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mick dooley cutting back

Original picture removed by request – (and all the best to you Jack Eden, pity you didn’t come to me direct)

.. and just put back, the old lad will never know

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First thing you have to do is look at the hands, the fingers {check} – then the the balancing mechanism in place with the lower and upper arms{check} – the central placement of the head {check} – and finally the body-torque {check}

Mick is floating here, he has jammed the back of the board down hard and then swiveled on both his back foot and the big fin and at the same time lifted half of the thing out of the water. How’s that for doing five things at once. No need to skate around a fat little face when you know how to pivot – and if you have ever been lucky enough to see this bloke surf you would know that as soon as he has got the board around level he’ll take a walk up to the tightest trim position he can find before drifting back to the tail and whanging the board around again.

The board he built. I have two. Lucky me.

Longboarders these days like to switch feet when they cut back, we judge this to be a very poncy manoeuvre, it’s all knock-knees and looks like a dance move. It’s a kooks choice and the easy way around. I don’t see anybody doing this ^ manoeuve anywhere, even up here at Byron where the waves are so easy you can surf them with your eyes closed.

Here Mick has his head pointing south, his hips looking west and his leading foot turned north – he is so in balance he is able to neutralise the weight in both his arms and just stretch them out and feel the air.

That’s ^ about as pretty as Kate Moss on a catwalk.

Backbeach gossip has it that Mick meets up with Andy (Georgeous) Cochran, John (Wheels) Williams and Ron Adler every now and then and they sit around and lie like sailors.

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. MARTIN GREER #

    HI PETE,
    WHO SENT YOU THIS PHOTO ? IT WAS EITHER MICK OR ANDY
    I PUT THIS TOGETHER AND HAVE JUST FINISHED A PAINTING OF IT
    I HAVE ALSO DONE PAINTINGS OF ANDY C AND WAYNE YATES
    DO YOU HAVE ANY PHOTOS OF YOU SURFING BONDI ? OR JUST PHOTOS OF BONDI IN THE 50’S 60’S &70’S THAT I CAN USE
    TA
    MG

    June 14, 2011
  2. hey martin, the pic was sent to me by Di Dooley (the mrs mick) .. she and the old boy had just got back from the bells reunion and we exchanged a few emails – this was included in one from Di – (we are old mates)

    …. sorry about any photos of the old days – never had a camera, and if I did yates would have commandered it, that old rooster carried a comb into the line-up – and COCHRAN … !!!! I have a story about him de-tweeding a girl in the surf that has never been told, the rascal.

    June 14, 2011
  3. MARTIN GREER #

    THANKS PETER, LOVE TO MEET UP WITH YOU ON YOUR NEXT VISIT TO SYDNEY. I’M A SPONGE FOR OLD BONDI SURFING STORIES. MG

    June 15, 2011
  4. scroll down to the bottom right martin – ‘ stories from bondi ‘ it’s all there in abundance matey –

    June 15, 2011

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