Flyer: Busted Up and Restless
"So how's the injury going?"
I've been getting asked this a lot, both online and in person during my infrequent trips out the door. Up till a few days ago I offered a diplomatic reply - people don't want to hear about the aches and pains of a self-inflicted injury - but the last few days I could say "better" and really mean it.
Conversation then usually turns to the surf, that's just the way it goes around here, and the tone will change depending upon on the diplomacy of the person I'm speaking to. My polite friends will assure me the surf hasn't really been that good, while the ratbags will delight in reminding me what I'm missing.
Thing is, I work for Swellnet - forecasts, cameras, reports - I know exactly what I've been missing.
Strangely, I haven't yet been that bothered. Not even on that Saturday two weekends back when every beach from Stanny to Shitties and beyond all pumped.
It's one thing to miss a swell when you're upright and healthy but obliged to be elsewhere: a friend's wedding, an exam, or behind your work desk. That's when the anxiety builds, you get restless, think of excuses, then weigh up the the fall out of blowing it off and going surfing.
It's something else when your bones haven't yet knitted together and pulling on a wetsuit is an impossible task, leave alone laying on a board.
I can already sense the challenge approaching. It's almost four weeks since I busted myself up, but like I said, I'm feeling better, the wave models are glowing, and I've got a new board out in the shed.
Yeah, I'm getting restless.
Second time's the charm for Yulex
Released as an alternative to toxic neoprene, Yulex organic rubber hit the market in 2015, receiving a muted response. Recently, Yulex got a second chance at a first impression, and this time they made it count. Wetsuits may never be the same again. Read More >
John John Florence: ‘I’m Not Anti-Anything. I’m Pro-Hawaii.’
This week the New York Times ran a longish piece on John John competing under the US flag at the Olympics, as opposed to the Hawaiian flag which is protocol in surfing. What seems straightforward - the Olympics has always grouped athletes by nation - allows the author to explore the history of Hawaii's annexation by the US, and its modern tensions. Read More >
URBNSURF Sydney to begin construction later this year
This week, URBNSURF locked in dates for their long-awaited Sydney tub - work begins later this year, completion later next - but will it be bigger, smaller, or the same size as its Melbourne cousin? I've emailed the question to a few crew at URBNSURF with no reply. If you know someone there, get them to contact Swellnet. Cheers...Read More >
Watch: Maps of Home // Action Edit
OK, a few short clips to end this Flyer. Firstly, a stripped back version of John John's recent movie: Maps of Home. Read More >
Watch: Lost Track Atlantic - Episode 2 // trailer
And secondly, the trailer for Part 2 of Torren and Ishka's Excellent Adventure, where they skip Europe for the roping rights of Morocco and Toz gives us some of that graceful front foot forward tube style. Comes out early June. Read More >