Some decent boats on the way out of Swansea Channel 11/9/2017.
A wet start to the June long weekend 10/6/2017 The clouds seemed alive.
Fisherman in sea mist Redhead Beach 27/5/2017. The land temperature was about 5 and the water was 18 degrees so when the water hit the beach it created a bigamist.
Redhead Beach pearl like sun 31-05-17
Redhead Beach sand sculpture 03/06/17 Mother Natures own Picasso on the beach
Redhead Bluff 24/5/2017 pink early morning glow after a thunderstorm.
Last nights Chardonnay on the beach. Early morning Redhead Beach 7/5/207 The tide had come in and gone back out and the glass of chardy remained upright and half empty.
Redhead Beach sun rise 23/04/2017. The sun shining through and over a low cloud bank and the only set of waves to come through.
Mark Richards and me with my photos at Surf Art exhibition for Surfest around 2008
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:
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.
Red Sky in the morning – Shepherd’s warning – followed up by 10 days of bad weather. 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 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.
Hopefuly the last of the too hot weather days this season. The sun coming up hot Redhead Beach 16th February 2017.
Crow on a fluke wave at Blacksmiths 2/11/16. Thanks to Warren and Simon for the photos.
Redhead sunrise 19/10/2016
Rozella in the back yard
Myna bird in nest 6th November 2016
Early morning paddle out at sunrise Redhead Beach 30/06/2016
The memory of the event below was inspired by Gaye Sheathers book Rock This City
The Beauty of the Star
Around 1979 The Star Hotel in Newcastle had live local bands on every night, no cover charge, you just walked in and tried to get a beer. The place would be packed and getting near the bar was hopeless, sympathetic punters who already had a beer would pass your money up and pass your beer down but never move from their coveted position for several reasons. Firstly they could get beer, secondly the bands played behind the bar so they had the best vantage point and thirdly there was no dance floor so girls danced on the bar. It was all happening then until some bean counters had it shut down.
Local band Rimshot had a gig on a quieter Monday night and to attract a crowd they had an idea, a dance contest with a surfboard prize for the “best” dancer. A real surfboard made by the bands guitarist. There was a good crowd and a few tidy dancers in bikinis up on the bar keen to win the prize.
The band were ready for the last set and the girls ready for a dance off and in the door walks a dude and on his arm a pretty brunette in a trench coat. He was definitely a dude as he had a stingy brim derby hat on and a double breasted knee length coat and wore a grin like the cat on the mushroom with the hookah in Alice in Wonderland. (that … was a kids book??) He pops her up on the bar, as you do, and she drops the trench coat and whoaaa ikarumba, ruby red lipstick, knee high boots, short shorts and a see through blouse tied up in a knot.
And the band starts playing probably the most appropriate song for the occasion – an extended version of The Doors Roadhouse Blues. The other girls are dancing up a storm but this beauty had it in the bag. Every time the guitarist hit the whammy bar she would shimmy from head to toe, needless to say the whammy bar got a fair workout and she won the dude a new surfboard, but I don’t think he surfed or cared that he didn’t.
This kinda night don’t happen much now but it did then.
Another great local Newcastle band Pamdemonia 1979
I love the Surfer magazine Extra pages, January 1990 shows a Mal rider called Sasquatch which can only be Steve Irwin in a confontation with a crocodile. Photo taken by Martin Tullemans.
There’s a book just out that is great reading – a must for all Newcastle Live music fans with photos of bands and venues, it captures what a great era we were lucky to have taken in and listened to so many great bands.
Rock This City – Live Music in Newcastle, 1970’s – 1980’s
by Gaye Sheather published by Hunter Press.
My 2 best rock moments I can remember were at a Zappa concert (of course) at the Sydney Horden Pavillion 1976. Waiting for the band to come on the house lights dimmed and the band were tuning up and doing a sound check. The guy in the seat next to me turns to me pie eyed and says ” F@#$ there good!!!” I wondered how good he would think they were when they started playing. Moments later Sal Marquez the trumpet player was confidently strutting along the edge of the stage a drink in one hand and trumpet in the other casting an eye over the audience. Someone yells out “you betta be able to play that thing!” Sal takes a calm sip from the plastic cup, leans over backwards his head almost touches the floor and raises up slowly bringing the trumpet to his lips leans into the mike and let rip with a huge burp which fills the room. Of course he could play that thing!
Bright Green Water. Redhead duck pond 3/8/2016
Redhead Beach surfer in a chunky swell 31/7/2016
Redhead Beach fiery sunrise 11/7/16
Lake Macquarie surfer Terry with the surfing legend Donald Takayama in Hawaii back in 2011. Donald, who has since passed away was a great surfer, a USA champion several times, one of the best surfboard makers and from all accounts the nicest of blokes you would meet. Terry was lucky to meet up with Donald staying at the same hotel in Hawaii and got to surf with him and share his quiver of longboards and ride some waves with Donald and his Hawiian mates.
Rainbow over Swansea Channel 17/03/2016
A strong swell has been pumping into Newcastle and still continues 5 days later. Redhead beach surfer early 08/06/2016
Blacksmiths Beach grinding swell lines 08/06/2016
Blacksmiths Beach – surfer Tony Solaris 08/06/2016
Surfing Culture in Newcastle. This article below (click the link) was published I think in a Newcastle Uni magazine sometime in the late 70’s. I kept a copy as its quite funnny, sorry I don’t know who Duckboy is, the guy who wrote it, a non Novacastrian of course:
Arial view of Redhead 1976 from an old slide – Lots of changes in 40 years – no Industrial Estate , no north side housing estate, caravan park in progress, and the second creek before it got dried up.
A golden start to Mothers Day. Early morning at Redhead Beach 8/5/2016
Mark sent me this photo of this most beautiful colourful fish. This one and a few others were caught from Swansea Channel and released. I identified it as a Yellow-Green Wrasse from the book Australian Sea Fishes and in it states killing such a rare and beautiful animal is hardly excusable. They go through many colour phases when growing up and the males end up a more greeny-blue colour and the females are yellow.
Storm cloud Redhead Beach 1/5/2016 it passed by with only a few lightning flashes and a bit of rain.
Fred gave me some footage converted from 8mm film from 1969 of me herbing around on my Bultaco and yes stacking it.
Redhead Beach Anzac day message written in the sand 25/04/2016 – Lest We Forget
Redhead Beach early morning Anzac day
Early morning light show sunrise on a cloudy morning at Redhead Beach 18/4/2016
My thanks to mate Paul (Rowdy) for taking the photos of me catching a wave on my SUP last week
A nice coloured cloudy sky at sunrise with waiting ships 13/03/2016
Don Howison (AKA Rope Head) surfing Seal Rocks late 60’s.
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 in Australia’s Speedway team V England
Don also rode Speedway in England
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 riding in the first Trials event at Glenrock in 1970
Don Howison surfing Frenchmans Reef 2015
Redhead Beach clouds over sunrise 28/2/2016
Redhead Beach bird in the sun 20/2/2016
Redhead Beach foggy sunrise 10/3/2016
Redhead Beach pink sunrise 11/03/2016
Tiny fish big as my thumbnail 10/03/16