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Lennox surfing history project

Lennox Point line-up in 1975. Note the cars parked along the water’s edge. The Lennox National Surfing Reserve Association wants to archive as much footage of the area as possible.
Lennox Point line-up in 1975. Note the cars parked along the water’s edge. The Lennox National Surfing Reserve Association wants to archive as much footage of the area as possible.

LENNOX HEAD surfers have put out a call to the public for any old surfing photos and film footage for a pictorial history of the famous point break.

The Lennox National Surfing Reserve Association wants to archive as much footage of the surfing reserve area as they can find and have offered to digitalise and preserve copies for contributors at no cost.

Lennox Head surf film-maker Marcus Baker will transfer old footage to digital format, and already has begun the process with footage provided by a local resident, Dennis Cody.

Mr Cody’s footage was shot in the early 1970s and features a classic cyclone swell at Lennox Point, as well as panoramas of the pristine, then undeveloped Lennox Head.

Reserve association member George Leslie said the project was not a commercial endeavour and copyright would be retained by the contributors.

“The aim of this project is to copy and safely store and archive anything and everything on film, VHS or photos that have gone down in the reserve area over the years,” he said.

“This is not being looked at as a ‘commercial’ project but as historical preservation – past, present and in the years to come. It will always be a work in progress.

“Possibly at some stage images could be used for fundraising activities of the Lennox National Surfing Reserve Association Inc, but only with the agreement of whoever owns the original footage or images.

“Each person contributing film or video footage will be given a DVD copy of their material only.”

The surfing reserve stretches from Flat Rock to Lennox Main Beach, although other local footage and pictures from outside that specific area will be considered for preservation. Organisers are considering a public viewing and anyone with material should contact Mr Leslie on 6687 4277 or archives@lennoxsurfing reserve.com



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