Snapper Rocks

Snapper Rocks

Surfing Snapper Rocks 1962
From the surfing in the '60s series by Garry Birdsall

For more than half a century hundreds of thousands of surfers, including myself, have spent endless hours enjoying the amazing waves that form off Snapper Rocks, Coolangatta. Back in the '60s a few new found QLD mates and I were lucky enough to have those idylic Snapper Rocks swells to ourselves.

Jack Evans built the Snapper Rocks Sea Baths in 1956, then added an adjacent shark pool for public viewing. Later that year the Boyd brothers, local fishermen, caught two bottlenose dolphin in the Terranora Creek which Jack took and put in the swimming pool where he trained them for the Jack Evans Porpoise Show. The pool remained open for swimming training and the porpoise would swim underneath you and lift you out of the water (sometimes nipping your toes). Jack moved around the corner to a purpose built pool at Duranbah in 1961. Only fragments of the Snapper Rocks pools remain today. (Thank you to my mate, Mal Sutherland, for that gem of Snapper Rocks history).