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1970s South Point Seascapes

Gracetown’s South Point surf break is a haven for surfers in the South West.

The surf break was discovered and surfed by Murray Smith and his North End Board Club mates in the early 60s. The wave breaks on a solid swell and is sheltered from the prevailing south west wind.

State & National Surfing Championships have been held at South Point since the 70s.

This is a collection of 1970s South Point seascape images by photo/journo Ric Chan.

Photo: 1973 South Point empty line-up. Photo Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1970 unidentified surfer enjoying uncrowded waves at South Point. Photo Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1973 Chris ‘Feggsey’ Fullston charging South Point. Water damaged photo by Ric Chan.

1973 South Point Chris Fullston - Ric Chan IMG5_0007

Photo: 1973 unidentified surfers with Blaxell Surfboards at South Point. Ric Chan pic.

1973 South Point inidentified with Blaxell Boards Ric Chan img444

Photo: 1973 Kath King with a view of Cowaramup Bay & Gracetown town site in the background. Photo Jim King.

1973 Cowaramup Bay Kath King - J King IMG_0002

Photo: 1975 unidentified surfers at the base of cliff at South Point. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1976 4WDs parked on the headland at South Point. Photo Ric Chan.

1976 Sth Pt headland - Ric Chan 012

Photo: 1976 set wave at South Point. Photo Ric Chan.

1976 South Point set wave - Ric Chan 009

Photo: 1976 unidentified girls at South Point. Ric Chan pic.

1976 South Point unidentified girls - Ric Chan 013

Photo: 1977 South Point car park with Gracetown residences in the background. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1978 cliff top parking at South Point. Ric Chan pic.

1978 Sth Pt Aust Titles - Ric Chan 101

Photos: 1978 scrub fire near South Point car park. Ric Chan pic.

1978 Sth Pt Aust Day Comp car park fire - Ric Chan 012

Photo: 1978 cliff top view of South Point wave. Ric Chan pic.

1978 Sth Pt Aust Titles - Ric Chan 102

Photo: 1978 Dave Kennedy (dec’d) from Star Surfboards behind camera at South Point. Ric Chan pic.

1978 South Point Aust Day Comp Dave Kennedy - Ric Chan 030

Photo: 1978 Cowaramup Bay fishing boat with South Point in the background. Photo Ric Chan.

1978 Sth Point fishing boat- Ric Chan img885

Click on this link to see SDS Blog 1960s Vintage South Point Images published 5 Dec 2015.

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  • Gerry Lopez

    Sth point has more power than most think on a bigger day,fnt under estimate that one.
    Greggo Hansen
    1977