The Shane Gang, 1972 at Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. L-R: Gary Stephens, ?, Kim Hancock, Don Shaw, Brian Newman, Richard Cavill, Richard Harvey , Phil Doolas, Eric Chatfield, Tony Eltherington, Chris Doolas, ?/?/ Tony Bearcock. Supplied by Richard Harvey.
4 October 19
Surf World Gold Coast will be hosting Surfing Industry Icon Shane Stedman and the launch of his best-selling book The Shane Gang for its 8th function of the year and its final one for 2019.
With its full title “The Shane Gang” surviving the Sixties, Surfboards, Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll, and Ugh Boots, it's guaranteed to be an entertaining night with a barrel of laughs.
Well known Tweed Coast surfboard builder John Harris who was given his first surfboard making job by Shane in 1972 as then Northern Beaches Sydney Junior Champion will be MC for the evening.
After conquering Brookvale in the late 60s, Shane made a bold move to take on the Gold Coast to compete against Joe Larkin, Peter Drouyn, Neilsens, Dick Van Straalen, Lawrie Hohensee, Ray Woolsey and the Adler Surf Centre.
He recruited Mona Vale surfing champion and shaper Richard Harvey to be his manager and set up a surf shop at Mermaid Beach on the Gold Coast Highway.
The much liked and admired Harvey had not trouble in enlisting a Gold Coast Shane Gang with up and coming surfing talent such as Gold Coast legend Tony “Doris” Eltherington.
“I was the shaper, glasser, sander, finish coater. floor sweeper,“ said Richard who added, “Boards were around $125 - 6'3 to 6'8" and not a leg rope in sight as you can see in the 1972 photo at the Mermaid Beach shop!”
Richard and Doris are now long lifelong friends and are currently sailing the high seas in the Mentawais, Indonesia on board Tony Eltherington’s yacht.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite and can be purchased at the door. $10.00 admission from 5pm with food & drinks available at affordable prices.
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- Author: Andrew McKinnon for SWGC