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Ross Bailey and his Gordon Woods hotdogger


Photo Ted Harvey, 1963, courtesy Ross Bailey

Had lunch with my good mate and veteran Newcastle ‘Surf Rat’ Ross Bailey the other day. Not surprisingly we talked at length about the early years of malibu surfing north of Sydney and he gave me a handful of photos, including this one of him ‘on the nose’ aboard his brand new striped Gordon Woods 9 foot sixer.

He also gave me an old photo of him in 1963 outside the Gordon Woods factory shop at 208 Harbord Road, Brookvale  – that’s Ross Bailey on the right of the door, about to check out the new range.

Gordon Woods Surfboard Centre Brookvale 1963, photo courtesy Ross Bailey

Here’s the Gordon Woods showroom in 1968, with a few of Gordon’s lastest stringerless ‘involvement’ models on show. The image (below) is from the back cover of John Witzig’s Surf International Vol 1 No 1 in 1968 held in a private collection.

The old Gordon Woods shop in 2008…

The shop today, courtesy google maps…



Written by garycrockett

May 31st, 2013 at 1:38 am

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  1. m ore names for front cover of Teenagers left Peter st.John,3rd from left Ken Mc Knight,4th Jim Pike,5th Barry Watson,6th Peter Menzies,7th John Boylan,8th Ross Gibson.Middle row blue speedo’s John Mater,squatting Steve Try,middle behind midget Jimmy Ingham, all manly boys

    john boylan

    7 Sep 13 at 1:26 am

  2. thanks for the update John – do you remember what the occasion was…?

    Gary Crockett

    8 Sep 13 at 11:45 pm

  3. Hey man i think it’s great what you’re doing here preserving the roots of surfing. I’ve bookmarked your site for sure 🙂


    26 Dec 13 at 1:40 pm

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