Saturday the 16th April saw a unique gathering of past surfers, administrators, contestants and industry icons, all who have contributed to the legend of bells, the contest, the place, the icon that is “Bells Beach”.
The day kicked off with Max Wells invited to the stage with a long line of administrators and ex employees who were instrumental in running and developing the now successful ASA, the force behind the early days of the Bells contest
EAST COAST ARMY
VOCKS AND BIG H ENTERTAINING THE JIM BEAM GIRLS.
Amongst the many honored were our own east coasters Peter Wilkinson, Robbie Mac and John Collins. Others also recognized were Alan Atkins, the Slaven Brothers and Rod Brooks, all major contributors to what is a truely national and internationally recognized association.
Tom Curren was called to the podium to offically open this years Bells proceedings and was accompanied by fellow Bells winner Gail Cooper a true legend of women’s surfing in Victoria.
TOM AND GAIL.
Tom praised the work carried our by all present and proceeded to ring the bell as he had done many a time previously, then came the legends of Victorian and Australian Surfing, this attracted nominations from all aspects of the industry, such greats as Joe Sweeney who forged the first dirt tracks into Bells, Tony Olsen one of the original surfers and big wave riders. Rip Curl founder Doug Claw Warbrich was present along with many other Torquay living legends.
Our own Phil and Paul Trigger were called to the stage supported by cheers from the strong East Coast contingent. Mick Pearce, Ian Portingale and Ted Banbridge also were recognized along with many other surfing legends from all over the country.
Old mates reunited with old friends and contest foes, old tales were swapped and those classic sessions relived. A bevo or two was shared in the JB tent and the Jim Beam girls kept us all entertained with their give aways and group photos with the lads.
PHIL AND PAUL RECEIVING RECOGNITION.
The east coast army was well represented by the bay boys, Redeye, Toprs, Mark Mcabe, Beatle, Reedy and Cockie to mention a few. The surf wasn’t great, but who cared, we were there to celebrate one of the greatest surfing contests and locations in the world, one we have all been touched by in some way.
YOUNG OLD BLOKES.
50 years of friendships, surfing, sharing waves (except for Phil) , making and shaping boards and living the dream!
Phill Newman – SA