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.
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.
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
Black Neds Bay entrance 27-10-11
Black Neds Bay Boats 27-10-11
There are lots of islands to explore. Black Neds Bay Islands 27-10-11
The mangrove trees reflect into the glassy water
Black Neds Bay Mangrove reflections 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
There are lots of pelicans here as the bottom is shallow and they can see their dinner
Black Neds Bay Pelican 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
Another spreading Mangrove tree with its reflection in the water
Black Neds Bay Big Mangrove 27-10-11
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
Angourie 1978 4 guys out.
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.
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.
The Redhead Boat crew were a fit lot and enjoyed their sport. Shown here cruising down a nice wave at Redhead around 1978.
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.
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
The Elephant Cave Ubud
Balinese women in beautiful coloured clothing preparing Rice Dishes.