Absolute classic 1956 VW Combi Ute in original condition at Blacksmiths Beach Jan 2021
Pelicans in Swansea Chanel in crystal clear water.
Joe Cocker Newcastle’s Civic Theatre 1978. Joe sang like a nightingale and the band were awesome.
Redhead Beach early morning with the sun beaming through the clouds 23/11/2020
Sea Snail Black Neds Bay 18/11/2020
Large seas pushed over the beach leaving a drained look.
Redhead Beach in 1978. Work just starting on sealing the car park and Vegetation planting within fenced off areas.
Redhead Beach Road 1920’s Showing the First Creek Bridge Unknown photographer.
Rutile Mining along Redhead Beach late 1950’s to early 1960’s The floating dredge moved along the beach to Blacksmiths and back again, then the area was “re-planted” Unknown photographer..
Rutile patterns in the sand Redhead Beach July 2020. Note not enough there to bring the sand mining dredge back!.
Another big day. Storm surf Redhead Beach 16/7/20
Storm Surf Redhead Beach 15/7/20
Choppy Seas Redhead Beach 18/6/2020
Barnacles on driftwood Redhead Beach 14/6/2020
Sun projector Redhead Beach 9/6/2020
Small neat wave early morning Redhead Beach 01/6/2020
Redhead Beach surfer far back with a lot of wall in front
Tiny waves on the inside Redhead Beach 30/5/2020
More big surf 6/5/2020 a wave had pushed up the path of Redhead Second Creek all the way to the boardwalk, about 200 metres inland leaving a trail of seaweed and flotsam.
Big seas high tide mark Redhead Beach 24/5/2020
Golden sunrise Redhead Beach
Redhead Beach Sand Art 17/05/2020
22/12/2019 Redhead Second Creek has dried up to just a small water hole, never seen it that dry before. Come on … rain!
Sand Snowman and Merry Christmas Redhead Beach 12/12/2019
Redhead Beach Tide art 12/12/2019
Razor clams from Black Ned’s Bay 11/12/2019
Bush fire ash patterns on the tide line Redhead Beach 6/12/2019
Smoke Haze Redhead Beach 05/12/2019
Optimistic tube rider Redhead Beach 14/11/2019.
Ian Moss Cold Chisel 1978 Belmont North Community Hall. A good night for a small crowd.
Crow surfing at Boomerang 1977
Big black rain cloud hanging over Redhead Beach early morning 1/10/2019
At first glance this cloud bank looks like a giant wave about to monster Redhead Beach, at a second glance it still does. Head for the hills.
More sand sculpture by mother nature Redhead Beach 1/9/2019
Natures sand sculpture and a bush fire Redhead beach 23/8/2019
Wild flowers Redhead Bluff bush track
Redhead Beach surfers in a punchy early session 20/7/2019
Redhead Beach streaky sunrise 2/7/2019
Red sunrise Redhead beach 30/6/2019
Seaweed Redhead Beach 9/6/2019. Powerful surf for the last week has torn the kelp off the oceans floor.
A flock of seagulls and clouds building and about to storm Redhead Beach 4/6/2019
Redhead’s surfboard factory 1976. Martin Littlewood (Delta Designs) and Roy Lee (Pacific Dreams) were making surfboards in this converted chook shed in the lantana bush. I re-scanned the negative recently and its a bit clearer.
Redhead Beach 28/5/2019 solid sets and the first cold day this year
Fisherman at sunrise Redhead beach 19/5/2019
Big wave early morning Redhead Beach 7/5/2019
This huge wave just exploded Redhead Beach 5/5/2019
Redhead Beach 19/4/2019 a dark start to the morning.
Dream wave sequence 1966, I wouldn’t change a thing now, except add a leg rope. I most likely drew this in Maths class at school when I was 16.
Redhead Cliff Face Profile 13/04/2019
Mind Control Pole. Someone aptly labelled the Swansea Telstra Tower 31/3/2019
Wally Berwick the original Beach Inspector Redhead Beach with a redwood plank 1984
Redhead Surf Club 6:30 am and open for coffee 23/3/2019
Redhead Shelly Beach fish on rock 26/12/2018
Redhead Bluff Goat Track 26/12/2016
Storm clouds over Redhead 20/12/2018. Looks like the beak of a whale.
Strange little fly like flower from a bush along the Redhead 2nd creek walkway 22/12/2018
Blacksmiths shore break 1/12/2018. A five foot swell was coming in from the east but waves now only dump right on the shore. There is a lot of sand on the beach but none under where the waves should be breaking. The waves used to break out where the surf boat is riding the swell.
As a comparison to now here’s Blacksmiths Beach going off in a big north east swell June 2016 after a few days of big swell pushing in and scouring out of the sand on the beach.
Sam catches another whopper off the rocks.
Foggy morning Redhead Beach 23/10/2018. Trying to keep it simple.
Redhead 2nd Creek flowing again after good rain 6/10/2018. For something different it pushed along the beach to meet up with 1st Creek which then flowed down and out at the Shark Tower rocks.
Silver Sea – Blacksmiths Beach 17/10/2018 and it’s a colour photo
Early morning paddle around to Green Point Belmont 27/9/18 Water like glass, sun coming through the trees, nice and peaceful.
Three Pig face flowers in different stages of bloom Blacksmiths Beach 20/9/2018
Sun through clouds Blacksmiths Beach 20/9/2018
Ripples in the Sand Redhead Beach 22/08/2018. Waves pushed over the beach and left these patterns when the tide went out.
Redhead beach flat as 07/08/2018
Redhead Bluff cliff faces 29/7/2018
Patterns in the Sand Redhead beach 29/7/2018
Purple sky Redhead Beach 18/6/2018. Some more bad weather not far away.
Some pictures from old surf magazines showing how good a surfer Col Smith was. Thanks to the surfing photographers and the magazines.
The Col Smith Memorial contest was resurrected this year at Redhead Beach thanks to all the organiser’s for their hard work.
Surfboards as prizes for the winners in the Col Smith Winter Classic 8/6/18. Surfboard makers donated some awesome new boards.
The crowd at Redhead Beach watching the surfing at the Col Smith contest 9/6/18. A good crowd considering the cold and damp conditions.
A reasonable surf for the Redhead Beach Col Smith contest 9/6/18 considering the weeks of recent bad weather
The surf turn testy on Sunday – cold wet bumpy and a fast building swell. Competition surfers making it look much better than it was
Rique Smith, Col’s son between heats at the Col Smith contest 10/6/18 Cold and wet but with the same smile as his dad’s see photo below.
Redhead’s Col Smith at a party 1978, don’t think that was coffee he was drinking.
Cold Chisel’s Don Walker with cheap wine but as yet no three day growth Mawson Hotel 1978
Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes Cardiff Workers Club 1978
Billy Reid came down with some of his old slides and we scanned in a couple of classic surfing photos:
Steve Butterworth and Col Smith surfing in a comp at Old Bar around 1978 Note Steve has switched feet on this one with his leg rope on his front foot.
Col Smith same comp Old Bar 1978
Martin Littlewood had just shaped this classic 12 channel beast around 1978. See http://www.deltadesigns.com.au for info on Marty’s boards.
Martin Littlewood on the inside Redhead classic Redhead 1978
Thanks for the photos Bill
I also scanned in some old slides I took of Redhead’s best surfer Col Smith.
Col Smith at Redhead 1978 The surf was solid and grey
Col Smith 1976 the night before going to Hawaii with Jim Pollard Fluid Foils Channel Boards
Col Smith sponsored by Tracker who gave him the airline ticket to Hawaii
Col Smith and family 1983 Christmas Day visit.
Lake View Swansea 21/5/2018 View through the trees and blue water to pelicans on the sand bar.
A surfer as far back as possible in a solid swell Redhead Beach 10/5/2018 I don’t know if he made it.
A shell in a shell washed up on Redhead Beach like a bouquet of flowers.
Rainbow over Redhead Beach 28/4/2018