Surf Alley honours boardriders
BYRON Bay’s notorious ’Spew Alley’ has been revitalised and rechristened ‘Surf Alley’ courtesy of a new mural and a surfing honour roll unveiled today.
The roll recognises Byron surfing greats Gary Timperley, Keith Anderson, Danny Wills, Kieren Perrow, Neil Cameron, Geoff McCoy, Bob McTavish, George Greenough, Rusty Miller, Max and Yvonne Pendergast, Algae and Elaine Reid, David (Sput) Keevers and Ben King.
Organised by the local chamber of commerce, Byron United, and funded by local busineses, the sprawling mural runs the length of the alley on both sides and was painted by street artists Russ Fenn and Callie Marshall.
The notorious grafitti-tagged alleyway had become a blight on the Bay – being constantly littered with broken glass and vomit from late-night revellers leaving nearby nightclubs.
Byron United president Sevegne Newton said it was the perfect opportunity to hounour local surfers and reconnect with surfing spirit that the town was built on.
"It was completely neglected and looked terrible so we were keen to work with the local artists responsible for painting the (electricity boxes) around town," she said.