Surf alley honours legends
Sixteen surfers who have been influential in the Byron Bay surfing scene have had their names immortalised in print on an honour roll in a new surf alley unveiled in Byron Bay on Tuesday.
The alleyway, which runs between Jonson Street and a back carpark, has long been covered in graffiti and was known locally as ‘spew alley’.
Now the alley walls have been transformed by artists Russ Fenn and Callie Marshall with bright surfing murals including dolphins, whales, surfboards, surfers and the honour roll.
The project, which started in July, was the brainchild of Byron United, and wall sponsors include Sportsgirl, Sportspower, La La Land and Billabong.
Surfers recognised on the roll include: 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; Ben King and Garrett Parkes.
Byron United president Sevegne Newton said she was really pleased with the alleyway transformation.
“There’s still some work to do, but it’s looking great,” she said.
“Byron Bay is a surfing town with iconic surfing legends, so this is great recognition for them.”
David (Sput) Keevers said the alleyway looked amazing and helped to celebrate the town’s surfing culture.
Danny Wills agreed.
“Wow. I was so surprised when I saw the alleyway,” he said.
“I actually did not know the work was being done as I have been so busy, and it was a total blow-out when I saw it.
“It’s amazing, awesome and certainly brightens up what was once a sad alley.”
The new murals will be graffiti-proofed and will be spray-painted with a special lacquer.