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1960’s Surf Trips to the Spot, Lancelin & beyond by Peter Dyson

In the mid 60s Peter ‘Dyso’ Dyson of Dalkeith was a junior member of the Cottesloe Board Club.

These are his recollections of early surf exploration north of Perth.

In the mid-late 60’s the Cottesloe boys were heading south to Miami & Avalon and later Gearys Shack & Tim’s Thicket in search of waves. Some of my mates & I broke away from the Cottesloe surf scene and went north instead.

Images: 1960s Peter Dyson and his Cottesloe Surf Board Club membership card. Peter Dyson images.

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The Spot

You had to trespass across property owned by tycoon Alan Bond to get to the surf break called the Spot near Yanchep. My mates & I were amongst the first to surf the left hander. We would sneak past the gate to get to the waves.

Photo: 1976 Unidentified surfing the left hander at the Spot. Ric Chan photo.

1976 Yanchep The Spot unknown surfer - Ric Chan 009

I was dobbed in to Bondy by the guy who managed his property. Later at a party, I met the guy who dobbed me in and he told me “I was the only bloke that never got booked”. I told him nothing happened because the Dyson & Bond families were friends!

Lancelin

It was Mick Layzell who first introduced me to waves at Lancelin. Mick had an East Coast surfboard & was a very good surfer.

Don McDonald and I used to travel to Lancelin with Tom Cullity. Tom’s family owned Cullity Timber and he could afford the petrol.

Photo: 1960s Lancelin Peter Dyson surfing Edward Island with clinker hull dinghy in foreground. Peter Dyson pic.

1967 Lancelin Edward Island Peter Dyson with clinker hull dingy - PD pic IMG_0076

We used to surf Edward Island, South Passage and back beach. Then we would hang out at the Lancelin food shop.

Photo: 1960s Lancelin Peter Dyson surfing Edward Island. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Lancelin Edward Island Peter Dyson - PD pic IMG_0011

On one trip we run out of fuel a few miles out of town. The wind was strong so we rigged up a beach umbrella as a sail and rode in to Lancelin on a skate board. I remember the road was rough with blue metal stones.

Photo: 1960s Lancelin Peter Dyson bottom turn at Edward Island. Peter Dyson pic.1967 Lancelin Edward Island Peter Dyson - PD pic IMG_0021

Another time it was so big at Edward Island Hume Heatley, Don McDonald and I looked like ants on matchsticks.

Photo: 1960s Lancelin Peter Dyson surfing at Edward Island with a crayboat in the background. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Lancelin Edward Island Peter Dyson - PD pic IMG_0041

We used to talk to deckies on crayboats at Lancelin and they told us about other waves further north. Eventually other waves were discovered up the coast at Wedge & Abrolhos Islands.

Photo: 1960s Lancelin Peter Dyson leaving the surf at Edward Island. His McDonagh Surfboard (NSW) has a reverse dork fin. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Lancelin Peter Dyson McDonagh board with reverse dork fin - PD pic IMG_0039

Many thanks to Mick Layzell for introducing me to uncrowded fun waves at Lancelin.

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