I loaded up the ute nice and early, packed with a nice slice of my collection for the 'show and shine' at 'The Surf Trip' surf swap held as part of the Surfest at Newcastle.
Gavin and team did an amazing job custom building racks for display and setting up tents.
Live apraisals , valuations and discussions of history and design went down under the big top.
Boards on display included this nice selection of Bonzer's and Difta's
Lance, AKA 'Lance's Right' came along and told the story of the his amazing world travelling, reef break discovering single fins.
Prior to leaving for Paupa New Guinea Lance had a board made and sprayed by Marty Worthington. Mystically seeing into the future Marty sprayed a left and right point break that is strikingly similar the the now famous wave Lance went on to pioneer.
Its amazing the board survived the journey.
Lance shared a photo taken by his mum of him about to board a Focker Friendship bound for PNG.
'Show and Shine!'
Penny of trading and selling was going down. Heres a happy customer.
A highlight of the day was when a local MR collector brought out his collection of MR's personal riders from the 80's and 90's. The 3 fin gun being the iconic board featured in the Toohey's beer commercials
Local legend Peter McCabe came down to tell the story of his Lopez shaped bolt that featured on the poster for Dick Hoole's Tubular Swells.
Shaper Sam Egan, Luke's dad, came out to discuss some of his designs that the punters brought along. I was fascinated to hear him tell the story of the development of this fin designed specifically for nose riding.
All the bells and whistles on this one.
Classics up for sale.
You don't find many of these at garage sales like you used to.
MR's from OZ, Hawaii and the US.
We had some tunes.
In depth discussion of the innovation period.
It was a busy day at Surffest.
The swell from Cyclone Wintson arrived and the sets were getting bigger throughout the day.
As if that all wasn't enough we then moved indoors for the live auction.
To finish off an amazing day we had Andrew Kidman there to play some live music and discuss the 20 anniversary of his movie Litmus.