Watch: Beyond the Breaking Point

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

OK, we ran the trailer for Beyond the Breaking Point, a short film about Brent 'Red Dog' Symes, a few weeks back, and the 11-minute clip dropped overnight.

As expected, it ain't your usual teenage jetset episode, all fresh quiver and swell maps, but a sideways take on a surfing life.

Press play for something different.

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Island Bay commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 9:47am

Reddaww, you farken rip! Wish I could do 10% of what you do in big, barreling waves.

I hope he leaves the black dog behind. Bloody depression.

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muffsic commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 11:02am

Loved it.

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blindboy commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 11:33am

It has been a real pleasure to get to know him over the last couple of years. He's one of a (very special) kind. Good on you Red Dog!

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radiationrules commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 12:31pm

go Red Dog . in your corner. gutsy late take-offs too!

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bipola commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 1:21pm

know how you feel Red Dog i have bipolar
if i didn't surf and i didn't have me dog, i would leave
the isolation and loneliness is the worst.
no one wants to know you in a small town.

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memlasurf commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 2:18pm

Fearless and under control. That shelf rock looks like a spot on the NSW south coast which is a really heavy wave when big.

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Jamyardy commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 12:17am

A very good barrel that one memla. He also checked out SCB but no footage of surfing it.

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simonus commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 5:00pm

Magic !

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mr mick commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 6:58pm

What a classic, loved it.....The cheese story... "why coon cheese?'... "cause it's the hardest cheese"... haha fuck'n ripper!!

Mr mick

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mattlock commented Friday, 25 Oct 2019 at 8:56pm

Great stuff.

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shauntomson1 commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 4:42am

Bloody Bloodnut legend - best video I've seen in years.

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SoCal Steve commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 7:07am

Best thing I've watched in years. Good on you, Red Dog!

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saltman commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 8:56am

That was the best surf clip I have ever seen
the on land challenges are just as real as those posed by surfing huge waves
Well for many of us they are

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Spuddups commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 9:00am

Great clip. Keep on charging Dogg!

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fitzroy-21 commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 10:05am

Brilliant.

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Blowin commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 11:19am

1/ The fella rips.

2/ Great little flick.

3/ Reddog .....look into gut health. It may be something about your diet that contributes to your down times. Seriously recommend this and it may seriously help.

4/ Thanks for the movie.

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Island Bay commented Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 at 11:46am

Blowin, got any concrete advice on gut health?

Very curious/desperate

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lozv commented Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 at 12:17pm

Island Bay, Google 'gut health and bipolar'. It's interesting findings from Harvard Medical school and others and def worth a look & try. All the best mate

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udo commented Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 at 12:19pm

google - Dr Rhonda Patrick gut health
Found my Fitness .com

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Spuddups commented Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 at 1:40pm

Island Bay, I vaguely remember reading somewhere about some research done in this area. Will try to find it for you.

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Island Bay commented Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 at 2:24pm

Thanks guys. Really!

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Blowin commented Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 at 2:32pm

Island Bay - I can only tell you from my experience as someone who has learnt to modify the worst of the situation.

I’ve endured the chronic cycle of extreme ups/downs since adulthood and was always told that it’s a “ chemical imbalance “ in the brain and that lifestyle was a very minor contributing factor if at all. If I’d suggested to any of the experts that it was possibly linked to diet they’d laugh condescendingly as they reach for their prescription pad.

But....I started developing minor excema around my nose as I got older. At first I thought it was exposure to dust / work related , then I thought it was reaction to soaps / chemicals / shampoos. I eventually began a process of deduction and realised that it was my diet. Particularly bread.

This led to an even greater interest and inspection of the affects of the various foods on my body. An unintended bonus was that I noticed improvements in other facets of my well being when certain foods were omitted. Of particular interest was the difference on my emotions, moods , energy levels , inflammation/ aches pains and general attitude to life.

It seems that I operate best without any breads / wheat products , sugar , caffeine , alcohol , nuts , preservatives , colours , artificial additives etc.

It’s best if I stick to just fruit , veggies and healthy animal products, although for myself this means just seafood, not mammals or birds. Basically as clean , healthy , natural and unprocessed and the difference in my moods / mental health is exponentially improved.

Throw in regular exercise and I’m a much different and much better person.

Personally , I believe that the foods that my body doesn’t accept reveal themselves in a myriad of ways but which it’s easy to dismiss the likelihood of the causation if you’re not already conscious of the link.

For instance,I can eat a sandwich here or there and get away with it , but if I eat bread for a few times in a day or two then I’ll get fatigued / depressed / moody / apathetic plus I’ll get back pain and pains in some joints with elongated recovery time from exercise. Nuts can literally make me nuts ....confused thinking, poor thought processes , even paranoia . All of the foods I’ve mentioned have a detrimental affect on me one way or another and on varying levels of exposure/ consumption.

I think that the root cause is poor gut health causing inflammation everywhere, which compromises the body’s/ mind’s ability to function correctly. My partner is right into nutrition and health and is always showing me articles / books which reinforce this belief, but nothing is more convincing than my lived experience.

Of course , life has its natural ups and downs and we aren’t always dealt the hand in life that we’d like , but it’s our ability to react in proportion to our trials and our blessings that requires the constant oversight if you’re in a position of emotional instability. And it’s hard to be ever vigilant of the correct path . I’ll often be living correctly and my problems seem remote , then I’ll let my guard down and indulge in foods / drinks that I know aren’t benefiting my mind/ body and next thing I’m caught in the cycle again.

Now I cringe when I hear crew talking of their depression/ mania and when I ask about their diet it’s bread / energy drinks/ sugar/ whatever and their eyes glaze when I suggest they may be able to improve their situation themselves. Even a slight improvement is an improvement !

Mate , I’d love to go into more detail as this issue is extremely close to my heart as my own discoveries have revolutionised my life and I will try to write more later , but right now there is an Indo left starting to look very, very pretty right in front of me.

Catch ya.

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Island Bay commented Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 at 2:39pm

Go get stuck in, Blowy!

Thanks a lot.

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Island Bay commented Saturday, 9 Nov 2019 at 12:38pm

Just re-read your post, Blowin.

Thanks again - it was very well written and thoughtful, and very much appreciated.

I have started my own little trial, cutting out all refined sugars, bread, and most dairy. Some improvement, but most definitely room for more.

When the fire risk has blown over, and you have time for it, I'd love to hear more of your thoughts. Stu has my email, if you don't want to cunt up this thread even further (sorry everybody for the thread drift). Or we could start another thread.

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Blowin commented Saturday, 9 Nov 2019 at 1:37pm

Definitely. I hope I can help. Bit later though.

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Island Bay commented Saturday, 9 Nov 2019 at 1:47pm

Goes without saying. All the best.

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H2O commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 11:32am

Inspiring

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xasperations commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 1:58pm

Lots of love in this clip. Great to hear that you have heaps of support Red. Can't begin to comprehend how you can charge waves that size. More power to ya. And I don't think I will ever look at Coon cheese quite the same again.

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udo commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 4:00pm

That was unreal ..watched it 3 times in a row...keep charging Big Red Dog
and keep well away from Siargo eh !

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chalkeeto commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 5:13pm

Great Edit, good to see a real raw clip for a change!
Good luck to Red here on in

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terry.bienefelt commented Saturday, 26 Oct 2019 at 6:17pm

Loved it. Great message as well. Keep chargin Red. You're a legend!

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mickseq commented Sunday, 27 Oct 2019 at 12:41pm

really great

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wetgecko commented Monday, 28 Oct 2019 at 9:21pm

Clip of the year !

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Patrick0710 commented Tuesday, 29 Oct 2019 at 9:30am

Nod to Lebowski in the narration. Nice.

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innatube commented Saturday, 9 Nov 2019 at 5:47pm

Probably the best clip I've seen . Keep chargin' Red.