The Flyer Has Been Grounded
The Flyer has been grounded, but only temporarily.
You may have noticed it didn't arrive last week, and today I’ll explain why. It's not strictly surf related so bear with me.
Two weekend’s back, after giving wings to our little newsletter, I went for a mountain bike ride in the hills behind our house - cue ominous music. I wasn’t feeling particularly daring or frisky, yet I came unstuck trying to clear a set of doubles. Came unstuck in a big way.
Recollections are hazy, but recall tells me my head hit the ground first yet, for better or worse, it didn’t break my fall. My collarbone did that, and so too did my whole right rib cage.
I had the wind knocked out of me and while trying to suck in air came the realisation something was very wrong. I could breathe, but holy Ganesha did it hurt.
X-rays revealed the extent of the damage: one busted collarbone, six broken ribs, five of those broken in two places. A healthy dozen bone breaks.
Thus began a week-long visit to Wollongong Hospital’s Acute Surgical Unit, AKA the pain unit, AKA the zombie ward, where patients are afforded distance from their discomfort by self-administered opioids.
I’m back home now but still on the meds. Lucid moments have been rare; it’s either physical distress or mental fog - not much time spent in the middle. And at any rate, I’m right-handed and that arm is out of action.
All of which explains why last week’s Flyer never took flight, and also why editorial on the site has slowed down. I’d like to say that this week there’ll be a return to normal transmission but I've a feeling it’ll be gradual. Fortunately the forums keep dishing up the entertainment.
And my return to surfing? Who knows..? But suffice to say I'm not concerning myself with the 14 day forecasts just yet.
(The Flyer is Swellnet's weekend newsletter that gets sent to subscribers and occasionally appears here on the site too)
Tom Hoye: Why stop at four?
It was with sadness that I heard of Tom Hoye's death late last month. One of many talented Americans who emigrated to Oz in the late-60s, Tom put a lot of distance himself and the slow creep of civilisation, setting up base in WA's south-west.
Two years ago we sat down for an interview and Tom took me on many a digression, every one of them worth the detour. At one point he abruptly stopped a story, looked me in the eye and asked: "Stu, d'ya wanna hear some poetry?"
Unfortunately, Tom's composition didn't make the final cut, but many other episodes of a life well lived are contained within. Vale, big fella Read More >
Shark attack survivor wins legal exemption to keep tooth embedded in surfboard
It was already a lop-sided exchange: a whole leg for a single tooth, but when Chris Blowes tried to complete the transaction he came up against the folly of bureaucracy. Fortunately common sense won out. Read More >
Watch: May the Fourth be with you, at pumping Burleigh
Videos like this don't make my convalescence any easier...
All week the Queensland and northern NSW coast pumped, but Tuesday at Burleigh was something very special indeed. Read More >
Watch: Weird Waves // The Nightriders
Back for his third season, Dylan Graves is still seeking out the quirky corners of surf culture.
This episode is about night surfing, something most surfers will have attempted, usually with little sucess. Graves brings a varied approach to the topic: a dash of science, a shot of dutch courage, and a dollop of family man practicality. Read More >
Watch: Maps of Home featuring John John Florence
If on the off chance you haven't yet seen this, I implore you to find the biggest monitor in you house, park your arse in front of it, and press play.
No words an a screen can match the majesty of John's first session here.
I'll get out of your way now. Read More >