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Proposed SW Surf History Museum at Aravina Estate, Yallingup

On Thursday 20 July 2017 representatives from Surfing WA and some veteran South West surfers met with management at Aravina Estate, Yallingup to discuss the setting up of a SW Surf History Museum on the Estate.

The proposed museum will showcase vintage surfboards, trophies, magazines, memorabilia and photographs from the 50s to present. Surfboard shaping and other live surfing related demonstrations will take place at the venue.

Photo: July 2017 Aravina Estate, Yallingup.

L-R Sara Lailey (Surfing WA), Mark Lane (CEO Surfing WA), Peter Dunn (Fun’s Back Cottesloe and Yallingup Beach Shop), Mick Marlin (veteran surfer), John Dutton (Nathan Rose Surfboards), Sandra Newland (Aravina), Steve Tobin (owner Aravina) and Jim King (Surfing Down South).

It is hoped the SW Surf History Museum will be set up in time for a grand opening to be held in conjunction with the Yal Mal Classic in early December 2017.



Growing up in the South West by Justin Redman

Justin ‘JR’ Redman is the youngest sibling in a strong South West surfing family. He was born in Busselton in 1977 and attended Busselton High School

His father Ralph is a talented goofy footer and was featured surfing Margaret’s on the cover of Tracks Magazine 30 years ago. His mother Jill has supported Justin throughout his competition career. Elder brother Patrick was twice Australian windsurfing champion. Sister Melanie Redman-Carr is a former West Australian professional surfer. Melanie was twice runner up to World Surfing Champion Layne Beachley.

Justin grew up surfing in the South West with his family, former Pro Surfer Taj Burrow and other Yallingup locals during the 1980 & 90s.

These are Justin’s recollections.

I first started surfing at age 8. Although my dad had tried to encourage my sister Melanie and I to surf previously, we were just not interested until one day I was swimming in the lagoon at Yalls with my sister and Taj Burrow (age 7) who had been already surfing for two months, told us to have a go. I beached the first wave. It was easy for small kids to learn on the thick railed surfboards we had then. We were hooked!

Photos: 1985-87 Justin at the beach. Redman family pics.

Left: Justin and his Dad (Ralph) on Yallingup beach.

Right: (Top) Justin windsurfing at Dunsborough surf cat hire. (Bottom) Justin surfing in Yalls lagoon.

My first board was shared with my sister, it was a Murray Smith Hot Brewz surfboard with a brick wall design sprayed on it.

We had two wet suits between us, one was a spring suit that wasn’t too bad, and the other was a short john 4 sizes too big, that we were literally just swimming in. There was always a fight about whose turn it was to wear the good wet suit. I usually lost, as I was two years younger and not as bossy as my sister.

We thought we were hard done by in our oversized short john, but I remember an incident at Herring beach (in front of the shops at Grace Town). Herring beach was a step above the lagoon at Yalls and our favourite wave at the time. My Dad and brother Patrick were windsurfing with Vance Burrow. Jake Centa was there, Taj and I pressured (teased and bullied) Jake into going out in his jocks with us. It was so windy we could barely walk against the wind. He probably still has hypothermia. Best of all we still have the footage!

Progressing from the Yallingup lagoon to “out to the back” was the equivalent to surfing 50ft Jaws in Hawaii. Standing on the edge of the reef ready to jump off into the great unknown was a terrifying experience for a 9 year old. It was a proud moment fronting up to school on the Monday to boast my achievements. 

Dan Wake, Taj Burrow, Misty and Jessy Ellis and Melanie, and I, as well as all the local Yallingup crew would all hang out in the dunes, near where the lower viewing platform and showers now stand. When we’re not surfing we would be sand boarding, or body surfing Rabbit Hill.

Photo: 1988 Local grommets at Yallingup beach. Nance Burrow pic

L-R Melanie Redman (age 12), Jake Centa, Daniel Wake, Justin (age 10) and Taj Burrow (age 9).

We would be given a small ration of money to make a phone call to get picked up after a long day in the sun, but we preferred to spend the cash on lollies and just call up from the public phone box without money. It would ring through and cut you off after one second. Just enough to shout out one word. Our parents would get the picture.

Spending winter days at Rocky Point was always fun. All the crew would hang out near the tree and rocks, which provided reasonable shelter from the winter squalls and a perfect spot to have a fire and watch our mates surf.  Cooking Jaffles after a freezing surf was awesome.

When the winter North West storms came, it always created a bit of excitement amongst the local school crowd, as it was a chance for the local kids to be able to walk to the surf at Castle Rock or surf in town or somewhere in between. On the bus trip home from school, we would get a sneak peek at the  beaches down every drain along the way and get a bit of an idea if Castles would be breaking or not? Reality rarely met expectations.

My Quindalup neighbours Dan and Shannon Wake and myself would often raid my brothers and Dad’s collection of abused windsurfer boards. We would strap them to our bike trailers and ride down to Three Pines (aka Quindalup Super Bank) and surf the little runners. These boards were about 8’4” by 4 inches thick. They were beastly to turn but they sure did float. Turning a Malibu or a gun was a piece of cake after coming off windsurfer boards.

I remember spending all day on Bears beach in the mid 80s while dad (Ralph) was surfing. Nancy Burrow used to look after my sister Melanie & I (and any other pre-school age kids on the beach). Taj & I used to surf back wash on the inside reef (lagoon) at Bears.

Photo: 1987 Taj Burrow and Justin relaxing between surfs at Three Bears. Nance Burrow pic.

Dad made Surfrats Surfboards for Mel and me in his and Geoff Culmsee’s Fibreglass Factory in Clark Street Dunsborough.

Photo: 1988 Melanie and Justin at Yallingup Beach with their Surfrats Surfboards. Redman family pic.

We used to raid H20 Surfboard’s skip bin and salvage sand paper, fibreglass and I even found an old sander I’m still using today.

Photo: 1989 Melanie (age 13) and Justin (age 11) at Quindalup family home with their H2O Surfboards made in Naturaliste Terrace Dunsborough by Ron Baker.  Redman family pic.

Photos: 1989 Justin surfing Rocky Point. Redman family pics.

We went to the Abrolhos Islands in a cray boat which had been converted to a charter boat. It was called Force 5 and it was the maiden voyage as a charter boat. Taj and I wanted to surf every spot we went past and the old blokes wanted to find better surf. I surfed a left hand reef break in the middle of ocean with Taj, Vance and Ralph and the boat went way to go fishing. I caught a long wave when I got back to the group they were huddled together as they had seen a large tiger shark. The boat came back for us eventually. Later we found out the spot is called ‘Shark Alley’.

Photo: 1989 Abrolhos Island surf trip with the Burrow & Culmsee families and South West friends. Taj and Justin are standing in the middle of the group. Photo credit Nancy Burrow.

My sponsors were Rusty, Quiksilver and Rip Curl. Back then Baz Young was agent for Rip Curl and Quiksilver. Quiksilver were a clothing Coy and Rip Curl were a wettie Coy. Rusty made surfboards.

Photo: 1990 Justin with sponsored surfboard and wettie. Redman family pic.

Photos: 1990 Justin surfing Baby Bears on a Rusty Surfboard. Redman family pics.

Note: the water shot bottom right was taken by Nancy Burrow.

Photos: Early 1990s Justin surfing in the SW. Redman family pics

Top: Justin surfing Cabbage Patch at Kabbijgup Beach.

Bottom: Justin surfing Lefthanders.

I made my first trip to Red Bluff/Gnaraloo when I was age 1. Ha!

Dad used to stick a fold out camper on top of his surf trailer and we camped in it at Gnaraloo.

Photo: 1986 Justin and Melanie with dad Ralph’s surf trailer at Yallingup. Nance Burrow pic.

Photos: 1991 Redman family surf trip to Gnaraloo. Redman family pics.

Left: Justin in camping area.

Right: (Top) Ralph, Patrick and Justin playing cards in caravan. (Bottom) Justin & Melanie checking the waves.

On trips to the city for surf competitions we used to stay in the White Sands Hotel at Scarborough. Like every kid, we raced the elevators and swam in the pool, the movies were good too. Taj used to stay there too. My mum or Nancy Burrow would look after us. We were always disappointed with the waves in the city.

Photos: Junior surf competitions at Scarborough. Redman family pics.

Top: 1980s Taj Burrow (2nd from left) and Justin Redman (3rd from left) competing at Scarborough

Bottom: 1991 (Left) Mum Jill & Justin (age 14). (Right) L-R Daniel Wake, Misty Ellis, Taj Burrow, Justin and Jess Ellis.

Dad used to drive us to Smiths reef on the old dirt road that ends on the hill behind the surf break.

Photo: 1992 Dad’s 4wd parked on Smiths Beach hill. Redman family pic.

L-R Daniel Wake, Ralph and Justin Redman.

My surfboard sponsor Rusty was slow making my boards. There were always excuses like ‘pros in town’ etc. They made me a board 3-4 months late, so I made my own board, I went really well on it and so they dumped me. Ha!

Photo: 1992 Redman bros shaping surfboards in the backyard at Quindalup. Redman family pics.

Left: Justin and Patrick. Right: Justin.

Justin has won numerous State Titles, four National Longboarding titles (in different age categories) and has competed in three World Longboard Tour events.

In 2001 the National Longboard Titles were held at Yallingup WA in a solid swell. Some East Coast teams were not happy competing in the large conditions, but it didn’t worry us and the WA team won the event.

Photo: 2001 the winning WA team at National Longboard Titles held at Yallingup. Justin Redman pic.

L-R (Standing) Justin Redman, Paul Thompson, Bob Monkman, Claire Finucane and Tim Fitzpatrick, (Front) Surfing WA heavy weight Gary ‘Gooselegs’ Vaughan and Australian surfing legend Bob McTavish.

Justin has won the Yallingup Malibu Classic Open Division a record 11 times.

Photos: 2014-15 Justin surfing at Yallingup. Loz Smith and Jim King pics.

Left: 2014 Justin wins Yallingup Malibu Classic. Right: Justin free surfing Yallingup.

Justin has been a team rider for Sunova Surfboards since 1996.

He lives in Dunsborough and operates Meelup Beach Hire.



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Keith Campbell’s 1960s surfing recollections

Cottesloe surfer Keith Campbell started surfing in the late 1950’s. Keith surfed with the best surfers of his time in Terry Jacks, Dave Beamish, Brian Cole and others. Like many WA surfers to follow, he spent time living and surfing on Sydney’s northern beaches in the early 60’s. On his return to WA he was elected president of his local board club in the mid 60s and served as WASRA President 1987-89 (WASRA name changed to Surfing WA in 1996).

Photo: 1957 Cottesloe Dean Street surf break. Keith Campbell (on the right) surfing on a hollow plywood board with mates. Keith Campbell pic.

These are Keith’s recollections of his surfing experiences in the early 60s.

In my school days I had mum drop me at City Beach most times and I left my board under the tea rooms behind the lattice as many to follow would also do.

Before I got my driver’s license, Ray Geary took me surfing down to Yallingup a few times and we camped under the melaleuca trees. (Editor’s Note: In the 60’s Ray Geary built a shack opposite a surf break between Avalon & Miami which became known as Geary’s).

I turned 17 and got my license in July 1960 and by 1963 I had been roped into being President of the City Beach Board Club.

I went to Uni 1961-63 to study Engineering and have memories of Charlie Roper and Terry Jacks always being with me when I surfed, as I had lots of gaps in my Uni course.

Photo: 1964 City Beach tea rooms. Local surfers stored their surfboards under the building. Robyn McDonald pic.

In December 1963 I had a year off Uni and went east and actually surfed with Brian Cole, Don Bancroft, Colin Taylor, John Peterson at Narrabeen. I lived in Dee Why where Terry Jacks and Dave Beamish joined me as did Percy Davis, Charles Roper and Ernie Potter.

Photo: 1964 Keith Campbell’s 21st birthday party at Dee Why NSW. Keith Campbell pic.

L-R. S Marshall, J Evans, V Comdler, L Hookes, R Olsen, S Marriott, R Hannagan, B Moore, R Fenwick, G Morley, Keith Campbell, Ernie Potter and D Lowe.

Photo: 1964 Keith Campbell surfing Avoca Beach NSW. Keith Campbell pic.

1965 Keith Campbell with Cliff Hills mini minor and Malibu surfboards on the Nullarbor. Cliff Hills pic.

KeithOn the Nullarbor we hit a lot of potholes that were as big as the mini!

Now back in WA, we managed to build up quite a board club at City Beach with the red outfits having black and white stripes, and organised inter-club competitions with North End and Scarborough.  These club competitions ultimately led to the formation of WASRA through Doc Naylor, Percy Trainer and John Shackley in 1964.

In 1965 Barry King returned to Manly NSW and a few others decided to leave City Beach and join another club (Editor’s note: Peter Bothwell, Brian Boynes & Mark Waddell joined Yallingup Board Club). It was just at the time I had organised the Margaret River Council to grant a lease on a block at Cowaramup Bay. I had Tony Harbison supervise the demolition of a house in Leederville (that Mark Waddell organised) ready for us to re-assemble. It happened just as the club disintegrated and I probably spat the dummy! I think the house frames were stored at Yallingup and we gave them to another club.

It was during this time that Ron Moss took over and got the board club back on track as President. (Editor’s Note: Ron Moss was made a life member of the City Beach Surf Riders Club in August 2000).

I understand the board club kept going during the 60s under the leadership of Ron Moss until Jim King and Trevor Burslem took over in 1967.

Image: 2009 City Beach Surf Riders club “60’s old boys” reunion lunch held at the City Beach café. Keith Campbell pic.

Keith was a prime mover behind the artificial reef at Cable Station reef Cottesloe. He has a holiday house at Gracetown and still surfs on a regular basis.



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1963 Surfing images by Murray D’Arcy from North End Board Club

Murray d’Arcy a foundation member of the North End Board Club at Scarborough took these vintage WA surfing photos in 1963 .

Photo: January 1963 Murray d’Arcy (surfer/photographer/cook) cooking brekkie at Lancelin. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Metro Beach Images

Photo: June 1963 south Scarborough Beach wave line-up. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the boys at Scarborough. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Front: Jim Breadsell standing with his foot on Garry Grannery.

Back: L-R Bill Stephenson in white t-shirt, Peter McGuire in black, Warren Smith scratching his leg, Peter Longley in great coat, John Pinch looking over Peter Longley’s shoulder, others unidentified.

Photo: June 1963 Murray Smith surfing Scarborough Beach. Murray d’Arcy pic.

South West Beach Images.

Photo: Easter 1963 surfers with Morris Minor sedan loaded with Malibu surfboards at Yallingup car park. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Alex ‘Zac’ Kochanowitsch on the left with hands in pockets and John Bartle with arm in car window, others unidentified.

Photo: January 1963 the lads campsite set up under melaleuca trees at Yallingup Beach. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: Easter 1963 Murray d’Arcy with camp gear and surfboards in Yallingup car park. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the lads doing a swell check from the creek at Cowaramup Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: Easter 1963 John ‘The Mess’ Stevens at the top of the Gallows track. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: January 1963 summer wave line-up at the Gallows. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: January 1963 flotilla of Malibu’s at the Gallows. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the North End Board Club lads at Bunker Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

L-R Peter Longley, unidentified, Bob Spence in red, Geoff Culmsee, John Pinch, Jim Breadsell, Garry Grannery, John Townsend, Peter McGuire, Murray Smith with Bill Stephenson kneeling in front.

Photo: 1963 November 1963 the North End Board Club lads waxing their boards at The Farm surf break in Bunkers Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Many thanks to 1960s North End Board Club member Jim Breadsell for sharing Murray d’Arcy’s vintage surf images with Surfing Down South.




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1985 Inaugural Yal Mal Contest – Presentation images by Nerria Winchcombe

The inaugural Yallingup Malibu Surfing Classic was run in December 1985.

It was Laurie ‘Loz’ Smith who, in 1985 conceived the idea of celebrating and commemorating the introduction of the Malibu surfboard back in the 1960s. Then Yallingup was the mecca for those longboard pioneers and from then Yallingup’s reputation as one of Australia’s great surfing beaches quickly spread. Laurie’s enthusiasm and hard work have been instrumental in the ongoing success and popularity of the Classic. (Source: 1988 Yallingup Progress Association newsletter).

It is now the marquee event of the Western Australian Longboard season and has been running continuously at Yallingup Beach for 32 years.

The ’85 contest presentations were held on the lawn in front of the old toilet block on Yallingup.

This is a collection of images of the ’85 Contest presentations by Nerria Winchcombe courtesy of Brad Leonhardt of Yallingup.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

L-R Unidentified, Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson on microphone and Loz Smith on the right.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contestant and commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson and Loz Smith presenting a surfboard prize to contest winner John ‘Headstand’ Clemenger. The Santosha surfboard prize was the first longboard that Mick Button shaped.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contestant Ian ‘Prive‘ Morris socialising.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

L-R Greg Laurenson, Loz Smith and Robbo at the presentation.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Presentation – Nerria Winchcombe pic

Contest winner John ‘Headstand’ Clemenger holding his Santosha Surfboard prize. Commentator Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson, assistant Loz Smith and a stray dog are running the presentation.

Photo: 1985 Yal Mal Finalists lined-up in front of old brick toilet block at Yallingup Beach – Nerria Winchcombe pic.

L-R Bob Monkman, Robbo, Peter Mac, Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, Peter Dyson (with back to camera), Ross Thompson, Cliff Hills, Gene Hall and Tony Harbison with Keith Campbell and Twiggy just out of shot. John Clemenger is kneeling in front with his surfboard prize and mini Malibu trophy shaped by Greg Laurenson.

Robbo won the worst wipeout award and Dyso was given the tenderfoot award as he cut his toe.

Classic contest heroics, fun presentations and misdeeds at Mal Functions are now embedded in WA surf history.

For further details of the inaugural Classic, click on this link Yallingup Malibu Classic since 1985