Swellnet for Lifeline Classic and Board Swap 2021

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)
Swellnet Dispatch

Two months into lockdown and regardless of how much - or how little - time people have had in the ocean, the toll from not seeing loved ones, or just catching up with mates and shit talking over a beer is slowly building.

Victoria has borne the brunt of the lockdowns over the past year and while there's light at the end of the tunnel, the impact on everyone’s mental health has reached a critical point. Lifeline just broke its daily record for its highest number of calls a few weeks ago, coming in at 3,505. That's not a record to be proud of.

This is 40% higher than two years ago and 29% since the latest lockdowns were announced in Sydney.

While government funding helps keep the business afloat, fundraisers and donations are vital for Lifeline to continue. These have also been impacted due to the current restrictions, but this coming November (Saturday the 20th) we'll hopefully see the Lifeline Classic kick off across the Northern Beaches and a big part of this is the Swellnet Board Swap event.

This year we're teaming up with Freshy Boardriders, Freshy Longboarders, and our long term partners The Pocket Cafe Freshwater (formally Salt Bush) to bring another great board swap event.

With the addition of Freshy Longboarders there should be a bigger selection of mid-lengths and longboards for sale.

Besides the large variety of surf craft and sneaky bargains, it's one of the best community events on the calendar for surfers on the beaches, all the while raising money for a great cause.

The dates for the board swap are still a little fluid depending on local restrictions but we're aiming for the weekend before the main surf event, that being Saturday, the 13th of November. So note it down in your diary that we may see the event run on second Saturday of the month. We'll keep you updated.

In the meantime feel free to donate and get behind the Swellnet team and a great cause. The more we raise before the event the better chance we have at winning it, with teams penalised points for not reaching the $3,000 target.

Many thanks in advance, Craig.


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Next year Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 9:06pm

Looking forward to this - it was sooooo good last year ...

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lomah Sunday, 12 Sep 2021 at 9:57pm

Double thumbs up to swellnet for galvanising support for lifeline. Have chipped in. Hope you guys smash your target.

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Craig Monday, 13 Sep 2021 at 10:12am

Thanks lomah! Much appreciated.

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Goofy4 Monday, 13 Sep 2021 at 10:28am

Good work in deed - keep at it!!!

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Nick Bone Monday, 13 Sep 2021 at 8:13pm

Sounds like a rippa time and for a equally and if not better cause!

P.s had to google map Freshwater and found something intriguing -

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san Guine Monday, 13 Sep 2021 at 8:24pm

Nice one Swellnet.

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Mike H Cross Thursday, 16 Sep 2021 at 10:09am

Great proactive action there Craig - sort of thing that makes a difference......

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Craig Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021 at 12:36pm

Thanks so much for the donation truebluebasher (tbb), much appreciated and all the best!

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021 at 8:31pm

Salute Craig #1 Swellnet

Huge thanx to crew for keeping tbb in the game...a few setbacks, but not given up on the ocean.

tbb owes it to the crew to demystify Craig's curiously colourful Leafy Display?
Golden Banksia Leaf emits Pure Gold when held in the brightest sunlight!
It's the most cherished gift our people can reward to others so kind.

(1) Gold Coast Floral Emblem is our golden souvenir of friendship.
A goodwill gesture that sees Craig kindly passing on to the crew the gift of giving.
That's the chalm of nature and the good nature of swellnet sharing the act of goodwill.

Craig is teaching Huey's #1 Lesson to swellnet Gromz..."Respect your Local & share the Stoke!"
Surprisingly! Those leaves are rare...as tbb has only ever located a dozen such trees that produce the saw leaves.
Of those...the saplings have a stubbie shape leaf > Mature trees put out mutated twisted shape leaves
Add to that, the leaves in the tree have less gold & leaves on the ground get stained or chewed within 2 days...
Secret is about a 2 year old tree with a 2-3 month window of bounty...then return often while the goings good!
Never had no one fight tbb for the hidden treasure that Craig shares with the crew...exclusive Goldie gift to swellnet.

(2) Matching Stamp on the envelope celebrates 50years Aussie Botanicals / Coastline Reserve.

Qldurrz miss your southern charm, we wish our NSW neighbours & Vic cousins a speedy recovery.
tbb joins crew in thanking # 1 Swellnet, Craig, Freshwater, Lifeline for essential frontline care package!

PS...for Craig...
Tried to lend a hand by looking into the local partnering of trashy after-life options
Northshore Surfboard Disposal seems doable but not mentioned & dumping cost varies > (eg: Weight)
Kimbriki > Tip-Buy-back could act as a partnered go to recovery centre for Trashy surfboards...
There are other local Recyclers, but don't list or sell surfboards as a go to...+ (Closed- Lockdowns)

Craig is best placed to offer handy tips on dings, restoration or local recycle options.
That alone is worth the trip to the Board swap...well, for some it probably means the world!

That line of thinking led to a similar advertised example at upcoming WA Boardswap.
re: Wayne Winchester Board Tips @ WA Vintage Boardswap...17th Oct 2021

Then back to visit Californian RE RIP Boardswap.
Accepts old boardz for art installations

re: Broken Pro Board / Celeb Art Attack > Auction for donation?
End game is not as easy as it sounds & a local network seems to be the key for a fitting send off!
Would need to see if Foreshore Reserve permits Holistic real time Surfboard Trash Therapy...

tbb is a huge fan Craig...real deal don't come easy & needs our support in toughest of times. Essential!

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zenagain Tuesday, 21 Sep 2021 at 9:34pm

You're awesome TB.

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truebluebasher Wednesday, 22 Sep 2021 at 11:26am

Gonna stop cryin' soon enough ...zenagain just pulled out a deeper secret from tbb's heart.
tbb competes equally as hard with the crew to be zenagain's #1 fan...(Fan : 2000's slang for Groupie)
That's hardly a secret tbb...all the crew dream of that each night and every day!

Ok! So crew are eggin' on tbb to share only the biggest secret of all...gonna do it...
'FFS tbb...just give up...no one in the history of the world has every been able to accomplish such a feat!'

21st Sept 2021 Craig's regifting & zenagain's goodwill celebrates International Day of Peace.
"Ok! So crew knew that also!" (Plan B) > Good as Gold...Peace Out & Goodwill to all everyday! Shh!

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thermalben Thursday, 23 Sep 2021 at 10:49am

Good on ta TBB :)

Also.. [secret coded message].. the surf treasure is secure.. will put something up on the site once it's in place.

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Craig Monday, 18 Oct 2021 at 1:53pm

Another way to donate and also win some excellent prizes is to enter this raffle..


Select Swellnet as the team to donate for.

Here are the prizes..

1st Prize valued at $2,370..

Shape your own board with Simon Anderson + extras.

2nd Prize valued at $1,977..

Night out for the girls in Mosman at Barre and Bar and more.

3rd Prize valued at $1,730..

$1,000 GSI voucher among other goodies.

And the list goes on with more boards/trips away.

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Womble123 Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 6:47pm

just bought some and fingers crossed!

I also have to find a new home for an awful lot of surf mags.... Stu I think we discussed a while back.
Almost every Surfer and Surfing since 2000 plus a bunch of Australian mags. all boxed up and ready to collect. Would sell or swop for something interesting!

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etarip Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021 at 7:16pm

Intra-state travel good to go from 1 November so it looks like it’s going to be a cracker of an event Craig.

Think we’ll be in the big smoke visiting family, so reckon I’ll swing by. You running a sausage sizzle down there? Might bring the tin lids.

Excited. Dropped a donation. Hopefully see a few swellnetters there.

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Craig Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021 at 10:27pm

Awesome, thanks Etarip! And food is too tricky with the COVID stuff for us to manage but will be setting up some form of coupon/voucher for those who buy a board, to get a free coffee/burger at The Pocket cafe run by Marty.

And the Classic is on the 20th but Boardswap on the 13th. Will have a check though.

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etarip Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 6:59pm

Ah, I see the date difference now. Got it mate.
Hope there’s swell both weekends. Can’t wait to grovel with the weekend Freshy crowds again.

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etarip Tuesday, 19 Oct 2021 at 7:24pm

Also, bought a couple of raffle tickets.

You might want to have a word to the raffle organisers. They’ve got the date of the Lifeline Classic / Boardswap listed as 20 November, which is different to what’s on the flyer and article here.

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blindboy Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 5:20pm

Hoping to make it to one event or the other.

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udo Wednesday, 20 Oct 2021 at 6:35pm

There's another related Fundraiser forming in the Manly Freshy area ....Very much reliant on swell and conditions
Would be great if it happened around the 2 event dates.........

Stay Tuned..