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Surf Research: Biography of Robert Conneely.
ROBERT CONNEELEY Champion Australian surfer
MARCH 2006 Margaret River surfers Perry Hatchett and Robert Conneeley were among those to receive recognition at the recent 21st Surfing Australia Hall of Fame awards at Casuarina Beach. Mr Hatchett adjudicates over all World Championship Tour and World Qualifying Series events and the training of judges for those events. He is a Surfing WA member and long term contributor in the State, and was representative judge in the Australian Surfing Team 1984 at the ISA World Titles, San Diego. Robert Conneeley was recognised for pioneering in the surfing world. He made his first surfboard, a custom eight-foot Gordon Woods Balsa, in December 1958, aged 11 years. His first competition was with the South Bondi boardriders cadets in 1960, and his first major the 1964 Australian Junior/ World Junior, Manly. His personal best was in 1965 at Bells, and in Rob's words has been "cruising downhill slowly since". He also conceptualised Surfers (Tribal) Law. "Inspired by early surfers at Bondi, Gentleman's Rules, seeded by Peter Cuming, Sustainable Futures, fertilised with Wayne Murphy, with red wine and blarney, and brought to fruition by my soul-mate, Roscoe Kermode, artist," he said. "Supported by the surfing community of Margaret River." He is still to be seen cruising the lineup at Margaret River at every opportunity.
The Tribal Law concept, brought to life in plaques at beaches around the world, was developed by surfer Robert Conneeley and was the initial document to highlight the need to create a Code of Ethics for surfing. The Tribal Law was recognized for its place in Australian surfing history at the 2006 Hall of Fame Awards in the Pioneering category. Click here to download the Tribal Law Poster. (or go here: www.surfingaustralia.com/info.aspx?siteid=1&mode=scode)