1960s South Side Board Club – 2015 Reunion

Smiths Beach surfer Bill Mitchell (an inaugural member of the South Side Board Club) provided this overview of the Club’s 50 year Reunion held over 3 days down south in March 2015.

South Side Board Club – Reunion

Bill Mitchell: “We had a 50 year reunion celebrating the building of “the SBBC shack” in Prevelly camping grounds. Twenty of the twenty eight originals turned up on site in Prevelly. It was a pretty special day as we paid tribute to two of our departed mates. A core group of a dozen of us from those days have stayed close mates. Only six still surf, four if “Supping” doesn’t qualify.

Like all old fart reunions the waves got bigger, the barrels deeper & the most used word was “WHAT”!!!”

Photo: 2015 SSBC Reunion Day 1. Placing of John ‘TAG’ Tagney’s plaque at Prevelly shack site attended by his wife, children, grandchildren & his Southside mates. Photo credit Joy.

2015 SSBC placing Tag's plaque at Prevelly. Bill Mitchell pic

Photo: 2015 SSBC Reunion Day 1. Tag’s Plaque at Prevelly shack. John ‘Tags’ Tangney was the driving force to build the shack, sadly he died age 32yrs. Photo credit Joy.

2015 SSBC Tag's plaque - Bill Mitchell pic

The following 2015 SSBC Reunion Day 2 social pics courtesy of SSBC members:-

2015 SSBC team photos:
Top. Bill & Di Mitchell’s place Smiths Beach.
Bottom (left) Beer garden Caves House Hotel Yallingup
Bottom (Right) Gracetown Cafe.

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2015 SSBC team photos:
Top. Bill & Di Mitchell’s place Smiths Beach.
Bottom. Fish, Lennie, (reunion organiser) Bill & Errol (original President)

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Bill & Di Mitchell with Jacko at the Mitchell’s place.

Bill, Di & Jako.

In 2006 SSBC held a reunion at Noosa Qld. See article below courtesy Sunshine Coast Daily.

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1960s South Side Board Club – History

Smiths Beach surfer Bill Mitchell (an inaugural member of the South Side Board Club) provided this overview of the Club’s history.

South Side Board Club – History.

Bill Mitchell recalls: “The South Side Board Club (SSBC) was formed in 1964 in Jacko’s old man’s back yard in Kensington where he started making boards in 63. We were a bunch of mug surfers (one or two exceptions) but were the best board club footballers in the business. In those days it seemed like a day trip to get to Cott or Scabs from South Perth & home again. Half of us could hardly swim.

We gravitated to Jacko Surfboards from various junior footy clubs in the Perth Football Club Junior District. Once armed with the new Jacko boards (order a red one & end up with a purple cos Jacko wasn’t keen on buying new paint if he had some half used tins) most of the boys gave up the pigskin for the waves. A few combined both & went on to play league for Perth. Jacko, myself & Chubby Stiles. Chubb went on to win a Simpson Medal at the MCG in the mud in 1970 against the Vics. Jacko played 27 games as a gun full forward. The boys would sit on the bank behind the goals at Lathlain & rag him unmercifully. His coach Ern Henfry suggested he give it away & “go surfing”. Jacko just loved that suggestion. Surfing became his whole life and now he is a WA Surfing Hall of Famer.

The Club fizzled out in early 70s like many others in WA. Jacko & other Club members pulled the Shack down in the 70s at the owner’s request. Now only the slab remains.”

Photo: 1964 SSBC boys laying the foundations for the Club shack at Prevelly camping ground, Margaret River. Photo credit Bill Mitchell.

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Photo: 1964 SSBC club members at Rocky Point. L-R Bill Mitchell, Jock Lawrie, Russell Green, Bill McDonald & Peter Oliver. The Renault R8 Gordini sedan belonged to Peter Oliver and that is Jacko’s 9’6” triple stringer single fin surf board on the roof. Photo credit Bill Mitchell

1964 Rocky Pt Southside Board Club Bill Mitchell. Russell Green, Bill McDonald, Peter Oliver - Bill Mitchell

Photo: 1964 Avalon Point Mandurah. SSBC Club members L-R John Tagney, Jock Lawrie. Allan “Chubby’ Stiles & Lance Patterson. Those are Jacko boards on Jock’s Holden ute. Photo credit Lance Patterson.

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Images: 1967 SSBC Prevelly Shack social images courtesy of Weekend News.

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Photo: 1968 Jacko Surf Team at Cottesloe. L-R Jacko, Ian Cairns & Arty Sherburn. Jacko was the lynchpin of SSBC. Photo credit Rod Taylor.

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For photos of SSBC 50 Year Reunion refer South Side Board Club – Reunion blog.


1966 Southern Surfriders Club

Southern Surfriders Club was formed in the mid 1960s.It was a strong competitive club with talented surfers Ian Cairns, Arty Sherburn and champion board paddler Dave Ellis in their ranks. The club acquired a couple of shacks in Prevelly Park Caravan Park at Margaret River for members use.

This 1966 photo shows members at a club rally held at Halls Head in Mandurah. Standing L-R. Ian Cairns (age 14), John Collis, Peter Stehens, Dave Ellis, John Rousell. Front L-R. Gerry Smith, Mal Jones, Alan Cook, John Jones (Dec’d), Arty Sherburn (age 19), Eddy Warner, Jeff Law, Mick Layzell. Photo credit Mick Layzell.

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1966 Arty Sherburn surfing the river mouth at Margaret River. Photo courtesy of Arty Sherburn.

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1967 Winners are grinners! Bruce King (left) from the City Beach Surfriders Club and Dave Ellis (right) from the Southern Surfriders Club won the Junior and Open Divisions respectively of the annual Kanyana Carnival Paddle Board Race held in Mandurah. Photo credit Bruce King.

1967 Mandurah Kanyana Paddle Board Race Bruce King (Jnr) & Dave Ellis (open) - B King pic


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.

1961 North End Board Club Scarb P Longley, J McKenzie, J Breadsell, W Smith, G Culmsee, B Sales & B Hunt - J Breadsell pic

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.

1961 Scarborough North End Board Club M Darcy, J Pinch, unknown, M Smith, G Culmsee & G Granery - MS pic

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




1966 Considine Bros camping Prevelly Park Marg River

1966 Doubleview surfer Geoff Moran took this photo of Jeff and Errol Considine’s camp site at Prevelly Park Margaret River. The Scarborough brothers were keen surfers and traveled regularly to the SW in their trusty Morris Mini-Minor. Geoff Moran rode 9’6″ McDonaugh Surfboards (ex Brookvale NSW) purchased from Wes Day in Doubleview. Jeff Considine had two surfboards one of them a Dibben-Cole. Younger brother Errol scrounged surfboards off his brother. Geoff Moran’s surfboard (right hand side) & Jeff Considine’s two surf boards (left hand side) are on the roof of the Mini. Photo courtesy of Geoff Moran.

1966 Jeff & Errol Considine's  camp - Prevelly Park MR

1966 Geoff Moran also took this photo of Jeff & Errol Considine with their Mini-Minor on the same surf trip. The brothers are kissing the road after digging the bogged Mini out of a dirt track in the SW. Photo credit Geoff Moran.

1966 Jeff & Errol Considine kissing road after digging out Mini dirt track SW - Geoff Moran pic.