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David ‘BADDY’ Treloar – A BRIEF HISTORY

By December 19, 2017 No Comments

Brawny Australian regular footer from Angourie, New South Wales; David Treloar was a pioneering shortboard surfer, and runner-up in the juniors division of the Australian National Titles in 1968 and 1969. Treloar was born (1951) and raised in Sydney, and began surfing at age seven, under the guidance of older brother and top Australian surfer Graeme Treloar. David (known since adolescence as “Baddy”) invariably finished second to Victorian super-surfer Wayne Lynch in national events during the late ’60s.

In 1971, Treloar moved to Angourie, on the rural wave-rich North Coast of New South Wales; surf moviemaker Alby Falzon visited the North Coast that same year, filming for his new project Morning of the Earth, and captured Treloar’s idyllic ocean-based existence—making boards in his vine-covered backyard, and running down a bucolic trail to ride the long, hollow, beautiful point waves at Angourie.

Treloar appeared in a few other Australian-made surf movies, including The Way We Like It (1968), Splashdown (1969), and Tracks (1970). In 1993, he was named as the “Best Surfer at Angourie” by Australia’s Surfing Life magazine.

 

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