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1960s Surfing in the City – Peter Dyson

In the 1960’s Dalkeith surfer Peter ‘Dyso’ Dyson spent his youth surfing & socialising in the city.

In the early 60s Peter was a junior member of the Cottesloe Surf Board Club and a student at Hale School.

Later in the 60s he became a member of the Yallingup Surfboard Club and the lead singer in the popular Perth band The Banned – these matters are covered in other SDS Blogs.

These are Dyso’s memories and images of metro surfing & social activities in the ’60s.

1. Surfing (Metro)

In the early ‘60s I purchased my first polyurethane & fibreglass surfboard from former wooden boat builders Colin & Rex Cordingley in Stirling Highway, Mosman Park. The board cost 39 pounds & 10 pence and was expensive due to the cost of imported Bennett blanks. The board was a white colour with a red & black stripe. It weighed approx. 30lbs and had a bullet proof fibreglass & resin job. I used to drag it down to Slimys at North Cottesloe for a surf. Cordingley’s purchased adhesives and paint brushes from Dysons, my family’s business in Perth.

Photo: 1960s Jack Dyson (Pete’s granddad) building in Bedford Place in Perth. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Jack Dyson Building Bedford Place Perth - PD pic IMG_0006

In ‘65 I won the individual award at the State School Boys competition held at Scarborough and was runner–up in ‘66.

Photos: 1960s Peter surfing the Cove at Cottesloe on his surfboard with wooden nose block. Peter Dyson Pics.

1960s The Cove Peter Dyson 3 collage_photocat

The 1966 State Winter Surfboard Championships were held at Scarborough. Michael Bibby won & I was runner-up in the Junior division. We were both members of the Yallingup Surfboard Club.

Image: 1966 Media coverage of the event courtesy of WA Newspapers.

1966 Scarborough State Winter Titles results - Daily News IMG_006

The following image appeared on Surfing WA’s 50th Year Anniversary t-shirt and on Invitations to their Celebrations held at Surfers Point Margaret River in 2014.

Photo: 1966 Finalists in State Winter Surfboard Championships at Scarborough. Trevor Burslem pic. L-R Maureen Farrell (2nd Women), John Pozzi (3rd Senior), Michael Bibby (1st Junior), John Balgarnie (1st Senior), Peter Dyson (2nd Junior), Terry Jacks (2nd Senior), Eleanor proud (1st Women).

1966 Scarborough Winter Titles winners - Trevor Burslem pic IMG_0079

In 1966 I was invited to become a ‘Team Rider’ for Cordingley Surfboards in Subiaco.

Image: 1966 Peter Dyson’s Cordingley competition team card courtesy of Peter Dyson.

1966 Cordingley Surfboards business card Peter Dyson - PD image IMG_0062

Images: 1966 Cordingley Surf Shop letters to Peter courtesy of Peter Dyson.

1960s Cordingley Surf Shop letters 1 collage_photocat

Photo: 1960s Jan Bevan (my first wife) modelling on Trigg Beach with a Nipper Williams Surfboard. Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

1960s Trigg Jan Bevan modelling with Nipper Williams surfboard 1 - PD pic IMG_0004

In the 70s Tony Harbison was President of WASRA and I served as Vice President during his term. If you know the attractive girl on my right in the following photo, please let us know her name.

Photo: 1970s Scarborough Beach. WASRA Vice President Peter Dyson presenting surfing awards to unidentified and Maureen Farrell. Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

1960s Scarborough comp Peter Dyson handing trophies to unidentified & Maureen Farrell - PD pic IMG_0060

2. Social (Metro)

Photo: 1960s Ball held Palace Hotel in Perth. L-R Blue Burridge, Peter Dyson, John ‘Ned’ Franetovich & Richard Burridge (ladies unidentified). Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Blue Burridge, Peter Dyson & Richard Burridge at Ball held Palace Hotel IMG_0017

Photo: 1960s Party. L-R Richard Barik, Peter Dyson, Terry Jacks & Dick Lenard. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Party Richard Barik, Terry Jacks, Peter Dyson & Dick Lenard - PD pic IMG_0042

Photo: 1960s Claremont Football Club function. L-R Peter Dyson, John Balgarnie & Lance Bevan. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Claremont Footy Club Peter Dyson, John Balgarnie & Lance Bevan - PD pic IMG_20160509_0002

Photo: 1960s Fancy Dress Embassy Ball Room. L-R Jeff Hanson, Don McDonald, Peter Dyson, Hume Heatley & Dave Condon. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Fancy Dress Embassy Ball Room Jeff Hanson, Don McDonald, Peter Dyson, Hume Heatley & Dave Condon - PD pic IMG_0030

Photo: 1960s River Cruise. L-R Peter Dyson, Jan Bevan, Niobie Pericles & Mike Byrom. Peter Dyson pic.

1960s river cruise Peter Dyson, Jan Bevan, Niobiei Pericles, Mike Byrom - PD pic IMG_0026

Photo: 1960s River Cruise. L-R Peter Dyson, Mike Byrom (Young Blaydes band) & Mike ‘Gruff’ Reynolds (roadie for Young Blaydes band). Peter Dyson pic.

1960s river cruise Peter Dyson, Mike Byrom, & Gruff - PD pic IMG_0016

Photo: 1960s Party. Peter Dyson & John Balgarnie – Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Party Peter Dyson & John Balgarnie - PD pic IMG_0003

Craig Brent-White and I go right back to baby bassinets.

In 1964 Craig Brent-White, Peter Lummis (from Scarborough) & I were the first WA surfers to travel to Phillip Island in Vic. My dad Ken Dyson booked us into Koala Estate on Phillip Island. We were age 16 and travelled over on the train, stopping at Kalgoorlie on route to enjoy the attractions. We met & made friends with local surfers and started an exodus of WA surfers to Phillip Island (eg Peter Bothwell, Hume Heatley, John Balgarnie etc).

Photo: 1960s two unidentified maidens & Craig Brent-White (Sand n Sea Board Riders) dining at unidentified Perth restaurant, Peter Dyson pic.

1960s Perth location unknown 2 girls & Graig Brentwhite - PD pic IMG_0039

I still enjoy life and a good party!

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