In the 50s Miami Bay (now Falcon) near Mandurah was a popular surfing venue. It was a day trip from the city and on a good day there were waves wrapping from the point into the bay.
Photo: 1950s Rice’s Tea Rooms at Miami Bay. Photo credit John Budge.
In 1954 Ray Geary and three of his City Beach Board Club mates put on a surfing display at Miami Beach.
Image: 1954 Beach Board Sports article in Mandurah newspaper. Image courtesy of Ray Geary.
Photo: 1958 Miami point waves – Photo credit Brian Cole.
Photo: 1958 the boys standing on an old bomb on Miami beach. L-R Owen Oates, John Budge, Colin Moore & Brian Cole – Photo credit Brian Cole.
Photo: 1958 Young Dave Williams at Miami Bay with two hollow plywood toothpick surfboards. Photo credit John Budge.
Photo: 1958 Beanie boys at Miami Bay car park. L-R Owen Oates, Ken Hamer & Brian Cole. Photo credit John Budge.
Brian Cole recalls: “The hollow plywood surf skis on the roof of Owen’s FJ Holden ute were made by Owen (a carpenter) and myself. I used to shape paddles for the wave skis from Oregan timber. I would glue blocks on the ends of a square shaft and then hand shape the timber into wave ski paddles. The hollow plywood Malibu surfboards in the back of the ute were made by Ian Scott & myself.” BC
Photo: 1958 Miami Bay. City Beach Board Club members searching for waves L-R Ian Scott, Colin Moore, Sue Rankin, John Budge & Owen Oates on roof of his FJ Holden ute. Photo credit Brian Cole.
A SDS blog on surfing at Miami Bay in the 60s will follow.