Billabong shares hit an all time low

Stu Nettle

But the company will be saved by social media says Billabong chief.

The rebirth of pro surfing

Stu Nettle

So what's all this wavepool stuff about then?

Tropical plunder

Stu Nettle

So what's to be learnt from the dreadful overdevelopment of the Bukit Peninsula? Nothing! Welcome to the 'new Bali' in southern Lombok.

Heart of glass

Stu Nettle

Swellnet visits the Glass Hut in Wollongong. A factory adapting to the changing surfboard industry.

The Championship Tour in Indonesia

Stu Nettle

Next year there'll be five QS events in Indonesia. When's the CT gonna revisit the best surf nation on Earth?

The Manchurian candidate

Clifton Evers

Tie Zhuang - known to his mates as TZ - is the best surfer to ever come out of Inner Mongolia.

Pro surfing and the kindness of strangers

Stu Nettle

In 2017 pro surfing is riding high on the goodwill of one man. It's not the first time we've got a leg up from a well-heeled stranger.

Rip Curl and the new gold standard

Stu Nettle

After two fruitless weeks it's become clear that the most important aspect of Mick's clip is not what was shown, but what wasn't.

The art of advocacy with Brad Farmer

Stu Nettle

He's been kidnapped by the KGB, started Surfrider Foundation, National Surfing Reserves, and World Surfing Reserves too, but Brad Farmer's advocacy is based on more than mere love for the ocean.

Patent pending: the FCS design saga

Stu Nettle

In 2013 FCS released FCS II, a new and updated version of their removable fin system. Yet three years later they still don't have the patent secured and the imitators are ready to pounce.



I had been to Noosa once before, in the days when the milk bar on the main drag was the social centre of a rather isolated coastal village.

Making plastic sexy and other green schemes

Stu Nettle

Being green won't cut it unless you're innovative too. These surfers are turning pond scum, old plastic, and fishnets into stuff for you to surf.