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.

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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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1960-70s Geoff Culmsee

In 1961 Scarborough surfer Geoff Culmsee was a foundation member of the North End Board Club at Scarborough.

Photo: 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.

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Geoff was attracted to SW and its waves during the 60s. In 1967 he helped build the North End Board Club shack at Prevelly in  the Margaret River region.

Photo: 1967 Marg River Prevelly. North End shack with Geoff Culmsee’s Land Rover out the front. Photo courtesy of Murray Smith.

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Photo: 1970 Marg River Prevelly. North End shack in centre foreground.  Aerial photo by Jim Breadsell.

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Photo: 1969 Geoff surfing Noiseys near Lefthanders at Cowaramup. Photo credit Jim Breadsell.

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In the early 70s Geoff moved his family to the SW and started making Geoff Culmsee surfboards. Geoff made surfboards at several SW locations including a shed on his property at Eagle Bay (located near the Rocky Point track). He then teamed up with talented SW surfer Ralph Redman & started a fibreglass business in Clark Street Dunsborough which operated for 30 years.

Photos: 1971 Geoff Culmsee hand crafted single fin surfboard.  Photos courtesy of Phil Woods vintage surfboard collection.

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Geoff is now a septuagenarian and shares his surfing time between SW and NW waves, similar to his mate Murray Smith.

Photo: 2011 Geoff checking outer reefs in the NW. Photo courtesy of Vance Burrow.

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Photo: 2012 Geoff surfing in the NW. Photo courtesy of Vance Burrow.

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1970s Scarborough surfing identities – Len & Gordon

In the 1970s Len Laskewicz & Gordon Crowther were good mates living in the Scarborough area. They shared a love of surfing and chased waves on metro and SW beaches. The boys also enjoyed socialising and spent a lot of time enjoying themselves at parties on Yallingup Hill.

Lenny had a good surfing pedigree. In the 60s he was member of the Len Dibben Surf Team and placed 3rd in 1966 State Titles behind Murray Smith & Dave Williams.

Photos: Early 1970s Len Laskewicz surfing at Trigg Point on his Len Dibben single fin. Photo credits Ric Chan.

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Gordon was the quieter of the two lads. He loved his surfing down south but avoided the competitive side of surfing.

Photos: Early 1970s Gordon Crowther surfing Trigg Point. Photo credits Ric Chan.

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1958 Scarborough Beach Boys

These vintage pics of Scarborough Beach come to us courtesy of WA surfing pioneer Brian Cole.

Photo: 1958 Scarborough. Ian Scott, Owen Oates and Barry ‘Joe’ King lazing in the back of Laurie Burke’s Triumph Mayflower sedan in Scarborough Beach car park. Owen Oates owned the Holden FX ute, Brian Cole the Morris Minor, Laurie Burke the Triumph Mayflower & Ian Scott the Austin A40. Photo credit Brian Cole.

See Surfing Down South book for details of the demise of Laurie Burke’s Triumph Mayflower at Yallingup.

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Photo: 1962 Scarborough. Goofy footer Brian Cole surfing on his backhand at Scarborough Beach. Photo credit Brian Cole.

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1958 Australian Surf Lifesaving Carnival at Scarborough

SW surfing pioneers Tony Harbison & Dave Williams competed in the Australian Surf Lifesaving Carnival held at Scarborough Beach in February 1958.

Tony & Dave trained with the City of Perth clubbies at City Beach prior to the Australian SLSC Carnival.

Photo: 1958 City Beach L-R Surfboat crew includes Bob Ramsay (bow), Gerry Denney (no.2), Ray Cornish (no. 3), Warren ‘Wonk’ Somerford (stroke) & Johnny O’Connor (sweep). Dave Williams is on a 16ft paddle board and Tony Harbison is on single surf ski. Ray Taylor & Brian Rankin are on the double surf ski.  Image courtesy of WA Newspapers.

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Photo: 1958 Aerial view of the Australian Surf Lifesaving carnival held at Scarborough Beach. Image courtesy of WA Newspapers.

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Photo: 1958 Scarborough. Dave Williams (WA) scrambling across the finish line to take out 3rd place in the paddle board race. Image courtesy of WA Newspapers.

1958 Scarb Aust Surf Carnival Dave Williams 3rd paddle race - West pic ex Brian Cole