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1963 Brian Cole’s Overseas Surf Trip 1963.

WA surf pioneers Brian Cole & Barry ‘Joe’ King started making King & Cole surfboards with Bennett blanks in 1962. Their surfboard factory was located at the corner of Station St & Salvado Rd in Wembley. Later they moved to an old dairy in Harbourne St Wembley.

In 1963 Brian got the travel bug and headed to Europe on a ship with his surfing mates ‘Joe’ King and Bob Keenan.

Brian documented his surf travels in White Horses Magazine Issue 12 – Life of Brian in 2015. This is an extract of Brian’s article in White Horses Magazine plus some additional holiday snaps.

We parted company while hitch hiking through Europe, but joined up again in England where Joe & Bob had purchased a Kombi van. We toured Spain, Portugal & Morocco and checked surf beaches before returning to France.

Photos: 1963 France Cote de Basque (left) Kombi & boys on wall (Right) Biarittz Beach & top French junior surfer John Marie Lartigau – Brian Cole pics.

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In France we met a fellow from Barton Surfboards. He allowed us to make boards for ourselves in his factory & we showed him how to improve his glassing techniques. He bought the boards off us when we left Europe.

While in Biarritz we met US film star Deborah Kerr’s husband Peter Viertel. Peter was the original surfer at Biarritz. We became friends & mixed socially. At the time Peter was a script writer for a US film on bull fighting and we helped teach the bullfighters how to surf.

Photos: 1963 France La Barre wave line-up & the mob on the beach – Brian Cole pics.

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The French held an International De France De Surf competition at Biarritz and we were invited to compete against surfers from France, Hawaii, USA and Australia.

Photos: 1963 France Biarritz International Competition competitors (Left) Brian Cole & Hawaiian Jan W Lee. (Right) Brian Cole – Brian Cole pic.

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Australia’s Peter Troy won the event. Bob Keenan came third and I came fifth in the final. I stayed on in Biarritz for a while with Peter Troy.

Image: 1963 France Biarritz International Surf Comp newspaper report – Brian Cole image.

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From France I caught a Yugoslavia tramp steamer to USA. The ship was relatively small (6500 tonnes) and was tossed around the Atlantic in a hurricane. The ship docked in New York & I travelled across the US in a Volkswagen beetle with a fellow I met on the trip. His VW had shipped from France as deck cargo and was badly salt damaged on the journey.

On the US West Coast I teamed up with Bruce Shooper, a wealthy American surfer I met in France. We spent a week in Loz Angles driving round in his Porsche and then he showed the coastline up to Santa Barbara. Bruce knew Miki Dora and we shared a six pack of beer with Miki on Malibu Beach.

Next I travelled down the coast to San Clemente & stayed with guys from Hobie Alter Surfboards. I was astonished to discover Hobie was making 150 boards a week, as that was considerably more than any OZ board builder at the time.

While there I met Jon Severson, the editor of The Surfer Magazine, and film maker Bruce Brown. I told Bruce to contact Cordingley Surfboards when filming ‘The Endless Summer’ in WA. I was happy to hear later that the Cordingley boys showed him around WA. Unfortunately the surf was poor during Bruce’s WA visit.

I left the West Coast, flew to Hawaii and stayed at Velzyland on the North Shore in an old military hut I shared the hut with boys from Seal Beach California.

Photos: 1963 Hawaii Velzyland (Left) Brian’s shack & red Jack Haley surfboard (Right) sunset view from verandah – Brian Cole pics.

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In Hawaii I purchased a second hand 10’2” red colour Jack Haley surfboard (ex Seal Beach California) for $90 US off American Arthur Crump. I bought this board home to WA with me.

Image: 1963 Receipt for second hand Jack Haley surfboard. Image courtesy of Brian Cole.

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For six weeks I toured the North Shore stretch and mainly surfed Haleiwa.

Photo: 1963 Hawaii North Shore beaches (left) Sunset Beach line-up from the hill (Right) Waimea Bay with elephant rock in foreground – Brian Cole pic.

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Banzai Pipeline didn’t agree with 10ft Malibu’s!

Photos: 1963 Hawaii Banzai Pipeline (Left) uncrowded waves (Right) Bill Fury USA – Brian Cole pics.

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At the time Bob McTavish was on the run from US immigration for stowing away on a ship from Australia to Hawaii. We sheltered Bob from immigration officials on several occasions, but he was eventually caught and flown back to Australia.

I late 1963 I caught a ship from Hawaii, back to Perth in WA and ended my adventurous life when I married Rhonda in 1964!

Rhonda & I live in the South West and I still enjoy fun waves and great companionship with other mature board riders.

Photos: 2015 Brian (age 76) surfing fun waves at Yallingup on his home made triple stringer Malibu board. Bruce King pics.

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2006 Len Dibben Award

In 2006 Surfing WA awarded Brian the Len Dibben Award for his outstanding service towards the development of surfing over an extended period of time.

Image: 2006 Len Dibben Award to Brian Cole. Image courtesy of Brian Cole.

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Clink on this link to view Brian Cole’s East Coast Surf Trip 1959-1961

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1974 State Surfing Titles held at Guillotine Surf Break

In the early 1960s members of the West Coast Board Club used a rough old fisherman’s track to access the Gallows. The WC boys dobbed in 10 shillings each and paid 20 pound to local bulldozer driver ‘Boodge’ Guthrie to upgrade the track. They later got Boodge to extend the track to Guillotine and they started surfing there too.

For more history on the West Coast Board Club and the discovery of Guillotine refer to Surfing Down Surf book.

A round of the State Surfing Titles was held at the Guillotine surf break in 1974. Photo-Journalist Ric Chan covered the event for the Independent Newspaper and took these images. However, Ric cant remember being there, so we can’t ask him for the results!

Did Baz Day or Kanga Cairns win the blue ribbon Open Div?

Photo: 1974 WASRA President Doc Naylor & competitors meeting at Gracetown turn-off on Caves Rd. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1974 Guillotine line-up. Ric Chan pic.

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Photos: 1974 State Title officials. Ric Chan pics.

Top: (Left) Doc Naylor. (Right) Len Dibben. Bottom: Len Dibben with judges and assistants.

1974 State Titles Guillotine officials collage_photocat

Photo: 1974 unidentified surfing in State Titles. Ric Chan pic.

1974 Guillotine State Ttiles unknown - Ric Chan

Photo: 1974 Barry Day surfing in State Titles. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1974 Ian Cairns surfing in State Titles. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1974 Chris Fullston surfing in State Titles. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1974 Russell Catto surfing in State Titles. Ric Chan pic.

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Photo: 1974 Trevor ‘Kenmac’ Kenyon surfing in State Titles. Ric Chan pic.

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Photos: 1974 competitors & spectators at State Titles. Ric Chan pics.

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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.

1978 WARSA Awaards Mike McAuliffe collage_photocat

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

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

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

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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.

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1960-80s Eye Candy

Surfing became an acceptable trendy pastime during the 60s. All types of Commerce were using surfers to promote their products. Photos of surfers featured in Fashion & Surf Mags and News media advertisements/promotions.

Some WA surfers were lucky enough to exploit their good looks on the meat market and supplement their meagre incomes through fashion photo-shoots and by strutting their stuff on the catwalk.

Photos: Flashback to the 60s. Photos courtesy of Brian Cole, Gayle Franks and Greg Woodwood.

(Left) 1961 Brian Cole & legendary big wave surfer Bob Pike modelling for Flair Magazine at North Narrabeen NSW. (Middle) Gayle ‘Copper’ Franks modelling on City Beach for ‘Broken Glass on the Beach’ campaign. (Right) Surf Magazine photo shoot featuring Eleanor Proud.

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During the 70s WA surf industry pioneer Len Dibben ran his own Surfboard manufacturing business and did modelling on the side initially to promote his surfboard business. Len also got WA champion board paddler/surfer Dave Ellis and some of his Warrain Board Club mates to join him modelling on the catwalk. Click on this link for more details of Len Dibben’s modelling career.

In 1972 photographer journalist Ric Chan did a fashion photo shoot with Len Dibben in the SW .

Photos: 1972 SW fashion photo shoot. (Left) Injidup Point surf wear photo shoot. (Right) Gracetown car park. Len modelling the latest head wear from Walsh’s Men’s Wear in Perth city. Photo credits Ric Chan.

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In 1973 Bruce King from Subiaco was holidaying in London with his WA surfing mates Bob Monkman, Micko Gracie & Peter McDonald. While there Bruce was employed to tour major cities in England & Wales promoting Viking Model Sewing Machines for Husqvarna Ltd.

Photos: 1973 Modelling Viking outfits in London. (Left) Igor (Vic) and Bruce King (WA). (Right) Bruce King decked out in viking apparel. Photos courtesy of Bruce King

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In the 70s photo journalist Ric Chan did a photo shoot for a jewellery advertisement in Perth. It featured Yallingup surfer Peter McDonald and model Cheryl Marrat.

Photos: 1970s Perth. Peter Mac & Cheryl Marrat modelling jewellery. Photo credits Ric Chan.

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Fashion photo shoots by photo journalist Ric Chan.

Photos: (Left) 1970s model Jane Priest, unidentified & surfer Bunky Miller with dog. (Right) 1969 unidentified model & Ric Chan modelling a wettie in South Australia.

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Phil Henderson was a talented City Beach goofy footer and a good looking young buck back in the 70s.

Photos: (Left) 1972 Phil surfing in Blaxell Surfboards advertisement. (Right) 1973 unidentified model with Phil Henderson & his dog at City Beach photo shoot. Photo credits Ric Chan.

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Business advertisements in WA’s West Coast Surfer magazine.

Images: (Left) 1980 Graham Noakes advertising his Margaret River business. (Right) 1980 Frank Thorson (Mitch’s dad) advertising his Rottnest Bakery. Images courtesy of Ric Chan.1970-80 photoshoot Graham Noakes & Frank Thorson IMG_001

Photos: (Left) 1973 Sandy & Norm Bateman modelling wetsuits for Oceans Surf Shop. (Right) 1975 Dave Kennedy (dec’d) from Star Surfboards in Perth City. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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In the 70s & 80s Ric Chan was busy juggling his career activities. During the day he worked as a photo journalist for The Independent Newspaper and as a professional model. At night time he was a DJ at Gobbles night club.

Photos: 1976 Jeans advertisements Perth. Ric Chan and unidentified girls modelling the latest jeans & accessories. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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Paul Mienk was a talented City Beach surfer & skate boarder in the early 60s. He was good looking and popular with girls.

Photo: Late 1970s Paul Mienk modelling a leather jacket in Bali. Photo credit Ric Chan.

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In the 70s Trigg/Mettams surfer Steve ‘Hog’ Hannett featured in fashion photo shoots.

Photo: 1977 L-R Unidentified, Colin Earle & Steve Hannett at the Hang Ten WASRA School Boys Contest at Trigg. Photo credit Ric Chan.

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Cottesloe surfer Bill Oddy was head honcho at Cordingley Surfboards and a guru in the Entertainment industry during the 70s. Bill was also a popular male model in WA.

Photo: 1977 Bill Oddy at the Hang Ten WASRA School Boys Contest at Trigg. Photo credit Ric Chan.

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WA surfer Gary Greirson became a professional TV model in the 80s and earned big $’s advertising Beer & Electrical goods in TV advertisements. Gary worked for a modelling agency and his fashion shots appeared in magazines & newspapers.

Photos: 1980s Gary Greirson fashion photo shoots. Photos courtesy of Gary Greirson and Bill Plowman from the Daily News.

Gary: “These were just work shots for which I was well paid. I don’t have any pics of when I was on the catwalk. I did a high paid TV commercial for Emu Export beer in 1984, but have no photos as it’s on video tape”.

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In the 80s Californian pro-windsurfer & top surfer Rich Myers (Yallingup resident since 1990) was introduced to modelling through his windsurfing exposure in the USA. His image was featured in various US Magazines & Newspapers, covers, pictures, interviews & editorials.

He became a member of the Screen Actors Guild and appeared in TV commercials and had bit parts in ‘The Young & the Restless’, ‘The A-Team’ & T J Hooker TV series. He was the feature surfer in surf movies ‘Follow the Sun 11’ and ‘Tales of the 7 Seas’. Rich also featured in windsurfing videos.

Photos:  1980s pro-windsurfer Rich Myers featured in a Malibu Men Calendar. Image courtesy of Rich Myers.

Rich: “While the calendar wasn’t a big hit with the girls, it was very popular with the Gay community in San Francisco” (-:

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Photos: 1980s Rich Myers windsurfing & fashion photo shoots. Photos courtesy of Ric Myers.1980s Rich Myers modelling 6 collage_photocat - Copy

In 2006 ‘Outside Go’ Magazine featured SW surfer & yoga teacher Kathleen ‘Katie’ Coryell in an article on female athletes. At the time Katie she was a sponsored surfer with Surf Diva and was sent out to do a lot of projects like this one.

Photo: 2006 Katie Coryell image in Outside Go Magazine. Photo courtesy of Katie and Outside Go magazine.

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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.

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