Carry out your own rubbish
A public service announcement from our man in the south:
Down here, on the rock we call Tasmania, we're a pretty friendly mob. We're old school and welcome anyone who has respect for both people and place. Until recent times we were the butt of jokes and considered a place to avoid, but times have changed and we are now flavour of the whatever. Not just for our food and lifestyle, but since the discovery of Shipstern Bluff, our morphing slabs as well.
But that doesn't mean that our core values need to change to accommodate our guests, be they Sydney citizens tucking into a fillet of Blue Eye or a young crew trying to navigate a Shipstern step.
Last weekend, with the aid of US Coast Guard forecasts, a crew of frothing grommets from the East Coast rocked up on the Tasman Peninsula to take on the forecast six-metre swell. And, if they have the gonads to take it on, good luck to them!
Apparently luck didn't join them for the ride and snapped boards were the result. On the way out they noticed some broken boards on the side of the track and must of thought it some sort of memorial. So they made a contribution, word got out and Marti Paradisis, one of the local custodians, heard about it and posted a serve on Instagram asking what they were thinking.
Who did they expect to carry their crap out?
Now Marti, apart from being a Shipstern legend, is the sort of guy who hands out blankets to the homeless and comes to the rescue if your house is on fire. Not only is he quick to give you a hand, he's lightning fast in giving you a serve. And, that's what he did on Instagram. A Federer ace right down the centre line. To their credit, the crew were prompt in owning up and admitting wrong, a point not lost on Marti or the hordes of locals he represents. The guy is from all accounts a beautiful human being. He most likely had a big city brain fade.
In 1970, Alvin Toffler wrote a book called 'Future Shock' in which he talked about the increasing speed of change and how it could break down society; destroy accepted core values. The frantic pace and self-gratification that comes from living in densely populated cities is not the way of life here on our rock. Through either good management or good luck, up until now Tasmania has maintained its old world values. All we ask is that, even though you may come from a different time and place, you show us respect. If you do, you are most welcome, even the crew who left the boards.
Knowing Marti he will even call you onto a wave.
That's the sort of crew we are.