Ballinas beach culture returns

As a member of the Ballina Lighthouse & Lismore Surf Life Saving Clubs surfboat team in the 60s, Max Sidney well remembers those golden days of summer.

We had a beach house at Ballina and always spent our weekends at the beach, said Max, who at the age of 72 still works in the familys Lismore plumbing business. It was a different era back then because people didnt have cars so you stayed at the beach all day. Not like today where you can flit around all over the place.

Max fondly remembers the annual Miss Summergirl competitions, the camaraderie of the surf club and rescuing more than a few people over the years.

Maxs surfboat team took out the Australian Surfboat Championship title three times a record that hasnt been broken to this day. He puts it all down to hard work.

We trained five days a week on the river in Lismore, said Max, and Saturday and Sunday were spent in the surf at Ballina. We took it very seriously.

Max will be a special guest at the Boom Town Ballina 150th gala dinner at the Ballina RSL Club next Monday, November 6 a nostalgic journey back to the beach culture of the 1960s. For full details see page 11.


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