The Mattara Surf Classic taps into the spirit of Newcastle

The Mattara Surf Classic taps into the spirit of Newcastle

The spirit of surfing runs deep in Newy | PHOTOS Surf’s Up: Cars at Merewether Beach, ready to head to a contest at Catho in 1965.
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A surfer between Bar Beach and Dixon Park Beach in 2017.

A surfer between Bar Beach and Dixon Park Beach in 2017.

Nine Mile Beach Surfboard Club members in the 1960s.

Nine Mile Beach Surfboard Club members in the 1960s.

Surfest in 1990.

Mark Richards.

Mark Richards surfing at the Billabong Pro at Waimea Bay in December 1986.

Merewether surfer Ross Bailey off the rocks at Merewether in 1966. Photo by John Nute.

Surfers at Bar Beach in 1960.Picture: Surfin Newie 1956-2009.

Image from the Surfin Newey exhibition in 2010. Picture: STUART QUINN .

Image from the Surfin Newey exhibition in 2010. Picture: STUART QUINN

TweetFacebookNewy,Newie or Newks?As you can see, we used the word Newy in the headline.

The natives get restless over the perennial Newy-Newie debate.

The truth of the matter is, we were struggling to find a good headline and deadline was approaching like a freight train.

It’s also true that we used this word to deliberately annoy people. You may not realise it, but we’re helping you out. We’re helping you get a bit of that deep-seated anger out of your system. Giving you an outlet, as such. No need for thanks. It’s part of our service.

We noticed Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes raised the old Newy-Newie chestnut recently.

“Following a recent council meeting, a bit of casual banter between councillor Carol Duncan and deputy lord mayor Declan Clausen about the correct spelling of an abbreviation of Newcastle as ‘Newy’ or ‘Newie’ led me to test it out on Facebook,”Nua said.

“The post certainly sparked a passionate debate with over 1800 comments responding to the question. For the record, I’m firmly in the ‘Newy’ camp!”

Nua also pointed out that Mikey Robins, a born and bred Novocastrian, used to refer to Newcastle as ‘Newks’ on Triple J.