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The Archive Files

Over the last twenty years, the Severn Bore, and the surfers that ride it, have been a constant source of fascination and attention for the local media. So, in conjunction with the Surfing History pages, below we have compiled a collection of still images from news reels broadcast through the 1980's and 90's, along with some articles from local papers ranging back to the first surfin attempt by Colonel Churchill in 1955.

The images help demonstrate the variability in the performance of the bore, and herald back to times when crowds flocked the river with all kinds of unusual surfing apparatus (check the inflatable elephant!). Evenso, there were still the small group of regular faces that appeared in most news stories, headlined by Dave Lawson and Steve King.

Are you one of the faces in these photos??? If so please contact us, so we can update our records with any fascinating recollections you might have from your bore surfing days.....

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Hong Kong Tony tackling the soup in the late 80's Late 80's shot shows some familiar faces still regularly seen on the river today (except HKT) A quick close up just to confirm that that is indeed Drop Down in a very colourful wetsuit!!
Dave Lawson rides a glassy face Dave Lawson in the late 80's The Wizard tucks into the face for Central news
Former record holder Stuart, cuts across the face...Courtesy Jaws of the Dragon documentary. ...and some local cows observe the spectacle. Courtesy Jaws of the Dragon documentary.
Stuart shows a travelling Chinese girl the ropes. Courtesy Jaws of the Dragon documetary. 'Don't get too close to the bank and you'll be alright!' Stuart warns. Courtesy Jaws of the Dragon documentary. ...Or this will happen!! Courtesy Jaws of the Dragon documentary.
All stills courtesy Central News South, unless otherwise stated
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