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

July 8th 2011 Big swell at Merewether and Newcastle

More winter swells on the way.

Newcastle at lunchtime 8/7/2011 no one out and some big ones hammering  in.

Newcastle Beach Heavy Wave 8-7-11

Newcastle Beach Heavy Wave 8-7-11

This one looks a bit more rideable but there were a lot of  closeouts.
Newcastle Beach good one 8-7-11

Newcastle Beach good one 8-7-11

Merewether Point late arvo lining up 8/7/2011
Merewether Point 8-7-11

Merewether Point 8-7-11

Merewether Point line up with evening glow 8/7/2011
Merewether Beach evening glow 8-7-11

Merewether Beach evening glow 8-7-11

Redhead Beach Saturday morning early closeout 9/7/11
Redhead closeout 9-7-11

Redhead closeout 9-7-11

Redhead Beach Saturday morning spray coming off a mean  one.
Redhead wind sprayed wave 9-7-11

Redhead wind sprayed wave 9-7-11

Black Neds Bay Swansea 30/6/11 – A nice place to go for a paddle,  it’s  only shallow so best go a high tide and you can see the fish moving around,  watch out for the razor clams though.

lack Neds Bay Swansea 30-6-11

lack Neds Bay Swansea 30-6-11

Blacksmiths 29/6/11 choppy and raining but still a nice sight.

Blacksmiths Beach rain cloud 29-6-11

Blacksmiths Beach rain cloud 29-6-11

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011 some of it old and some new.

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011

Wendy Saddington and friends visiting Redhead beach 1969. Wendy sings the  blues properly and has one of Australia’s best voices and played at  Newcastle Wests Bus Stop Disco the night before. Bus Stop Disco hosted  Australia’s best bands like the La De Das and Levi Smiths Clefts and I didn’t  hear much disco music there as it wasn’t invented yet –  that was a 70’s  thing.

Singer Wendy Saddington visits Redhead 1969

Singer Wendy Saddington visits Redhead 1969

Milano’s Restaurant Pelican Marina Feb 2011 – nice food and service and  a nice view.

Milano's Restaurant at Marks Pt Marina Feb  2011

Milano’s Restaurant at Pelican Marina Feb 2011

19th August 2011

Redhead 18/8/2011 A lovely arvo and a few good waves and some good surfers out.

Redhead Surfer 1 18/8/11

Redhead surfer1 18-08-11

Redhead surfer1 18-08-11

Redhead surfer 2 18/8/11

Redhead surfer2 18-08-11

Redhead surfer2 18-08-11

Redhead surfers 18/8/11

Redhead surfers-18-08-11

Redhead surfers-18-08-11

Redhead Bluff 18/08/2011 with the late arvo sun showing out its colour.

Redhead Bluff 18-08-11

Redhead Bluff 18-08-11

But it went pearshaped Friday arvo 19/8/11 a strong front hit wiping the surf  out for the weekend. Storm coming 19/8/11

Redhead beach storm19-08-11

Redhead beach storm19-08-11

Redhead Bad moon rising 19/9/11 Storm clouds on the way

Redhead stormy sky 19-08-11

Redhead stormy sky 19-08-11

Boys at the Barby  for TR’s 21st Crows Garage 1980

Crows Garage party 1980

Crows Garage party 1980

Sidewinder cranking at the Mawson 1978 – Great Band!!

Sidewinder Mawson 1978

Sidewinder Mawson 1978

Chambers of Horror Sideshow at the Newcastle Show 1979

Chambers of Horror 1980

Chambers of Horror 1980

Peaceful Byron Bay early morning 1979

Bryon Bay 1980

Bryon Bay 1980

10th September 2011

Redhead Saturday cold change and the swell and the wind came up quick.

Redhead Beach rough surf 10-09-11

Redhead 10-09-11

Redhead 10-09-11

Redhead Beach looking nice Friday arvo 9/9/11 Redhead Beach 09-09-11 9

Redhead 09-09-11

Redhead 09-09-11

Redhead surfer Saturday 27/9/11

Redhead 27-09-11

Redhead 27-09-11

Redhead Boardriders Comp Saturday 3/9/11 surfer Matt Unwin

Matt Unwin Redhead 03-09-11

Matt Unwin Redhead 03-09-11

Redhead lineup Saturday 3/9/11

Redhead Beach 03-09-11

Redhead Beach 03-09-11

Redhead First Creek 09-09-11

Redhead 1st Creek 09-09-11

Redhead 1st Creek 09-09-11

Redhead Surfer 4/9/11 Fathers day

Redhead surfer 04-09-11

Redhead surfer 04-09-11

Close up Redhead cliff 9/9/11

Redhead Bluff 09-09-11

Redhead Bluff 09-09-11

My son Sam got back from Europe and managed to take in some of the scenery.  Greek Isles August 2011

Greek-Isles 2011

Greek-Isles 2011

Bull Fighting in the Stadium at Barcelona August 2011 – yep some of the Newcastle boys jumped in.

Bull Fight Barcelona 2011

Bull Fight Barcelona 2011

26/08/2011  Spray Can Artist at work in a shop front Newcastle.

Spray Paint Artist at work 26-08-11

Spray Paint Artist at work 26-08-11

Photos taken around Newcastle

Dweezil Zappa, son of Frank, brought his dad’s music to life again in  Newcastle at the great Civic Theatre in April 2009. Dweezil played amazing  guitar. I saw Frank Zappa play back in 1972 and 1974, awsome. He had  guest Norman Gunston (actor Gary MacDonald) play a harmonica solo. Here  Dweezil rips out another guitar solo, this one was from the song Montana. My  daughter Ellen took this picture.

Dweezil Zappa plays at Newcastle Civic Theatre 2009

Dweezil Zappa 2009

Mark Richards gouges a cutback on his twin fin at Leggy Point around 1977,  classic style.
Mark Richards  Leggy 1977

Mark Richards Leggy 1977

Midnight Oil’s Peter Garrett on keyboards and guitarist Jim  Mogine on guitar playing at the Mawson Hotel at Caves Beach in 1977.   Awsome night. Not long after they were  packing the places  out wherever they played.
Midnight Oil 1977 Garrett & Mogine Mawson Hotel 1977
Midnight Oil 1977 Garrett & Mogine

Midnight Oil 1977 Garrett & Mogine

Looking back up from Redhead beach to where I was living in 1975 . Before the tar car park, the grassy hill and the real big houses.
Landscape above Redhead Beach in 1975
Above Redhead Beach in 1975

Above Redhead Beach in 1975

Crow & Bird and Bridgette my Curly Coated Retriever in 1977 on  the verandah.
Crow and Bird and Bridgette 1977
Crow and Bird

Crow and Bir

Martin Littlewood cranks a turn windsurfing Blacksmiths around 1978.
Martin Windsurfing 1977

Martin Windsurfing 1977

Redhead’s Col Smith around 1979 in his shaping bay with Channel bottom boards.
Col Smith Shaping Channels

Col Smith Shaping Channels

Up the Coast

Angourie 1978 4 guys out.

Angourie 1977

Angourie 1977

Arrawarra 1977
Arrawarra 1977

Arrawarra 1977

HOW TO GET MORE CHIPS.

In 1968, on a weekend surfari  up the north coast, a small  group of starving surfers head into town for a feed after a long day of  surfing at Green Knob. They stop at their favorite Taree Fish & Chip Shop.  The boys walk up to the counter and the beaming old guy behind the counter asks “Yesssh Pleassshse Boyssssh! “ Yes he had a squeak to every S.

Without batting an eyelid one of the guys orders first (…let’s just call him Jim, a normally quiet reserved guy perhaps bouyed by a great day surfing) “Can I have a hamburger and 10 Cssssentssss worth of chipsssh pleassssh!” (10 cents  worth is about $3 worth now)

We all roll our eyes and figure we will be thrown out and go starving now… but the gentleman remains cool and proceeds to take the other orders then make  the food.

After a tense 10 minutes of subdued behavior from us, he hands over the first  order to Jim – and low and behold there is enough chips to feed an army!  The rest of us get the standard portion serving of chips.

I guess he felt an affinity to the fellow speech afflicted Jimmy – or perhaps he just admired his cheekiness! The moral of the story – be an up front complete bastard and you can get away with anything.

Ronnie is getting good waves up the coast right now, here is Byron Bay in May  2010, photo by Ronnie Rudder.

Byron Bay 2010 by Ronnie Rudder

Byron Bay 2010 by Ronnie Rudder

At Bells Beach Surfing Comp in 1977 – I spot the other Mr Pipeline,  the revered Rory Russell taking in the scene. Aprehensively I raise my camera,  Rory spots me about to take his picture, I baulked as I don’t like to take  anyones photo without approval. Rory breaks into a big grin then waves, Whew!  Click! The next week he was cruising past Newcastle and dropped in to see Col  Smith. Col says “where were you yesterday I brought Rory around to your place”. I was at work.
Bells Beach 1977 Rory Russell the other Mr Pipeline
Bells Beach Rory Russell 1977

Bells Beach Rory Russell 1977

This photo was taken from Nobbys Beach in 1978. It is the now  decommissioned Zara Street Power Station. Not 300 meters from the beach, it used  to belch out smoke all over Newcastle. In its place now is the Nobbys Forshore  Park – thanks goes to all who decided to remove it.
Nobbys Power Station 1977
Nobbys old power station 1977

Nobbys old power station 1977

On Big Brother Mountain over looking Laurieton and Camden Haven 1983
Laurieton View 1983

Laurieton View 1983

Frank “Meatball” Skewes surfs a punchy right peak in 1975 at Redhead  Beach.
Frank Meatball Skewes Redhead 1975

Frank Meatball Skewes Redhead 1975

The Angels good Doc Neeson blesses his followers and there was  plenty.. and it was good. The Angels Doc Neeson gives his blessing at the Mawson 1978.
Doc Neeson Mawson Hotel 1977

Doc Neeson Mawson Hotel 1977

 

Rock photos taken in Newcastle around 1978

Lou Reed came to the Civic around 1978 and gave a great show, I was lurking about a bit back from the stage with my camera when a big wild hairy guy picked me up put me  on his front row seat and said “now take an fn picture mate”. Lou eyballed me, I clicked and then Lou just winked at me and carried on the great show.

Lou Reed Civic Theatre 1978

Lou Reed Civic Theatre 1978

I just love this one – when opposites attract. Jimmy & The Boys  Ignatious Jones, Neo Punk meets Nimbin shoeless Hippe girl and rock out together  regardless. A fan gets up and helps out Jimmy and the Boys at Belmont Sporties  around 1978.
immy and the Boys with fan

immy and the Boys with fan

Joe Cocker played the Civic, didnt sing out of tune and put on a great show. His band were great. Joe Cocker Civic Theatre around 1978
Joe Cocker Civic 1976

Joe Cocker Civic 1976

Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes hard at work as usual Cardiff Workers around 1978.
Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1976

Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1976

Cold Chisel’s Ian Moss also hard at work around the same time.
Ian Moss Mawson 1976

Ian Moss Mawson 1976

Midnight Oil’s Peter Garret at the Mawson Hotel  1978. He  inspired all us unco guys to just get up and have a go when the music gets ya. I got caned in primary school for bad dancing.
Peter Garret Mawson 1977

Peter Garret Mawson 1977

Midnight Oil at the Mawson Hotel 1977. Awsome! The next time they played in Newcastle the place was full.
Midnight Oil Mawson 1976

Midnight Oil Mawson 1976

Kevin Coyne – scottish folk/rock/social critic had an album out called  Marjory Razorblade in the late 1980’s which I recommed listening to. He played the Newcastle Uni solo and was just awsome. His guitar stlye is unique, using his thumb on the frett board to make chords, he has a very powerful strumming style.
Kevin Coyne Newcastle Uni 1978

Kevin Coyne Newcastle Uni 1978

Cold Chisel Newcastle 1978

Cold Chisel toured Newcastle constantly, making Newcastle a Chisel stronghold. The music suited our town’s working class fans and were always great shows.

After another great gig at the Mawson, Don Walker gets to sit down and relax  and takes the jar going around. Don was always thinking … and well, just maybe he comes up with inspiration and the first words for a new song  (Cheap Wine).

Don Walker and Cheap Wine

Don Walker and Cheap Wine

Don Walker and Cheap Wine

Jimmy Barnes belting it out at Cardiff Workers Club around  1979.
Jimmy Barnes  Newcastle 1977

Jimmy Barnes Newcastle 1977

Cold Chisel bass player Phil Small 1979 Cardiff Workers Club
Phil Small Cold Chisel

Phil Small Cold Chisel

Ian Moss into another great guitar solo Mawson Hotel 1978.
Ian Moss 1980 Mawson

Ian Moss 1980 Mawson

Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes Belmont Sporties around 1978
Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes

Ian Moss and Jimmy Barnes

Cold Chisel Sydney Sports Stadium same bill as Peter Framton  around  1978.
Cold Chisel Sydney 1977

Cold Chisel Sydney 1977

Jimmy Barnes claps to the rythm coming from Don and Phil behind him at  Belmont Sporties Club around 1978.
Cold Chisel Barnesy

Cold Chisel Barnesy

Ian Moss Mawson Hotel around 1978
Ian Moss Mawson 1978

Ian Moss Mawson 1978