9 January 22
It's now over six months since "The Little General of Arrawarra" left us, and finally after several false starts due to Covid, his friends and the crew at the Woolgoolga Longboard Club have set a date for a paddle-out and send-off:
Arrawarra Headland - rain, hail or shine - Satuday January 15, 12 noon. And of course, as Marty would like it, everybody is welcome.
Posted below is our news story as it first ran here on 22nd of June, 2021.
The intro is by PLB editor JB, the tribute is by John and Liz Scholten.
Farewell Mart Curry
Longboarding and Australian surfing lost an absolutely lovely bloke, Marty Curry, a week ago (Thursday 17th) after he collapsed while riding a wave at Mullaway on the NSW North Coast. His Woolgoolga Longboard Club mates and daily surfing buds tried desperately to revive him but Marty was gone – leaving many heartbroken friends all up and down the East Coast.
Marty was a warm-hearted character and to meet him was to like him, and so many people did. We’ve had many phone calls and messages here at PLB from grieving friends young and old, and we asked Woopi’s John and Liz Scholten if they’d like to pen a tribute on their behalf.
Marty Curry, a good friend and fellow Woopi Club member tragically passed away recently, doing what he loved, surfing with mates.
Having known Marty since the mid seventies I'll attempt to give you a glimpse of this terrific bloke's life - who loved life, who was always involved, and great company to be around.
Marty was one of the Newcastle boys who would travel up the coast on countless weekends. With his infectious laugh and easy going attitude it was not hard to warm to him. Surf through the day and party all night.
It didn't take long before Marty made the permanent move to Coffs, finally finding his sandy roots in Mullaway. Joining the Woopi Longboard Club, Marty was able to put his organisational and social skills into practice and took on rolls of Contest Director, Treasurer, Secretary, President, and was finally rewarded with Life Membership.
Our Christmas party/annual presentation camping weekend was a Marty affair, where he would don the Santa Suit and weave his magic with the ladies! Red roses abounded!
Marty's house was party central where many a wayward mate could find a bed for the night. Marty loved to joke around, and didn't mind being the butt of his own jokes! Being a keen St George supporter was his downfall though!
The Little General of Arrawarra - "Crackawarra!" "Bring back the tick gate!" "Keep out the marauding Queenslanders!" he would scream. All in good taste!
Marty loved the mateship at going-away comps, Loggers being his favourite, and they loved him! Corralling the vans together to form the infamous “Pig Pen” - what more could Marty want, close to the club and barefoot bowls! All sorts of shenanigans would go on there!
Marty loved his surfing, a goofyfooter with a killer cutback. When he put it all together he would scream "Marty on fire!" .
Marty loved a good coffee! After a morning surf with his retirees crew, they would then retire to Riviera for their morning caffeine shot and shoot the breeze!
Marty loved to travel and pre-covid he clocked up quite a few surf trips with mates to Papua New Guinea and his beloved NZ, to name just a couple.
Always remember Marty for his infectious laugh and happy-go-lucky attitude to life!
Rest in peace mate, you are missed by so many. It has been a privilege to have known you.
Hot Curry! Marty Curry!
Hope this gives a little insight into his life. Marty leaves behind a beautiful daughter, Jemma, who he spoke of so proudly.
This is our view (I hope we haven't offended anybody).
- Thank you, Scholten family