Introducing the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing

Stu Nettle
Form Guide

Following the WSL's announcement last weekend that all 2020 tours have been scrapped, comes news of new events in each major surfing nation.

Depending which press release you're reading the Woz is calling them "pre-season exhibitions" or the "WSL Countdown Series". Here in Australia there are two new events, one each at South Stradbroke Island and Margaret River, and together they're being called the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing.

They'll be held sometime between the start of September and the end of October, with organisers waiting for the best conditions. Each competition needs two days to run.

The overall men's and women's series winners will receive $20,000 AUD each, which will go to a charity of their choice. 

South Straddie (Andrew Shield)

The contests are open to all Australian CT surfers - so eleven in the men, eight women - plus a number of non-qualifying surfers from the 2019 QS and local wildcards. Each event will include heritage heats and 'best of the best locals' heats.

The Gold Coast will see Mick Fanning do battle against Bede Durbidge, Parko, and Dean ‘Dingo' Morrison in a combined super-heat. Also, North End Boardriders Club, who call South Straddie home, have been awarded one men's (Chris Bennetts) and one women's wildcard spot (Sayalea Muramatsu) into the main event.

For Margaret River, Taj Burrow has accepted a wildcard in the men's draw, and Jake Paterson and Dave Macaulay will compete in a Heritage heat, while a locals Best of the Best Heat will be run (surfers TBC via a local trials event run by Surfing Western Australia). A WA female will also be awarded a wildcard place in the main women's draw.   

"It's been a long, unexpected break for everyone with so many unknowns for the year," said Steph Gilmore of the proposed competitions.  "It feels great to finally get some events in the near future to get back in the competitive groove.

"Running these events is a harder task than ever right now, especially for such a global sport, so it's encouraging to see how hard the WSL is working in their regional areas to get things back on track for their surfers and fans."

Mainbreak, Margaret River (Matt Dunbar)

Similar to last weekend's announcement, which fixed concrete plans in an uncertain future, the Woz will have to keep a firm eye on restrictions if the Grand Slam is to go ahead.

At present, WA has a hard border - no-one is allowed in or out. Last Saturday, the WA government was due to move to Phase 5 of their COVID road map, one step before the removal of border restrictions, however the "evolving situation in the Eastern states" saw them move it back to the 1st August, with a concomitant push back of Phase 6 and the opening of the WA border.

The Margaret River contest is therefore contingent on the containment of cases in Victoria and NSW.

At present, the Australian Grand Slam of Surfing is planned to run between September 1 and October 31st and be broadcast live on all WSL Channels including worldsurfleague.com and the WSL Facebook page, Channel 7 (7Plus) and Fox Sports Australia (Kayo).

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Solitude commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 1:13pm

Will be interesting viewing.

The name 'Grand Slam' makes me shudder. Bit like 'World Champions' when talking about the best basketball / baseball team in the US for that year.

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walter-r-white commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 8:31pm

As Bobby said "I don't want to be part of no tennis tour"

Don't take me too seriously.

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Andrew P commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 1:18pm

vomit. just die with dignity wozzle

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Lougher commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 1:25pm

I hope it blows NE the whole waiting period

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burleigh commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 1:36pm

hahahahaha. September/October on the Gold huh. Welcome to the worst time of year to be a surfer here.
No idea about WA but sounds like the end of season there too.

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freeride76 commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 1:41pm

2 days in 2 months. they are likely to get something done in quality surf.
not likely to get 2 days in a row though on the Goldy, though stranger things have happened.

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burzum commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 1:58pm

And almost no chance they will get a whole day of competition at Straddie, which has 2-3 hour windows of gold and then turns off, especially in the back half of winter. Maybe in May/June.
Plus, fuck off from there, leave it alone, it's saturated enough as it is.

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yogii commented Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 10:24am

Exactly - its saturated to within an inch of its life now... why have Pottz telling every Brazo and every punter in the world 1000 times that this is one of the best and most consistent beach breaks on the planet. Leave it alone

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bipola commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 2:23pm

waste of time, them days are gone

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redclement. commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 6:18pm

A paddle in comp at the Right would make an ideal Grand Slam.

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seaguts commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 6:18pm

North End Blowins

Bjs

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 6:19pm

Southern Moreton Bay Islands Marine Park "South Straddie" (TOS)
Understanding! Govt permit MP activities of Educational / Scientific nature.

A Sporting event precedents further rapid destruction of endangered Marine Species.
#164 {No exclusive rights or to restrict or cordon off MP without reasonable excuse}

Qld Strike Mission Comp (Level 3 Access restricts 100 competitors / crowd max)
Com' Activity Agreement Level 3 exclusively Locksdown Marine Park Surf Reserves.

2 Day event will likely run from The Spit Hotels with (Standard Spit Cop Road Block)
This comp site was chosen for isolation & affordable tried & true Lockdown Plan.

TOS Paddle streaker will see all hell break loose..xx// White Shoe Lockdown \\xx

Logistics
Spit across Seaway around North Wall to barge gear onto beach is too dangerous!
Water Taxi won't run in moderate to Large swell.( No good for dodgy Comp Gear)

WSL will likely Heli Drop gear & VIP Taxi Service to & from the Closed Comp Zone.
This in itself further requires a locksdown of the Spit Carpark.(Roadblock)

Alt: TOS Camp Jetty-20min max narrow handling > 4.5km beach 4WD to Comp site.

Spectators hire (Late am)Taxis Marina Mirage / Runaway Bay to Straddie Camps..
South Currigee Camp 30 sites > (No Jetty /4WD) > 3km > Comp Site
https://goldcoasttouristparks.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/GCTP-Sit...
Too Bad! [ Verboten ] Comp site is mined + fortified with Dutto's ADF trenches.

SMBI MP - Comp Drones: (Filming)
SMBI MP Recreational (Cannot Fly)
VMR tower / Govt Seaway Thru-fare (WSL holds only GC 'No Fly' Drone exemption)
MP Drone fees: $3,800 CAP Commercial Activity Permit (structure + 51 or more)

Vehicles / Vessels (Jet Skis)
Have Stricter Rules on Speed & access
eg: Jet Ski pick ups may need Dugong / Dolphin (Spotters!)

Generators & Compressors are prohibited in Marine Park.
Broadcast Sound restricted to (68 dB Max)

No Water, Bins or Toilets
Take out yer own Rubbish & bury yer own Shit.

Goldie Local calls another Spit Lockdown by elites to Lock down more Surf Reserves.
Happy to be proven wrong...can only call it how you see it, ain't nothing for Locals.

If swellnet webcast is on...then it's on...that's all we really need to know! [ Yes / No ]

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jshe35 commented Monday, 27 Jul 2020 at 3:14pm

Dear Trueblue basher,
I think this shit has been going on too long. While I think we can all appreciate a 'unique' narrative voice, these premeditated gonzoesque streams of LSD simulated bollocks on just about every topic are just getting annoying. Just say your peace in plain English and if it sounds worthwhile you will have made your point. This obtuseness masquerading as wisdom with random factoids and links has worn thin.
78 % of snapper bait sees bay based beacons as WSL deacons.. really Yes/ No, if no then give it a go, buy some blow and hayeddehoo !!! Like that then cop this mungbeans
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RHU4nXddLNU
yours truly,
Harry

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shoogsyboy commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 6:49pm

Keep that border closed Mr McGowan.

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Sprout commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 6:51pm

Laaaaame.

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mikehunt207 commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 7:16pm

Permits? 1 month waiting period for 2 days that arnt southerly for the comp, fuck off, you are dreaming wozzle cocks. Hard border, hub for pro surfers? Closure of beach in sept school hoildays, maybe chuck in a first prize wig of their choice for the heritage heat winner too with those "legends"(then you can get stomp off the directors chair too) Flogging a dead horse wsl, Fuck off surfing wa and wsl, Get a real job cunts!

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 12:06am

mikehunt207 this is a seriously corrupt reveal.

Govts hand WSL 2 months open lease on GC/WA Beaches.
Tweed Council 'Aquaman' extended 1 > 4 month lease.
Hastings Point Closure Sign [ 5 July > 16 Aug ] > > 15 Oct]
Warner Bros told Local Surfers to get off their beach + worse.
https://www.echo.net.au/2017/09/aquaman-filming-hastings-point-residents...

Govt's handing over Seasonal Prime Beach leases is Mega money.
As mike says WSL cancels 2 months Goldie Holiday Makers surfing.
Goldie / Straddie actually lose big time from selfish WSL Strike.
WSL- Jewish Premier bribe is creepy but this is next level greed.

WSL open WSR leases must be weeded from pending legislation.
Otherwise WSL own every WSR Swell occasion ahead of Time.
Not their Marine Park + Not their WSR... Qldurrz thank mikehunt207

Sending copy to WA...check your NSR for open leasing loopholes.

WSL Strike Mission is to camp on #1 Cocoon leases!
Fine Print gives WSL optional Coast Long Comp precincts.
Who else smells WSL TOS International Surf resort.
WHITESHOESTOMPIN'TIME

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bluediamond commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 7:20pm

Was it Derek Hynd that was considering a rebel tour in the late 90's early 2000's? That got me excited back then!! Still waiting. Would be an ideal time for a great thinker to strike while the WSL ship is sinking spectacularly. They still don't get it and seems never will. The pro's would likely jump at the opportunity and there's a truckload of guys that hardly wear a jersey that could jump straight in, especially in certain conditions. Could be an opportunity for a proper shakeup and delivery of surfing to surfers, for surfers. Or do we have to keep having surfing explained to us every single comp in 2 different but very bland flavours?

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gazzee commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 7:40pm

run it in melbourne.... urban surf needs the money and daniel andrews will drive the shuttle bus pick up from the airport,he would be more than happy to put everyone up at parliment house for the 14days....win win and win

Gazzee

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Bob Sacamano commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 8:43pm

This reeks of desperation, a grand flop. Totally uninspiring. How deep are Dirks pockets? When does the wozzle run out of $$? AFL and NRL were` scrambling to get back in front of the TV to get cashflow again.

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Budda commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 10:10pm

Bring on 1ft NE straddie

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truebluebasher commented Wednesday, 22 Jul 2020 at 10:36pm

Goldie Locals can sniff out the White Shoe Line....
First the rub...Pre Season Exhibitions with no one watching?

All can read this is just a Govt run VIP Surf Safari for elites that locks out locals.
Sets precedent by force, to lockdown Surf Reserves for 24/7 VIP xxx Blue Movies.

tbb was recently denied a bodybash in nearest Spit Flags because of US TV Series.
Crew broke all Swim Flag laws Boats /4 Jetskis / 8 boardriders /2 Drones / Pet Dogs.
Council said i couldn't complain as they were filming a TV Show..."Reef Break"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IypwFlWbm4w

Welcome to your Future! Flags / WSR / MP / NP ( 24/7 VIP xxx Blue Movies )
Movie directors Bulldozing thru Ped Xings then Beach Flags...Outta my way Punk!

Steph: "It's so encouraging to see how hard the WSL is working in 'their regional areas' to get things back on track for their surfers and fans."

JW: "Anytime we get to have a WSL event at a location where we all want to go on a surfing trip anyway, is something to look forward to."

Stark "...And we believe we've developed the best option for all stakeholders involved to see live surfing competition return to the ocean this year."

Surfing Australia: 'South Stradbroke was chosen as the most suitable location in order to deliver this speciality event as a 'broadcast only' (Non Spectator) event to fit in with the current Covid related public gathering and health and safety Policies.'

https://www.surfingaustralia.com/SurfingWesternAustralia/news/australian...

Kate Jones & Mayor's plan is to invite the World to TOS via Stark's Strike Mission.

Only that Govt / GCCC keep denying a bus service to The Spit (Like Forever!)
Nor can they run a Straddie Ferry service, let alone a weekly Brisbane jaunt.
Tourist Boost will have to be pretty darn Mobile to book a decrepit Straddie Trip.

Just donate the $20K for Spit Gromz Bus Stop! (Of which most are now Grandads!)

Qldurrz will swap WSL Guy + $ Kate + DicTate for that Masked Premier + ($20,000)

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warddy commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 7:33am

I actually miss the surfing on the TV coz seriously would you rather watch Prime time JBay or some fucked up reality TV pissant shit Free to air show or Covid craziness...
Let's face it the surf is now more crowded now than in history due to no one having anything to do ...
Sure there's some lame comps and the Goldie during Northerly season will probably be one of them ....
Bring back the surf on TV as much as the WSL seems to be on the nose to a lot of people it's a hell of a better option to saturation Pig Skin ball chasing or Poker and golf cowboys LoL

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wishiwasyounger commented Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 3:42pm

I agree. We all know as a sport surfing is crap viewing for the non surfing layman. I personally miss the WSL - they did a great job re the live screen time and heats on demand repeat viewing. The commentators do my head in ......but that is another discussion.

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Over60yrs commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 7:46am

Just so boring to bring out the Heritage heats etc.................post Covid we have all moved on from comps.

look at how many people are now surfing but I bet not one of them cares about a so called Grand Slam.

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Jono commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 8:48am

Well the 'traditional' seasonal swell and weather patterns seem to be all over the place, so who knows they might score pumping 6ft Straddie.

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.cylinders commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 8:54am

Noa said it best years ago...

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stunet commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 10:54am

"If there is an outbreak of community transmission in New South Wales, like we have seen in Victoria, we will not hesitate to take quick and swift action," said Ms Palaszczuk regarding QLD border control.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-23/coronavirus-queensland-border-restrictions-nsw-outbreak-hotspots/12481118

The Woz is gonna be watching this one closely.

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simsurf commented Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 9:21am

Who or what the fuck is a Woz? Why are certain people so obsessed with having competitions when the last few months have clearly shown the majority of the surfing population couldn't give a fuck.

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darren.crawford commented Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 12:58pm

Hey Stu,

Another thing to consider is this.

Tate is still pushing his offshore CST for Philip Park as a "recovery" action post covid - surely the WSL could push back there?

Similarly, which is much less known, the City of Gold Coast is in the middle of their largest infrastructure project in history - the increasing of their recycled water system.

Stage 1 (currently underway) of this is the duplication of both the Elanora and Coomera tertiary treated pipes that release water on the ebb tides in the Seaway.

Stage 2 of this project, is to then dig a tunnel 5 metres under South Straddy, straight through the main break at TOS, then 2.5 km's out to sea.

The Project Manager cannot confirm whether the tunnelling system will work in that space, nor whether tunnelling will impact the contours on the surface, under water.

To date, the Stage 1 tunnelling in the Broadwater has been delayed due to continued equipment failure and cave ins - there is no rock down there, it's all sand.

The project started at a cost of $150 million and has already blown out to $470 million last time we checked - no new figures available from council.

For the Project Team, it is a massive ego project - they have told me directly that there is no guarantee that the banks at Strads won't be harmed - yet they still pushed it through.

IN relation to the amount of pollution involved, we are talking double the amount of pooh currently being pumped into the ocean.

So maybe WSL should be pushing back on the Council regarding these local issues?

Then again, maybe we should ALL be pushing back on these issues?

Looking forward to reading your thoughts!

Darren VP Save Our Spit Alliance

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 5:55pm

Salute SOS.
Crew welcome aboard Darren.
(Great update) re: Pooh Pipe > Aug '18..
Complimentary swellnet Stu's North GC Library.
TOS > ASF - (SMP)- CST > Narrowneck > Backpipe
Key: Sub headings...(enjoy!)

Aug '10 TOS > Locals Only > Paddle > Surf Taxi
https://www.swellnet.com/forums/wax/10366
Aug '18 TOS > Spit Timelines > Outfall Pipe > SMP
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-analysis/2018/01/22/south-straddi...

Aug '17 ASF + Early Spit Photos + Spit Timeline
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2017/08/01/queensland-go...

Mar '19 CST + History Timeline > SMP
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2019/03/11/gold-coast-sh...
May '19 CST + Saltwater Stories + SMP analysis
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2019/05/08/new-report-qu...

Nov '17 Narrowneck > Photos > Historical Timeline
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2017/11/07/narrowneck-ar...
Aug '19 Narrowneck > Videos > Stages > Northern Dredging Timeline
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-analysis/2019/08/19/narrowneck-re...

May '20 Backpass Pipe >'CST outlet ? > Nobbies Link > Dredging History
https://www.swellnet.com/news/swellnet-dispatch/2020/05/25/how-the-gold-...

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wax-on-danielson commented Thursday, 23 Jul 2020 at 9:39pm

North Straddie might have been a better call on Straddie

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 12:59am

https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0033/167496/sth-stra...

Goldie tbb snorts a little Gold Dust...picking up a scent...

$20,000 ASP Style (Wave Window) Grade 4 (Tracey Island Format)
1-5th Feb 2010 "ASP Couran Cove Island Resort Pro Junior, South Straddie."

**** Accom/ Poolside Grom Bars / Yoga / Gym / All Sport Facilities (Wake up Calls)
1997 The resort pioneered Surf Cams (Watch live Surf rolling from yer Bed)
https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/qld/gold-coast/south-stradbroke/couran-cove

https://www.courancove.com.au/

Sponsors: ASP / Surfing Qld / Red Bull / Sea FM / SL Mag
https://www.tracksmag.com.au/news/asp-pro-junior-on-south-stradbroke-isl...

1st Pro Surfing at South Straddie > (GC Clubs had boat trips-end of year Comps)
Held in Perfect 1.5m -2m Surf
Winner Chris Friend (Alex) (d) Mitch Crews (Currumbin)
3rd- C.Du Toit (S.Africa) + Ice Pereira -Ryan (Cooly)

tbb thinks the Media Puff Piece was packaged by (9 TV) > 2020 WSL (7 TV)
Rare Text & Photo (re: 2010 ASP Live webcast Grom event) > 2020 WSL Boost/Fox.
https://shaunjoubert.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/south-straddie/

If any have a Vid it would be cool to see the Rock Star Groms Stage Show!
Miked ASP Sunny Hero /Sponsor Wall /Pro Winners Circle /Big Cheque/Gold Watch.
https://media.apnarm.net.au/media/images/2010/02/05/SCN_06-02-2010_SPORT...

Prize Pool wasn't the big deal here, it was more about the Stardom Hype.
Likely a goofball Drone telecast Trial for Red Bull Jet Ski Fleets. (Crew can guess!)
https://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/sport-friend-surfing-sunshine...

Tracey Island set / Wave window / $20,000 / **** Grom Pool Bar / Webcast
Sure sounds similar...WSL may be trialling presentation with new security concepts.
Gonna be tricky to keep the crowd to 100...('Essential' safety / security crew trials)

Will we see Charlies Angels steal the Show at The Pipe or is it now a no go zone?
WSL may introduce secure ticketed precincts under the guise of covid rule.
Seems like everyone is using Covid for 3rd Party Beach Blanket Bingo.

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Wigs commented Saturday, 25 Jul 2020 at 7:46pm

Cheer up you miserable negative f****
Margs will be pumping. We will have something different watch. It’s one more step back to normality. Pro surfers and ex pros are inspirational to the everyday surfer. I can’t see why anyone would not like this idea.

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 26 Jul 2020 at 7:49am

Inspirational to take 2 months for a Surf at the most remote location during a Pandemic ?
Every leader & Health official brainwashed us, that this is selfish & diabolical.
That's normality.

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mikehunt207 commented Sunday, 26 Jul 2020 at 11:11am

You might be in the minority opinion wigs or just someone with skin in the contest game more likely.
A small group benefit from a overblown surf contest taking over your regular surf spot. Entitled wanna be pro surfers and their entourage , "not for profit" and "for profit: entities laying claim to the carpark and surrounds for weeks on end, hig fiving and slapping each other on the backs whilst avoiding eye contact with the local crew. Not to mention the weeks /months that proceed such event which attract all of the above to fly their drones, and have their training / coaching sessions where one or two has been ex contest surfers make their dough by bringing big groups of spoilt grommets (and their fuckwit parents yelling and giving advice), sponnos , semi pros and the like out to learn the ins and outs of a break, coaching sessions that could be better spent teaching them not to be hassling/ snaking cunts in the surf and some etiquette and manners when surfing someone else,s break and make surfing better for everyone in the long run perhaps?
Who here hasn,t had a great surf session ruined by sponno surfers "working" with a camera crew or surfing contest at a break? Or seen a secret spot ruined by the same for a 5 minutes of fame in a mag or video clip.
Pro surfers and contests Inspirational? Not even close.

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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 26 Jul 2020 at 9:36pm

WSL have all but binned Snapper, hasn't seen a WSL finals day since March 2017.
Covid Lockdown is a speed bump in regards to WSL boycott of Qld #1 surf arena.

2010 Straddie Comp was over 5 days & travelled light with timetabled Island Ferry.
True! A few TOS guys and a rare fisherman were likely bummed by Gromz lockout.

2020 WSL next Level Media Entourage, monsters Straddie Jetties & 4km beach drive.
This Event is over in 2 days...again less set up time than 2010 Gromz compact Comp.

2 Day Strike Mission is most likely to Taxi crews & Thunderbird 2 the Puppet Theatre.

2018 -WSL Light Drive-In Strike Mission to WA North Point.. [ Pause @ 0 : 20 ]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ch-r2vDzzg8
WSL = 15 Car Lockdown / 2 Container Trucks / 2 Moving Vans / Dish / Big Cheque.

WSL South Straddie Strike Mission is not a land locked outpost but a MP Island.
https://parks.des.qld.gov.au/parks/south-stradbroke-island/about

Qld #1 Waterway to cross with all above mentioned / displayed Film Set.
Oz #1 Shore Dive Site shares same Straddie Taxi Rank Entry.
Oz #1 Fishing Charters through-fare ( Mega Bucks)
Large Whale Watch Tours get busy thru Seaway
GC/ Broadwater build's 80% of Oz Boats / 70,000 licences (Not quiet)
https://www.truebluefishing.com.au/gold-coast-seaway/

WSL are gonna shut down 100's of jobz for a 2 day surf but don't know when!

Goldie tbb has seen Dirigibles, +Tall Ships + Hovercraft + XCATZ pass thru here.
None ever dare tie up the seaway for two days let alone a couple of months.
Losses of $10,000's bookings each day just so the Pro GODZ can go for surf?

tbb's twin sister runs GC Dive School here.. 2 days loss is bad enough of late.
It's the loss of reputation having to cancel last minute dives waiting on WSL Divas.
FF > Feedback : "C'mon! How could Dive Shop not know about a mega WSL Comp?"
Will WSL apologise for mass cancellations & restore 100's of online reputations?

Perhaps crew can see, it's more about WSL lording over of 100's of local operators.
No one really gives a shit where they Surf, just don't cut off our City for 2 months.

tbb is cool with the comp, should they get about and share our waterways...Fine!
They must lock in a Seaway schedule to minimise interruption to fellow GC ocean users.
Not even Somali Pirates are mean enough to hold up a Shipping Port for 2 months.

None have the right the right to cut off & strand The Gold Coast.
tbb wrote a letter to Tweed Council to help end the Hastings Point lockout.
With Crew likewise stick up for Sunny Coast River theft by the same WSL Bullies.
Aussies & SEQ will always fight for our fair share of waterways & WSL know better.

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truebluebasher commented Thursday, 30 Jul 2020 at 1:41pm

All 2021 Tour dates are locked in early, but WSL can't date Oz 2020 events. (Odd!)

Here's the real reason for WSL Widest ever Open Comp Window...

Qld Goldie WSL Grand Sham is kicking off New { SURFBET }

(Hence the Guilty $20,000 Charity Bribe Offset!) Shh!

2 months builds up a sizeable Govt / WSL split share mobster take for Grand Sham.
Qld Govt / WSL / Ladbrokes / sportsbet / neds / PLAYUP / PalmerBET / bet 365
https://bettingsite.com.au/wsl-australian-grand-slam-surfing-opens-with-...
https://bettingsite.com.au/surfing/

Goldie Congratulates WSL on becoming official "White Shoe Line Brigade"
Thanks for turning Gold Coast into a Mobsters Hide-Out > WSL = [ SOLD OUT ]

Wot...Stop Laughing! Crew point out, it's always been a Mobster's Hide-Out. ( ? )

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Tourism & Events Qld are promoting this event to visitors & everyone?

Everything the Govt Promote is contrary to WSL release?
https://www.queensland.com/au/en/things-to-do/events/p-5f151bbc26782fef1...

Qld ( Good to Go )

Oz GS of Surfing / Boost Mobile Pro

* Main Beach Area - WTF ?
* Add to [ Calendar ] - WTF ?
* [ Book Now ] - WTF ? Here's a VIP Corporate Accom Promo?
https://www.corporatekeysaustralia.com.au/brisbane/events/sporting-event...

* Get Directions [Click for MAP] - Shows Seaworld Drive @ LG tower #42
https://www.google.com.au/maps/place/Seaworld+Dr,+Main+Beach+QLD+4217/@-27.9572061,153.4246357,17.46z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x6b910fbccfa86d25:0x974d12ab5c0b51ae!8m2!3d-27.9560627!4d153.4267993

tbb mentioned above, that Police will likely Lockdown the Whole Spit at this Point.
This Pointer being the entry or Lockdown barricade for WSL Strike Mission.

As for White Shoe Line Kate promoting this Surf Event to the Public..( re: Election? )

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2020 Latest pre season Timeline
9th August : (Rumble at the Ranch)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_z8P23fEPM
https://www.worldsurfleague.com/posts/454098/the-rumble-at-the-ranch-is-...

Late Sept / Early Oct : (Euro Surf Cup) Promo n/a

Late Oct : (Oz Grand Sham)...Likely to be stalled to stoke up WSL betting pool !
https://www.worldsurfleague.com/posts/453410/

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thermalben commented Friday, 21 Aug 2020 at 8:33pm

“West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has signalled the state's hard border could be in place until March next year”.

Access to WA will remain difficult for a long time.

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truebluebasher commented Saturday, 22 Aug 2020 at 1:24pm

Sinking fast, just as Stu predicted..check today's Goldie lockdown Ben ...

Qld Today (as of Now) ...No more than 10 can gather outside...SEQ Moreton Bay.

Gold Coast limited to 30 maximum outdoor Event....Rules out Hodads - (No Heritage)

Dutto's Sth Straddie Strike Mission
( Day 1)- 12 Pro men + 12 ski - caddies in TOS Paddle Battle
Judge Charlie on [P] Discs / ELO on drone / 2 booth jocks / Surf + Beach mikes = 30

(Day 2) 12 Pro chix + 12 stunt ski doubles- TOS Paddlers - Hair Juzzshers
Goldie swimwear inspector + Soph on Drone / 2x mikes / Beer shaker + Beer Opener

Strictly Helloworld Drone Chariots ...all sorted...(kissy kissy Dutto!)

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thermalben commented Wednesday, 26 Aug 2020 at 7:27pm

Andy Mac in the Gold Coast Bulletin is reporting that the Straddie WSL event is 'on hold' due to border closures.