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Stephen McParland Cabarita 1974


Photo courtesy Stephen McParland

Here’s Concord surfer, surveyor and board builder Stephen McParland at work on what he reckons would have been a reject* blank from Dions, at Quintessance Surfboards, Cabarita, around 1974. Somehow Stephen found time to tape record bands, film mountains of surfing action, in between making boards, getting married, keeping ahead, to pull together the most staggering archive (and knowledge)¬†of surf music and film in the known universe. Glenn A Baker reckons his contribution to music history and culture, mainly in print, is ‘titanic’. His output of books and reference works is mighty impressive- check em out here.

Written by garycrockett

March 30th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

Posted in 1960s,1970s

6 Responses to 'Stephen McParland Cabarita 1974'

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  1. Hi

    Iam tryting to contact Steve he has put together a DVD of Bob Laws & Friend called Coastal my husband know as stinky was a mate of Bobs and is in the movie we don’t think we can make it down on the 21st May is it possible we can by a copy off you .

    Thank You

    Margaret Evans

    Margaret Evans

    9 Apr 11 at 9:33 am

  2. Thanks Margaret – email me at or call me on 8239 2483 and I’ll give you Steve’s contact details. I’ll pass on your note in any case.

    All the best


    Gary Crockett

    10 Apr 11 at 12:41 am

  3. Steve,
    Top Class mate. Loved the MOVIE- Loved the MUSIC- Loved the way you put it all TOGETHER. Fitting TRIBUTE to a GUY who gave us all sooo much- Les Mullens. Contact me anytime 0413239799 -mullo

    Les Mullens

    22 Jul 11 at 7:45 am

  4. Thanks Les – I’ll pass this on to Stephen McP, who’s helping us out not surprisingly with some great music suggestions. Gary

    Gary Crockett

    22 Jul 11 at 10:47 am

  5. hi Steve,
    Old surfer here and just watched the review on ABC/Arts had a some film of a girl surfer who you did not no dropping in on a wave guess what the girl was Victoria (vicki) Burke she was a Cronulla Surfer she move to Narooma on the south coast but got killed in a car accident about 18 years ago,we use to surf togeather down the coast can tell you more if you need

    jim armstrong

    6 Nov 11 at 7:55 am

  6. Thanks Jim – just after I did that interview I found out from Alastair Waddell that her name was Vicki Burke although I don’t think he knows the sad story of her death. Would you happen to have any photos of Vicki…? She apparently made a few contest appearances… Thanks again, will pass this on to Steve McParland – Gary

    Gary Crockett

    6 Nov 11 at 8:52 am

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