Tuesday, June 29, 2010

early Australian pigs and midget.

david platt sent me this via surfapig@live.com. i am humbled by the fantastic contributions that people from all around this planet are submitting.
"Hi Mike. I was looking for some info on a board I am restoring when I came across these photos. The first photo was taken at Bondi Beach in 1958. The fellow at the far left is Scott Dillon and to his left is Jack "Bluey" Mayes. Originally from Bondi. Scott Dillon was one of Australia’s pioneer big wave surfers and manufactures. He moved his operation from Bondi to Brookvale on Sydney’s Northern beaches in the late 50’s. Brookvale was Sydney’s board building hub during the 60's. With a stable of name surfers and shapers on the roster. The likes of McTavish, Bob Pike, Mick Dooley, Glynn Ritchie and Gordon Merchant to name a few. Scott Dillon surfboards operated right up to 1970. Scott Dillon now resides on the New South Wales North Coast where he has a surf museum.

Bluey Mayes was one of the "last of the hard cutters". He grew up on Bondi beach and was an accomplished cookbox rider during the 40's and early 50's. Bluey was widely regarded as one of Australia’s best surfers in the mid 50’s. He really embraced the new Malibu boards based on the boards the American lifeguards bought to Australia in 1956. Describing the feeling of riding them as ecstasy. Bluey is no longer with us. He passed away in 1997.The second photo was also taken in 1958. The young bloke third from the right in the checked shirt is Midget.

Regards. platty."

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