July/August/September 2019

At first glance this cloud bank looks like a giant wave about to monster Redhead Beach, at a second glance it still does. Head for the hills.

Giant wave like cloud Redhead Beach 11-09-19

More sand sculpture by mother nature Redhead Beach 1/9/2019

Sand sculpture Redhead Beach 01-09-19

Natures sand sculpture and a bush fire Redhead beach 23/8/2019

Sand sculpture and a bush fire Redhead 23-08-19

Wild flowers Redhead Bluff bush track

Redhead Bluff Bush Walk

Redhead Beach surfers in a punchy early session 20/7/2019

Redhead Surfers 20-07-19

Redhead Beach streaky sunrise 2/7/2019

Redhead beach streaky sunrise 02-06-19

April/May/June 2019

Red sunrise Redhead beach 30/6/2019

Red sunrise Redhead Beach 30-06-19

Seaweed Redhead Beach 9/6/2019. Powerful surf for the last week has torn the kelp off the oceans floor.

Seaweed Redhead Beach 09-06-19

A flock of seagulls and clouds building and about to storm Redhead Beach 4/6/2019

Seagulls Redhead Beach 04-06-19

Redhead’s surfboard factory 1976. Martin Littlewood (Delta Designs) and Roy Lee (Pacific Dreams) were making surfboards in this converted chook shed in the lantana bush. I re-scanned the negative recently and its a bit clearer.

Redhead chook shed surfboard factory 1976


Redhead Beach 28/5/2019 solid sets and the first cold day this year

Redhead Beach 28-05-2019

Fisherman at sunrise Redhead beach 19/5/2019

Fisherman Redhead Beach 19-05-19

Big wave early morning Redhead Beach 7/5/2019

Big Wave Redhead Beach 07-05-19

This huge wave just exploded Redhead Beach 5/5/2019

Explosive wave Redhead Beach 07-05-19

Redhead Beach 19/4/2019 a dark start to the morning.

Redhead Beach Dark start 19-04-19

Dream wave sequence 1966, I wouldn’t change a thing now, except add a leg rope. I most likely drew this in Maths class at school when I was 16.

Wave dream sequence 1966

Redhead Cliff Face Profile 13/04/2019

Redhead Cliff Face Profile 13-04-19

Mind Control Pole. Someone aptly labelled the Swansea Telstra Tower 31/3/2019

Mind Control Pole Swansea 31-03-19

Wally Berwick the original Beach Inspector Redhead Beach with a redwood plank 1984

Wally Berwick original wood 1984

Redhead Surf Club 6:30 am and open for coffee 23/3/2019

Redhead Surf Club 23-03-19

January/February/March 2019

Redhead Beach 21/3/2019 another pink sunrise

Redhead Beach sunrise3 21-03-19

Redhead Beach pink reflections 28/02/2019

Redhead beach pink reflection 28-0-19

Old Miners cottage at Green Point Belmont 1977. The 99 year leases ran out and the old houses were demolished. The area was then split between parkland and housing.

Old house Green Point Belmont 1982

Thirsty Kookaburra 21/01/2019. Photo taken through the blinds of the lounge window.

Thirsty kookaburra 26-01-19

All the boats out Black Neds Bay

All Boats out Black Neds Bay

Redhead Beach First Creek Sunrise 17/1/2019

Redhead 1st Creek Sunrise 17-01-19

November/December 2018

Redhead Shelly Beach fish on rock 26/12/2018

Fish of rock Shelly Redhead 26-12-18

Redhead Bluff Goat Track 26/12/2016

Redhead Bluff Goat Track 26-12-18

Storm clouds over Redhead 20/12/2018. Looks like the beak of a whale.

Storm clouds 20-12-18

Strange little fly like flower from a bush along the Redhead 2nd creek walkway 22/12/2018

Flower Fly 22-12-18

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

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

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