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1924 - Neta Green and her sisters on the grass banks at Cottesloe. This was a popular spot to come for holidays for the Green family.
1933 - Neta Green/Fisher and her sisters often came to Cottesloe beach for their holidays. They lived near Dangin in the Wheatbelt. When Colin was born he was brought to Cottesloe beach as a child which was to become so much a part of his later life. His ashes were scattered off Cottesloe Groyne in 2009.
1933 - Pop Fisher and Neta Green at Cottesloe courting. The Fisher family and the Green family would spend their holidays at Cottesloe from the early 1900's at Cottesloe beach.
1936 - Colin Fisher and his mum Neta Green with two younger siblings on the Cottesloe Jetty in 1940.
1939 - Cynthia Sutton/Hughes who's daughter Desray married Peter Cuff, relaxing on the Durban beach front. Sydney Sutton her father travelled from Sydney Australia in 1901 as a first aid officer for the Boer War to Durban. He met and married Cynthia's mum Daisy Scott in Durban and stayed in South Africa. 90 years later Craig Fisher arrived in Durban from Australia to work as a lifeguard and met Cinde Cuff and they moved back to Australia.
1940 - Riding early paddle boards in 1930-1940 at Cottesloe beach. The early boards were made from canvas and were very heavy to lift into the water. (photo credit external)
1948 - Colin Fisher showing off the latest in fashionable clothing in 1948 along the Albany Coast. He was an early surf pioneer exploring the south west of W.A for surf breaks.
1948- Colin Fisher moved down to Cottesloe from the wheatbelt where the family had spent many holidays since 1900. Neta's sister's family were living behind the OBH and Colin stayed with them initially before moving to a shared flat in John Street.
1952 - Colin Fisher paddling in the newspaper marathon along Perth beaches.
1956 - Colin Fisher driving to a Surf Life Saving carnival held in 1956 in conjunction with the Melbourne Olympics. Phill Pegg and Clive Jarrot did the trip with him in Pop Fishers car which was from Quairading W.A. Craig Fisher and Kirk Jarrott did the same trip 30 years later going to the Aussies.
Start of Board race at Torquay in 1956. The California's brought to Australia the new Malibu design. They competed in the surf races but were not allowed to compete in the board races as some of them were racing at the Melbourne Olympics . Colin Fisher later made the first Malibus in W.A at Cottesloe. The Californian surfers toured up the East Coast of Australia with the Malibus and left them there when they departed.
1956 - Colin Fisher training for the 1956 Surf Life Saving Carnival in Torquay in the Adelaide pool on a stop over, travelling from Western Australia over the Nullabor.
1950- Phil (Paddles) Peg and Colin Fisher were best mates through the fifties This was taken at a carnival in Bussleton in 1950.
1950 - The Indiana surf life saving rowing boats have become iconic to the Cottesloe Surf Life saving club. Colin Fisher is shown here as a part of the surfboat crew in 1950.
1952 - Three Cottesloe Surf Life Saving club members lived in a shared flat in John Street Neil Lamb , Colin Fisher and Eric Hoffmaster. The regular parties that were common here evolved into the Retreat Club and were commemorated every boxing day for 60 years with spouses and children being brought to the party.
1953 - Colin Fisher was a member of the W.A state surf life saving team. Board paddlers in this era were not given full recognition in the team. R&R , swimming and belt racing were the more recognised disciplines in surf life saving through this era.
1953 - Cottesloe Junior R&R team at the National Tiles in Newport. Colin Fisher was a board paddler in the Cottesloe team of this era.
1950 - Colin Fisher and Artie Shaw from Cottesloe Surf Life Saving club were the dominant board paddlers through the 1950's. Artie Shaw later became the first president of Western Australia Surfing. Bob Phelps from Scarborough , Artie Shaw and Colin Fisher were the top three board paddlers through the 1950's.
Colin Fisher and his mates often drove down to Yallingup and stored their boards at Caves House near the Yallingup Surf Break.
1950 - Colin Fisher travelling down south in Western Australia on a Surf Trip. Colin and his mates would often go down south looking for surf over this period.
1950 - Surf Club members from both Cottesloe Club and Bunbury club came down to Yallingup from the 1930's to test themselves on the bigger waves. There was a rescue in this period by the Cottesloe Club forming a human chain however the patient and one of the rescuers was washed off. The long pintail boards were often stored at Caves House. Colin Fisher stayed at an uncle's place nearby at Treeton . (photo credit History of WA surfing)
Percy Jones shack is in the foreground at Gnarabup. Jill Fisher, Betty and Mary Jones spent many summer days here in the 1950's.
1955 - This is one of Peter Cuffs early Stand Up paddle boards at Fort Hill in the middle of Africa. Peter was in the colonial police in Zambia and Malawi. He later broke this board up and made it into a bed and claims that he conceived all his children on a Standup Paddle Board.
1958 - Peter Cuff was one of the early pioneers in South Africa in Standup Paddle Boarding. The initial boards came from Australia with a man called Crocker so they were called Crocker skis. Peter lived in Port Elizabeth and would often travel down to Jefferies bay and Cape St Francis to surf.
1958 - Peter Cuff Standup Paddling with girlfriend at Orient Beach in South Africa
1961 - This was Gnarabup beach in the 1960's. Percy Jones shed was in the corner. Jill Sidebottom/Fisher, Mary Jones and Betty Jones spent many pleasant summer days on the beach. The West Boys are playing in the water in this photo. Colin Fisher was surfing at Yallingup in the 1950's and would have come south in his courtship with Jill Sidebottom . The third generation of fisher board paddlers were brought up on this beach and is the site of the Stand Up Surfing business today.
1966 - Peter Cuff enjoying the pool the day before his wedding to Desray Hughes. He worked as Physical Education teacher for 30 years and still is a passionate surfer in his 80's.
1970 - Peter Cuff Standup Paddling 1970 with double paddles and paddle tied to the ski
1972 - Cinde Cuff/Fisher on a Standup Paddle Board in 1972 in the pool at their residence in East London South Africa.
1974 - The Lucky Strike marathon is a ski race started in the 1970's in South Africa. Peter Cuff and the family were often hosts for the international paddlers .
1974 - Paul Chalupsky and Tony Scott were dominant paddlers of this era in ski paddling South Africa. The sons of Paul Chalupsky - Oscar, Herman and Walter all became very good paddlers. Tony Scott dominated ski paddling in South Africa and partnered with Malcom Hall in double ski paddling who was Craig and Cinde's best man at their wedding in South Africa.
1976 - Peter Cuff's family hosted the British team ski paddlers for the Lucky strike marathon. Alan Homes and Peter Gaisford from Cornwall later became very good friends with Craig and Cinde Fisher in Cornwall UK and have an ongoing relationship to this day.
1980 - Craig Fisher was a part of the Cottesloe R&R team for four years and competed at several Australian Titles over this period.
1978 - Craig Fisher competed in the Australian and State Titles for 10 years before moving overseas to compete and lifeguard internationally.
1983 -Craig moved overseas in1988 and competed in several World Surf Life Saving titles and national titles in South Africa, UK and Europe. He trained many of the early European competitors between 1989-1994 when the two life saving organisations of the world were merged into one. He later won the world 030 masters title in board paddling in 1996 in Durban South Africa.
The Fisher family have had an unbroken membership with the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club since 1948 and have been very successful over the years in Board Paddling.
1983 - Craig Fisher competed in Ironman Racing for over 30 years at Australian Titles and World Surf Life Saving Titles having success in several countries.
1983 - Craig Fisher competed in many disciplines of Surf Life Saving Sport. This photo is taken on the start line of the Taplin race at the Australian Championships in 1983 with Grant Kenny and Trevor Hendy who became dominant competitors in Surf Life Saving sport.
1990 - Craig Fisher competed for the Perranporth Team from Cornwall UK at the World Titles in 1990 The Perranporth team came third to Surfers Paradise and Cronulla in the Taplin event. The carnival was held at Travemunde in Germany on the Baltic sea where the old Eastern German wall finished on the water. The team came back together 18 years later and competed at Warnemunde 120k away also on the Baltic sea at the 2008 Worlds. Cottesloe SLSC and Perranporth SLSC share club colours.
1998 - Craig Fisher raced for 30 years in Swimming, Paddle Board and Ironman racing in Australia, UK, Europe, South Africa and California. In 1996 he won the 0/30 World Board Masters Title in Durban. This is one his last races in the open ironman division in Cornwall UK.
1996 - The Cuff family long board collection . Brad Cuff and and Craig Cuff were very succesful longboard surfers competing at South African and International level competitions.
2012 The next generation of board paddlers. Colin Fisher, Craig Fisher and Kirra Jay Fisher all board paddlers with the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving club in Western Australia.
2020- The Fisher boys Kirra-Jay, Perran and Jake grew up at Gnarabup near Margaret River and competed for the Cottesloe club in Perth. Their names come from Surf Beaches from around the world. They run the Standup Paddle School at Gnarabup in the summer and study in Perth near Cottesloe Beach. They continue a long legacy of waterman and beach lovers from South Africa and Australia for over 120 years. For the last 70 years there has been a close association with Gnarabup and Cottesloe beachs that is still very strong today.
2020- Cottesloe beach has been a central meeting point for the Fisher and Green Families since 1900. The family is still an active part of the club. Here are the three Fisher boys patroliing on the beach.
2020 - Cottesloe beach has been a constant in the Fisher/Green family history from 1900 through five generations. It was a initally a place of holidays and then as volunteer life savers from 1948 through to today where the fisher boys still hang out as they complete their education at University living in nearby Crawley.