November/December 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.

Blacksmiths shore break 01-12-18

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.

Blacksmiths Beach 1 08-06-16

Sam catches another whopper off the rocks.

Sam Kingfish 10-11-18

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September/October 2018

Foggy morning Redhead Beach 23/10/2018. Trying to keep it simple.

Redhead beach foggy morning 23-10-18

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.

Redhead 2nd creek flowing 06-10-18

Silver Sea – Blacksmiths Beach 17/10/2018 and it’s a colour photo

Silver Sea Blacksmiths 17-10-18

Early morning paddle around to Green Point Belmont 27/9/18 Water like glass, sun coming through the trees, nice and peaceful.

Reflections Green Point Belmont 27-09-18

Three Pig face flowers in different stages of bloom Blacksmiths Beach 20/9/2018

Pig face Blacksmiths 20-08-18

Sun through clouds Blacksmiths Beach 20/9/2018

Sun through cloud Blacksmiths 20-09-18

Ripples in the Sand Redhead Beach 22/08/2018. Waves pushed over the beach and left these patterns when the tide went out.

Sand ripples 22-08-18

June/July/August 2018

Redhead beach flat as 07/08/2018

Redhead Beach flat as 07-08-18

Redhead Bluff cliff faces 29/7/2018

Redhead Cliff Faces 29-07-18

Patterns in the Sand Redhead beach 29/7/2018

Patterns in the sand Redhead 29-07-18

Purple sky Redhead Beach 18/6/2018. Some more bad weather not far away.

Purple Sky Redhead Beach 18-06-18

Some pictures from old surf magazines showing how good a surfer Col Smith was. Thanks to the surfing photographers and the magazines.

Col Smith big Sunset Beach 1976

Col Smith Lip Bash Surfabout 1978

Col Smith Aussie champ comp 1977

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.

Prizes Col Smith Contest 09-06-18

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.

Crowd Col Smith Contest 09-06-18

A reasonable surf for the Redhead Beach Col Smith contest 9/6/18 considering the weeks of recent bad weather

Surf Col Smith Contest 09-06-18

The surf turn testy on Sunday – cold wet bumpy and a fast building swell. Competition surfers making it look much better than it was

Comp surfers Col Smith Comp 10-06-18

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.

Rique Smith 10-06-18

Redhead’s Col Smith at a party 1978, don’t think that was coffee he was drinking.

Col Smith Redhead party 1978

Cold Chisel’s Don Walker with cheap wine but as yet no three day growth Mawson Hotel 1978

Don Walker Mawson Hotel 1977

Cold Chisel’s Jimmy Barnes Cardiff Workers Club 1978

Jimmy Barnes Cardiff Workers 1978

April/May 2018

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.

Steve Butterworth Old Bar comp 1978

Steve Butterwoth Old Bar Comp 1 1978

Col Smith same comp Old Bar 1978

Col Smith Old Bar Comp 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 12 channel 1978

Martin Littlewood on the inside Redhead classic Redhead 1978

Redhead surfers 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 surfing 1978 at Redhead

Col Smith 1976 the night before going to Hawaii with Jim Pollard Fluid Foils Channel Boards

Col Smith Fluid Foils for Hawaii

Col Smith sponsored by Tracker who gave him the airline ticket to Hawaii

Col Smith in Tracker Jacket 1976

Col Smith and family 1983 Christmas Day visit.

Col Smith and Family 1983

Lake View Swansea 21/5/2018 View through the trees and blue water to pelicans on the sand bar.

Lake View Swansea 21-05-18

A surfer as far back as possible in a solid swell Redhead Beach 10/5/2018 I don’t know if he made it.

Surfer Redhead Beach 10-05-18

A shell in a shell washed up on Redhead Beach like a bouquet of flowers.

A shell in shell Redhead 16-03-18

Rainbow over Redhead Beach 28/4/2018

Rainbow Redhead Beach 28-04-18

January/February/March 2018

Redhead Beach sunrise clouds ships and chop 10/3/2018

Redhead Sunrise Ships and Chop 10-03-18

Redhead Beach sunrise 19/2/2018

Redhead Beach sunrise 19-02-18

30/1/2018 Peter Keelan sent me some great surfing photos taken at Leggy Point

Peter Keelan Leggy 2010

Peter Keelan Leggy Point

Peter Keelan Leggy Point 2017

Pete’s collection of fine channel bottom surfboards, all of these are made by master board maker Sam Egan

Peter Keelan with his Channel Bottom Boards

23/1/2018 Redhead First Creek has stopped flowing, never seen that before, sure need some rain.

Redhead first creek dried up 23-01-18

1920’s Arial photo of Blacksmiths Breakwater and looking past Swansea Heads from¬†hunterlivinghistories site. A lot has changed since then, just out to sea past Caves Beach you can see the reef break we surfed that became the breakwater know known as Spoon Rocks.

Blacksmiths Breakwater 1920s

1989 BHP Newcastle Surfing Comp signed poster, some fine names on there.

1989 Newcastle BHP Comp poster

 

October\November 2017

Sea Slug Swansea 21/11/2017 Like a garden slug with wings only bigger

Sea Slug Swansea 21-11-17

Walking the dog on Redhead beach 12/11/2017

Shadows walking on the beach 12-11-17

Jimmy Lewis SUP Paddle goes as good as it looks.

Jimmy Lewis SUP Paddle 21-10-17

Redhead Beach early morning soft colours 15/7/2017

Redhead Beach in colours 15-07-17

Redhead Beach clouds 14/10/2017. Stuff happening in the sky.

Redhead beach clouds 14-10-17

Redhead Beach pollution 1/10/2017. The worst case I have ever seen, this “algie bloom” has been pushing up on Redhead Beach for 5 days. No idea where its coming from. Surfing in it not recommended.

Polluted Redhead Beach 01-10-17

July/August 2017

Huge surf Redhead 20/8/2017 About as big as is gets here.

Big seas Redhead 20-08-17

A huge wave pushes over the beach and up the dry Redhead Beach Second Creek bed then comes back down 20/8/2017. A day to be careful walking on the beach.

Big wave up 2nd creek 20-08-17

Big surf again. Redhead Beach 19/8/2017

Big Wave Redhead 19-08-17

Rock shelf Redhead Bluff

Redhead Bluff rock pool 20-10-14

Big, cold wild waves Redhead Beach 1st July 2017

Big waves Redhead Beach 01-07-17