scott dillon – always a risk
A little while ago Scott Dillon found this place and it sounded like he wanted to chat a while – so, seeing as how he was always BIG in my early days I gotta do this, cut and paste a few of his stories verbatim – I don’t know if you could find them anywhere else.
from the left:
Wheels Williams (up high)
Scott in the hat okanuis and with the build
That boofhead on the radio and TV (Darrell Eastlake)
Cochran with the elvis curl
dunno back to camera
dunno in the shades
could be geoff rule 3rd from right
looks like beecham but he’s from the northern beaches
(banner pic is Bob Fell, Scott, Bob Evans and dunno – judging a comp at north narra in ’61)
Story 1 – from Dillon
Scott Dillon says.
Bluey Mayes was a great guy,a magnificient surfer,particullarly on a Toothpick.BUT,He had an attitude.He thought every wave was there just for him.We had many heated exchanges,BUT,Taking this all into account,He was a great guy,A good friend,however in small doses.
Bondi Point was our favorite spot on a big day,riding the toothpicks..I remember on one special day,we were out at Bondi Point..It was huge..I had several verbal exchanges with Bluey,as to whose wave it was,SO,I paddled around to the Big Boggiehole and picked an unusual big,big,wave.As I approached the take off spot at the point Bluey dropped in,in front of me,never seeing me coming..I took him out,as his board went up on the rocks.Obviously I can’t repeat his remarks,as I paddled back out..This was just Jack..I will be up there with him soon,as I am now 84.
Story 2 – from Dillon
Loved the surfoplane story.My Dad Joe Dillon was sec,Treasurer of Bondi SurfClub.I was also a member when I came of age.We all surfed the old Surfoplanes at bondi back in the early 1930,s.Aub Laidlaw was the Beach inspector at this time.
In Big Surf,we would walk around to the Fishermans sheds on the Point,and jump off from here and paddle down to South Bondi where the waves were bigger,after every wave,we would run back to North Bondi,around the rocks to the sheds,and do it all over again.
We were Super Fit in those days..One BIG DAY,Dad,my sister Helen and myself paddled down south in a huge swell,where Helen took of on a monster.Helen was wiped out badly.As the foam settled,there was Helens hair floating where she was wiped out.Dad paddled over,lifted the hair,and there was Helen,battered,but,OK.MEMORIES..SCOTT DILLON.I have so many stories from those early days
Story 3 – from Dillon
Scott Dillon again..More stories..We were taught to swim at Bondi Baths from an early stage.When the surf was big,It would break over the Baths Walls into the Baths.At this time,we would jump off the baths,the baths end near the beach,where there was a shallow reef.The wave that missed the baths ran over the reef,with a perfect small wave.You could either body surf it,or with a surfo.
At the end of the ridden wave there was a heavy rope across the water,so you wouldn’t run headfirst into the rocks.Once I moved onto the Toothpicks,the best surf was always at the South End.
We used the Bondi boat shed,using doors we made to store our surfboards..The shed was carved out of rock,under the cliffs..It was bricked up,many years later,as we all moved on…Scott Dillon
< – - – the old boatshed
Story 4 – from Dillon
Of course Bluey never mentioned me (in the early trips to the south coast)
We were going down to Ulladulla well before he did.I was only 15 * years of age when we went down there,as not only were we surfers,BUT,we also were spearfishermen,and travelled,and spearfished almost every beach,or headland down south,generally with Andy Armstrong,Bruce Laird,Ross Kelly,and anyone else who wanted to come..We sold the fish we speared to Clubs,Pubs,People on the beach,etc.
We even did trips with Gelignite Jack Murray,and his crew,Many times,Spearfishing,Skiing,diving.etc..The parties were out of this world,as Jack Murray always brought down his race car crew…We were,a Wild,Wild crew.I still remember every party,every girl.What a life.I am now 84 and remember every party,girl,fight,etc.
supposedly there is a book in the pipeline..An old saying..”.There are a thousand stories in the naked city.”