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1950s Plywood Toothpick Surfboards

In the mid 1950s WA surfboard riders surfed primarily in the metropolitan area. Most surfers were affiliated with Surf Life Saving Clubs (SLSC). This photo shows young City Beach surf life savers holding a 14ft plywood toothpick surfboard. L-R Ron Drage, Dave Williams, Cocko Killen & Eugene ‘Mick’ Mickle. The boys are standing in front of the original City of Perth SLSC building built in 1935. Photo credit John Budge.

1950s City Beach clubbies Ron Darge, Dave Williams, Cocko Killen, E Mickle - John Budge pic img366

These mid 1950s photos show L-R Ron Drage & Dave Williams standing near the City Beach groyne with their 16 ft plywood racing Toothpick surfboards. Ron & Dave were amongst the original surfboard riders to find & surf SW waves. See Surfing Down South book for more details. Photos courtesy John Budge.

1950s City Beach Ron Drage & Dave Williams with toothpick surfboards - J Budge pics

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1958 Surfing Apprenticeship in SLSC

1958 Many early SW surf pioneers started their surfing apprenticeships in Surf Life Saving Clubs. Refer Surfing Down South book for more details. This 1958 photo shows a group of City Beach surfers with surfboards relaxing outside the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club building. Back L-R Bernie Huddle, Tony Harbison & Artie Taylor. Front L-R Dave Williams, Colin Taylor & Bruce ‘Moonshine’ Hill. Photo courtesy of John Budge.

1958 City Beach  B Huddle,  T Harbison, A Taylor, D Williams, C taylor, Moonshine John Budge pic

1958 This photo of City Beach and the former City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club building was taken by Brian Cole from the SLSC tower located on the end of the groyne. The club rooms were built in 1935. Photo credit Brian Cole.

1958 City Beach view SLSC from tower (SLSC Club built 1935) - Brian Cole pic