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SUNSHINE COAST SURF LOCAL SCENE
SPRING ISSUE 2011 CONTENTS Local Scene
Ben Whitmore - Making Tracks
Coast of Origin Series, Regional Challenge Trophy Winners Kawana Beach, Sunshine Coast
Brandon Leake - Leaked Media - Live streaming the Coast of Origin Series - www.leakedmedia.com.au
Waves of the Season
Coast of Origin Series
Golden Days Festival 2011
I am Ziggy
The Board Meeting Children’s Charity
Scardy’s Travel Bits
Sunshine Coast Surf Magazine
Gday Everyone, Things have been tough for so many lately and the surf has been fickle with the occasional swell lifting our spirits. So I am happy to once again give you a free surf magazine! The Coast of Origin series has been an epic competition and by the time you read this we will have a winner and hopefully that winner is the Sunshine Coast. A big Congratulation goes out to Kelly Norris, Bridget McCulloch and Isabella Nichols from the Sunshine Coast who are now the Queensland State Junior Title winners for 2011 ! It is a great achievement and we are extremely proud of them here at SCSURF. Julie Born tabulating final scores @ Coast of Origin Series, Kawana Beach, Sunshine Coast
Swannie with the Red Bull Promotion girls @ Coast of Origin Series, Kawana Beach, Sunshine Coast
Be Kind to others and see you all in the Summer.
CONTRIBUTING WRITERS & PHOTOGRAPHERS Dane Peterson Luke McKracken Andrew McKinnon Jarrod Slatter Ziggy Alberts Brieane Keay David Scard Matthew Gunn
The ugly side of ‘Localism’ - Coast of Origin Series, Kawana Beach, Sunshine Coast
Win News - Coast of Origin Series, Kawana Beach, Sunshine Coast
Chad Calderon David Lammin Matt Donnelly Casey Ripper Nico Beighton Chris Reynolds Crys-kai Carroll
EDITOR & ADVERTISING Crys-kai Carroll firstname.lastname@example.org mobile 0417 838 047 WEB DEVELOPMENT Sam Norwood www.samnorwood.net ART DIRECTION & DESIGN Matthew Gunn HarQueBus Design Group email@example.com Published by Sunshine Coast Surf PO Box 9518, Pacific Paradise, Sunshine Coast, Qld 4564 www.sunshinecoastsurf.com.au Cover photo by Matt Donnelly Surfer Harrison Roach firstname.lastname@example.org
Nev Hyman, Anthony Spinks & Ian Cairns - Talking R&D on the Ozo Board - www.ozoboard.com
Award winning crumbed grommies, 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively - Coast of Origin Series, Kawana Beach, Sunshine Coast
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The first I heard of Harrison Roach was in the newspaper about 5 years ago. The story was about long boarding. Harrison was this skinny young fella with style and grace.
But who is Harrison Roach? UÊ* ÌÊ >iÊ*iÌiÀÃ
Interview by Crys-kai Carroll Photographers Dane Peterson & Matt Donnelly
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It wasn’t until I sat and spoke with Harrison that I realised there is so much more to Harrison. Harrison has a deep love for surfing that reaches far beyond the average surfer. He has careful thoughts on how his boards need to be refined and will often be seen riding different types of boards, usually one that is perfect for the conditions. The short Quad fin he is riding on the cover of this magazine is a perfect example. For Harrison It’s all about experimenting with different boards, staying true to your beliefs and never be worried what people think of you. Surfing is a way of life for Harrison and his passion for surfing will never stray. Getting that surf stoke on a Mal, high performance thruster or drawing lines on his single fin hand shaped by Rusty Preisendorfer, Harrison will always be looking for the next ride, searching for that perfect wave on the perfect board. Having a positive outlook and being happy within yourself is something that Harrison believes in. Making a living from what he loves most is becoming a reality for Harrison whilst staying true to his ideas and style of surfing. Harrison recently returned from a trip to California and we had a chat about surfing, boards and what surfing means to him. UÊ* ÌÊ>ÌÌÊ iÞÊ
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SCSURF - Surfing has changed a lot over the years with new types of surfing from kite boarding to SUP and a more radical type of long boarding, even the fish made a huge comeback, in the past we had the short board revolution and it was a bit of a short board vs the long board. HR - Yeah people are definitely becoming more open minded, we are lucky enough to have guys like Rob Machado and Dave Rastovitch who some people call the “hippie” surfers but they are really opening it up and showing people that you can ride something completely different and it’s not just for the sake of being different. They are really on their own trip and they are going for a feeling, a new feeling, a different type of surfing. It is really easy to write off when you don’t know much about it. It’s all about riding different boards and getting different feelings from them and just keeping yourself interested.
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SCSURF - It was said to me after the last Noosa Festival of Surf that one of the older generation of surfers from America said to a few of the younger guys that they should get their own style and be unique instead of copying their style from the 60’s and 70’s. When I thought about what was said, there was a certain coolness back then and they had style but I think the guys these days are putting their own spin on it and making it their own style . HR - Exactly, everybody is influenced by many different people and it’s all about what you are interested in and who your influences are to a point. There will always be those copy cats that try to be cool for all the wrong reasons. Then there are guys like Harrison Biden from Noosa that rides everything and he is influenced by those old guys. To say what are you doing that was our style sounds a bit ridicules to me because you tend to go down the direction that you think is cool and as long as you’re not copying and flicking your hair back exactly like Midget Farrelly did or bowing out your legs like some guys did. There are some things, especially with long boarding these days we call “loggers” they’re really doing it because they think it’s cool or they think it’s cool at the time, but that’s just the few, there will always be the few that are doing it for the wrong reasons. But that’s no reason to write off that style of surfing, because back in the 60’s they were really doing amazing things. I recently watched a VHS tape called Strictly Hot and it’s back before short boards in the Winter of Hawaii, they were riding seriously heavy long boards and doing serious gnarly things. If you look back to now and think about short boards, and see how much boards have progressed. Still to this day, what those guys were doing on those boards is as good as it gets and nobody has bettered them at what they did. It’s inspiring being a young kid watching stuff like that and seeing that there are avenues to go down that really have been forgotten about. SCSURF - It’s not like you are going backwards but merely trying something that was really innovative back then. HR - That’s right. I love riding my long board, even now there is a huge division in long boarding and it is becoming more and more prominent.
There is this line drawn between the high performance long boarding and what they call “logging.” It’s kind of wrong terming “high performance” these guys are really mimicking short boarding. They doing things on 9 foot boards that I could never dream of doing like airs, but they tend to write off what they call “old school” or “retro” style long boarding which is a bit ridicules to me. The boards I ride may well be based off boards from the 60’s but they are highly refined pieces of surf craft. We are taking all of the modern day technology and what people have learnt over the years from shaping and putting a new twist into those old boards and the level is getting higher and higher. The guys were doing it so good back then, to be called a copy cat or whatever because you weren’t as good as them (laughs) people have forgotten how much fun that type of surfing is. SCSURF - I was at the Solace Single fin classic at Sunshine Beach earlier this year, which you won. You had to ride a single fin board that was made before 1980. It was a heap of fun and it was interesting to see how guys were surfing the old boards and it looked a little strange when the guys were doing little airs and things like that. HR - Yeah it was fun, some people say you should ride a board they it was meant to be ridden and that’s why I won’t be trying to do airs on my long board. A long board was never meant to go in the air. I suppose I was lucky because I always rode a short board as a kid and I can go and get that out of my system, I can go and do as many airs as I want on my shorty. I ride my long board for the feeling that is unique to long boarding stuff like nose riding and feeling trim, feeling the flow. SCSURF - And your quad fin short board for supreme speed! HR - Yeah, with the flattened out rockers and all the different things that people consider gimmicks. But it really is true with every different form whether you are riding a single fin, quad, thrusters, twin fin, long board or a short board you get a different feeling from all of them and it’s cool to get a new feeling every time you surf. SCSURF - Was this type of surfing life and ideas handed down to you from family? HR - I’m the only surfer in a big family but I was lucky enough to have a family that took me to the beach.
When I was a grommet my mates and I would pack as many of our boards as we could in the car and go down to first point Noosa, put them all under the tree and ride them all day long. I would catch three waves on my long board then come in and grab the body board I never cared what it was I rode it was all about fun, from a very young age I’ve been into riding different boards. SCSURF - The other day I was surfing at Peregian, the surf was hollow and pumping and the rip was as heavy as it gets from the south and you came paddling past me and it seemed you just grew and extra set of arms. It was one of the best swells this year, I think it was the day before the cover shot was taken. You got one of the longest barrels had that day and the speed at which you surf is great to watch. HR - Yeah I’m quite a skinny kid and always have been and I don’t have the power some of these short boarders have that are built like footy players. Due to that I have found a way to create speed and flow It’s probably helped with my long boarding a bit too. With the quad fin it has been made to go like that, you can push it and try and get the fins out but it doesn’t feel right, feels great to just flow. SCSURF - The cover shot is really cool, how was that session? HR - Yeah we were driving up and down the Coast looking for a good bank and we stopped at Casta ways and it was long and closing out but we had that positive attitude and I just said screw it I will paddle into some close out for some fun. We got out there and it was one of those lucky moments where it just clicked for about 30 minutes and I got about 8 pumping waves. I absolutely scored and before it was close outs and after it was close outs it was one of those special little moments where it all just worked out for the better! SCSURF - Are you able to make a living out of surfing at the moment? HR - I’ve been lucky enough to be doing what I love for so long and for the right reasons rather than just worrying about winning contests and getting sponsored by those big brands. I have found myself in a position and have this little niche where riding all these different boards, people are actually interested in it and I’m just starting to make myself a career in surfing. I don’t even know what I’m doing really (laughs) but I’m starting to get a little money now so that’s awesome. I’m going to run with it and travel as much as possible and just spend my time trying to surf pumping waves. I have a lot of aspirations outside of surfing but while surf is working I’m going to put my money on it.
SCSURF: Thanks for the chat Harrison. HR - No worries cheers! UÊ ÕLiÊ*>}iÊ* ÌÊ>ÌÌÊ iÞÊ SUNSHINE COAST SURF - www.sunshinecoastsurf.com.au
quick5 What boards do you ride? BM - 5’7” JS & a 5’5” DHD Project 15 Favourite food? BM - Sandwiches, any type of sandwich Favourite artist? BM - Jack Johnson Favourite surf movie? BM - Nike 6.0 – Leave A Message Inspiring Quote? I live by what my grandma told me What’s life without a sense of humor. 6
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BRIDGETâ€™S WINNING WAYS Jarrod Slatter catches up with North Shore Board Rider - Bridget McCulloch, the 2011 Queensland State Junior Surfing holder for a quick Q&A.
Bridget McCulloch, you are currently ranked number one U18 female surfer in Queensland, how does this feel? BM It really does feel good because Iâ€™ve worked hard to get to where I am and itâ€™s good to have a few big wins and hopefully will keep on going. You have blitzed the Queensland State juniour surfing titles with a first and a third - You mustâ€™ve been stoked to win that? BM Definitely, all the major names in Queensland competed, so I was so stoked to take that one out. With all these wins who sponsors you? BM West sponsors me and so does Alex Surf Shop Would you be looking for more sponsors? BM Hell yeah! *laughs* Of course I am. Youâ€™re in year 12 right? How do you manage to find time to study with all the training and competitions you do? BM Well, to me surfing comes first. If the surf is good and I have an assignment due the next day, Iâ€™ll definitely go surfing. But while saying that study is also important and I want to do well so I always try to fit that in. What inspires you to do all this? BM I guess I just wanna do the best in all the areas I can, I do love my surfing so Iâ€™d love to do well there but I also think study is important at the same time, doing the best I can in year 12 and surfing would be awesome. How long you been surfing for? BM I think I started when I was about 11 years old, thatâ€™s pretty late compared to most of the other girls, and that was only every now and then but when I hit 13 I started really getting into it and now I love it. Who is your greatest surfing inspiration?
BM Ooo, I donâ€™t know... Iâ€™ve always looked up
to Carissa Moore and Laura Enever cause they shred but then again I like Coco Ho after watching her section in Nike 6.0, and yeah all the older girls, I just wanna shred like them. Whereâ€™s your homebreak? BM Alexandra Headland, straight across the road from my house. Whereâ€™s your favourite place to surf locally, nationally and globally? BM Actually Alex on a good day can be fun, as bad as the crowds get and as the bad as the wave is, itâ€™s still fun sometimes. Nationally Iâ€™ve always liked the Gold Coast but after surfing Phillip Island at Nationals last year that took it for me, despite
the cold. Globally, I havenâ€™t really been to many places overseas but I went to Bali when I was a little grom, I suppose I gotta venture globally and find out. With all this surfing and training you do surely youâ€™ve sustained a few injuries, anything noteworthy? BM Um yes, a few months ago I rolled my ankle on my surfboard and ended up with ligament damage which took me out for a while, well actually I thought I was fine and I kept surfing on it but that didnâ€™t turn out too well. I ended up having a few physio sessions to help it get better and now itâ€™s all strapped and I can surf on it again. So with all this, we want to know what Bridget McCulloch stands for. BM Well I want to be a good role model for other surfers especially all the little groms growing up. I hear that youâ€™re an aspiring musician too? BM *laughs* No, Iâ€™m not an aspiring musician; I just play guitar and shower sing.
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With all thatâ€™s going on what are your plans for the future? BM Iâ€™d love to get on the Pro Tour. Next year Iâ€™ll start doing Junior Proâ€™s, as well as starting uni. Then in the future I just want to travel whether thatâ€™s travelling with work or travelling while competing it doesnâ€™t really matter, I just want to surf everywhere and see the world. So being an attractive young lady with an extreme amount of surfing potential is there any lucky guy, or is this question just going to make the boys of the Sunshine Coast flock to you? BM *laughs* No, there isnâ€™t a lucky guy and....... I donâ€™t know what else to say to that question. Whoâ€™s your favourite surf photographer? BM Itâ€™s gotta be Jarrod Slatter. UĂŠ*Â…ÂœĂŒÂœĂƒĂŠ>Â˜`ĂŠÂ˜ĂŒiĂ€Ă›ÂˆiĂœĂŠLĂžĂŠ>Ă€Ă€Âœ`ĂŠ-Â?>ĂŒĂŒiĂ€ Sunshine Coast Surf extends our congratulations to Bridget winning the 2011 U/18 Queensland State Junior Surfing Titles 7
Former SUNSHINE COAST SURF scribe Ben Whitmore recently joined Tracks Magazine as the staff writer and editorial coordinator extradonaire.
Originally from Coolangatta, Ben lives on Sydney’s Northern Beaches and a stone’s throw away from where he first fell in love with surfing. So says Ben: “My Dad grew up at Collaroy and that’s where I first tried surfing. Funny being, I was initially hesitant, but once I had a good dig, I couldn’t stop.” Ben has spent his far share of time delivering pizzas and labouring over the years, but never once did he waver from his dream to work in surf media. Ben elaborates: “I always wanted to be part of the surfing stratosphere, but knew I was never going to do anything special with my skills on top of a surfboard...So the next best thing for me was to work for a surf mag.” I caught up with Ben just after his trip with Tracks to South Africa for the Billabong Jay Bay event. So Ben when did your taste for the surfing industry first begin? I think it probably began shortly after I started surfing. I mean I thought about surfing all the time and talked about it all the time, so I knew I had to come up with a way to make it my job. Why the surfing industry, and not main stream media? I’ve never really been a fan of the hard-hitting journalism required in mainstream media. I think you need to write about something that you’re truly passionate about, if it’s politics, chase that. If it’s surfing then write about surfing. That’s my view. The fact that I get to spend a lot of my time in the water also helps. How did you make those first baby steps into the media and the surfing media? I didn’t ever see myself becoming a writer really, it wasn’t until I started to memorise articles from mags like Tracks. When I was a grom, I would become lost in the words written by guys like Sean Doherty and Tim Baker and I think that’s when I decided I wanted to do what they did. I basically cold-called Sean while he was Editor at Tracks, and told him I wanted to be a writer. He gave me some advice and I then went off and studied journalism and tried to offset my assignments by writing them as surf articles. I would send them off to be marked and then also send them to a surf mag Editor to give me their two cents as well. So you are working for one of the most successful surfing magazines in Australia. How did this Journey with Tracks begin? I was working as a builder’s labourer and trying to freelance at the same time. Working on a building site for 12 hours a day and then trying to go home and chase and write stories was proving to be difficult so I started sneaking my laptop into work in my esky. I would find a quiet place at lunch and write or do phone interviews. Occasionally if I was on deadline, I’d be corking skirting boards with one hand and writing with the other! I would set goals for myself. First, to actually get published. Secondly, to get published and paid. After a dozen or so “freebies” I had enough tear-sheets to actually go to an Editor and ask for a paid assignment, and Luke Kennedy at Tracks was the first to give me a go. I did a few freelance stories for them after that and some free work experience around events. Then a position opened up and I was lucky enough to get the nod to come on board fulltime. What did it take to score a job with Tracks? Sacrifices, long nights, lots of free time? The main sacrifice I made was time really, that and I had to leave the Gold Coast and move to Sydney. I had to dedicate a lot of time to chasing stories and write for free for a while to get my chance. There have definitely been some long nights, but in the scheme of things, they’re small sacrifices, especially if you love what you do. 8
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What is an average day in the life of a surf scriber? I’d love to say my time’s spent purely chasing amazing stories but it’s not. Some days I get to interview Kelly Slater, or go on an overseas trip and write a story, sometimes it’s about covering a small boardriders comp. Some days I don’t get the chance to write at all and it’s about organising content from contributors for an upcoming issue. Every day involves drinking a lot of coffee though. You have recently been to J-bay Africa. Do you often Travel with Tracks? I’ve been pretty lucky this year; I’ve travelled a lot. It is definitely a perk. And as a writer, your job is often to sit back, observe and enjoy your surroundings while taking the odd notes for a story you’ll write once you get back in the office. What destinations have you been to around the world? Where are you off to next? I’ve done Indo a few times, Fiji a few times, Europe, New Zealand, South Africa. I’m not too sure where I’m off to next… Hawaii would be good! Has your experience as a former writer for Gold Coast Surf magazine helped you shape your career? Definitely. SCSurf & GCSurf gave me my first chance to write and more importantly, it gave me the chance to write a lot, which is exactly what you need to do if you want to better your craft. Those pages still sit in the front of my portfolio today. It also gave me the chance to interact with the local surfing community and be a part of some amazing Gold Coast events. Has there been an epic surfing story you had to cover that blew you away or changed how you feel about life, surfing or writing? A few months after I started at Tracks, Andy Irons passed away and Kelly Slater won his tenth world title all in the space of a week. We covered both, and it was such a roller coaster. I only had two issues to my name at that point and we were covering two of the biggest moments in surfing history – one was probably the most significant achievement in any sporting field and the other was probably the biggest loss. What is your favourite story or interview you have done/written? Mick Fanning is always a great guy to interview. He makes my job easy by always having something to say and he’s always a riot when you chat to him. My favourite story? Probably one I am working on at the moment from a boat trip I just did through Indo. We had an amazing crew and amazing waves. That’s all I could ask for really. Could you give some tips or advice for young grommets or recent school leavers who want to get into surfing magazines or the surfing media? Any type of media job can be a hard nut to crack & there are plenty of setbacks. My advice would be to take any criticism of your work well and be proactive in using advice given to you by Editors. Write a lot and be prepared to do some work gratis. If you show how bad you want it, someone will eventually notice. Thanks Ben! Story by Brieane Keay Photos Swilly & Robert Nixon
THE SURF GIRL HAND BOOK
THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE FOR SURF CHICKS EVERYWHERE
An awe-inspiring book aimed at girls who want to experience more, learn or advance, and dig deeper into the true core of what a lifestyle of surfing is really all about. The book has a set of special features like a fold out surfing globe map, four spare blank pages to start up your own surf journal and it also showcases some of the most scenic, aspiring and exceptional women surfing photos from destinations all over the world. What makes this book unique from other surfing guides, is it’s in depth detail into improving the health, safety and fitness of women. It provides a direct one on one information source for reading the surf conditions, learning surf etiquette, buying a surf board or wetsuit, catching waves and duck diving, pushing your limits and catching big waves and creating fundamental strength and balance for surfing through the provided personalised work outs. Furthermore the guide offers advice on eating well, with a nutrition planner inside. The guide caters for any age and covers every aspect of the basics techniques of learning to surf, to the eager elites who aim to advance and take their surfing to the next level with more progressive manoeuvres. The Girl Surf Hand book could be an awesome gift and or personal treat! You will find it in most surf stores… Book Review by Brieane Keay - Book Editor: Louise Searle, Orca Publications 2011, In association with Surfgirl Magazine and Roxy. www.orcasurf.co.uk
GoPro HD PRODUCT REVIEW
When you’re getting some shade or blasting the back out of a few, why are all the cameras pointing at only the pros? Your surfing is worthy of being recorded in HD photos and on HD video too. This would explain the sudden popularity of the GoPro HD Camera. By now most of us have seen the guy in the water sporting the GoPro. The GoPro HD Cam gives you the easiest way yet to record your surfing exploits in high quality video, mounted either on a helmet, board or even a wrist. Check YouTube for some outstanding GoPro HD footage. My favourite is Kalani Robb @ Pipe. Also on YouTube, you’ll find plenty of how to’s. So forget reading boring instruction manuals. Pretty cool! To test the GoPro HD, I trialled the wrist strap mount. It did feel a little odd on the run down the beach wearing this ‘oversized wrist watch’. Once in the water, my concern was short lived about the device getting in the way. Wearing the GoPro on my wrist proved to be no problem at all when it came to duck diving, paddling hard for a wave, or rising to my feet. While I’m no Jack Dekort, armed with the GoPro HD, I sure felt like him when I paddled out. For capturing close-up footage of my mates surfing past, the wrist mount was fantastic. This alone makes the GoPro HD a must-have for that trip up the coast with your pals or your next trip overseas. What makes the GoPro HD Camera a real winner is when you plug it into your computer or your big-screen TV. The dynamic high resolution and bright saturated colours will impress. Go get your self a GoPro HD quick. Or behave yourself and get one from Santa. - All good - Review by Matthew Gunn
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Waves of the season this issue has photos from one of the best swells in the last few years to hit the Sunny Coast. The photo of local Sunny Coast surfer Shaun Stevic taken by Chris “Critta” Reynolds at an undisclosed location was evident of the sic barrels we were all getting. The forecast for the Summer is predicting some heavy Cyclone swells to hit the SE region so fingers crossed we get waves. We are stoked here at SCSURF to be able to showcase our local surf photographers and after 4 years of the magazine we have enjoyed giving these photographers a platform to have their photos published. Send your photos in to email@example.com and GET SHOOTING!
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COAST OF ORIGIN REGIONAL CHALLENGE KAWANA Beach provided ideal 2m – 2.5m clean conditions all weekend (August 6th – 7th) for the Sunshine Coast’s best ‘grass roots’ surfing talent at the inaugural Coast-of-Origin Interclub Series Regional Challenge presented by Worldsurfaris.
It was great to have Shaun Levings from Worldsurfaris come down and spend some time on the mic and present the winners with their trophies. Worldsurfaris along with leakedmedia.com.au will be live streaming the final event at the Gold Coast so log on and checkout all the action. Surfers from all of the Sunshine Coast’s shortboard, longboard, and stand-uppaddle (SUP) Boardriding Clubs came together on the weekend to battle it out for the title of the Coast-of-Origin Interclub Regional Challenge – Sunshine Coast. It was a fantastic spectacle, and a fiercely fought out weekend of surfing, bringing boardriding Clubs together in support of their teams as they not only battled for points to help their Clubs ranking, but also for positions in the Sunshine Coast ‘super’ Team that has been selected to take on the Gold Coast this October, in the State finals of the Surfing Queensland Coast-of-Origin Interclub Series. Noosa Boardriders put on an outstanding exhibition of shortboard surfing right throughout the event taking home the shortboard title of Regional Club Champions over WindanSea Boardriders placing second overall. Noosa dominated in a number of divisions over the weekend, including the Open Mens, U/18 Boys, U/14 Boys and O/35 Mens divisions with standouts including Tom Cervi, Jasper Endersby, Hayden Cervi and Quinn Bruce. With Noosa Boardriders emerging as the strongest shortboard club throughout the event, they assisted the Sunshine Coast North region to take out winners honours over their Southern rivals. Meanwhile in the Longboard and Stand Up Paddle (SUP) divisions standout performances right throughout the weekend from North Shore’s Longboard Team paved the way for a convincing victory, claiming the longboard title of ‘Regional Club Champion’ over the Caloundra Mal Club. In the Open Men’s Longboard division Grant Thomas, Nic Jones and Daniel Potter (North Shore Club), picked up first place in their respective heats, cementing their position in the Sunshine Coast team to go head to head with the Gold Coast on October 8th – 9th, 2011 at the Surfing Queensland Coast-ofOrigin Interclub State Championships.
FINAL CLUB STANDINGS SHORTBOARD Regional Challenge Club Champions – Noosa Boardriders (77 points) Regional Challenge Runner’s Up – WindanSea Boardriders (54 points) Regional Challenge Winner – Sunshine Coast North ‘ALL STARS’ TAG TEAM 1st North Shore Boardriders 2nd WindanSea Boardriders 3rd Noosa Boardriders 4th Coolum Boardriders LONGBOARD Regional Challenge Club Champions – North Shore Longboard (66 points) Regional Challenge Runner’s Up – Caloundra Malibu Club (48 points) Regional Challenge Winner – Sunshine Coast South ‘ALL STARS’ TAG TEAM 1st North Shore Longboard 2nd Caloundra Malibu Club 3rd Sunshine Coast SUP
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Surfing Queensland’s Coast-of-Origin is proudly supported by World Surfaris, XXXX Summer Bright Larger, Australia’s Surfing Life, Sunshine Coast Surf Magazine, Sunshine Coast Council and Surfing Queensland. David Lammin from Surfing Queensland wanted to take this opportunity to thank Kawana Boardriders for hosting the inaugural ‘Coast of Origin’ Regional Challenge. Your Club did an outstanding job with the event running very smoothly all weekend. I would also like to sincerely thank all our Boardriders Clubs, and in particular those committee members and individuals who have given their valuable time over the past 6 months to make this event series happen! It was a collective effort, which we all should be proud off. Special thanks to Stu and Brandon Leake from Leaked Media for a great job covering the entire event ‘live’, Crys-kai Carroll from Sunshine Coast Surf for your tireless efforts on the mic as well as behind the lens, Marty Isherwood for your dedication and commitment to this series, Julie Born and Linda Hutchinson for your help with tabulating (not the easiest or most exciting job in the world), Tye Conaghan for your direction on the judging panel, Kristen Jones for all your work behind the scenes and Christian Surfers for keeping all of us feed throughout the entire weekend and everyone else who played a part in this event. Stay tuned to www.surfingqueensland.com for news, photos and updates relating to the event and www.worldsurfaris.com along with www.leakedmedia.com.au
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ENTER TO SCORE POLYNESIAN PERFECTION. Simply register @ www.worldsurfaris.com/coastoforigin for your chance to win Sa’Moana Resort is situated on the reef fringed shores of Upolu Island in beautiful, friendly Samoa. Nestled tranquilly amongst coconut palms with waves out front, Sa’Moana Resort is the very picture of a surfer’s paradise. Relax in the pool overlooking the break, chill at the bar or take a more adventurous route and enjoy cultural tours, hiking, snorkelling and canoeing. There’s plenty to keep both surfers and non-surfers entertained and super happy. Terms & Conditions Excludes: Travel insurance, lunch and dinner daily, drinks and extra excursions including boat trips to surf. Eligibility: You must either be a participant in the Coast of Origin series, belong to a participating Coast of Origin club, be an immediate family member of Coast or origin participant or be a volunteer helper involved in the Coast of Origin series. Only 1 entry per person is permitted. Condtions: Prize valid for travel by 30 November 2012 and cannot be taking during QLD or NSW school holidays. If you can only travel in school holiday periods and airfare supplement will apply however World Surfaris will guarantee you the cheapest airfare deal. Any extra passengers travelling with you will travel at regular prices. Prize Draw: Prize to be drawn on Friday 15th October 2011 and the winner will be notified by phone and email. World Surfaris will offer all competition participants exclusive Surfing Queensland member deals which will be announced to you by email over the course of the Coast of Origin series.
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WEAR NO SHOES ZIGGY’S PIECE ziggyalberts.tumblr.com
UÊ* Ì}À>« iÀÊ >iÀÊ i>i In the last few months, I have been working at a coffee shop midweek, just across from the beach – hardly something to complain about. We get all sorts of customers; people on holidays, locals, workers, retired folk and a couple young skaters. A whole world of personalities at different points in their lives, most with different agendas and values of “living”. One of our regular customers (he orders a double-shot-takeaway-smalllatte, yes, I know what coffee he orders) always walks in barefoot. I haven’t seen the guy with shoes: its brilliant, and I told him how stoked I was. In reply, he outlined how he spent ten years in a suit and shoes. That’s what his job required and expected of him. Outside of all that, why should he have to wear shoes? Now, I love nothing more then a good suit. Or a pair of good shoes. But whether or not I want to, I have to wear shoes at work – I’m ok with that. Outside of work, I’ll go barefoot almost anywhere. And you get some pretty weird looks; a your-really-walking-barefoot-outside-in-a-public-place? A whole lot of people expect you to wear shoes in almost every situation. But this isn’t even about wearing shoes. Its about what makes you happy, which unsurprisingly, a lot of people wont recognize the value of. Right now, I’m really happy with my life. The moment I stop running around doing what I have been doing, I almost get anxious. I seriously have too much fun being busy living the life I have now. Last year, I worked my butt off and got an OP 5, roughly top 15% of QLD. My subjects were really pretty taxing, Health Education, English, Physics, Biology, Maths B and Maths C. I only got that result because I gave everything I had. Absolutely everything: so all you can do is accept that. This year? I have done nearly nothing with my academic achievement. I’m not at university. I haven’t even got a traditional full-time job. People get pretty confused when I tell them that; it’s like I’m not really doing much. Officially, I guess I’m not. When you haven’t got a set schedule, you can chase a lot of things. I have had five national & international publications for STAB magazine. Vanguard clothing, Agent Eighteen wetsuits and Beck surfboards sponsor me to surf and keep doing what I want. Nine months ago, I got my guitar. Now I have been getting paid to play music on the weekends. And those are the things that actually make me happy. As for money, I’m not sure I even have 500 dollars right now. Funnily, this is the last thing on my list of mentions. Up until this point, I have made enough money to support what makes me happy. I guess, as on observation, we have to identify what you really want from life. Because what makes you happy now, and what is going to make you happy in the future, are two totally different things. Most people don’t see that very clearly: It’s all about retiring when you are 40 years old. What about the first 40 years of your life? How about you enjoy that? That really helped me recognize what I want to do with my days. My dad said to me not long ago “the people you serve at the coffee shop? Some of them work all year to come spend a couple weeks here”. Fact is, I make enough to support myself and live here all year round. Would I be happy to do this for the rest of my life? That I don’t really know. But this week I was happy doing what I’m doing. So next week I’m going to probably do it again. If that doesn’t work out, I’ll try changing it for the better. But right now I just want to go outside, because it’s blue and sunny. That’s whats really important to me. Enjoy it. Ziggy SUNSHINE COAST SURF - www.sunshinecoastsurf.com.au
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If you ever needed confirmation of what a great thing it is to be involved in the Qld surfing community then this might just be it. On November 5, 36 teams of surfers from sponsoring businesses will hit the beach at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast, competing to raise money for The Board Meeting Children’s Charity. The focus is on fun and helping severely disabled kids, but there are still winners and trophies. This year the surf event will have Three Separate Satellite Comps - one for Boardriders, one for Kitesurfers and one for SUPs - with each section taking to different breaks. As well as the comp, the charity runs a massive surf and sporting memorabilia auction and after-party at the Kawana Surf Club. The Hive Swimwear Catwalk Models will be also making a return appearance after dazzling the crowd last year. Thanks to a hard-working committee of volunteers, every cent raised on the day goes straight into the hands of families of children who could really use our help - from wheelchairs to learning aids. There is some heavy support for the charity from the surfing glitterati. Julian Wilson is never far from the action as his mum Nola sits on the committee and big wave surfer Mark Visser attends most functions to donate memorabilia and sign autographs. And then there’s the support from other sporting arenas. Peter Turner (son of legendary Dick “Tosser” Turner) is a keen surfer and is heavily involved in the Former Origin Greats and also sits on the committee. Cricket legend Matt Hayden also donates plenty for the memorabilia auction. “Surfing and the ‘aloha spirit’ comes alive at these things. We’d like to think we’re doing our part for fostering the surfing community by uniting several generations of surfers in and out of the water, and along the way helping out some families who haven’t had it quite as easy as the rest of us. The community spirit that comes out these things is amazing.” Board Member Gordon Barratt said. Conforming to a strict charter, the charity hand-picks families who have “slipped through the cracks” of the health system and who are really struggling. “Our donations can be quite simple but usually have quite a big effect on the wellbeing of the family,” said Barratt. This year’s event will be on November 5 from 6am at the Kawana Surf Life Saving Club. Each competitor gets a rashie, tshirt, bag of goodies and a guaranteed good time. The main comp wraps up about midday and will be followed by presentations, surf memorabilia auction, swimwear parade and general all-round good times with covers band “The Merger” cranking out the tunes. If interested in putting a team in the comp, please contact Gordon Barratt on 0424 670 892 or Glenn Corbet on 0410 549 364. More info at www.theboardmeeting.org
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Age - 10 Boardriders Club? Wind & Sea Boardriders School? Currimundi Primary School Started Surfing? 5 Favourite Food? Sushi Mangoes Favourite Surf Spot? Moffat Beach & Ann St. Hero? Joel Parkinson Sponsors? Mum and Dad Coach? Russell Batchelor Favourite Manoeuvre? Tail Slide
Age - 12 Boardriders Club? SC Girls Boardriders School? Buderim Mountain State School Started Surfing? May 2011 Favourite Food? Lasagne & Ice cream Favourite Surf Spot? Maroochydore Hero? Any girl boardrider is a role model Sponsors? Not Yet Coach? SC Girls Boardriders Club Favourite Manoeuvre? Standing up I guess
Age - 11 Boardriders Club? Kawana Boardriders School? Buddina State School Started Surfing? 5 years old Favourite Food?Curry Favourite Surf Spot? Wurtulla & Kawana Hero? Joel Parkinson Sponsors? Mum and Dad Coach? Grant Thomas Favourite Manoeuvre? Roundhouse Cutback
Age - 6 Boardriders Club? Coolum Boardriders School? Coolum State Primary Started Surfing? Last Christmas, Dec 2010 Favourite Food? Bananas, Yoghurt & Tacoâ€™s Favourite Surf Spot? Rainbow Beach & The Bays Hero? Julian Wilson Sponsors? Mum and Dad Coach? Dad Favourite Manoeuvre? Going across the wave
Age - 11 Boardriders Club? Mudjimba Boardriders School? Pacific Paradise State School Started Surfing? 6 years old Favourite Food? Dads Mexican Fish Tacos Favourite Surf Spot? Mudjimba & Little Cove Hero? Mick Fanning Sponsors? Dad Coach? Mudjimba Boardriders and Dad Favourite Manoeuvre? Cutback
Age - 5 Boardriders Club? North Shore boardriders School? Buddina State School Started Surfing? 4 years old Favourite Food? Apples & Strawberries Favourite Surf Spot? Maroochydore Hero? Dad Sponsors? Veve Swimwear Coach? Josh Bryce Favourite Manoeuvre? Standing up
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SCARDY’S TRAVEL BITS Boards packed, wings in the air, passport at the ready, anticipating touchdown to another surfing destination. All second nature to our intreped travel writer Dave Scard.
STAFFORD 1949 to 2011
Micky Stafford sadly passed away at his Southport home on Sunday night, August 7th. He was 62.
i>Ê ÜiÊÊ Õ`Ê Ài>ÊÊÊUÊ* ÌÊ,`Ê"Üi Well by now most of you would have seen the footage from our last trip to Fiji in July. Once again the Pacific was in full force with a massive South West swell pushing up between Tasmania and New Zealand. Not only did Fiji experience huge perfect surf but so did New Caledonia, Tonga and Samoa. By all reports the whole South Pacific felt some of this beast’s affects. Sitting here now over a month on with a broken rib for my troubles, Fiji will remain on the radar for all the guys wanting huge left pits!! Well travel setters, Winter is nearly over !! yew hoo!! Bring on the summer BBQ’s, Beachies and Beers!! Its also time to start thinking about your summer Jaunts into the Northern part of the Pacific Puddle. Typhoons have already been spinning up there and should now continue through til October before the North Swell Season kicks into gear. If you have ever wanted to go to Pohnpei and surf P-Pass this is the season. The prices are as low now as when the camp first opened!! Thanks to the strong Aussie dollar the trip is more affordable than ever. Allois at Pohnpei Surf Club also has a new 35ft long boat with viewing tower, revamped kitchen, menu and wireless internet are just some of the improvements made in the off season. Last season the camp averaged 6-10 guests, now keeping in mind that you can surf all tides, all day, this equates to a whole lot of waves, fill your boots people!! It’s also a great idea to plant yourself in PNG from November onwards. Tried and tested, PNG is a winner and will always be popular especially with the surfers looking for cruisy uncrowded waves. So my tip for this edition is just book the trip you have always wanted too!! Come in make the booking, take a bottle of wine home to the missus and wait until she is half cut then tell her, grab the closest frying pan for cover just in case!! Until next time…Scardy - World Surfaris www.worldsurfaris.com
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Ironically his Tweed Uncle Bill Stafford passed away the night before at 87. Bill was, in 1964, the first President of the ASAQ (Association of Surfriders Association of Queensland). Micky Stafford started surfing at Main Beach, Southport at only two years of age. His parents Bev and Paula Stafford then moved to Cavill Avenue, Surfer Paradise where they established their famous beach swimwear range. Bev was a proud member of the Surfers Paradise Surf Club where Micky honed his surfing skills. Micky helped launch WindanSea Surf Club in the backroom behind the family home and swimwear shop at Cavill Avenue, where Melba’s nightclub stands today. WindanSea originally started in California and became a world famous invitationonly boardriders’ club. When Micky visited California he was given the nod to start a Queensland branch. Together with Tony and Peter Drouyn, and Rick and Paul Neilsen, along with many other talented Gold Coast surfers, Micky’s WindanSea turned into a super club and at the time, was considered the best in Australia. Micky was a great competitor. In 1969, he ranked among the best surfers of the time, placing third in the Queensland State open mens final at Snapper Rocks won by Graham Black and runner-up Peter Drouyn. He powered on to reach the national finals at Margaret River, WA, won by Nat Young from Peter Drouyn in 10 to 15 foot surf. Micky competed in the Gunstan 500 in South Africa and the Smirnoff Pro at Sunset Beach, Hawaii.
He was well traveled, taking his radical power-based surfing to Mexico, Hawaii, Reunion, South Africa and Europe. Micky made the transition from longboards to shortboards easily and, although fading from competing, continued to push the limits on small boards. His favourite move was the el rollo – a double rail grab 360 in the barrel which he successfully executed in the ’69 state finals and in many free surfs at Burleigh Point, one of his favourite surf spots. He was a creative, deep thinking individual who could design and make his own fashionable clothes and shoes, a legacy from his mum Paula. He was adept at carving handmade trophies and sculptures, and building feather kites. His framed historical surfboard shapes feature on the wall in Surf World. He was a founding member of the Burleigh Longboard Club, which honored Mickey with a Paddle Out on Sunday August 14th with family and friends and the Burleigh Boardriders. He was also a volunteer for Surf World Gold Coast where his favorite DVS single fin rests! A dreamer, an inventor and innovator, an eccentric, lovable stylish character who took great pride in his work, who enjoyed surfing for the fun of it, and dedicated himself in later years to Surf Art… He is survived by his mother Paula, and three sisters Frances, Sue and Cybil. Put simply, Micky was such a gem and will be sadly missed! RIP to our mate Micky Staff. UÊ7ÀÌÌiÊLÞÊAndrew McKinnon Portrait photo Luke Johnston
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