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1970s Arsemobile Images by Ric Chan

In the 70s young New Zealand expatriate Ric Chan was living on the beach front at Scarborough.

During this period Ric was experimenting with his photography.

This is a collection of Ric’s lesser known images taken in the Scarborough Beach car park in the 70s.

The purpose of the Limousine photo shoot with the early 70s Cadillac is unknown. The faceless male models are also unknown, but you may recognise some of the male models from aspects of their anatomy.

Ric Chan – muhahahaha I remember the pics, but ain’t got any idea of where and when they were shot. I wish I could remember, coz there has to be a funny story behind em – hee hee. Lemme think about it!

The images appear to have been inspired by natural forms and structures.

Photo: 1970s Arsemobile photo shoot #1 by Ric Chan.


Photo: 1970s Arsemobile photo shoot #2 by Ric Chan.


Photo: 1970s Arsemobile photo shoot #3 by Ric Chan.


Photo: 1970s Arsemobile photo shoot #4 by Ric Chan.


Let us know if you were at Ric’s photo shoot and remember anything about it!


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1969 Billeting arrangements Aust Surfing Titles

Western Australia hosted the Australian Surf Riding Championships for the first time in May 1969.

Major WA board clubs billeted many eastern states surfers here for the Australian titles. The billeting arrangements were coordinated by WASRA and President Ron ‘Doc’ Naylor.

Image: 1969 WASRA billeting arrangements. Image credit Sunday Times.

1969 Aust Titles WA - billeting arrangements- Media image

Floreat youngsters Ross Utting & David ‘Bull’ Moss from the City Beach Club hosted South Australian surfers Alistair Boot & Graham Symonds.

Ross UttingBull & I took the boys down south for the contest. I remember Ali bagging gutless WA waves while we were surfing pre contest at Yallingup. He got his comeuppance a couple of days later when he was nearly decapitated by his board when mowed down by a big wave at Margaret. Ali spent the rest of the week walking around with a bleeding tea towel on his head.

In Bali some 40 years later South Australian surfer Clint Habib told me that Ali has been scarred for life by the experience of big Margs & still hears the roaring freight train sound in his nightmares.

Photo: L-R 1969 Floreat locals Ross Utting & Dave Moss with SA competitors Ali Boot & Graham Symonds. Photo credit Ross Utting.

1969 Floreat R Utting, D Moss & A Boot, G Simmons (SA) - billets-Aust Titles R Utting pic

Subiaco brothers Jim & Bruce King from the City Beach Club billeted World champion Nat Young & NSW champion Ted Spencer.

Bruce KingI drove to Perth airport to pick up our eastern states billets late at night. When I got there WASRA President Doc Naylor allocated Nat & Ted to our family. I was stoked to have them staying at our parent’s place.

Jim KingI didn’t go to the airport and had no idea who had been allocated to our parent’s place in Subi, so I was really surprised when I called in next morning and found mum serving a cooked brekkie to Nat & Ted. NSW surfboard manufacturer Shane Stedman (Shane Surfboards) used to come around & pick up the lads for surf commitments and chase mum around the Hills Hoist clothesline.

Photos: 1969 Nat & Ted at King residence in Subiaco. Photos courtesy of King family.

Top: (Left) Ted & Nat. (Right) Ted, Mrs King & Nat. Bottom: (Left) Ted, Jim & Nat. (Right) Nat & Jim.

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Contest rounds which were held at Scarborough & Margaret River with finals completed at Yallingup.

Misfortune struck some of the visitors at the Australian Surfing Titles down south. Nat Young (NSW) broke his favourite surfboard in the big swell at Margaret River. Alistair Boot (SA) was hit by a flying board at Margaret River and needed 19 stitches in his head. Ali went home with a sore head.

Images: L-R 1969 mixed fortunes Nat Young (NSW) broken board & Alistair Boot (SA) head injury. Image courtesy of WA Newspapers.

1969 Aust Titles WA - Nat Young (NSW) & Ali Boot (SA) injuries - WA News (1)

Jim KingContest head honcho Doc Naylor recruited me as a contest official for the rounds held at Margaret River. I got the job of chaperoning the girls out in big waves at Main Break. The girls weren’t happy being sent out there & neither was I. Every time we spotted a big dark swell line on the horizon, we would paddle towards the middle bay to avoid getting cleaned up. It was great seeing Oz’s best surfers up close, but my wife Kath wasn’t too impressed, as we were on our honey moon at the time (-:

Photo: 1969 unidentified competitor surfing a solid left at Marg’s Main Break. Ric Chan pic.


On completion of the successfully run contest, an Award Night function was held at Caves House Yallingup. It was attended by surfers, officials and friends. Peter Drouyn & other talented surfers entertained the troops. The next day the wind was on-shore and the visitors started heading home to their respective States.

Contest results and photos will be included in surf journo/photographer Ric Chan’s coverage of the ’69 Oz Surfing Titles. Ric’s SDS article is coming soon.



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1960s Metro & Mid-West beach 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 BreadsellIn 1966 I went to the Eastern states. Then England in 1968 and came home via India. In 1971 I worked on the copper mine on Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. In 1972 I went to South Africa and came home in 1973.  Since then I have been prospecting North of Southern Cross and have owned several mining leases.  (Jim has 3 gold prospecting videos on You-Tube. Google ‘Jim Breadsell’ to view videos).

Photo: 1962 North End Board Club at Scarborough. L-R Peter Longley, Jim McKenzie, Jim Breadsell, W Smith, Geoff Culmsee, B Sales & B Hunt. Murray Smith pic.

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

In the 60s Jim was a keen photographer and captured images of WA beaches. In this batch of Metro and Mid West beach images, Jim took the aerial pics while on joy rides from Jandakot airport.

Scarborough Beach

Photo: 1966 Murray Smith outside his parents Place in Scarborough. Jim Breadsell pic.

1967 Scarb Murray Smith outside parents place - Jim Breadsell pic

Murray Smith – In early’ 67 after I came back from a trip around Aussie, I rolled my FJ Holden on Caves road in the South West. I had the car towed back to my parents place at Scarborough and there it fell off the tow truck.

Photo: 1967 Murray Smith with his rolled FJ Holden at Scarborough. Jim Breadsell pic.

1967 Scarb Muzz's FJ Holden rolled over Caves Rd SW - Jim Breadsell pic1

Photo: 1968 Aerial shot of Scarborough beach front. Jim Breadsell pic.

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Photo: 1969 winter wave Scarborough Beach Jim Breadsell pic.

1969 Scarb Beach winter wave - Jim Breadsell pic

Photo: 1969 Scarborough Beach lamp posts. Jim Breadsell pic.

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Photo: 1970 Scarborough Beach with lamp posts. Jim Breadsell pic.

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Trigg Beach

Photo: 1967 Aerial shot of Trigg Point. Jim Breadsell pic.

1967 Trigg Beach early spring aerial- Jim Breadsell pic

Photo: 1969 Trigg Point with shacks on the beach near Island. Jim Breadsell pic.

1969 Trigg Beach with shacks on beach - Jim Breadsell pic

Photo: 1970 autumn wave at Trigg Beach. Jim Breadsell pic.

1969 Triggs autumn wave - Jim Breadsell pic

Kalbarri (Mid West).

Photo: 1969 Kalbarri Red Bluff L-R Murray Smith & Jerry Krahn. Jim Breadsell pic.

1969 Kalbarri Red Bluff Murray Smith & Gerry Karaha - Jim Breadsell pic2a

Photo: 1969 Kalbarri Blue Holes L-R Jerry Krahn & Murray Smith. Jim Breadsell pic.

1969 Kalbarri Blue Holes Gerry Karaha & Murray Smith - Jim Breadsell pic1

Photo: 1969 Murray Smith surfing Jacques Pt at Kalbarri. Jim Breadsell pic.

1969 Kalbarri Jacques Pt Murray Smith surfing - Jim Breadsell pic1

Karratha (North West)

Murray SmithWe travelled up the WA coast as far as Karratha searching for waves.

Photo: 1969 Karratha camp site on Ashburton River L-R Murray Smith, Jim Breadsell & Jerry Krahn. Jim Breadsell pic.

1969 NW Karratha camp site on Ashburton River Murray Smith, Jim Breadsell & Gerry Karaha - Jim Breadsell pic1

There are more Jim Breadsell South West surfing images in the SDS pipeline.




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1970s Mick Black surfer/shark fisherman

In the 70s Trigg’s surfer Mick Black spent his days playing & working in the ocean.

When he wasn’t catching & gutting waves at Trigg Point for fun, he was catching & gutting school sharks off Scarborough for a living.

In surfing circles he was known colloquially as TPK (Triggs Point Kid).

NZ surf photographer Ric Chan captured these images of Mick, but can’t recall details of the photo shoots.

Ric Chan: “As if I can remember those days. You must think I have a photograhic memory. Muhahahahahaha I can’t even remember taking the pics. Pity!”

Photos: 1970s Mick’s new Cordingley surfboard. Ric Chan pics.

1970s Mick Black new Cordingley Board - Ric Chan collage_photocat

Mick was a talented surfer. He had a fast fluid style and a full repertoire of party tricks (eg side slipping & nose riding) in fun waves.

Ric Chan: “I can recall that he was smooth and surfed much better than I would have liked to. And he was always experimenting with moves.”

Photos: 1970’s Mick surfing uncrowded Trigg Point. Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1974 Mick Black at Scarborough & Trigg. Ric Chan pics.

Top: Mick relaxing at Ric Chan’s rental Scarborough.

Bottom: Mick with his VW Beetle at Scarborough & swimming Trigg beach.

1970s Mick Black Scarb & Trigg 2 collage_photocat

Photos: 1974 Mick shark fishing off Scarborough. Ric Chan pics.

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Mick & his son Kyle are fisherman north of Perth.


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1970s Scarborough Beach

Scarborough Beach was the hub of metro surfing & social life in the 70s. Local surfers had their own surf shops, surf board clubs (North End, Scarborough, Boomerang & Contacio) and hotels (White Sands & Scarborough). The Scarborough Hotel built 1938 was demolished in mid 80s.

Photo: 1974 Scarborough Guest House replaced by Observation City Hotel. (now known as Rendezvous Hotel Perth, Scarborough). Vance Burrow pic.

1974 Scarb Guest Hse now Observ City Vance Burrow IMG

Photos: 1976 Scarborough Beach front. Ric Chan pic.
Top: (Left) busy beach break (Right) Scarborough car park looking north towards Threepenny reef.
Bottom: (Left) Gay Gordon hamburgers (Right) Ric Chan’s gold coloured Kombi parked in front of Gay Gordon.

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Photos: 1970s Ric Chan’s rental house at Scarborough. Ric Chan pics.
Top: (Left) Firefighter controlling burn-off next to Ric’s place (Right) Ric & his red Jaguar next to his Scarborough rental.
Bottom: (Left) Mick Black (Right) Ric Chan on front verandah.

Steve CockburnRic worked as a DJ at The Sheraton Down Under Bar & Gobbles Night Club in Wellington Street Perth. I lived in a flat under his rented house at Scarborough while I was an architectural student & would often go into the clubs (gratis). Ric would come in about 4 am each morning, usually with a lovely women companion and would stomp on the wooden floors & often woke me up.

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Photos: 1970s Surf industry personalities. Ric Chan pics
Top: (Left) Scarborough water shot. (Right) Murray Smith & Unidentified surfer.
Bottom: (Left) Tom Blaxell Surfboards Osborne Park. (Right) Gary Greirson Surfboards Osborne Park.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough Beach surfing #1. Steve Hannett bottom left. Other surfers unidentified. Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough Beach surfing #2. Steve Hannett bottom left. Other surfers unidentified. Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough Beach surfing legends. Ric Chan pics.
Top: Terry Jacks (dec’d) on the beach and surfing.
Bottom: (Left) Hume Heatley (dec’d). (Right) Terry, Hume & unidentified.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough wild life #1. Ric Chan pics.
Top: (Left) Greg Laurenson (dec’d). (Right) unidentified beach girls.
Middle: (Left) Charles ‘Chuck’ Stewart (dec’d). (Right) Ric ‘flower power’ Chan.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough wild life #2. Ric Chan pics.
Top: (Left) Coffin Cheaters. (Right) unidentified beach girls.
Bottom: (Left) fashion photo shoot unidentified girl. (Right) unidentified beach girl.

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Photos: 1970s Scarborough wild life #3.
Top: (Left) Steve Mathews (Channel 9) with unidentified Band. (Right) Unidentified girl in Mini Minor – Ric Chan pics.
Bottom: (Left) Blue Nicholson, Prive Morris, Micko Gracie & Rex Biddle with Prive’s Fiat in Scarborough Beach Rd – Peter Mac pic. (Right) Dolphins Board Riders footy team at Deanmore park – Tom Blaxell pic.

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