On the lookout for surfing history of Lennox
THE history of surfing around the Lennox region is to be captured in a book.
A Surfing Lennox crew is collecting photos and data for the book which will be released to coincide with the 10-year anniversary of the Lennox National Surfing Reserve in February 2018.
Lennox Head Heritage Committee convenor Robyn Hargrave said the surfing reserve was recognised in 2008 as a site of environmental, cultural and historical significance to Australian surfing.
"We have assembled an experienced volunteer 'surf-crew' working with the Lennox Head Heritage Committee to preserve our surfing history,” she said.
The team is calling for donations of photos, recollections and any surfing lifestyle memories for the publication which will reflect the transition of surfing Lennox circa 1958 through to the present.
"But even Barry is not sure he was the first.”
Surfing Lennox volunteer Phil Myers said old and new photos were fine for the collection.
"As images come in, they will be displayed in the foyer of the Lennox Head Community Centre,” he said.
"We are sure to have a few laughs at those fond and sometimes crazy memories.”
Phil started surfing in 1964, when he was 12.
"I think surfing was far more pleasurable than football,” he recalls.
"It's exciting and exhilarating.”
Phil is the longest continuous Lennox surfer and dweller on the project team and is a renowned surfboard shaper.
He's keen to see the book finished, because "if someone doesn't do it, that history is lost”.
Phil has seen many changes over the years in the Lennox township.
"It's gone from a sleepy little village to the latte capital of the north coast,” he said.
And he can't remember seeing white pointers in the early days.
"I've seen more sharks in 10 years than I've seen in my lifetime,” he said.
"When you're confronted with something that big, it's a concern.”
Robyn said the heritage committee had identified a huge gap in its collection - the surfing history of Lennox Head - with only two photos, two books and one newspaper article about the subject.
"We thought we had hit the jackpot when we contacted the Lennox National Surfing Reserve committee, but unfortunately all the original images they had used for their 2007 publication had been returned to donors and, with a very few exceptions, were lost to our collection,” she said.
"Now we are excited to be involved with very experienced surfing members of our community in collecting, preserving and sharing the last 60 years of images and memories of surfing, its culture and impact on the lifestyle of Lennox Head.
"Those who help us with images and memories of surfers and beachgoers since the 1950s are assured all material will be kept safely and made available for the future.”
Anyone who can contribute to the collection of surfing history of Lennox Head and adjoining surf breaks, can contact Robyn Hargrave on 0412660994 or Phil Myers on 0403230892.