In the mid 1950s members of the City Beach Board Club (1953-1957) held their inaugural reunion at the Pagoda Ball Room in South Perth. The revellers are L-R John Budge, Colin Taylor, Jo, Alma, Artie Shaw, Mark Whittome, unknown, Sandra, Barry ‘Stretch’ Gallon, unknown, Ray Geary & Helen. Photo courtesy of John Budge.
1956 Surfing City Beach north side of the groyne on hollow ply Toothpick surfboards and a wave ski. L-R Ray Geary, Neil Chapple, Keith Kino & Tony Harbison. At this time there was a coast road but no groyne at Floreat Beach. Photo courtesy of Ray Geary.
1956 Ray Geary’s home made 24ft plywood 4 man ski at City Beach. (left) Ray Geary (19) & Neil Chapple (17). (right) Rob Wakefield (18) & Colin Taylor (17). Photo courtesy of Ray Geary.
In the 1950s WA surfing pioneer Ray Geary worked as a sign writer. He designed & printed t-shirts for the City Beach Board Club and painted artwork on plywood surfboards. In 1961 Ray designed the business sign for King & Cole Surfboards in Wembley. This 1954 photo shows Ray at City Beach with his ‘Jasper’ toothpick surfboard. Photo courtesy of Ray Geary. See Surfing Down South book for more pics of Ray.
These 1955 photos shows examples of Ray Gearys’ artwork on plywood surfboards. Photos courtesy of Ray Geary.
In 1954 the Miami Beach Newspaper reported on a surfboard display put on by four lads from the City Beach Board Club. The lads gave a spectacular & thrilling display of beach board sports at Miami Beach via Mandurah. See attached newspaper cutting. Image courtesy of WA surfing pioneer Ray Geary.
1957 SW surfing pioneer Bruce’ Moonshine’ Hill with his balsa Board on Miami Beach near Mandurah. Photo credit John Budge.
1955 City Beach. Dapper John ‘Budgie’ Budge posing outside former City of Perth SLSC. Budgie is a SW surfing pioneer and captured much of the early action with his Brownie box camera. He is known for his innovative water shots of Yallingup surfers taken from his surfboard with a small Kodak camera tied in a sock around his neck. His 1950’s people, places & surfing photos feature in Sue-Lyn’s Surfing Down South book. Photo courtesy of Ray Geary.