Watch: 'Never Town'

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

Patagonia's latest film is called Never Town and features Rasta, Wayne Lynch, and Belinda Baggs surfing some of Australia's 'battlefield' coasts. Places surfers hold dear yet industry has a keen eye in exploiting and/or endangering. Other surfers and activists include Dan Ross, Heath Joske, Anna Taylor, and Charlie Stubbs.

Swellnet’s exclusive viewing of Never Town has now finished. For screenings and other opportunities to view the movie, go to www.patagonia.com.au/pages/never-town

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freeride76 commented Friday, 30 Mar 2018 at 8:21pm

epic

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memlasurf commented Friday, 30 Mar 2018 at 9:45pm

Wow, great mix. Those spots are hard to get to, fickle and the water, and air, can be frigid. I don't think it would be too attractive to your Goldie ripper on a 5'2" toothpick.

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southey commented Friday, 30 Mar 2018 at 10:15pm

well done all involved . including some of our very own . you know who you are . cheers

" SA's Reserve Capacity "

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zenagain commented Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 at 12:01am

Great vid. Food for thought.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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sypkan commented Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 at 10:33am

Well that was refreshingly honest (and not the usual sanitised PR crap for once).

Didn't even know what patagonia was until a year or two ago when crew talked of them on here. All seems very genuine amongst a contrived stream of green washed bullshit. Well done.

A little ray of hope amongst the madness.

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DFB commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 9:24am

there is contrived bullshit across the whole spectrum

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simba commented Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 at 2:53pm

Good movie good message

simba

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kirwoods commented Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 at 8:21pm

Great stuff!! Well shot and the message needs to get through about the pristine environments that we may live and do surf in, even if produced by a surf company.

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velocityjohnno commented Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 at 9:14pm

Wonderful. This one hit close to home; these were the landscapes a lot of my surveying career occurred in. It was an absolute privilege to travel and work through, yes, and surf them about 15 years to 10 years ago. Some of that stuff was super-lonely to consider a solo paddle out in, and some areas nearby surprised with waves when you would least expect them.

Save these places if we can. There is something truly reassuring about knowing they are there, even if we aren't in them at that time. Some of them are so remote there is very little chance they will be affected by an extractive interest, but save those that are.

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ballbagmanifesto commented Saturday, 31 Mar 2018 at 11:54pm

Is the message go to Tassie and make it the new Cornwall/ Tofino because Patagonia wetsuit technology is now good enough? Think i'd probably choose a few less trees and remote threat of an oil slick over suffering through the amount of surf tourism required to make the economic case against extractive industry.

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dandandan commented Wednesday, 4 Apr 2018 at 2:42pm

I get where you're coming from and you're probably taking the piss, but for most of us in the fight it's not so much about surfing as it is about politics and place. The politics of industrial fish farming in Tassie is every bit as the native forest woodchipping that came before it, and it has been an unmitigated and unappreciated ecological shitstorm for years.

I'd give up a lifetime of set waves at the points for all this environmental buggery to be done with.

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crustt commented Sunday, 1 Apr 2018 at 5:51am

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thatguy commented Sunday, 1 Apr 2018 at 8:55am

I struggled to the 10 min mark but the soundtrack did my head in. More of a reflection on me than the movie so props to all involved.

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shoredump commented Sunday, 1 Apr 2018 at 10:24am

Makes me proud to be a surfer

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Gr-man commented Sunday, 1 Apr 2018 at 3:15pm

pukka work people

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udo commented Sunday, 1 Apr 2018 at 4:35pm

Brilliant.
Rasta on a Twinnie in the Big Stuff..Yew

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velocityjohnno commented Sunday, 1 Apr 2018 at 4:48pm

OK one thing that did gripe me, the protest and decorating the boards - those boards are all petrochemical products. The seed elements of their production are provided by the very activity we should not allow in the Southern Ocean. If they want a revolution; if they want local surfers to begin making a difference; start with Renewable Timber Boards.

It's not hard after the initial learning curve.

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mantaray commented Sunday, 1 Apr 2018 at 11:10pm

Bloody good film, I enjoyed it immensely. Would've been improved if it included more solid info about the harm these proposed developments would cause to the environment. Perhaps Patagonia could put more info up on its website? or swellnet?

Someone wise once said" You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."
So in this case, yeah definitely protest in the short term, however in the long term do whatever you can to stop feeding the oil industry. NO fuel market = No drilling. Retrofit your car to an electric engine. Charge it off your roof panels and batteries, the tech is all there, it's no longer science fiction, spread the word, invest in companies that power our lives without fossil fuels and harangue those that still do while watching their share price plummet. Time to grow the fuck up as a species and stop playing the game of being enslaved by unsustainable capitalist short term cash grabbing at the expense of the planet.

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wesley commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 7:02am

Hmmmm.... a bit hypocritical in places. I’m not saying I disagree with all of the messages but maybe they could have been just as well made without all of the footage? I wonder why they couldn’t have shot some footage of Rastavich out at 2 mile? Sorry but Patagonia lost me on this one.

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Lanky Dean commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 12:09pm

? I am confused. What are you saying ?

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wesley commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 12:15pm

Who? Me?

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Pigdog2 commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 12:44pm

Tasmania - crawling with tourists, winnebagos, hire cars and caravans ........even remote breaks are now crowded and this just constitutes another nail in its coffin.......

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 8:18pm

Be thankful she can be a fickle mistress. I should know, I tried for some time. Sometimes I'd drive for ages and come up empty. Sometimes I'd head down a road with no idea of what I'd find and be very pleasantly surprised. In a year of my life I only began to know the vagaries of the place. It won't be over until someone does detailed surf reports naming all spots for swell directions/winds/tides a week in advance, ie hopefully never.

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dandandan commented Wednesday, 4 Apr 2018 at 2:46pm

I reckon the last 50 surfs I've had have been with less than 15 people (excluding the hoax point swells), and a whole chunk of them have been with less than 5. I'm as anxious as the next surfer about crowds but if I'm honest with myself it's almost never a problem.

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wesley commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 1:17pm

Yeah I just can’t quite figure out why Rastavich seemed to almost be lamenting that the good old shippies days before the crowd and exposure but then seconds later they were showing extensive footage of an out of the way spot elsewhere in Tasmania? WTF? I wonder how Wayne Lynch would have reacted if Rastavich and Doherty had pulled out the cameras and started filming 2 mile while they were out there? Why is it ok for them to do that here?

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udo commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 1:26pm

Tell me its not true....That Rasta was Towed into some of those bombie waves ? ?
33mins 20

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pigdog commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 2:08pm

"psychedelic" (garden) hahahaha. clicked on for a look to W.L. surfing disappointing that did not happen. I bought a wl 6,4 rounded pin back in 2005...great board for the reefs worked well.

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spencie commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 5:37pm

Great film but a glaring omission re Australia's burgeoning population increase and the effect on our resources and decreasing wild spaces.

easterly

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 8:21pm

this.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 6:14pm

agreed.

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spidermonkey commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 6:16pm

Don't know nothing about Rasta, but Tim &Annna are the real deal. We met those two while cruising Indo one year. We always thought we had a small boat and only a 10hp outboard to get around, when no wind. This little 21ft Warram cat sailed up one day and tied up , they had no engine, had sailed accross from WA somewhere , and were on their way back to oz. One hull full of boards, slept in the other. They'd been doing that for years. Ha,ha,ha. I,ll never forget the bottle of dried apricots they gave us from their farm back home.And the wild stories...

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shraz commented Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018 at 2:23pm

Shame I've missed seeing this film if only to see Tim & Anna in it! real deal for sure, haven't seen em for years but hear of them like this now and again, cool. They've sailed the gnarliest southern Oz coasts too but it's obviously warmer up the NW on an open boat! Huge respect for those two.

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stunet commented Wednesday, 4 Apr 2018 at 6:41pm

It'll be coming back online shortly, keep an eye out.

Patagonia will also take it on the road shortly.

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sunlover199 commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 6:46pm

Close the borders and stop people breeding like rats !!!

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antzbyte commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 8:08pm

Great video and some great surf spots. These and other places need to be protected from the multi-nationals. Homebase Newcastle is about to be subjected to offshore air blast seismic testing, major pathway for migrating humpbacks.

Ant

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eat-your-vegies commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 8:33pm

A Wharram tiki 21 sailed from WA. Now there’s a story worth Swellnet.

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roger-ramjet commented Monday, 2 Apr 2018 at 8:56pm

used to send the cat up on the train to Darwin put it together and sail to indo. Pirates used to let them be cause they had less than them. Radical.

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Island Bay commented Tuesday, 3 Apr 2018 at 12:18pm

Some stunning spots. No idea where that Tasmanian right point is (not Shippies), but it reminds me of hiking in and surfing some of our NZ points.

Rasta can surf! And so can Heath Joske. And I like listening to Wayne Lynch.

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justinrizzari commented Tuesday, 17 Apr 2018 at 3:04pm

Tassie right point

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Island Bay commented Tuesday, 10 Jul 2018 at 9:25am

Just watched this for the third time, after a trip to Tassie. Suffice to say that we'll be back, and that I will surf that right point; just gotta figure out what tide and swell it needs.

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