July 8th 2011 Big swell at Merewether and Newcastle

More winter swells on the way.

Newcastle at lunchtime 8/7/2011 no one out and some big ones hammering  in.

Newcastle Beach Heavy Wave 8-7-11

Newcastle Beach Heavy Wave 8-7-11

This one looks a bit more rideable but there were a lot of  closeouts.
Newcastle Beach good one 8-7-11

Newcastle Beach good one 8-7-11

Merewether Point late arvo lining up 8/7/2011
Merewether Point 8-7-11

Merewether Point 8-7-11

Merewether Point line up with evening glow 8/7/2011
Merewether Beach evening glow 8-7-11

Merewether Beach evening glow 8-7-11

Redhead Beach Saturday morning early closeout 9/7/11
Redhead closeout 9-7-11

Redhead closeout 9-7-11

Redhead Beach Saturday morning spray coming off a mean  one.
Redhead wind sprayed wave 9-7-11

Redhead wind sprayed wave 9-7-11

Black Neds Bay Swansea 30/6/11 – A nice place to go for a paddle,  it’s  only shallow so best go a high tide and you can see the fish moving around,  watch out for the razor clams though.

lack Neds Bay Swansea 30-6-11

lack Neds Bay Swansea 30-6-11

Blacksmiths 29/6/11 choppy and raining but still a nice sight.

Blacksmiths Beach rain cloud 29-6-11

Blacksmiths Beach rain cloud 29-6-11

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011 some of it old and some new.

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011

Overlooking Newcastle City May 2011

Wendy Saddington and friends visiting Redhead beach 1969. Wendy sings the  blues properly and has one of Australia’s best voices and played at  Newcastle Wests Bus Stop Disco the night before. Bus Stop Disco hosted  Australia’s best bands like the La De Das and Levi Smiths Clefts and I didn’t  hear much disco music there as it wasn’t invented yet –  that was a 70’s  thing.

Singer Wendy Saddington visits Redhead 1969

Singer Wendy Saddington visits Redhead 1969

Milano’s Restaurant Pelican Marina Feb 2011 – nice food and service and  a nice view.

Milano's Restaurant at Marks Pt Marina Feb  2011

Milano’s Restaurant at Pelican Marina Feb 2011

July 14th 2011 Newcastle Big Surf

The swell kept getting bigger and meaner this week.

A big one coming past Newcastle Baths lunchtime 12/7/11

Newcastle Baths in big surf 12-7-11

Newcastle Baths in big surf 12-7-11

Another big  wave Newcastle point 12/7/11

Newcastle Beach big wave 12-7-11

Newcastle Beach big wave 12-7-11

Late arvo Merewether Point 13/7/11

Merewether Point 13-7-11

Merewether Point 13-7-11

Merewether Point late on 13/7/11

Merewether 13-7-11

Merewether 13-7-11

As the light fades a big set comes through at Merewether point  13/7/11

Merewether Point late 13-7-11

Merewether Point late 13-7-11

To get a feel for how heavy it was at Newcastle I got in for an eye level  view – 14/7/11

Rough surf Newcastle 14-7-11

Rough surf Newcastle 14-7-11

Big wave at Newcastle 14/7/11

Newcastle Beach big wave 14-7-11

Newcastle Beach big wave 14-7-11

Another big one Newcastle 14/7/11 with bonus bird.

Newcastle big wave 14-7-11 10 with Bonus bird

Newcastle big wave 14-7-11 10 with Bonus bird

Some old stuff –

Girls watching Grant Kenny compete – Surf Carnival Redhead beach 1978

Girls watching Surf Carnival Redhead 1978

Girls watching Surf Carnival Redhead 1978

Redhead SLSC 75th Reunion 1977 – some long standing members.

Redhead SLSC 75th Reunion 1977

Redhead SLSC 75th Reunion 1977

25th August 2011

The days are getting warmer and it’s starting to look like summer already. Late afternoon Redhead 25/8/11. A few different peaks showing up. Redhead surfer surfing the right across the back of the Shark Tower.

Redhead- surfer1 25-08-11

Redhead- surfer1 25-08-11

25/8/2011 Redhead Surfer on the right on the big Beach. Redhead surfer 25-08-11 2

Redhead surfer 25-08-11

Redhead surfer 25-08-11

Redhead surfer on the left just past the Shark Tower Redhead surfer 25-08-11 3

Redhead surfer3 25-08-11

Redhead surfer3 25-08-11

Redhead surf Club 25/8/11

Redhead Surf club 25-08-11

Redhead Surf club 25-08-11

The statue overlooking Newcastle Beach. James Fletcher 1834-1891. A  Newcastle man worthy of the view, a mine manager that valued his workers, a politician that fought for workers rights and owner of the Newcastle Morning  Herald and Miners Advocate. James Fletcher Statue Newcastle 22-08-11

James Fletcher Statue Newcastle

James Fletcher Statue Newcastle

Belmont 16 Footers Sailing Race Sunday 21/8/11. The wind was strong from the east, doing someone some good.

Belmont 16s Race 21-08-11

Belmont 16s Race 21-08-11

Redhead Shark Tower Rocks 22/08/11

Shark Tower Rocks 22-08-11

Shark Tower Rocks 22-08-11

Pigs grazing in the front garden NZ 1977.

NZ Pigs 1977

NZ Pigs 1977

Steve Butterworth 1980 at Redhead Beach showing his tube riding skill with smooth style.

Steve Butterworth Redhead 1980

Steve Butterworth Redhead 1980

The top end of Newcastle. Looking down Watt Street, over the Hunter River to  Stockton Beach – 2 water views. Watt St Newcastle 22-08-11

Watt St Newcastle 22-08-11

Watt St Newcastle 22-08-11

 

28th September 2011

Sunday morning, cold wet and windy. Didn’t get out of the car. Redhead Beach  wet and windy Sunday 25/9/11.Redhead Rainy day 25-09-11

Redhead Rainy day 25-09-11

Redhead Rainy day 25-09-11

Redhead Beach 20/9/11 The wind was gale force from the West/South West

Redhead windy 20-09-11

Redhead windy 20-09-11

Redhead Little Beach surfer 27/9/11

Redhead surfer 27-09-11

Redhead surfer 27-09-11

Redhead Little Beach Body Boarder 27/9/11

Redhead  Body Boarder 27-09-11

Redhead Body Boarder 27-09-11

Blacksmiths Surfer 27/9/11

Blacksmiths surfer 27-09-11

Blacksmiths surfer 27-09-11

Marks Point  2011 Boxing Day drew a large crowd of picnicers,  boaters and fishermen on a day made for it.

Pelican Boating Jan2 2011

Pelican Boating Jan2 2011

Fishing at Pelican Boxing Day 2011

Pelican Fishing Jan2 2011

Pelican Fishing Jan2 2011

Moth Sailing Championships at Belmont 16 Footers club January 2011. The  Moth sailing boats have a winged keel that lifts it out of the water as it  gathers speed, so they just glide though the water with no drag.

Moth Racing Lake Mac Jan 2011

Moth Racing Lake Mac Jan 2011

Moth sailing Lake Macquarie 3 Jan 2011

Moth sailing Lake Mac Jan 2011

Moth sailing Lake Mac Jan 2011

Mayfield Pool 1988 at 6AM Arnold’s swim squad early morning training. If you  want to be a champion swimmer you have to do the hard yards.  A young Justin Norris was in amongst this squad of young swimmers. Mayfield Pool 1998 Arnold’s swim team

Mayfield Pool 1998 Arnolds swim team

Mayfield Pool 1998 Arnolds swim team

 

21st October 2011

Dudley Beach 25/6/11

Dudley Beach  25-6-11

Dudley Beach 25-6-11

Newcastle Big winter swell 13/7/11

Newcastle 13-7-11

Newcastle 13-7-11

Newcastle Harbour Tug 14/6/11

Newcastle Tug 14-6-11

Newcastle Tug 14-6-11

Blacksmiths Surfer 4/6/11

Blacksmiths 4-6-11

Blacksmiths 4-6-11

Redhead surfer on a solid swell 4/6/11

Redhead surfer9 4-6-11

Redhead surfer9 4-6-11

Redhead  Surfer 2 4/6/11

Redhead surfer13 4-6-11

Redhead surfer13 4-6-11

Newcastle Beach Big surf close up 14/7/11

Newcastle Beach big surf 14-7-11

Newcastle Beach big surf 14-7-11

Redhead Bluff up close 10/6/2011

Redhead Bluff 10-6-11

Redhead Bluff 10-6-11

Redhead Beach early morning right hander 14/10/11

Redhead right 14-10-11

Redhead right 14-10-11

Saturday morning 22/10/11 around 7:30 am.

The surf was very ordinary at 2 foot with a light onshore starting up, but it was the best place to be to watch the local dolphins throw  a party. Dozens of dolphins gathered just outside the break in what appeared to  be an introduction of the new young calves to the extended dolphin clan. The young ones were accompanied by adults as they cruised around and around, meanwhile the young adults cavorted further out getting some  serious air. They threw some awsome stale fish moves but without grabbing a  rail. They stayed for almost an hour in the same area while the few surfers out watched in awe a few metres away. Sorry no pictures I was just out in the surf amazed.

Redhead Bluff 2010

A close inspection of Redhead Bluff (not too close, there’s rocks falling off – like in Billy the Mountain) shows a Tubular Section in it, recent rain has  done some corrosive damage and has hollowed out a literally tubular gnarly slab.Redhead Cliff with wave June 2010

Redhead Cliff with wave 14-06-10

Redhead Cliff with wave 14-06-10

A solid swell pumped through on the last Sunday of May 2010 and the wind held them up. Unknown surfer behind the Redhead Shark Tower.

Redhead surfer May-2010

Redhead surfer May-201

An email from Julie and Shayne advised me of the surfing footage from the 70’s taken from the movie Fantasea, of Col Smith and also Steve Butterworth is on Youtube site:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38YzceIQAtE

Not somewhere in Europe – Hunter Valley Gardens in Cessnock’s wine  country, a lot of very nice different types of gardens, very well put  together. Hunter Valley Gardens 2009

Hunter Valley Gardens 2010

Hunter Valley Gardens 2010

Catherine Hill Bay in 1975. Catho hasn’t changed much in 35 years – lets hope it stays that way. Catherine Hill Bay Township 1975
Catherine Hill Bay 1975

Catherine Hill Bay 1975

Lou Reed at the Majestic Newcastle Civic Theatre around 1978.   Lou had a great band and played great guitar and had the crowd on their  feet.
Lou Reed Civic Theatre Newcastle 1978
Lou Reed Civic Theatre

Lou Reed Civic Theatre

Justin Lee, one of the most consistant long term surfers from the Lake  Macquarie Beaches on a VERY solid day at Dudley September 2009. Photo by Geoff  Connors. Justin Lee surfing at Dudley September 2009

Justin Lee at Dudley Sept 2009

Justin Lee at Dudley Sept 2009

The Redhead Surf Crew celebrate Gilly’s Graduation around 1978.
Gillys Graduation

Gillys Graduation

25th November 2011 Pacific Dreams Surf Shop

25/11/11 Pacific Dreams opened their new Darby Street Newcastle surf shop.

The shop is full of new boards, some second hand ones and a lot of surf gear.

Pacific Dreams surfshop opening

Pacific Dreams surfshop opening

One of the features in the shop is a huge skylight highlighting 4  large  surf photos.

This one I took around 1975 of Roy lee and Martin Littlewood  working together in a lantana covered chook shed at Redhead.

Pacific Dreams photowalls

Pacific Dreams photowalls

PD owners Roy and Jan join the boys Ronnie and Bidsar in celebrating  some hard work getting it all together.

PD's Roy Jan Ron Bidsy

PD’s Roy Jan Ron Bidsy

Roy Lee enjoys a beer with Ronnie Rudder and board maker Peter McCabe. Peter’s boards are available from Pacific Dreams surfshop.

Check out Grubby’s boards on web site http://www.petermccabesurfboards.com.au/

Roy Ronnie Peter at PD

Roy Ronnie Peter at PD

Pacific Dreams surfshop. The girls in front of the huge amount of surf gear on offer.

PD Girls in Shop

PD Girls in Shop

The boys at Pacific Dreams surf shop opening enjoying a few beers.

The boys at Pacific Dreams

The boys at Pacific Dreams

Chris and Megan Totterman with Roy in front of the wall of photos Chris  worked hard in creating.

Chris Megan Pacific Dreams

Chris Megan Pacific Dreams

Shane and Ronnie maybe trying to tell me there is something up on the  roof.

Shane and Ronnie PD's

Shane and Ronnie PD’s

A rare trip in front of the camera Roy and Crow. We went to school together  and started surfing together around 1964.

Roy & Crow at Pacific Dreams

Roy & Crow at Pacific Dreams

Roy has a couple of beers literally, just remember Roy you got to get up early and get this shop up and running tomorrow.

Roy & Beers PD's

Roy & Beers PD’s

 

5th December 2011

Redhead 20/11/11 Early morning sea fog during Redhead SLSC Proficiency.

Redhead Beach sea mist 20-11-11

Redhead Beach sea mist 20-11-11

Saturday 26/11/11 The wind started as onshore then swung offshore and cleaned  up the surf. Redhead lineup Redhead Beach surf 26-11-2011

Redhead surf 26-11-11

Redhead surf 26-11-11

Redhead surfer dogging thru behind the tower. Redhead surfer 1 26-11-11

Redhead surfer 1 26-11-11

Redhead surfer 1 26-11-11

Redhead Surfer on one starting to wall up 26-11-11

Redhead surfer 3 26-11-11

Redhead surfer 3 26-11-11

Redhead body boarder  26-11-11

Redhead Bodyboarder 26-11-11

Redhead Bodyboarder 26-11-11

Redhead surfer 26-11-2011

Redhead surfer 26-11-11

Redhead surfer 26-11-11

Monday 5/12/11

A week of rain pushed lots of fresh water out to sea, then a raging southerly  whipped it up to make some serious froth. Redhead shark tower. Redhead foam 1 5-12-11

Redhead Beach foam 5-12-11

Redhead Beach foam 5-12-11

The foam was pushed into the Redhead Bluff painting it white. Redhead Beach foam 2 5-12-11

RedheadBeach foam-  5-12-11

RedheadBeach foam- 5-12-11

Blacksmiths Beach same day as above at the other end of the beach, clean as. Blacksmiths 5-12-11

Blacksmiths 5-12-11

Blacksmiths 5-12-11

Blacksmiths, minutes later than the sunny shot above, a rain cloud parts and  sun shines through onto the water. Blacksmiths sun through clouds 5-12-11

Blacksmiths sun-thru-clouds 5-12-11

Blacksmiths sun-thru-clouds 5-12-11

 

22nd February 2012

Redhead Beach 22/1/2012

Redhead Beach 4-2-12

Redhead Beach 4-2-12

Redhead Body Boarder 4/2/2012

Redhead Body Boarder 4-2-12

Redhead Body Boarder 4-2-12

Redhead Beach 22/1/2012. The Pig Face leaves are turning red.

Redhead Beach1 22-1-12

Redhead Beach1 22-1-12

Redhead first Creek wind on the water 22/1/2012

Redhead 1st Creek1 22-1-12

Redhead 1st Creek1 22-1-12

Redhead Shark Tower 21/1/2012

Redhead Shark Tower 21-1-12

Redhead Shark Tower 21-1-12

Redhead First Creek 22/2/2012

Redhead 1st Creek2 22-1-12

Redhead 1st Creek2 22-1-12

 

The following Photos are by Jo and Geoff from their New Zealand South Island hiking
trip last week. Some beautiful landscapes, a very beautful place.

NZ-South-Isle1

NZ-South-Isle2

NZ-South-Isle3

NZ-South-Isle4

NZ-South-Isle5 NZ-South-Isle6 NZ-South-Isle7 NZ-South-Isle8

 

Surfing in New Zealand 1979

New Zealand’s North Island in January 1978 had excellent surf and good weather as the following photos show. The NZ people were friendly and helpful and made my
short stay there a memorable one. Locals picked me up if I was
hitching, took me surfing, to the pub and put me up. The beaches
were unspoilt and beautiful.

Driving down the road to this point you are welcomed by a view of one of the best set ups you could imagine.New Zealand 1978 Whale Bay

New Zealand Whale Bay

New Zealand Whale Bay

And it just seemed to get better and better…
New Zealand 1978 Raglan Indicators
NZ Raglan Indicators

NZ Raglan Indicators

Manu Bay had most of the crowd on it but this view was hard to pass. New Zealand 1978 Manu Bay
NZ Manu Bay 1977

NZ Manu Bay 1977

NZ Manu Bay

NZ Manu Bay

The mid week afternoon sessions were popular with the locals but crowds were thin during the day then. New Zealand 1978 Evening Surf Raglan
NZ Raglan Indicators

NZ Raglan Indicators

 A beautiful summers day 1978 at Manu Bay with a local surfer enjoying the conditions.
Surfer Paul Bates at New Zealand Manu Bay 1978.
NZ Paul Bates at Manu Bay

NZ Paul Bates at Manu Bay

And another scenic point break photo with only 3 guys in the water…
New Zealand Raglan 1978
NZ Raglan 1977Indicators

NZ Raglan 1977Indicators