A true Turossian and a son of the sea
1954 - 2013
TO A LIVING LEGEND
IAN HOCKEY 1954-2013
out to the horizon,
Bay Post Oct. 2, 2003
AT some time in their life, almost everyone has been told to enter the sporting arena and focus on having fun rather than trying to win.
While the cynics out there might snicker at that, this approach worked wonders for Tuross Head's Ian Hockey.
With the mantra of 'surf like Hockey' floating in his head, Hockey went out and won the Over 45s division at the Australian Longboard Titles in Middleton, South Australia, last Saturday.
It was a Eurobodalla one-two finish, with Mossy Point's Rob Nedwich finishing second.
After experiencing a lean run during competitive surfing over the last three years, Hockey picked the right time to break the drought.
"Over the last few years I'd surf well, but then lose in the semi-finals," Hockey said.
"That run ended when I won the regional competition here, then got a third at the State titles.
"The whole ‘surf like Hockey' thing is about surfing to have fun and just doing my normal thing.
"Other times I've used strategies and tried pretty much everything, but it didn't work for me."
Finding an approach that worked paid off for Hockey, who finished in the top-two of his heats on the first two days of the six-day competition to win through to the semi-finals.
On the other side of the draw, Nedwich had a similar run, which meant neither copped the worst of the conditions last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Although the surf was a contestable four-to-five feet early on, side-shore winds made it difficult for competitors.
This abated for finals day, bring on what Hockey called ‘magic waves'.
Both men won through to the four-man final, with the other two places taken by the top seeds from NSW and Queensland.
Nedwich said this helped his and Hockey's chances greatly.
"Those guys were playing games with each other, which left Ian and me with a nice run," Nedwich said.
"They were trying to get inside each other on the waves, and would end up catching one then have it close out on them.
"Ian and I just went out and surfed."
Hockey took the early lead and after a high-scoring second wave, everyone else needed an eight-point ride to catch him.
However, he had time to top that with the highest-scoring wave of the day.
"Just before the hooter I caught a screamer of a wave," Hockey said
"I rode it for 200m and ripped off a couple of manoeuvres.
"As I came out of the end, I just remember putting my arms up and thinking to myself - ‘I think I've just won an Australian title'."
While Hockey was a decisive winner, Nedwich didn't know the outcome until the presentation ceremony.
"A couple of guys told me they thought I was second, but I didn't find out for sure until later," Nedwich said.
"I was just delighted to make the final in the first place.
"Some blokes always make it that far, but I never win anything, so it was a big surprise to finish second."
"I have to thank Mark Rabbidge who shaped a new board for me, and Vince at Come Alive for putting me on a fitness program.
"Along with those two guys, I suppose it was blind that got me through."
Nedwich also made the winner's speech on behalf of Hockey, who arrived late for the ceremony.
"I just missed it," Hockey said.
"But Rob said the right things and I think he thanked the right people."
Like Nedwich, Hockey also used a new board for the event.
"Brian Kellway from Ulladulla did up a new board for me.
"He's been my shaper for a long time now, and we have a really good relationship now where I design the boards and he shapes them."
Head surfer wins over 40 section
Posted Tue 30 Sep 2003,
Ian Hockey, from Tuross Head, on the NSW far south coast, has won a section of the Australian surfboard riding championships.
More than 160 competitors took part in the championships, which have just finished at Victor Harbour in South Australia.
Hockey, 50, won the over 40 category, with another far south coast competitor, Rob Nedwich from Tomakin, taking second.
Hockey says while the newer, shorter board is more popular on the far south coast, there are still many people in the region who prefer the longer boards.
"It has been traditionally a short board haven, but there are havens such as Merimbula and Broulee where you'll find long boards are very popular," he said.
not an issue for Ian
By JOSH GIDNEY
Bay Post March 21, 2006
AGE is all in the head - that was something Tuross longboarder Ian Hockey proved when, at 52, he won the over 35 division at the prestige Noosa Festival of Surfing this month.
In doing so he defeated the current Australian over 35 champion Damien Coulter, who is 15 years his junior.
"When I was announced the winner, there was a bloke on a mobile phone and he said 'some old bloke's dished up Coulter, he looks about 60'," Hockey said.
The Festival is the Wimbledon of longboarding in the Southern Hemisphere and it attracted 480 surfers who competed in nine categories.
In true surfer style, Hockey drove up to the Festival in his beach buggy, but knew that the odds were heavily stacked against him winning anything.
"The events were organised in a lottery format and you had to get your name picked out," Hockey said.
"There were no spots left in the over 50s and over 45s, but even though the over 35s were full, someone pulled out so I got a start."
The swell in the area had been big in the lead-up to the event.
However, the conditions at the start of the tournament were more suited to swimming and sunbaking than surfing.
"The conditions were very poor, with tiny surf, and it was a matter of luck if you made it through or not," Hockey said.
Luckily, Hockey made it through to the semi-finals, by which time the swell had improved and the heats moved to the first point closest to town.
On the day of the final, the waves were "perfect".
When the best set of the day rolled in, Coulter caught one of the waves and scored a 8.7, and it seemed the title was his.
However, Hockey then scored a 9 on his wave and claimed it for himself.
"I was a hero to the old blokes," he said.
Despite his triumph, the hardest part of the trip was yet to come for Hockey.
"I was driving home in my beach buggy when 18 inches of rain hit Bellingen," he said.
"It was like driving home in a bathtub."
Bamboo and barrels
Ian rides a Richard Mathews bamboo surfboard made from sustainable local resources.
Woven bamboo replaces the fiberglass matting (used in conventional surfboard design)
creating a more eco-friendly surfboard. source
Above: The famous surfer from Malibu Mex, Bodalla
MALIBU MEX RESTAURANT
& SURF MUSEUM has been feeding hungry South Coast surfers for years.
Owner Ian Hockey has built his life around chasing waves and offering
great South Coast hospitality.
"Malibu Mex is dedicated to serving flavourful Mexican style food prepared with the freshest ingredients in a relaxed, family-friendly and festive atmosphere by courteous and knowledgeable staff. We support sustainable agricultural practices and local businesses; we are committed to maintaining the surfing lifestyle."
| Layback Longboarders
Wollongong Nsw Australia
Ian Hockey Passes Away
Posted on October 5, 2013
G’day guys and gal’s,
Some sad news of late, that an absolute south coast legend and great bloke, Ian Hockey, recently passed away from a battle with cancer. He was a great surfer, rode a bottle design better than anybody and loved the place he found for himself to relax overseas in these recent years. The food he served at his Mexican café was bloody unreal and it always came served with a hundred and one stories about the history that was hanging on the walls of that place.
Anyways, there is a PADDLE OUT for Ian, 19th October, down at Tuross. Nik Nightingale passed this info on to me in case any of you that knew Ian would like to go along.
I know you
are hooking into some great waves wherever you are mate, enjoying a pipe
and relaxing til the next swell kicks. R.I.P.
paddle for Tuross legend
By Josh Gidney of the Bay Post
Oct. 18, 2013
Tuross Head lost a true surfing legend in Ian Hockey recently, and there will be a chance to farewell him with one last paddle out at his beloved One Tree Point tomorrow.
The many trophies Ian won, including Australian titles, will
be on display as will many of the surfboards he designed and shaped and
his iconic dune buggy, which took him to tournaments up and down the coast.
“Ian was a community icon, a unique character and a bloody good surfer,” fellow Tuross Head surfing veteran Greg Woodford said.
“As well as his wins he designed and shaped many of his own boards, including some shaped like coke bottles and some you could fold up and put in a suitcase.”
The paddlers will form a circle off One Tree Point and Ian’s children, Sarah, Josh and Aaron, will scatter his ashes at the spot that meant so much to him.
Afterward, many of Ian’s surfing movies will be shown at Tuross Head Country Club.
At the age of 52 in 2006, he won the over -35 division at the prestige Noosa Festival of Surfing.
In doing so he defeated the then Australian over 35 champion Damien Coulter, 15 years his junior.
“When I was announced the winner, there was a bloke on
a mobile phone and he said ‘some old bloke’s dished up Coulter,
he looks about 60’,” Ian said at the time.
Before that, he had won the over 45s division at the Australian Longboard Titles in South Australia in 2003.
He surfed in many different countries around the world and list of his achievements and adventures are many.
farewell to local longboard surfing champion Ian Hockey
Bay Post Oct 21st
THE Far South Coast community on Saturday said farewell to local longboard legend and restaurateur Ian Hockey of Tuross Head.
About 120 people paddled out at One-Tree Point to watch Ian Hockey’s children, Sarah, Joshua and Aaron scatter their father’s ashes over the water at one of Ian’s favourite surfing spots.
Hundreds of people also lined the headland to watch the paddle-out in celebration of Ian’s life.
After his ashes had been cast on the ocean, two pods of humpback whales swam around headland and frolicked in the sea as if to honour Ian and his love of the ocean.
Afterwards several hundred people returned to Tuross Head Country Club where the Hockey family had organised a comprehensive slide show and video show of Ian’s life along with some of Ian’s surfing memorabilia.
After a spit barbecue luncheon prepared by the Hockey family, people were invited to share their stories of Ian. Among the speakers were master of ceremonies and good friend of Ian’s, Kirk Willcox media director for Surf Aid, former editor of Trax magazine and Ian’s friend for more than 30 years.
Former editor of Surfing World magazine and former publisher of Australian Longboarder magazine, Bruce Channon spoke of the first time he met Ian Hockey and the smell of the rum flavoured tobacco that Ian smoked.
Ian’s long-time friend local musician and artist Pete Markham, spoke of Ian’s love of telling jokes then proceeded to pull everyone’s leg.
New seat at One Tree Point, Tuross Head for a longboard legend - October 19th, 2014
The new seat at One Tree Point looks fantastic. This seat is in memory Ian Hockey, a life long Turossian, a life time surfer and a man dearly missed by his family and friends.
The unique surfboard themed stainless steel seat supports were designed, made and donated by Eurobodalla Council. Special thanks go to Council’s workshop lads Scott Grelck who did most of the work finished off by Keil Rosevear under the supervision of Allan Crapp, and Mark Strahlendorf, The craftsmanship is world class.
Thanks also to Shire Engineer Warren Sharpe for approving the concept of a surfboard themed bench and allowing his workshop a free hand in producing these unique stainless steel supports.
The timber surfboard back was shaped by Ian’s sons and daughter from local timber from local Simply Slabs and all the timberwork was gifted to the community by Ian’s family, friends and the One Tree Boardriders.