Surfing Lennox crew (from left) Max Perrot, George Leslie, Robyn Hargrave, Vic Leto and Phil Myers.
Surfing Lennox crew (from left) Max Perrot, George Leslie, Robyn Hargrave, Vic Leto and Phil Myers. Christian Photiou

Surf stories to ride the waves forever in new book

DONATIONS of photos and stories of surfers, visitors and residents of Lennox Head are now secure in a professionally produced, locally edited, designed and printed quality book titled Surfing Lennox - From Then to Now.

The book was released during the Love Lennox Festival early in June.

 

Cover of Surfing Lennox, From Then to Now.
Cover of Surfing Lennox, From Then to Now.

This 104-page pictorial captures changes in the once sleepy fishing hamlet of Lennox Head to present day with the crowds that are attracted to the world-renowned surfing destination.

Lennox Head Heritage Committee convenor Robyn Hargrave said a team of volunteers had devoted more than 1500 hours of their time to help the committee and Lennox National Surfing Reserve Inc collect, reproduce and share many previously unpublished images and recollections of surfing in and around Lennox over 70 years.

 

Dorothy Thompson and Robyn Hargrave in the Mark Waller painted barrel at the Love Lennox Festival.
Dorothy Thompson and Robyn Hargrave in the Mark Waller painted barrel at the Love Lennox Festival. Vic Leto

"Two of the first to try the waves at Lennox share their stories in the book," Robyn said.

"In the 1940s, Dorothy Thompson and her siblings gave it a go on their father's building planks and Judy Gibbon was the first female to surf the Point in the 1960s.

"We were helped financially by grants from the Royal Australian Historical Society, Ballina Shire Council and a last-minute effort from Ben Franklin, Nationals MLC and Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy and Northern NSW.

"And the generous community who gave to our GoFundMe campaign made all the difference."

Surfing Lennox, From Then to Now is available at Lennox Bookmark, Ballina St, Lennox Head.


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