Adelaide Now: David’s mates on crest of a wave

LOCAL businessman David Minear three years ago created a company and a record label called Bombora.

Music producer and surfing enthusiast David Minear.
Music producer and surfing enthusiast David Minear.

Named after a chart-topping Australian surf song from iconic 1960s band The Atlantics, David had little idea where the company would lead.

He certainly did not expect it to lead to Freshwater Surf Life Saving Club on the North Shore of Sydney.

That, however, is where David and music producer Kerryn Tolhurst ended up this year with some of Australian music’s biggest names, including The Atlantics themselves, Richard Clapton and members of Midnight Oil to record an album of great Australian surf songs.

The Atlantics were the first band to sign on to the project, rerecording their hit for the album Delightful Rain.

“Peter Hood the (Atlantics) drummer said, ‘Hey, there’s a lawsuit going to go on here’,” David says.

“But no, they were very happy. They understood my seriousness to the whole thing.”

As a youngster, David grew up on Jetty Rd, learning his surfing basics at Glenelg. The music he says was all just part of the surfing lifestyle.

Many Australian bands have taken their influence from surf music, with Midnight Oil going on from their surf music beginnings to represent Australian rock to the world.

On Delightful Rain drummer Rob Hirst teams up with guitarist Martin Rotsey to record a cover of song Big Wave.

“When I explained the concept to Rob, he was in straight away. Given the timing, that they’ve just been made ARIA Hall of Fame we couldn’t have asked for anything better,” David says.

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