Kalbarri’s first resident surfer Craig Howe worked & surfed in the Mid-West region from 1971 to 2009. During this time he mainly surfed Jacques Point, he also surfed over on the Abrolhos Islands and first discovered Gnaraloo in 1975. He surfed it on a 7’4″ single fin West Coast surfboard.
Photo: 1974 Craig surfing Jacques Point at Kalbarri. Photo courtesy of Craig Howe.
Photo: 1976 Craig re-entry Jacques Point at Kalbarri. Photo courtesy of Craig Howe.
Photo: 1977 Craig surfing uncrowded Jacques Point at Kalbarri. Photo courtesy of Craig Howe.
From 2009 until now Craig has been living and surfing in the Philippine Islands, and makes a surfing trip to Indo now and then. In 2015 he built a house in the Philippines.
Craig – Living the dream over here in the Philippines, it’s a very simple life style living in this fishing village. There’s lots of fresh fish and vegetables, some chicken and pork. Oh and the fruit is so good too, mangoes, pineapples, rumbutan, lanzones, magosteen, durian, jackfruit, water melon, bananas and fresh coconut water. Lots of fresh natural fruits growing here! I love surfing over here because the ocean is warm.
Photo: 2015 Philippines. Craig’s house on the beach. Photo courtesy Craig Howe.
Photo: 2015 Philippines. View from verandah of Craig’s new home. Photo courtesy of Craig Howe.
Photos: 2011-14 Philippines waves. Photos courtesy of Craig Howe.
Top: unidentified locations. Middle: Siargao Island. Bottom: Siargao Island.
Photo: 2015 Philippines. Village security guard at a local surf spot ‘Love the rusty shot gun’ with Craig. Photo courtesy of Craig Howe.