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Wow...great web site Mike
Hi Mike. Have been wasting hours lol. looking at old pics & watching your interviews. Enjoyed seeing Ian Mc lean (I used to work with him at Woods Glass) & Tony Kivell (my brother in law) Tony & I were some of the first surfers at Sandy Bay. Thought next time Im back in Whangarei we could have a chat. Could tell you some good tales of my time surfing NZ & Australia. Also got me thinking about boards I have owned. There has been a few. Tony & Brenda live out at Onerahie (sp) Cheers John
i noted that in your advert about adventures in New Zealand, thee is mention of Taemaro Bay in the Far North of New Zealand. Taemaro Bay, has two bays that are privately owned. People who enter the bay through the road, first see a sign that says private land. Despite that, people have come down through the road and proceeded to camp or swim without asking permission to pitch their tents from the owners. Sometimes, people have come and stayed or camped and then left. Other times, the owners have asked people to leave. If you want to swim in Taemaro Bay, first ask permission from the owners, and if the answer is no, it is usually because the owners have family staying and the beach area is being used. If you are on a boat, then you are allowed to come ashore but camping on the land area by the beach is not permitted unless you have been given permission to do so. Please respect the owners wishes, and do not come to the Bay as if it is some part of a tourist package, it is not. It is privately owned. Kind regards, owner of Taemaro Bay.
Great website....a truly great treasure of NZ surfing. Wish Id taken a few more pics in the mid 70's when I got my camera gear.... All the best !
Hi Laurie, Awesome website. A lot of faces and places I remember well growing up around northland! Well done on compiling all the info and photos, treasured by many for years to come Im sure. Cheers
Hi Mick, thanks for that great update, re Tui. We will certainly get hold of that, and get it up on the website. He was an awesome Northland pioneer surfer, who we all looked up to in our day, and all aspired to be as good as him, have as much fun as him, and a real gentleman as well! Cheers, Lozza.
hi laurie im a good friend of tui we surf together all the time on his 80 birthday me and afew of the boy got him a new board made the local paper got hold of it and ran a story on him the headline read this beach boys still making waves at 80and there is a picture of him with his board and one of him surfing u might want to ring him so you can put it on this web page its unreal and agood story goes with it there is even a mention about nz cheers
This site of yours what a treasure Mike. I think Noosa was Granites (way round the corner) Ti Tree, (serious take off into long lazy cutbacks..) National Park where most paddled out, the screaming section through Johnsons and safety of Main Beach
Hey mike , awesome site just found it thru Russ Varcoe, what a trip down memory lane , loved the interviews with big Mal and Crispy they really looked after me in my grommet days CHEERS ......Chris (Noosa)
Awesome work guys, love the photos. Well done Mike and Laurie.
Hi Mike Congratulations on creating the website
Hey Mike, old is great, every day above the ground annoying people is fine by me. Thanks for the link WOW...............memories, just fabulous !! cheers...Jude
Hi everyone, just thought I'd like to give a mention about the recent passing of a well loved Northland surf legend, Ross Edge. Had the pleasure of getting to know Ross Edge over the last few years, very well, and he just lit up, when talking of his love of surfing. He was still making boards into his 70's. It was great to have a good number of Northland surfing legends, turn up for his farewell. Roger Hall and I were invited to be pall bearers with his family, and I had the pleasure of saying a few words at the reception. We had a great time chatting afterwards about our memories of Ross, especially in the early days. Such a quietly spoken man, yet We don't think he realized what he'd done for surfing in the North, him, Tui and Don. We have been given Ross's only remaining surf board, he made in the 60's, and it will stay in the North forever, hopefully in a museum, thanks to his adoring wife, Fay, and his brother Don. Cheers, Lozza
Mike, The site is superb ! ! ! ! Being an old seaweed from the 60's I knew quite a few of the guys , particularly from Takapuna - Auckland. Talk about a ride down memory lane. I went to high school on Auckland's North Shore , remember Carney and Gants well. I sent your link to a couple of them - and made their day. Wonderful !! One of them is a good mate of Wayne Parkes and was a past NZ junior champ way back. Cheers Rob and Sue (I still surf the Heads , Waipu Cove , Te Arai , Langs etc . although not as quick on my feet)
Howzit guys, Awesome website and it's been so great wandering down memory lane and seeing some of those old faces and names from the 1970s. I grew up in Dargaville and took up surfing in the late 1960s along with Nick and Johnny Matich. I still see those two on the now very rare occasions that I get back up north. I'm 62 now and have lived in Gisborne since 1986 after several years in the Mahia area. I still surf as often as possible which is quite easy here as there are a lot of good breaks close by and our off-shore north-westerlies are warm and dry and usually bring fine weather. Great to see that lots of those guys that I recall from the 1970s are still surfing. It looks like many of us caught the surfing bug early and have never managed to shake it off (and who would want to!!). I'll see what still photos and film I can haul out from my archives and make a contribution to this great collection of surfing history. Regards...
I finally found your site Mike and Laurie, looks like a lot of dedication and time have gone into this , Has refreshed a lot of memories, Great job.
Hey Mike, just looking at site again, see that Tatahi BR's having a reunion in March. Was not a member but woukd love to have some more info. about it. Would love to attend for a "blast from the past" do you think you cld email me some info.? Thank you Sue
Wow! Just came across your site. Amazing work. Read all the comments from many old friends. Live in Brisbane now have done since 1988. Haven't been to Whangarei since 2011 when my Mum passed away. Still visit friends at Lang's Beach/Waipu Cove. Northland beaches,scenery and old familiar faces - beautiful! Makes me wee bit homesick. Keep up good work! Cheers
I used to be able to find good advice from your content.| Thanks for another great post. Where else may just anyone get that type of info in such an ideal manner of writing? I've a presentation next week, and I am at the look for such information.
Hi guys great website well done.good to see what and where some of the older crew have been up to over the decades.looking forward to the reunion in March .cheers Warwick Williams (Perth).
Pauline Yovich left a note at Fiona's work - a reunion 7th/8th March??? -didn't know the web-site existed - amazing - what a trip down memory lane - didn't we all look good???
Just stumbled on this - what a great site. I'm a nostalgic Kiwi living in Adelaide ( 37 years) and just loved hearing about some of these names and places from my past. Mourices and Sandy Bay were my local breaks but vented all over from Shippies down to Kaikoura and a lot of great surfing at Piha. I made Boards in the old Wilkinson's bus depot in Kamo with Rob Uffindall. They were pretty crap but it was a lot of fun. Some of the names I surfed with - Ruakak boys like Grant Efford, Wally Blagrove, Chris Halls ( was in Adelaide for a while). Started with a 10' Quane and cut it down and the last board I had in NZ was a beautiful Blue Spirit. Thanks again for this fantastic site - it's connection that I really appreciate - Cheers John
'1958 A Time Capsule' Thats a good one.... Awesum memories!!! Great music through out too.... Thanks Ken
Hi Mike, I had major fun checking out the web-site, it was really well put together and easy to access for a dinosaur. I forgot that Charlton stayed on in N.Z. and eventually won the Nationals. Do you know of his whereabouts these days? Bob sent me some photos of what I think was his boat-looks impressive. The photo of him on the web-site looks like a rough version of a modern day Alby Falson. Cheers Legs.
You two are legends,Congrats on all the stuff you are doing..Awesome boys..Keep it up.
had a look at web site mate its so cool,i had a little cry in memory of you, legs,bob and wayne and our shippies trip,that trip was and still is one of my most cherished memories,it changed my life and was the start of an incredible life of surfing.Remember the wheel shearing the studs of the old truck cause legs only did them up finger tight,and bob virtually reduces me to tears for not cleaning his breky bowl,but the most awesome was watching wayne surfing so sweetly ,hell he taught me so much not only surfing but telling and showing me the power zone,mate...what a trip for a kid..... take care talk soon J.A
Hi Mike Great to hear from you after all these years. Have looked at the website and you seem to have all the photo's I passed on to Dick when he was last here. Great job on the site by the way, I shall have closer look over the next few days. Cheers, Kia Kaha mate. Bill
Hey Mike - loving your website. Well done! I so often think of those old faces/names and wonder where some of them are. You've answered some of those questions. Cheers Sherry
Hi Mike, have tried before to say thanks from my mobile, not sure it worked. So, thanks again for all the work you guys put in making Adventuresinparadisenz. Great days they were. I'm working my way through the interviews, yeah lots of fun. Any talk of a tatahi reunion? Cheers Billy
Hi mike thanks for the email great to hear from you .I still remember your old FJholden and the great seventys sun surf partying etc great times. great to see all the old faces on the website. Cheers Herman
Hi Mike, I had a look at your site and what a great job you have done. I will have a look through some of my old stuff and see if there is something of interest.
just checked out pictures of all you old degenerates. brings back fond memories of all the waves I scored from you guys at baylys beach and sandy bay. bro of nick(62yr)
I recently visited Pauline and Dave in Whangarei while on a brief visit to NZ to see family and attend mum's 85th birthday. They pointed me to the website you and Laurie have been compiling. I have enjoyed watching the videos of the history of surfing throughout NZ and Australia and also looking at all those old photos. It was certainly a carefree time we had in those days.
Hi Mike It was great to see you at Pari in the weekend. The website you’ve done is a mine of interesting stuff; I spent hours trawling it. Cheers
Really impressed with all your pics,and putting all "those good old days" together.Good to see you.
Dave Boyd told me about your webpage which I really enjoyed the trip down Memory Lane in good old Whangarei. I did tell Jenny Blain (Brott) and my cousin Bev Crene about it and they also really enjoyed it. Just wanted to let you know your hard work is appreciated, well done.
Have really enjoyed this site Mike...well done bro...have lived near Cronulla for many years and 3 sons surfing around Oz in my place enjoyed seeing all me old mates..Past and present sadly.Now reside back in Whangarei and great to be home after 30yrs..keep it coming
Fantastic job well done with the site. Been is Aussie since 1980. Still see Ainsley Knight(Jeffreys)and Elaine Andreson. We are know as Wazza and Fred. Havent surfed for years but changed directions and have fished many countries. Heading to Whangarei for xmas. Looking forward to it.
Thanks Laurie for letting me know bout the site--lots of ole cobbers featuring already-shit hot!! I'm off to Sunshine Coast/Brissie area nxt weekand aiming to catch up with Craig Rice & Drew for coupla coldies. Am going thro old photos to add to web site-Fish Fry is going to be a blast Tony Kivell-I'm also down your way wud love to meet up. Keep up the good work Laurie!!
Great site guys - a blast from the past. A lot of familiar faces and names cheers Drew
Hi, I have some old photos that I should send in. Funny, the tv show adventures in paradise made me want to start surfing in 1961. Mike Tinkler
Magic site mate - great memories - well done to you and Laurie. I finally made it to JBay coupla years ago for one of my sons weddings - it's all built up now. Reminded me of the book you and Paula sent us to celebrate his birth some 30 odd years before - 'Alice in Wonderland' I think it was. A good read, as I remember! Hope all's good with you and yours. Look forward to catching up one day. Crispy
Hey mate ....love this website - cool stuff ---- after 30 years in Oz and the last 13 in frigid British Columbia, this makes me surfsick for the old home beaches of my wisely spent youth - ranging from Piha to the Mount and Port Waikato in the "tropics of NZ" circa '65-71 I shall be making return visits (to the website) to keep the myself stoked - luv ewes all!
Hey Laurie, It was nice to have meet you out at Sandy Bay today.. you had some fine waves out there today. Looks like a bit more surf up your way this friday into the weekend.. might just see you back out there again... this time i think i want some of those nice rights you were scoring. take care and maybe see you at Waipu!
I was the one that did the logo for Tatahi Mag. Traced from Surfer Magazine. Mickey Munoz 1959 at Rincon doing the "quasimodo". Map of Northland traced from one of those plastic things used at school a thousand years ago.I spoke to Wayne Parkes recently and he sends his regards to you Mike.
You guys are amazing. Great idea put into practice, an excellent result.Keep up the good work. Cheers Tony K
Mike and Laurie you have both done a great job putting this thing together. Had a few laughs - how come everyone looks so old now? Where did all those years go so quickly. Looking forward to the future additions to come. Dave Boyd
Awesome stuff guys. Good to see abit of history and stories!
Love the videos!
Great work Mike. Hope you pick this up. Great to see the comments coming up on the page below. Cheers Laurie
Great to see the people we surfed with in our teens, and so many still into it in their 60s and 70s!(just a bit older grommits now!) Great they're very happy to share and contribute their memories for this project! Cheers. Laurie