Listen: Ain't That Swell // Rainbow Republic Special
It appears it’s been a while since the Swellians have been up here on the Swellnet wall.
For the unacquainted, Ain’t That Swell is the most adored, unapologetically vulgar, Aussie-lingo-coloured surf podcast on the planet. It’s a free-flowing talk show with minimal script and maximum honesty.
You all know Jed Smith. He’s a top bloke, opinionated, and somewhat enlightened, who found he had a real knack for the podcast world. Seated next to him is Vaughan Blakey, another core surf icon, and kinda like Jed’s big bro. I admire the warmth of his character, along with his wisdom and adoration for all things Aussie surf culture.
For this ep Jed leads the show. He’s got multi-creative, shaper, filmmaker, musician, publisher, Andrew Kidman on the mic, along with his wife, Mish, who upholds quality control on the sometimes questionable ATS dialogue.
Ellis Ericson, co-collaborator with Andrew for their Greenough-inspired masterpiece On the Edge of a Dream, is in the house, as is mysto core-lord identity @surfcore2001 (give his posts a read if you’re on Instagram – trust me).
Topics covered? Gut health, phase bottom craft, artificial wave laybacks, Derek Hynd’s house fire, the level of Wollongong glamour, Tracks mag heritage and much, much more (of varying importance).
Recently the lads have moved into the live talk-show scene. You may have seen and heard moments from their viral gig starring Kelly Slater and Mark Occhilupo. The gents just listed a bunch of fresh dates, and if the level of debauchery lands anywhere near the previous, they’ll be a hoot.
This brings me to a final thought. Personally I’m a big fan of the podcast medium. I like the way you can hit play and digest anything from succinct news headlines, to ultra engaging non-fiction, freeform talk shows, to audio books and the like, all while you go about your daily business hands-free. Video’s great, but for me, being informed and entertained while walking my dog, or plodding through Sydney traffic, is a major win.
Stu tells me Swellnet have considered producing a show themselves. There’re plenty of angles to run if they so choose, whether they be timeless or topical pieces of journalism, or maybe news and weekly swell forecasting. It sure got me excited.
So let me put it to you guys, what would you like to hear should Swellnet take a wander down the audio pathway?