Ocean Beach Malibu Club Inc.
A meeting in 1962, conducted in Stan Green’s garage located in Augusta St, Umina, lead to the creation of the original Ocean Beach Surfing Association with Kerry Purdon elected as the club’s inaugural president. Some of those original members including Harry Wall, John Young, Dennis “Chicka” Knock, Bill & John Monie, along with Kerry Purdon can still be sighted at Umina to this day.
The club competed very successfully until the end of the 1966 season whereby, with the Vietnam War seeing some members drafted, others joining the larger Central Coast club and some joining Sydney based clubs, the Ocean Beach Surfing Association disbanded.
A resurgence of surfers riding longboards in the late 1980’s lead to the Umina Boardriders holding a longboard heat at the completion of their contests which continually grew in popularity and so the Ocean Beach Malibu Club was officially formed in 1989, keeping the “Ocean Beach” name as a tribute to the original club.
In the early days of settlement, the whole strip of sand from The Cove at Umina to Ettalong Point was known as Ocean Beach.
From 1997 club membership increased rapidly. The requirement for operating guidelines saw the club gain it’s Certificate of Incorporation as an Association in May, 2002, along with affiliation with Surfing NSW.
In 2003, Derek Overton, Garry “Hands” Halliday and Harry Wall were awarded life membership. Since then, Dave Wakelin, Gary Marshall, Ron Flight, Craig Coulton, Bill Burke, Brian Cook, Mark Williams, Ken Darby, Dave Moulton, and Hayden Emery have all been added to the life members list.
In recognition of the support we receive from the Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club, the OBMC adopted their club colours of blue, black and white in 2004.
Each February sees a four way interclub contest between the Ocean Beach Malibu Club, Shelly Beach Malibu Club, Wallarah Long Board Club (Catherine Hill Bay) and Central Coast Malibu Club. This contest has replaced the previous annual September charity contest against Shelly Beach. Each year the hosting club nominates a charity to which the proceeds of the day are donated.
With several father/son, father/daughter and mother/daughter/son combinations in our club, we recognise longboarding as a family sport and encourage every generation and gender to participate.
For a detailed look at the early history of the club check out www.obsa.orgfree.com