Vintage South West surfing images.

This a collection of late 50s & early 60 South West surfing images from various photographers in the Surfing Down South archives. It features a pod of WA surfing pioneer legends.

Photo: 1957 Bernie Huddle & Keith Kino riding plywood toothpick boards at Yallingup. Water photography by John Budge.

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Photo: 1958 Yallingup Main Break surfer John Budge on home-made balsa board. Water photo courtesy of John Budge.

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Photo: 1962 Gallows outside break Jim Keenan & Puppydog (NSW) riding Barry Bennett boards from NSW. Jim Keenan pic.

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Photo: 1960-61 South Point Cowaramup Bay unidentified surfer. Steve Mailey pic

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Photo: 1962 Yallingup Main Break surfer Murray Smith. Photo courtesy of Glen Campbell (Dolphins Board Club).

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Photos: 1962 Surfing legends at Gallows. Time ravage images courtesy of Brian Cole.

Top: (Left) Bob Keenan. (Right) Brian Cole.

Bottom: Dave Williams both images.

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Photo: 1963 North Point Cowaramup Bay unidentified surfers. Tom Collins pic.

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Photo: 1963 Bunker Bay ‘The Quarries’ unknown surfer. Tom Collins pic.

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Photo:1963 Terry ‘Rat’ James doing a ‘quasimoto’ at Gallows. Photo courtesy of Sonny James.

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Photo: 1963 former City Beach surfer Mick Lindsay surfing Gallows. Mick now resides in NSW. Photo courtesy of Geoff Berry.

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Photo: 1964 Margaret River Main Break surfers L-R Murray Smith & Jim Keenan. Photo courtesy of Jim Keenan.

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Photo: 1964 WA’s first State Mens Champion Alex ‘Zac’ Kochanowitsch surfing Margaret River Main Break on his ‘Rising Sun’ surfboard. Ernie Potter pic.

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Bonus Images.

These 1950s images were sourced from pioneer WA surfer/photographer John Budg’s vintage photo collection. The actual photographers are unknown.

Image: 1950s unidentified pin-up girl.

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Image: 1950s unidentified Eastern States surfers riding plywood Toothpick surfboards at an unknown location. .

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Thanks to the various photographers for providing the vintage pics.




1960s Vintage Huzzawouie images

Huzzawouie (Huzza’s) reef break in Cowaramup Bay works on a large swell and is sheltered from the prevailing south west winds.

It is understood the surf break was named ‘Huzzawouie’ in the early 60s after a cartoon character.

Surfing competitions have been held at the surf break since the inaugural State Surfing Titles in 1964.

Photo: 1964 Cowaramup Bay surf trip in Bruce Brown’s FC Holden. Photo courtesy of Arthur Sherburn.

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Photo: 1965 Surfing at Huzza’s. L-R unidentified and Ron Moss. Photo courtesy of Ron Moss.

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Photo: 1967 State Championships held at Huzza’s surfer Robin ‘Skullcap’ Sutherland. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben.

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Photo: 1967 State Championships held at Huzza’s surfer Steve Farbus. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben.

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Photos: 1967 State Championships held at Huzza. Competitors standing (Left) L-R John Balgarnie, Terry James, Steve Cockburn, Rob Farris & David Moss. (Right) Bruce King. Still photos ex CBSR Super 8 movie film.

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Photos: 1967 State Championships held at Huzza. Unidentified surfing competitors. Still photos ex CBSR Super 8 movie film.

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Photo: 1969 Huzza line-up from the cliffs. Photo credit Brian Trainer.

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1960s Yallingup Surf Board Club – Recollections (part 2 of 2)

This collection of 60s Yallingup Surf Board Club (YBC) recollections has been provided by former Club members.

Bill Oddy’s YBC recollections:

Bill: “I can relate lots of ‘good stories’ which include the many, chaotic club meetings at Cord’s house in Mosman and the ensuing ‘lunatic’ drives down to DJ’s at Cottesloe (Terry James & Col Morris in their ‘souped up’ FJ’s) for burgers after polishing off the obligatory 5 gallon kegs (booze bus…what booze bus??). The mad rush to get to Yallingup, after work on Friday nights before the pub closed. Bill Copley always obliged us with ample amounts of drinks before the cops came in for their regular visit and ‘refreshments’ before closing about 11.00pm or beyond….the Saturday night ‘swim thru’s’ on the bitumen between the front bar and the beer garden….most of this stuff was too clinical for the City Beach boys….I don’t even think they got a look in…..most of the interaction was between YBC and ‘The Wheels’ (West Coast Board Club – Patto’s crew).
Our special relationship with the D’Espeissis in being able to get a key to get through their property to Rocky Point……Robby Birch pushing through the track to “Gallows”….Howard Kent ’the Ghost’ surfing the ‘Bull’s Pipeline’ all alone out the back for ages before he usually got the wave of the day….. seeing Steve (can’t remember his last name for now and now deceased) showing up at Caves House on a Saturday evening covered in scratches and flavine after a bad mishap and getting dragged over the barnacles at South Point (no leg ropes then)…we were all saying “he looked like he had run into a barbed wire fence”…. and the list goes on!!”

Photo: 1970s Dave Ellis & Bill Oddy kite flying Mullaloo. Ric Chan pic

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Extract from 2008-9 interview with the late Terry James’ by Phil Wood of Karridale.

Terry: “In the early 60s the only way we could get to Yallingup was to go with the guys that the owner of Caves House, Bill Copley, had given them permission to sleep in the old wash house. Before that we would sleep in cars and on the beach. That was the West Coast Board Club. As we were all underage we couldn’t drive down to Yallingup so we would get a lift with those guys who we called ‘the Wheels’ Mark Patterson, Kevin Merifield etc.
When we got to 17 and got our own cars and going down to Yallingup, Bill Copley said to Cliff Hills and Rob Birch “if you want to form a surf board club I will give you a bit of land and you can build a shack”. That was the start of the Yallingup Board Club.
We all got together and as Yallingup was the centre of the whole thing, we called ourselves the Yallingup Board Club.
The club was very successful. Colin Cordingley was the first president. We raised money and put down a slab, and built a timber frame and fibro shack that had a fridge, stove and beds.
The Cordingley Challenge Trophy started off the competition between the 20 or so clubs that had been formed in the early 60’s. The Yallingup Board Club dominated the competition, winning it 13 consecutive times between 1964 and 1966 against all comers.
We were lucky to be an exclusive club as we could get the best riders to join. We had a great line up of senior and junior champions and were sponsored by JD’s. We had our own club colours – black and blue and the parkas, board shorts and T shirts were provided by our sponsor JD’s. The end of year presentations were held at the Willagee Park Hotel owned by Bill Oddy’s father.”

Photo: 1965 Yalls YBC L-R Mark Waddell, Fred Lochowitch, Bill Oddy, John Pozzi, Peter Bothwell, Terry James, Craig Brent-White, Kim Woods, Geoff Berry, Trevor Baskerville. Photo courtesy Sonny James pic

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Mike Bibby’s YBC recollections.

Mike: “My introduction to the Yallingup Surf Board Club came through living next door to Gary & Rob Birch in Grant St Cottesloe. Colin Morris and I would hang over the fence (we were about 12) and watch these big guys talking about their surfing days.
These were what I call the “first tier” members of the club, the ones that formed it and built the shack. The second tier were the younger guys who were invited to join.
The only way we could get down south was to either go with our parents (uncool) on holidays or as we got a bit older (14 or so ) we would get a lift down with one of the older guys, Rob Birch, Vic Francis, George Goddard, Rick Skelton & Co. They were very good to us, putting up with the younger kids.
By 1964 a lot of the “second tier” members had their own cars and it was a regular event to meet at the Cottesloe Hotel on a Friday and head down to the shack. The stories about the trips down are legendary, records set for the quickest trip down (my recollection is Joe Wilson and I did it in Trickeys’ Meats van in under 2 hours from the Cott pub to Caves House) and the odd encounter with the cops (no breathalysers in those days!).
There were plenty of prangs, the only two I can recall are Vic Francis rolling his car on the Quindalup bridge with 4 of us in the back seat (no seat belts) – no injuries except a few dents to Vic’s pride and joy and our boards, and Joe Wilson getting the Trickey Meat van airborne near Margaret River. It was one of the few times I have seen Joe scared.
Colin and Jenny Cordingley and Terry James were the main link between the first and second tier members. We were all made very welcome at their house at Beagle Street, Mosman Park, it was one of the first to have a swimming pool and on a slack day we would go round and cool off. The club meetings with the obligatory 5 gallon keg were a highlight.
The shack was the focal point of our time down south. Some of the antics that went on are better left untold, however Alan MacGillvray’s “who’s laughing at me” episode is one to remember. Alan had had a few at Caves House and came back to the shack obviously pissed. We started laughing at him and he suddenly snapped saying “who’s laughing at me”. I think it was Possum (John Pozzi) who then burst out laughing. Alan then picked up Possum in his bed and hurled it though the side of the shack. No one made a sound after that.
There was not a lot of aggro between the crew, everyone enjoyed surfing and being part of the scene. If there was no surf we would go crabbing or diving for crays and have a communal meal with those who were down at the shack.”

Image: Winners of 1966 State Winter Titles. L-R Maureen Farrell, John Pozzi, Mike Bibby, John Balgarnie, Peter Dyson, Terry Jacks, & Eleanor Proud. (Terry Jacks & John Balgarnie not YBC). Photo credit Trevor Burslem.

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Kevin Ager’s YBC recollections.

Kevin: “Late 1967 Colin Cordingley coerced several Cottesloe Board Club surfers including myself to join Yallingup Board Club.
This seemed a good idea as CBC was becoming non active after Vic Kailis stepped aside as president.
YBC was also a bit ‘sluggish’ but Col reckoned new blood would re energise the club.
He was so enthusiastic it was infectious. The “third tier” as Mike Bibby calls it, did give new life to the club.

Most of the original crew had drifted away from active participation. The remaining core of active guys also re-found their mojo.
A new Committee was formed with Col ‘el presidente’ (for life), me as secretary, Trevor Baskerville treasurer and Kim Standish committee man. Some of the ‘originals’ occasionally would turn up for the monthly meetings, but always for the Beagle St. pool parties put on by Col and Jenny.

The intimidating legend YBC had forged from the early 60’s as the “unbeatables” held no longer. Of the three interclub comps, contested from ’68 to ’69 we only won one and on both occasions lost to Southern Surf Riders. We did win the Warrain Board Club sponsored Paddle Though Perth in 1968.
The winning club division was decided by which club had four paddlers over the line first. So we were the fittest if not the best in surfing contests.

Unfortunately by 1969 the increasing irrelevance of surf board clubs was fast gaining momentum. Surfers preferring the cooler, individual, free spirit image. This was shaking the foundations of all clubs and was really pissing Col off, so he invited a few of the “originals” who were also pissed off that the once all conquering YBC was again in demise, to mentor us and keep the club “afloat”. But it was of no consequence, the “third tier” were bailing like rats from a sinking ship.

Along with most other clubs the Yallingup Board Club dynasty terminated by mid-1969.

In 2002 a reunion was held at Billy Oddy’s Rivervale Hotel. It was a great night with most of the crew (from all “tiers”) attending. Reuniting with old mates made us all very happy, sadly for some, it was the last time.

Nothing lasts forever.”

Photo: 1965 Kevin Ager at former beach car park Rocky Point. Photo credit Jim King

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1960s Yallingup Surf Board Club – History (part 1 of 2)

The original Yallingup Surf Board Club (YBC) ran from the early 60s to mid-69. This history of YBC was compiled by former club member Michael Bibby.

Club History

YBC was formed in the early 60’s by a group of 25 mainly Cottesloe based surfers following a suggestion to surf pioneers Cliff Hills and Rob Birch to build a shack in the Hotel grounds by the then Caves House publican Bill Copley,. Each member of YBC put in £5 which was used to build a clubhouse in the grounds of Caves House above the bowling green near the West Coast Board Rider’s (Wheels) shack. The shack was built by the boys using a timber frame and asbestos cladding. There was no plumbing, just electricity for a light and a fridge, a table in the corner and 15 or more shearer style beds. The conditions were primitive but provided a great base to stay whilst surfing in the SW.

Inaugural YBC Club president was Colin Cordingley, vice president Terry James, Bill Oddy secretary and Rick Skelton treasurer.

The older members, particularly Colin Cordingley and Terry James were very active in recruiting new blood to the Club in the early 60’s.

Membership was by invitation only and the numbers grew to 43. Up and coming surfers were poached from other metropolitan clubs. Peter Bothwell, Mick Lindsay, Brian Boynes and Mark Waddell came from the original City Beach Club. Hume Heatley, Alan MacGillvray, Colin Morris, Karl Schumacher, Mike Bibby, Don MacDonald & Joe Wilson from the Cottesloe Board Club. Plus the boys from the Leighton Cable Station, Bill Oddy, Vance Cocks and John Pozzi. It was a diverse group with a mix of occupations including builders, mechanics, printer, fisheries inspector, schoolboys, property developers, salesmen etc.

Club meetings were held at Colin & Jenny Cordingley’s house in Beagle Street Mosman Park with the obligatory 5 gallon keg followed by a race to the Van Eileen burger van on Marine Parade Cottesloe. There were a wide range of cars from hotted up FJ and FB Holdens panel vans to go with the Ford Falcons, a Toyota corolla, Simca and an Isuzu Bellett.

Photos: 1960s YBC automobiles;
Top Left: Colin Cordingley’s Toyota Corolla on Rocky Point track. Photos courtesy Tina Wilson
Top right: John Harbinson & Joe Wilson leaving YBC shack to go cray fishing in VW. Photo courtesy Tina Wilson.
Bottom Left: Joe Wilson’s 2 door sedan & Smokey the dog at The Cove. Photo courtesy Arty Sherburn
Bottom right: Unidentified in FJ Holden on SW track. Photos courtesy Tina Wilson.

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The club was unbeaten in inter-club surf board riding competitions held in both the metropolitan area and down south from 1964 to 1966. Sponsors were JD’s and radio station 6PR provided parkas and board shorts. The colours were black with a blue border and the 6PR logo in yellow on the seat of the board shorts.

Photo: 1964 YBC club photo taken at Izzy Orloffe’s Studio in Freo after an undefeated run of comps between 1962 and 1964. This club photo now hangs in the front bar at Caves House Hotel. Photo courtesy of Izzy Orloffe Studios.

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Absent from photo shoot: M Bibby, D McDonald. J Pozzi & Vance Cocks

There were many fund raising events from raffles to stomps including a concert at Canal Rocks that was hugely popular but the proceeds mysteriously disappeared.

Club members were issued with YBC membership cards.

Images: 1960s YBC membership card. Images Courtesy Colin Morris

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The Club shack was a focal point for after-surfing activities with some memorable parties. It was also the beginning of many long term friendships with interstate surfers who would stay there.

The shack was demolished in 1967 when Bill Copley sold Caves House Hotel to the Emmett brothers, farmers from Dowerin. They didn’t want the shack on the grounds, so the decision was made to demolish it. A request to the Shire of Busselton to lease some other Shire land to relocate the Club shack went unanswered. On the weekend of shack demolition Alan MacGillvray brought down the Macs supermarket Bedford truck with the crew in the canopy covered back (with 5 gallon keg for the trip). The shack was demolished over a weekend with the timber and asbestos being dumped in the sand hills behind the Surfside restaurant on the beachfront.

Photos. Yalls YBC Shack. Left. L-R YBC & West Coast Board Club shacks at Caves House. Photo courtesy of Ernie Potter. Right. 1964 remains of YBC shack front door step on demolition day. Photo courtesy of Peter Bothwell.

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The club records were lost during that weekend. Sometime after leaving the Mandurah stomp on the way down, someone threw Bill Oddy’s briefcase containing the records out of the truck. Many months later someone from Wokelup rang Bill to say they had found the briefcase but unfortunately most of the contents were destroyed.

As the first and second tiers of members disbanded Colin Cordingley maintained his passion for the club and recruited more up and coming surfers such as Kevin Ager, Ashley Jones and Peter Bevan.

The club was wound up in 1969.

There have been two subsequent reunions courtesy of Bill Oddy, the first in the late 80’s at the Newport Hotel in Fremantle and the second in 2002 at the Rivervale Hotel. Following the recent presentation to Caves House of the framed YBC club photo by Peter Dyson, it is hoped an annual reunion at Caves House can become a fixture.

Photos: 1988 YBC reunion Newport Hotel Freo. Left: YBC Reunion poster. Right: L-R Tina Wilson, Trevor Baskerville & Tanya Hills. Photos courtesy of Tina Wilson.

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See part 2 Yallingup Board Club – Recollections blog for recollections from former Club members .


Surfing Cottesloe in the 1950s

In the 1950s Cottesloe Beach and the reefs south of Cottesloe with long rolling waves were popular surfing venues for metro surfers riding plywood toothpick surfboards.

WA Surf Industry legend Len Dibben recalls his early days surfing at Cottesloe.

Len Dibben: “When I first started surfing in the late 50’s & through the 60’s even into the 80’s & 90’s Cable Station reef used to break really good, a great right hander. What stopped that break from working was the building of Cottesloe Groyne, Dutch Inn Groyne, Sand Tracks, the lengthening of the North Mole, City Beach groyne & Floreat groyne, just to name a few.
Those were the days when North Mole was a secret spot. Also before the Cottesloe groyne was built in 1959, there was no surf to speak of at Isolated, Seconds or Cove. We surfed Cottesloe beach at the Dummy (formerly the Loom), the Bell (also known as the Pylon) & Slimys reef, Dutch Inn (pre Groyne) & Cable station in the winter. The beach at Dutch inn was quite wide as local fishermen used to leave their wooden clinker boats on the sand all year round & we guys at Cottesloe used them as a wind breaks when we came in from a surf. In a south west wind we would build a fire to warm ourselves in between surfs. There were no wet suits, maybe footy jumpers & our swim costumes. Surfers back then were Terry James, Bob Birch, Gary Birch, Cliff Hills, Ron Allen, Jeff Dalziel & Kerry Davies. There were about 10 – 15 of us that were regulars at all these breaks. I was the only guy not from Cottesloe, I was from Beaconsfield”.  For more information see Len’s web site

In 1952 the remains of the original timber jetty at Cottesloe was blown up to make way for a rock groyne. The Cottesloe groyne was built in 1959 to stop erosion and extends 100m out across Mudurup Rocks. Mudurup Rocks (named by Nyungar people & meaning ‘the place of the yellow finned whiting’ ) is the limestone promontory on the sea side of the Cottesloe Surf Club.

Photo: 1947 Swimmers at Cottesloe Beach pre groyne with Mudurup Rocks and Fremantle Port in the background. Photo credit King Family.

1947 Cottesloe Beach pre groyne. (old jetty blown up 1952 to make way for rock groyne in 1959).- K King pic

Photo: 1957 Brian Cole (second from right) and his City Beach surfing mates heading to Cables Station reef for a surf. The Morris 10 sedan is loaded with plywood toothpick surfboards and a surf ski. Photo credit Brian Cole.

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Photo: 1959 Young Cottesloe surfers Alan McGilvray and Keith Campbell surfing Dutch Inn at Cottesloe. Photo credit Keith Campbell.

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