March/April 2017

Mark Richards and me with my photos at Surf Art exhibition for Surfest around 2008

Mark Richards & Crow at Surf Art exhibition

From DPI Fisheries – Regarding Drones detect sharks at Redhead Dec/Jan 2016-2017

Thanks for the comments on your shark encounter. We at Hover UAV were the drone operators conducting the shark surveillance. We spoke about your need for a siren on the drone for immediate alerting to water users at the time of your encounter. Since we have developed such a siren that will immediately alert water users of a hazardous shark.
You may also be interested in this video that shows your second encounter with a Bull shark shortly after the first.

Drones detect sharks at Redhead UTUBE:
https://youtu.be/LWahkcrRKfA

The drone trial alerted me and others in the surf when sharks were about. I hope drone use is implemented into beach patrols as often and in as many places as possible – Crow

 

Storm coming 22-03-17. I looked out the front door and noticed Mother Nature wasn’t happy.

Storm Clouds Redhead 22-03-17

Red Sky in the morning – Shepherd’s warning – followed up by 10 days of bad weather. Redhead beach 13-03-17

Red Sky Morning Redhead beach 13-03-17

Redhead Beach unknown surfer 4/6/2011. I took this one 6 years ago but I cropped the original photo to show up the surfer better, in an awesome pit.

Redhead surfer 4-6-11

 

Redhead Beach 7th March 2017. A wild storm overnight heaved up the “pog” lying on the bottom of the ocean and whipped up a wild batch of horrible brown foam and dumped it on the beach. As Frank sang it … don’t you eat the yellow snow cause that’s were the husky’s go.

Redhead Beach pog 07-03-17

Hopefuly the last of the too hot weather days this season. The sun coming up hot Redhead Beach 16th February 2017.

Hot day ahead Redhead Beach 16-02-17

March/April 2016

Fred gave me some footage converted from 8mm film from 1969 of me herbing around on my Bultaco and yes stacking it.

 

Crow on Bultaco 1969

Crow on Bultaco 1969

Crow over the handlebars 1969

Crow over the handlebars 1969

Crow face plant 1969

Crow face plant 1969

Redhead Beach Anzac day message written in the sand 25/04/2016 – Lest We Forget

Redhead Beach message Lest We Forget 25-04-16

Redhead Beach message Lest We Forget 25-04-16

Redhead Beach early morning Anzac day

Redhead beach Anzac morning 25-04-16

Redhead beach Anzac morning 25-04-16

Early morning light show sunrise on a cloudy morning at Redhead Beach 18/4/2016

Redhead Beach sunrise light show 18-04-16

Redhead Beach sunrise light show 18-04-16

My thanks to mate Paul (Rowdy) for taking the photos of me catching a wave on my SUP last week

Crow on SUP April 2016

Crow on SUP April 2016

Crow on SUP 2 April 2016

Crow on SUP 2 April 2016

A nice coloured cloudy sky at sunrise with waiting ships 13/03/2016

Redhead Beach ship in sunrise 13-03-16

Redhead Beach ship in sunrise 13-03-16

Don Howison (AKA Rope Head) surfing Seal Rocks late 60’s.

Don Howison Seal Rocks

Don Howison Seal Rocks

Looks like Don was cranking his turns in the surf just how he did when he raced Speedway a few years later. Don Howison riding for Australia V England at Salty Creek Speedway 1974

Don Howison Salty Creek Speedway

Don Howison Salty Creek Speedway

Don Howison in Australia’s Speedway team V England

Don Howison Australia Speedway rider

Don Howison Australia Speedway rider

Don also rode Speedway in England

Don Howison Speedway 2

Don Howison Speedway 2

One of my favourites songs – Speedway by Morrisey from the album Vauxhall and I

Don was also into riding motor cycle Trials events which got him into some testing situations. Don Howison riding a Beta Techno.

Don Howison Trials

Don Howison Trials

Don Howison riding in the first Trials event at Glenrock in 1970

Don Howison Glenrock Trial

Don Howison Glenrock Trial

Don Howison surfing Frenchmans Reef 2015

Don Howison Frenchmans reef

Don Howison Frenchmans reef

 

Redhead Beach clouds over sunrise 28/2/2016

Redhead sunrise 28-02-16

Redhead sunrise 28-02-16

Redhead Beach bird in the sun 20/2/2016

Redhead sunrise with bird 20-02-16

Redhead sunrise with bird 20-02-16

Redhead Beach foggy sunrise 10/3/2016

Redhead beach sunrise 10-03-15

Redhead beach sunrise 10-03-15

Redhead Beach pink sunrise 11/03/2016

Redhead Beach sunrise 11-03-16

Redhead Beach sunrise 11-03-16

Tiny fish big as my thumbnail 10/03/16

Tiny fish Redhead 10-03-16

Tiny fish Redhead 10-03-16

January 2015

The Duke and Batman.1963 Photo by legendary surf photographer Leroy Grannis as it appeared in a 1997 Longboard Magazine.

The Duke and Batman

The Duke and Batman

Snail on Hydrangeas December 2014 after the first rain for a while. Photo by my daughter Ellen.

Ellens snail on hydrangeas 23-12-14

Ellens snail on hydrangeas 23-12-14

Check this UK web site http://www.houseofbonzer.com if you are interested in some nice surfboards featuring Free Flight Channels and Campbell Bros Bonzers … and other stuff keep scrolling.

HouseofBonzer

HouseofBonzer

 

November/December 2014

Redhead Beach surf 17/12/2014 6:09 AM and crowded as already. This was most likely the wave of the day as a 30k southerly buster blew through a minute later.

Redhead Beach surf 17-12-2014

Redhead Beach surf 17-12-2014

Sue’s mum took this photo of Redhead Beach in 1945.

Redhead Beach 1945

Redhead Beach 1945

Surfboard riders with balsa boards Redhead Beach 1960. Photo and caption from Redhead Surf Club magazine 1978, one of the books on local history at Redhead Community Library.

Redhead Beach early boardriders 1960

Redhead Beach early boardriders 1960

Redhead Beach early boardriders 1960 text

Redhead Beach early boardriders 1960 text

A collection of surfboards from around Newcastle displayed at Redhead Beach and then at Surf Expo in conjunction with Surfest arranged by Ronnie Rudder around 1986. Photo provided by Tom Forde.

Surf Expo Redhead Beach 1966

Surf Expo Redhead Beach 1966

 

Redhead Beach Tide Pool 1/12/2014. The tide and punchy swell had pushed the water over the sand on the beach and left a tidal pool all the way up the beach.

Redhead Beach Tide pool 01-12-14

Redhead Beach Tide pool 01-12-14

 

Redhead beach 21/11/2014. After a spell of ordinaryness the surf is lining up for a change.

Redhead Beach surf 21-11-2014

Redhead Beach surf 21-11-2014

Redhead Beach Kite Surfer  early 11/11/2014 The wind was up at 6am.

Redhead Beach Kite Surfer 11-11-14

Redhead Beach Kite Surfer 11-11-14

Redhead Beach sunrise 11/11/2014

Redhead Beach  Sunrise 11-11-14

Redhead Beach Sunrise 11-11-14

Mangroves in Black Neds Bay 4/11/2014. I was looking for somewhere to paddle out of the wind, no wind here.

Mangroves Black Neds Bay 04-11-14

Mangroves Black Neds Bay 04-11-14

 

 

July 2014

Redhead Beach Heavy Surf 11/07/2014 The sets would crunch down but the odd one held up.

Redhead Beach heavy surf 11-07-14

Redhead Beach heavy surf 11-07-14

Island in Lake Macquarie chanel entrance 15/07/2014

Island in Lake Macquarie 15/07/2014

Island in Lake Macquarie 15/07/2014

Pelicans at Swansea Black Neds bay 05/07/2014

Pelicans in Black Neds Bay 10/07/14

Pelicans in Black Neds Bay 10/07/14

Paddling over sea weed beds in Swansea Black Neds Bay 05/07/2014

Black Neds Bay Sea Weed 05/07/14

Black Neds Bay Sea Weed 05/07/14

Black Neds Bay Sea Bed 05/07/2014

Black Neds Bay sea bed 05/07/2014

Black Neds Bay sea bed 05/07/2014

Redhead Beach Ray’s early morning paddle 14/03/2014

Redhead Beach Rays early paddle 04-03-14

Redhead Beach Rays early paddle 04-03-14

 

Redhead Beach Clouds 22/06/2014.  I think I see a lady in there …

Redhead Beach clouds 22-06-14

Redhead Beach clouds 22-06-14

 

Redhead Beach Paisley Clouds 20/06/2014

Redhead Beach Clouds 20-06-14

Redhead Beach Clouds 20-06-14

 

Redhead Beach golden morning 23/06/2014

Redhead Beach Gold 23-06-14

Redhead Beach Gold 23-06-14

 

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

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