Swellnet for Lifeline Classic and Board Swap is back on

Craig Brokensha
Swellnet Dispatch

After being postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Lifeline Classic and Swellnet Board Swap fundraiser events are both back on this month.

It's been a tough year with the pandemic following on from the fires and floods of summer, and Lifeline has been at the frontline with a big increase in call outs for help.

Over the past six months, Lifeline Northern Beaches has continued to experience overwhelming demand for their local services - such as financial counselling and clinical counselling. They've seen a huge increase in the number of counselling clients that are seeking support, with a 250% spike since January.

By raising funds for Lifeline Northern Beaches, you'll enable them to provide these services for low cost (or free) to people who need the help.

After running the board swap at Queenscliff last year, the lack of available parking (due to pumping surf) for people to drop off boards and also browse caused a few issues. We still made over $1,900 but with a move back to Freshwater this year, we're looking at making it even bigger and better again.

Last year there were over 85 boards on show and sale, and we'll be looking to top that this year.

So what is the board swap? If you've got any boards you don't surf any more (not trashed ones) or you're looking for a trade in, then show up, put a price down for your board and see if it sells. All boards sold for $200 or less, give $20 to Lifeline, while boards sold for more give 10% of the sale price to Lifeline.

The board swap will be run at Freshwater Reserve, on the grass hill between Pilu Restaurant and Shaka, kicking off at 9am and wrapping up at midday.

The best access point for dropping off boards is Undercliff Rd and cash is perferred, though we'll have EFTPOS facilities.

We hope to see you on the day but if you can't make it, please help and support the Swellnet team by donating here.

Also, come down for the main surfing event the following weekend (28th November) at Queenscliff.


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Troppo commented Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 at 12:28pm

This is great news!

Is there anything like this already happening in Queensland?

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Craig commented Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 at 12:40pm

Unfortunately not, will have to get Ben/Jono to set one up north of the border!

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Chris Buykx commented Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 at 5:22pm

Freshie Boardriders monthly comp also on Sat 21st, on the grass out front of Pilu and the shed.

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maka2000 commented Friday, 20 Nov 2020 at 3:40pm

it's going to be super small, they've should move it to the next weekend.

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 at 8:46pm

Salute the extra yards Craig.
tbb needed Lifeline during Lockdown...massive thanx.

Qld 2000's Boardswap Timeline courtesy Goldie swellnet crew.

Noosa Festival of Surfing has Swap Meets (Dependent on space!)
Currumbin Wooden Surfboard Day + (Swap meet)

swellnet continue to support our Qld board swap events.

Easter 2007-14 Currumbin ~ Qld Surfrider [ FISH FRY ] swap meets

Oct 2011/12 Cooly Underground Surf'boards / Retro Groove Vintage Board Swap

April 2012 Sunny Coast Caloundra Surf Festival (Ma & Pa) Swap meet

Oct 2013 Coolangatta Sunhouse Board Swap

Aug 2014 Kawana ~Sunny Coast + (re: swellnet articles ~The Board Swap Shop)

Sept 2014 Sunny Coast Marcoola North Shore Surfboard Swap (see also : 2017)
(2014 inaugural year ?)

May 2015 Kings Beach Board Swap Shop / WR Attempt for Mental Heath
World Record GC Nobby'sBeach 608 rail2rail Boards ( Sunny > 1500 end2end?)

May 2016 GC Miami ASC skateboard Swap Meet.

June 2017 Kirra ~ Surf World Pop-Up Display & [ SWAP MEET ]

Sept 2017 Marcoola Northshore Board Swap
Yet another groovy laidback Sunny Surf Video...far out so cool

March 2019 Sunny Coast (Save Yaroomba Appeal) Surfrider / SCEC Surfboard Swap

March 2019 GC Arundel Skate/Band/Swap Meet

Aug 2019 (11th Annual) Wooden Surfboard Day (swap meet)

Qldurrz thank #1 swellnet for supporting our swap meets...good luck with yours!

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Troppo commented Tuesday, 10 Nov 2020 at 8:53pm

Thanks TBB.

Here's hoping we have a few board swaps soon.

Got a few to get rid of, and always looking for a new board or two.

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Craig commented Thursday, 19 Nov 2020 at 1:14pm

We're all go for Saturday at Freshwater (located on the grass hill between Pilu and Shaka).

Board sales under $200 will see $20 donated to Lifeline and boards over this will see 10% donated to Lifeline.

Cash is highly recommended and get in early to have your board labelled with your selling price.

Please return at 12:30pm to pick up your unsold board or to sort out payment.

See you there!

And if you can't make it please donate here: https://lifelinenb.grassrootz.com/2020-lifeline-cl…/swellnet

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fletchervg commented Thursday, 19 Nov 2020 at 10:24pm

How early in the morning will you start accepting board drop offs? And are we able to do negotiable prices (for instance let you know that we'd be happy to take $50 less if need be)?

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Craig commented Friday, 20 Nov 2020 at 5:32am

Hey Fletcher, 8:30am earliest and that's a tough one as we could put that on the price tag, but then they'd just go to the lower price. I can add to the spreadsheet and try and make a mental note so when I see someone looking at it and possibly passing because of the higher price.

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fletchervg commented Friday, 20 Nov 2020 at 7:35am

Awesome - thanks Craig! I don't want to make life hard for you guys, I'm just a bit useless at board pricing - maybe I'll just have a quick chat with someone when I drop them off.

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lolo commented Thursday, 19 Nov 2020 at 3:48pm

So we just drop the board(s) off before 9. Put a sticker on it and come back and (hopefully) cash out at the end? Sounds a shit load easier than Gumtree :)

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Craig commented Thursday, 19 Nov 2020 at 4:30pm

Yep that's it!

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chook commented Friday, 20 Nov 2020 at 3:51pm

hoping to make it tomorrow!

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Craig commented Monday, 23 Nov 2020 at 9:15am

Thanks for the huge turnout at late notice crew!

It was a great day with $1,610 raised for Lifeline Northern Beaches.

And as always a great community event. Will get one going every 6 months.

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Craig commented Monday, 23 Nov 2020 at 2:59pm

Thanks TBB for your donation and kind words. Much appreciated!

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truebluebasher commented Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020 at 2:48am

tbb nominates #1 swellnet Craig for a community award.
Craig's initial board swap was ready to go & was unfortunately Locked Down.

No time to pack it in...Craig & Sara were running live Covid forecasting.
Yeah! That's some mighty goodwill & a massive community effort...
Noting Craig still had his day job & put out #1 swellnet features & amazing WOTD's.
Check out Craig's ECL ...not only forecasts, surfs, tastes, records but snaps the Beast.
La Nina...doesn't just switch on it's own...someones gotta call that...Craig

Big shout to Ben who copped Mind Games with Live Shark Dobber Lock Down Cams
No matter which way Ben pointed the cams, a new angry Mob popped into view!

When Craig recently announced he was having another crack to revive the Gig!
Well, tbb was inspired to Salute Craig's efforts as Lifeline had helped tbb in 2020.

After lending support, tbb noticed Craig's above donate link....(We'll see if it works!)

tbb noted kindhearted zenagain had supported Craig's initial swellnet boardswap.
A few more swellnet folk had generously chipped in & it started to look healthy...

Shoredump & Ben + Whole crew had rescued tbb out of a hellish year.
Crew were always there to help a dry-docked troubled mind.

In return Ben / Craig accepted a donation on behalf of the whole crew...Cheers!
This was important not just for tbb but to rally support for Craig...Congratulations!
All say Aye!

Crew constantly help mental health in kindhearted ways & again so on the Weekend.

In the wash up... we're all the better for it...
tbb is stoked with the swap on it's own but the helping hand earns a Tier 1 level.
Surfing community just nominated #1 swellnet boardswap as Event of the Year!
Thanx for the photo/s Craig...looks fantastic & well done to all for saving this event.

Would you believe Doctor (today!) enforced a pool ban on tbb...(2-3-4 weeks...?)
Luck run out, but crew have given tbb enough tools & support to push on...Thanx!
Promise the crew...tbb is not sliding the lid shut on the sarcophagus...
Gonna tidy up or some other equally horrid thing...already started & also exhausted.
Still better than doing nothing, sure sounds mental but it drives a Recovery Plan.

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020 at 9:41am

Cheers for the nod TB. Actually twice but under a different name. Was trying to remain incognito. Craigs efforts should be acknowledged and I'm happy to give as it's a very worthy cause and quite personal for me. I'll chip in next year too and all the best to you too.


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Craig commented Tuesday, 24 Nov 2020 at 10:11am

Very, very kind TBB. It means a lot and thanks for sharing that! Hopefully you can get back into the water soonish. Stay strong.