September 2017

 

29/09/2017 Regarding the photo of the Blob – we went for a paddle at Swansea again and found the water turned purple near shore.

Sea Hare squirt Swansea 29-09-17

On a closer look something under the sand was squirting out a purple ink

Sea Hare squirt Swansea 2 29-09-17

I put my paddle under it and found this beast known as a Sea Hare

Sea Hare Swansea 29-09-17

The Blob 27/9/2017. On a sand island in Swansea Chanel we found this moving blob of gristle, no idea what it is and never seen one before.

Lake Monster Swansea 27-09-17

Swansea 27/9/2017. The Skydive plane drops parachutists and the bird population from the small sand island scatter.

Plane & Birds Swansea 27-09-17

Razor Clam shell Swansea channel 27/9/2017

Razor Clam Swansea 27-09-17

Sam on his kayak spinning for flathead Black Neds Bay 3/9/17

Sam fishing from Kayak 03-09-17

Some decent boats on the way out of Swansea Channel 11/9/2017.

Boats in Swansea Channel 11-09-17

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October/November 2013

23/10/13 Bushfires raging around Redhead and Dudley, evacuations for houses nearest the bush.24/10/13 The bush fire flared up closer to Redhead this morning with helicopters water bombing overhead.

Helicopter over Redhead Bushfire 24-10-13

 

24/10/13 Redhead Bushfire real close to home.

Bushfire at Redhead 24-10-13

 

Redhead 01/9/2013 Early Morning fun at the beach

Bonnie & Buddy & surfer 01-09-13

 

Redhead Beach sunrise 13/10/2013

Redhead beach sunrise 13-10-13

 

Beached Mutton Birds Redhead 4/11/2013.

The 20 or so million Shearwater (Mutton Birds) annual migration from Russia to nesting grounds in Tasmania had more casualties than usual this year. Thousands of dead and worn out mutton birds have been washed up on NSW east coast beaches with rough seas and onshore winds. They most likely got pounded by some rougher weather than usual.

Mutton Birds washed up Redhead 04-11-13

 

Redhead Shark Tower at sunrise 8/11/2013. The sun blazing though the haze of many recent NSW bush fires.

Redhead Shark Tower 08-11-13

 

Redhead Beach October 2010

Saturday morning a cool stiff sou-wester sprung up. The surf was small and  flat but picturesque between cloud banks.

Redhead Beach October 16 2010
Redhead Beach October 16 2010
 
The flags were up but there were no takers, the wind chill and  cold upwell had made it unpleasant but it still  looked peaceful.
 
Flags up no takers Redhead Oct 16 2010
Flags up no takers Redhead Oct 16 2010
 
But the next morning the surf had jumped up and the Sunday morning  Nippers had to stay dry, confined to beach events due to the dangerous surf. I  would describe conditions as narnar – double gnarly.
 
Redhead too big for Nippers 1 Oct 2010
Redhead too big for Nippers 1 Oct 2010
 

Col Smith hanging 5 at Redhead 1978. This was not a popular surfing  manouver at the time on short boards, but has come back in favour with the  reappearance of longboard riders.

Col Smith Redhead 1978 hanging 5
Col Smith Redhead 1978 hanging 5
 
Newcastle Show 1978 – the Spruker talks up the Haunted House Ride.
Haunted House Newcastle Show 1978
Haunted House Newcastle Show 1978

The Redhead Gables 1978. Flying into Redhead, as you do, the first  property you saw was a large grand old house with tennis courts known as the  Gables, originally a Miners Hostel, then a Convent, now a housing estate.  Development in Redhead has now caught up to it on both sides of the road.

The Redhead Gables 1978
The Redhead Gables 1978
 
The Gold Coast Nightlife 2001. Summed up by leaving the camera on at  night for a minute.
Gold Coast night life 2001
Gold Coast night life 2001
 

Body Boarders Redhead August 2010

August 2010 – The sand banks have not been good for surfers – except for the  hardy bodyboarders getting some gnarly closeout barrels. Unknown bodyboarder  Redhead Little Beach August 2010

Bodyboarder Redhead August 2010
Bodyboarder Redhead August 2010

A week later a little smaller, but good shape for the bodyboards.  August 2010. Is that Bob the barber walking down for a session on the right?  Yep.

Redhead Bodyboarder August 2010
Redhead Bodyboarder August 2010

Simon Anderson wins Bells 1977. Simon surfed powerfully in a solid  swell to win and  he enjoys the moment after a close final.

Simon Anderson 1977 Bells Beach Winner
Simon Anderson 1977 Bells Beach Winner
Ian Moss – Cold Chisel …  sings Georgia at Belmont Sportsmans Club  1976.
Ian Moss – Cold Chisel sings Georgia 1977
Ian Moss – Cold Chisel sings Georgia 1977
A Hunter Valley Coal Mine around 1986.
A Hunter Valley Coal Mine around 1986
A Hunter Valley Coal Mine around 1986
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show Speers Point Park 1999. Surfers  liked the Ninja Turtles, as the movie characters acted and spoke like Corky  Caroll, the 1960’s legendary 5 times US surfing Champion who created surf speak  and lives the carfree fun surfing life we all dream of.
Ninja Turtles show Speers Point Park 1999
Ninja Turtles show Speers Point Park 1999
The BIG Right hander in the Sky. A Storm coming over Redhead around 1984.
Storm Cloud Wave Redhead 1984
Storm Cloud Wave Redhead 1984
Peter Garrett and Rob Hirst Midnight Oils at the Mawson Hotel about 1978 getting serious.
 Mignight Oil Garret & Hirst 1978 Mawson Hotel
Mignight Oil Garret & Hirst 1978 Mawson Hotel

Redhead Surf Club 70th Reunion around 1977. A bunch of old mates meet up over a few cold beers.

Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion
Redhead SLSC 70th Reunion
Redhead’s Col Smith in his shaping bay with a new batch of channel  boards around 1978.

Col Smith shaping Channel Boards

Col Smith shaping Channel Boards

Newcastle Surfers with Style in the 70s

You gotta make it look good, no good doing the moves without your own style. Surfing has always had stylists to steal a bit off and add your own too. Some of my favourites are Phil Edwards Miki Dora Midget Farelly and Gerry Lopez, more recently Tom Curran and Joel Tudor, they all make anything they do look great.

Newcastle has many surfers with their own style.

For example Steve Butterworth shown here at Redhead in 1978, tubed with  style.

Steve Butterworth Redhead 1978
Steve Butterworth Redhead 1978

Paul “Davo ” Davis – the legend of the Leggy at the Mattara contest Newcastle  1978. Paul surfed the Leggy with style and with an uncanny wave knowledge,  always making it through the bowl.

Paul Davo Davis at Newcastle Mattara comp 1978
Paul Davo Davis at Newcastle Mattara comp 1978

Around 1964, one of the first great Leggy surfers was Peter “Hector” Hogan  who surfed it with a few Redhead guys with only a sprinkle of other guys. Hector  was fearless and rode the place well always coming from behind, and it was long  before legropes, and as such his boards were always a mess.

Mark Richards at the Leggy in 1978 cuts back  effortlessly and  gracefully and with style.

Mark Richards cutback Leggy1978
Mark Richards cutback Leggy1978
Dave Robbo, Col Smiths sidekick, at Redhead in 1979. Dave is an  excellent tube rider and him and Col, were always getting tubed at  Ghosties.
Dave Robbo Redhead 1978
Dave Robbo Redhead 1978
Roger Clements had his own style, shown here at the Mattara contest  1978. Roger seemed to just skate around sections on a tiny twin fin.
Rodger Clements Newcastle Mattara contest 1977
Rodger Clements Newcastle Mattara contest 1977
Kenny once told me a clanger about style. He was surfing in Bali when an Italian guy paddles out with the nose of his board way out of the water and he was paddling with a very shallow stroke. He says to Kenny – heya mate you  surfa good, you givva me some tips aye. Kenny tells him he could give his paddle style some improvment and catch waves if he moved up the board a bit  and did deeper strokes. The guys goes – now way – THATSA MY STLYE! Well at least he had his own style and was happy with it.

Onother kind of style. Aussie girl in Bali 1977

Aussie surf girl in Bali 1977
Aussie surf girl in Bali 1977
Weather worn rock formation. Over years holes have  been worn by wave movement of small rocks.
Rock weathered patterns 1980
Rock weathered patterns 1980

The country side was pretty as picture at Sale in Victoria around 1977.  When I found the negative was a bit worse for wear I photo shopped this one  to look like a watercolour painting.

Sale Victoria countryside in watercolour
Sale Victoria countryside in watercolour

Surf EXPO 1987 – In conjuction with Surfest an exhibition of Newcastle’s  finest surfing collectors items was arranged by Ronnie Rudder and others. A  photo shoot was arranged at Redhead beach, then the boards were displayed at the  Newcastle Showground, with buses provided from Newcastle beach and  back. Here the Redhead groms eagerly grab some Newcastle surfing history and  pose with a fine collection of 60’s Mals.

Surf Expo 1987 Mals Redhead Beach
Surf Expo 1987 Mals Redhead Beach

Wooden surfboards and other things

In 1935 Tom Blake made a hollow surboard and put a fin on and surfing moved  quicky ahead with many changes since.

Well, the hollow board has started to come back with technology advances,  Weber is making chambered epoxy /styrene composites and Pope is making hollow  epoxy boards and now many craftsmen are making chambered wooden boards  again.

A good surfboard is regarded as a work of art, in this case a work of art – is a good surfboard.

Redhead regular David Chung met up with some other like minded Aussies and  attended a mind blowing week on the NSW South coast making their own wooden  boards under the guidance and trained eye and skilled hands of US craftsman  Paul Jensen.

Here is a link to Paul Jensen’s blog, giving details of the process of  building a wooden board.

http://www.hollowsurfboards.com/2010SapphireCoastAustraliaTripReport

Check out Paul Jensen’s Website:  http://www.hollowsurfboards.com/

David’s new board detail:

Manna Fish 5’10” x 21″ x 2.5″ Built by hand October 2010 at Manna Park  Merimbula Decks – Blackwood, Western Red Cedar and Paulownia Rails – Cork  and Ply, Fins – Marine Ply  Inspired by Steve Lis Designed by Paul  Jensen Board Construction and Fins by David Chung Rails shaped by Jed  Done Glassing by Jye Byrnes 45+ hours to build and a lifetime to  enjoy.

David Chung’s wooden Board – Deck

David Chung’s Wooden Manna Fish November 2010

David Chung’s Wooden Manna Fish November 2010

David Chung’s wooden Board – Bottom.

David Chung's Manna Fish

David Chung’s Manna Fish

Here is a collage of the week making the board  : 

Making Manna Fish Collage

Making Manna Fish Collage

Mark Richards Leggy Point 1978 heading for a place on a wave not many can come back down from.
Mark Richards Leggy 1978

Mark Richards Leggy 1978

Mark Richards cutback 1977

Mark Richards cutback 1977

Dudley/Redhead swamp 1980. The white paperbark trunks reflecting in  the water made a striking scene.
Dudley Swamp reflections 1979

Dudley Swamp reflections 1979

The little crab in the top left was keeping very busy making this sand  sculpture 1978 Marks Point.
Crab at Work Marks Point

Crab at Work Marks Point

Peter Allen took us all on a trip to Rio when he did this song at the  Newcastle Civic Theatre around 1989. What a great singer songwriter and  entertainer he was.
Peter Allan Civic Theatre 1989

Peter Allan Civic Theatre 1989

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.

Redhead-27-11-10
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.
Women-Finalists-Bells-77
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”
Graham-Parker-1
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