14.7 C
Byron Shire
May 13, 2021

Gary Timperley

Latest News

Michael Lyon elected as Byron Mayor

Owing to the resignation of former Mayor at the end of April, a vote was held today to replace Simon Richardson, until the next election

Other News

Man dead after boat capsizes near Yamba

Police say a man has died and a second has been taken to hospital after a boat capsized south of Yamba this morning.


Gareth Smith, Byron Bay Trade Minister Dan Tehan wants to refer China to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) because he...

War The Bloody Hell Are You?

When faced with potential conflict, why are we abandoning the strategy that’s worked in the past for one that will definitely fail?

Eating vegan is no longer like Mac Vs PC

Remember back in the bad old days when you used either a PC or Mac? Those were your choices, and never the twain could meet. They were so many miles apart in operations that they were like different countries with different languages and appearances

Interview with Cyprien Clerc, Founder and managing Director of Futureseeds

Founder and Managing Director at FutureSeeds, Cyprien Clerc, talks to The Echo about this upcoming event.

False impressions

Fast Buck$, Coorabell I was under the impression that, upon the mayor resigning, the deputy mayor would automatically get the...

We hope to one day get an interview out of a Byron Bay surfing legend and pioneer Gary Timperley. I’m not sure how old he is now or what he looks like, but I know he was one of the best surfers in the world in his day, ranked as high a no #3, was born in Byron and turned his parents’ “SERVO” into a “SURF SHOP” and then sold it along with three others to Billabong for heaps of $$. But, for now what I have for you is some cool super 8 footage of GT surfing very fast and loose. If you are out there Gary I’m still holding out for that interview.

Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.


  1. Hi,
    I have 1 of his Bay Area 8 foot, Malibu’s,shaped by him with his signature on the bottom.
    I bought it long ago when I was a teen i am now 51 and looking to get back to using it soon.
    Last time i rode it was 10+ years ago and before that probably another 10.
    I use to surf everyday when I was young but due to work and life in general I got torn away from my loved beach life and have missed it very much since,I was a Bondi boy originally and went to Byron on surfing trips with my mates,The Pass was the best surf I had ever experienced in my time,thats how I bought this board whilst on one of those trips.
    Great board !


  2. Gary Timperley, HELL the guy was the ultimate G.T. (SPEED and POWER). I’m 67yo. As a Mullum, Lizard, Ballina, Suffolk local, GT was, on his day, the BEST I have ever seen. So much back foot power that sent out sheets of water at every turn. Mid/late 70’s at Lennox Point winter surf I sat in the line-up in awe. From the rear/back of wave vantage point I was never sure where he would appear, head, then half body, near full body and bloody sheets of water that would drown ya. I was a regular spectator to the STUBBIES Contest at Burleigh Point. Not sure of exact year but circa 77. GT was surfing the Stubbies Classic along with Kealoha, MR, Shaun Tomson, Peter Harris (GC) plus a bunch of others. I think Harris won that year, when Gary was surfing the whole crowd (hill & all) went “nuts” in disbelief at his every manoeuvre. I think GT may have won a Bells Easter Trial. He (GT) shaped one of my boards purely for Lennox Point winter. He asked me what I normally rode (5’9″ twinny) which I found too hairy in big Lennox. So he shaped me a 6’1.5″ twinny that really worked at the point. The guy really knew his stuff, and was always so humble. In my book, GT is a REAL LEGEND.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Locals question placing homes in areas of inundation risk

It is where the community fought off Club Med and it is once again in the spotlight as the current owners, Elements, are seeking to have the zoning of the environmentally sensitive area in Bayshore Drive changed from tourism to residential

Go straight to the source on the Future Water Project

Rous County Council has announced a series of information days to be held this month where the community can ‘drop in’ and find out more about the revised draft Future Water Project 2060.

Free mental health workshop for Byron businesses

Business owners in Byron Shire are invited to attend a free 'Healthy Mindset' workshop aimed at providing them with resources and tools to improve mental health and wellbeing, as well as the opportunity to connect with other business owners.


Jillian Spring, Billinudgel In the article –  At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in...