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

 

 

Angus Young and Surfing in the 1970s Redhead Beach

The recent AC/DC Tour reminded me of a photo my wife Sandy has of her
younger sister Vanda and Angus Young taken at the Hard Rock Cafe around
1974. Both very young and VERY Rock ‘ N Roll. Angus and Vanda 1974 Hard Rock Cafe Melbourne
Angus and Vanda

Angus and Vanda

I did’nt take the next two surfing photos – When Redhead’s Graham
Harkin developed his first roll of film from his new underwater camera I
got a copy of some of these because they were great photos. Taken
around 1977 at Birdie Beach.
Phillip Woodward surfing Birdie by Graham Harkin 1977
Phillip Woodward surfing

Phillip Woodward surfing

Chas Woodward at Birdie Beach by Graham Harkin 1977

Chas Woodward at Birdie

Chas Woodward at Birdie

Water shot of Peter Pitt surfing Redhead Little Beach around 1976
Peter Pitt Redhead 1977

Peter Pitt Redhead 1977

One of the good things happening in surfing is the variety of
surfing equipment people are now making – old ideas, mixed with the new.
You would’nt look out of place walking down the beach now with this
1976 5’6″ Martin Littlewood Delta Fish. Bob Scarr & Delta Knee Board 1976

Bob Scarr with Delta Knee Board

Bob Scarr with Delta Knee Board

Eddo – William Harrison. We wern’t sure what he was doing when he
surfed but it was always interesting. Shown here at Newcastle Mattara
Surfing contest around 1977, close to the foam and close to the nose.

Eddo Mattarra Contest 1976

Eddo Mattarra Contest 1976

Grant Brooks showing his cool casual style surfing at Redhead around 1977 .
Grant Brookes Redhead

Grant Brookes Redhead

 

Cold and windy and big and no one out. Redhead Little Beach around 1977.

Redhead big no one out 1977

Redhead big no one out 1977

 

 

March 2011

Surfest Sunday 20/03/11 around 11:30 Semi Finals, unsure who the riders were, could’nt catch the commentary.

Newcastle Surfest Semi 20-03-11

Newcastle Surfest Semi 20-3-11

Newcastle Surfest Semi 20-03-11

Newcastle Surfest  2011 – Body Painting Tent.

Newcastle Surfest Body Painting 20-3-11

Super Moon – very full moon Sunday 20/3/2011 The clouds opened up a hole and the moon shone through the black.

Super Full Moon 20-03-11

 

Redhead’s long serving and legendary Beach Inspector Wally Berwick picks a befitting board out of the Surfest collection assembled at Redhead Beach in 1986. Another picture courtesy of Tom Fordes collection.

Wally Berwick with Vintage Gun Redhead 1986

 

Redhead Beach January 17th 2011 unknown surfer on a big swell pushed down from Queensland.

Redhead Beach unknown surfer 17-01-2011

Redhead Beach unknown surfer 17-01-11

Looking over Lake Macquarie from Belmont 16 Footers Balcony on a very calm late March Sunday afternoon, and enjoying a cold beer too.

Belmont Lake Macquarie 11-03-2011