• EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm This is most likely the only photograph of surfing’s most renowned rogues/rebels together. Mickey had just pulled into town, unexpected of course, and here they sit on the fence on Jonson Street, Byron Bay, discussing where the best waves and opportunities lie. I love this photo showing the contrast in style: Mickey’s Italian leather shoes and groomed attire versus Russell’s country boy bare feet and scruffy long hair. And, of course, a Byron Bay when it was a sleepy town.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm I didn’t know Jimmy well but I knew his large, exuberant father, who was a famous television wrestler called Tally Ho Blears back when TV wrestling was at its peak. Tally Ho was one of the top organizers and commentators in Hawaiian surf contests and paddle events in the 60s. I believe this is when Jimmy began competing. He won the 1972 World Surfing Champions held in Oceanside California.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm The dynamic, wide ranging and raging personality of Peter has left his mark on the world of surfing. Smiling and vivacious, he is an original thinker: the one who conceived and implemented the first man-on-man format to surfing competition and introduced surfing to China. This same year, 1970, he won the Australian National Titles. Not shy in expressing his views Peter did ruffle the feathers of the surfing power structure. His surfing style was strongly aggressive but very controlled, linked and sturdy. Peter seemed to be always in the motion of making changes in established ways and challenging the staid and standard public perceptions. Recently, Peter has become a woman called Westerly.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm This picture I took has always fascinated and captured me. The girl is a sculptural beauty and a good representation of a surfing girl. I think she may have been a competitor in the event. Gleaming wet in her shiny black wetsuit she seems to be contemplating her latest surfing experience or perhaps the result of her latest heat in the contest. I wish I could find out who she is. Until then we can all enjoy the romance and imagination of the unknown blonde haired girl in her wetsuit.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm Garth Murphy was one of the early American surfers to settle in Byron Bay. He was my friend and business associate from California who I came to visit in Byron in 1970. I never really left the place completely after that. Russell was Queensland’s State Surfing Champion in the late 60s. He was an excellent surfer in constant motion with a very smooth style in, and out, of the water. After the 1968 World Surfing Championship in Puerto Rico, Russell became shy of competition and lead a more ellusive life. I met him in Kauai when he and Garth stayed with me and surfed perfect point waves at Hanalei Bay in 1969. Russell had come there to pick up his brand new Dick Brewer board. This photo catches his wily nature. His nickname at the time was ‘la Ruse’ French for fox, or so we thought, for those who don’t know.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 100 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 26.5cm x 40cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 52cm x 42cm The style of the swimsuit and the harmonious colour of the stacked surfboards capture the look of the era. This image is a good representation of the strength and confidence women were bringing on to the beaches and into our surfing culture at that time. For years her identity was a mystery to me so we called the young woman in this photo ‘Bikini Girl’ though we figured she was a competitor. Then I found this beautiful ‘Bikini Girl,’ in New Zealand.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 50 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 40cm x 60cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 85.6cm x 68.2cm I have many photos of Russell at this time as he was always around yet he was hard to keep up with in any way. He was an enigmatic figure in the era of the 60s and 70s, always in motion and forever mysterious. Where he was, and what he was doing, was to him not necessarily any of your bees’ wax (business). He always had an interesting car, a Cheshire cat smile and looked like he had just come in from a good surf. But he did not want to be photographed. Somehow I was able to capture him. He sure was photogenic.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 50 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 40cm x 60cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 85.6cm x 68.2cm Surf love. What keeps a surfer motivated and warm in body and heart when not riding waves and when wetsuits were not as snug as they are today? A post surf session good wrap up in blanket and the closeness of female companionship. In the background wearing the bandana with large sideburns is Dale Dobson, switchfoot from California, who could do anything on a surfboard and an unknown wearing the Bells contest t-shirt.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 50 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 40cm x 60cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 85.6cm x 68.2cm We used to be able to drive in and park on the hill near the headland at Lennox if you had a four- wheel drive. This was Paul Witzig’s International truck with the peace sign on the inside of the back door. Not every other surfer had one in those days. Paul was filming Sea of Joy. This is my favorite lifestyle shot that shows what we were all into at that time, the perfect Lennox Head point day. Ah, when time suspended into long, warm sun-drenched sessions. The consistent quality waves here were the main dynamic energy source and common denominator. They gave us life force.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 50 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 40cm x 60cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 85.6cm x 68.2cm Lennox Point, as we called it The Ox, was and still is, to me the ultimate wave and place of North Coast surfing. It is my ultimate surfing pleasure. In the morning when you drive up to the headland and see the lines of a new big south swell, your heart rate cranks. In those days it was a cleared cattle paddock. If this scene were today the roadway would be jammed packed with vehicles from all states and surfers from all nations. Lennox Point is now a dedicated National Surfing Reserve, in recognition of its special meaning to surfers everywhere.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 50 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 40cm x 60cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 85.6cm x 68.2cm Cool and composed from Huntington Beach California. Absolutely the master of nose riding and a top stylist (both in and out of the water) in his day. Here, he was in the parking lot at Bells. There were no waves. He came in from LA, had a look, and went home. It didn’t fit his style and mood at the time. The stylish hat is from a famous LA designer, whose name escapes me.
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  • EDITION: 1 to 50 STOCK & PRINT: Giclée prints on Moab Natural Paper. All prints are supplied in matt & backed. IMAGE SIZE: 40cm x 60cm (approx). OUTSIDE MEASUREMENT: 85.6cm x 68.2cm Jenny was part of the original group of the Sydney surfing scene to trail blaze to the North Coast of NSW to pioneer a different way of life than what the city had to offer. She was always a most generous hostess when all the hungry surfers came into her, and her then husband, Lester’s home. In later years she opened the first organic bakery, called Jenny Cakes, in the Orient building on the corner of Jonson and Lawson Sts, Byron Bay. Lester, was Byron Bay’s first surfing solicitor, and also a co-founder/owner of the renowned restaurant/bar/café Dinty’s on Jonson St. just near the intersection with Lawson St. There was many a wild time at Dinty’s. That’s another story.
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