Former Mettams surfer Mike ‘Stomper’ McAuliffe has lived in Margaret River with his wife and children since 1995. A Life Member of Surfing Western Australia, Mike is still involved in surfing through the Margaret River Board Riders Club.
Mike achieved remarkable contest results during the 1970s, 80s & 90s. He has won State Titles in the School Boys, Juniors, Open, Seniors, Masters and Senior Masters divisions. In all Mike has collected eleven State Titles and won numerous Pro-Am, National & International surfing events.
Since 2001 Surfing WA has awarded annual Mike McAuliffe Awards for exceptional surfing performance(s).
Mike is currently a High Performance – Elite surf coach at State, National & International levels.
He has coached the State Juniors for 7 years and the Australian Team for World Titles 3 times in 6 years.
He also runs an Elite Development Program with Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina NSW.
Contact Surfing WA if you require Mike’s private surf coaching services.
Mike did sessional lecturing for Rob Holt’s Surf Science course at ECU in Bunbury a few years ago. Unfortunately the course has been terminated and Rob has moved back down to the South Coast.
Mike taught three units over seven years:-
- Performance Enhancement
- Skills Analysis
- Event Management
Mike – My time lecturing at Bunbury proved invaluable to me. The research and public speaking aspects of the course helped prepare me for my present Coaching roles.
Former ECU Surf Science student Thea McDonald-Lee recalls one of Stomper’s surf classes.
Thea McDonald-Lee – One day we had a surfing class down at Inji carpark. Mike got everyone to bring their normal boards and other boards, old boards anyone had, fishes etc., and everyone had a go at everyone else’s to try out new things. He told us the story of the board he shaped for himself and took over to Hawaii and won some comps on it back in the 70s. Ended up getting lost somewhere along the way, maybe he had lent it to someone and it didn’t come back, then a few years ago it turned up at the Margaret River tip, his mate picked it up for 5 bucks and gave it back to him. He was stoked. He brought the board to class that day and I rode it. My team ended up “winning” the little surf comp we had that day out at Carparks…
Photos: 1976 Mike McAuliffe free surfing Stark Bay & Rotto water Taxi. Photos Ric Chan.
Photos: 1978 WASRA Awards Night. Photos Ric Chan.
Top: (Left) Mike receiving an award from Len Dibben with Ken Trainer looking on. (Right) Mike with trophy.
Bottom: Peter Dyson presenting award to Mike with Ken Trainer looking on.
Photos: 1980 Mike competing in Spring Titles at Trigg. Photos Ric Chan.
Photos: 1980 Mike competing in Spring Titles at Scarborough. Photos Ric Chan.
Photos: 1980 Mike free surfing South Point at Gracetown. Photos Ric Chan.
Image: 1983 Mike appearing in Blaxell Surfrider advt in West Coast Wind & Surfer Mag. Image courtesy of Tom Blaxell & West Coast Wind & Surfer Mag.
Photo: 2004 three surfing legends at Surfing WA Awards Night. L-R Mike McAuliffe, Len Dibben & Bob Monkman. Photo Loz Smith.
Photos: 2011 Mike in his Event Management role at Marg River Drug Aware Pro comp with former WA Pro Surfer Jodie Cooper. Photos Loz Smith.