FLASHBACK: Discovery in the North

26 Oct 2018 4 Share

The feeling hasn't changed.

The feeling hasn't changed.

SW | FLASHBACK

Taken from the current issue of Surfing World, SW 400: The Best of Surfing World, on sale now

First printed 1960s
By Bob Evans


Twenty-five years from now when a surfer powers across the wall at one of the new thriving resort communities on the North Coast, probably his last thought will be for the person who opened up this new area to surfers.

You might say is it really important—Surfing World knows it is, and we aim to put it on record now that we have pioneers in our midst.

Easter of this year saw the greatest exodus of surf board men ever to leave Sydney in search of the surf. Frustrated by crowded beaches, overcrowded waters, no parking places, and other controls, the enthusiastic “surfie” (like his compatriot “sports friends” the fisherman, the boatmen, water-skiers and other refugees from pressure) are seeking newer and more secluded pastures, and finding with relief, that they exist in great numbers on the magnificent beaches of the north and south coast of N.S.W.

Your Editor was typical of these explorers, and this story describes how we travelled and where, what we found, and who made the scene.

Just after the big wet of April we loaded our Falcon with food, cameras, boards, fishing gear and children and wheeled out on to the Pacific Highway. After fighting the nerve racking bends and narrow roads to Gosford, we by-passed Newcastle, slipped through Raymond Terrace, gratefully increased our speed and headed for Buladelah, regarded by those in the know as the staging camp to pleasure.

Trekking Northward again we resisted the temptation to check the many turn-offs and punched on through the banana plantations andsteep hillsides above the yellow beaches of Coffs Harbour. On the wide picturesque Clarence River is situated Yamba, our next stopping place. The main beach is not good for boards, but there is a good surf club here and more than 25 keen board riders, all sporting latest equimpet from Sydney.

Noted Freshwater body man Dick Evans was fishing the district and came back to the house that night raving with news of surf discovery. At first light next morning we made a fast four mile trip southof Yamba to Angourie, climbed over the grassy headland and stood transfixed at the inspiring sight below. A low woody promontory, washed on its North side by 6ft. walls of concave swell, with no less than three sections, rolling from about 300 yards out and collapsing with a “woosh” on a gravelsand beach no more than 40 yards long.

More classic surf yarns in the current issue of Surfing World, available now. 

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