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1973 Australian Surf Titles #1 Contest images by Ric Chan

West Australia hosted its first Australian Surf Titles in 1969. Contest rounds were held at Scarborough, Margaret River and Yallingup.

In 1973, WA hosted its second Australian Surf Titles. Contest rounds were held in the South West at Left Handers, Redgate and Margaret River Main Break.

Queensland sent a strong team which included reigning Aust champion Michael ‘MP’ Peterson and Peter ‘PT’ Townend, Richard Harvey and Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew in the Mens divison and Kim McKenzie in the Womens divison.

NSW had Terry Fitzgerald and Col Smith in the Mens division and Mark Richards in the Juniors. They were very good surfers.

WA was well represented. The WA team included Ian Cairns and Tony Hardy in the Mens division, brother’s Craig and Stewart Bettenay in the Junior Mens and Kevin Merifield and Tony Harbison in the Senior Mens.

Stewart Bettenay (WA Junior) – Round one heats started at Margs, but when the swell dropped, the remaining heats and finals were held at Left Handers. In the Juniors, my brother Craig came 3rd behind Mark Richards NSW 1st and Bruce Hocking WA 2nd.

Round two heats were held in good waves at Redgate, but I don’t remember the results.

The Finals were held in very good waves at Margaret River main break. In the Mens division Tony Hardy surfed well and placed 4th overall. In the Juniors Craig came 3rd behind Mark Richards NSW 1st and Peter McCabe NSW 2nd. However, when results from the second round were taken into account, Craig was relegated to 4th place in the final results.

Overall Contest Results

Mens: 1. Richard Harvey Qld, 2. Peter Townend Qld, 3. Michael Peterson Qld, 4. Tony Hardy WA.

Junior Mens: 1. Mark Richards NSW, 2. Peter McCabe NSW, 3. Dave McDonald Qld, 4. Craig Bettenay WA.

Womens: 1. Kim McKenzie Qld, 2. Gail Couper Vic, 3 Mary Flynn Vic,

Senior Mens: 1. Brian Austin QLD, 2. Ted Harvey NSW, Doug Warbrick Vic.

Surf photographer Ric Chan was there to capture the action for the Independent Newspaper.

Round 1. Left Handers surf break

***Update 29 June 2017 *** Tom Blaxell recognises his F100 4wd and has dated the following Left Handers pic as 1978 and not 1973 as posted. Thanks Tom.

Photo: 1973 Aust Titles contest competitors in the old dirt car park behind surf break at Left Handers. Ric Chan pic.

Photos: 1973 Aust Titles competitors surfing at Left Handers. Ric Chan pics.

Top: (Left) Chris Fullston (WA). (Right) Tony Hardy (WA).

Bottom: (Left) unidentified (Right) Col Smith (NSW).

Photos: 1973 Aust Titles unidentified competitors surfing at Left Handers. Ric Chan pics.

Photos: 1973 Aust Titles unidentified competitor getting a cover-up at Left Handers. Ric Chan pics.

Photo: 1973 Aust Titles – Film West camera crew at Left Handers. Ric Chan pic.

Finals – Surfers Point at Margaret River

Photo: 1973 Aust Titles contest meeting in Marg’s car park. Ric Chan pic.

L-R competitor Doug ‘Claw’ Warbrick (Vic), competitor Richard Harvey (NSW), Channel 7 News cameraman Bryan Dunne, 7 News reporter Errol Considine, media Ric Chan (NZ) and unidentified.…you can see the Channel 7 Holden news van in the background …

Photos: 1973 Aust Titles contest officials at Marg’s. Ric Chan pics.

Top: (Left) unidentified) (Right) contest director Trevor Burslem (WA).

Bottom: (left) unidentified), (Right) competitors, contest judges and officials including John Balgarnie (WA) and Richard Harvey (NSW) ….

Photos: 1973 Aust Titles competitors surfing Margaret River main break. Ric Chan pic.

Top: (Left) unidentified surfer. (Right) Craig Bettenay cover-up.

Bottom: (Left) Michael Peterson. (Right) unidentified surfer.

Photos: 1973 Aust Titles personalities in Marg’s car park. Ric Chan pics.

Left: Qld competitor Peter ‘PT’ Townend. PT went onto to become the first IPS/ASP World Surfing Champion in 1976.

Right: spectator Steve ‘Sheepdog’ Cockburn and surf photographer Ric Chan.

Photo: 1973 Aust Titles celebrities at Marg’s. Ric Chan pic.

This photo features legendary Australian surfer Michael ‘MP’ Peterson (Qsld), Rip Curl surf co-founder Doug ‘Claw’ Warbrick (Vic) and a host of WA surfing heavy weights.

MP (in wetsuit) is making his way through contest spectators to enter the water for his heat. Doug ‘Claw’ Warbrick (Vic) is on the far right in the hat. Amongst the spectators at the back of the pic are WA boys Len Laskewicz, John Balgarnie, Trevor Burslem, Tom Blaxell and Errol Considine. On the right are Fred Annesley and Colin Ladhams. Dave Ellis is at the front in the cap with his back to camera.

Len DibbenI was one of the contest organizers ie comp Marshall at the 1973 Aussie Titles in the South West. I was WASRA Vice President to President Ron ‘Doc’ Naylor at that time. I also had the task of transporting the media reporters around the venues ie Trevor Burslem & Doug White, as well as anyone else that needed transport. In 1974 I took the state team to QLD for the AUSSIE titles.

In the following photo I am wearing a Baron Wear striped T shirt, (very popular at that time), Levi Jeans & John Arnold Hararchi Leather Sandals from then Adelaide.

Photo: 1973 Aust Surf Titles. Contest official Len Dibben with official car (Kombi) in Yallingup car park. Len is with his daughter Kim and son Troy. Photo courtesy of Wendy Dibben.

Mark Hills – I was living Down South when the ‘73 Aust Titles were on. Lots of people came down to watch the event. Back then Bill Oddy was running Cordingley’s and the Titles were a big deal in WA. I acquired my first surf board after the Titles. It was a West Coast single fin left under Hideaway Homes at Yallingup by a contest competitor or spectator.

Coming soon 1973 Australian Surf Titles #2 Media coverage by Errol Considine.

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1973 The Rolling Stones – Perth concert images by Ric Chan

The Rolling Stones Pacific Tour 1973 was a concert tour of countries bordering the Pacific Ocean in January and February 1973 by the Rolling Stones. Music fans in Australia and New Zealand had not seen the Stones since February and March 1966.

The Stones started the tour with the three shows over 21 January and 22 January in Hawaii. The second leg of the tour started on 11 February with a single show at Auckland in New Zealand. 14 February saw the first show in Australia, with Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Sydney being visited in turn. The last show being 27 February in Sydney.

The Stone’s Perth concert was held on 24 February 1973 at the Western Australia Cricket ground (WACA).

The Stone’s line-up in Perth was:-

Mick Jagger – lead vocals, harmonica

Keith Richards – guitar, backing vocals

Mick Taylor – guitar

Bill Wyman – bass guitar

Photo journalist Ric Chan covered the Stone’s Perth concert for the Independent Newspaper.

Photo: 1976 Photo journo Ric Chan. Image: Ric Chan.

This is a collection of Ric’s photos of The Stone’s Perth concert.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger’s shiny backside. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Bill Wyman. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Concert audience at the WACA. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Mick Jagger & Keith Richards. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1973 Stones concert in Perth. Keith Richards and Bill Wyman. Ric Chan pic.

Click on this link to view Elton John’s 1971 Australian Tour – Perth concert images by Ric Chan

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1980s Bali Photo Gallery by Ric Chan #6

Perth based photo-journalist Ric Chan started going on surf trips to Bali in the early 80s. In 1985 he was lured to Bali to help set up and run Cheaters Night Club in Kuta’s entertainment strip, near the famous Peanuts Club.

Ric lived in Bali until ’91 and then returned to his native NZ after his wife Sami passed away. Ric and his sons Taron & Tao settled in NZ’s North Island.

This is a glimpse of Ric’s 80s Bali photo gallery and a taste of quieter times in Bali.

Photo: 1980s Uluwatu pathway to the waves pre development. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s Uluwatu hire surfboards. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s low tide Sanur with Mount Agung in the background. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s net fisherman at Medewi. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s Balinese surfer ‘Little Froggy’ surfing Legian. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1987 Bali international airport with Jimbaran Bay in the background. Ric Chan pic.

Ric Chan: Jimbaran Bay in the background is full of hotels now, nothing like back then. It’s a pity, but I can say, it was better BACK IN THE day.

Photo: 1980s Jimbaran Bay fishing village. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s Jimbaran Bay fish markets. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s aerial pic of volcano craters in Java. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s Lake Bratan in the volcano crater at Bedugul. Ric Chan pic.

Ric:Now there is a famous golf course that overlooks the lake”.

Photo: 1980s Balinese surfer ‘Little Froggy’ surfing Legian. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s Sami Chan with Balinese family in Legian warung. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1980s Dugung sailing just off Kuta. Ric Chan pic.

You can inquire on the SDS Web site to view Ric’s previous Bali photo galleries.

Coming soon 1987 Lombok Gili Nanggu island images by Ric Chan

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Elton John’s 1971 Australian Tour – Perth concert images by Ric Chan

Our principal surf photographer Ric Chan is a man of many talents.

He was the lead singer in a popular NZ Band before heading to the East Coast of OZ to pursue a surf photography career in the late 60s.

During the 70s in Perth, he was a journalist for Independent Newspaper, a DJ at Gobbles Night Club, surf photographer for West Coast Surf Magazine, a fashion model, and even a Voiceover talent for Jeans West and a number of other Perth companies.

Photo: 1970s dapper Ric in Perth City with his red jaguar. Ric Chan pic.

Ric Chan produced weekly Surfing and Music columns in the Independent Newspaper.

Image: 1971 Ric’s music column dated 10 October 1971 in Independent Newspaper. Image courtesy of Ric & Independent Newspapers.

Elton John’s first tour of Australia and New Zealand started in Perth, Western Australia on 16 October 1971 at Subiaco Stadium.

Local radio station 6KY promoted/sponsored the Perth concert and Perth band Mark IV was the support band.

Photo/Journo Ric Chan covered Elton’s Perth concert for the Independent Newspaper.

These are some of Ric’s photos of the Elton John’s Perth media reception and Concert.

ELTON JOHN MEDIA RECEPTION PERTH

Photo: 1971 Elton John Concert media reception. L-R Elton John, Nigel Olssen & Dee Murray. Ric Chan pic.

Ric Chan:Nigel and Dee were Elton’s backing group”.

Photos: 1971 Elton John Concert media reception. Ric Chan pics.

Photo: 1971 Elton John Concert media reception. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1971 Elton John Concert media reception. L-R 6KY DJ’s unidentified and Dennis Commetti. Ric Chan pic.

Editor’s note: “Dennis Commetti went on to become a renowned AFL Football Commentator. He announced his retirement from AFL football commentating at the end of the 2016 football season”.

ELTON JOHN CONCERT PERTH

Ric Chan: “I was allowed free movement around the stage, but the best position was from where I shot from. I think I was the ONLY photographer to shoot that concert”.

Photos: 1971 Elton John rocks at the Perth Concert. Ric Chan pics.

Photos: Elton John’s Perth Concert drummer Nigel Olsson with drum kit. Ric Chan pics

Ric Chan: “Nigel and I spent some time together and I recall him telling me he had his drums custom made.”

Photos: 1971 Elton John performing Perth Concert. Ric Chan pics.

Photos: 1971 Elton John rocking at Perth Concert. Ric Chan pics.

Back in the ‘70s, Ric photographed many of the International artists visiting Perth, including the Rolling Stones, Bee Gees, ACDC, Nina Simone, Deep Purple, Santana, Beach Boys, Led Zep and John Mayall.

Surfing Down South plans to feature Ric’s photos from some of those music concerts in future blogs.

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Museum of Surf – Ric Chan images

Our resident surf photographer Ric Chan now has some of his vintage surf photos featured on the Museum of Surf web and Facebook sites.

For a sneak preview of Ric’s images click on either of the following links.

Museum of Surf Web site            http://www.museumofsurf.com/ric-chan/

Museum of Surf Facebook           https://www.facebook.com/museumofsurf/

Ric took the photos in New South Wales, South Australia and West Australia during the period 1968 to 1976.

Photo: 1970 Ric Chan covering the WA State Surfing Titles at Yallingup. Ric pic.

Ric lives in Auckland NZ and still loves snapping pics.

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