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ABDAMAN (Ab, da man) / Acid Al / Adge / Ahab / Animal / Ant /Asthma / BABBA / Bean / Bhudda  /Bikehead (wears glasses) / Billy Bullshit / Blister (only shows up when the hard work’s been done)Bluey / Bobalouie / Bombie / Bonzer / Boof / Boofhead / Bobangar Bob / Boomer / Boy Wonder / Box / Bozo/ Brew / Bruce Willis / Bud / Buddy / Bugs / Bumper / Bush Ted / Buster / Buttons / CALYPSO / Chalky / Chappy / Chez / Chewy / Choko / Chops / Chook /  Chuck a Luck / Chunk / Claw / Cliff (he’s edgy) / Clubbie / Collnarra / Compo / Crackers/  Crimso / Croaky/ DAPPER / Da Cat/  Dark Bones/  Deadly / Doc  / Dog / Doink (fell from the womb onto concrete)  / Dooma / Dutchy/  FANGA (big on the tooth)  / FBI (fkn big idiot) / FISH / Fishtank / Fluff / Foggy (last name Hayes) / Fox / Frenchie / Froggy / Furburger  / Fucknuckle / Fugly (fucken ugly) / G’DAY / Geezer / Gerber / Gidget (the Manly one) / GI Joe /  Giveashit (couldn’t) / Globite (bloke’s a case) / Gobbo / Gopher / Gofer / Grouse / Grub / Gutter Rat / Gutzer  / HAPPY / Hangten / Harry Hungry Hair/  Harry the Hat / Havachat / Havoc (reffo, first name Urich) / Hawk / Head / Headcase/ Hippy / Hoppy /  Horny / Houso Bob /  Howya (last name Phelan) / Hugh Jarse  /IPOD (always in your ear)/ Ida, last name Down, Inside Bill / JUMBO / Jughead / KANGA / Kero Lantern (he’s a little dim) / Kong / Larpa (he’s from La Perouse / LARRY (the lip launcher) /Laz /  Little Dooley  / Longplay (talks too much)Loose Leaf /Lovedog /Rene%20Magritte
MAD John / Maggot / Magoo  /Marino  /Marsupial / Marylin (he so pretty) / Midget / Mister X / Monk / Moose / Mousey / Mr Wolf /MudGuts / Munga / Muscles / NAPPER / Ned (last name Kelly) / Nightlight (he’s as dim as Kero lantern) / Nipper/ Noidsy (bloke’s paranoid) / Noodles / Not Very (last name Bright)/ Nude Nut /  Nugget / One-legged Jack / OPIUM (slow working dope) / Oroton Bob / Oscar  / Ox Head / PANCHO / Pasqual / Penguin (real name Ben Gwynne) / Pete the Pom / Phantom /Pickles / Piles (he’s a pain in the arse) / Plank (as thick as) / Popout / Pommie Pete/ Ponch /  Pottz / Prince Valiant / Punk /Puppydog /Pygmy  /RABBIT / Ratso / Ravesy / Rartz /Red Dog (the dickhead)/ Richo / Rick the Rooter / Risky / Roger the Rooter / Roger the Dodger / Rotten / Roughnut / Roy  / SAMSONITE (a hard case) / Saxon / Schvartz /Scruff / Seadog / Seppo / Sharky / Shep /Silvertooth / Sid (a bit vicious / Slab /Smiley / Smooth Pierre / Snowy / Specks/ Speedbump /Spike / Spot / Spotter / Sput / Squirrel / Sticky Rooter (real name Ricky Stewart) / Sticks/ Stitch / Stumpy / Surfshop / T Shirt/ TANK / Taubmans / Tex /The Animal / The Flashing Crimson Wizard /  The Biscuit / The Big Stomper (sorry Max. I know she’s the Missus) /The Body / The Boy Bastard  /The Bull /  The Canadian Kook / The Carny Kid / The Crust / The Duke / The Fish / The Floater (he’s shit in the water) / The Ghost who Walks / The Goat / The Good Doctor / The Throwback (Ben Campbell .. BC) / The Jolly Green Giant / The Little Man on Wheels / The Mexican / The Missile  / MX (the missile again) / The Pope (always goes right) / The Professor (clif) / The Ripple Rider (Brian Morris) / The Rodge / The Silent Partner / The White Russian / Tin Head / Toad / Tonguer/  TowTruck (heading for a breakdown) / Tubesteak / Tunga / UNCLE / Ugh  /WALLY the Walker  / Watego’s Wendy / Wavey Davey  / Whatsapacketa (last name Sigsworth) / Wheels / Whitey / Wingnut / Wombat (eats roots and leaves) / YANCY /  Yob / Yogi /  ZOOB / Zoomer / Zulu /
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  1. noel clancy #


    Mr Wolf
    (title bestowed by Barry Carter of MSA, one afternoon in Tommy Moses’ Kream shop at Maroubra, circa 1968)

    November 16, 2010
    • peterbowes #

      you’re in mr wolf – (nice to hear from you noel – )

      November 16, 2010
    • Sons of Tom, coming back soon.
      x 2

      July 30, 2011
  2. luckyal #

    cut loose, pete. acid al

    November 16, 2010
  3. peterbowes #

    heh heh / you just want to be number one does ya –

    November 16, 2010
  4. I’ll be reading every word…

    November 16, 2010
  5. Paul Cutler #

    Bowesy…. Spike and I have finally discovered your body. Seems there’s a bit of life in it yet. hope alls well. Schwartzeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

    June 2, 2011
  6. Spike #

    Old Ghost Spike was recebtly spotted carving iup 4-5’Cloudbreak ona 6’4″quad fish no less.

    June 2, 2011
  7. Spike #

    Old Ghost Spike still can’t spell.

    June 2, 2011
  8. Spike #

    Hey Bowsie – don’t forget Fish – he’s still keeping an eye out over Mona Vale Point.

    June 2, 2011
    • fish is in – good to hear from you Schwartzeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee – now where the fuck is Spike?

      June 2, 2011
  9. Spike #

    By the way – spawn of the Spike – ‘Stitch’ and ‘The Biscuit’.

    June 2, 2011
    • you bad old bastard …….. well are ye?

      June 2, 2011
      • Spike #

        Bloody good mate but even better for ‘seeing’ your ‘voice again – still ripping it up – on shorties which is more than I can say for the Schvartzer. Remember this:

        Around the Bends
        Your attention please! A cursory glance at the Scripps animated wave map today indicates that we will be on the receiving end of some larger swell in the next couple of days. Sound good? – and it should be coming out of the NORTH quarter. Yowser!! So prepare thyselves well lads, and keep a close watch.
        (Report filed Monday, October 30, 2000 at 09:37:16 AEST)
        Some swell leftover and although the wind has gone a little east there are plenty of good enoughs out there to go get wet up this end. Not many around for the early early – Compo, Richo, Bhudda, Marylin, Big John just to name a few. Yesterday I thought that I saw Micky Dora out there ripping the gutz out of a long right, turns out is was Parker-Brown (Spike) riding a long’un.
        (Report filed Monday, October 30, 2000 at 08:14:54 AEST)

        June 2, 2011
    • got ’em, and by the way old veteran – we are putting together a post on that mob of deros who used to gather at moana vale – it will be insulting, gratuitous, savage, unsporting, not nice, unfair, full of lies, and generally in bad taste.

      you of course will feature heavily, as will schlonger –

      June 2, 2011
  10. marylin, I forgot him – give us a reminder – he was gorgeous right?

    June 2, 2011
  11. Inside Bill – surfs at The Bluff and generally makes the wave from inside everyone else. Current.

    “Blackie” – Wayne Black, legendary Kirra goffy footer in the 60’s.

    Bogangar Bob – Bob Ryan, Kirra surfer and catamaran sailor also the 60’s.

    “Horny”. Sort of self explanatory. Skinny Kirra local from Tweed River High back in the day.

    June 14, 2011
    • ta trev, I remember boggo bob from the days way back, even have a pic of him leaning up against his car at bogangar

      June 15, 2011
      • It MAY have been a coincidence but he disappeared from the scene at the same time as Ben Cropp’s first wife.

        June 15, 2011
  12. Spike #

    Fish and the ‘Good Doctor’

    One of the regularly seen faces at MV was Rex Campbell, a Christian surfer, who was more of a mate for Fish than anyone else. Fish did tell me Rex, who we always knew as ‘the good Doctor’ had had a few quiet chats with him about the ‘good book’ but there was only ever one God for the Fish – and he was a cross between pre-political Peter Garrett, Tom Curren and Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Big Brass Sound.

    The origin of Oroton Bob

    By the way Schvartzee’s alter ego is ‘Oroton Bob’ – so named because of the time he piked a filthy surf to go handbag shopping with his Missus. When he told us (me and the Fish) where he’d been, after a moment of shocked silence, we told him he should have told us he’d been out looking for a new set of mags for the Kombi – anything but a bloody handbag – so ‘Oroton Bob’ he became.

    June 15, 2011
    • they are in – ta spike, oroton bob is pretty special (the big sheila)

      June 16, 2011
  13. Kate #

    Boof still alive & kicking and married {note by pb May 2013, – Boof died a little while ago}

    March 13, 2012
  14. Mike Bennett #

    Pete, re your “names” section. Don’t forget “Roger the Dodger” Mulhall and what about “One Legged Jack” who used to frequent the mIddle back in the early-mid sixties.

    June 4, 2013
  15. Roger the rooter Mike, known for it. Record adjusted. Had a feed with Dooley the other day, all good. He’s Hawaii bound soon, wants to beat Cochran and Wheels at tennis. Wheels not so good, surviving on bullshit.

    June 4, 2013
  16. Mike 'Spike' Parker-Brown #

    Yeah – but did One-Legged Jack surf on one leg or was he a Kneelo?

    June 4, 2013
  17. he only had one knee

    June 4, 2013
  18. I know we have Uncle but remember ‘Your favourite Uncle Pete – you just never know when he’s going to drop in.”

    March 22, 2014
  19. Mike Bennett #

    Don’t know if ” one legged” Jack surfed, maybe he once did. He just hung out at the middle of the beach, probably having a good perv. Knew there was something about that guy I liked.

    May 15, 2015
  20. Dave #

    Just stumbled on this gold mine
    Pete the Pom – ha ,shit he could talk shit – copped a bit when he went and streaked his hair blonde/yellow at the age of 40).
    Marsupial – would drive up from south coast for his Sydney shift at a station on the south of Sydney. But would sleep in his car overlooking the reef so he could be first out . I woke him up one night and offered him our spare room a 2 minute drive away – he passed, didn’t want to be late for the surf
    Scotty the Survivor?
    Doza? the day he chased Bedford Brown out from the wedge

    July 18, 2016
  21. Lock in in.
    Roy appreciation.

    November 16, 2017
  22. Jim Orchard #

    Read your post ” the end of Lancaster Road”. Nicely written and very evocative of a time that seems very distant now. I grew up on the Northern Beaches and we too had old ladders dating from the depression anchored into the cliff face. Our cliffs were nowhere near as high as Dover Heights but your story brought back memories of climbing up and down the cliffs in the 70’s wondering who installed the ladders and why they went to so much trouble and risk. I looked up Lester Brown but couldn’t find any reports of him going missing – maybe he just got sick of fishing.


    August 18, 2019
  23. Tommy Moses #

    All the nicknames were to simply escape
    those that knocked at the door saying “where is wombat?!” And the golden amazing mums of Maroubra would naturally say “Who?” Then they would fuck off. We need this for our children. Nicknames etc.

    May 10, 2020
    • So you’re the Wombat are you Tommy Moses? The way the saying goes ..

      May 11, 2020
  24. Gavin Paterson #

    Towtruck? Frank G once told me this was your nickname for me? Am I so honoured as to be in this pantheon?

    July 17, 2020
    • What can I say, Gav? If you like it, it’s yours. You certainly knew how to drive a bloke nuts.

      July 17, 2020

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