Should’ve Been Here Yesterday. History of North Shore Boardriders 1969-1979.

Should’ve Been Here Yesterday. History of North Shore Boardriders 1969-1979.

“Should’ve Been Here Yesterday” is the first book in a series documenting the history of North Shore Boardriders.

Compiled by Kristen Jones, the book explores the origins of the club in the late 60s and its foundation years through to 1979. It covers the humble beginnings of the club from within Cowley’s Surf Shop at Redcliffe, the trips north by members on weekends to camp and surf at North Coast beaches, the struggles involved in running contests as a fledgling club and further down the track, gaining recognition for North Coast surfers.

More than the history of North Shore Boardriders, the book is a 100 page coffee table piece, featuring fabulous historic photographs of Maroochydore, Cotton Tree, Alex and Mooloolaba in the 60s and 70s (courtesy of the Sunshine Coast Heritage Library), it touches on the shortboard revolution in the late 60s and delves into the memories, photo albums and scrapbooks of past members for snippets of surfing in the 70s. Stories, pics and results from Regional, State and National titles also feature.

Full of nostalgia, single fins and long blonde hair, this book is a great collection of stories and photographs from an era of surfing innocence on the edge of propulsion into the commercial world. Most who read it wish they could go back just for a day and ride those fabulous waves the east coast experienced in the 70s – pristine banks and no crowds.

“Should’ve Been Here Yesterday” can be ordered by email moretonview@bigpond.com or phone Kristen on 0417786100. Cost is $25 plus postage.

The second book in the series will feature the 80s and will be compiled over the next couple of years. All contributions will be gratefully received.  If you were a member throughout the 80’s please contact Kristen as above.