefully and with style.

Mark Richards cutback Leggy1978
Mark Richards cutback Leggy1978
Dave Robbo, Col Smiths sidekick, at Redhead in 1979. Dave is an  excellent tube rider and him and Col, were always getting tubed at  Ghosties.
Dave Robbo Redhead 1978
Dave Robbo Redhead 1978
Roger Clements had his own style, shown here at the Mattara contest  1978. Roger seemed to just skate around sections on a tiny twin fin.
Rodger Clements Newcastle Mattara contest 1977
Rodger Clements Newcastle Mattara contest 1977
Kenny once told me a clanger about style. He was surfing in Bali when an Italian guy paddles out with the nose of his board way out of the water and he was paddling with a very shallow stroke. He says to Kenny – heya mate you  surfa good, you givva me some tips aye. Kenny tells him he could give his paddle style some improvment and catch waves if he moved up the board a bit  and did deeper strokes. The guys goes – now way – THATSA MY STLYE! Well at least he had his own style and was happy with it.

Onother kind of style. Aussie girl in Bali 1977

Aussie surf girl in Bali 1977
Aussie surf girl in Bali 1977
Weather worn rock formation. Over years holes have  been worn by wave movement of small rocks.
Rock weathered patterns 1980
Rock weathered patterns 1980

The country side was pretty as picture at Sale in Victoria around 1977.  When I found the negative was a bit worse for wear I photo shopped this one  to look like a watercolour painting.

Sale Victoria countryside in watercolour
Sale Victoria countryside in watercolour

Surf EXPO 1987 – In conjuction with Surfest an exhibition of Newcastle’s  finest surfing collectors items was arranged by Ronnie Rudder and others. A  photo shoot was arranged at Redhead beach, then the boards were displayed at the  Newcastle Showground, with buses provided from Newcastle beach and  back. Here the Redhead groms eagerly grab some Newcastle surfing history and  pose with a fine collection of 60’s Mals.

Surf Expo 1987 Mals Redhead Beach
Surf Expo 1987 Mals Redhead Beach

Surfing at Redhead and other stuff

Col Smith 1978 Surfing Redhead’s Lefts. No one surfed them better.

Col Smith in 1978 surfing at Redhead
Col Smith in 1978 surfing at Redhead
Lennox Head 1978.  This place is one of the narliest place to paddle  out.
Lennox Head 1978
Lennox Head 1978
Little Green Frog 2008. This little fellow was in full Ribet mode just  outside our back door. Cool eyebrows aye.
Little Green Frog 2008
Little Green Frog 2008
Redhead Bluff in July 2010. Heavy rain has washed the red colour down  the clifff face.
Redhead Bluff face after rain July 2010
Redhead Bluff face after rain July 2010

Me on my first motor bike in 1968 at Redhead 2nd creek. This was a 1948  Jawa, you didnt even see many of those around then. What is interesting in this  picture is, in the top right you can see the initial revegetation of the sand  dunes after rutile mining. A floating dredge went along the beach from  Redhead to Blacksmiths and back.

Crow in 1967 on 1948 Jawa CZ Redhead 2nd creek.
Crow in 1967 on 1948 Jawa CZ Redhead 2nd creek.
Almost everyone in Newcastle took a photo of the Pasha Bulker  grounded at Nobbys in June 2007, it just looked so surreal. Thankfully they got  it off before any major damage was done to Newcastle, or the ship, or anyone  being hurt. Great work all involved.
Pasha Bulker grounded at Nobbys June 2007
Pasha Bulker grounded at Nobbys June 2007
Sandy and Sam at Redhead Beach summer 1991. The water was  beautiful.
Sandy & Sam Redhead beach 1991
Sandy & Sam Redhead beach 1991
Ant on Christmas bells Redhead bluff 1992
Ant on Xmas Bells Redhead Bluff 1992
Ant on Xmas Bells Redhead Bluff 1992

Redhead Beach May 1978

Redhead Beach May 2007. Not a bad right and no one out. A film company making  the movie “Newcastle” were set up in the beach car park, so other surfers  were surfing a bank further down the beach. I paddle out here 5 minutes  after taking this photo, when from the other side of the shark tower, one of the  films surfing actors paddles out with a cameraman shooting from the water. I struck up a  conversation with the surfer and he advised it was no problem with me out during the filming, so we shared the break for the session with just the two of us out.

Redhead Beach May 2007
Redhead Beach May 2007
Jellyfish. Photo by my daughter Ellen.
Glenrock Lagoon further up stream in 1993, not far from the now Fernleigh  Track car park.
Glenrock Lagoon up stream 1990
Glenrock Lagoon up stream 1990
  Martin Littlewood 1977 surfing behind the Redhead Shark  Tower.
Martin Littlewood Surfing Redhead 1977   Martin Littlewood shaping Delta Design surfboards 1977. In the  old Chicken Shed Surfboard factory at Redhead. This was most probably my new  board
Martin Littlewood Surfing Redhead 1977
  Martin Littlewood shaping Delta Design surfboards 1977. In the  old Chicken Shed Surfboard factory at Redhead. This was most probably my new  board.
Martin Littlewood shaping a board 1977
Martin Littlewood shaping a board 1977
Sandy and our kids walking back from the beach at Sand  Bar 1993.
Sandy and the kids taking a drink break walking back from the beach at Sand  Bar 1993.
Sandy & the kids Sand Bar 1993

Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978

Cold Chisel played the Mawson Hotel at Caves Beach lots of times in the late 70’s. Well the hotel just got lunched, to make way for more stuff.  Some good shows and good nights were had there.

This is one of my favourite shots of Ian Moss. In silhouette. I only used the  stage lights, as flash bothers the players and washes out the atmosphere. I shot using fast speed film and doubled the time developing it in my garage darkroom.  Mossy used to take a solo spot while the band had a drink and he would play  Georgia, and it would hush the crowd down.

Ian Moss Silhouette Mawson Hotel 1978
Ian Moss Silhouette Mawson Hotel 1978

Cold Chisel at the Mawson with the crowd up close and personal.

Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978
Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1978

Jimm Barnes in combat boots and ex army gear rocking his heart out. Mawson Hotel Caves Beach 1978.

Jimmy Barnes Mawson Hotel 1978
Jimmy Barnes Mawson Hotel 1978

Grubby, Newcastle’s most favourite drummer, who played in Rim Shot and Rat  Salad and many others and has mixed for a lot of bands too, summed up the  crowds feeling after a Cold Chisel gig. Quite often Grubby would take in a  show at the Mawson and then hitch into town to play with his own band,  who would be waiting, wondering where the hell is he. Somehow he always got  there, not so much on time, but got there.

Grubby the drummer Mawson Hotel 1978
Grubby the drummer Mawson Hotel 1978

Phil Small Cold Chisel bass player Mawson Hotel 1978.

Phil Small Mawson Hotel 1978
Phil Small Mawson Hotel 1978

Ian Moss – another great guitar solo at the Mawson Hotel 1978.

Ian Moss Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1977
Ian Moss Cold Chisel Mawson Hotel 1977

Don Walker on Keyboards Mawson Hotel 1978. You didn’t get to see much of Don from the front of the stage, but he was the backbone of the group, writing some fantastic songs.

Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1978
Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1978

Steve Prestwich Cold Chisel Drummer Maswon Hotel 1978.

Steve Prestwich Mawson 1978
Steve Prestwich Mawson 1978