In 1982 Scarborough surfers Russell Quinlivan and Charlie ‘Dingbat’ Palella spent some time surfing the waves in India; having bumped into each other at another surf spot whilst travelling separately throughout South East Asia.
While in India, Russell had his photo taken with his surfboard at the Taj Mahal. Missing photos include the surfboard floating along the Taj Mahal ‘water feature’
Photo: 1982 Russell Quinlivan with his surfboard at the Taj Mahal. Charlie Palella pic.
It is not known exactly where the boys discovered waves whilst in India. Russell mentioned surfing at other places such as Nias and Sri Lanka on that same trip.
Sadly Russell passed away in Busselton in 2015 and we are not aware of Charlie’s exact whereabouts.
Many thanks to Peta Quinlivan for sharing the image which she recently received from Charlie via post. Ironically, Russell had been trying to locate the photos of his board at the Taj Mahal for several years prior to his death.