1968 Yallingup – Invitational Event at the State Championships

In 1964 Bernard ‘Midget’ Farrelly (NSW) won the World Mens Title at the first World Surfing Championships held at Manly Beach NSW. Midget won from Californians Mike Doyle & Joey Cabell.

Photo: 1964 Midget surfing Manly on his way to winning World Mens Surfing Title. Photo courtesy of Keith Campbell (former WASRA President).

1964 Midget Champion at Manly

In 1968 former Australian world surfing champion ‘Midget’ Farrelly was invited to WA to compete in a special Invitational Event held in conjunction with the State Championships at Yallingup on the LWE in March 1968.

The field for WA’s Invitational event included Midget, prominent WA surfer Terry Jacks, former South Australian Barry Young and representatives from most states.

Image: 1968 Midget arriving at Perth Airport for the Invitational event. Newspaper image courtesy of the Daily News.

1968 Invitational Comp Yalls - Midget Farrelly

There was a big crowd in attendance to watch Midget surf at Yallingup. He bought rounded pintail surfboards to the event and WA surfers saw the new design from the East Coast for the first time. It introduced another advance in WA surfboard design.

Photos: 1968 Yalls Midget Farrelly & spectators at the Invitational Event. Photos courtesy of Sally Jones (nee Gunter).

Top: (Left) Midget with WASRA President Ron ‘Doc’ Naylor. (Right) Midget descending steps to the beach.
Bottom: (Left) Midget heading out to surf in Invitational event. (Right) Midget returning to the beach with his rounded pintail surfboard.

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The invitational event was held in sunny offshore conditions at Yallingup. Midge rode the lefts in his smooth controlled style. Terry Jacks was frothing and went for it. At the conclusion of the event many spectators thought Terry had won the event, but Midge’s name was already engraved on the trophy and that was that!

Some of Terry’s supporters kicked up a bit of dust, but it was in vain.

Images: 1968 Midget Farrelly at the Invitational event. Still frame images courtesy of City Beach Surf Riders Super 8 movie film.

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Image: 1968 Terry Jacks surfing in the Invitational event. Newspaper image courtesy of the Daily News.

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Peter ‘Spook’ BothwellMidget had just got back from Hawaii and was full of stories about Joey Cabell and his pintails.

Barry ‘Baz’ YoungBesides me, for the Invitational, another surfer from interstate was Alex Chobinoff (NSW) who had been here for 6 months roughly like myself. I placed third in that Invitational as well as coming 2nd to Spook in the State Titles. It was pretty small that day and I gambled and surfed the ‘Bunbury Break’, which was named because of the crew of Bunbury surfers who surfed it more than most. It’s now known as “The Cove”. Whilst Midget and the other 4 competitors hassled each other at Main Break I got a little lucky where I was.

When Midget arrived for the contest and pulled 4 Pintails out of his car we were all flabbergasted. The Press on what was happening design wise over East was very limited and I’m pretty sure no one had heard about boards that had pointed tails. It seemed weird to have a tail shape that looked the same as the nose. There was a lot of disbelief and almost jeering as he walked past the big crowds lining the steps and beach with one of these strange designs under his arm on the way to the water. I think he thought about not staying for the Invitational, but the WASRA contest directors talked him around and tuned a few crew to keep their opinions to themselves for the rest of the weekend.

I have been surfing in the Maldives twice now in recent years, at the same time as Midget and his wife, and he still surfs pretty good for age 71.

Photo: 2015 Former WA Surfboard Manufacturer Tom Blaxell with 1964 World Surfing Champ Midget Farrelly in the Maldives. Photo courtesy of Tom Blaxell.

2015 Maldives Tom Blaxell and Midget farrelly at Pasta Point

In 2001 Surfing WA made a presentation to Midget Farrelly at Yallingup Beach.

Photos: (Left) 2001 montage presentation to Midget at Yalls designed by Quindalup’s Loz Smith. (Right) 2006 Midget & Loz Smith at Jack Egan photo exhibition held at Vasse Felix Winery.

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The state championships were held in good offshore conditions at Yallingup over the March long weekend. Members of most WA Board Clubs competed in the Titles. Finalists in the divisions went onto represent WA at the National Surfing Titles held in NSW in May 1968.

Editor’s NoteA month after the State Titles finalist Arty Sherburn nearly died when he was stung by a blue bottle jellyfish while surfing at Cottesloe. He was unable to take his place in the WA State Team and compete in the ’68 National Titles in NSW.

Images: (Left) 1968 Cover of WASRA program. (Right) Preview of State Titles at Yalls. Images courtesy of WASRA & the Daily News.

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Images: 1968 State Surfing Titles at Yalls. Images courtesy of the Daily News & Trevor Burslem.
(Left) Media preview of the WA Titles. (Right) Jim King competing in Open Division.

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Peter ‘Spook’ Bothwell (age 19 years) from Sand n Sea board club won the Open Mens. Competing in 6ft surf Spook beat former South Australian Barry Young and Arty Sherburn the Southern Surfriders champion. Surprisingly, John Balgarnie & 1966 champion John Staley were eliminated in the semi-finals.

Ian Cairns from Southern Surfriders was the outstanding junior surfer & won the Junior Title from Phil Taylor & Ian ‘Moochie‘ Strongman.

Dave Williams won the Senior Title.

Maureen Farrell won the Womens Title.

Images: 1968 State Surfing Titles at Yalls.
(Left) Media review of the WA Titles courtesy of WA Newspapers.
(Right) Contest spectators & judges scaffolding on the beach. Photo Jim King.

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Peter ‘Spook’ BothwellThe 67 titles were when I thought I could win and was surfing at my peak. I didn’t get out of my heat, John Staley went on to win. In 68 I was over it (the competitive hype) and more relaxed. I thought John Staley was surfing good enough to win in 68, but he got over anxious like I did in 67 and was knocked out. My other memory was that everyone who surfed went in it. A bit like a festival.

I next went into a state contest in 76, after not surfing much for a few years and the crowd and competitive crew numbered about fifty. The atmosphere had changed, still seriously competitive, but the wider social interest went for a time.

Barry ‘Baz’ YoungIt was borderline whether I was eligible to compete in the main event (State Titles) because you had to have been living in WA for 6 months and I got Arty Sherburn and John Staley to say I had been here that long, but I think I was about a week short.

I had been called up for National Service and came to the West to surf as much as possible before going in. I ended up doing my Draft medical in Bunbury, and swallowed silver foil in the hope it would show up as a spot on my lung (it had worked in the Big Wednesday movie) but they never remarked on it. What they did notice was my very large surf bumps on my feet. I had gone to the medical in suede Desert Boots, which were the rage at the time and they asked me if I could wear leather boots, and I said I doubt it, so they got me to try a pair on, and I faked pain enough that they didn’t sign me up….relief! We had been losing about 3 or 4 soldiers a day in different skirmishes in Vietnam and I didn’t want to be part of it. I remember I hitched back to Yallingup and went out and had just the best surf. A big weight had been lifted from my shoulders.


With a big LWE crowd in attendance it was not surprising that some anti-social behaviour occurred at Caves House pub on the Saturday Night.

Image: 1968 Media report on an alleged brawl at Caves House pub. Newspaper cutting courtesy of the daily News.

1968 Caves House Yalls pub brawl

A fun long weekend surfing & socialising in the South West was had by all.


‘Lost And Found – The Missing Ric Chan Archives’ by Jim King

Surf photographer Ric Chan travelled from NZ to the East Coast of Australia in ’68 and then onto WA in ’69 (to cover the first National Surfing Titles held in WA). His photos brilliantly captured Australian surfing history for over a decade until he left for Bali Indonesia in the early ’80s.

Ric continued taking photos in Bali until the early ‘90s when he disappeared off the surfing radar.

Photos: (Left) 1975 Ric with camera equip at Marg River. (Right) 1985 Ric in Kuta Bali. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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In the early ‘90s tea chests full of Ric’s photo equipment & memorabilia started turning up at his SW friends Graham & Lisa Noakes’ scrap metal yard in Margaret River. There was no note with the consignments & the Noakes’ assumed it was sent by Ric from Bali after his wife Sami died in 1991.

Graham Noakes “Initially we stored Ric’s memorabilia in an old Mitsubishi van stored on the premises. However, during the ‘90s it was discovered that a whipper-snipper had flipped up a stone & broken a window in the van. Rain had got in and a lot of Ric’s negatives, slides, photos, posters and old movie & still cameras were water damaged. So we moved all Ric’s gear upstairs to the loft in our work shed and it sat there until the 2000’s, when a member of Margaret River Board Riders Club borrowed some of Ric’s slides. Then Ric’s photos started appearing on t-shirts and I realised I had a responsibility to look after his belongings. It wasn’t easy to get the slides back. Subsequently Ric gave me Power of Attorney to look after his photographic material.”

In 2013 Margaret River Press were in the process of publishing a book on the history of surfing in the SW and author Sue-Lyn Aldrian-Moyle and I were keen to use Ric‘s photos in the book.

Whilst Graham Noakes had some e-contact with Ric in NZ, I had not heard from him in more than 35 years. It was understood he may have died, but in 2013 with prompting from Dunsborough surfboard craftsman Gary ‘Ric can’t be dead’ Greirson, Graham & I sent emails to Ric on a decade old NZ email contact Graham had for him. To our surprise, Ric answered our emails the next day and said “Hey dudes what’s happening?” He is very much alive and living in NZ with his sons Taron & Tao and family including his dog ‘Fella’.

We asked Ric could we use his pictures in WA surf history books and he was happy for his images to see daylight again.

Subsequently, Ric’s vintage photos were used in the Surfing Down South book (2014) and then later in the Surfing WA Celebrating 50 Years book (2014), both published by Margaret River Press. Ric’s photos have also appeared regularly on SDS web & Facebook sites since early 2014. His images grace the front & back covers of the Surfing Down South book.

Graham & Lisa Noakes are leaving their Scrap Metal Business in Marg’s due to poor health.

Graham Noakes -“During a recent clean-up, Lisa found another album of Ric’s missing slides. So there is more to come!”

Photos: 2014 Graham & Lisa Noakes’ scrap metal business at Marg’s. Photos courtesy of Jim King.
Top: Entrance to scrap metal yard
Middle: (Left) Lisa & Kath King in the yard. (Middle) Graham with a copy of his infamous advert in West Coast Surfer mag.(Right) Loft storage area in work shed.
Bottom: Graham in his office.

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Photos: 2014 Ric’s vintage Pathe & Cine-Kodak movie cameras, still camera & obsolete U-matric analogue video tapes. Photos Jim King.

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Photos: 2014 Some of Ric’s photographic material recovered from scrap metal yard. Photos Jim King.
Top: (Left) 1980 West Coast Mag first edition poster featuring Chris ‘Feggsey’ Fullston at Lefthanders and Steve Hannett at South Passage Lancelin. (Right) Boxes & albums of slides & negatives. Bottom:
Bottom: (Left) Newspaper fashion layout sheets. (Right) 1980 West Coast mag poster featuring Paul Cunningham riding a Blaxell at Stricko’s.

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Photos: 2014 Ric sorting through some of his vintage photographic material with Loz Smith and Jim & Bruce King at Dunsborough. Photos courtesy of Loz Smith & Jim King.

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In 2014 Ric was invited to WA by Surfing WA to help celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary and promote their Surfing WA Celebrating 50 Years book at an event held at Margaret River. After decades apart it was fun to catch up with Ric again – we even took him on his own book signing tour.

Photos: 2014 Surfing WA 50th Anniversary event at Marg’s. Photos by Loz Smith & Jim King.
Top: (Left) Ric heading to photo-shoot with SW photo-journalist Becky Felstead. (Right) Ric & Contest Marshall Fred Annesley.
Bottom: Ric & former World Surfing Champ Ian Cairns.

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Photo: 2014 Surfing WA 50th Anniversary event at Marg’s. Photo courtesy of Loz Smith.
Errol Considine compering the event with 3 times World Surfing Champ Mark Richards (blue t-shirt) and Dave Macaulay (brown shirt) in the background.

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Photos: 2014 Surfing WA 50th Anniversary event at Marg’s. Photos courtesy of Loz Smith.
Top: (Left) Errol Considine & Ric Chan on the podium. (Right) Kath & Jim King meeting up with Ric Chan after 35 year’s absence.
Bottom: (Left) Ric, Norm Bateman, George Simpson & Rick Gath. (Right) Ric, Nev Hyman & Fred Annesley.

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Photos: 2014 Ric mixing with the natives on SW book signing tour. Photos Jim King
Top: (Left) Ric & Rinso at Yalls. (Right) Chiara & Ric at Shaana Café Yalls.
Middle: (Left) Ric & pioneer surfer statue at Yalls. (Right) Ric & Marina at Cowaramup.
Bottom: (Left) Al Bean & Ric at Dunsborough. (Right) Mark Hills, Dave Ellis & Ric at Dunsborough.

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A Pair of Kings by Mike Bibby

The King brothers Jim and his younger brother Bruce grew up in Subiaco and attended Subi Primary School.

Photos: 1950s Jim & Bruce ‘dressed to impress’ at Subi. Photo courtesy of Mrs King.

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They started coming down south with their parents for holidays in the 1950’s staying at Hammond Cottages at Yallingup, Siesta Park and Hamlin Bay.

Photos: 1954 King Family SW Holiday. Photos courtesy of Mrs King.

(Top) Australind church & Yalls beach.
(Middle) Hammond Cottage Yalls hill & Caves House Hotel.
(Bottom) Hamelin Bay camp site & Hamelin Bay dhufish (Bruce & Jim modelling their mum’s homemade boardies) .

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They started surfing in their early teens at City Beach and were members of the City Beach Surf Riders Club (CBSR) in the 60s.

Jim was CBSR President in 1968 & Captain of the club’s surf team in 1969. He was CBSR Senior Champion 1966-69 (Moss Bros Perpetual Trophy – Seniors).

Bruce was CBSR Junior Champion in 1967 (Moss Bros Perpetual Trophy – Juniors).

Photos: 1966 Jim & Bruce with Cordingley triple stringer & single fin surfboards at Subi (Jim’s board has a CBSR emblem & club colours on the bottom). Photos courtesy of Mrs King.

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They started surfing down south around 1965 and have been regulars since then. The bros are now retired and live in the SW.

Photos: 1970s SW Images. Photos courtesy of Tom Blaxell, Tom Collins & King Bros.

(Top) Jim (Blaxell team rider) at Gallows and Kath & Jim King at Yalls. (Bottom) Kath paddling at Dunsborough & Bruce surfing the Surge (now known as Bubble).

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Jim represented WA at the National Surf Riding Titles held in NSW in 1968. He was runner-up to Rick Lobe in the 1970 State Spring Surfing Titles held at Trigg and won the Annual Trigg Point contest in 1970 (pre King of The Point). He was a State surfing Judge in the 1970’s and has surfed in Mexico, Hawaii, Bali and the Eastern States.

Bruce’s travels include many trips to the eastern states in the late 1960’s. In 1972/73 he travelled with Bob Monkman, Peter McDonald and Micko Gracie to South Africa (including J Bay and Cape St Francis) then went onto England, France, Spain and Portugal, surfing at many places. In 1976 he travelled to Mauritius for about 3 months, then back to South Africa, mainly surfing the Durban area before heading off to Swaziland, Rhodesia, Zambia, Botswana and southwest Africa. He become a bit of a ‘bombo boy’ and saw the wildlife. It was a bit scary at times mixing it with elephants, lions and crocodiles.

Image: This article written by Doug White and appeared in the Sunday Times in 1971, it could well have been written today.

1971 Sunday Times article by Doug White

Both are still keen surfers today on short and long boards.. Jim (age 69) is a natural footer & Bruce (age 66) is a goofy footer.

Photos: 2014-15 King Bros surfing SW waves. King bros pics.

(Top) Jim. (Middle) Bruce. (Bottom) Jim & Bruce.

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Jim collaborated with author Sue-Lyn Adrian-Moyle and Margaret River Press to publish the first comprehensive book on Surfing Down South. The book has been an outstanding success and led to the SDS website where Jim regularly posts his informative and entertaining blogs.

Image: 2014 Margaret River Times article by Rebecca Parish. Photo by Becky Felstead. Image courtesy of MR Times.

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Photo: 2014 Author Sue-Lyn Aldrian-Moyle with attendees at Surfing Down South book launch at Vasse Felix Winery. Photo credit Loz Smith.

2014 SDS Book launch Vasse Felix

The book and the SDS website has not only revived old memories but has rekindled old friendships and acquaintances.

Jim has a large collection of vintage photos, videos and news clips of Western Australian surfing. His attention to detail, cross referencing and passion (some would say “obsession”) has created a permanent portfolio of surfing action over the past 60 years.

Both bros are keen amateur photographers and apart from their daily shots of surfing at Yallingup and surrounds, Bruce is a regular winner of the local newspaper photo competition with his wildlife and nature shots.

Photos: Mike Bibby’s wine bottle presentations to King Bros. Photos courtesy of Mike Bibby & King Bros.

(Left) 2014 Mike’s ‘King Bros’ wine labels. L-R Bruce, Mike & Jim. (Right) 2015 Bruce & Jim being presented with bottles of “The King” fine wine at Mike Bibby’s place in Yallingup.

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Peter Dyson & The Banned

In the mid 60s Peter Dyson was a member of the Yallingup Board Club and the lead singer in popular Perth band ‘The Banned’.

‘The Banned’ formed in 65/66 and played at Perth’s top night clubs including Pinocchio’s, Top of Town, Whisky a Go Go and the Top Hat in Northbridge.

Peter was the proud owner of a VW Kombi van. He used the van for surfing and transporting the band to gigs. There were times when the band practiced in the van in the back streets of Dalkeith.

In the following photo, Peter is using a home-made wooden step ladder to access Malibu surfboards on the roof rack of his van.

Photo: Mid 60s Dyso’s Kombi at Rocky Point. L-R John ‘Blue’ Burridge, Peter Dyson (on step ladder), Kevin Ager, Mick Maddren, John Balgarnie & Charlie Roper. John ‘Ned’ Franetovich is sitting on the boards. Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

mid 60s Rocky Pt John Burridge, Peter Dyson, Kevin Ager, Mick Maddren, John Balgarnie. Roo Dog, Ned F on roof. PD pic IMG_23

Peter was a talented surfer and finished 2nd to Mike Bibby in the 66 WA Winter Championships held at Scarborough.

Photo: 1966 Scarborough finalists WA Winter Championships L-R Maureen Farrell, John Pozzi, Mike Bibby, John Balgarnie, Peter Dyson, Terry Jacks & Eleanor Proud. Photo credit Trevor Burslem.

1966 Scarborough WA Winter Champs - T Burslem pic

In the 70s Peter served as a WASRA official along side President Tony Harbison and vice President Ken Trainer..

Photo: 1978 WASRA Surfing Awards presentation. L-R Peter Dyson, Ken Trainer & Mike McAuliffe. Photo credit Ric Chan.

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In the 80s Peter was involved in the entertainment business in Bali. Peter with his Balinese business partner known colloquially as ‘The King of Kuta’, ran the popular Casablanca, Peanuts & Manhattan night clubs in Kuta Bali. They held the first disco license in Bali and were very successful.

Photo: 1985 Bali. Peter Dyson outside the Casablanca Night Club in Kuta with Kath King & Fran Fimmano. Photo credit Jim King.

1985 Bali Kuta Casablanca Nightclub Peter Dyson. Kath King & Fran Fimmano - Jim KIng pic

In 1994 Peter Dyson was seconded into the Surfside Surf Team to compete in the annual Yallingup Malibu Surf Classic.  The boys were entertaining but did not win the Teams Challenge event.

Photo: 1994 Surfside Teamriders L-R Peter Mac, John ‘Tex’ Branch, Loz Smith and Peter Dyson enjoying Yal Mal Presentations at Caves House. Photo courtesy of Loz Smith.

1994 Yal Mal Surfside Team Riders Mac, Tex Branch, Loz & Peter Dyson. Loz pic DSC_1077

In 2014 Peter Dyson attended the Surfing Down South book launch held at Vasse Felix Winery in the SW.

Photo: 2014 Surfing Down South book launch. L-R Jim King, Kevin Merifield, Kevin Ager, Jim ‘Lik’ McKenzie, Peter Dyson & Ray Nelmes. Photo credit Loz Smith.

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1960s Miami Bay near Mandurah

In the 60s Mandurah beaches were popular with metro surfers. Local surf beaches included Long Point, Surf Beach, Stewart St, Halls Head, Bitumen, Miami Bay, Geary’s Shack, Avalon Point & Tim’s Thicket.

Veteran surfboard manufacturer Len Dibben remembers fun waves hitting the point and wrapping into Miami Bay.

Len Dibben: “I first went surfing at Miami in 1956-7 with other Fremantle guys. We learnt to surf at Miami & Avalon on wooden hollow boards. There was a crowd of us girl friends to boot. We used to take umbrellas with eskys full of food & surf the little waves inside the reef at Avalon as well as the small point at Miami. When I met the boys at Cottesloe I would tell them about the waves down there, but they were sceptical until one day about 1959, when we organized a surf trip to Mandurah & surfed great waves at Gearys”.

Photo: 1967 Miami Bay car park with Store and Petrol Bowser at rear of car park. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben.

1967 Miami (Falcon) Bay car park - Len Dibben pic

Photo: Early 60s girls & boys enjoying fun Malibu waves at Miami Bay . Photo credit Len Dibben.

1960s Miami Bay Mandurah surfing - Len Dibben pic

Photo: 1963 Arty Sherburn loading surfboards on his parent’s car at Miami Bay. Photo credit Arty Sherburn.

1963 Mandurah Miami Point Arty Sherburn with mum & dad - Arty Sherburn pic

Teena Christon (WA State Women’s Surfing Champion 1965-67) lived and surfed at Miami in the 60s. Her parents built and ran the Miami Store located on Falcon Bay in the 60s. Teena was a member of the ‘Miami Surfinks Board Club’ until it was disbanded in 66.  She then joined the Scarborough Boomerang Board Club.

This image of Teena Christon featured in an article on the Miami school girl surfer in the April 1965 edition of Womans Day Magazine.

Image: 1965 Teena Christon (age 15) surfing Miami Bay. Photo courtesy of Womans Day Magazine.

1965 Tina Christon (15) surfing Miami Bay ex Womans Day article

This image of Graham Walmsley featured in a Tom Collin’s article on WA Surfing in the Spring 1967 edition of Surfing Illustrated Magazine (USA).

Image: 1966 Graham Walmsley surfing Tim’s Thicket south of Miami. Photo credit Tom Collins.

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Photo: 1967 Bruce & Jim King surfing Miami Bay. Photo credit King Family.

1967 Miami Bay surfing - Jim King