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In the 70s surf photographer Ric Chan went on regular surf trips to Lancelin with Trigg Point surf rat Mick Black.
This is a collection of Ric’s social snaps from 70s surf trips to Lancelin.
Photo: Late ‘70s Mick Black heading out to South Passage in a tinnie. Ric Chan pic.
Photos: Late ‘70s water shots of waves on Lancelin’s outer reefs. Ric Chan pics.
Photos: Late ‘70s Lancelin dunes & Ric in his Jaguar. Ric Chan pics.
Photo: Late ‘70s Ric’s red Jaguar and Bobbie on the beach at Lancelin. Ric Chan pic.
Photos: Late ‘70s Bobbie on Lancelin beach. Ric Chan pics.
On one surf trip Ric & Mick Black caught up with popular radio personalities Gordon O’Byrne & Barry Martin on Lancelin beach.
Photos: Late ‘70s Lancelin beach social pics #1. Ric Chan pics
Top: (Left) Gordon O’Byrne, Mick Black & Barry Martin (Right) Gordon O’Byrne & Barry Martin.
Bottom: (Left) Mick Black & Ric Chan. (Right) Gordon O’Byrne & a maiden.
Photos: Late ‘70s Lancelin beach social pics #2. Ric Chan pics
L-R Barry Martin, Gordon O’Byrne & unidentified persons.
Fun times were had by all.
Jim Breadsell was an inaugural member of the North End Board Club at Scarborough in 1962 with Geoff Culmsee, Murray Smith & other Scarborough lads. He surfed in WA for many years before travelling interstate & overseas.
Jim was also a keen photographer and captured these South West surfing images.
Gracetown & surrounds
Photos: 1965 South Point. Jim Breadsell pics.
Top: Murray Smith recovering Zac Kochanowitsch’s ‘Rising Sun’ surfboard from the rocks. Bottom: (Left) Murray Smith. (Right) surfing dolphin.
Photo: 1967 Murray Smith surfing South Point. Jim Breadsell pic.
Photos: 1969 surfing the back of Cowaramup Bay.
Top: Murray Smith at Lefthanders. Bottom: Geoff Culmsee at Noiseys.
Photos: 1968 Rocky Point track through d’Espeissis family property. Jim Breadsell pics
Top: Murray Smith & Bob Shenston chatting on Rocky Point track. Bottom: unidentified persons with Ford Falcon on water logged section of Rocky Point track.
Jim Breadsell –North End Board Club members built a club shack at Prevelly Park, Margaret River.
Photos: 1967 North End members sinking the bore at Club shack in Prevelly. Jim Breadsell pics.
Top: (Left) Murray Smith in the bore with unidentified. (Right) unidentified
Bottom: (Left) G McClure. (Right) unidentified
Photos: 1968 North End members socialising at Club shack in Prevelly. Jim Breadsell pics.
Top: (Left) J Pinch, unidentified & baby, Zac Kochanowitisch & Gary Pozzie. (Right) unidentified.
Bottom: (Left) Jerry Krahn. (Right) Zac Kochanowitsch & Peter Longley.
Jim Breadsell – I took the following photo on a joy flight over Margs.
Photo: 1970 aerial photo of North End board Club shack (bottom right) at Prevelly. Jim Breadsell pic.
Jim Breadsell – Murray Smith made some experimental surfboards in the old laundry at Prevelly Park.
Photos: 1970 Murray Smith in his surfboard factory located in the old laundry at Prevelly Park. Jim Breadsell pics.
Photo: 1970 unidentified surfer at Margaret River main break. Jim Breadsell pic.
Click on this link to view Jim Breadsell’s 1960s Metro & Mid-West images.
Continued from 1960s WA Board Clubs – Part #1 History
1960s WA Board Clubs – Part #2 Photo Galleries (in chronological order)
Photos: City Beach Board Club 1953-57. Photos courtesy of Ray Geary & John Budge.
Top: (Left) 1956 City Beach tea rooms L-R Ian Scott, Don Roper, Ray Geary & Ian Chapple. (Right) 1950s City Beach cadet clubbies Ron Drage, Dave Williams, Cocko Killen & Eugene ‘Mick’ Mickle.
Bottom: (Left) 1956 Ray Geary’s Essex Super 6 at City Beach L-R Barry Gallon, Artie Taylor, Ray Geary, Rob Wakefield & Colin Taylor. (Right) 1950s First Anniversary held at the Pagoda Ballroom in South Perth L-R John Budge, Colin Taylor, Joy, Alma, Artie Taylor, Mark Whittome, unknown, Sandra, Barry ‘Stretch’ Gallon, unknown, Ray Geary & Helen.
Photo: 1961 North End Board Club at Scarborough. Peter Longley, Jim ‘Lik’ McKenzie, Jim Breadsell, W Smith, Geoff Culmsee, B Sales & B Hunt. Photo courtesy of Murray Smith.
Photo: 1962 West Coast crew at Caves House Yalls. Des Gaines, Alan Hamer, Dave Williams, Bob Keenan, Ray Evans, Kevin Merifield & Terry Williams. Photo courtesy of Brian Cole.
Photo: 1962 Len Dibben, Rob Birch, Jeff Dalzeil & other Cottesloe boys at Rotto. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben
Photo: 1963 West Coast Girls at Cottesloe. Tina Daly, Jeanne Abbott & Stef Meyer. Photo courtesy of WA Newspapers.
Photos: 1963-67 City Beach grommets. Photos courtesy of Trevor Burslem, Norm Bateman, Jim King & others.
Top: Charlie Roper & Ernie Potter. Mark Waddell & Rod Bothwell. Barry King, Zac Kochanowitsch & Brian Boynes.
Middle: Ron Moss headstand. Glen Carroll, Ross Utting & David Moss. Barry Day & Colin Moss.
Bottom: Grommets outside Tea Rooms at City Beach.
Photos: 1964 South Side boys. Photos courtesy of Bill Mitchell & Lance Patterson
(Left) Rocky Point L-R Bill Mitchell. Russell Green, Bill McDonald & Peter Oliver.
(Right) Avalon L-R John Tagney, Jock Lawrie, Allan ‘Chubby’ Stiles, & Lance Patterson.
Photo: 1964 founding members Miami Board Club. Photo courtesy of Tom Collins.
L-R Derek Hilton, Alan Hilton, Wayne Huxley, (decd) Alan Nicholson.
Photo: 1965 Yalls Board Club members at Yalls. Photo courtesy of Sonny James
L-R. M Waddell, F Lochowitch, B Oddy, J Pozzi, P Bothwell, T James, C Brent-White, K Woods, G Berry, T Baskerville.
Photo: 1965 Surfari Board Club members John Ventouras & Noel Sweeny with Noel’s MG-B sports car with custom-made surf-racks at Geraldton’s back beach. Noel Sweeny pic.
Photo: 1966 Southern Surf Riders at Halls Head Mandurah. Photos courtesy of Mick Layzell.
(Back) I Cairns, J Collis, P Stephens, D Ellis, J Rousell.
(Front) G Smith, M Jones, A Cook, J Jones, A Sherburn, E Warner, J Law, M Layzell.
Photo: 1966 Steve Mathews Boomerang Board Club. Photo courtesy of Errol Considine.
Photos: 1960s Scarborough Board Club boys. Photos courtesy of Brian Trainer & Gooselegs pics.
Left: (top) 1969 Scarborough Board Club meeting at Scarborough. (bottom) 1969 Club surf trip to Cowaramup.
Right: (top) 1966 Brian & Percy Trainer (inaugural WASRA President) at Scarborough. (middle) 1966 6PR comp Gary ‘Goose Legs’ Vaughan, unidentified & Ian ‘Spydor’ Taylor (bottom) 1967 Scarborough Chuck Morton-Stewart, Greg Vulich, Dave Pearce & Steve Dewey.
Photo: 1967 Gary Greirson (17) from Tangaroa Board Club with 11ft Hawke Surfboard at Melville. Photo courtesy of Gary Greirson.
Photos: North Coast Board Club members.
Top: 1969 Mick Wynne holidaying at Denmark & 1970s Russell Quinlivan at Trigg. Photos courtesy of Wynne & Quinlivan families.
Bottom: 1973 Errol Considine with Richard Harvey & Ric Chan at Margs & 1977 Greg Laurenson at Trigg Ric Chan pics.
Photos: 1969 Craig Bettenay (City Beach) and Ricky Lobe (Cottesloe) surfing City Beach north side. Left: Craig. Right: (top) Craig & Ricky relaxing on beach. Craig is in his school uniform.(bottom) Ricky. Ric Chan pic.
Photos: 1970 Cottesloe Board Club boys. Left: Phil Taylor at Yalls & Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell at Cottesloe. Ric Chan pics. Right: 1972 Cottesloe boys at Trigg. Unidentified, Phil Taylor & Nick Golowyn. Rinso pic.
Photos: 1970’s Dolphins Board Riders. Photos courtesy of Tom Blaxell & Ric Chan.
Top: 1970s Kevin Merifield at Trigg. 1970 Dave Williams with Mark Paterson at Yalls.
Bottom: 1971 Tom Blaxell at Blaxell Surf Shop Osborne Park. 1972 Dolphins Board Riders footy team at Deanmore Park Scarborough.
Photo: 1973 Surfers Inc member Chris Reynolds surfing Injidup car park. Ric Chan pic.
Thanks for all the Board Club photos.
There was a strong Board Club culture in WA in the 60s. You had to be a member of a Board Club and be affiliated with the West Australian Surf Rider Association (WASRA formed 1964) to compete in State Surf Riding Championships.
1960s Board Clubs (This list may be incomplete).
Sand n Sea
Surfers United (Albany)
Editor’s note: From 1953-57 Ray Geary and his surfing mates were members of the City Beach Board Club. It may be WA’s first board club and was the fore runner to the City Beach Surf Riders Club formed in 1961.
Images: 1976 Arty Sherburn’s WASRA membership card. Images courtesy of Arty Sherburn.
Regular intra & inter club competitions provided the platform for surfers to compete and gain contest experience and rise to National & International levels, if talented enough. WA’s Ian Cairns was invited to compete in the 1970 World Surfing Titles held at Bells & Johanna beaches in Vic.
Rivalry between the Clubs was fierce in surfing competitions and social footy matches.
Successful clubs held fund raising social functions and were sponsored by local surfboard manufacturers and business organisations. They provided members with Club outfits (parkas, board shorts, t-shirts) and membership cards.
Warrain Board Club in conjunctions with media sponsors held an annual Paddle Through Perth board paddling race.
Images: 1965-69 Paddle through Perth images. Images courtesy of Len Dibben & surf journo Doug White & The Sunday Times.
Top: (Left) 1965 Paddle race contestants leaving Barrack St jetty. (Right) 1969 Doug White’s Wavelets report on ’69 paddle race.
Bottom: (Left) 1968 Paddle race contestants passing under Narrows Bridge & heading to Crawley Bay. (Right) 1968 Surfboard Manufacturer Len Dibben presenting 3rd place award to Kim ‘Dish’ Standish with Don McDonald in background.
Most of the clubs were located in the metro area, however there were country clubs at Albany, Bunbury & Yallingup.
Some metro board clubs had the foresight to acquire Club shacks in the SW. West Coast,
Yallingup & Dolphins board clubs had club shacks at Caves House Yallingup.
Photo: 1962 West Coast Board Club shack with Laurie Burke’s FB Holden & the Ghost’s Holden panel van out front. Photo courtesy of Brian Cole.
Photos: 1964 Board club shacks at Yallingup. Photos courtesy of Ernie Potter.
(Left) Dolphins shack. (Right) Yallingup & West Coast club shacks.
North End, Southern Surf Riders & Southside board clubs had club shacks at Prevelly Park Margaret River.
Photos: Margaret River board shacks. Photos courtesy of Bill Mitchell & Murray Smith
(Left) 1964 Southside shack foundations. (Right) 1967 North End shack.
Within the Club environment there were also Surf Teams sponsored by Surfboard Manufacturers. While sponsored Surf Teams were recognised, the individuals still competed for their Club in State Rounds.
Photo: 1965 Len Dibben Surf Team at Leighton Beach. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben.
L-R Rod Slater, Dave Richards, Jeff Jowlett, Steve Farbus, Teena Christon, Peter Stephens, Art Sherburn & Doug White.
CLUB HISTORY (in alphabetical order)
City Beach Board Club 1953-57.
In 1953 Ray Geary (age 16) from Wembley started the City Beach Board Club with Graham Killen, Johnny Budge, Brian Cole and some keen surfing mates. Ray and the boys were former members of City Beach Surf Club. The owner of City Beach Tea Rooms gave the Club approval to dig out sand below the Tea Rooms and make an enclosure for Club meetings & surf board storage. The Club had no President or Treasurer and did not hold surf competitions. Club members just surfed and had fun. Club members paid one-pound per year to cover costs of padlocks & chains etc on the enclosure. Ray was a sign writer and printed City Beach Board Club logos on t-shirts & trench coats for members.
The club folded in 1957 when club members started travelling to SW & NW waves.
Photos: 1954 Beach display article and Ray Geary, John Budge & other CBBC boys at City Beach. Images courtesy of Mandurah News, Ray Geary & John Budge.
City Beach Surf Riders Club Inc. since 1961
City Beach Surf Riders Club Inc.(CBSR) was formed in 1961 by Peter Docherty & Viv Kitson (18 year old students ex Floreat). CBSR’s Barry King (Juniors) and Zac Kochanowitsch (Mens were WA’s first State Champions in ’64. In the late 60s Whisky-a-Go Go nightclub sponsored CBSR. The club is still operating today.
Images: CBSR memorabilia courtesy of Ron Moss & King family.
(Left) 2000 CBSR life membership Ron Moss.
(Middle) 1967-68 Bruce King with club memorabilia & FJ Holden sponsored by Whisky-a-Go Go night club.
(Right) Mid 1960s CBSR membership card & Competition Team sew-on badge & 1967-68 CBSR Club Calendar.
Cottesloe Board Club
Dalkeith surfer Peter Dyson was a junior member of the Cottesloe Board club in the early 60s before he defected to the Yallingup Board Club in 1966.
Peter de Bruin – In 1969-70 Cottesloe board club was re-formed by a breakaway group who were former members of Tarni Board club. The first meetings were held at the Quakenbush household (Earl and Guy). I was the first president of the newly formed club.
Dolphins Surf Riders Club
Photos: 1960s Dolphins Surf Riders Club emblem & signed t-shirt. Photos courtesy of Jim McFarlane.
Surfari Board Club 1963-66
Surfaris were set up as a purely social like-minded group of Cottesloe surfers in 1963 before folding and dissipating into separate ways in 1966.
Surfari members included Noel Sweeny, John Ventouras, Bill Oddy, John Balgarnie, Ray O’Neil, Trevor Baskerville, Russ Chapman, Trevor Orr, Graeme Copley, Barry Cain, John Pozzi & Michael Bibby.
Noel Sweeny – It was great times for us all. John Ventouras, Trevor Baskerville, Russell Chapman, Bill Oddy & I still get together once or twice a year over coffees and loads of bullshit at Lido in Cottesloe.
Miami Surf Board Club
Photos: 1965 State & Club Womens Champ Teena Christon with her trophies and Tom Collin’s 2nd Club Mens Champs trophy.
Mid-Way Board Club
Photos: 1964-65 Mid Way Board Club’s Arty Sherburn with his Dibben & Cole surfboard & home-made Mid Way Board Club wettie. Photos courtesy of Arty Sherburn.
North Coast Surf Riders Club
North Coast Surf Riders Club was formed by ex Scarborough surfers Robin Sutherland, Greg Laurenson and Mike Wynne in 1969.
Errol Considine – My brother Jeff was the first President of the Club… and he designed the first club logo & cut the silk screen at home for the t-shirts – which were chocolate brown with an orange logo….both very cool colours then. I think Jeff & Gooselegs came up with the ‘69’ thing – naughty boyz!
I remember one North Coast Club comp on a Sunday at Halls Head with perfect 1-2 foot long left handers….it was a big swell and Southerly wind…and bloody freezing – that was before they built the groynes at the nearby mouth of the Mandurah estuary….have never seen waves at Halls Head again!!– Place getters Mike Wynne 1st and Bob Monkman 2nd.
Russell Quinliven, from Scarborough was a Junior member….I remember the boys got Russell (who was about 12 or 13, or maybe 14) really drunk at a club Sunday arvo keg….we took him home to Scarborough in Jeff’s Mini and kicked him out near Luna Park and I vividly remember him.
Photos: 2015 the late Russell Quinlivan modelling the North Coast ‘69’ t-shirt. Photos courtesy of Peta Quinlivan.
Tarni Board Club
Tarni and City Beach board clubs held regular inter-club surfing comps and an annual footy match at Yanchep Oval.
Images: Howard Smith images courtesy of Sunday Times surf journo Doug White and Howard Smith.
(Left) 1969 Howard Smith elected President of Tarni Board Club. (Right) 2011 former Tarni President Howard Smith holidaying in Maldives with Ken Howie on the right.
West Girls Board Club
In 1963 Cottesloe surfers Tina Daly, Jeanne Abbott & Stefanie Meyers were members of the West Girls Board Club. This was WA’s first all girl’s board club.
Images: 1960s West Girls Board Club members. Left: Stefanie Meyers, Right: (Top) Jeanne Abbott (Bottom) West Girls & others at 1964 (first) State Titles held at Yalls. Images courtesy of Jeanne Abbott & WA Newspapers.
Yallingup Board Club
Yallingup Board Club (YBC) was formed in the early 60’s by a group of mainly Cottesloe based surfers. Colin Cordingley was President of YBC and an inaugural member. Cordingley Surfboards sponsored Yallingup Board Club.
Photos: YBC courtesy of A Orloff Studios Fremantle, Tina Wilson, Colin Morris & Peter Bothwell.
Top: 1964 undefeated YBC Club photo & club parka.
Bottom: 1960s Colin Morris’s YBC membership card & 1966 front door step YBC shack at Yalls on demolition day.
Interest in Board Clubs started to wane during the 70s with surfers moving down south and to other region’s seeking solitude in the waves.
Coming soon 1960s WA Board Clubs Part #2 Photo Galleries
In 1954 a West Australian newspaper article referred to two unidentified men who made a daring three hour trip from Cottesloe to Rottnest Island.
Image: 1954 unidentified young men Paddle Surf skis to Rottnest. Article courtesy of West Australian Newspapers.
WA surfing pioneer Jim Keenan was a member of City of Perth SLSC at the time and believes he knows who the lads were. This is his recollection of the incident.
IF MY MEMORY IS CORRECT I SUSPECT THE GUYS INVOLVED WERE ARTIE SHAW (A MATE OF MARK PATERSON) AND GEORGE BEVAN. THEY LEFT FROM COTTESLOE AND I THINK THEY PADDLED THE OLD 16 FT TOOTHPICKS AND NOT SURF SKIS AS REPORTED.
Photo: 1958 Artie Shaw & Bruce ‘Moonshine’ Hill wave sharing at Yallingup. John Budge pic.
WE USED TO LEAVE FROM CITY BEACH. GRAHAM ‘COCKO’ KILLEN & I PADDLED OUR DOUBLE SURF SKI AND TONY HARBISON WOULD COME ACROSS ON HIS SINGLE SKI.
WE HAD CROSSED TO ROTTO ON DATES EARLIER THAN THE BOYS FROM COTT.
IN FACT WE WERE OVER AT ROTTO WHEN ARTIE AND GEORGE ARRIVED.
THE MEDIA BLEW THEIR CROSSING UP (AS THEY DO) AND THE BOYS ADDED TO THE BULLSHIT BY SUGGESTING SHARKS FOLLOWED THEM AND POSED A THREAT.
THE MEDIA HYPE ENDED UP WITH HARBOUR AND LIGHTS IMPOSING IN CONJUNCTION WITH SLSA, A BAN ON CROSSINGS.
Photo: 1956 City Beach north side. Dave Williams riding Toothpick and Jim Keenan & Cocko Killen on double surf ski. Ray Geary pic.
WE CONTINUED OUR CROSSINGS AND IT ULTIMATELY RESULTED IN OUR EXPULSION FROM THE CITY OF PERTH CLUB. THIS WAS GREAT AS IT MEAN’T NO MORE TIED UP WEEKENDS AND MORE SURF TRIPS DOWN SOUTH.
Photo: 1957 Jim Keenan & Cocko Killen surfing Yallingup on their double ski. John Budge pic.
I THINK DAVO WILLIAMS JOINED IN ON A TRIP OR TWO. I DO REMEMBER COLIN ‘MOOSE’ WHITE “BORROWING” A SURF SKI AND ACCOMPANING US TO THE ISLAND.
ON THE RETURN JOURNEY WE WERE “WELCOMED”BY SOME OVER EAGER SLSA MEMBERS AND THE LOCAL COPS FROM WEMBLEY POLICE STATION. THE POLICE ARRESTED MOOSE AND TOOK HIM OFF IN A SIDECAR TO WEMBLEY COP SHOP TO UNDERGO A VERBAL LASHING.
THE CLUB MEMBERS CONFISCATED OUR SKI’S (TEMPORARILY) AND THAT POSSIBLY WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE END TO OUR MEMBERSHIPS, A BLESSING IN DISGUISE.
MOOSE JOURNEYED TO SYDNEY LATE 1959 ALONG WITH MYSELF IAN TODMAN AND LAURIE BOURKE. MOOSE IS STILL IN SYDNEY AND A LONG SERVING MEMBER OF QUEENSCLIFF SLSA. A TRUE BLUE CLUBBY!
Photo: 1960 Manly NSW L-R Joe Larkin (surfboard & film maker), Chris ‘Batman’ Steinburg, Colin ‘Moose’ White, Brian Cole & Jim Keenan. Photo Jim Keenan.
THE SLSA WERE NOT VERY ADVENTURE MINDED AND DID NOT APPRECIATE OUR ACTIONS.
THERE WERE AT TIMES EVENTS THAT COULD HAVE LED TO A MAJOR MISHAP, BUT IN GENERAL ROTTO CROSSINGS WERE RELATIVELY SAFE (OR SO WE THOUGHT).
PASSING SHIPS IN THE FOG WERE A THREAT ALONG WITH EARLY SEA BREEZES WHICH TAXED OUR STAMINA.
TONY ON ONE OF THOSE FOG RIDDEN MORNINGS WAS ALMOST TAKEN OUT BY AN INCOMING PASSENGER LINER (ARCADES, I THINK). IT WAS HEARD BUT NOT SEEN IN THE THICK FOG AND TONY BEING ON A SINGLE SKI DID NOT HAVE THE SPEED FOR A QUICK EVASION. HOWEVER LUCK WAS WITH US AND HE ESCAPED A WIPE OUT.
THE RETURN JOURNEY WAS USUALLY A LOT EASIER WITH STRONG SEA BREEZES UP OUR BUTT. LONG SKATES ON THE SWELLS MADE FOR A LOT OF FUN AND SPEED.
Photo: 1960s Metro Training for State Surf Championships Dave Williams on toothpick paddle board (2nd from left) & Tony Harbison on plywood single ski (3rd from left). Steve Mailey pic.
I REMEMBER ONE RETURN WITH OUT A SEA BREEZE. IT WAS HOT AND DEAD CALM AND WE WERE SUFFERING FROM HANGOVERS. ABOUT HALF WAY WE SPOTTED THE WANDOO (A WOODEN FERRY) AND TO RELIEVE OUR THIRST PADDLED OVER TO IT AND CLAMOURED ON BOARD VIA THE WINDWARD SIDE. WE SCARED THE SHIT OUT OF THE FISHING FOLK WHO WERE TOO BUSY FISHING ON THE LEEWARD SIDE. WE JUST APPEARED OUT OF THE BLUE AND SURPRISED THE LOT OF THEM.
Photo: 1958 Wandoo ferry arriving at Rotto. Don Roper is 3rd from front. Brian Cole pic.
OF COURSE BEING SMART ARSES, WE DEVOURED A FEW STUBBIES PROVIDED BY THE FISHERMEN AND THEN TOOK OFF FOR CITY BEACH. WE WERE DE-HYDRATED UPON HITTING THE BEACH, NOT A GOOD IDEA.