In recent times there has been much controversy with regard
disappearance of "Peaks". With the post mortems and
opinions in abundance I
decided to consult with the "Gelp", guru of surfing
days gone by. So I asked him,
"How did Peaks come to be and
what was it like near 40 years ago ?"
In a recent email I got the following reply
Peaks, aw mate, it just came on overnight.
Myself, an Auzzie called Skip, a South African
by the name of Donald Palmer & me ol mate Stu Murray
were walking back from Muke I.
late one winter arvo in 1970 and there it was, going off its
..... bout 3-5 ft. It just "appeared"
A few weeks later it was high tide,
6-8 foot, and, .........
ya should have seen
Looked like something out of Hawaii, just this massive peak
which you could surf if ya stayed
on the eastern side, only twice I took off on the wrong side,
first time I near crapped myself
and on the second occasion I broke my board in half !
Myself, and Tim "the Duke" Berghan
took a real shine to the break and spent most of our time out
there when it was breaking. I
would pick up Tim & Stu and when they asked, "where are we
going ?" the reply would be,
" ....... Peaks, uts going off ! "
As a final word the "Gelp"
also noted that from the moment Peaks
started to work consistently
Mukerau I. stopped.
"food for thought ......."