Timpo a pioneer
By PHIL ROXBURGH
GARY TIMPERLEY is a homegrown North Coast legend, born and bred in Byron Bay.
He is still an inspiration to the current generation of hot young surfers around the Bay and, in fact, was only just edged into second place in last year's poll on who is the greatest-ever Byron Bay surfer, by current World Championship Tour surfer Danny Wills.
Timpo was the first born-andbred local to go out on to the world circuit when he toured the world in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
On the pro circuit he racked up a string of finals placings, with third places in the famous Stubbies events at Burleigh Heads in 1979, 1981 and again in 1982.
He won the Quiksilver trials at Bells Beach, Victoria, in 1982 and featured in pro finals in Africa at Jeffreys Bay and in the Mainstay Classic at Durban.
Timperley rates his three invitations into the legendary Duke contests in Hawaii as among his most memorable achievements.
He basically retired from competition surfing in 1983 and opened the Bay Action store. Today he operates a swag of surf shops in the Bay, including the Big Kahuna, S-cape Byron and, as of a few months ago, the new Billabong concept store.
Gary lives at Suffolk Park with his wife, Tracy, and sons Jy, 6, and Ryan, 15.