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Surf Into Summer: The Originals

Raglan has a rich local history of surfing. From soulful characters to defining moments, we hope to highlight and uncover a big part of Raglan’s surfing history that some may not know about. Over the next few columns we’ll be introducing The Originals, a crew who have been surfing the points since the late 50’s.


we’d searched for places
as would throw us
clean and peeling waves
to run for miles
rising, falling

then this wild edge
with surging walls
that seemed to carry all of history
they clamoured at the coast
in sun-shot mist and foam
save only round a point of rocks
it drew their waters
into full and flaring caverns
even gods would dream
to sport amongst
in early worlds

ours was the chance

we took it breathless
all the start, working surfaces
until we’d nerved ourselves
then cut back deep
through bottom turns
to drive the inside faces
broke out flaunting
on the hanging crests

while our bodies
learned a song of ancient mysteries
for we are lucky
as were any of the young
who ever lived

and surfed the place into our bones

Campbell Ross
One of the original
surfers of The Point

Photo of The Originals was taken on a Saturday in February 1962, some of the original surfers of The Point at Manu Bay: Richard Carr, Peter Stevenson, Peter Miller, Mike Styles and Campbell Ross. Others in the group that surfed The Point on the Sunday were: Gerry (Geraldine) Bodie, Mike Court, Grant Griffths, Rex Cochrane, Peter Stevenson, John Bonner, Tony Crosby, Billy Foster, Ces Marsh and Peter Carr.

Poem, photograph and caption on display in the Surfing Exhibit at the Raglan Museum, located in the i-site.

The Surf Column is sponsored by Raglan Surf Co. 

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