In March 2017, the City Beach Surf Riders Club held a reunion for club members through the 1980’s, 1990’s and 2000’s at Ocean One Bar in Scarborough. The club is flying at the moment with a good bank balance and new club rooms coming at City Beach.
Former club president Jaxon Crocker sent through some pics of the night which included a couple of Ron Moss, a former club president himself and life member. Ron has aged a bit since his heyday in the 60’s, but still sports the long white hair and beard. Anyway, the pics of Ron were forwarded to club members from the 60’s & 70’s and a couple of the old boys shot back replies saying that he looked just like rock star Brian Cadd.
Photo: 2017 City Beach Surf Riders Club reunion. Team photo at Ocean One Bar Scarborough. Photo courtesy of Jaxon Crocker.
Ron Moss is bearded chap in the front row on the left!
Photo: 2017 CBSR Reunion Scarborough Club Presidents past and current. L-R Corey Hill (former Club President), Ron Moss (former Club president & Life Member) with Mark Thompson (current Club President). Photo courtesy of Jaxon Crocker.
City Beach veteran Ron Moss now looks and dresses like rock star Brian Cadd. See Brian Cadd photo below.
Photo: Australian rock star Brian Cadd. Web pic.
The resemblance between Ron and Brian is uncanny, but the story doesn’t end there. It turns out that the boys were mates as young fellas, as Ron’s young brother David recalls.
David Moss: Brian Cadd’s father worked at Hollywood Repat Hospital with my father. We got to know his family through Hollywood Hospital Christmas parties which were held at Garden Island. Everyone would head over on the ferry, usually the Zephyr or Triton. They had a piano on board & a young Brian Cadd, not older than 9 or 10, would belt out some great tunes. In particular, he did a great version of Green Door(what’s that secret you’re keeping!). Ron developed a friendship with him which continued until he was called up for National Service in late 60’s. I think they also caught up in Melbourne when Ron was doing his Nasho training at Puckapunyal army base . On my way to New Zealand during my Uni days in the early 70’s, I also caught up with Brian Cadd who took me to a nightclub where iconic Australian band The Loved Ones were playing. I’m sure that Ron & Brian would still be mates if they lived closer to each other. To see them together now would be something, as I reckon they could easily be taken for twins.
Brian Cadd went on to perform with well-known Melbourne based Australian bands The Groop & Axiom (with Glen Shorrock) before doing a lengthy stint in America.
Before departing, along with Taman Shud & G. Wayne Thomas, he provided a good proportion of the sound track to the iconic Australian surf movie of 1971, Morning of the Earth. This movie recorded the first waves ever surfed at Bali’s Uluwatu.
Image: 2012 Morning of the Earth original film and music Live in Concert Sydney & Melbourne featuring Brian Cadd. Web image.
Click on this link to view Ron Moss SDS blog 1960s-70s Ron Moss another day at the office.
Click on this link to view CBSR Facebook page City Beach Surf Riders Club
Ron Moss lives in Kalbarri and is still a colourful character.