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That’s young Col backed up against the club door sucking in a little sunshine rather than listen to the bullshit Yates and Mulhall are participating in and you want to know why? Because Col was always meant to be in the Real Estate business and what better place to start his first million than by charging admittance to the Polio Pit to anyone unwary enough to ask permission get inside and savour the members’ delights without a badge.

Like the out of towner in shades and shorts on his left .. not going to happen without paper says Col, the door is mine and it’s shut.

Over there on Col’s left, the untidy piles of clothing and towels thrown on the ground? That’s theirs, the out-of-towners, inside the luxurious surrounds of the Pit is us. We get the lockers, carpet covered board racks, fully equipped ding repair room and hot showers, the Member’s bar, lunchtime buffet and deep massage on the big days.

Col has been in touch. He has photos of Bob Barrett, Brian Morris, Ross Kelly, Geoff Rule, The Head, John Burgess, Zulu, Wheels, Magoo, Bluey & others.

This is a good thing.


a typical buffet at the south bondi boardriders club, circa 1959.

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  1. Last time I heard from Col he was flogging Real Estate in Port Macquarie

    January 18, 2019
  2. Terry Jenkings #

    But you forgot to include the
    “ Pronto Pups “ and “ Astra Pies” in the buffet Pete !!!! It couldn’t be a Sth Bondi Feed without them included.

    Really interested in those photos mentioned.
    🤙. Terry Jenkings.

    January 19, 2019
  3. Terry, you’re not the only one interested … Col also said he had one of Dina Merrill (Hollywood actress) in suspect company …. and Ted, Brenda B is apparently living just down the road at Newrybar.

    January 19, 2019
  4. Dave Newell aka "Wally the Walker" #

    Love the description of the polio pit 🤣 couldn’t be any more opposite. That photo with Col back to the wall, looks a bit like Bob Barrett sitting down next to him, that’s Gary Moffat in the foreground, I know the other faces but can’t put a name to them, you reckoned one is Yatesy, could be, I would’ve been there that day for sure, I think Joolee Eadie née Julie Collins took this photo in Nov 1958, I have a similar one of me taken on the same day..

    Cheers from “Wally the Walker” 🍻

    November 21, 2020
  5. You had a red board once, Dave, right? Bloody big thing and you were all over it like a rabbit when all we did was stand up and look around.

    November 21, 2020
  6. Dave Newell aka "Wally the Walker" #

    Pete, that would’ve my homemade plywood Okanui of which was 10’3″ long, looked a little red in colour. My other boards after 1956 were balsa and glass. Happy days at beautiful Bondi.

    Cheers 🍻 🏊‍♂️ 🏄‍♂️

    November 22, 2020
    • I knew it! … I was talking to Mick Dooley last night (it was his birthday the day before) and you came up in the conversation. Mick said you were the bloke who started him surfing one day when he was at Bondi just for a swim. Apparently you bailed him up, told him to grow a pair and get himself a surfboard which he did and the rest is history. So, nice one Dave … but when I asked Mick if he remembered that you had a red board at the time he laughed, reckoned nobody could have a memory that good …. I also recollect that Mike Bennett kept the same block of wax in his board short pocket for fifteen years.

      November 22, 2020

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