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1963 Surfing images by Murray D’Arcy from North End Board Club

Murray d’Arcy a foundation member of the North End Board Club at Scarborough took these vintage WA surfing photos in 1963 .

Photo: January 1963 Murray d’Arcy (surfer/photographer/cook) cooking brekkie at Lancelin. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Metro Beach Images

Photo: June 1963 south Scarborough Beach wave line-up. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the boys at Scarborough. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Front: Jim Breadsell standing with his foot on Garry Grannery.

Back: L-R Bill Stephenson in white t-shirt, Peter McGuire in black, Warren Smith scratching his leg, Peter Longley in great coat, John Pinch looking over Peter Longley’s shoulder, others unidentified.

Photo: June 1963 Murray Smith surfing Scarborough Beach. Murray d’Arcy pic.

South West Beach Images.

Photo: Easter 1963 surfers with Morris Minor sedan loaded with Malibu surfboards at Yallingup car park. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Alex ‘Zac’ Kochanowitsch on the left with hands in pockets and John Bartle with arm in car window, others unidentified.

Photo: January 1963 the lads campsite set up under melaleuca trees at Yallingup Beach. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: Easter 1963 Murray d’Arcy with camp gear and surfboards in Yallingup car park. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the lads doing a swell check from the creek at Cowaramup Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: Easter 1963 John ‘The Mess’ Stevens at the top of the Gallows track. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: January 1963 summer wave line-up at the Gallows. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: January 1963 flotilla of Malibu’s at the Gallows. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Photo: November 1963 the North End Board Club lads at Bunker Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

L-R Peter Longley, unidentified, Bob Spence in red, Geoff Culmsee, John Pinch, Jim Breadsell, Garry Grannery, John Townsend, Peter McGuire, Murray Smith with Bill Stephenson kneeling in front.

Photo: 1963 November 1963 the North End Board Club lads waxing their boards at The Farm surf break in Bunkers Bay. Murray d’Arcy pic.

Many thanks to 1960s North End Board Club member Jim Breadsell for sharing Murray d’Arcy’s vintage surf images with Surfing Down South.

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1960s South West Images by Jim Breadsell

Jim Breadsell was an inaugural member of the North End Board Club at Scarborough in 1962 with Geoff Culmsee, Murray Smith & other Scarborough lads. He surfed in WA for many years before travelling interstate & overseas.

Jim was also a keen photographer and captured these South West surfing images.

Gracetown & surrounds

Photos: 1965 South Point. Jim Breadsell pics.

Top: Murray Smith recovering Zac Kochanowitsch’s ‘Rising Sun’ surfboard from the rocks. Bottom: (Left) Murray Smith. (Right) surfing dolphin.

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Photo: 1967 Murray Smith surfing South Point. Jim Breadsell pic.

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Photos: 1969 surfing the back of Cowaramup Bay.

Top: Murray Smith at Lefthanders. Bottom: Geoff Culmsee at Noiseys.

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Rocky Point

Photos: 1968 Rocky Point track through d’Espeissis family property. Jim Breadsell pics

Top: Murray Smith & Bob Shenston chatting on Rocky Point track. Bottom: unidentified persons with Ford Falcon on water logged section of Rocky Point track.

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Margaret River

Jim Breadsell –North End Board Club members built a club shack at Prevelly Park, Margaret River.

Photos: 1967 North End members sinking the bore at Club shack in Prevelly. Jim Breadsell pics.

Top: (Left) Murray Smith in the bore with unidentified. (Right) unidentified

Bottom: (Left) G McClure. (Right) unidentified

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Photos: 1968 North End members socialising at Club shack in Prevelly. Jim Breadsell pics.

Top: (Left) J Pinch, unidentified & baby, Zac Kochanowitisch & Gary Pozzie. (Right) unidentified.

Bottom: (Left) Jerry Krahn. (Right) Zac Kochanowitsch & Peter Longley.

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Jim Breadsell – I took the following photo on a joy flight over Margs.

Photo: 1970 aerial photo of North End board Club shack (bottom right) at Prevelly. Jim Breadsell pic.

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Jim Breadsell – Murray Smith made some experimental surfboards in the old laundry at Prevelly Park.

Photos: 1970 Murray Smith in his surfboard factory located in the old laundry at Prevelly Park. Jim Breadsell pics.

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Photo: 1970 unidentified surfer at Margaret River main break. Jim Breadsell pic.

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Click on this link to view Jim Breadsell’s 1960s Metro & Mid-West images.

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1960s-80s The Farm surf break

There is a bit of controversy over who found the surf break at The Farm in Bunker Bay circa 1962.

This is how pioneer SW surfer Tony Harbison heard it. Source Surfing Down South book.

“A young surfer named Barry King (Barry was the Taj Burrow of the 60s) had an uncle in Busselton who owned half of Bunker Bay. So Barry, under instructions from his mother, went to visit his uncle. The bay was working at about 6 foot and the new break was called The Farm”.

At the same time, Murray Smith and his mates in the North End Board Club also found waves at The Farm.

Photos: 1960s surfing at The Farm. Photos courtesy Brian Cole & unidentified.
(Left) 1962 Bob Keenan & Terry Williams. (Right) 1969 Ron Waddell featured in surf mag.

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In the early 70s a dirt track run off Bunkers Road and enabled surfers to drive and park near the creek behind The Farm surf break.

Photos: 1971 George Simpson’s Valiant Ute bogged on the dirt track to The Farm. Photos courtesy of Tom Collins.

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Photos: 1970s surfing celebrities at The Farm. Photos courtesy of Tom Collins.
(Left) Yalls surfer Paul ‘Rooster’ Woods (dec’d) cover shot West Country Surf mag. (Right) Marg River surfer Lindsay Thompson (dec’d).

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SW locals remember The Farm used to produce good shaped waves even on moderate swells before the creek (which flows out to sea at The Farm surf break) was dammed up. Unfortunately the creek no longer creates favourable sand banks as regularly as it used to. That’s a pity!

Photos: 1970s Unidentified surfers at The Farm. Photos courtesy of Tom Collins.

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Photos: 1970s The Farm (Left) former private road to beach. (Right) Beach girl Jenny Davies. Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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Photos: 1970s unidentified surfers at The Farm (Sheepdog bottom Right). Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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Photo: 1976 The Farm & Boneyards surf breaks. Photo courtesy of Gary Gibbon.

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In 1978 Vance & Nancy Burrow were living in a rental cottage in Meelup Valley on Geographe Bay. Vance used to drive his 4WD around Bunker Bay & pull up on the beach in front of Boneyards surf break. Driving on that beach is now banned.

Photos: Boneyards at Bunker Bay. (Left) 1978 Vance Burrow. (Right) 1979 Andy Jones. Photos courtesy of Vance Burrow & Gary Gibbon.

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Photos: 1980s Steve Hannett surfing at The Farm and Vance & Nancy Burrow’s Landrover driving on the beach at Bunkers (bottom right). Photos courtesy of Ric Chan.

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Like a lot of other SW surf breaks, increased predator sightings and crowds are impacting on surf breaks at Bunker Bay.

 

 

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1960-70s Geoff Culmsee

In 1961 Scarborough surfer Geoff Culmsee was a foundation member of the North End Board Club at Scarborough.

Photo: 1961 North End boys clowning around at Scarborough. L-R. M Darcy, J Price, unknown, Murray Smith, Geoff Culmsee & Gary Granery. Photo credit Murray Smith.

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Geoff was attracted to SW and its waves during the 60s. In 1967 he helped build the North End Board Club shack at Prevelly in  the Margaret River region.

Photo: 1967 Marg River Prevelly. North End shack with Geoff Culmsee’s Land Rover out the front. Photo courtesy of Murray Smith.

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Photo: 1970 Marg River Prevelly. North End shack in centre foreground.  Aerial photo by Jim Breadsell.

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Photo: 1969 Geoff surfing Noiseys near Lefthanders at Cowaramup. Photo credit Jim Breadsell.

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In the early 70s Geoff moved his family to the SW and started making Geoff Culmsee surfboards. Geoff made surfboards at several SW locations including a shed on his property at Eagle Bay (located near the Rocky Point track). He then teamed up with talented SW surfer Ralph Redman & started a fibreglass business in Clark Street Dunsborough which operated for 30 years.

Photos: 1971 Geoff Culmsee hand crafted single fin surfboard.  Photos courtesy of Phil Woods vintage surfboard collection.

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Geoff is now a septuagenarian and shares his surfing time between SW and NW waves, similar to his mate Murray Smith.

Photo: 2011 Geoff checking outer reefs in the NW. Photo courtesy of Vance Burrow.

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Photo: 2012 Geoff surfing in the NW. Photo courtesy of Vance Burrow.

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1961 North End Board Club

The North End Board Club at Scarborough was one of the first board clubs formed in WA.  The boys in this 1961 photo went on to built a club shack at Prevelly Park, Margaret River and help pioneer the development of surfing in the SW. L-R. Peter Longley, Jim McKenzie, Jim Breadsell, W Smith, Geoff Culmsee, B Sales & B Hunt. Image courtesy of Murray Smith.

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1961 North End boys clowning around at Scarborough. L-R. M Darcy, J Price, unknown, Murray Smith, Geoff Culmsee & Gary Granery. Photo credit Murray Smith.

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1970 North End Board Club member Jim Breadsell took this aerial photo of the North End Shack (centre foreground) at Prevelly Park Margaret River. Photo credit Jim Breadsell.

1970 Marg River Prevelly North End shack in foreground aerial view - Jim Breadsell pic