The fourth State Surf Riding Championships were scheduled to be held at Yallingup in March 1967. The contest started in inconsistent onshore waves on Saturday afternoon at Yallingup before being moved to Huzzawouie at Gracetown on Sunday. The remaining heats and finals were contested on a rising swell at Huzza’s.
Bunbury surfer John Staley from Indiana Board Club won the Open division. Karl Schumacher from Yallingup Board Club won the Juniors and Teena Christon from Scarborough Boomerang Club won the Womens division. Both Karl & Teena won their divisions for the 3rd consecutive year.
1967 State Surf Riding Championship winners:-
Open: John Staley, John Pozzi, Dave Williams.
Juniors: Karl Schumacher, Michael Bibby, Kevin Ager.
Womens: Teena Christon, Jenny Shackley, Maureen Farrell.
Open winner John Staley – “My memory of the placings of that day are not good, but I know Peter Cornelius from Bunbury was in the Junior final. He was my apprentice as Glen Parker was my mentor. Glen was the founder/grandfather of Indiana board riders club. You probably know Glen, as he was Jake Paterson’s father-in-law, he only passed away last year very sad,
I do remember Glen rallied all the boys and we had big celebrations that night at Yalls pub!!!! In the year 1967!!!!”.
Image: 1967 State Surf Riding Championship program compiled by Trevor Burslem. Murray Smith surfing the North Mole on the cover. Image courtesy of WASRA.
Images: 1967 State Surf Riding Championship program (Left) Hawke Surfboards advertisement. (Right) Major sponsor Ampol. Images courtesy of WASRA Program.
Image: 1967 State Surf Riding Championship Programme of Events (includes list of competitors and their Board Clubs) page #1. Image courtesy of WASRA Program.
Image: 1967 1967 State Surf Riding Championships Programme of Events (includes list of competitors and their Board Clubs) page #2. Image courtesy of WASRA.
Image: Newspaper coverage of 1967 State Surf Riding Championships (includes a list of finalists). Courtesy of WA Newspapers.
Photos: 1967 State Surf Riding Championships – wave line-ups. (Left) Yallingup Saturday (Right) Huzzawouie Sunday. Photographers unknown.
Photos: 1967 State Surf Riding Championships at Huzza’s – finalists. (Left) Steve Farbus. (Right) Robin ‘Skullcap’ Sutherland. Photos courtesy of Len Dibben.
Images: 1967 State Surf Riding Championships at Huzza’s – spectators. (Left) John Balgarnie, Terry James, Steve Cockburn, Rob Farris & David Moss. (Right) Bruce King. Images ex City Beach Surfriders Super 8 Movie film.