In 1975 Alan & Hattie Mills the lease holders of Surfside suggested to John Malloy and David & Helen Hattrick that they would fund the building of a surf shop if John & the Hattrick’s helped with construction and run the surf business. The deal went ahead and the Mills contributed $5k for materials while the others assisted with the construction phase.
The new surf shop was built in front of the two small cottages on the south side of Surfside. Steve Carroll was the builder, Tony Harbison did the roofing and Michael Simpson built the internal loft and staircase.
In 1975 Helen Hattrick and John Malloy created the Bali Hai Surf Hut name & stocked the shop with surfboards, ugg boots, women’s clothes & boardies. A lot of the items were made by Helen & John at Wyadup. Helen crocheted bikinis and sewed board shorts.
Photos: 1970s Bali Hai Surf Hut at Yalls (Left) 1975 Bali Hai Surf Hut. Photo Credit Helen ‘Spotty’ Hattrick (Right) 1978 view of Bali Hai surf hut and Surfside complex across beach car park . Photo courtesy Vance Burrow.
Simultaneously John Molloy & David Hattrick set up a Pipelines Legropes business at Wyadup. In 1976 there was a partnership disagreement and David & Helen kept Pipelines and John retained Bali Hai.
In 1976 John worked up north on the Dampier to Tom Price railway for two years. During this time he ran Bali Hai from Boxing Day to Easter then would close the shop for winter and head back up north.
After 2 years on the railways John started roofing work with the Simpson bros (George Michael & John).
Photo: 1976 Bali Hai surf hut advt. Image courtesy of WASRA Spring Title Program.
In 1981 John Malloy handed the Bali-Hai Surf Hut to Tom Hoye. Tom ran his retail surfboard business at the shop until Drew Brent-White took over circa 1985.
In 1988 Tania Hills and her son Mark took over Bali Hai Surf Hut and changed the shop name to Hillzeez Yallingup Beach Surf Shop. They ran Hillzeez Surf Shop from 1988-92.
Photo: 1990 Hillzeez Yallingup Beach Surf Shop. Photo credit Tania Hills
There were Fashion Parades and parties held at Hillzeez’s Yallingup Beach Surf Shop.
Photos: 1990 party outside Hillzeez’s Yallingup Beach Surf Shop. Mark Hills bottom right. Photos courtesy of Mark Hills.
After Hillzeez left the premises, the shop name changed to Treasures on The Beach, Yallingup Surf Shop and Surfside Beach Shack.
Photo: 1993 Yallingup Surf Shop advt. Photo courtesy of Wet Side News.
Subsequent surf shop managers were Jim & Liz Watts, Lisa Costello, Lisa Krasenstein, an English woman, Chrystal Simpson and Chris & Lesley Fullston.
Lisa Krasenstein managed Treasures on the Beach. She recalls “it used to be a ‘man feast’ watching the surfing guys stripping & changing in the beach car park.”
Photo: 2005 Yallingup Beach Shack managers Chris & Lesley Fullston. Photo credit Loz Smith.
In 2006 developers demolished the Surfside Beach Shack and the rest of Surfside complex to make way for up-market holiday accommodation on the site.
Photo: 2006 Surfside Beach Shack prior to demolition. Photo credit Peter Mac.
Photo: 2006 Surfside Beach Shack after demolition. Photo Dave Ellis.