Camp Site Ding Repairs. From the Surfing in the 70's series by Garry Birdsall.
Garry recalls, in the 1970s many of my older surfing mates expressed the wish to abandon city life in favour of the freedom offered by the quiet coastal areas and towns of Australia. The story goes with the skills of his trade built up over many decades, this retired boardbuilder has found serenity on a beach where he passes on board repair techniques to the local grommets.
Garry was born in Sydney where surfing is a national pastime (in his words). He spent all his leisure time as a youth on the beaches surfing. He was one of the pioneers of Malibu surfboard riding. Garry’s surfing ability was so good that he competed in numerous Australian and world surfing events. He was the first artist in Australia to do airbrushed paintings on surfboards. Most of his life he’s worked in the surfing industry form board building to wholesale & retail sales.
Today, Garry paints in his Sydney based studio. He uses a variety of mixed media but mostly favours the technique he used in “Cronulla Point Going Off” which is a combination of opaque and translucent watercolours. He’s still out actively surfing and many of his painting are inspired by the magic of the ocean and his love of riding waves.