|Ben and Van Cropp in South Australia (1963). Brian Rodger in track suit, Peter Kemp at right.|
Australian champion, winning at Phillip Island, Victoria in 1959-1960. One point behind Ron Taylor the following year at Currarong, New South Wales.
Competed in two World Championships Malta (1959), as a one man entry in the teams reaching 11th place out of 30.
Sicily, Italy (1960) reaching 19th in the open out of 45 competitors.
Returned to Australia and won the Australian Championship in Victoria 1959-1960.
Pictures: Ben at right with Tweed Heads aces, Tommy Thomas and Ron Cox (manager of Jack Evans Pet Porpoise Pool and later Marineland. Single picture, Ben aged 25 checks his Mako spearhead with 1/4" threat, later converted to 5/16th for strength.
Temporary video below, recorded in 2003, to be replaced with something from 1960s. At right a short video showing equipment being used in southern Queensland in 1961