During the 60’s a lot of surfers social activity was club based. Board Clubs ran intra and inter club surf competitions and organised fund raising cabarets for club members and the public.
Other activities included inter club footy matches, beach rugby, prawning nights on the Swan River, watching Miss West Coast beach beauty contests and attending surf movies at the Regal Theatre in Subiaco.
They also enjoyed weekends away at Rotto, Mandurah and down south.
Promoters ran stomps for the masses. Perth band Johnny Young and The Strangers used to play to packed houses at the Broadway Stomp in Nedlands. Popular surfer based bands The Banned and The Young Blaydes attracted big surfing audiences.
This a collection of images showing WA surfers socialising in the 60s
Photo: 1961 travelling WA boys enjoying Xmas Day keg with NSW crew at Queenscliff NSW. Brian Cole pic.
Revellers include surfing legends Bernie Huddle (dec’d), Bob Pike (dec’d), Joe Larkins (dec’d) and others.
Photo: 1962 surfers on Rottnest Island for the Australia Day weekend. Photo credit Len Dibben.
L-R. Brian Webster, Len Dibben, Graeme Booth, Rick Skelton, Jeff Dalziel, Ron Allen, Bob Birch, Harold Gregory in front sitting Girl unknown & Dave Aylett.
Photo: 1964 City Beach crew at a Cabaret/Stomp (location unknown). Photo courtesy of Ron Moss.
L-R Graeme Ward, Sandra Keen & Sue Killen.
Photo: 1965 popular Perth band Peter Dyson and ‘The Banned’. Peter Dyson pic.
Lead singer Dyso on microphone second from the right.
Photos: 1966 Surfers Inc Cabaret. Photos courtesy of Gayle Franks.
Revellers include Gayle Franks, Val Williams and Charley, others unidentified.
Photo: 1966 girls camping weekend at Mandurah. Robyn Mac pic
In the centre is Robyn Mac (Peter Mac’s sister) with her arm in the air.
Photo: 1967 Cabaret at Hackett Hall, Floreat. Photo courtesy Kevin O’Dwyer.
L-R Peter Collett, Kevin O’Dwyer (dec’d), Cathy James and Ian Craigie (dec’d).
Photos: Other social activities.
Left: 1967 Gayle Franks and Timon ‘Tiny’ Mc Kay doing the ‘Tiny two step’ at City Beach board club prawning night on the Swan River. Gayle Franks pic.
Right: 1960s Cottesloe surfers Sue Ellen, Jeanne Abbott, Stephanie Myer and Tina Daly at the Endless Summer surf movie at Regal Theatre in Subiaco. Media pic.
Jim King (City Beach Surf Riders Club) – In the late 60s the City Beach Surfriders Club ran successful surf cabarets to boost the Club’s coffers. Club President and media personality Trevor Burslem promoted the shows on radio station 6PR and former State boxer Ron Hutton of Cottesloe provided security on the door. I remember a big show at the Cottesloe Surf Club with popular Perth band Ross & the Little Wheels playing to a packed house.
In the end, increasing costs of bands, venue and security put an end to this caper. It got to a point where we needed 300 people to break even…game over!
Gas Works Surf Shop in Subiaco was run by the late Trevor Burslem. Bruce King was a retail manager at the shop. Gasworks business cards were used as pass outs at Spectrum Nightclub in Perth.
Image: 1968 Cabaret pass out at Spectrum Nightclub in Perth. Image courtesy of Bruce King.
Photo: Late 1960s Fancy dress cabaret at Embassy ball Room. Peter Dyson pic.
L-R Cottesloe surfers Jeff Hanson, Don McDonald, Peter Dyson, Hume Heatley and Dave Condon.
Errol Considine (North Coast Board Club) – In 1969 my brother Jeff had the brain wave of a ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ stomp/dance (the movie was huge then with title song big on the hit parade world-wide) ….he designed and made the posters and we plastered Perth beaches with them….hired an old hall under the Perry Lakes stadium & got a liquor licence….HUGE mob dressed up and turned up, it was great fun and the Club made THOU$AND$. Greg Wynne’s band “The Young Blaydes’ played at the Bonnie & Clyde stomp/dance.
Image: 1960s the Young Blaydes band at the Top of the Town night club in Perth. Music magazine image courtesy of vocalist Dave Aylett.
L-R Michael Byrom, Dave Aylett, Greg Wynne & Terry Malone
Photo: 1969 surf cabaret at Scarborough. Ian ‘Prive’ Morris pic.
L-R. Unidentified girl, Bobby Burns, Darryl Henry, unidentified girl, John Henry and Prive with Pam Bedford on far right.
Photo: 1969 surfing/social weekend at Rotto. Robyn Mac pic.
Bruce King doing a wheel stand on push bike with Peter Mac enjoying a jug of beer on the lawn at the Quokka Arms pub.
In the late 60s WA surfers Peter’ Spook’ Bothwell and Hume Heatley (and others) travelled to South Australia to hone their surfing & social skills.
Photo: Late 1960s Spook and Hume (on left) with South Australian Baz Young (centre) enjoying cigars at a Roaders Board Club Cabaret held at Arkaba Hotel, Fullarton South Australia. Baz Young pic.
Coming soon 1970s Social Butterflies.