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Old boys celebrate Jim Keenan’s 80th birthday

WA surfing pioneer Jim Keenan celebrated his 80th birthday with his salty old sea dog mates at Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club on Friday 23 June 2017. Jim’s actual birthday was the previous day (Thursday).

The old boys enjoyed a few ales and had a great afternoon.

Photo: Jim Keenan’s birthday drinks at MAAC. Image Peter Harbison.

From left to right, strictly as their heads appear, as opposed to some are back row some are front row:-  Kevin Merifield, Dan Daragan, Ray Nelmes, Jim Keenan, Dave Maxwell, Graham (Cocko) Killen (beer in hand). Bruce (Moonshine) Hill, Mark Paterson, Tony Harbison, Les Gillies, Bill Prately, Jim McKenzie and Laurie Burke.

Brian Cole, Steve Mailey and Terry Williams had been present, but had left a little earlier.

Click on these link to view Jim Keenan’s surfing memoirs…

1950s-70s Jim Keenan’s – Surfing Memoirs (Part 1 Metro, South West & East Coast).

1950s-70s Jim Keenan’s – Surfing Memoirs (Part 2 Guam, Red Bluff & SW Anecdotes).

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Yallingup Feast images by Loz Smith

Another solid ground swell hit the South West’s west coast beaches on Thurs 8 June 2017. Conditions at Yallingup main break were great with winter sun and off-shore winds. It was a feast for local young guns Karl Leavy, Mick Watts and Peter Arnold and veterans Andy Jones and Rich Myers.

Rich MyersAndy & I were the oldest and coldest surfers out there. The real rippers were talented SW locals Karl Leavy, Mick Watts and Peter Arnold….they surfed the waves properly!

In my opinion, Karl Leavy is the best surfer at Yalls these days. Karl is WA’s Kai Lenny (Hawaii). He reads Yalls better than most. His different approach to riding big waves has made him stand out. He is a waterman to the max.

Karl has been collaborating with Chappy from Chapstar Surfboards to develop an innovative surfboard than will enable him to ride big waves at Yalls in a better way.

Quindalup craftsman Loz Smith captured these images of the action at Yalls. Unfortunately there are no images of Andy Jones and Karl Leavy in Loz’s photo-shoot.

Photo: Winter sun and waves at Yallingup. Loz pic.

Photo: Mick Watts taking the drop at Yalls. Loz pic.

Photo: Peter Arnold lining up the wall at Yalls. Loz pic.

Photo: Peter Arnold in full flight at Yalls. Loz pic.

Photo: The Shaana Café crew at Yalls. L-R Chiara, Fonzie and chef Mich. Loz pic.

Note: Shaana Café has closed for winter and will re-open in September.

Photo: Rich Myers doing what he does best at Yalls. Loz pic.

Photo: Rich Myers bottom turn. Loz pic.

Rich Myers – I think my mate Andy got cleaned-up by the following wave. It’s funny because he talked me into going out there! The previous Sunday, the waves were much bigger and I talked him into going out. Then it was my turn to be cleaned up. I took a huge set wave drop then straightened off and got cement trucked on the head. I was held down in Yalls black hole before being washed up on the beach in Grannies Pool. Karl Leavy and Damon Oats were the stand outs that big day.

Photo: a happy Richie with his 8’2” DMD big wave board post surf. Loz pic.

Photo: Rich Myers with his favourite girls Anne and Sinead on the deck at Yallingup. Loz pic.

Rich Myers – I was happy to get two good waves before having to get back to the Rest home before the nurses found out. Ha!

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Duke Nagtzaam born and bred in the South West

Duke Nagtzaam was born and bred in the South West. He is the son of Mark and Arlene Nagtzaam of Yallingup.

The whole family surfs and are known by locals colloquially as Team Nagtzaam. Duke’s mum Arlene is a former Australian Longboard champion and his dad Mark assists Duke with surf competition coaching. Duke’s sister Riley is also a talented surfer and has had competition success.

Duke started surfing at the age of six. He is a member of the Yallingup Board Riders Club and has been successful in state and national surf contests.

Duke’s dad Mark and Jim King (Dunsborough) captured these images of Duke surfing various breaks in the South West.

Image #1 Duke forehand carve. Mark Nagtzaam pic.

Image #2 Duke nose pick air reverse. Mark Nagtzaam pic.

Image #3 Duke air reverse. Mark Nagtzaam pic.

Image #4 Duke in the barrel. Mark Nagtzaam pic.

Image #5 Duke warm up pre surf. Mark Nagtzaam pic.

Image #6 Duke forehand snap. Jim King pic.

Image #7 Duke cutback. Jim King pic.

Image #8 Duke vertical re-entry. Jim King pic.

Image #9 Duke carve. Jim King pic.

Image #10 Duke layback. Jim King pic.

Duke is sponsored by Rip Curl Wetsuits, Clear Water Surfboards, Shapers fins, Dakine, Reef and Inlayz.

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Rich pickings at Yallingup

After a week of cold fronts the weather gods blessed the South West’s west coast with off-shore winds and a solid swell for the last weekend in autumn.

Photo: Autumn line-up at Yallingup Main Break. Loz Smith pic.

Yallingup carpenter and cowboy movie buff Rich Myer picked off prime set waves at Yalls Main Break on his favourite long board.

Rich – I had my long board hand made by Bill Foote in Hawaii 14 years ago. It is made of polystyrene foam and epoxy resin. I only use the board at Yallingup. It has snapped twice and been repaired. On a trip to Hawaii, I took the two pieces of broken board with me for repairs (there was no-one here to fix EPS boards back then) and the guy at Hawaii airport charged me for two boards. I argued that it was one broken board, but he was a big ‘Brudda’ and I had to pay double!

Photo: 2013 Rich with his favourite long board on the steps at Yallingup. Bruce King pic.

Quindalup surfer/ photographer Loz Smith captured these images of Rich surfing Yallingup.

Highlights from Saturday 27 May 2017 by Loz Smith

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #1.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #2.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #3.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #4.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #5.

 

Highlights from Sunday 28 May 2017 by Loz Smith

While the water temperature was warm on the Sunday, there was a cool breeze blowing down Yallingup valley and out to sea.

To keep warm between surfs, Richie wandered around the carpark wearing his full wettie with a hoody and ugg boots. He also spent time warming up in his work Ute with the heater on.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #1.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #2.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #3.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #4.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #5.

Photo: Ric Myers surfing sequence #6.

Photo: the ‘Peanut Gallery’ spectating on the retirement seat at Yallingup. Loz Smith pic.

L-R Rich Myers, Barry Day, Craig Hitchens and Jim King.

Rich I’m not materialistic, but I was born with the name Rich and I will die Rich. Ha!

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Epic Yallingup images by Loz Smith

A solid 8ft plus ground swell powered into Yallingup main break on Saturday 5 May 2017.

Resident big wave chargers Taco, Addz, Karl Leavy and Damon Eastaugh were out there enjoying nature’s gifts.

Quindalup photographer Loz Smith captured some of the action.

Photo: Yalls line-up. Loz Smith pic.

Photo: Yalls Addz one legged bottom turn. Loz Smith pic.

Photo: Yalls Taco bottom turn. Loz Smith pic.

Photo: Yalls Taco frog exit. Loz Smith pic.

Photo: Yalls Damon bottom turn. Loz Smith pic.

Photo: Yalls Karl Leavy tucked in. Loz Smith pic.

Photo: Yalls Karl Leavy bailing out. Loz Smith pic.

Photo: Yalls empty right handers. Loz Smith pic.

Photo: Yalls waves viewed through the melaleuca trees. Loz Smith pic.

Thanks for sharing your pics Loz.

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