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1960s Miami Bay near Mandurah

In the 60s Mandurah beaches were popular with metro surfers. Local surf beaches included Long Point, Surf Beach, Stewart St, Halls Head, Bitumen, Miami Bay, Geary’s Shack, Avalon Point & Tim’s Thicket.

Veteran surfboard manufacturer Len Dibben remembers fun waves hitting the point and wrapping into Miami Bay.

Len Dibben: “I first went surfing at Miami in 1956-7 with other Fremantle guys. We learnt to surf at Miami & Avalon on wooden hollow boards. There was a crowd of us girl friends to boot. We used to take umbrellas with eskys full of food & surf the little waves inside the reef at Avalon as well as the small point at Miami. When I met the boys at Cottesloe I would tell them about the waves down there, but they were sceptical until one day about 1959, when we organized a surf trip to Mandurah & surfed great waves at Gearys”.

Photo: 1967 Miami Bay car park with Store and Petrol Bowser at rear of car park. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben.

1967 Miami (Falcon) Bay car park - Len Dibben pic

Photo: Early 60s girls & boys enjoying fun Malibu waves at Miami Bay . Photo credit Len Dibben.

1960s Miami Bay Mandurah surfing - Len Dibben pic

Photo: 1963 Arty Sherburn loading surfboards on his parent’s car at Miami Bay. Photo credit Arty Sherburn.

1963 Mandurah Miami Point Arty Sherburn with mum & dad - Arty Sherburn pic

Teena Christon (WA State Women’s Surfing Champion 1965-67) lived and surfed at Miami in the 60s. Her parents built and ran the Miami Store located on Falcon Bay in the 60s. Teena was a member of the ‘Miami Surfinks Board Club’ until it was disbanded in 66.  She then joined the Scarborough Boomerang Board Club.

This image of Teena Christon featured in an article on the Miami school girl surfer in the April 1965 edition of Womans Day Magazine.

Image: 1965 Teena Christon (age 15) surfing Miami Bay. Photo courtesy of Womans Day Magazine.

1965 Tina Christon (15) surfing Miami Bay ex Womans Day article

This image of Graham Walmsley featured in a Tom Collin’s article on WA Surfing in the Spring 1967 edition of Surfing Illustrated Magazine (USA).

Image: 1966 Graham Walmsley surfing Tim’s Thicket south of Miami. Photo credit Tom Collins.

1967 Surf Illustrated Mag - Tom Collins WA article Graham Walmsley at Tims Thicket IMG_07

Photo: 1967 Bruce & Jim King surfing Miami Bay. Photo credit King Family.

1967 Miami Bay surfing - Jim King

 

 

  • Gary McCormick

    Teena (age 14 at the time) was the driving force in my early surfing at Miami Bay when I was 9. My Dad’s idea of a surfboard for me was a cheap 16′ Surf Ski that caused all sorts of problems before a surfer dude we picked up hitch hiking said it was not the way to go and put Dad onto a 9’6″ Hawk 3 stringer for 20 quid in Scarborough. A bike trolly and I was away spending all weekend at the Bay, surf or no surf. at the same time the Coolites came out and I got one for Christmas in 65.

  • Gerry Hodgson

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  • Gary Vaughan

    Surfed my first ever wave at Miami Point.
    Rode it all the way to the beach.
    The rest is history as they say now some 50 years later and im still surfing point waves even though I am on the other side of the country.