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.

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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”
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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

Old photos of Redhead and elswhere

On Surfari around southern NSW near Bega 1977 getting close to susnset,   we went through this water way and then went back and did it again  for the camera.

On surfari near Bega 1977

On surfari near Bega 1977

Redhead Beach from the Bluff 1978
Redhead beach 1978

Redhead beach 1978

Ray Lunn stalls hard and then later gets a nice tube from behind  the Redhead Shark Tower 1977.
Ray Lunn Redhead Beach 1977

Ray Lunn Redhead Beach 1977

Not a bad surf for no one out. Redhead Little Beach 1978.
Redhead Little Beach no one out 1977

Redhead Little Beach no one out 1977

Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977. Even looks good in black &  white.  A 30 second time exposure.
Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977

Redhead Beach by moonlight 1977

Bring back the chariot races and the pillow fights at Surf Carnivals! Newcastle region surf carnival Chariot Race at Blacksmiths around 1978, these teams look like they were having fun.
Newcastle area surf carnival Chariot Race 1978

Newcastle area surf carnival Chariot Race 1978

We gave them the book, but it didnt seem to help much. My daughter Ellen  and son Sam seem to be taking the business of toddler taming a bit too  lightly.
Toddler Taming Sam & Ellen 1990

Toddler Taming Sam & Ellen 1990

An uncrowded line up at Arrawarra around 1977.
Arrawarra 1977

Arrawarra 1977

A  bee on a flowering thistle plant close up make a nice combination  of colours.
Bee on flowering thistle 1978

Bee on flowering thistle 1978

Blower & his Dad and band playing some super cool music at Belmont Yatch Club around 1978.
Blower & Dad's Band

Blower & Dad’s Band

June 2011 Storm

Another big June storm hit just north of Newcastle  and we got the tail end of it’s fury.

Merewether Baths coping a flogging 14th June  2011.

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Merewether in storm 14-6-11

Merewether in storm 14-6-11

Redhead beach on a dark on a stormy night.
Redhead in storm 14-6-11

Redhead in storm 14-6-11

 2 Days before the storm was just  building, Redhead Beach the surf is starting to get bumpy.
Redhead Beach 12-6-11

Redhead Beach 12-6-11

Newcastle Foreshore. A lot of  country towns have a big thing like a big banana or a big  pineapple, Newcastle just has a big thingy.
Newcastle Ferry Wharf 14-6-11

Newcastle Ferry Wharf 14-6-11

Redhead 2nd Creek walkway between rain squalls.
Redhead 2nd Creek Walkway 11-6-11

Redhead 2nd Creek Walkway 11-6-11

A walk along the Redhead 2nd Creek walkway between rain  storms, and I found the fairies had been busy in their Dell.
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Another look at this wave… I found 2  hell men deep inside trying to get out through the lip.
Redhead Heavy wave 4-6-11

Redhead Heavy wave 4-6-11

Newcastle Beach mid week mid day.
Newcastle surfer 3-6-11

Newcastle surfer 3-6-11

Redhead Bluff showing off it colour  on sunset.
Redhead Bluff 9-6-11

Redhead Bluff 9-6-11

This gnarled Banksia tree above the bright red  soil has been doing it tough for a while.
Redhead Bluff 13-6-11

Redhead Bluff 13-6-11

Going for a paddle around  Swansea Channel, you see some nice sights.
Pelicans Swansea Channel 4-6-11

Pelicans Swansea Channel 4-6-11

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.