Every surfboard has a story August 11 2018

When surfer Peter Gilson was flipping through photos at the WA Surf Gallery,  he had no idea he would be reunited with a one-off board stolen four decades ago.

There are plenty of surf breaks between Newcastle, NSW and Yallingup, WA, and as long board surfer Bill Gibson will tell you, “every surfboard has a story.” 

But the story of how a surfboard from the Newcastle suburb of Stockton came to be on display at the WA Surf Gallery remains largely unknown, except it was recently discovered the board was stolen more than 40 years ago.

Last month, a surfer in Queensland, Peter Gilson, was looking at vintage surfboards on Facebook and came across images from the WA Surf Gallery at Aravina Estate.

Mr Gilson instantly recognised one of the boards as his own. It just so happened the board was stolen around 1977, along with his bicycle, from a shed in a coastal suburb near Newcastle. 

The surfboard had a lot of sentimental value for Mr Gilson, it was a Christmas present from his mum who had saved for a year to buy it for him when he was 14 years old.

Read the full story at Margaret River Mail...