What do Kalbarri and Coca-Cola have in common?

Stu Nettle
Surfpolitik

By now you'll have heard about the WSL making a bid at Western Australia's desert coast. Margaret River has been problematic but Surfing WA still wants to hold onto its contest.

The solution? Shift it north to Kalbarri or the Bluff.

Even though the WSL has released its 2019 schedule and Margs is penned in, the word on the street is that the talks are far from over. The north-west is in their sights, if not next year then the year after.

The thought of a contest up north is getting the locals uppity, they're preparing for a battle, and the early salvos have been launched on social media. A common response from those indifferent to the move is that Jakes and the Bluff are hardly secret spots so who cares if the WSL sets up tent.

Which seems like a valid response...till you pour some thought into that cup.

Allow me to do just that and I'll start with Coca-Cola.

Coke is not only the most popular soft drink in the world, it's one of the most recognisable brands in the world. At one time, the most recognisable brand. So popular is it that, theoretically, Coca-Cola doesn't have to reach out to anyone because everyone knows what it is. And yet a funny thing happens when Coke campaigns are launched around the world.

Their sales go up.

So if sales of Coke go up after an ad campaign, then its popularity isn't a matter of knowing or not knowing what Coca-Cola is. It's simply a matter of having Coca-Cola flashed in front of people's eyes.

In other words, it's the power of advertising.

Can you see where this is going?

Every surfer knows about Jakes and the Bluff. They aren't secret spots. To surfers they're as well known as Coca-Cola, yet in recent years they've been afforded a large degree of media protection owing to their status as outposts. Places surfers can go to unwind, get away from crowds and enjoy some desert therapy.

And the power of advertising would destroy all that.

Exposing...or should I say, re-exposing, Jakes and the Bluff to a worldwide surfing market will have the same effect as a Coca-Cola ad on a thirsty audience. It doesn't matter if it's a secret or not, that's not how advertising works, it's the repetitive messaging that changes our agency. Puts it front of mind and ready to act upon. Any advertising flunky will agree with me here.

Right now, Kalbarri Boardriders, National Surf Reserves, and a bunch of good people are preparing a statement against the WSL's move north. The issues they're raising are valid and tangible: environmental damage and the like. Exposure of the spots is getting less weight as it's a hard metric to quantify.

However, if you surf there, or if you hope to in the future, you'd do well to consider the power of advertising and how it'll increase the numbers in the water up north. And in turn how that will change the complexion of a very special coastline.

Stay tuned...

(Photo Matt Hutton Photography)

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simba commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 3:52pm

So as surfers it comes down to where do you draw the line about this....the big end of town taking over ......Kalbarri ....next maybe Lennox ,Angourie etc....fukem.!

simba

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Kellya commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 3:53pm

Not sure if this article makes sense regarding Kalbarri?
Same article referring to Gnaraloo would definitely make sense.

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neville-beats-buddha commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 3:59pm

They tried it before (and failed) when it was the ASP, now it's a private company there's even more incentive to fight it. Give 'em hell crew.

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 4:34pm

Stu I like the logic of this line of thinking. As if the area is getting an 'advertising campaign' that it didn't really ask for.

Truly hope some of the other coasts on the way remain under the radar...

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freeride76 commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 4:37pm

Good luck with the resistance campaign.

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uncle_leroy commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 4:47pm

Something I always scratch my head over is why they are still building more stone cabins at the Homestead, there is never anyone in them yet they still keep building them, is it to have them booked out for one week each July school holidays, or is it contest prep or for when the road to Coral Bay opens up?

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redmondo commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 5:00pm

What does the king of kalbarri Godard reckon? Actually Kurack was the hottest surfer at the point.

Victory!

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seaslug commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 5:35pm

Indeed he was, RIP Robbie

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radiationrules commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:23am

i didn't know he was dead? would it be indescrete to ask how? an amazing surfer, master of nonchalance in the almond-shaped tube

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radiationrules commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:30am

i didn't know he was dead? would it be indescrete to ask how? an amazing surfer, master of nonchalance in the almond-shaped tube

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 11:06am

Yeah, back in 2012, the big C

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radiationrules commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 7:02pm

thsk seaslug - RIP

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Weaz69 commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 5:44pm

Nice perspective on the issue, one thing I think people need to understand is if they are successful in holding a comp here it sets a precedent for anywhere else they decide to hold an event. Our opposition has been known for a long time (20+ years) yet Surfing wa still came up and pitched the idea. After we again informed them of our opposition it was still pitched to local shire and is still being pushed. I was under the impression that the WSL has long said if we are not wanted we won’t come? Well that dosnt seem to hold true.

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JM commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 4:44pm

I think that depends on who doesn't want them.

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quokka commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 6:21pm

Both spots have already received too much attention and are crowded. How about I come and take a dump on your board room table WSL, would you like that...no...well get stuffed and leave NW WA alone. Keep the comp at Margs and if the brazos don't want to surf it then too bad.

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crg commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 6:22pm

Agreed that the WSL contest machine shouldn't go NW.
Absolutely agree with the argument in this article. (Anyone remember the sudden shift in crowds at an average wave like Cabarita when the Quik pro went mobile there?).
I believe it's a principle to adhere to when making these judgements on whether or not to go there - not to expose sensitive areas and waves.
The only thing I don't like is "locals" who also moonlight as high exposure Instagram stars start barking up using this principle.
That's not a principle, that's personal entitlement.
Big difference.
And it will be used against you in your protest.

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indo-dreaming commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 6:29pm

To be honest i kind of hope it happens.

1. It will be decent viewing

2. If guys go here then those same guys might not go to Indo for a year or so.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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bigredcouch commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 6:45pm

Ha, ID have you been to Indonesia lately? If you think the crowds in Indonesia will be less because more crew may do NW trips you don't have your head in the game.

The WSL are just about to complete their third WQS event in a series of Indonesian events. All held at surfing 'outposts' that are all frequented by normal surf travellers all season. But this season the WSL has dumped between 70 and 100 international professional surfers for a week (or so) at otherwise remote locations that offer a reprieve from this sort of bullshit. How does this kind of stuff happen?

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Rabbits68 commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 11:38pm

A completely selfish view that are you more than entitled to. But the flip side of your coin is your often complaining about exposure in certain parts of Indonesia. Do you want your cake & to eat it too? It can be arranged. Might not taste as good as you expected though......

Crystal Clear

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 5:59pm

That's kind of my point...Indonesia is exploited by everyone in surfing.

But as soon as it's in Australia everyone is, not in my backyard.

Ada gula, ada semut!

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Rabbits68 commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 6:33pm

Yes ID true to a degree but this thread topic is specifically regarding the WSL potentially exposing certain locations, which was my point, rather than the average punter & charterboat/land camp operators. Re Indonesia as far as I’m aware the WSL/ASL has really only utilised locations in Bali & G-Land in the past (stand to be corrected). Both locations have been hugely exposed for many years ofcourse. Still doesn’t help though that’s for sure....

Crystal Clear

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Lanky Dean commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 9:01am

Bahahaha ! Keep dreaming indo,
FireWire away with your crackpot theories......

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bigredcouch commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 6:58pm

And Stu, I could not agree more with the idea you present here. It's all about HYPE rather than secrecy these days. That's why Aussie waves that still go by the laws of NO PHOTOS and NO GROUPS remain a pleasure to surf. They're not secrets; they're simply quiet and remain slightly off the circus radar. A friend of mine lives at one of the best waves in Indonesia. He has done so for the best part of ten years. It's a reasonable mission to get to this wave and he first hand has seen the impact of 'wave hype'. This wave is not a secret, but its fickle, and he says there is an absolute correlation between a bunch of pros scoring, filming and publishing a good day out there and an increase in crowds over the next 4-8 weeks. Of course the opposite rings true - a couple of months without the pro entourages, infrequent good days and the next great forecast is less crowded.

Now, the NW is a bit of a basket case given the way that a lot of the local 'pros' (Craike etc) have conducted themselves over the past decade or so. I could pick up my phone now and watch endless footage of these self-proclaimed legends surfing Jakes, Tombies and other quieter waves in the NW. These guys have followers in the tens of thousands. How did the local community at Kalbarri let their own offspring fuck up so badly?

Of course I hope to GOD the WSL do not make it up to the NW...

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OHV500 commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 7:02pm

Just as a comparison - I surfed Teahupoʻo 23 years ago - most days just the 2 of us and our guide Moana David. It wasn't a 'secret' spot, but a little off the radar. An article was published in Surfing Life - now look at it !!!!! The power of advertising / exposure ???

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belly commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 9:16am

I surfed Jakes 21 years ago as a young esky lidder for 4 days straight. No more than 4 or so on the peak. I started out super wide and then by the third and fourth days the boys welcomed me onto the peak for turns and got shacked off my head. Good times.

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bigredcouch commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 7:04pm

And while I'm at it, Coke is a damn good parallel to draw with Wave Hype. Coke is of course the devil - it has absolutely no benefit to human health - yet if you have a Coke one afternoon, around the same time the next afternoon you're craving one.

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beenjammin commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 8:24pm

I know I’m only one person but I just thought I’d state that this year I haven’t watched a single event, not in protest, but in complete boredom. Even the events that are in the ocean, with good conditions. The whole thing is fucked. These surfer athletes that are gunning to be in GQ magazine. Watching them scramble to find their caps and glasses at the end of a heat. Groomed to be surfing billboards since early gromhood. Bugger it.

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Kellya commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 9:51pm

Growing up in WA I have never heard of Kalbarri being referred to as the NW?
Pretty sure Carnarvon is at the southern most point of the real ‘NW’.

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Ray Shirlaw commented Monday, 10 Sep 2018 at 10:03pm

"Up north"? Pft. Tomatoes,Tomahto's..hardly relevant. There's a lot at stake and not just there

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Kellya commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:42am

Big difference between downtown Kalbarri and Gnaraloo or other 'semi-remote' spots.
Two separate discussions regarding reasons why the circus should not set up shop.

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Legrope commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 12:28am

This is hilarious. Do they think that there's less sharks up there? There's way more sharks. Ha!

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 1:41am

Surely a bigger deal is the hack-sawing of ritualistic Oz Surf leg.
Bells to Bali then back to Margs in Late May-June?
I can't help but think WA Drug Aware are more than aware of WSL preferred sponsors.

Bells to Margaret River has to be one of the Pro circuits oldest Surf Safaris since 1985...
Certainly more established than mixed bag of east coast safaris to Bells.
Most ancient OZ- Vicco > WA Surf Culture will be lost. (Very Long running Comp until WSL)
Rumour has it some sandgroper spilt the bong in Jughead's mixing bowl?

I'll leave that scoop with Stu...That deserves a kettle of Prized White Pointers of it's own.
No harm in picking Swellnetonian's brains for most ancient set of sealegs on tour....

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redmondo commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 8:05am

I agree beenjamming this latest crop of pros seem a bit precious. Medina should not be wellcome to country.

Victory!

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SurferSam commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 8:43am

Jakes is in mid west it’s not in the NW it’s like 8 hours drive away. It’s what I would call an overrated wave controlled by locals who think no one else should be able surf it but them. That said from a viewing perspective it would be great for a comp - could stand mere metres from the action if they let crew onto the point. No contest should ever happen at gnaraloo the whole idea is offensive. Then again I would love to see Medina go over the falls on the second or first bubble and then complain that he doesn’t feel comfortable surfing such a place (coz not only is it sharky it’s also pretty bloody dangerous wave)

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Kellya commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 4:45pm

Shouldn't be a problem holding a comp in Kalbarri. Good viewing for spectators, middle of a regional centre, not far from a major regional city.
Entirely different story for Gnaraloo. The two sites should not be in the same discussion.

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Island Bay commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 10:24am

Did you forget that Medina is fuqn lethal in heavy lefts?

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campbell commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 9:53am

Looking at the new wsl schedule with margs (in its last year of current contract) late may early june could be a bit risky if early winter sets in but makes much more sense if they plan to move it north the following year. This article could include north point, another well know spot that became a shitload more well know after last couple of years being added to the tour, its not the crowds brought down when the contest is on its the weeks/year following every time there is a hint of a chance of it breaking. Even that proposal by Tricky Tim and Magic Justin to add the boat Ramp brought a full carpark and lineup with all kinds of random characters with giant guns and life jackets each time there has been wave there since then. Surfers are sheep and any exposure be it a contest, instgram heroics and any media exposure brings the flock immediately and it never gets smaller. Reason enough not to allow them to add more spots to their ambitious schedule, just need to curb the social media locals as well but thats a whole different kettle of "fish out of water"

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uncle_leroy commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:03am

And social media not just north, but between the Capes, the sandbank exposure units as they should be called, can’t even keep a photo in their pants till the following week, they have to upload it that evening, insta(nt) carpark full the next day, total flogs, both young and old

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:27am

Hear, Hear Uncle Leroy

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Dmon commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 10:24am

Yep. Just having a look at this years BOM observations. Almost every day was onshore at Margs with plenty of North wind during the new scheduled waiting period.
http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/dwo/201806/html/IDCJDW6021.201806.shtml
Doesn't look like much fun to me.

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campbell commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:31am

For sure , a certain beach break recently "discovered" by a yallingup ex pro surfer led by the world oldest billabong spono from margs that had been surfed and kept under wraps since the 90,s (prob even longer than that) floggers, packed now with locals camera heroes, brazzos and everything in between anytime there is a hint of a chance of it being good, paradise lost

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redmondo commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:39am

I didn't know Robbie Kurack had died it brings tears to my eyes. Bless him.

Victory!

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:14pm

His son runs Reef Walker, highly recommended for a day out on the water fishing, crays etc

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:16pm

Yeah mate, right bummer

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mitttyg commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 12:17pm

Kalbarri and Gnarlaroo are soooo remote compared to Margs, the crowds wouldn't nearly compare if they did it up there. Sure you'd still get the keen ones who want to go up there, but its just another impractical situation and a good reason for WSL to not go up there.
Maybe WSL should wait till there's exeptional swell and good wind forecasted before they book up Margs? This years Margs Pro was dismal

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redmondo commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 4:23pm

Cable beach would be an awesome venue or dunes.

Victory!

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goofyfoot commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 4:42pm

Just curious as I notice Ry Craikes name gets mentioned a bit when ever West Oz exposure gets brought up on line, does anyone ever call him out on it to his face or is it all on the keyboards.
Just interested to know what his reaction would be

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:56pm

1st time he's had to work in his life, boo hoo

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 4:47pm

One of the reasons the WSL move into the North West of WA riles me so much is that the joint means so much to me and many others and we realise that times and places change but the only impetus for this game altering media event is to maybe - MAYBE - slightly further enrich a bloke that was given $500 million dollars to invest by his family when he graduated from college.

Even if he turns a profit from the entire circus it’ll be an unnoticeable, infinitesimal change in digits on his balance sheet with zero change in his lifestyle.

A lifestyle with no attachment whatsoever to the coast he will forever change by broadcasting its attributes to the world.

We’ve all got baggage except for Dirk Ziff.

The cunt doesn’t surf and doesn’t NEED the small sanctuary provided to so many by the North West.

And the fact that some fellow surfers ( surfing WA ) are intent on selling the joint out and everything that they also love about it for a possible step up the ladder in a pointless bureaucracy makes me crook to my stomach.

Nice guys maybe but utter , utter fuckwits all the same.

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campbell commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 9:19pm

Now with Brodie Carr as new CEO of tourism WA(ex CEO of WSL and soon to be the most hated surfer in WA) I would be fucking worried, Kalbarri or NW on the cards for sure 2020. Margs will be delegated to QS but still bring a bunch of wannabe pro surfers and a bit less exposure to town (slight silver lining being that it will be only a couple of weeks of point takeover rather than the 5 they take to set up, run and pull down for the pro). Better get militant Kalbarri / NW locals but deal is probably already done all you need is a handful of locals who want it and are keen to suck from the wsl teat like Gracetown (you know who you are) with promises of tickets to the WSL ball and a chance to live vicariously thru their kids surfing careers) giving them Norths so easily
Hati Hati

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Gary G commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 8:38pm

Gary would like to bestow his highest honour on you, Blowin, the squat of deference.

You've so succinctly outlined that in cases like this, the intangible means so much to so many while the tangible benefits few and means little. Bravo.

Gary would advise you to skip leg day tomorrow, you've earned it.,

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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Blowin commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 9:29am

I’m stunned Gary G.

This means ....everything . Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that I’d be a recipient of The Squat.

Tell me - Is The Squat still performed on the Glass Coffee Table of Excellence ?

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Gary G commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 10:22pm

Funny you should ask, Blowin.

Gary had moved away from that traditional performance space after a spate of highly publicised and decidedly low-rent imitations performed by Dally M winners and other league champions. It all just felt a bit cheap.

Gary thinks it’s time to take control and return the squat to it’s natural home.

Glass bottomed boats and corporate ‘after dark’ sessions at aquariums also available.

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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redmondo commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 7:01pm

One of McLeods daughters who have some nice coast and waves on their station told me that there going to be a coastal highway from Canarvon up to Exmouth. I saw officals up there with $$$$ signs in their eyes accessing things.

Victory!

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Kellya commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 9:06pm

This sort of infrastructure or other planned development north of Carnarvon is much more concerning than a surf comp in downtown Kalbarri.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:22pm

Pristine vigil coastline that is unique in this world that we live in, it will be quite a while given the astronomical cost of the road so not for quite some time but never say never. Hopefully I'll be long gone before then.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:22pm

typo "virgin"

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Jamyardy commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:04pm

I spoke to I think Leonie years back when they wanted to change the camping rules up that way (also the govt wanted to control the 2km coastal fringe of the stations), they didn't succeed, but jeez putting a highway through plus infrastructure will just stuff that whole area. Maybe some pro's won't have to drive to and from Carnavon each day to a comp at Gnaraloo if it ever gets a green light, like one did last time they had a comp there.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:24pm

Lovely lady

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:28pm

Article from a a year back.

The State Government has shut the door on the prospect of handing land back to pastoralists along the Ningaloo Coast.

Managers of Ningaloo and Warroora stations have been in a long-running and bitter dispute over land excised from their leases in 2015, which the State Government wants to use for tourism and conservation.

Ningaloo Station manager Phil Kendrick was hopeful a change in State Government would help the Lefroy family keep hold of beaches bordering their station that have been used by generations of travellers for camping.

But while a spokesman for Lands Minister Rita Saffioti said the Government would push ahead with plans to improve coastal access in the region and employment for traditional owners, he said the Minister had no intention of meeting the pastoralists.

“As Ningaloo Station is no longer a pastoral lease and the matter is subject to litigation instigated by the former lessee, it is not appropriate that the minister meet with the manager,” she said.

“In 2004, Ningaloo Station did not agree to proposed exclusion areas and as a consequence this pastoral lease was not renewed in 2015. “The State and Warroora Station already agreed to a significant reduction to its exclusion area prior to its lease being renewed on July 1, 2015.”

After agreeing to the 2015 deal, Warroora Station manager Leonie McLeod said they had done so only because the government had “put a gun to our head”.

Meanwhile, Ningaloo’s managers are set to take the fight to the Supreme Court this year.

Mr Kendrick said the Ningaloo coastline was one UNESCO had praised as being kept in pristine condition by pastoralists and it made sense to bring the State Government back to the table.

“I would have thought with this new Labor Government, looking for considerable savings, they would consider our plight and say instead of costing the taxpayer $9.2 million in bureaucrats to run each station, they would see the savings in allowing the pastoralists to keep the land,” he said.

“We have put 32 proposals to (the Department of Parks and Wildlife) and all have been rejected. I feel very confident that, if we can talk to the current State Government and put a proposal to them, that we can work in conjunction with them to make an iconic wilderness camping area.”

Mr Kendrick said the plans in their current form would result in six people losing their jobs.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the Ningaloo Coast draft management plan would be released for public comment in the next six months, with a final plan expected in 2018.

“There has been ongoing and extensive discussions with successive governments and pastoralists over many years in the lead up to the creation of the proposed reserves,” he said.

“Parks and Wildlife and (the) Gnulli (people) have been in contact with pastoralists in regards to management and planning for the coast where possible,” he said, adding DPaW was keen to develop a relationship with pastoralists to manage the coast.

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seaslug commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 10:33pm

I think the key statement is " DPaW was keen to develop a relationship with pastoralists to manage the coast", this is open it up to developers. As redmondo, said "officals up there with $$$$ signs in their eyes accessing things"

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Mishad commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 12:11am

Growing up on those desert lefts in the 80s and 90s, it would be a crying shame if any event went ahead anywhere north of Geraldton if you ask me. It just doesn't seem necessary, for anyone involved. We all enjoy a good viewing of surfing and there are plenty of spots that are good quality, well known, already busy and the WSL can have exclusive access to. I don't quite understand the intention or benefits to the WSL by even considering taking the gig to these remote spots given the costs and logistics involved. But anyway, their intentions are clear given talks are still in process and the shifting of the WA event window into June seems like a strategic move in hindsight for the coming years.

Add to that the governments intentions with the area I can see a bleak future for the NW if anyone has any dreams to keep it as it was/is. A super regulated nanny park with bitumen, grid like camp sites, ablutions, fences, signs, rangers, nanny state managers managing your every move.

If this goes through I would feel for the Carnarvon locals. Some of the hardiest, friendliest, hard charging lot out there, getting out there whenever it gets a hint being over 8ft. Although I havent been up there for a while, those 8ft plus days never seemed to be crowded, and hopefully would stay that way no matter what exposure the place is to be put through.

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seaslug commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 12:21am

Well said, Mishad

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 11:32am

I know a fella that just spent the last 5 months surfing around this area. He reckons that he undertook an informal Vox poll and was asking anyone he got talking to in the surf / camp if they would ever support a professional surfing contest being held in the area . The fella is quite chatty in the line up and asked the question well before the announcement of the WSL intending to schedule the event there as the issue has always been a threat ever since Neil Ridgeway from Rip Curl said “ We”ll never say never to a comp in the Northwest .”

The UNANIMOUS response was no. Not a single person supported it except for those who worked for Surfing WA . Yes , he discussed it with them too. People that didn’t support the competition included many international , WA and interstate travellers, locals from Kalbarri, Carnarvon and Exmouth ( The NW surfers alliance including surfers from these towns has reformed ) and also including the locals from Red Bluff - both Durants and Caldwell’s

So no one wants it from the surfing community yet Surfing WA is still pushing for the competition to run.

Surfing WA ......get fucked.

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frog commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 1:34pm

Locals need to start posting pictures and stories of the sharks up that way. Duty of care now has a precident in choice of location and a place in boardroom discussions at WSL. WA as a whole is no longer on the sort of safe side of the risk ledger. A few dramatic piccies or clips from up that way will make that clearer.

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roachdog commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 1:37pm

It will be interesting to see the WSL's response when the Kalbarri locals charge a cray boat through the line up and do a floater on Gabi Medinas head.
Up north is a special place that doesn't need surf contests. It will be interesting to see how much longer Dirk Ziff will be prepared to keep losing millions so that 1,500 people can watch surfing on Arsebook?

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seaslug commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 2:34pm

Hot off the press, why don't they hold it here, should be ready by 2020

Pirate adventure-themed golf course and surf machine planned for former Great Escape site at Hillarys Boat Harbour

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seaslug commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 2:41pm

ziffty the shifty could be chief pirate

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 3:09pm

To be honest , I don’t think that Dirk Ziff is as much the Darth Vader evil overlord that I’ve made him out to be. Giving him the benefit of the doubt , maybe he’s such a non - surfer that he doesn’t truly realise the repercussions of his acts amongst the surfing world.

Maybe he’s more like an overgrown man - baby that just sees a new shiny toy and he’ll just tumble everything out of the way to get his fat little hands on it. Breaking everything else in the crib to get there.

It’s Surfing WA that know full well the effects of their little power grab here. They’re surfers and some of them have histories at the Northwest breaks.

To fully realise that you’ll be personally signing off on the end of an era at a place that most who’ve visited recognise as virtually sacred ground takes a certain breed of blinkered , greedy fuckwit.

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Clivus Multrum commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 4:13pm

Spot on, Blowin. A quick glance at the objectives set forth in Surfing WA's constitution reveals the potential for WA surfers and WA surf spots to be betrayed by an association that other stakeholders/ decision-makers may assume to be representative of the WA surfing public.

Not to overstate it but the thought of Turpel trying to wrap his seppo accent around "Gnaraloo" or "Kalbarri" while the floral shirted folk from the WSL dry-root the authenticity out of a truly remarkable place that is so quintessentially "WA" certainly takes the buzz out of my muzz.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 5:50pm

Fuck I wish I’d thought of the line “ dry root the authenticity out “.

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Gary G commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 9:18am

Gary's daily google alert for (consensual) 'Dry Rooting' turns up all sorts of stuff, but Gary moved from Quartz to Topaz on Moh's scale when he saw that his favourite website Swellnet had gotten in on the action.

It must be said that the 'Tombstones Pro presented by Muzz Buzz' really has an authentic WA flavour about it.

You and me, Gary, ain’t nothing but mammals so let’s do it* like they do it on the aerobics channel

*faceys

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udo commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 8:45pm

You may like to read what NC just posted on Realsurf - Re Ziffs

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ryder commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 8:11am

Fark me Udo you gotta get out of the house and turn your devices off and go surfing mate.

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chin commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 4:27pm

If there was a contest held, what’s to stop a hundred non-competitors from being out in the line-up at the same time?

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redmondo commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 4:34pm

There needs to be revrence for our sacred grounds and waves. This applys to us all. Competition contamination should be contained in wave pools.

Victory!

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smooth1 commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 6:27pm

It is vitally important for the proposal to hold a surf com at either of these locations be resisted because some things in life must remain sacred.

I believe what is missing in a lot of peoples lives is the call to adventure. The north west of WA is that call to adventure for a lot of surfers and has been a right of passage for generations of West Aussie surfers. Yes the north of WA is no secret but when travelling surfers make the effort to visit these incredible locations they are almost transported back to a time of real surf trips and surf exploration. The remoteness, the harshness and the raw beauty completely consume you. The difficulties of getting there and then camping in sometimes tough conditions makes the reward all the more greater.

I have traveled the world and seen what surfing tourism, development and commercialism has done to some amazing surf locations. Wild wilderness areas with awesome surf are rare and must be preserved. It is my opinion that if the place is blown up by the worlds surf media marketing the place to bits then these areas will change for the worst. I travel to these places to escape the latte sipping surf crowd and to just detach from the stresses and worries of modern life. With more hyped exposure the government will become involved and then want to build nice roads and highways and regulate the place to pieces and the magic of the place will be gone.

Surfing is better off when there are places left that encourage surfers to get back to the roots of surfing culture. Humans are happiest when their curiosity is piqued and they are encouraged to explore that curiosity. For cultural reasons these incredible wild spaces need to remain as they are.

Why cant they remain as they are?

PS i am no communist or extreme socialist and i am not against progress and sustainable economic development but some things need to remain sacred.

Nk

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roondog commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 6:29pm

just keep the ego stroking on the east coast, were it belongs

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amb commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 7:06pm

Stu surely a swellnet interview with Surfing WA is on the cards or are you banned from them as well as WSL?

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monk commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 7:24pm

Stu - do you have any advice for what the average WA surfer can do to oppose this? Is there a petition or any sort of organised action on the surfers behalf against Surfing WA (isn't that ironic) and WSL, in attempt to stop this shitshow? We surfers are often not great at getting organised in a group to go against this type of stuff...

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stunet commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 7:48pm

"We surfers are often not great at getting organised in a group to go against this type of stuff..."

Ha ha...we never have been.

I reckon just hang tight for a bit, there's gonna be some more media come out shortly in the form of an official statement from the crew involved and (hopefully) wider exposure across surf media. Let's see what that brings before playing the next hand.

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Wharfjunkie commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 7:54pm

Should get a few surf cams up that way Stu and swell alerts to subscribers.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 8:59pm

Swellnet is the ONLY part of the entire surf media on the side of Australia’s surfers on this issue .

Where is Surfing World / Tracks / Surfing Life / Coastal Watch after their years of ingratiating themselves into our culture in order to sell magazines and ad space ? I’m starting to think they believe they ARE Australian surfing culture . Turns out that they’re all too intertwined with the corporate side of surfing and can’t drag themselves from the teat to stand up for an issue that affects them as surfers also.

Where’s Blakey and Nick Carrol and Jed Smith and Sean Doherty ? Not a peep . Not a single key stroke on the story. It’s not like it’s not interesting or relevant - core surfers and core locations threatened by a maverick and wayward government body and a super rich American investor.

It should be the story of the year . Surfers vs The Man !

But instead it’s all quiet . Business as usual . Hope it all goes away so they can continue telling you that the only stories that matter in Australian surfing are Julian’s title chances , the new wing on the fucking high performance centre and about Ando’s new quiver.

So I’m grateful for Swellnet’s stance . The exposure they’re giving the issue and this platform that gives Australian surfers an opportunity to exchange ideas and the potential to unite against an issue that concerns and affects us all.

The case against a private company gaining exclusive access to multiple iconic Aussie surf breaks for at least 2 weeks each during their prime windows is already strong. When you add the circumstances surrounding their intentions to take over and heavily publicise the North West reefs that have remained true sanctuaries of Australian surfing for decades their overreach gets a bit sickening and needs to be addressed.

Swellnet is helping the cause of everyone that’s ever dreamed of a place to just go for a surf in an unspoiled and non commercialised environment.

You might not be grateful but your kids probably will be as these places are getting harder and harder to find and will disappear completely unless we all take seriously our roles as custodians of that which we hold special.

Sound dramatic ?

Maybe . But it boils down to looking after what you love.

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Wharfjunkie commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 6:14pm

Swellnet and the WSL it's just another level of exploitation. Yep good on them for raising this issue but what about every other coastline where surfers who hold close to their hearts that Swellnet forecast, post photos of camera pics online. All about promoting a business it's just that Swellnet is a dwarf compared to the WSL.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 8:52pm

Another point to consider : Not only will these locations be off limits to surfers for at least the duration of the event if it goes ahead , but there will be no live spectators permitted at any of the possible locations. The environment at each spot is too contained and way too delicate. So , like North Point , everyone that’s not a part of the WSL / Surfing WA circle jerk gets to fuck right off as they’re not needed and not welcome to participate unless they’re contributing to clicks , likes or pay per view.

Fuck that and fuck them.

Don’t let the bastards within cooee of the joint in the first place.

It’s ours not theirs.

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Ray Shirlaw commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 9:05pm

100% agree Blowin.

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Blowin commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 11:35pm

And another thing ....

If the ( former ) Aussie surf media - Surfing World / Tracks / Surfing Life did actually do a piece on the topic it’d be impartial and unbiased . Framed as a debate that they’re not inherently involved with .

Yet this is after years and years of cashing in on the mystique of the Northwest. Stories romantically portraying the breaks as Australia’s surfing heartlands. The red desert meeting the wild Indian Ocean as surfing’s Uluru . A place where Aussie surfers go to lose themselves in the surfing life. They know what’s at stake alright.

Yet they’ll post their articles as a story of two sides without any cut and dried right or wrong. The fact that soul of the place is threatened won’t bother them . After they’ve utilised the spirit of the place to worm their way into the lives of Aussie surfers they’ll act like it’s not that imprortant an outcome to Australian surfing culture.

But they’ll write 50000 words a year bleeding emotion , describing how a surfing comp at Bells beach needs to be retained as if it’s the beating heart of Aussie surfing.

After getting a universal erection that that competition has managed to run for 50years cause the culture means everything to them they’ll attempt to have you believe that they’re just reporting the facts , ma’am.

That they’re not involved in the culture enough to have an opinion.

Well it’s time to pick a side and post your colours to the mast people .

And here’s a hint - if you’re pondering whether to side with Australian crew that live to surf their local waves and want to protect them or with an avaricious seppo who thinks that cause he can buy a few select individuals and a toy bureaucracy with an overinflated sense of importance it’s that you should remember this -

We’re paying attention, fellas.

You want to hold onto any credibility then now is your opportunity to help Aussie surfers come out on top.

FFS The pricks believe they’re showing Aussie spirit by backing Mikey Wright onto a rich bastards surf cruise tour and then drop the ball when the entire population of Aussie surfers needs their help.

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ringmaster commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 9:57pm

Pretty well bang on Blowin.

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bigbooby commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 9:59pm

After umpteen comps at a local break this year shuting it down to all those except the ones who try to emulate jj and slater (and them too at one trying to emulate ??? Lopez? Wayne? (but lacking the flow, grace and ethics)), I am inclined to agree with opposition to any comps. Surfed up that way for a month 37 years ago. Not many out and same down south. Great vibe in the water.
Whoever said "how are they going to run the comp with 100 guys in the lineup" was only partialy on the right track. They will bring on their heavys, cops and arrests to try. Perhaps a land based attack on them at the same time. Tires down, windscreens smashed and sugar in their jet ski tanks. Make them walk back to Perth if they even try.
Too late over here....good luck - and may the force be with you over there.

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Patate commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 10:33pm

Attack is needed, and we can do a lot by stop clicking, stop buying, stop forwarding.

Explaining to the younger generation that WSL and other Noosa surf festival no better than Coca Cola, politicians and Roundup: bad shit only benefiting a few people who have no respect for their peers.

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CryptoKnight commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 12:36am

Well, well, well. Oh dear. Again... in a nutshell!!!!?? The man? WSL? Kelly's invite only party... orders to simply take the NW?

'It should be the story of the year . Surfers vs The Man !'

'Well it’s time to pick a side and post your colours to the mast people .'

'Fuck that and fuck them.'

'Don’t let the bastards within cooee of the joint in the first place.'

'It’s ours not theirs.'

'And here’s a hint - if you’re pondering whether to side with Australian crew that live to surf their local waves and want to protect them or from an avaricious seppo who thinks that cause he can buy a few select individuals and a toy bureaucracy with an overinflated sense of importance it’s that you should remember this -'

'We’re paying attention, fellas.'

Oh the sickening, conniving, treacherous gushing gusto!!! In a nutshell!!!

https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2018/09/11/letters-editor

'Each showed the potential of the pool. Kelly Slater placed third but that was largely due to questionable scoring, a point made by Longtom over at BeachGrit. A point that he, in fact, made repeatedly.'

'The magical waters of Lemoore were a saviour to the GOAT’s crook hoof. Alas, he’d no sooner exited the medicinal brine then the effects were wearing off. “I'm not planning on going to Europe," Slater told Rosie Hodge. And back onto compo he goes.

Bit too much Baldy bashing?'

'Great stuff.

The call on “ A few good men “ is all time.

As for the wave tub - I imagine the cankers at WSL are pissing themselves over the fact that some deluded souls are convinced that the business theyre running is in any way a fair and equitable sporting competition. Consequently I highly suspected that Slater was going to get shunted through his comp in order to aid promotion of their septic tank and therefore put him on my fantasy surfer team despite his total inability to compete with the new crew in anything less than heaving barrels.

And the men behind the curtain didn’t let me down .

The WSL can suck my penis'

Well, well well. What a outpouring of... of... but, wait a minute, as I said, surfing now has its own bbruce. Cunning traitors, who masquerade as brave, gushing saviors, whilst skulking around behind the scenes. Ala 'killer from Chis'. Ship jumper the Abbertons called him. And did they make him pay!!! I'll never forget, the sweaty, pasty, quivering desperation, then, the utter, helpless devastation. Befitting a grovelling 'ship jumper'. ahh yes treacherous, skulking ship jumpers are in our midst. And we also have a few good, brave, pristine, uninjured, raw boned, good looking, undefeated... men. in a nutshell!!! 'A few good men', who, alone, unfazed, undefeated, rose up, when called on, again, and again, and again, and again... (did I say again), and stuck it to the 'man'...

And who are these few good men, these men of foresight... riding big, riding strong, alone... the only ones not swayed by the blind bunch...

Yes, these 'good men' Lifty, Lassie, Two Words, Pikachu, The Truth, Penetration, Herc, Krypto...

Foresight.

'But Pro surfing wants to be like NFL etc. Where money talks. It is there to make money. NFL makes ridiculous amounts of money in comparison.'

'Any sporting business, or market, trying to create the perception of elite athleticism would be extremely concerned that no one is buying it. That its best ever doesn't rate at all. Because its all about money. The money the WSL has always begged for.'

Beware the traitorous, treacherous, gushing, conniving, blowin, blind 'ship jumpers'. In a nutshell. Beware the bbruces!!! In a nutshell!!!

https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2017/08/07/couch-kelly-s...

'The NFL was massive 50 years ago whilst the players were still beer swilling farm boys mostly. People don't watch NFL because of the Super Athleticism. They watch NFL because they are boring fuckers that like NFL.'

https://www.swellnet.com/forums/wax/226131

'Back to Slater. Always find him interesting. Never failed to be blown away by his surfing even into his third decade. Swellnet should try to get an interview with the Legend. Not sure what there is left to ask the man after all these years though. Maybe Swellnet crew could brainstorm some unique, penetrating questions to put to the man.'

'whats wrong with him, dose slater not realise that to be an elite athlete he needs to train in the NFL'

'Where I think he is smarter than a lot of his competitors is in giving himself chunks of downtime and cultivating his other interests.'

'given Slater's dominance over such a long period, it has to be worth considering the possibility that he is on to something.'

'but you would have to agree that whatever natural advantages Kelly started with he has managed them spectacularly well and that's what I find interesting in both physical and psychological dimensions.'

'Every surfer sits and waits for sets. Short of a wavepool that will never change . No matter how many squats you'd have them do.

Surfing will never be in competition with basketball . Why the fuck would it ?'

'Slater ruled Teahopu with a broken foot. Basket ballers break a nail and they're sidelined.....boring and weak.'

'Wow Udo! I’m surprised he went, but I like that he did. Is the King now the Guru?'

Only one thing worse than a proven, serial ship jumper. A proven, serial, ship jumper dunce combo.

Again. In a nutshell.

Et tu blinde... again...

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Blowin commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 8:44am

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uncle_leroy commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 9:23am

For those against a comp up north, please ensure you send a letter/email to surfing WA showing your disgust for such activities, shire of Northampton and Gascoyne along with relevant local members in each area.

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davetherave commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 11:03am

unfortunately economics will be shining bright for some, too bright. so i would get any footage i could of shark feeding frenzies and post it online with a tag- north west west australia- no place for pro surf comps- too risky wsl. i assume the humpbacks migrate north like here, so june means lot's of whites following along. then when surfing wa or someone pipes up denying the risk, you have the fact a comp already has been cancelled, plus a natural already documented shark cycle. media outlets would love the footage and your stance could be justified by saying as individuals, we take full responsibility for our own risks, but for a comp, well it will be wsl and surfing wa, the wa govt and local councils. trying to stop them on saving a surfing spot will be overlooked because of the dollar, but having them totally aware that a pro surfer could be munched, well, easier dollars to be had elsewhere.
my shift and cap locks not working-apologies

davetherave

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redmondo commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 11:15am

F---ing round up the mention of it infuriates me. It kills all the insects and poisons the animals and us. I suppose the competition is the same it will leave toxic fall out for years. Blowin for spokesman.

Victory!

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Chewbacca commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 6:29pm

There is only one thing driving the push for a pro comp in the N.W. Greed.
Only those with financial interest are pushing for it, there are a few who work for S.W.A that have had there snout in the trough for a long time and need the comp to justify there large salaries (taxpayers money). The fact that W.S.L is a private business compromises any decisions they make and the results from any of there competitions. Surely the W.A state govt will see through this and not sponsor such an event. Surfing Western Australia is supposed to represent all surfers in the state. Not a select few with a vested interest.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 8:43am

Bad news Chewbacca: Surfing WA will have the ear of Tourism WA who will have the ear of relevant minister.

Get fcuking writing boys, letters to newspapers, ministers, anyone who will listen.

You have to make the most noise and win the argument in the public square.

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Blowin commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 9:18am

Indeed.

That’s why I was trying to goad the surfing magazines into actually siding with Aussie surfers on the issue.

It’d be handy to be able to point to a few magazine covers that are painting Surfing WA and the WSL as acting like the avaricious bastards they’re revealing themselves to be.

Good luck with that though. Fuckers would crawl over broken glass to get a plastic VIP tag tied around their wrist . Jed Smith sounds like he’s got his panties in a twist for the WSL over at Tracks for a start. Traitors .

I’m also increasingly aware of the problem that people have faced forever , that of trying to generate discussion or interest in an issue but if people are not directly and immediately inconvenienced then the issue may as well not exist to them.

The biggest blessing WA surfers have is that it’s so far from the East coast surfing masses. Now that their help is needed it’s turned into a curse . East coast crew mostly don’t seem to give a fuck.

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Blowin commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 9:35am

Freeride

If you’re ever dying to do a bit on it over at BG it’d be appreciated.

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crip commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 1:23pm

Agree about getting active and writing directly to the local councils and WA govt ministers, those who are very touchy about their public profile.
Look at the incredible effect that organisations such as GetUp have with their people-powered campaigns changing pollies decisions. Wilderness Society, Goongerah Environment Centre, etc etc. Grass roots movements can and do change decisions.
So could someone find the names and positions of those pollies and decision makers that we can target with a flood of emails, tweets, Facebook posts, etc?
Emails to those people should be polite, factual and not abusive to have the greatest effect. And especially from those who can vote then in or out.

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Clivus Multrum commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 3:37pm

Can't hurt to also contact the board members and other key personnel listed in Surfing WA's Annual Report, which is available under the "Documents" tab on their website

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Common Tata commented Friday, 14 Sep 2018 at 8:51am

How the fuck can WSL take onboard sponsors like Coke who are responsible for billions of plastic bottles and straws dumped in the ocean everyday?
Keep ya contest in the wavepools, dump ya shit there, no one will watch it and we'll all be left to surf and drink coconuts on the beach.

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