NN Saturday Boardriders session looking a little like the NSW State Titles of 1969.
North Narrabeen Boardriders monthly club contest has been, over the years, a great meeting of local surfing and industry movers and shakers.
It is no different today, some of the faces and names are familiar and there are a lot of new names making an impact either in surfing or board making.
We (NN), have always been an industry community, in the golden era late 60’s thru the 70’s we boasted industry figures such as Geoff McCoy, TF Terry Fitzgerald and Col Smith.
As boardmakers you would be happy to have just one world class surfer shaper, we had 2 in TF and Col, and Geoff was a good surfer and definitely the number 1 board maker for a time in Australia.
So we were very fortunate, our equipment was cutting edge, right up to date, best in the world.
We also had have a world class beach break with ever changing conditions for variation of the surfing experience, sometimes long lefts or short rights, to the occasional ultimate barrelling conditions and at times poor banks and surf.
I have many memories of this beach and in particular the wave.
The first time I laid eyes on it was with my brother who just received his license and we drove up from Collaroy.
The waves were 3 to 4 feet and perfect lefts and rights. The lefts were up to 200 meters long and the rights 100 meters. I remember surfing the rights initially for an hour or so and then finally drifting down to the left peak and sampling my first Narrabeen left.
In 1969 I watched my first surfing contest the 1969 NSW State Titles at North Narrabeen; it was 3 to 4 feet clean lefts and rights with the occasional bigger set.
The waves were epic.
It was also transitional in surfing, Butch Cooney was surfing an old style mal shape probably 8’0 or 8’6, and most of the other guys were surfing short double ended style S deck shapes. I remember being impressed with Butch’s tube sense, surfing the Alley rights and getting barrelled on the smaller rights to progress. Peter Cornish also stood out surfing the lefts and carving big clean turns. Nat ended up winning the final by catching a left in the latter part of the heat that connected through the inside and ended up being a 150 meter long wave. This was so dramatic and by far the best wave of the final and summed up what Narrabeen can offer and that is the long left heat winner.
So it is a good thing when the elements come together for the monthly club get-together.
Last months was such an occasion, a great opportunity for NN club guys to contest the various divisions in some quality surf with good lefts and reasonable rights.
The June Club Contest is now dedicated to club members and local surfers who have passed on.
It is a good way for us to remember and honour former friends who have contributed so much to who we are now.
The following is a pictorial of the 2 day memorial surfing contest, photos by Dean Graham and myself.