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kevin (the head) brennan does breakfast

HEAD, 1965

He was a troublesome jockey sized kid with an Irish pugnacity, an improper regard to discipline, a feral cunning and a consummate and admirable deftness in the surf. His agility, and ability to control the heavy boards of the time seemed effortless. Brennan surfed without mannerisms and like most champions of the sport, was always balanced up and looking down the breaking line, planning his path.
He traveled widely on the east coast and was feted by magazine proprietors and photographers after winning both NSW Senior and Junior titles at Bondi in 1965, for the first and only time. Brennan was able to switch feet without loosing any momentum or polish, he was one of the very few who was able to draw an appreciative audience from his peers everytime he went out. This bullshit little kid with his freckles and ready smile, this bantam.

The Head’s Breakfast.

Double milk and two raw eggs, a teaspoon of vanilla essence and a slab of ice cream, and an overripe banana – all whipped up hard and topped with a cream squirt and a Cherry Ripe.

Note: Brennan died badly in Kings Cross aged 22. His later years were a constant decline and his death was mostly unmourned. He was a friend of mine.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. hi mate. would be interested to know more if you cared to share.

    November 13, 2011
  2. okay no worries. i was making a genuine request with respect. maybe you know best if he would like to be remembered in more detail. have a nice day

    November 14, 2011
    • now don’t be so sensitive kent old boy, this after all is a site based on surfing and we are infamous for drugs, sex, booze and bad manners – and have a look at the tags for south bondi and brennan, and also the ‘ out of bondi ‘ category, plus have a look at the link called scum valley – we have it all here – then have a look at the surf city museum link –

      – and I don’t think Head wanted to be remembered at all – he died badly

      November 14, 2011
  3. Jeffrey Lee #

    Kevin died …choking on an oversized medication tablet, whilst fighting his addication, I was a friend and schoolmate,I kept in touch after his death with his mother& Len her partner.
    Scott Dillon told me recently about 2009,……. he remarked about the sixties ….he said those Bondi Boys,no good the lot of em, made me feel a little guilty,
    Jeffrey Lee

    February 17, 2012
  4. adrian #

    Do you remember the board he won the titles on. I have a board that my dad brought from Lester bryan that i think was Kevs board in the titles.

    July 16, 2012
    • Brennan rode a different board every day, anyone’s – and good old Lester would be worth a yarn around the rum bottle and shared smoke. He’s still up here somewhere.

      July 17, 2012
  5. Marko of manly #

    Why the ongoing fascination Kent?? It as a story sinonymous (sic) of the times, that played out at every beach along the east coast – a generation gone m.i.a. …RIP. kev.

    October 4, 2013
  6. bondileo #

    Amazing. R.I.P Kevin Brennan. You are one person I would like to meet.


    November 2, 2017
  7. Brennan spent some time at Vaucluse High, a hot bed of South Bondi surfers, and I was part of a Waverley College Leaving certificate class scheduled to do an exam in the school’s hall. The local lads watched us all file in, uniformed up and wearing boaters. How they scoffed. Brennan left the group and walked over when he saw me, came up and wished me luck.
    That’s the bloke I remember.

    November 2, 2017
  8. Mike Bennett, the Canadian Kook. #

    Just read another article in a mag about Kevin, too bad that so much is said about someone who wasted his life. I knew him back in the day and he was an aggravating pain in the ass looking for trouble. A lot of good guys came out of Bondi. Good guys that surfed great and made a success out of their lives. Not much is said about them but that’s the way life works…bad news makes most of the headlines.
    FYI I still miss South Bondi, surfing and laying in the sun and later heading up to the steps of the Astra for a meat pie and an icy coldy. I’ll bet there’s more guys like me that miss those days too.

    November 7, 2017

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