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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.

1966 Surfers Ball far right Mick Mc Gowen Yanchep R Moss pic

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.

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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.

1969 Surfers Ball Penny & Brian Cleaver

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 Surfing in the South West – Peter Dyson

Young Dalkeith surfer Peter ‘Dyso’ Dyson started surfing down south in the early 60’s. In 1966 he become a member of the Yallingup Surf Board Club and purchased a beach shack on the hill at Yallingup.

These are Peter’s 1960s Down South recollections and photos.

Beach Shack Yallingup

In the mid 60s I rented a beach shack on Elsegood Road Yallingup from the Bonser family. In Feb 1966 they sold me the property for $3,000. The shack was one of five beach shacks built on the hill in the early 50s by Yallingup pioneer Ting Hammond & family.

Photos: Late 1960s Yallingup Peter Dyson’s shack with his Holden HR panel van. (Bottom right) View from Peter’s shack across Valley Rd and Yallingup Caravan Park. Peter Dyson pics.

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My shack had power but no scheme water or sewerage. Lance Bevan (my first wife’s brother) and I dug trenches in the limestone cap rock (which is the prevalent rock in the area) for the sewerage system. We were assisted by Peter Bothwell who later bought the Ferguson shack a couple of blocks north of me.

Photos: Late 60s Peter Dyson and Lance Bevan digging sewerage trench at the beach shack. Peter Dyson pics.

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Photos: Late 60s socialising at Pete’s shack. Peter Dyson Pics.

Top: The Braesch family & kids holidaying at Peter’s place.

Bottom: (Left) Postcard image of Yallingup Beach. (Right) 1970s Unidentified, Ian ‘Prive’ Morris and Ross ‘Mahdu’ Anderson in the kitchen of Peter’s shack. Andy Jones pic.

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Photos: Late 60s beach girls at Pete’s shack Yalls. Peter Dyson pics.

Left: Robin Jebb (later married Spook Bothwell). Right: L-R Niobie Pericles, Jan Bevan, Robin Jebb & Mari Paterson.

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Photos: Late 60s beach boys at Pete’s shack Yalls. Peter Dyson pics.

Left: Ken Dyson (Peter’s dad) at the shack. Right: Peter enjoying a ‘King Brown’ beer in stubby holder with surfer Alex Chobanoff.

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Photos: 1960-70s SW images courtesy of Peter Dyson.

Left: 1960s Peter at Rocky Point with pintail surfboard. Right: 1970s Tony Harbison and Peter with big kingfish caught at Big Rock. Pic taken at Harbo’s house at Hideaway Homes Yalls.

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Surfing in the SW

The inaugural State Surfing Championships were held at Yallingup in 1964. Contest officials erected a judge’s stand on the reef to give the judges an uninterrupted view of the action. It was a good idea, but the scaffolding stand was washed away by waves before completion of the competition.

Image: 1964 Peter Dyson winning 4th heat in the Junior division of the first State Surfing Championships held at Yalls. Image courtesy of WA Newspapers.

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Photo: Mid 60s Dyso’s Kombi at Rocky Point. Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson

L-R John ‘Blue’ Burridge, Peter Dyson (on step ladder), Kevin Ager, Mick Maddren, John Balgarnie & Charlie Roper. John ‘Ned’ Franetovich is sitting on the roof.

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Photos: Late 1960s Pete surfing in the SW. Peter Dyson pics.

Top: Peter surfing the Farm at Bunker Bay.

Bottom: Peter surfing main break Yallingup.

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Photos: Late 1960s Pete’s surfing mates. Peter Dyson pics.

Left: Albany Surfing Comp officials include Dave Condon, Rod Slater & Colin Cordingley. Right: John Staley celebrating his 21st birthday in Bunbury.

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Photo: 1970 Yalls State Titles. Ric Chan pic

L-R Greg Laurenson, Peter Holzman, Ron Waddell, Bruce King, Robin Sutherland, Peter Dyson, Rod Slater, Giles Geiger, Steve Cockburn & John Balgarnie.

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Yallingup Surf Board Club

Photo: 1965 Yallingup Surf Board Club members at Yallingup (pre Dyso). 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 of Sonny James.

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In 1966 I was invited to join the prestigious Yallingup Surf Board Club. My YBC membership was probationary for 12 months and subject to review for any serious misconduct during that period. I was required to resign from my former board club Cottesloe Board Club and register with WASRA.

Images: 1966 Yallingup Surf Board Club memorabilia courtesy of Peter Dyson.

Left: YBC invitation letter to Peter signed by Club Secretary Bill Oddy. Right: Peter’s YBC membership card.

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This photo shows my Kombi loaded with surfboards parked outside the ‘No Parking’ sign in front of the Yallingup Surf Board Shack at Caves House Yallingup.

Photo: 1960s Yallingup L-R Peter Dyson, Kim ‘Dish’ Standish, Kevin Ager, Guy Laylor, Michael Bibby and 2 unidentified lads. Peter Dyson pic.

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BONUS PIC

In the 1990s Peter Clauson, Don Hancey & I were partners in the Surfside tenancy at Yallingup. I wore snake skin boots and added a karaoke machine to Surfside’s amenities. Turn-over picked-up and Surfside became a strong music scene with local musicians Vance Burrows, Gina Pannone, Leon Thomasian & others playing at the venue. It was a vibrant night spot and rivalled Caves House in entertainment.

I then sold my share in Surfside to Neil Anderson.

Photo: 1990s the five Peter’s at Surfside Yalls L-R Peter Clauson, Peter Kidd, Peter Shearer, Peter Dyson & Peter Davies. Neil Anderson pic.

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I still enjoy surfing, singing & sex…..those activities get my endorphins pumping!

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1960s WA Board Clubs – Part #1 History

There was a strong Board Club culture in WA in the 60s. You had to be a member of a Board Club and be affiliated with the West Australian Surf Rider Association (WASRA formed 1964) to compete in State Surf Riding Championships.

1960s Board Clubs (This list may be incomplete).

Boomerang
Casuarina (Bunbury)
City Beach
Cottesloe
Dolphins
Indiana (Bunbury)
Kontiki
Miami Surfinks
Mid Way
Moana
North Coast
North End
Sand n Sea
Scarborough
Southern Surfriders
Southside
Surfari
Surfers Inc.
Surfers United (Albany)
Tangaroa
Tarni
Warrain
West Coast
West Girls
Yallingup

Editor’s note: From 1953-57 Ray Geary and his surfing mates were members of the City Beach Board Club. It may be WA’s first board club and was the fore runner to the City Beach Surf Riders Club formed in 1961.

Images: 1976 Arty Sherburn’s WASRA membership card. Images courtesy of Arty Sherburn.

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Regular intra & inter club competitions provided the platform for surfers to compete and gain contest experience and rise to National & International levels, if talented enough. WA’s Ian Cairns was invited to compete in the 1970 World Surfing Titles held at Bells & Johanna beaches in Vic.

Rivalry between the Clubs was fierce in surfing competitions and social footy matches.

Successful clubs held fund raising social functions and were sponsored by local surfboard manufacturers and business organisations. They provided members with Club outfits (parkas, board shorts, t-shirts) and membership cards.

Warrain Board Club in conjunctions with media sponsors held an annual Paddle Through Perth board paddling race.

Images: 1965-69 Paddle through Perth images. Images courtesy of Len Dibben & surf journo Doug White & The Sunday Times.

Top: (Left) 1965 Paddle race contestants leaving Barrack St jetty. (Right) 1969 Doug White’s Wavelets report on ’69 paddle race.

Bottom: (Left) 1968 Paddle race contestants passing under Narrows Bridge & heading to Crawley Bay. (Right) 1968 Surfboard Manufacturer Len Dibben presenting 3rd place award to Kim ‘Dish’ Standish with Don McDonald in background.

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Most of the clubs were located in the metro area, however there were country clubs at Albany, Bunbury & Yallingup.

Some metro board clubs had the foresight to acquire Club shacks in the SW. West Coast,

Yallingup & Dolphins board clubs had club shacks at Caves House Yallingup.

Photo: 1962 West Coast Board Club shack with Laurie Burke’s FB Holden & the Ghost’s Holden panel van out front. Photo courtesy of Brian Cole.

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Photos: 1964 Board club shacks at Yallingup. Photos courtesy of Ernie Potter.

(Left) Dolphins shack. (Right) Yallingup & West Coast club shacks.

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North End, Southern Surf Riders & Southside board clubs had club shacks at Prevelly Park Margaret River.

Photos: Margaret River board shacks. Photos courtesy of Bill Mitchell & Murray Smith

(Left) 1964 Southside shack foundations. (Right) 1967 North End shack.

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Within the Club environment there were also Surf Teams sponsored by Surfboard Manufacturers. While sponsored Surf Teams were recognised, the individuals still competed for their Club in State Rounds.

Photo: 1965 Len Dibben Surf Team at Leighton Beach. Photo courtesy of Len Dibben.

L-R Rod Slater, Dave Richards, Jeff Jowlett, Steve Farbus, Teena Christon, Peter Stephens, Art Sherburn & Doug White.

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CLUB HISTORY (in alphabetical order)

City Beach Board Club 1953-57.

In 1953 Ray Geary (age 16) from Wembley started the City Beach Board Club with Graham Killen, Johnny Budge, Brian Cole and some keen surfing mates. Ray and the boys were former members of City Beach Surf Club. The owner of City Beach Tea Rooms gave the Club approval to dig out sand below the Tea Rooms and make an enclosure for Club meetings & surf board storage.  The Club had no President or Treasurer and did not hold surf competitions. Club members just surfed and had fun. Club members paid one-pound per year to cover costs of padlocks & chains etc on the enclosure. Ray was a sign writer and printed City Beach Board Club logos on t-shirts & trench coats for members.

The club folded in 1957 when club members started travelling to SW & NW waves.

Photos: 1954 Beach display article and Ray Geary, John Budge & other CBBC boys at City Beach. Images courtesy of Mandurah News, Ray Geary & John Budge.

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City Beach Surf Riders Club Inc. since 1961

City Beach Surf Riders Club Inc.(CBSR) was formed in 1961 by Peter Docherty & Viv Kitson (18 year old students ex Floreat). CBSR’s Barry King (Juniors) and Zac Kochanowitsch (Mens were WA’s first State Champions in ’64. In the late 60s Whisky-a-Go Go nightclub sponsored CBSR. The club is still operating today.

Images: CBSR memorabilia courtesy of Ron Moss & King family.

(Left) 2000 CBSR life membership Ron Moss.

(Middle) 1967-68 Bruce King with club memorabilia & FJ Holden sponsored by Whisky-a-Go Go night club.

(Right) Mid 1960s CBSR membership card & Competition Team sew-on badge & 1967-68 CBSR Club Calendar.

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Cottesloe Board Club

Dalkeith surfer Peter Dyson was a junior member of the Cottesloe Board club in the early 60s before he defected to the Yallingup Board Club in 1966.

Peter de Bruin – In 1969-70 Cottesloe board club was re-formed by a breakaway group who were former members of Tarni Board club. The first meetings were held at the Quakenbush household (Earl and Guy). I was the first president of the newly formed club.

Dolphins Surf Riders Club

Photos: 1960s Dolphins Surf Riders Club emblem & signed t-shirt. Photos courtesy of Jim McFarlane.

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Surfari Board Club 1963-66

Surfaris were set up as a purely social like-minded group of Cottesloe surfers in 1963 before folding and dissipating into separate ways in 1966.

Surfari members included Noel Sweeny, John Ventouras, Bill Oddy, John Balgarnie, Ray O’Neil, Trevor Baskerville, Russ Chapman, Trevor Orr, Graeme Copley, Barry Cain, John Pozzi & Michael Bibby.

Noel SweenyIt was great times for us all. John Ventouras, Trevor Baskerville, Russell Chapman, Bill Oddy & I still get together once or twice a year over coffees and loads of bullshit at Lido in Cottesloe.

Miami Surf Board Club

Photos: 1965 State & Club Womens Champ Teena Christon with her trophies and Tom Collin’s 2nd Club Mens Champs trophy.

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Mid-Way Board Club

Photos: 1964-65 Mid Way Board Club’s Arty Sherburn with his Dibben & Cole surfboard & home-made Mid Way Board Club wettie. Photos courtesy of Arty Sherburn.

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North Coast Surf Riders Club

North Coast Surf Riders Club was formed by ex Scarborough surfers Robin Sutherland, Greg Laurenson and Mike Wynne in 1969.

Errol Considine – My brother Jeff was the first President of the Club… and he designed the first club logo & cut the silk screen at home for the t-shirts – which were chocolate brown with an orange logo….both very cool colours then. I think Jeff & Gooselegs came up with the ‘69’ thing – naughty boyz!

I remember one North Coast Club comp on a Sunday at Halls Head with perfect 1-2 foot long left handers….it was a big swell and Southerly wind…and bloody freezing – that was before they built the groynes at the nearby mouth of the Mandurah estuary….have never seen waves at Halls Head again!!– Place getters Mike Wynne 1st and Bob Monkman 2nd.

Russell Quinliven, from Scarborough was a Junior member….I remember the boys got Russell (who was about 12 or 13, or maybe 14) really drunk at a club Sunday arvo keg….we took him home to Scarborough in Jeff’s Mini and kicked him out near Luna Park and I vividly remember him.

Photos: 2015 the late Russell Quinlivan modelling the North Coast ‘69’ t-shirt. Photos courtesy of Peta Quinlivan.

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Tarni Board Club

Tarni and City Beach board clubs held regular inter-club surfing comps and an annual footy match at Yanchep Oval.

Images: Howard Smith images courtesy of Sunday Times surf journo Doug White and Howard Smith.

(Left) 1969 Howard Smith elected President of Tarni Board Club. (Right) 2011 former Tarni President Howard Smith holidaying in Maldives with Ken Howie on the right.

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West Girls Board Club

In 1963 Cottesloe surfers Tina Daly, Jeanne Abbott & Stefanie Meyers were members of the West Girls Board Club. This was WA’s first all girl’s board club.

Images: 1960s West Girls Board Club members. Left: Stefanie Meyers, Right: (Top) Jeanne Abbott (Bottom) West Girls & others at 1964 (first) State Titles held at Yalls. Images courtesy of Jeanne Abbott & WA Newspapers.

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Yallingup Board Club

Yallingup Board Club (YBC) was formed in the early 60’s by a group of mainly Cottesloe based surfers. Colin Cordingley was President of YBC and an inaugural member. Cordingley Surfboards sponsored Yallingup Board Club.

Photos: YBC courtesy of A Orloff Studios Fremantle, Tina Wilson, Colin Morris & Peter Bothwell.

Top: 1964 undefeated YBC Club photo & club parka.
Bottom: 1960s Colin Morris’s YBC membership card & 1966 front door step YBC shack at Yalls on demolition day.

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Interest in Board Clubs started to wane during the 70s with surfers moving down south and to other region’s seeking solitude in the waves.

Coming soon 1960s WA Board Clubs Part #2 Photo Galleries

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1960s The Banned Band – Peter Dyson

In the mid 60s Peter ‘Dyso’ Dyson of Dalkeith was a member of the Yallingup Board Club and lead singer in popular Perth band ‘The Banned’.

The Banned band formed in 1965/66 and played at Perth’s top night clubs including Pinocchio’s, Top of Town, Whisky a Go Go and the Top Hat in Northbridge.

These are Peter’s ‘The Banned’ recollections and images.

It started with the Hale School Army Cadet Band. We spent time practising at the Northam Army camp & took our guitars and played pop tunes afterwards. It led to the formation of the ‘Rock n Roll’ band called The Banned.

We used to do School dances, Junior Farmers Balls & Surfers Cabarets.

The Banned was a back-up band for top Perth bands that had won the Battle of the Bands Competition held at The Capitol Theatre in Perth. E.g. Johnny Young and the Strangers.

Image: The Banned 1965 line-up. Image courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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Photo: 1967 The Banned photo shoot L-R Bob Darling, Graham Flintoff, Syd Armanasco, Peter Dyson and Rob Parker. Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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Photo: 1967 Peter ‘style master’ Dyson lead vocalist in The Banned decked out in eye catching striped pants. Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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Photo: 1966 The Banned in concert with Peter Dyson on lead vocals (2nd from right). Photo courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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Photo: 1966 The Banned performing at school dance. Peter Dyson pic.

L-R Leon Pericles, Bob Darling, Peter Dyson, Syd Armanasco & Bob Parker.

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Photo: 1966 The Banned social pics (Left) Peter Dyson on vocals. Right (Top) Mike Byrom (Young Blaydes band), Peter Dyson & John ‘Ned’ Franetovich (Bottom) Mike Byrom (Young Blaydes band), Peter Dyson, Graham Flintoff & John ‘Ned’ Franetovich.  Photos courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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I owned a VW Kombi van and used it for surfing and transporting the band to gigs. There were times when the band practiced in the van while driving around the streets of Dalkeith.

Photo: 1960s Peter & his school mates with his Kombi van & surfboards at Hale School. Photo Peter Dyson.

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‘The ‘Banned’, a collection of young fellows who must be the State’s equivalent to The Shadows – see music review below.

Image: 1967 Banned Band music review. Image courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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They sing, they play, and their sole aim is to entertain – not grow long hair and slump about creating images and smashing noise-level meters – see music review below.

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In one weekend at a Junior Farmers Ball in Esperance we made 600 pounds, enough to buy a block of land on the hill at Yallingup.

Image: 1966 The Banned playing at the Esperance Show Ball in the RSL Hall. Image Peter Dyson.

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Images: 1966 The Banned memorabilia – Courtesy of Peter Dyson.

Top: (Left) The Banned playing at Hellfire Club. (Right) The Banned manager John ‘Ned’ Franetovich’s business card.

Bottom: The Banned played at Yallingup Board Club’s Swell Nite held at Dalkeith Hall.

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Image: 1966 ‘Thank you’ letter to The Banned from Methodist Ladies College. Image courtesy of Peter Dyson.

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In the 70s The Banned wound up and I worked in the family business.

In the early to mid ‘80s I got back into the music industry in Bali (Kuta) and formed many bands. One of the bands, the ‘Crazy Horse Band’ is still a top band in Bali and I get to do ‘Guest Spots’ and sing with the band.

Back then Bali drummers carved drum sticks out of bamboo because music equipment was unavailable.

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Early 1960s SW surfing recollections by Mike Bibby

GETTING THERE

In the early 60’s trips down south were mainly limited to weekends and holidays as most of us were either at school or working. As teenagers we were lucky to get a lift with the older Yallingup Board Club (YBC) club members, Col Cordingley (Toyota Corona), Terry James (FJ Holden), Rob Birch (Falcon), Cliff Hills and others. There were no 4WD cars making trips to Rocky Point, Gallows and Guillotine an adventure with the cars having to be pushed over the boggy parts.

Images: 1964 Colin Cordingley’s Toyota Corona bogged on a damp Rocky Point track on d’Espeissis property. Still frame images ex Colin Cordingley Super 8 movie film.

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Images: 1964 Rob Birch’s Falcon battling water logged Rocky Point track on d’Espeissis property. Still frame images ex Colin Cordingley Super 8 movie film.

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The road from Mandurah to Bunbury was then an unsealed track and with no 4wd vehicles most of the crew would go via Pinjarra, often stopping at the Wokelup pub on the way. The sealed Old Coast Road was completed in September 1969.

As more got their driving licences it was easy to get a lift down south, with everyone kicking in for petrol. In 1965 it was the equivalent of 8.5 cents per litre.

Photos: (Left) 1966 Brian Boynes’s Ford Customline ex Qsld with Vance Cox (YBC) on the bonnet. (Right) 1964 Joe Wilson (YBC) with his Woody (Austin or Morris) & Smokey the dog at The Cove Cottesloe. Photos courtesy of Peter Bothwell & Arthur Sherburn.

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With very limited weather forecasts most would set off on Friday night regardless of the weather and take pot luck on how the surf would be for the weekend. Bruce King, Peter Mac, Micko Gracie and Bobbo Monkman probably set a record by driving down for 49 continuous weekends in a year (in the early 70s). If the waves were no good, it was always offshore at the pub (-:

SURFING

Images: 1964 Rocky Point. Clockwise from top. Mike Bibby nose ride & head dip, Geoff Berry & Terry James surfing Rocky Point. Still frame images ex Colin Cordingley Super 8 Movie film.

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Images: 1964 Rocky Point. Clockwise from top Mike Bibby, Geoff Berry, Rob Birch & Terry James. Still frame images ex Colin Cordingley Super 8 Movie film.

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Images: 1964 Rocky Point. Clockwise from top. Colin Cordingley & YBC mates, Terry James head dip, Mike Bibby rock hopping (no leg ropes) & bottom turn. Still frame images ex Colin Cordingley Super 8 Movie film.

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EXTRA ACTIVITIES

If there was no surf or the sea breeze had come in, Caves House was the focal point for everyone. Until 1970 the drinking age was 21, but with nearest police station in Busselton, it was not enforced unless there was trouble, and even then we had plenty of advance warning of a police visit. Rob Birch recalls one night in the front bar with things getting out of hand, when Bill Copley (the publican) shouted all those who are not 21 – OUT NOW, and the whole bar emptied! Having helpful barmen such as Murray Smith was a bonus to the teenagers.

On very calm days we would go free diving for crays off Yallingup, the catch brought back to the YBC shack and shared with whoever was down for the weekend with the obligatory 5 gallon keg. Peter Willey, then a young and ambitious Fisheries Officer, (and a Yallingup Board Club member) would threaten to book us for catching undersize crays but backed off when the guys turned on him.

Photos: (Left) 1960s John Harbison & Joe Wilson leaving YBC shack at Yalls to go cray fishing. (Right) 1964 Colin Cordingley’s Toyota Corona on Rocky Point track. Photos courtesy of Tina Wilson.

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Crabbing in Geographe Bay around Dunsborough and Quindalup was also on the agenda when the sea breeze came in. No scoop nets or crab nets, just a forked stick to trap the crab on the sand and then pick it up from the rear. Nobody managed to avoid being bitten, but the effort was always worth it.

Another non surfing activity was caving in the limestone caves to the south of the Caves House caravan park. They were unregulated and it was quite daunting to climb down into them with just a torch and no other equipment. A lot of stalactites and stalagmites were souvenired and eventually the caves sealed off.

If it was a hot day on the trip back to Perth, a stop to swim down the irrigation channels outside of Harvey would provide a welcome break (no air con in the cars). We would put our boards in the channel and “surf” down until we came to a gate in the channel and then it was a long walk back to the car.

Great times.
Mike Bibby.

BONUS PICS

Bonus pic #1. 2014 Colin Cordingley Remembrance lunch at Bill Oddy’s pub. L-R Dave Ellis, Mark Paterson, Rex Cordingley, Mike Bibby, Helen Backshell (Colin & Rex’s sister), Bill Oddy, Charles Campbell and Kim Standish. Photo courtesy of Mike Bibby.

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Bonus pic #2. 2015 Tina Wilson holding the late Joe Wilson’s 1960’s Cordingley Surf Team surfboard. Photo courtesy of Jim King.

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***1960s YBC REUNION/SURFERS GET TOGETHER***
CAVES HOUSE HOTEL 5PM SATURDAY, 19th MARCH 2016

Mike Bibby – It is a year since the hanging of the 60s YBC team photo at Caves House Hotel, Yallingup. Pete Dyson said he wanted to make it an annual get together of all surfers from the 60’s and 70’s, so come to Caves House at around 5pm on Saturday 19th March 2016.