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1971 Smiths Beach reef break

By the early 70s city surfers were aware of the good waves in the SW and were either living in the area or travelling to the region on weekends and holidays. One of their favourite haunts was Smiths Beach reef break.

NZ surf photographer Ric Chan captured these surf images on a sunny South West day in 1971.

Photo: 1971 Smiths reef Mark Johnson. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef Steve ‘Sheepdog’ Cockburn. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef unidentified surfer. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef unidentified surfer. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef Jeff ‘RE’ Marshall. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef Ric Chan. Photo courtesy of Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Smiths reef party wave Steve ‘Sheepdog’ Cockburn on the inside. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1971 Jim King cuttie at Smiths reef. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Fun in the sun.

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