Stan Couper Hall of Fame

Australian Surfing Hall of Fame Awards

It was a great honour for Phil and I to be invited by the Coupers to Stan’s posthumous induction into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame at Torquay. Stan was not only a great friend in welcoming us into his home, but his sense of equality, fairness and encouragement opened the door for East Coast surfers to compete on their home turf and also be represented on the ASA committee.

In the early 70’s, 5 of the state rounds were held on the West Coast and one at Phillip Island. There was definitely some keen rivalry between the East and the West. The late Gary Simm, Ted Bainbridge, Robbie McCartney, Ian Portingale and myself were all elected onto the ASA Vic committee and over a few years the changes Peninsula surfers take for granted today were out in place. Stan was a key to our motivation.

I can still remember the uproar at the Easter Bells competition when Stan showed a firm resolve on the late arrival of Nat Young who wanted to be re-entered into the competition. He believed in treating all surfers equally whether they be world champions or 1st time competitors.

On Stans day of honour Wayne Lynch, Joe Sweeney and Jeff Couper passed on some wonderful stories and tributes.

He was a great man for surfing, his family and friends.