The 1978 Australian Surfing Titles were held at South Point Cowaramup Bay.
National contest winners were Open Mens: Colin Smith NSW, Junior Mens: Tom Carroll (NSW), Womens: Leith Temple (Qld) and WA’s Barry Young won the Seniors Mens Division.
Photo: 1978 Contest judges. L-R unidentified, WA’s Keith ‘Jock’ Campbell and Barry Nettles in dark jumpers and other unidentified persons officiating in the judging tent. Photo credit Ric Chan. (Jock was WASRA President 1978-80 and 1984-85. Barry was a member of Dolphins Board Club).
Tom Blaxell: “Barry used to be called ‘Tanker Channel’ because he always sat way out the back (about 50 metres further out than anyone else) to catch the real biggies.”
Photos: 1978 contest surfing at South Point. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.
Photos: 78 Oz Titles Contest officials, spectators & wave line-up. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.
Photos: 78 Oz Titles contest officials & spectators. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.
Photos: 78 Oz Titles WA contest officials & competitors.
Left: WASRA Official Ken Trainer from Scarborough Board Club. Photo credit Ric Chan. (Ken Trainer & his father Percy served as WASRA Presidents and are both Life Members of Surfing WA).
Right: (Top) Ian ‘Kanga’ Cairns (dual World Cup winner 1975 & 1980) chatting with hospitality entrepreneur and former Cordingley Surfboards front man Bill Oddy. Photo credit Ric Chan.
Right: (Bottom) Yallingup’s Baz Young celebrating his win in the Senior Mens Division with friends at Margaret River. Photo credit Barry Young.
For more information on contests & WASRA officials refer to Surfing WA Celebrating 50 Years book.