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WOOLAMAI surf beach. Victoria’s finest

WHAT’S YOUR TOP SPOT? // DAN HALL SHARES HIS WITH US

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE... September 2013 Volume 1 Launching Issue AU $10.95 NZ $11.99 Inc. GST Narooma NSW, Paris Tilley Photo: Darcy Parkinson

S U R F L IF E SAV IN G | m o n s t a s u r f | n ar ooma


x It’s that time of the year again, the time when we say goodbye to winter and hello to spring, with summer just around the corner. The time when the water gets a little bit warmer and the nights a little bit longer, the music gets louder and the drinks get colder. In hightide’s launching issue we explore some of Australia’s finest beaches and surf spots, we sit down with Upwey local Dan Hall and discuss what he loves about the ocean, and we take a dive into the creation of Cam Greenwood’s MONSTA surf.

// Darcy Parkinson Editor, hightide magazine

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WOOLAMAI

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oolamai is one of Victoria’s most well known beaches. It is the longest and most exposed beach on Phillip Island, running 4.2km facing SW into the westerly winds. Woolamai is a popular spot for more experienced surfers and swimmers, dealing out large waves and strong rips.

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SOME OF THE BEST BEACH BREAKS IN VICTORIA

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Woolamai’s large waves and strong rips make it one of Victoria’s most dangerous beaches, however, the addition of the Islands only Surf Lifesaving Club at Woolamai has made it a popular spot to swim and surf all summer. Woolamai offers some of the best beach breaks in the state, often with long lefts and rights peeling over the wide banks and into the deep rips. All Woolamai breaks are best with a low to moderate swell and northerly winds. The waves are almost always pumping at the Island, it generally accommodates for all levels of surfers, providing sheltered bays for beginners and powerful reef breaks for more experienced surfers.

/ / I SL AND The swell is rarely too small to surf at Phillip Island and depending on swell size you can find a sheltered break on practically any wind. However, for beginners who are still finding their feet on the board, Woolamai may not be the ideal spot to learn. Surfers who are just starting should head to Smiths Beach or YCW for some small, fun and easy waves. The beach breaks at Woolamai have been described by many as ‘world class’ and should definitely be considered by any serious surfer as their next place to surf.

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SURF L I F E S AV I N G // WOOLAMAI

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oolamai Beach is the home to Phillip Islands first and only Surf Lifesaving Club. Established in 1959, this club and program has been running for just under 55 years and has continued to watch over and protect the lives of thousands of people every year. Lifesavers and Lifesaving clubs make it possible for everyone to enjoy some of the spectacular beaches across the nation, Woolamai being a perfect example. Woolamai’s large powerful waves combined with its strong rips make it one of Victoria’s most dangerous beaches. On average this beach has 55 rescues annually, the 3rd highest in Victoria. However, lifeguards and lifesavers patrolling over summer make it a safe beach for everyone to enjoy while the weather is warm. Woolamai Surf Lifesavers volunteer all through the hot summer, from December through to early April.

x On average this beach has 55 rescues annually, the 3rd highest in Victoria”

// UPWEY HIGH PROGRAM It was back in 1983 when Phys. Ed. teacher Stafford Smith established the Surf Lifesaving program at Upwey High. Each year a class of year 10’s participate in the program. They endure the tough early morning swimming practice, 5 days a week, the grueling repetition of CPR and patient assessment and many more skills, all in order to achieve and acquire a bronze medallion. Involvement in this program develops each student in a number of different ways, it allows each student to gain beach and surf awareness and knowledge, improve their swimming ability

and broaden their friendship groups. The Surf Lifesaving program has been known as one of Upwey’s most rewarding and enjoyable programs for years now. Upwey High School is a huge part of Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club and has been for the past 17 years. Upwey has been involved with the club since 1996, and continues to feed young lifesavers into the club through the school program. Upwey delivers 20+ new qualified lifesavers to the club every year and continues to make up the core and majority of Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club.

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NAROOMA // SURF BEACH

THE PERFECT PLACE TO GET AWAY AND CLEAR YOUR MIND” x

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- Oran Aziz


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arooma Surf Beach, located on the far south coast of NSW, is a popular location with locals and visitors. Only minutes away from the centre of Narooma, this picturesque beach looks out to Montague Island and is only a short stroll away from the popular tourist attractions of ‘Australia Rock’ and the spectacular ‘Glasshouse Rocks’.

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Narooma is a great place to learn to surf. Waves are not too big or powerful and should see any beginner learn to surf with ease. There are a number of surf schools in Narooma, which provide equipment, knowledge and experienced surfers to help anyone learn the art of surfing. In saying this, Narooma is not only for beginners, it is the home to many beaches for more experienced surfers, it’s only a matter of finding the right day with the right conditions.

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“ a great place to learn to surf. waves are not too big or powerful and should see any beginner learn to surf with ease.” X

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\ get out there and fall in love with the ocean

// DAN HALL

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“...it’s as if anything you were stressed or worried about in life is washed away with the cold water.”

Where it all started: “The first time I ever jumped on a board was during the surf lessons with the school lifesaving program when I was in year 10 (2007). After that I started casually surfing with some older guys from the surf club when I first started patrolling there. I’ve been hooked ever since! These days i surf a couple of days a week all year round, almost everyday in summer!”

Favourite Thing About Surfing: “It’s hard to explain, but when you duck-dive under the first wave, it’s as if anything you were stressed or worried about in life is washed away with the cold water. It’s just you and your mates enjoying whatever the ocean decides to give you. Also some of the scenery you find yourself in is spectacular.”

Magic Stick: “I recently bought a JR voodoo 5’10”. I’m Woolamai Surf Lifesaving Club “I’ve been a surf lifesaver down at currently rocking a quad fin set up and it’s an Woolies ever since doing the course at absolute treat to surf” school in ‘07. Why would I not choose hanging out at the beach as a subject Life Out of the Water: “I have far too many hobbies for my own for school!” good. I spend most nights after work restoring Top Spot: “The famous ‘Bells beach’. I’ve only surfed my 1964 EH Holden wagon. At the there a small handful of times but it’s always moment I love skating and playing guitar. been epic and had some of the longest I’m also trying my skills at shaping my own surfboard!” waves I’ve ridden” 09 dan hall


“ BRINGING INSPIRATION AND INNOVATION ” TO THE YOUNg-AT-HEART It all started with a drawing on a piece of paper... The idea simply came about when founder Cam Greenwood wanted to print the name MONSTA on a surfboard he’d been working on in his backyard. His partner, Erin Vandenberd, drew up a logo and thus began the journey and adventure of MONSTA surf. MONSTA is the creation of company founder, Cam Greenwood, along with his partner Erin Vandenberg. It is a fan driven movement that thrives to inspire the generation of today to be all they can be and to do everything with passion and integrity. MONSTA’s plan from the beginning has been to create a platform, which combines the passions of today’s youth with surf and city fashion in an original way.

...thrives to inspire the generation of today to be all they can be and to do everything with passion and integrity.”

x MONSTA’s Ambassador Program This program was established to showcase the talents of individuals who inspire the generation of today and push the boundaries of excellence in their endeavours. MONSTA’s Ambassador Program aims to support and encourage these individuals to keep pursuing what they love. MONSTA is more than a brand. It’s a movement, it’s a culture and most of all its a way of life. 

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