A valuable source of information on those early days can be found in club newsletters, “Surf-Side” edited by John Logan that were printed as short typed magazines. Some of the ongoing issues included: getting members to pay their subs; beach zoning at Waikanae; and club members being a bit cliquey, e.g. the Robert’s Road group, the girl’s group, and the VW group. It reads all too familiar; 50 years on and people are just the same, only the technology is different.
There were individual’s surf trips to Australia including Gail Patty and Marice Richardson getting great surf at Byron Bay and Noosa in 67. Likewise there were plenty of Aussies coming our way including Bob McTavish in 1966 who made boards under Bob Davie’s label. Bob Davie then left Gisborne to set up a board factory in Mount Maunganui. Not long after Alan Byrne and his parents Joined Bob to help in his new enterprise leaving Chris Ransley as their local salesman.
The club also got a letter from Aussie surf legend Snow CJ McAllister who had read a copy of “Surf-Side,” possibly given to him by a traveling Gisborne Local and was very impressed by the club activities and organisation.