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1974 clipping from the Courier Mail: From left, Des Curtis from Tweed who finished third, winner Kevin Barr from Kingcliff, sponsor Mrs J. Mayer of the Grande Hotel Coolangatta, and runner-up Peter Crawford from Dee Why.

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Kevin Barr, 2017 in the Maldives.

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Wave-huggers every one of them! Kneelos on a jaunt through the Maldives (read their story in PLB Volume 20#2).

200 Kneeanderthals heading to the D-Bah Kneeboard Classic Reunion

10 February 18


The first was in1973, Peter Crawford won it, MP entered, as did 90 rabid crew from all over the country.

The Classic soon became a melting point as most guys only ever knew a few other kneelos from their local area, and this allowed everyone to catch up and see what everyone else was riding and how they surfed.

In 1974 Kneeboarding was then included into the State and Australian Surfing Championships.

SID, THE CLUBHOUSE, THE BIRTH:

Tweed Heads Boardriders club was previously the Snapper Rocks Boardriders and they were offered the opportunity to move over the border and have a clubhouse built - if members would assist in the beach patrols of D-Bah Beach.

Everything went OK for about six months until members got the shits with patrols and started to leave in droves.

Sid Aspinal was on the original committee and he must have given some sort of personal guarantee over the loan on the building because in the end he was left holding the can.

Sid owned a surf-clothing store in Coolangatta before the term “surf shop” was even invented, and he was then forced to close it and try to raise money to support a club with a dwindling membership.

He then had a little weekend food shop within the club for a few years.

Sid, who was always a major supporter of the ASAQ (Qld Surfing), decided to run the first international school boys contest in 1971. In 1972 on my return from studying in California he and I then decided to organise a kneeboard contest (actually called Belly Board at the time). So hence the Dbah Kneelo Classic was born.

THE HISTORY:

Peter Crawford won the first event, and with his close affinity with the media helped promote the contest. Michael Peterson even entered the first one, and by the second year numbers had grown to about 140.

The contest then ran every Easter until the late 1980s with competitors coming from all around the world.

On the contest’s demise the Australian Kneeboard Association was formed and they then sanctioned contests all around Australia.

THE REUNION:

Easter it is - Good Friday and Saturday at the old Tweed Heads Boardriders Clubhouse (now Air Sea Rescue) at D-Bah - March 30 & 31

The reunion should have up to 200 Kneeanderthals!

Friday night is a get-together, bbq, drinkies and a mini trade show.

Saturday will also include a board and memorabilia swap, trade show and board collections with a few beers between surfs.

  -   report from Kevin Barr - head surf tragic at Barz Optics

  -    For more info email Kevin kevin@barzoptics.com  - or phone 0400 769 559

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