In a nutshell...

Words and Pictures is exactly that. Words in the form of a story and Pictures that either back up the story or form the basis of the story.
I love old surfboards, preferably single fins from the late 60's and early 70's, so many of the stories are based around these.

Monday, January 24, 2011


My brother, Trent, works for himself now but about 6 years ago he was working for an air conditioning company and was often moving around Newcastle and the Hunter on different jobs.
One day, he started telling me about this board he found underneath Charlestown Library. He said it was a Bob Brown board, which immediately interested him as his first old single was a Bob Brown (see first post). He also added that the board was short and wide.
He had to keep going back to work on the system under the library for a while and he started to find out where the board came from by asking one of the librarians. It turned out to be an old display that had been forgotten about and the librarian said she would find out whether he could have it.
This board became quite an interesting topic between Trent and I and he started taking photos of it to show me. One day I received an email under the subject heading: The Charlestown Library Secret Weapon
Each of the attached photos were named CLSW1, CLSW2 etc.
In the end he got the board and when I saw it in the flesh (or fibreglass) I could see it was an old 70's kneeboard. I tried to surf it one day but it slid out a lot. It has spent the last few years standing in the corner of my classroom and has been used for several demonstrations with my Yr3 students.


  1. It slid out!? With that dirty big fin?

  2. the fin is long but doesn't have much area and the tail is super-wide so it combines to make one really slippery board. i'd like to give it a go again though.