Watch: When the wave breaks there, don't be here

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

The ABC have just released a short documentary on the demise of the surf industry. At a scratch over eight minutes long, there won't be anything in there that surfers haven't heard before. You know, how back in the early noughties it was all blue sky thinking from the surf companies, money wasn't an issue so let's rebadge the Indies Trader and send it on an endless surf trip, build collossal monuments to our brands, sign off billion dollar acquisitions, and sponsor riders from every strata in surfdom, old, young, free surf, comp surf...whatever.

The blue skies ended around 2008, taking down the companies, their projects, and of course, their team riders.

This doco looks at those changes through the eyes of just one surfer, Laurie Towner. Again, all Australian surfers know the story of Loz, cast from Billabong's Adventure Division to Centrelink in one week, but his is the ideal story to tell. Reason being, there was elements of schadenfreude when the surf industry apocalypse hit. Arrogant young pros who elevated themselves above others elicited no sympathy when they were cast adrift. But Laurie was always a quiet, respectful kid so the story of collateral damage can be told without diminishing emotions.

When he speaks of the lessons he's learnt, how surfing took on a greater value after working for a living, he's venturing into spiritual territory. Not that the young tradie from Yamba would ever describe it that way.

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Halibut commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 1:39pm

If there's one thing that makes me happy, it's a story of the surf industry collapsing. If only it were true.

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 6:31pm

What a wonderful perspective Laurie has.

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Tim Bonython commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 8:22pm

I'm sending that edit to Layne Beachley. More needs to be done with aspiring the big wave surfing genre from Surfing Australia.

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garyg1412 commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 9:01pm

Imagine if the world had more people like this bloke in it!!!

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NickT commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 9:09pm

Great edit, thanks for sharing Stu

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Ballbag commented Tuesday, 11 Sep 2018 at 9:36pm

Good on ya ABC

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shoredump commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 5:32am

“It’s kinda the pinnacle of surfing”

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Peter12 commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 7:08am

What a champion

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jasper99 commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 9:51am

Love his outlook...

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V-Land commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 2:54pm

LT - surfing legend, great bloke and all no doubt. Not much of a "hard luck" story for most of us. A guy who wants to just surf and have his bills paid and it doesn't pan out and now he has to go to work...seriously!!!

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ringmaster commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 4:21pm

x2 V-Land

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V-Land commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 8:47pm

LT - surfing legend, great bloke and all no doubt. Not much of a "hard luck" story for most of us. A guy who wants to just surf and have his bills paid and it doesn't pan out and now he has to go to work...seriously!!!

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syril500 commented Wednesday, 12 Sep 2018 at 8:51pm

Always thought he was a champion. Had the pleasure of meeting him in Nias at the swell after the mega swell and yep he is a champion.

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swab commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 1:51am

met him on the cliff at padang. Genuine human...hard to come across.good luck to him and family

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Halibut commented Thursday, 13 Sep 2018 at 10:23am

I have never been paid to surf. Never even occurred to me. Is there an industrial award?

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bbbird commented Sunday, 16 Sep 2018 at 9:34am

Great surfer, smooth edit and thoughful production...thanks Marcus T. & co.
Surf on...

bbbird

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