Stephanie Gilmore signing her autograph on one of Simon “Swilly” Williams’ photographs. The photos will be auctioned off to raise money for the GCWSR.
Stephanie Gilmore signing her autograph on one of Simon “Swilly” Williams’ photographs. The photos will be auctioned off to raise money for the GCWSR.

Snapper set to rock in more ways than one

By Andrew McKinnon

SURF SCENE

EASILY the best room in the house for watching all the action at Snapper Rocks, Rainbow Bay Surf Club will be the venue for the “Surf Party of the Year,” this Thursday night, March 17 from 6pm.

Internationally acclaimed Gold Coast surfing photographer Simon “Swilly “Williams has produced 10 iconic surf poster size prints to be auctioned off at the Rainbow Bay Surf Club from 6.30pm. It’s first in best dressed.

Swilly’s glossy prints of well-known world-class pros have been individually signed and beautifully mounted on aluminium, adding exquisite realism, with the surf club looking more like a surf museum. The high quality prints go up for auction and will be a dead set collector’s delight.

Originally from Cornwall in the UK, Williams moved to the Gold Coast 25 years ago and took up surfing photography. It was a bold move considering the many talented surfing shutterbugs already in existence in a fiercely competitive industry. True grit, determination and turning up from dawn to dusk soon established this popular pommie turned Goldy identity into one of the world’s best known and mots popular surfing photographers.

Over the years, Simon has developed a close working relationship with the high profile professional surfers both Gold Coast and internationals. Like many other photographers and print media journalists facing the challenge of the internet and digital age, Williams has embraced the change and created a whole new website.

“I am trying to stay one step off the curb by starting a whole new webpage and keeping up with the digital revolution,” Swilly said.

“This night of music and fundraising is a perfect way to launch my new website!”

Swilly has selected some of the world’s best professional surfers who have personally autographed themselves in action at Gold Coast surfing locations, and may I add, within the now established Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve, from Burleigh Point to Snapper Rocks.

Steph Gilmore, Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Kelly Slater, Bede Durbidge, Dave Rastovich, Ash Pacey are just some of the talented world pros to sign the 10 prints and support the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve charity fundraiser.

Mick Fanning puts the finishing touch on one of Simon “Swilly” Williams’ photos of him in the surf. The print will be auctioned off to raise money for the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve on Thursday.
Mick Fanning puts the finishing touch on one of Simon “Swilly” Williams’ photos of him in the surf. The print will be auctioned off to raise money for the Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve on Thursday.

There is an 11th bonus print up for grabs from the front page copy of Tracks that Swilly shot back in 2003 when all three Cooly kids - Mick Fanning, Dean Morrison and Joel Parkinson - were on tour. This has got to be a prize collector’s item.

Well known Tweed Coast Aboriginal Artist, Dean “Uppy” Rotumah, has added two of his unique Indigenous paintings to the auction.

There will be stacks of random raffles and many lucky door prizes to keep all the punters happy.

One of the highlights of “The Surf Party of the Year night” will be the world class live music performed by a special surprise international artist musician who will remain a secret until hitting the stage.

Joining the surprise guest will be jamming surf rock stars Dave Rasta Rastovich and Neil Purchase Jnr, as well as surfing legend/musician Rusty Miller with a strong possibility that Steph Gilmore will join the surfing ensemble.

This is a public event with no cover charge, although numbers are strictly limited to 350 people. You must be there early from 6pm. It’s strictly first in best dressed, participants must be over 18 years of age with id. Line-up early from 6pm to avoid disappointment.

The bistro restaurant will offer great meals at reasonable prices, with one free beer on admittance.

Proceeds from the evening will be donated to Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve less administration and production costs are accounted for.

Cowabunga Dudes.

Joel Parkinson adds his signature to one of Simon
Joel Parkinson adds his signature to one of Simon "Swilly" Williams' photographs of him.


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