Way Back When with Triggs | Ep 1 Breakaway and Phil Coates

Over the past few decades Trigger Brothers has accumulated a large collection of old school photo’s of Paul, Phil and friends from back when it all began! So we decided it’s time we get Paul to write up a short story about some of these classic moments in time… from local sessions and state titles to random road trips across the country.
Trigger Bros.

Phil and I did an interview for Breakway Surfing Magazine in the Mid 70’s and a few photo’s were required to go with the story. Ted Bainbridge, Phil and myself discovered some really hollow waves on a very shallow bank 50 metres up from Snatches down in Rye. The Snaps are of Ted and I taken by Keith Platt.

I was riding a 6’6″ Stinger with a red bottom and a yellow deck, which I regretfully sold to an up and coming surfer from Balnarring. This board was one of my very best and I tried unsuccessfully to regain it for a year or so afterwards.

Phil Killer Coates

Phil Coates and I had just taken the Victorian State Titles at Bells Beach in 1979. I had virtually retired from comps having had two 1st, three 2nd and an 7th in the 1978 State Rounds when “Killer Coates” talked me into training with him.

His Parents had split up and he came to live with Jennifer and I at Merricks Nth. Phil was the most focused and determined person you could meet. Three months before the Titles he confidently said he would win the Open Men’s and I would take the Senior Men’s division.

I┬ásimply went “along for the ride” and his enthusiasm carried us off into 8′ to 10′ Bells boomers. We were simply fitter than any of the other competitors on the day, and Phil’s prediction came true with both of us taking out our Division’s.