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Apartheid and human solidarity

Liam Neame

With the passing of anti-Apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, it is worth thinking about some of ways in which the surfing world has been entangled in apartheid.

Nick Carroll on Tom Carroll and the book he had to write

Stu Nettle

"What would you do? You've got a brother, are you gonna fuck him over for your own journalistic ambitions? What would you do..?"

Wavegarden about to bloom with new wavepool

Stu Nettle

The race to build the first wavepool specifically designed for surfers is heating up. Less than a month after Kelly Slater's Gold Coast project was aborted, Wavegarden, the European-based company, are about to unveil a demonstration lagoon that will, according to their Australian partner, "blow you away."

Priority Rules, OK?

Stu Nettle

It was the defining moment of the Quiksilver Pro final: Joel Parkinson, standing tall in a clean Kirra barrel, sticking his middle finger up at Kelly Slater who was just about to drop in on him.

Of course the photo has a back story...

Bob McTavish: Under The Influence

Stu Nettle

Recently Surfing Australia held its annual awards night. As it was their 50th anniversary Surfing Australia marked the milestone with a special presentation, 'Australia's Ten Most Influential Surfers.' Bob McTavish was deemed Australia's tenth most influential surfer, and, as they were announced in reverse order, he was the first to accept his award. Bob began his speech by opening up on an old topic: Is surfing a sport or an art? As the speech progressed it felt like we were heading toward an awkward faux pas, a black mark on a black tie night.

Surf Journalism: Give The People What They Want!

Stu Nettle
Expect more 'human interest' stories on Swellnet

Storming Jetstreams

This morning the Storm Surfers team is intercepting a swell 75 kilometres off the coast of Western Australia. The wave they'll be surfing has never been ridden before and lies just inside the continental shelf.

We'll hopefully have photos of that expedition soon, but for now here is a previous Storm Surfer mission, this one on the opposite side of the continent to a relatively well-known bommie off the NSW coast.

Surfing by Paul Morgan, Brett Burcher, Tom Carroll, Ross Clarke-Jones and Maya Gabeira.

All photos by Dean Dampney/Storm Surfers.// STU NETTLE

Tom Carroll's Wildest Ride

Former two-time world champion Tom Carroll and his tow-surfing partner, Ross Clarke-Jones, narrowly escaped serious injury whilst surfing in Western Australia last week. In the middle of filming a sequence for the upcoming movie, Storm Surfers 3D, Carroll towed Clarke-Jones into a mid-size wave on his jet ski, only to be caught by the wave as he headed for the channel. According to Carroll, "The waves were so wild and unpredictable that is was hard to tell what was happening. I tried to manhandle the ski but the wave just took me where it wanted." Unfortunately, the wave completely engulfed Tom and destroyed the ski in the process - ripping large stainless steel mounts away from the ski's frame, and pulverising a $15,000 carbon-fiber 3D camera rig.

Three Dimensional Shippies

With the final screws on the camera rigs tightened last week the Southern Ocean came to life, allowing us to start shooting for the new project. Last weekend Ross, Tom and I - plus a fifteen-strong technical crew - headed south to Tasmania to capture Shipsterns in full flight.

Tom Carroll - On The Job

During yesterday's East Coast swell the Storm Surfers team - including Tom Carroll and Ross Clarke-Jones - travelled south to an isolated bombora.

Storm Surfers New Zealand

Stu Nettle
The Storm Surfers visit the rugged and inhospitable coast of New Zealand