Dick Hoole drops in to Cronulla
Cronulla had a touch of surf media celebrity status this week with a visit from retired surf film-maker Dick Hoole and a budding Japanese surf film-maker.
|Dick Hoole [left] and visiting Japanese surf film-maker Mamoru Kimura enjoy lunch|
in Cronulla at the Watergrill Restaurant in the Cronulla RSL.
|Dick Hoole and Steve Core [right] catch-up at the|
Watergrill Restaurant in Cronulla
Barry “Dick” Hoole grew up in Sydney – near the famous Bondi Beach. In Dick’s words “Barry was a real person whose mother loved him, Dick was my fantasy character who only cared about surfing”.
In 1967, shortly after he left school for good in search for surf, Dick began working at San Juan Surfboards in Byron Bay – a hangout for surfing greats like eccentric George Greenough, Bob McTavish and travelling pros like Californian surfer Mike Doyle and Hawaiian Randy Rarick. Within a couple of years Dick was off to Hawaii where Randy Rarick hooked him up with a job at the Dewey Weber Surfboard factory, where he met Jack McCoy.
Shortly after Jack McCoy moved to Australia, he and Dick Hoole teamed up taking surf photos and began selling their pictures under the name Propeller Promotions. Their work was turning up everywhere – and surfers liked what they saw. It was around this time that they started thinking about making a 16mm surf movie.
So together they made their first film in 1976, In Search of Tubular Swells. The following year they released Jeffrey’s Bay Dream and Stubbies. The dynamic duo next teamed up to produce Storm Riders in 1982.
These days Dick is semi-retired and lives in Byron Bay. He has never been far from his first love of surfing and works daily at running the Classic Surf Company, which sells surfing DVD’s, surf collectables and surfing images.
Dick will be back in Cronulla for February to sell his wide range of surfing nostalgia products at our month-long Celebration of Surfing Festival: Surf Retrospect