Vintage Surf Day full writeup

The Point Leo Surf Vintage day was held on Sunday the 18th November 2012. The theme of the day was to bring together the surfing community, along with many serious and not so serious surf vintage collectors. The day started with a torrential downpour at 7:00am and things were looking bleak, but the Gods smiled on us and by 9:30am the sun was out. Exhibitors, collectors and the surfing public started to stream in. The area around Suicide was full by mid morning with around 40 collectors, board riding clubs, board manufacturers, yoga classes, Harleys, Ford custom lines and about 500 people meeting and greeting and perusing the classic board collections.

The highlight of the day was the legends who attended! George Rice entertained us with an interview explaining his history of board making and his views on surfing today. George was kind enough to have a chat with anyone and freely sign boards for all who were fortunate enough to have one of his sticks!

The board displays were amazing with Bob Smith, the Rip Curl Historian, displaying a unique Pyke collection along with some classic Bells memorabilia. Ronnie Lee’s Kombi was something to behold, accompanied by a classic Greg Noll mal and other classic pieces. Mick Pierce cruised in with his slick custom line Ute and some beautiful boards. While Chock Oke had some wonderful boards along with the best set up, sporting a huge marquee barbecue and refreshments area. Chris Cornell showed he hadn’t lost that edge with some sprays and colourful quaddys. Brendon Rose proudly displayed his collection with a couple of classic mals. Mordy Surf had some great collectors items in their area while Vocks had his Lopez, lightning bolt collection out with his ’67 Valiant as a back drop. Ian Lording and Chris Hayes had some terrific Paddy Morgan’s and a couple of pristine George Rice mals accompanied by a couple of Oke classics.

Phil Newman showed there are still some bargains around with some great local boards from great shapers like Bill Wallace, Wayne Lynch, Maurice Cole and Keith Robertson. Roger Sutcliffe had some unique Greg Nolls as well as some hard to find Hot Buttered classics. Phil and Paul Trigger stole the show with a collection which took up half the park. Pyke, George Rice, McTavish, Energy, Klemm Bell – along with some great photos were just some of their massive collection.

Always ready and willing to lend a hand our good mate Dazz( Daryl Foulds) came along and covered the days proceeding’s with  with his trusty Kodak movie style camera and C.I.A. sound equipment. As well as an overview Dazz captured a crowd pleasing interview of George Rice with Davey’s Bay Boy Jeff Vockler asking the hard hitting questions.

Peninsula Board riders supported the day with a big stand which provided the PA, Barbeque and main event tent. John Jolly returned to Shady Hollow sporting some classic single fins and a twin fin which would be a highlight of any good collector’s collection. The Reefers came back in force with a great turn out. Old faces, like Dave Morry, Mick Marchants and Ronny Roozen and who came all the way from Tasmania and Perth respectively. The Suicide Savages, the original surf patrons of Point Leo were their sporting the exclusive red and white striped rugby tops, restamping their dominance at Suicide.

The highlight of the day was the legends who attended! George Rice entertained us with an interview explaining his history of board making and his views on surfing today. George was kind enough to have a chat with anyone and freely sign boards for all who were fortunate enough to have one of his sticks! The 10 times Bells champion – Gail Cooper was a surprise guest and she certainly enjoyed herself, mixing with the crowd and looking at the memorabilia and old boards. Peg leg arrived with his MK1 and MK2 skis, the original ones he used to ride in the 50’s and 60’s when he terrorized us all at pines and big left.

Karl Tanner kindly made the trip down from Queensland. Karl is known as the Godfather of board collection, his knowledge of classic boards is second to none, and he even went home with a couple of classic pieces. Keith “stretch” Bingham made the day trip from Ulladulla along with Derek “lakey” Oneil from the Gold Coast and Peter Wilkinson and Ian Cochrane from Shoreham. The Peninsula Board Riders photo was huge with old and new members gathering on the day. Club photos of The Reefers, Suicide Savages, Disabled Board Riders and Maladiction were also taken on the day.

Many thanks have to go to our terrific ranger Tony, who helped organise the day and ensured all went smoothly throughout the event. Thanks to John and the Pt leo surf life saving club who opened up the club so all who wished could relax and overlook the reef and enjoy a quiet drink. Also many thanks must go to the Point Leo Foreshore Committee who supported the event and allowed us to use the magnificent Point Leo Park on the day.

Congratulations to all clubs and exhibitors who took part, your input was what made the day a complete success. Thanks also to Coastal Watch and Pearl Magazine who showcased the event and Molly “Ian” Meldrum who gave us a plug and conducted an interview on 3AW radio covering his life as a suicide savage in the late 60’s and early 70’s. We believe more than 1000 people attended with more than 400 boards on display , George Rice commented later in the day this event was by far the best one he had attended with the boards, atmosphere and people being second to none! Many Thanks to Phil Trigger who was the mastermind behind this event and instrumental in its success.

Unfortunately the day came to an end and a few of the old crew adjourned to the life saving club and shared a couple of beers and old stories while the sun was setting on a great day had by all.

We have had many requests already to have this event again! Watch this space, it will return?

Yours in surfing

TSA