1964 Jim Newburn Club Champion ’64, ’66

Winner of our first Senior (Open) contest and 1964 Club Champion. What an extraordinary surfer and all round sportsman. He had won the inaugural Mattara contest in 1962 at just 16 years of age, a hot dogging maestro with no comparison in Newcastle. That’s not to say he couldn’t excel in larger waves as well, as shown in these photos from 1964 showcasing his unique nose riding style. Despite his commanding presence at the Club’s founding he had joined rival “invitation only” club Oceanside by March, 1965. However he returned and claimed a second Club championship in 1966.