Huzzawouie (Huzza’s) reef break in Cowaramup Bay works on a large swell and is sheltered from the prevailing south west winds.
It is understood the surf break was named ‘Huzzawouie’ in the early 60s after a cartoon character.
Surfing competitions have been held at the surf break since the inaugural State Surfing Titles in 1964.
Photo: 1964 Cowaramup Bay surf trip in Bruce Brown’s FC Holden. Photo courtesy of Arthur Sherburn.
Photo: 1965 Surfing at Huzza’s. L-R unidentified and Ron Moss. Photo courtesy of Ron Moss.
Photo: 1967 State Championships held at Huzza’s surfer Robin ‘Skullcap’ Sutherland. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben.
Photo: 1967 State Championships held at Huzza’s surfer Steve Farbus. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben.
Photos: 1967 State Championships held at Huzza. Competitors standing (Left) L-R John Balgarnie, Terry James, Steve Cockburn, Rob Farris & David Moss. (Right) Bruce King. Still photos ex CBSR Super 8 movie film.
Photos: 1967 State Championships held at Huzza. Unidentified surfing competitors. Still photos ex CBSR Super 8 movie film.
Photo: 1969 Huzza line-up from the cliffs. Photo credit Brian Trainer.
Huzzawouie (Huzza’s) reef break is located in Cowaramup Bay at Gracetown in the South West. It works on a large swell and is sheltered from the prevailing south west winds. Huzza’s has been surfed since the early 60s.
Huzza Cliff Tragedy
In 1996 a tragedy occurred at Gracetown when five adults and four children were killed in a cliff collapse while watching a school surfing carnival held at Huzza’s. The victims were sheltering underneath a rock overhang at the base of the limestone cliff during a rain storm when the cliff collapsed without warning. A memorial to the victims has been erected at the site.
South Point surf break at Gracetown was discovered and surfed by Murray Smith and his North End Board Club mates in the early 60s.
Photo: 1963 unidentified surfing South Point. Photo credit Tom Collins.
Photo: 1960s unidentified surfers wave sharing at South Point. Photo courtesy of Steve Mailey.
Photo: 1960s unidentified surfer at South Point. Photo courtesy of Steve Mailey.
Photo: 1965 Murray ‘Muzz’ Smith retrieving Alex ‘Zac’ Kochanowitsch’s ‘Rising Sun’ design surfboard from the rocks at South Point. Photo credit Jim Breadsell.
Photo: 1966 Errol & Jeff Considine searching for waves at the back of Cowaramup Bay in their Mini Minor sedan. Photo courtesy of Errol Considine.
Photo: 1969 South Point line-up. Photo credit Ric Chan.
Photos: 1969 SW surf trip by Scarborough Board Club. (Left) Gavin McCaughey & SBC boys at Gracetown car park. (Middle) South Point line-up.(Right) Brian Trainer with his new Midget Farrelly stringerless surfboard. Photos courtesy of Brian Trainer.