Mid 1950s Inaugural City Beach Board Club reunion

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.

1950s Pagoda Ballroom Sth Pth CBBC crew 1st Reunion John Colin Jo, Alma Artie Mark unknown Sandra Stretch unknown Ray Helen- 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 City Beach surfing R Geary, N Chapple, K Kino, T Harbison & M Whittone - 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.

1956 City Beach 4 man ski R Geary, Neil Chapple, R Wakefield & C Taylor - Ray Geary






1954 Surfboard Art by 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.

1954 City Beach R Geary with Jasper surfboard - Ray Geary

These 1955 photos shows examples of Ray Gearys’ artwork on plywood surfboards. Photos courtesy of Ray Geary.

1955 Ray Geary surfboard art




1954 Surfboard Display at Mandurah

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.

1954 City Beach Board Club display - Miami News - image courtesy Ray Geary

1957 SW surfing pioneer Bruce’ Moonshine’ Hill with his balsa Board on Miami Beach near Mandurah. Photo credit John Budge.

1957 Miami Mandurah Bruce 'Moonshine' Hill - John Budge pic IMG_0006





1955 John Budge Surfer/Photographer


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.1955 City Beach John Budge surfer photograher - Ray Geary