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1977 Arty Sherburn first WA surfer to win an Australian Title – Updated 10 May 2017

Update 10 May 2017. See Arty Sherburn’s comments below.

Hi Jim, thank you for the article on the 1977 Aussie Titles. It brings back some fond memories.

If I remember correctly, Australia experienced its first Pilots Strike just prior to us departing.

WASRA and our Team Manager, Tony Harbison organised at very short notice a number of Hire Cars in lieu of the cancelled flights. We all met on a Wednesday morning at Trigg Point Car Park (great to see some of Ric’s Photos covering the departure) and left in convoy (sort of!) at about 11am. I remember in our vehicle(a Falcon Stn Wgn) we had Tony Hardy, Peter Davison, Blair Mikeljohn and myself. We shared the driving except for Pete who was a Junior Grom in the back whose main contribution to the journey was continually asking “are we there yet Dad?”

Thankfully the Nullarbor section was mainly sealed and we drove continuously stopping only for fuel, something to eat and the necessary “lightening of the load so to speak”. We must have thought that all the road maps were out of date because we all seemed to have a different idea of  of the short cuts and “this way is quicker” routes. As the Titles started on Saturday we were under the pump to get to Sydney by Friday so we decided to head north from South Aust up through Cobar, fuel up and beat the rest of the Crew into Sydney.Great idea except by thetime we got to Cobar (what a God forsaken place!)the town was closed including the Servo and we were out of Fuel! We had our first sleep for the trip on the forecourt of the Garage waiting for them to open, and from memory it was about about as comfortable as the floor of the Dunnie’s at Yall’s on a winters night in the early 60’s. Finally we arrived at our destination, a Caravan at North Narra Beach at around 2pm Friday, after leaving Trigg about 48 hrs earlier.

We all had a surf and were  ready for the Contest to start the next morning. Not the sort of Pre Competition preparation I would recommend but we got there on time.

Thankfully the Pilots Strike ended and the Association were able to fly us back after the Contest.

Regards Jim, keep up the good Work with the Site. Arty Sherburn.

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1977 State Team Departure

The West Australian Surf Riding Assoc (WASRA) arranged a media event at Trigg Point car park prior to the departure of the ‘77 State Team to the Australian Surfing Titles in NSW.

Surf photographer Ric Chan was there to record the Team’s departure.

Photo: 1977 WA surf team members and officials at Trigg Point car park. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1977 WA surf team officials & sponsors at Trigg Point. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1977 WASRA President Tony Harbison speaking to the media at Trigg Point. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1977 WA judge Greg Laurenson & competitor Colin Earle at Trigg Point. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1977 Media and sponsors at State Team departure. Ric Chan pic.

Photo: 1977 Sponsor’s representatives at State Team departure. Ric Chan pic.

1977 Australian Surfing Titles held in NSW

Contest heats were held in stormy conditions at Warriewood, Palm Beach & Collaroy. The finals and grand finals were held in near perfect 6-8ft Narrabeen lefts and rights.

WA’s Arty Sherburn won the Senior Men’s division of the Australian Surfing Titles.

He avenged his second placing in the same event the previous year and became the first West Australian surfer to win an Australian Title after 14 years of National competition.

Photo: 1977 WASRA President Tony Harbison presenting the National Senior Men’s Title trophy to Arty Sherburn (WA) in Sydney NSW. Photo courtesy of Arty Sherburn.

Arty’s surfing mate Barry Young finished 6th in the Senior Mens and WA’s Ross O’Brien came fifth in the Kneeboard division.

In the Open division WA surfers Tony Hardy and Bruce Hocking made it into the second round semi-finals and Chris Fulston was unlucky to miss out on a berth in the final.

WA judge Greg Laurenson was rated the fourth best judge at the Titles.

Contest Results:

Open: 1. Col Smith (Sydney) 2. Col Smith (Newcastle) 3. Andrew McKinnon (Vic)

Junior: 1. Chris Bryne 2. Tom Carroll 3. Steve Wilson (all NSW).

Senior: 1. Arty Sherburn (WA) 2. C Coulsen (Vic) 3. G Black (Qld).

Kneeboard: 1. Peter Crawford 2. J Waterworth 3. G Wilson (all NSW).

Women: 1. L Goebels (Qld) 2. V Burke (NSW) 3. G Couper (Vic).

WA surf journo Randell Owens covered the National Titles in his West Coast Tubes surf column in the Sunday Independent Newspaper on 29 May 1977.

Image: 1977 Randell Owens’ coverage of the National Surf Titles. Courtesy of Arty Sherburn.

Photo: 1977 WASRA Annual Award Presentation at Karrinyup Tavern. Adrian Wilson is presenting an award to Arty Sherburn. Tony Harbison is the MC in the background. Ric Chan pic.

Arty is now retired and lives in Cowaramup in the South West. He is still a talented surfer.

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1960s Surfers Balls

Surfers Balls were popular with board club based surfers and attracted big crowds during the 60s.

The Balls were run by WASRA, board clubs and some non-surfing organisations.

1. Annual Surfers Ball

In 1965 the West Australian Surf Rider Association (WASRA) commenced running Annual Surfers Balls at the South Perth Civic Centre.

Photo: 1965 First Annual Surfers Ball at South Perth Civic Centre. Photo courtesy of Tina Wilson.

L-R George Goddard, Jeanne Abbott, Tina Daly & Joe Wilson.

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Photo: 1966 Second Annual Surfers Ball at South Perth Civic Centre. Photo courtesy of Ron Moss.

L-R Alan Cleaver, Lyn, Connie, Ron Moss, Kathy Ward, Jim King, Rob Halliday, Elizabeth Pearson, others unidentified.

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Photos: 1966 Second Annual Surfers Ball at South Perth Civic Centre. Photo courtesy of Ron Moss.

L-R City Beach surfer Ronald Moss with Kathy Ward (left) and Connie (right).

 

Photo: 1966 Second Annual Surfers Ball at South Perth Civic Centre. Photo courtesy of Brian Cleaver.

L-R Brian Cleaver & Maureen Davies.

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Image: 1967 Entry ticket to the Third Annual Surfers Ball at South Perth Civic Centre. Image courtesy of Jim King.

1967 3rd Annual Surfers Ball - J King pic

Images: 1967 Newspaper cuttings from Third Annual Surfers Ball at South Perth Civic Centre. Images courtesy of WA Newspapers.

Left: Colin & Jenny Cordingley. Right: Ron Hutton (Doorman), Robyn Ronchi & Michael Wynne from North Beach.

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Images: 1967 Newspaper cuttings from Third Annual Surfers Ball at South Perth Civic Centre. Images courtesy of Alex Regos & WA Newspapers.

L-R Prisca Mackaay, Elizabeth Pearson & Penny Harvey

Photo: 1969 Fifth Annual Surfers Ball at South Perth Civic Centre. Photo courtesy of Brian Cleaver.

L-R Penny Harvey & Brian Cleaver.

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2. Other surfers Balls

The Yallingup Board Club ran annual Balls for their members.

Photo: 1965 Yallingup Board Club Ball pre-dinner drinks. Photo courtesy of Tina Wilson.

L-R Don McDonald, Joe Wilson & Alan McGilvray with Jeanne Abbott, Tina Daly and Louise Bojear.

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Photo: 1965 City Beach surfers John ‘Basil’ Hanley  and Carol McDonald (Dec’d) at PWD Ball. Photo courtesy of Carol McDonald & the Daily News.

Photo: 1960s Ball held at the Palace Hotel in Perth. Peter Dyson pic.

L-R Blue Burridge, Peter Dyson Ned Franetovich & Richard Burridge (girls unidentified).

Photo: 1960s Fancy Dress Ball held at Embassy Ball Room in Perth. Peter Dyson pic.

L-R Jeff Hanson, Don McDonald, Peter Dyson, Hume Heatley & Dave Condon.

Photo: 1968 Peter ‘Rinso’ Wise and partner at University Ball held at Embassy Ballroom in Perth. Photo courtesy of Rinso.

During the late 60s & early 70s participation in Board clubs and interest in Balls waned, so the annual Surfers Balls were discontinued.

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1960s WA Board Clubs – Part #2 Photo Galleries

Continued from 1960s WA Board Clubs – Part #1 History

1960s WA Board Clubs – Part #2 Photo Galleries (in chronological order)

Photos: City Beach Board Club 1953-57. Photos courtesy of Ray Geary & John Budge.

Top: (Left) 1956 City Beach tea rooms L-R Ian Scott, Don Roper, Ray Geary & Ian Chapple. (Right) 1950s City Beach cadet clubbies Ron Drage, Dave Williams, Cocko Killen & Eugene ‘Mick’ Mickle.

Bottom: (Left) 1956 Ray Geary’s Essex Super 6 at City Beach L-R Barry Gallon, Artie Taylor, Ray Geary, Rob Wakefield & Colin Taylor. (Right) 1950s First Anniversary held at the Pagoda Ballroom in South Perth L-R John Budge, Colin Taylor, Joy, Alma, Artie Taylor, Mark Whittome, unknown, Sandra, Barry ‘Stretch’ Gallon, unknown, Ray Geary & Helen.

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Photo: 1961 North End Board Club at Scarborough. Peter Longley, Jim ‘Lik’ McKenzie, Jim Breadsell, W Smith, Geoff Culmsee, B Sales & B Hunt. Photo courtesy of Murray Smith.

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

Photo: 1962 West Coast crew at Caves House Yalls. Des Gaines, Alan Hamer, Dave Williams, Bob Keenan, Ray Evans, Kevin Merifield & Terry Williams. Photo courtesy of Brian Cole.

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Photo: 1962 Len Dibben, Rob Birch, Jeff Dalzeil & other Cottesloe boys at Rotto. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben

1962 Rottnest Len Dibben & Cottesloe surfing mates - Len Dibben pic

Photo: 1963 West Coast Girls at Cottesloe. Tina Daly, Jeanne Abbott & Stef Meyer. Photo courtesy of WA Newspapers.

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Photos: 1963-67 City Beach grommets. Photos courtesy of Trevor Burslem, Norm Bateman, Jim King & others.

Top: Charlie Roper & Ernie Potter. Mark Waddell & Rod Bothwell. Barry King, Zac Kochanowitsch & Brian Boynes.

Middle: Ron Moss headstand. Glen Carroll, Ross Utting & David Moss. Barry Day & Colin Moss.

Bottom: Grommets outside Tea Rooms at City Beach.

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Photos: 1964 South Side boys. Photos courtesy of Bill Mitchell & Lance Patterson

(Left) Rocky Point L-R Bill Mitchell. Russell Green, Bill McDonald & Peter Oliver.

(Right) Avalon L-R John Tagney, Jock Lawrie, Allan ‘Chubby’ Stiles, & Lance Patterson.

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Photo: 1964 founding members Miami Board Club. Photo courtesy of Tom Collins.

L-R Derek Hilton, Alan Hilton, Wayne Huxley, (decd) Alan Nicholson.

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Photo: 1965 Yalls Board Club members at Yalls. Photo courtesy of Sonny James

L-R. M Waddell, F Lochowitch, B Oddy, J Pozzi, P Bothwell, T James, C Brent-White, K Woods, G Berry, T Baskerville.

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Photo: 1965 Surfari Board Club members John Ventouras & Noel Sweeny with Noel’s MG-B sports car with custom-made surf-racks at Geraldton’s back beach. Noel Sweeny pic.

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Photo: 1966 Southern Surf Riders at Halls Head Mandurah. Photos courtesy of Mick Layzell.

(Back) I Cairns, J Collis, P Stephens, D Ellis, J Rousell.

(Front) G Smith, M Jones, A Cook, J Jones, A Sherburn, E Warner, J Law, M Layzell.

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Photo: 1966 Steve Mathews Boomerang Board Club. Photo courtesy of Errol Considine.

1966 Steve Mathews Boomerang Board Club Scarb - tv reporter NSW

Photos: 1960s Scarborough Board Club boys. Photos courtesy of Brian Trainer & Gooselegs pics.

Left: (top) 1969 Scarborough Board Club meeting at Scarborough. (bottom) 1969 Club surf trip to Cowaramup.

Right: (top) 1966 Brian & Percy Trainer (inaugural WASRA President) at Scarborough. (middle) 1966 6PR comp Gary ‘Goose Legs’ Vaughan, unidentified & Ian ‘Spydor’ Taylor (bottom) 1967 Scarborough Chuck Morton-Stewart, Greg Vulich, Dave Pearce & Steve Dewey.

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Photo: 1967 Gary Greirson (17) from Tangaroa Board Club with 11ft Hawke Surfboard at Melville. Photo courtesy of Gary Greirson.

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Photos: North Coast Board Club members.

Top: 1969 Mick Wynne holidaying at Denmark & 1970s Russell Quinlivan at Trigg.  Photos courtesy of Wynne & Quinlivan families.

Bottom: 1973 Errol Considine with Richard Harvey & Ric Chan at Margs & 1977 Greg Laurenson at Trigg Ric Chan pics.

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Photos: 1969 Craig Bettenay (City Beach) and Ricky Lobe (Cottesloe) surfing City Beach north side. Left: Craig. Right: (top) Craig & Ricky relaxing on beach. Craig is in his school uniform.(bottom) Ricky. Ric Chan pic.

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Photos: 1970 Cottesloe Board Club boys. Left: Phil Taylor at Yalls & Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell at Cottesloe. Ric Chan pics. Right: 1972 Cottesloe boys at Trigg. Unidentified, Phil Taylor & Nick Golowyn. Rinso pic.

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Photos: 1970’s Dolphins Board Riders. Photos courtesy of Tom Blaxell & Ric Chan.

Top: 1970s Kevin Merifield at Trigg. 1970 Dave Williams with Mark Paterson at Yalls.

Bottom: 1971 Tom Blaxell at Blaxell Surf Shop Osborne Park. 1972 Dolphins Board Riders footy team at Deanmore Park Scarborough.

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Photo: 1973 Surfers Inc member Chris Reynolds surfing Injidup car park. Ric Chan pic.

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Thanks for all the Board Club photos.

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1976 A Brief History of SW Surfing

In 1976 ‘A Brief History of SW Surfing‘ was published in WASRA’s Spring Titles Program. It contained the provision ‘as far as we have been able to ascertain’….so some of the material may be a bit rubbery!

The Spring Titles Program cover featured a photo of Margaret River surfer Ric Gath. Ric was amongst the first wave of young WA surfers to pioneer big wave riding in the Margaret River region. In 1988 he designed the original Gath helmet for surfers, sailors, white water paddlers, kiteboarders, skydivers and rescue services.

Image: 1976 Ric Gath surfing on front cover Spring Titles Program. Image courtesy of WASRA.

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Image: 1976 WASRA’s ‘A Brief History of SW Surfing’ Page #1

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Image: 1976 WASRA’s ‘A Brief History of SW Surfing’ Page #2

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Image: 1976 How Big Does it Get? Courtesy of WASRA Spring Titles Program

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Images: 1976 advertisers in Spring Titles Program #1. Images courtesy of WASRA.

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Images: 1976 advertisers in Spring Titles Program #2. Images courtesy of WASRA.

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Images: 1976 advertisers in Spring Titles Program #3. Images courtesy of WASRA.

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1960’s Murray Smith

WA surfing legend Murray ‘Muzz’ Smith won numerous WA State Surfing Titles through the 60s & 70s & an Australian Masters Title in 1980. He also established a reputation as a talented surfboard shaper and in 2014 was made a Life Member of Surfing WA for his contribution to WA surfing.

Photo: 1962 Murray surfing an empty right hander at Yallingup. Photo credit Glen Campbell from Dolphins Board Club .

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During 1965-66 Murray worked as a barman at Caves House Yallingup to help supplement his surfing lifestyle.

Photos: (Left) 1966 Murray outside Caves House Yalls. (Right) 1966 Murray State Open Surfing Champion. Photo credits Murray Smith.

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Photo: 1966 Murray outside his parents place at Scarborough. Photo credit Murray Smith.

1966 Scarb Murray Smith outside parents place - Jim Breadsell pic

In 1967 WASRA featured an image of Muzz surfing the North Mole on the front cover of the ‘Fourth State Surf Riding Championships held at Yallingup’ competition booklet. Fun waves at the North Mole surf break became extinct when the Fremantle Port Authority built the Rous Head Harbour at the site.

Image: 1967 WASRA Fourth State Surf Riding championship booklet courtesy of WASRA.

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Photo: 1969 Murray surfing Jakes Point at Kalbarri. Photo credit Jim Breadsell

1969 Kalbarri Jakes Murray Smith - Jim Breadsell pic

In 1994 WASRA bought out a 30 Year Reunion t-shirt. The image on the t-shirt featured WA surfers Dig Dagali, Jenny Shackley & Murray Smith.

Image: 1994 WASRA t-shirt image L-R Dig, Jenny & Murray. Image courtesy of Murray Smith.

1994 WASRA Reunion  T-shirt Dig Dagali. Jenny Shackley & Muzz @ Scarb

Muzz is now retired from the Surfing Industry and shares his time surfing South West and North West waves.