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WA Surfing Identities – Then & Now images #3

This is a collection of Old and New images of WA surfing identities from various photographers.

Series #3 contains images of the following surfers:-

  1. Murray Smith
  2. Barry Day
  3. Tom Collins
  4. Melanie Redman – Carr
  5. Ian ‘Prive’ Morris
  6. Jim ‘Lik’ McKenzie
  7. Norm Bateman
  8. Peter Dyson

Murray ‘Muzz’ Smith – retiree Yallingup/Exmouth

Left: 1970 Muzz building surfboards in old laundry at Prevelly Park, Margaret River. Jim Breadsell pic

Right: 2013 Muzz and Peter ‘Spook’ Bothwell chatting in bus stop at Yallingup Beach. Jim King pic.

Barry ‘Baz’ Day – retiree Halls Head suburb of Mandurah.

Left: 1972 Baz competing in State Surf Titles held at Yalls. Ric Chan pic.

Right: 2008 ‘Aloha’ Baz relaxing at Quindalup. Loz Smith pic.

Tom Collins – retired surf photographer Karridale

Left: 1972 Tom Collins on Kalbarri surf trip. Tom Collins pic.

Right: 2013 Tom and Pat Collins with Jim King at Karridale. Jim King pic.

Melanie Redman-Carr – school teacher Yallingup

Left: 1988 Melanie (age 13) at Yallingup. Redman family pic.

Right: 2017 Melanie with son Wyatt at Yallingup. Jim King pic.

Ian ‘Prive’ Morris – retiree Dunsborough.

Left: 1976 skinny Prive on surf trip to Arugam Bay in Sri Lanka. Prive pic.

Right: 2017 Prive on retiree seat at Yallingup. Jim King pic.

Jim ‘Lik’ McKenzie – retiree Dunsborough

Left: 1960 James ‘Lik’ (14) camping under melaleucas at Yalls with Murray Smith in hammock.  James ‘Lik’ pic.

Right: 2004 YalMal 20th celebrations Bowtie & Boardies ball held at Surfside. L-R  Peter Dyson, Julie Angel & Jim ‘Lik’. Loz Smith pic.

Norm Bateman – architect Trigg.

Left: 1975 Sandie and Norm Bateman modelling in Ocean Wet Suits promotion at Trigg. Ric Chan pic.

Right: 2014 Surfing WA 50 Year Anniversary held at Margs. L-R Ric Chan, Norm Bateman, George Simpson & Ric Gath. Jim King pic.

Peter ‘Dyso’ Dyson – retiree Bali.

Left: 1965 Peter Dyson lead singer of popular Perth band ‘The Banned’. Peter Dyson pic.

Right: 2015 siblings Nina Jones and Peter Dyson at YBC reunion held at Caves House. Loz Smith pic.

Some of the crew have worn well, others are a little weathered. They may not be as polished in the water these days, but most of them are still surfing & having fun!

Enquire on Surfing Down South web site to view previous Then & Now images.

Coming soon WA Surfing Identities – Then & Now images #4.


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‘The Dazzling Young Riders’ Photo Exhibition – Greg Woodward images #2 Cottesloe Beach

Greg Woodward was a WA surf photographer and writer from 1966 to 1974.

He photographed in Perth, Mandurah and Cape Naturaliste and contributed photos and articles to the then brand new OZ surf magazine called ‘Surf International’.

Click on this link to view Greg Woodward surf photographer profile published 26 April 2017.

In May this year, Greg held an exhibition of his beach life photos. The exhibition titled ‘The Dazzling Young Riders’ was held at Nyisztor Studios, 391 Canning Highway Melville/Palmyra from 6-21 May 2017.

There were approximately 80 images in the exhibition, about a third of which were guys surfing. The rest were beaches, waves, bikinis, sunbathers and a few portraits.

Greg has kindly allowed Surfing Down South to display some of his 1960-70s photos.

This is the second instalment of images from Greg’s exhibition.


1966-76 Cottesloe Beach images by Greg Woodward.


Photo #1. 1966 Ian Cairns (Southern Surf Riders Board Club) competing in a surfing contest at The Isolated, Cottesloe.


Photo #2. 1966 Ian Cairns competing in a surfing contest at The Isolated, Cottesloe.


Photos #3. 1966 Unidentified surfer at The Isolated, Cottesloe.


Photo #4. 1967 Cottesloe surfer Eleanor Proud (dec’d) modelling for Greg Woodward article in Surf International magazine.


Photo #5. 1968 Craig Bettenay (City Beach Board Club) surfing on a modified coolite at Cottesloe.


Photo #6. 1972 Body Surfer at Cottesloe.


Photo #7. 1973 The Pylon at Cottesloe Beach.


Photo #8. 1973 crowd at Cottesloe Beach.


Photo #9. 1973 strolling on the promenade at Cottesloe Beach.


Photo #10. 1974 Sunbaking at Cottesloe Beach.


Photo #11. 1974 Cottesloe pavilion and beach.


Photo #12. 1974 Cottesloe Beach frolic


Photo #13. 1974 picnic on Cottesloe Beach.


Photo #14. 1974 High heels on Cottesloe Beach.


Photo #15. 1974 no surf day at Cottesloe Beach.


Photo #16. 1974 picket fence at Cottesloe.


Photo #17. 1974 Cottesloe pavilion.


Photo #18. 1976 Windsor outdoor cinema at Nedlands.


Photo #19. 1972 coming storm at Cottesloe.


Greg is now retired and lives with his wife Anne in Perth.

Click on this link to view The Dazzling Young Riders’ Photo Exhibition – Greg Woodward images #1 Scarborough Beach 

Coming soon ‘The Dazzling Young Riders’ Photo Exhibition – Greg Woodward images #3 Trigg Beach.


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2017 YBR Single Fin Theory contest images by Loz Smith

Yallingup Boardriders (YBR) 18th Single Fin Theory event was held Saturday 7 Oct 2017 in blustery conditions at Injidup car park.

Competitors rode their own pre 80s original single fin surfboards or chose from a quiver of retro single fin surfboards made available for the event by Margaret River’s Bill Gibson.

The standard of surfing was high and the boys were competitive.

Congratulations to Chris ‘Chapstar’ Chapman, Aaron ‘Tony’ Carr and Paul ‘Antman’ Paterson for running the successful community based event.

Retired Pro surfer Taj Burrow won the event from Marty Chandler, Tim Hawken and Antman.

Click on this link to view Viv Davidson’s article Taj trims to victory in single fin in the Busselton-Dunsborough Mail Oct 11.

Many thanks to SW surfer/photographer Laurie ‘Loz’ Smith for sharing his photos of the 2017 event.

1. Surf Contest Injidup Car Park

Photos #1: Contest officials and spectators.

Top: (Left) Rainbow over Injidup bay. (Right) spectators on the viewing deck

Bottom: (Left) contest officials in tent. (Right) Judges view of surf line-up.

Photos: #2 Antman ripping in all weather conditions

Photos #3:  Contest winner Taj Burrow.

Top: (Left) Taj selecting a Sunrise Surfboard by Dappa from Bill Gibson’s vintage surfboard collection. (Right) Taj with Dappa board on the steps at Inji.

Bottom: (Left) Taj floater (Right) Taj snap.

Photo #4:  Kyle Edwards air drop.

Photo# 5 Danny ‘Dog’ Paterson executing a difficult headstand manoeuvre.

Photo #6 Annual group photo – Inji car park.

Photos #7 Inji car park capers.

Top: (Left) Adz and Todd (Right) Antman, Alfie, Dave, Isaac unidentified x 2

Bottom: (Left) Aaron, Ding, Marty, unidentified. (Right) Bill Gibson and unidentified bloke who doesn’t feel the cold.

Photos# 8 Inji car park capers contd.

Top: Garth Mullumby, Toby (from Burleigh Heads) and Micko.

Bottom: (Left) Tim Hawken’s son with Damon Eastaugh. (Right) Tim Hawken with his son.

Photo #9 Finalists photo shoot pre final.

L-R Marty, Antman, Taj and Tim

Photos #10 Finalists leaving the water after the final.

Top: Marty and Antman

Bottom:  Taj and Tim.

2. Presentations Caves House Yallingup

Prize presentations were held at Caves House Yallingup.

The 40 contestants won sponsors prizes worth more than the entry fee. Even if they lost in the 1st heat, they still won a prize. The most unique part is that the winner doesn’t necessarily win the top prize, as all competitors go into a Lotto style draw to collect their prize. Finalists won addition prizes. Chapstar’s custom made single fin was the most sort after prize.

Photo # 11 Chappy finishing the prize Chapstar single fin surfboard.

Photos #12: Contest prizes and winners

Top: (Left) Contest prizes (Right) custom trophies made by Luke ‘Skully’ Sutherland

Bottom: (Left) Bill Gibson won a bike. (Right) Alfie Carter won the Chapstar surfboard.

Photos #13: Winner and grinners

Left: winner Taj with trophy

Right: grinners Mark McKinnon, Jason Simpson and Danny ‘Dog’ Paterson.

Yallingup Boardriders thanked the local Surf Industry and community for supporting the SFT event.

Click on these links to view more YBR Single Fin Theory material.

2015 YBR Single Fin Theory contest published 1 Nov 2015

Yallingup Boardriders Club Facebook page


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1988 Yallingup Malibu Surf Classic social images by Jo Felton

The annual Yallingup Malibu Surf Classic (Yal Mal) has been running continuously since 1985.

In 1988 the contest was held in good waves at Yallingup and SW surfing legend Bob Monkman won the first of his four Yal Mals.

On the Saturday Night a Mal Function was held at Yallingup Hall.

Contest presentations were held at the Sunday Session in the beer garden at Caves House Yallingup.

Image: Cover of 1988 Yal Mal contest program.

Dunsborough’s Johanne ‘Jo’ Felton attended the ’88 Yal Mal and provided these social photos of the Mal Function and contest presentations.

Part 1. Mal Function held at Yallingup Hall.

Photo #1 Revellers enjoying drinks.

L-R Jenny Felton, Tania Hills, Maxine and Kenny Gimm and Alan Cough (dec’d).

Photos #2 Revellers

Mark Hills (age 22)“In 1988 I was so busy opening Hillzeez Surf Shop at Yallingup Beach (in the former Bali Hai Surf Hut) I don’t even remember attending the Mal Function.

Top: (Left) Deb Hills (Right) Prive dancing with Annie Malcolm and Gina Panonne. In the back ground are Ross Thompsett in yellow t-shirt and Robin Stevens

Bottom: (Left) Mark and Deb Hills with unidentified. (Right) surf photographer Kevin ‘Twiggy’ Sharland (dec’d).

Photos #3 Revellers.

Top: (Left) Brian Felton (dec’d) Jo’s dad trying to co-ordinate his feet on the dance floor. (Right) Mark Hills and unidentified revellers.

Bottom: (Left) Natalie Fuhrmann and Rob Stevens. (Right) Karen and Ron Baker.

Photos #4 Mal Function workers and revellers.

Yallingup residents Tony Chandler and Garth Hammond were barmen at the Mal Function.

Evan Hammond – I was there. I recall my dad and Tony having a great time drinking one for one with each other”. 

Top: (Left) Barmen Tony Chandler and Garth Hammond (dec’d). (Right) The stage set up with sound equipment.

Bottom: (Left) unidentified and Mark Hills. Karen Lloyd in the background. (Right) Deb and Tania Hills.

Part 2. Contest Presentations held at the Sunday Session in the beer garden at Caves House Yallingup.

Jo Felton – “El Toro Tequila sponsored the event. At the presentation the finalists were provided with the sponsors Lick-Sip-Suck t-shirts and El Toro boardies. All the guys were great mates, so I yelled out “better drop your pants and put on your new gear.” The crowd cheered and the boys being good sports dropped their daks and I jumped in and had my photo taken with them.”

Photo #5 Jo with Yal Mal Finalists.

L-R Dave Campbell, Ron Baker, Jo, Twiggy, George Simpson and Dave Sheen.

Photos #6 Finalists changing into their El Toro sponsor outfits.

Photo #7 Ian ‘Mitch’ Mitchell sitting on George Simpson with the other finalists looking on.

Photos #8 Contestants and spectators at the presentation.

Top: (Left) finalist Ron Baker collecting his award. (Right) Karen Baker and Belinda with Ron Baker.

Bottom: (Left) Belinda with Tania, Deb and Tash Hills and others. (Right) Scotty Richardson with Mark Hills.

Many thanks to Jo for sharing her photos.

Click on this link to view Yallingup Malibu Classic since 1985 published 2 December 2016.

The 2017 Yallingup Malibu Classic will be held 2 and 3 December at Yallingup Beach.


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1974 Ian Cairns ‘Professional Surfer’ Profile

In 1974 WA’s most spectacular and successful surfer Ian Cairns embarked on a career as a Professional Surfer.

Ian produced a ‘Professional Surfer’ profile documenting his background and surfing achievements and sought sponsorship from the establishment.

This article contains images of Ian’s ‘Professional Surfer’ folder containing his profile, media articles and a pamphlet on his signature surfboard design. Thanks to Barry Young of Yallingup for sharing this material with Surfing Down South.

Image #1 1974 Cover of Ian’s Professional Surfer profile.

Image #2 1974 Page 1 of Ian’s Professional Surfer profile.

Image #3 1974 Page 2 of Ian’s Professional Surfer profile.

Image #4 1974 Back cover of Ian’s Professional Surfer profile.

Image #5 1974 Ian’s “The Hawaiian Model” surfboard pamphlet.

Image #6 Ian’s surfing media articles.

Ian’s professional surfer profile bore fruit locally. In 1974 the Bond Corporation sponsored his surfing activities. Ian publicised surfing as a part of Bond Corporation’s huge resort development called ‘Sun City’ on the Yanchep coast north of Perth. See Doug White’s surf column below.

Image #7 1974 Doug White’s Wave Length column courtesy of The Sunday Times.

In 1976 Ian was runner-up in the World Surfing Championships and joined up with 1976 World Champion Peter Townend QLD and Mark Warren NSW in The Bronzed Aussies. The BA’s were a talented surfing troupe created to further the cause of professional surfing. They were the first group of commercial surfers in the early days of professionalism.

Ian won major surfing contests in Hawaii including the Smirnoff Pro event at Sunset Beach from Hawaiian Jeff Hakman in December 1973, the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational Surfing Championship in 1975 and World Cup events in 1976 and 1980.

Ian’s Biography by author Wayne Murphy is due to be published in 2018.