Vale Dave 'Baddy' Treloar
This morning, Dave 'Baddy' Treloar suffered a fatal heart attack on the beach at Angourie. Paramedics attended to him but he couldn't be revived. He was 68-years old.
Photo: Peter Baker
Originally from Manly, Baddy moved to Angourie when he was twenty, carving out an ocean-based existence, shaping boards and living off the sea as a recreational and commercial fisherman.
Baddy became the archetype for country soul when Alby Falzon captured him shaping a board and running down the track to Angourie in Morning Of The Earth. That sequence, set to the song 'Simple Ben', became the template for a simpler life, and over nearly half a century Baddy never wavered. In 1995 he told Australia's Surfing Life: "I just surf and fish. I don't try to do anything else."
He was a devoted father to step-sons Ben and Dan Ross and a committed surfer, shaper, and fisherman to the very end.
Sympathy goes out to Baddy's family and the whole Yamba surfing community. Catch a wave this afternoon and remember the spirit of the man.