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.

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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.
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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”
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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

Black Neds Bay October 2011

Black Ned’s Bay at Swansea is a picturesque place to go for a paddle. The  wind was stiff from the east and no beaches were worth a look for a surf but, a paddle out here on a SUP, or anything that paddles can make up for that. It is  quiet, beautiful, protected and there is lots to look at. Best go at high tide as the bottom has some sharp oyster shells on the Mangrove roots.  I had a  paddle here a month or so ago and a pelican came flying toward me, landed not 10  foot from me and grabbed a fish, I though – I wish I had a camera on me so I  came prepared today.

Black Ned’s Bay entrance from Swansea Channel

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Black Neds Bay enty 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay enty 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Boats 27-10-11

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Black Neds Bay 34 27-10-11

There are lots of islands to explore. Black Neds Bay Islands 27-10-11

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Black Neds Bay 1 27-10-11

The mangrove trees reflect into the glassy water

Black Neds Bay Mangrove reflections 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Mangroves  27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Mangroves 27-10-11

A Ski paddler comes the other way, a smile and a wave is common place

Black Neds Bay Ski Paddler 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Ski Paddler

Black Neds Bay Ski Paddler

There are lots of pelicans here as the bottom is shallow and they can see  their dinner

Black Neds Bay Pelican 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Pelican 8 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Pelican 8 27-10-11

The shallow water has some sharp oyster clusters to beware of. I suggest you  don’t jump in, maybe wear booties in case

Black Neds Bay the sharp things on the bottom  27-10-11

Black Neds Bay oyster shells 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay oyster shells 27-10-11

Another spreading Mangrove tree with its reflection in the water

Black Neds Bay Big Mangrove 27-10-11

Black Neds Bay Mangrove Tree

Black Neds Bay Mangrove Tree

 

I took a  run under the Swansea Bridge and I noticed a bloke looking  over with interest. I recognised it was Kevin Harman – the Lake  Macquarie areas master of all things to do on water and a great bloke, I  stopped for a chat. Kevin is an icon in our area having built and ridden  surfboards in the 60?s, windsurfed in the 80?s then became the World Champ  Masters ski paddler as well as winning Aussie State and Branch titles.

Kevin Harman at Swansea Bridge 27-10-11

Kevin Harman Swansea 27-10

Kevin Harman Swansea 27-10

 

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

 

Redhead Surf Club in the 1970’s

Redhead Surf Club is a big part of Redhead’s life style and has always had a  great crowd.

Redhead Beach on a crowded summer day showing Redhead surf club around  1978.

Redhead Beach 1980

Redhead Beach 1980

 
The annual Redhead verses Swansea-Belmont touch footy comp  presentation had all those present bemused, when PJ impersonating a female  dignitary, presented the losing captain of Swansea-Belmont with this Lumsdon Cartoon. A very funny moment is captured here and a good arvo was had by  all. Redhead SLSC Touch Footy presentation.
 
Redhead Swansea surf Club Presentation

Redhead Swansea surf Club Presentation

 
The NSW Championships,  held down at Woolongong around 1978 had  the bus load of Redhead members celebrating big time after Peter Bale won the  state flags. This picture shows all members were happy with the result. The ride  home was very lively to say the least. Redhead Surf Club Members Bus Trip NSW Championships 1978
 
Redhead SLSC at NSW Championships 1978

Redhead SLSC at NSW Championships 1978

The Redhead Boat crew were a fit lot and enjoyed their sport. Shown here  cruising down a nice wave at Redhead around 1978.

Redhead Surf Boat Crew 1977

Redhead Surf Boat Crew 1977

 
Peter Bale shown here winning the Newcastle Flags at Blacksmiths Beach 1978
 
Peter Bale Newcastle Beach Flags

Peter Bale Newcastle Beach Flags

 
Grant Kenny was a convincing winner shown here already on the beach.
Grant Kenny winning at Redhead around 1978
Grant Kenny Winner Redhead

Grant Kenny Winner Redhead

 
Grant proved a popular draw card and was surrounded by fans and he  graciously did some autographs on the way up the beach. Grant kenny with fans at Redhead beach 1978
Grant Kenny and Fans Redhead

Grant Kenny and Fans Redhead

 
The Redhead Annual Surf Club Reunion nights are always big nights. Here the 70th had a good crowd of old mates. Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion
Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion

Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion

 

New Zealand Scenery 1979

I visited New Zealand’s North Island  in Summer of 1979. The weather was  warm and pleasant and the scenery there is awsome. I hitched around for a week  and was picked up by many friendly people and I have always appreciated their  kindness. I had a lift with 2 retired farmers who stopped at some wonderful  places and they waited till I took photos and shared their sandwiches and thermos of tea with me. I got a lift with a milkman who stopped and opened up the fridge and gave me a carton of milk. I got a lift with a farmer who when he dropped me off told me to visit his brother who would put me up. I  walked down quiet county town streets and people stopped and said hello. I  wonder if its still the same there now.

New Zealand Waikato Stream 1979
New Zealand Stream

New Zealand Stream

New Zealand North Island inland Lake. This lake was completeley deserted, no one around for miles, no  houses no shops.
New Zealand Lake

New Zealand Lake

New Zealand North Island Waterfall beside a quiet country road.
New Zealand Waterfall

New Zealand Waterfall

Rotarua has hot springs and geysers that were something I had never imagined. Here mud bubbles away making Op Art patterns like a slide projection backdrop at a Greatful Dead concert.
New Zealand Mud Bubbles

New Zealand Mud Bubbles

New Zealang Geyser Rotarua. This Geyser was so cool it was actually blowing smoke rings.
New Zealand Geyzer

New Zealand Geyzer

New Zealand Coastline Raglan 1979. The coast was quiet and peacful and the beaches beautiful and unspoilt.  We sure  could learn from them.
New Zealand Raglan

New Zealand Raglan

Bali 1977 Surf and Scenery

In 1977 Bali was just being discovered as a surfing/holiday destination and  it did not take long to catch on.

The Sunsets in Bali are beautiful. Fishing Boat at Sunset inside Kuta Reef 1977

Bali Boat at sunsut 1977

Bali Boat at sunsut 1977

Surfing at Uluwatu. Unknown Surfer Uluwatu 1977. Uluwatu had some sections in it that day, so I was glad to come in and take some photos. The surf got better with the tide coming in. Take note don’t surf here at low tide.
Bali surfer at Uluwatu 1977

Bali surfer at Uluwatu 1977

Bali 1977 surfer at Uluwatu
Bali 1977 surfer at Uluwatu

Bali 1977 surfer at Uluwatu

The Balinese men were very serious about their Cockfighting.
Bali 1977 Man with Rooster

Bali 1977 Man with Rooster

The Sunrises were also beautiful, looking back from the beach at Legion.
Bali Legion Sunrise 1977

Bali Legion Sunrise 1977

The friends I was staying with at Legion decided we should go for  a day trip to climb up the mountains to the top of this active Volcano near Batur.
Bali Volcano 1977

Bali Volcano 1977

The trip started early in the morning and took about 5 hours, it was  hot and dry and a bit daunting. I was amazed that about halfway up we met a  young boy with a bucket of cold drinks. I think he sold out that day. This is  what the inside of an active volcano looks like, and its a long, hot, way  down. Inside the Volcano at Butur
Bali Volcano Crater

Bali Volcano Crater

The Surf was good most of the time at Legion, here I managed to get in front of the camera for a change. Crow surfing at Legian 1977
Bali 1977 Crow surfing at Legian

Bali 1977 Crow surfing at Legian

The hillsides in Bali are well utilised with these Rice Paddy’s.
Bali Rice Fields 1977

Bali Rice Fields 197

I am not sure what these Graffiti artists were thinking, probably not  much.
Bali Burial Site 1977

Bali Burial Site 1977

Balinese Reigious Ceremony 1977
Bali Ceremony 1977

Bali Ceremony 1977

 

The Elephant Cave Ubud

Bali Elephant Cave 1977

Bali Elephant Cave 1977

Balinese women in beautiful coloured clothing preparing Rice Dishes.

Bali Preparing Food

Bali Preparing Food

A poor blind woman in a small mountain village trying to make a living.
Bali Beggar Woman

Bali Beggar Woman