Local legend Turtle Morris unearthed some old Super 8 footage from way back in the day. Classic stuff from JBay, Seals and all around PE. Yssss, the ballies aren't lying when they say many of our spots were so much better back then. They were.
Fence locals will see why Fence is called Fence. Pretty obvious really. Guys used to drive right down onto the beach. A-frame peaks with schweet lil barrels. Pity the sand build-up over the decades has all but killed it.
Talking sand - flipping hang, Denvils used to be epic! Freight train rights pumping across the beach and past the wall at McArthurs. Pretty ironic that today it's the unofficial learn-to-surf beach. Avo's also used to have plenty more sand. There's a clip of a solid set that runs past behind Bird rock!
Stoked to see the footage included a short snap of Turtle in his helmet. That's why he got dubbed "turtle". Got clonked on the head whilst surfing as a lightie so his dad said he couldn't surf unless he wore a helmet to protect his pip - and Turtle was born!
Some kiff skating footage too - the guys used to ride down the stormwater drain at William Moffet. The authorities heard about their exploits after a coupla months, and proceeded to jack hammer sections of the drain to stop the ou's from skating. Municipal muppets.
Luckily it was possible to escape the confines of over-zealous officials with a quick trip west to Seals. Dirt roads, no bridge across the Krom - but Full stop was still Full stop, and Turtle gets barreled over it.
Would be stoked to get hold of some more old super 8 stuff - so if you're a ballie that has some stuck in a box somewhere - go dig out and give me a yell. Let's get it off film and onto digital, let's not lose any PE surfing heritage.