Rex ‘China’ Gilbert

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  1. I’m sooooo pleased that a friend sent me this and all the other photos I can remember China surfing down at Torquay. In those days the only way to Bells beach was around the headland on the rocks while the tide was out. no JanJuc then. must have been
    the late 40 or early fifties. We used to go down to Torquay for our holidays with a Caravanette and our car. We used to camp
    amongst the teatree near the backwash the surfers would allow us to use their old boards to paddle on on the creek/backwash.
    had to keep an eye out for snakes. when China would be on the water word went around very quickly so that we could all go
    down to the water and watch him. how wonderful. To see him come in on his head on his board was nothing but spectacular.
    Wonderful wonderful memories. Must say his body shape was a little different in those days like us all!!! Judy Kastelic McLarenVale south Australia.

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