Calendar pin-up boys

South West surf identities Gary Greirson and Jimy the dolphin will feature as pin-up boys in the 2018 This South West Life calendar.

Dunsborough surfer/photographer Bruce King won this years This South West Life photography competition.

Bruce’s eye catching photo of Gary and Jimy surfing at Yallingup was selected from over 900 quality photos entered in the contest to feature in the 2018 calendar.


Image #1. Prize winning image of Gary and Jimy surfing at Yallingup by Bruce King

GaryI waived my normal photo modelling photo fee and Jimy the dolphin has settled for a herring.

Image #2. Congratulations letter from South West Development Commission.

Image #3. Bruce’s photo competition prizes.

Bruce – My prizes included a new camera, Christian Fletcher photography book, DVD movie
and small bit of glory.

Image #4. Prize winning photographer Bruce King and model Gary ‘Gaz’ Greirson with framed ‘Sea of Joy’ photo at Yallingup. Jim King pic.

Images #5. Tour de car park. Jim King pics.

Top: (Left) Bruce and Gaz on retirement seat. (Right) Bruce and Gaz with framed ‘Sea of Joy’ photo.

Bottom: (Left) Gaz and Bruce in front of freshly painted Yallingup bus stop – artwork by Nathan Moody. (Right) Peter McDonald, Gaz and Bruce on tour de car park.

The calendars will be made available free in the near future by the South West Development Commission for the purpose of promoting our wonderful South West.



1975 Oceans surf contest at Trigg Point

Oceans Surf Shop in Perth City ran a surf contest at Trigg Point in 1975.

Surfboard shaper/fashion model Gary Greirson was head honcho at Oceans Surf Shop at the time.

High profile WA surfers competed in the surf contest. Surfers included Ian Cairns, Barry Day, Russell Catto and Colin Ladhams.

Surf photographer/journo Rich Chan covered the action for Independent Newspapers.

Photo: 1975 Trigg Point car park and wave line-up for the contest. Ric Chan pic.

Photos: 1975 Trigg Point unidentified contestants #1. Ric Chan pics.

Photos: 1975 Trigg Point wave line-up and spectators in car park. Ric Chan pics.

Photos: 1975 Trigg Point unidentified contestants #2. Ric Chan pics.

Photos: 1975 Trigg Point water action. Ric Chan pics.

Left: unidentified contestant.

Right: Trigg SLSC surf boat splitting the peak.

Photos: 1975 Trigg Point beach action. Ric Chan pics.

Left: Peter Davidson and unidentified contestant.

Right: Official photographer John Shanahan.

Photos: 1975 Trigg Point unidentified contestants #3. Ric Chan pics.

Photo: 1975 Contest judging panel at Trigg Point. Ric Chan pics

L-R former WASRA President Ronald ‘Doc’ Naylor, Barry Day, Pat Cairns, Linda Milner (Pat Cairn’s sister), Colin Ladhams and Steve Thomas.

Photos: 1975 Trigg Point contestants. Left: Ian Cairns. Right: Peter Bevan. Ric Chan pic.

Photos: 1975 Contest award presentations in Trigg Point car park. Ric Chan pics.

Left: Ocean’s Gary Greirson in black top at rear of Land Rover (bottom left), handing out contest prizes.

Right: L-R Pat Cairns, Barry Day, Ian Cairns and Russell Catto.

Contest results are unknown. The now aging participants can’t remember who won the contest!

Let us know, if you know the contest results.



1974 Al Onley & Al Bean at South Point – Updated 4 September 2016

Update from Al Onley 4 Sept 2016.

I love your work. Everyone I have shown your site to have just gone Wow!! However, Gary Greirson’s recollections are not entirely accurate. The year was 1976 (not ’74)  and the surfboard I’m holding is Ric Chan’s, that’s why there are so many photos of it. At that time I was doing the sanding at Grierson Surfboards and remember this was the most photographed board in history. Ric loved it, but anything Col Ladhams shaped was great! And I actually came from Cottesloe (not Swanbourne). I think the Kombi in the pics belonged to Ric Chan. Cheers Al Onley.

See what I mean, another photo of Ric’s board.

Photo: 1976 Al Onley with Ric Chan’s Grierson Surfboard shaped by Col Ladhams and sanded by Al Onley. Photo courtesy of Al Onley.

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Al. Sorry for the misinformation, it is hard to get good help these days. Thanks for your feedback. Jim King Dunsborough WA.

1974 Al Onley & Al Bean at South Point

In 1974 young metro surfers Al Onley and Al Bean travelled down south to ride their new Colin Ladhams shaped bum back single fin surfboards.

Al Onley was a goofy footer from Swanbourne and Al Bean aged 16/17 was working at Ocean Surf Shop in Perth City.

Gary GreirsonThey are Greirson surfboards, the logo featured a peacock fanning its feathers. Al Bean was probably still at Oceans. I may have only just left and was making boards in Osborne Park with Col Ladhams. The year would be late 74 or early 75.

The boy’s water tested their new equipment at South Point and surf photographer Ric Chan was there to capture the action.

Al Onley (goofy foot)

Photo: 1974 Al Onley’s new Colin Ladhams designed Greirson surfboard. Ric Chan pic.

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Photos: 1974 Al Onley’s new Colin Ladhams designed Greirson surfboard. Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1974 Al Onley’s new Colin Ladhams designed Greirson surfboard. Ric Chan pics.

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Photo: 1974 Al Onley surfing South Point on his Greirson surfboard. Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1974 Al Onley surfing South Point on his Greirson surfboard. Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1974 Al Onley surfing South Point on his Greirson surfboard. Ric Chan.

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Al Bean (natural foot)

Photo: 1974 Al Bean’s new Colin Ladhams designed Greirson surfboard. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1974 Al Bean surfing South Point on his Greirson surfboard. Ric Chan pic.

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Al Bean and Gary Greirson live in the South West and make custom surfboards in Dunsborough.






1978 Margaret River Rowing Regatta

In the 70s the Margaret River Rowing Club held Rowing Regattas on the Margaret River near Wallcliffe House.

Margaret River locals and visiting SW surfers met on the bank of the river to compete in the Regatta’s rowing boat and surfboard paddle races and enjoy a drink or two.

Margaret surfer Adrian Wilson attended the regattas in the 70s. These are his comments.

Early MR Rowing Regattas

 Adrian Wilson – In the early Regattas big John Hohnen used to cruise around with a shotgun under his arm as a deterrent to bikies who used to turn up….there used to be a massive tug of war with a heavy duty rope…I can’t remember who was against who…was it held on Australia Day?

Back then one could drive down to the un-renovated Wallcliffe House…unfortunately the historic house built in 1865 is no longer with us after the Marg River bush fire in 2011.

It was a classic day….. the paddle race was so popular the organisers were forced to impose board design rules to prevent unfair advantage. The first couple of regattas in 76/77 Billy Gibson won the surfboard race with me second…Sam Sadleir’s run came a bit later. I have memories of trying to catch Billy Gibson…but just couldn’t bridge the gap. I saw Billy out at Huzzas today…his high speed paddle style hasn’t changed!

Billy was part of a hard core Scarborough surf crew…all great surfers…who used to frequent down south in the 70s…the Waller brothers (Mark and Paul), Shaun Atkinson, Kim Hewton just to mention a few.

Paul Waller was a handsome young chap…one particular night at the Margaret River tavern he was drinking a flaming shot….a bump on his shoulder resulted in a minor burn on his cheek….Paul was very worried about a scar. That night the car he was a passenger in hit a cow on Wallcliffe Road….next time I saw Paul he had plaster on one arm and various bandages…I said that on the bright side, you couldn’t see the burn on his cheek.

Life at Margs in the 70s had much more of a pioneering carefree atmosphere. Life was much simpler then….only one food shop…Wesfarmers…and the tuckshop for apricot pies with cream….no mobile phones, internet or 24 hour news cycle.

1978 MR Rowing Regatta

Adrian Wilson – Classic photos of the ‘78 event with many familiar faces… I reckon this was towards the end of the regattas at Wallcliffe House (don’t think the shotgun patrols were still going)…..

PD is sitting next to the beautiful Irena….

Typical in the background of Hog Hannett is a beautiful woman.

Great photo of Ric Chan in full flight……I don’t remember Tony Harbo doing the loudspeaker thing….don’t think he featured in the early ones…but I could be wrong.

Sam Sadlier was a grom when I surfed at Cottesloe…but it was obvious he had amazing talent and general athletic ability…..he went on to be a great surfer……I saw him a few years ago, now living in Bunbury I think.

One surprising omission from these early photos are images of the Hocking brothers…Bruce and Ian and Col Ladhams. They were regulars at Margarets……Bruce the master of getting barrelled at the Margaret River mouth. Bruce Hocking was an amazing surfer…his backhand surfing at lefties was even by today’s standards outstanding. These guys used to stay with Rod White in his converted bus next to the speedway track in Margaret River.

Col Ladhams used to shape at Len Dibben’s in North Freo until Greirson Surfboards started…….

Many thanks to photojournalist Ric Chan for the social photos and Adrian for his recollections.

1. 1978 Rowing Regatta Races

Yallingup surfing legend Tony Harbison was MC and called the rowing & paddle races.

Race Photos #1: Rowing races.
Top: Spectators watching rowing race from river bank.
Bottom: (Left) Race caller Tony Harbison with loud hailer. (Right) Spectators.

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In the 70s Cottesloe surfer Sam Sadleir won the paddle board race two years running. Marg River’s Bill Gibson & Gary Greirson also competed in the paddle races.

Race Photos #2: Paddle Board Races.
(Left) Sam Sadleir preparing for paddle board race. (Right) Paddle Board race & support crew.

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Race Photos #3: Paddle board races.
(Left) Gary Greirson preparing for paddle board race. (Right) Gaz competing in paddle race.

Gaz Greirson – “That’s me coming last in next pic.”

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Race Photos #4: Competitors
Top: (Left) Margaret River Rowing Club officials L-R Kim Davis, Don Drabble & Stewie Thomas. (Right) unidentified female competitor.
Bottom: Competitors rehydrating under trees between events. Mitch with Greg Russell in the middle and Dave Simmons (Cottesloe) in Hawaiian shirt on the right.

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2. 1978 Rowing Regatta Social

There was a strong social aspect to the Rowing Regatta with families & friends participating.

Attendees competed and enjoyed a cold beer or sipped wine under the trees in the afternoon and then stayed on for Graham Noakes’ ‘Windspan Band’ which played at the Regatta Dance held afterwards in the Club House on the river Bank.

Peter ‘Reffo’ Felton (Yalls) recalls – “one year bikies tried to join the party but they were quickly dispersed by locals and visiting surfers.”

A fun time was had by all.

Social Photos #1:
Top: (Left) unidentified girl with beer keg in background. (Right) social gathering
Bottom: (Left) social gathering (Right) unidentified persons.

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Social Photos #2:
Top: (Left) Girls & hounds. Deb from Byron Bay on the right. Deb married & moved to Kalbarri. (Right) young girl getting a tan.
Bottom: (Left) Mother & baby (Right) unidentified.

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Social Photos #3:
Top: (Left) Ric Gath’s brother. (Right) Dennis Lindsay & unidentified. Dennis’s brother Eion ran the Berry Farm for years
Bottom: (Left) Chris Reynolds. (Right) Chris ‘Feggsey’ Fullston (Mandurah, Kalbarri & SW).

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Social Photos #4:
Top: (Left) Ric Chan. (Right) Marina with baby.
Bottom: (Left) Trinity Tate (Right) Syd Tate.

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Social Photos #5:
Top: (Left) Rankin Wise. Rankin & his brother Sandy were from a local family. Mum Wise could not control her wayward sons. (Right) George Tocas (Yalls).
Bottom: (Left) unidentified (Right) unidentified.

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Social Photos #6:
Top: (Left) social gathering under the trees. (Right) unidentified couple
Bottom: (Left) Peter Davison (Trigg) & girlfriend. (Right) Steve ‘Hog’ Hannett (Trigg).

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Social Photos #7:
Top: (Left) drinks tent. (Right) Ric Chan, Gary Greirson, Trinity Tate & Marina under the trees.
Bottom: (Left) Feeding time. (Right) unidentified.

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1970s Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach was the hub of metro surfing & social life in the 70s. Local surfers had their own surf shops, surf board clubs (North End, Scarborough, Boomerang & Contacio) and hotels (White Sands & Scarborough). The Scarborough Hotel built 1938 was demolished in mid 80s.

Photo: 1974 Scarborough Guest House replaced by Observation City Hotel. (now known as Rendezvous Hotel Perth, Scarborough). Vance Burrow pic.

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Photos: 1976 Scarborough Beach front. Ric Chan pic.
Top: (Left) busy beach break (Right) Scarborough car park looking north towards Threepenny reef.
Bottom: (Left) Gay Gordon hamburgers (Right) Ric Chan’s gold coloured Kombi parked in front of Gay Gordon.

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Photos: 1970s Ric Chan’s rental house at Scarborough. Ric Chan pics.
Top: (Left) Firefighter controlling burn-off next to Ric’s place (Right) Ric & his red Jaguar next to his Scarborough rental.
Bottom: (Left) Mick Black (Right) Ric Chan on front verandah.

Steve CockburnRic worked as a DJ at The Sheraton Down Under Bar & Gobbles Night Club in Wellington Street Perth. I lived in a flat under his rented house at Scarborough while I was an architectural student & would often go into the clubs (gratis). Ric would come in about 4 am each morning, usually with a lovely women companion and would stomp on the wooden floors & often woke me up.

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Photos: 1970s Surf industry personalities. Ric Chan pics
Top: (Left) Scarborough water shot. (Right) Murray Smith & Unidentified surfer.
Bottom: (Left) Tom Blaxell Surfboards Osborne Park. (Right) Gary Greirson Surfboards Osborne Park.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough Beach surfing #1. Steve Hannett bottom left. Other surfers unidentified. Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough Beach surfing #2. Steve Hannett bottom left. Other surfers unidentified. Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough Beach surfing legends. Ric Chan pics.
Top: Terry Jacks (dec’d) on the beach and surfing.
Bottom: (Left) Hume Heatley (dec’d). (Right) Terry, Hume & unidentified.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough wild life #1. Ric Chan pics.
Top: (Left) Greg Laurenson (dec’d). (Right) unidentified beach girls.
Middle: (Left) Charles ‘Chuck’ Stewart (dec’d). (Right) Ric ‘flower power’ Chan.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough wild life #2. Ric Chan pics.
Top: (Left) Coffin Cheaters. (Right) unidentified beach girls.
Bottom: (Left) fashion photo shoot unidentified girl. (Right) unidentified beach girl.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough wild life #3.
Top: (Left) Steve Mathews (Channel 9) with unidentified Band. (Right) Unidentified girl in Mini Minor – Ric Chan pics.
Bottom: (Left) Blue Nicholson, Prive Morris, Micko Gracie & Rex Biddle with Prive’s Fiat in Scarborough Beach Rd – Peter Mac pic. (Right) Dolphins Board Riders footy team at Deanmore park – Tom Blaxell pic.

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