Source Documents
renwick : lorne, 1966 

Barrie Sutherland : Lorne, 1966.

  Sutherland, Barrie: Lorne.

Volume 3 Number 7, January 1967, pages 8-9.
Probably published in January 1967, given the +two month lag between composition and publication, the photographs were shot by Barrie Sutherland in late 1966.
Possibly the earliest printed photographs of Lorne local, Wayne Lynch, here about 14 years of age.
Before the end of the decade, Lynch had revolutionised 
backhand surfing.


Picturesque Lorne.

The swell wraps around from behind the
pier and lines up along the rocks to the
right creating a beautiful  point surf.

LORNE, THE MOST PICTURESQUE of Victorian surf beaches offers a beautiful point surf and fast left beach breaks.
The township nestles at the foot of the Otway Ranges where they fall steeply to the ocean in a half moon shape forming Loutit Bay.

Facing due east Loutit Bay is extremely well sheltered from the heavy west and south-west ground swells which roll into Bass Strait from the Southern Ocean thousands of miles away.
The extreme outer point of Loutit Bay near the Lome pier causes the swell to break and swing 90 before it lines up in the deep water of the bay.
By the time the swell moves across the bay and into Lome Point and beach it has dropped considerably in size creating ideal small surf.

The two most popular and best surfs at Lome are the point and left beach break in front of the Surf Club.

When the point is 6-8 feet and low tide it is one of the most perfect shaped waves in Victoria.
The lower the tide the better, as the break moves further out from the rocks, thus making it easier to concentrate on riding the critical part of the wave, rather than trying to miss the kelp and rocks.

The wave is strictly a one-man wave, walling up at the take-off in front of the rocks then peeling off along the rocks for up to two hundred yards with fast breaking nose-riding sections throwing up.
So much for the Point.
The other popular surf, the left beachbreak, works best at 3-4 feet on high tide.
Any bigger and it will close out, although it has been known to hold waves up to 6 feet under exceptional sand bank conditions

Looking down on the left shore-break from the picnic area provides great action for surfers, tourists etc.

Brilliant Wayne Lynch cranks a turn.

One mistake through this hot
section off the point and your
board is smashed on the rocks.

Terry Wall fights the curl.

Lome Point and local surfer,
Wayne Lynch, in a beautiful
relaxed style on the inside rail.


Volume 3 Number 7, January 1967.


Geoff Cater (2016) : Barrie Sutherland : Lorne, 1966.