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Peter Mac’s Happy Snaps.

Peter ‘Mac’ McDonald has lived, surfed, fished and worked at Yallingup since the 70s.

This a collection of his happy snaps of Yalls & elsewhere.

MacIn the 60’s my parents had a holiday home at Moore River (north of Perth). My sisters & I enjoyed many fun times there.

Photos: 1960s Moore River holidays. Photos courtesy of Peter & Robyn Mac.

Top: (Left) Early 60s Peter age 12 with Nina the hound. (Right) 1963 Peter surfing Moore River beachie.
Bottom: (Left) 1969 Jenny Payne, Robyn Mac, Jenny Lym, Denise Waters & Bruce King. (Right)  1970s Peter Mac, Blue Nicholson, Jenny Lym & Micko Gracie standing in front of outside dunny.

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MacIn the 70s Chris Green & I were partners in Yallingup Bricklayers Co.

Photos: 1970s Yalls. (Left) Mac & Chris Green going over the books at Richie Riggs place. (Right) Mac, Chris Green & his bro Richard (ex NZ) rugged up for SW winter. Photos courtesy Peter Mac.

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Photos: 1973 Yalls some of Mac’s mates. (Left) Micko Gracie & Rodney dog. (Right) Steve ‘Blue’ Nicholson napping. Photos courtesy of Bruce King.

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Photos: 1970s Capel party. Photos courtesy of Peter Mac.

Top: (Left) Ron ‘Gremmo’ Ellis & Howard Johnson (decd). (Right) Christine Johnson & Wendy Campbell.
Bottom: (left) Laurie ‘Pup’ Nesbitt. (Right) Hornie Campbell, Peter Mac, George Simpson & Glen Lance.

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Mac – In 1978 Bruce King, Kevin O’Dwyer, Ian ‘Prive’ Morris & I lived and worked on building sites in the Bunbury region. Tropical Cyclone Alby went through Bunbury with 130Km/h winds and did a lot of damage while we where there.

Photos: 1978 Bunbury party. (Left) Bruce & Mac. (Right) Prive. Photos courtesy of Peter Mac.

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MacIn the late 1970s I was still single and Chris Green & his wife Lynette were living with me at Yalls.

Photo: 1979 Yalls Mac’s house (centre red brick) and view across empty caravan park to the ocean. This photo was taken from Prive’s block on Yallingup hill. Peter Mac pic.

1979 Yalls overlooking P Mac place & caravan park P Mac pic

Photos: 1970s Yalls Chris Green’s van parked out front of Peter Dyson’s shack. (Right) Chris Green at Mac’s house. Photos courtesy of Peter Mac.

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Photos: 2000’s Peter Mac surfing Indijup Car Park. Photos courtesy of Peter Mac.

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Photos: 2008 Yalls. (Left) Prive and his ‘Meyerhoffer’ coke bottle shape surfboard. (Right) Peter Mac and his fish catch. Photos courtesy of Jim King.

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Photos: YalMal classic Yalls (Left) 1980 Tim Eastwood, Peter Mac & Loz Smith. (Right) 2014 Peter Mac, Peter Dyson & Loz Smith. Photos courtesy of Loz Smith.

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Photos: YalMal classic Yalls. (Left) 2011 Prive, Mark Hills, Arns Smith & Yesca Maas. (Right) 2014 Bob Monkman & Peter Mac. Photos courtesy of Loz Smith.

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On a sunny day you may see Mac riding his old bike to Yallingup beach for a swim.

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Mike ‘Stomper’ McAuliffe

Former Mettams surfer Mike ‘Stomper’ McAuliffe has lived in Margaret River with his wife and children since 1995. A Life Member of Surfing Western Australia, Mike is still involved in surfing through the Margaret River Board Riders Club.

Achievements

Mike achieved remarkable contest results during the 1970s, 80s & 90s. He has won State Titles in the School Boys, Juniors, Open, Seniors, Masters and Senior Masters divisions. In all Mike has collected eleven State Titles and won numerous Pro-Am, National & International surfing events.

Since 2001 Surfing WA has awarded annual Mike McAuliffe Awards for exceptional surfing performance(s).

Coaching

Mike is currently a High Performance – Elite surf coach at State, National & International levels.

He has coached the State Juniors for 7 years and the Australian Team for World Titles 3 times in 6 years.

He also runs an Elite Development Program with Surfing Australia High Performance Centre at Casuarina NSW.

Contact Surfing WA if you require Mike’s private surf coaching services.

Lecturing

Mike did sessional lecturing for Rob Holt’s Surf Science course at ECU in Bunbury a few years ago. Unfortunately the course has been terminated and Rob has moved back down to the South Coast.

Mike taught three units over seven years:-

  1. Performance Enhancement
  2. Skills Analysis
  3. Event Management

Mike My time lecturing at Bunbury proved invaluable to me. The research and public speaking aspects of the course helped prepare me for my present Coaching roles.

Former ECU Surf Science student Thea McDonald-Lee recalls one of Stomper’s surf classes.

Thea McDonald-LeeOne day we had a surfing class down at Inji carpark. Mike got everyone to bring their normal boards and other boards, old boards anyone had, fishes etc., and everyone had a go at everyone else’s to try out new things. He told us the story of the board he shaped for himself and took over to Hawaii and won some comps on it back in the 70s. Ended up getting lost somewhere along the way, maybe he had lent it to someone and it didn’t come back, then a few years ago it turned up at the Margaret River tip, his mate picked it up for 5 bucks and gave it back to him. He was stoked. He brought the board to class that day and I rode it. My team ended up “winning” the little surf comp we had that day out at Carparks… 

Photos: 1976 Mike McAuliffe free surfing Stark Bay & Rotto water Taxi. Photos Ric Chan.

1976 Rotto Mike McAuliffe Stark Bay collage_photocat

Photos: 1978 WASRA Awards Night. Photos Ric Chan.

Top: (Left) Mike receiving an award from Len Dibben with Ken Trainer looking on. (Right) Mike with trophy.

Bottom: Peter Dyson presenting award to Mike with Ken Trainer looking on.

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Photos: 1980 Mike competing in Spring Titles at Trigg. Photos Ric Chan.

1980 Trigg Spring Titles Mike McAuliffe 1 collage_photocat

Photos: 1980 Mike competing in Spring Titles at Scarborough. Photos Ric Chan.

1980 Scarb Spring Titles Mike McAuliffe 4 collage_photocat

Photos: 1980 Mike free surfing South Point at Gracetown. Photos Ric Chan.

1980 South Point Mike McAuliffe 3 collage_photocat

Image: 1983 Mike appearing in Blaxell Surfrider advt in West Coast Wind & Surfer Mag. Image courtesy of Tom Blaxell & West Coast Wind & Surfer Mag.

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Photo: 2004 three surfing legends at Surfing WA Awards Night. L-R Mike McAuliffe, Len Dibben & Bob Monkman. Photo Loz Smith.

2004 Mike McAuliffe, Len Dibben & Bob Monkman Surfing WA 40th Anniversary @ Aqua - Loz Smith

Photos: 2011 Mike in his Event Management role at Marg River Drug Aware Pro comp with former WA Pro Surfer Jodie Cooper. Photos Loz Smith.

2011 Mike McAuliffe & Jodie Cooper MR Drug Aware Pro Comp collage_photocat

 

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Meelup Beach in the 70s

Meelup beach is situated on Geographe Bay near Dunsborough. It is a beautiful beach with trees and vegetation growing down to the water’s edge. The beach is part of a Class A Reserve with native flora, fauna and water ways.

Meelup is an aboriginal word meaning ‘Place of the moon rising’ because at certain times of the year the moon appears to rise from the sea.

Photos: 2000’s Meelup Beach & surrounds. Photo courtesy King Bros.

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The coastline faces NE and is protected from the prevailing SW winds. Occasionally (when the swell & winds align) the beach produces fun novelty waves on its point and bay.

Back in the 70s some lucky surfers lived in the region and got to sample life’s simple natural pleasures.

Photo: 1970s surfers enjoying fun waves in Meelup Bay pre-bitumen car park. Photo credit Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1970s Terry Hartley from Tangaroa Board Club rugged up against winter chills at Meelup. Photo credit Ric Chan

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Photo: 1970s SW surfing legend Bob Monkman in his birthday suit at Meelup Beach. Photo credit Ric Chan.

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Photo: Early 1970s renowned surfboard shaper Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson surfing Meelup Bay on a GL short board. Photo courtesy of Loz Smith, photographer unknown.

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In the late 70s Vance & Nance Burrow rented and lived in a funky small cottage in Meelup Valley.

Photo: 1978 Burrow family cottage in Meelup Valley. Photo credit Vance Burrow.

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Photo: 1978 Former Californian surfer Leon Tomasian dining in the Burrow cottage in Meelup Valley. Photo Vance Burrow.

1978 SW Leon Thomasian Meelup Valley VB IMG

BONUS PICS

Photos: Novelty waves in Geo Bay. Photos courtesy of Vintage Surf images by Tom Collins and the King Bros.

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Loz Smith’s recollections of 1985 Yallingup Malibu Surf Classic

The annual Yallingup Malibu Surf Classic (Yal Mal) has been running continuously for 30 years.

SW surf identity Laurance ‘Loz’ Smith and some of his surfing mates created and run the first contest in 1985.

These are Loz’s recollections of the inaugural event held at Yallingup Beach in 1985.

I thought up the idea of a gathering of SW friends to celebrate the long board revival and as a tribute to my SW longboard friend John ‘John Boy’ Malloy. Tom Hoye had shaped a Malibu board for John Boy and I enjoyed watching him surf Yallingup and Injidup Car Park.
Peter ‘Mac’ McDonald, Greg ‘Pants’ Laurenson & I met at Bob & Jenny Monkman’s place in Dunsborough for dinner on a Thursday and we talked about the contest and prizes.
I then designed contest posters and a t-shirt and collected contest prizes. I paid Mick Button $350 to make a Santosha longboard to present to the winner. ‘Pants’ (GL Surfboards) shaped a fibreglass version of a mal to scale to present as a perpetual trophy to winners. Pat Leahy (Wetsuits) donated a wettie and Baz Young (Ripcurl) donated 6 pairs of board shorts as prizes.

Photo: 2015 Quindalup Loz Smith with the original Surf Classic t-shirt. Photo credit Loz Smith.

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The Contest was promoted by poster and word of mouth. The initial contest was postponed when it was discovered it clashed with a couple getting married. It was changed to accommodate the wedding and we missed perfect waves on that occasion.

Legendary NSW surfer Jim Banks) was surfing The Bluff at the time. He got sick and I drove back to Cronulla in NSW with him. I stayed a couple of months with Jim in NSW and there was concern about the future of the contest. But John Boy had spread the word amongst SW & city surfers and it was still on. Then John Boy had to return to home in USA and I took over promotion again.

Unfortunately the surf for the rescheduled contest (after wedding cancellation) was onshore & only 1/2 foot. It was postponed to a later date at a meeting held at Surfside on the Saturday morning.

On the third attempt 100 surfers gathered at Yalls on the Saturday to find atrocious conditions and it was cancelled for the day.
That night a dance was held at Yallingup Hall with music provided by Gina Pannone and Vance & Nance Burrow. The dance finished at midnight and Terry Jacks helped clean up the hall. I crashed 2am at Rob Malcolm’s place on Yallingup hill.

I was woken up approx 6am by Craig Brent-White. The morning was hazy and the ocean & horizon blended into each other. We went down to the beach to ascertain conditions. The swell was a clean 8-10ft & wind offshore. There was a large gathering at the beach. Many crew headed to the public toilets to ease the tension on their tummy…..it was seriously big!

Tony ‘Harbo’ Harbison confirmed the contest was on. But no one was keen to go out for first heat.

I wanted the contest to be a success and recoup my expenditure on contest t-shirts. So I grabbed my Jacko single fin longboard souvenired from the Yallingup tip and tied 2 extra rail savers onto my Pipeline leg rope. I entered the ocean near Grannies Pool and paddled wide out into the bay to get in the line-up. Not being a big wave surfer my balls and heart were in a race to get to my throat. After what seemed like an eternity I got out the back to take a rest. I was so far out I had a view of Caves House gardens. After some time I paddled into a smaller swell, my rubbish tip found Jacko surfboard with rolled rails to the tail, refused to hold into the left-hander & I fell down the face with the whole lip going over my head. It was the worst wipe-out I can recall. I retrieved my board and while paddling back out to attempt another wave, to my absolute joy, I witnessed the First Heat descending down the steps at Yalls. I caught another wave with the express intention of getting in.

I cheered the boys as they paddled out. At the top of the steps the judges were at the ready. Harbo told me I was in the next heat.
After regathering my courage, I followed Harbo across the reef for the second heat. I followed him thinking he knew Yalls better than me. We launched off the reef into a maelstrom of white water near The Bubble. Unfortunately I was hit by a mountain of white water and my board struck my funny bone and I lost feeling in my arm. Still managing to follow Harbo, I eventually got out the back and caught a left, I came straight in.

The day went on. Ian ‘Lips’ Mitchell snapped Pat Leahy’s brand new Town & Country mal in half. He got caught inside on the biggest wave of the day, a 10-12ft monster.

Craig ‘Clarrie’ Brent-White snapped Greg Laurenson’s brand new 9’1” hand shaped long board. Craig bought in part of the board and the rest floated out to sea.

Photo: 2014 Quindalup. Craig Brent-White on his 66th birthday with the remnants of Greg Laurenson’s long board snapped at the 85 contest.

2015 Craig Brent-White holding 1985 Yal Mal GL broken mal - Loz Smith pic IMGP7117a

John ‘Headstand’ Clemenger made the final and took out the event after borrowing Dan Darrigan’s 10’6” GL custom single fin longboard. John took off on a 5ft left and did a headstand before returning to his feet and finishing the wave. Conditions turned on-shore during the finals.

Judging was different in this contest. The result was split between the judges and the crowd’s choice. It was a unanimous decision and John ‘Headstand’ Clemenger was judged the winner.

Photo: 1985 Surf Classic finalists: L-R Bob Monkman, Robbo, John Clemenger (kneeling with board), Peter Mac, Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell, Peter Dyson, Ross Tomsett (the big black dog belonged to Ross & was called Cindy or Bear), Cliff Hills, Gene Hall, Tony Harbison, Keith Campbell & Kevin ‘Twiggy’ Sharland. Photo credit Loz Smith

1985 Yal Mal4 finalists

Afterwards contest presentations were held on the beach. There were many prizes and Robbo won the worst wipe-out award. Later there were festivities and recollections of fear factors at Caves House. While I do have some photos of spectators on the beach, unfortunately I have no photos of contest surfing at the event.

Photo: 1985 Surf Classic presentations on the beach. Brian Cole, Harbo and Cliff Hills can be seen at the back on left. Photo credit Loz Smith.

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Photo: 1985 Surf Classic spectators. L-R Brian Sherrington and Wayne ‘Choco’ Cartledge sitting on wall. Photo credit Loz Smith.

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Photo: 2014 Yallingup Surf Classic presentations at Caves House. Contest winner Justin Redman with the GL perpetual trophy. Photo credit Loz Smith.

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The 2015 Yallingup Malibu Classic will be contested this coming weekend December 5-6, 2015. Put it on your social calendar!

 

 

 

 

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Then & Now

Back in 72 young city based surfers Bruce King, Micko Gracie, Peter McDonald & Bob Monkman headed off overseas on a world surfing trip. The boys surfed good waves in South Africa, England, Europe & Indonesia before making their way home.

Photo: 1972 Departure Perth Airport L-R Bruce, Micko, Mac & Bob. Photo courtesy of Bruce King.

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Bruce King recalls: “It wasn’t till after Bobbo drove through about 6 red traffic lights in South Africa that we discovered he was colour blind. He just assumed the bottom light was green like in OZ, but over there the colours are reversed. Peter Mac and I scored jobs as lifeguards at Port Elizabeth, they thought coming from OZ we could all swim like Murray Rose who was the Olympic champion at that time. ”

Photos: 1972-3 holiday snaps #1 courtesy of Bruce King.

Top Left: 1972 Mac & Bruce lifesavers in Port Elizabeth South Africa.
Top Right: 1972 Bruce, Bob & Mac at Victoria Falls in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
Bottom Left: 1973 Bruce, Mac & others at windmill in Holland.
Bottom Right: 1973 Denise, Micko & George on Spanish beach.

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Photos: 1973 holiday snaps #2 courtesy of Bruce King.

Top Left: 1973 Kombi breakdown Micko, Bob & Bruce Transkei in Zululand South Africa.
Top Right: 1973 Port Elizabeth weekly pig-out Bob, Micko & Mac South Africa
Bottom Left: 1973 Port Elizabeth Flat Mac, Micko & Bob South Africa.
Bottom Right: 1973 Giraffe & Micko South Africa.

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Now (43 years later) they surf & live in the South West. The boys met up recently for a reunion at Bob Monkman’s place in Dunsborough .

Photo: 2015 Reunion. L-R Bob, Micko, Bruce & Mac. Photo courtesy of Bruce King.

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