Surf­ing at Fin­gal back in the day

Tweed Daily News - - LIFE -

IN the late 50s, when Mal­ibus re­placed the 16 foot pad­dle boards and surf boards be­came more trans­portable, the Kirra Crew would take ad­van­tage of the win­ter break from pa­trol du­ties, load their boards onto any ve­hi­cle that was avail­able and travel the coast looking for surf.

This photo, taken by Brian ‘Hor­rie’ Budd, shows them try­ing to push-start Tony Keane’s ‘A’ model Ford af­ter a surf ses­sion at Fin­gal in 1959.

The photo also show­cases Fin­gal as it was.

The sand­hills in the back­ground that once spilled onto Queen St are no longer there, hav­ing been flat­tened by the sand min­ing com­pa­nies in the 60s and re­placed by houses and park­land.

The old Fin­gal the­atre is still standing af­ter hav­ing un­der­gone many trans­for­ma­tions and uses.

Af­ter much con­sid­er­a­tion and by pop­u­lar de­mand, the Stub­bies ex­hi­bi­tion has been moved to a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion at the Surf World Gold Coast. The Stub­bies was one of the most pop­u­lar dis­plays and drew the big­gest crowd of 2017, so it has earned the right to be a per­ma­nent fix­ture at Surf World.

For more in­for­ma­tion, www.sur­f­world­gold­coast.com

Pic­ture: BRIAN ‘HOR­RIE’ BUDD

It was a case of all hands on deck to push-start Tony Keane’s ‘A’ model Ford af­ter a surf ses­sion at Fin­gal in 1959.

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