29/09/2006: "LEGENDS SURF MUSEUM ......fountain of eternal youth?"
Scott Dillon (above left) and Dick Hoole have tapped into a fountain of youth with surfing.
Scott has a colorful career where he has excelled at amateur boxing, car racing, spear fishing and especially long board surfing.
Now in his mid seventies, he entertains visitors to his museum with a light-hearted adventure stories and an attitude to life that is unique and ageless with words sounding like they were coming from a thirty-something year-old surfer.
He was virtually born on the beach at Bondi – established one of the first surfboard factories at Brookvale and now the noted Legends Surf Museum 7km north of Coffs Harbour, on the mid north coast of New South Wales.
When veteran diver and shark hunter Wally Gibbins met with Scott last year to discuss the expansion of shark memorabilia at the museum, we were amazed to learn that Scott had started spear fishing two years before this other legend of the underwater world.
Scott had spear fished commercially in Ceylon in the 1950’s for two years and began well before that with friends Don Linklater, "Gelignite" Jack Murray and Andy Armstrong, all Bondi larrikins at the time.
Dick Hoole produces-distributes quality surf movies and memorabilia from his north coast base which commands one of the best panoramic views from the plateau overlooking Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads. His association with cameraman Jack McCoy has been very fruitful for both with a stream of hit surf movies.
Visitors to the surf museum Kim and Sarah (pictured below) lead surf tours between Sydney and Byron Bay each week and often make the surf museum a must-see for their young overseas visitors learing to surf in 5-day tours culminating with a party at Byron Bay on the last night. Usually it's a party every night on the tour up the coast.
The back packers sleep in tents and cabins, eat from BBQ’s and pizza’s in a non stop fun-filled safari so entertaining and affordable that one Canadian girl went eight times, “With meals and accommodation provided, the $300 (approx.) per week was cheaper than living in the city and you get to meet heaps of new people” she told Scott.