In 1953 Bruce ‘Moonshine’ Hill was one of the first to ride Yallingup waves on a surfboard – refer Surfing Down South book for details. Moonshine was one of the most talented surfers of the era. Keen photographer John Budge took this water shot of Colin Taylor and ‘Moonshine’ surfing Yallingup on their balsa malibu surfboards in 1957. In 1959 Colin Taylor toured surf breaks on the east coast of OZ with SW surf pioneer Brian Cole. Image credit John Budge.
This 1958 image shows City Beach Board Club members on surfari to Avalon Point at Mandurah. The boys were seeking better shaped waves for their Malibu & Toothpick surfboards. These same boys broadened their horizons and became surfing pioneers in WA’s South West in the late 50s & early 60s. Photo courtesy of Brian Cole.
1957 Brian Cole (18) surfing City Beach groyne (northside) on his homemade 10ft hollow plywood Malibu surfboard. In 1961 Brian and his partner Barry ‘Joe’ King started manufacturing WA’s first fiberglass surfboards at King & Cole Surfboards in Roydhouse Street Wembley – Photo courtesy of West Newspapers.
1957 Ian Scott and Brian Cole searching for waves at City Beach. The boys are leaning on Ian’s Austin A40 sedan. On the roof of the car they have their hollow marine ply surfboards and WW2 Flying Suits. Brian’s Malibu surfboard (top) was 10ft and Ian’s Toothpick surfboard was 14 ft. The flying suits were used by surfers in the 1950s to keep warm between surfs. They were referred to as Bears Suits. Photo courtesy of John Budge.