5th Left

Posted: August 28, 2018 at 12:04 pm

5th Left.  Cronulla’s secret lefthander breaking in open ocean. For decades brave surfers have made the long paddle, and reaped its rewards. Tim Vanderlaan Photo.  1986-21333333

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Now and Then

Posted: June 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Touring Surfers. In NZ, some things just don’t change. Loved that old shot of some Cronulla surfers visiting NZ in the early 60’s. Nice to see that the houses are still there more than 50 years later. Can’t say the same for the old beach homes of Cronulla. Goggle street view photoshopped by Tim Vanderlaan.some things just never change (13 of 30) 10650

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Posted: June 23, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Mid 70’s.  Brian Jackson in the showroom, and on the factory wall at 57 Captain Cook Drive  Caringbah.   A true surfing pioneer.  Tim Vanderlaan Photos

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Rod Menzies

Posted: May 21, 2018 at 4:35 pm

1992. Rod Menzies. An accomplished longboard surfer, and a longtime fixture in the Cronulla surfscene. Rod has more surfing “hours on the clock” than a vintage 60’s kombi. Tim Vanderlaan Photo.fgh

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Peter Sperling

Posted: May 21, 2018 at 4:27 pm

Peter Sperling. “Middles” at the Cape. Body surfing is not new by any means, it’s been around well before surfers took to surfboards, and remains the purest form of riding a wave. Peter seen here pushing the limits of performance at this notorious reef break. Tim Vanderlaan Photocsm3

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The Surf Mobile

Posted: April 29, 2018 at 12:27 pm

1975 Hillman Imp. The pride & joy of a “P” Plater back in the seventies, and when any set of wheels would do. Tim. Vanderlaan Photo.


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May 1979. Cronulla’s “Observer” newspaper.

Posted: April 29, 2018 at 11:12 am

May 1979. Cronulla’s “Observer” newspaper. The final edition of the local newspaper and when you could buy vacant land in Cronulla for $37000, a 2 b/r unit for $46950, a home for $67000 and you could rent a unit in South Cronulla for $79 per week. Tim Vanderlaan collection.


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Jac and Brad

Posted: April 29, 2018 at 11:09 am

Late 1980’s. Grommet carnage in the Wanda Carpark. Jac Tehan & Brad W find a use for a battered board in this Tim Vanderlaan Photo. Footnote: The board belonged to Bruce Toby. It flew off the roof of his car heading south near Engadine in a strong westerly. Murphy’s law and the board flies over the fence onto the train tracks and into the path of a northbound coal train.

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Posted: April 23, 2018 at 7:49 pm

The Surfoplane,was a blow up rubber device to catch waves you could hire them at most City beaches from the 30s to the 60s. For a few bob you could hire them out the front of North Cronulla Surf Club in the 50s.



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The Captain Cook Bridge ’65

Posted: March 25, 2018 at 8:12 am

1965.  had just opened. Peak hour traffic heading north. Tim Vanderlaan photo collection


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