Swellnet Board Sell/Swap Wrap

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)
Swellnet Dispatch

Saturday was another huge success with the 4th Swellnet Board Sell/Swap held on the grass at the southern end of Freshwater beach.

Raising money for Lifeline Northern Beaches and the upcoming Lifeline Classic surf event, a total of $1,450 was raised, not including raffle tickets and other donations that were received during the morning.

With around 100 boards for sale and a good break in the weather and wind, the vibe was again great with the community getting together to catch up while also scoring a bargain. The lack of surf also helped the cause.

Freshwater Longboarders also raised an additional $830 through sales which will go towards their team for this Saturday's Lifeline Classic at Queenscliff. Also thanks to Marty at The Pocket Cafe, Freshwater for the food and coffee vouchers.

The Swellnet team is just shy of $3,500 which is a huge effort and a big thank you goes out to all that have donated and took part on the day Saturday.

Even if the surf gods aren't smiling for the competition, come on down, say hi, and be part of a great community event, barracking for the Swellnet team.

If you'd still like to donate or buy raffle tickets click here: Donate // Raffle Tickets


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thermalben Wednesday, 17 Nov 2021 at 6:36am

Well done everyone.. thanks for your support!

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the-u-turn Wednesday, 17 Nov 2021 at 6:01pm

Bravo Swellnet. A great initiative and most worthy cause.

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AlfredWallace Wednesday, 17 Nov 2021 at 7:11pm

Well done Swellnet and the broader surf community. There’s something grand and warm about seeing surfboards laying together in the open, bit like a spiritual gathering of eras. !!

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truebluebasher Thursday, 18 Nov 2021 at 12:11am

Cheers Ben > Salute #1 swellnet & thanks for caring so much Craig.
the-u-turn + AlfredWallace really gotta way with words...simply perfect!

Weird thing about these swellnet swap meets slips under the radar.
Sure tbb is no longer into Surfboard riding or Surfboards but luv the surf stoke of this.
Reckon these swellnet events transcend Surfing to a healthier higher plane.
Whole crew just know this is the right thing to do & say so! No matter what yer gig!

Looks like Craig's hard work was rewarded with a Top Day had by all.
Sure, all too easy! tbb will stamp yet another ... #1 swellnet Classic !

Luv these photos that capture the essential above said Surf Culture.
Genuine keepsakes they are...precious & few!
Less about the money, size of crowd or even the boards...
It's knowing that the Surf Community still cares enough to make magic happen.

First up! You'd expect a sea of Hodads manhandling the goods!
You know...like a dawn raid > smash & grab > So long! Thanks for all the Fish!

Like Wow Wipeout! swellnet hauls in the Gromz. (Ain't that a turn up!)
Gromz are bamboozled...having to make the most important decision of the long lives.
Could be something special here, that we Hodads can learn from the Gromz!
Looks for certain they could step into a lead role in the future of these Board Swaps.

Check out Da Boyz > The Man in Black is so cooking up a deal..
Dads & Loads of SurfChix chilling / Hot Dogs & Microgromz...it's the real deal alright!
Even the Loner Skateboard wants an Upgrade!

Crew are only too happy to dedicate frontline swellnet a sunny seaside song.
This is such a happy song that is simply perfect for Craig's seaside wellness commune.
The Sunrays - I live For the Sun....Go!

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Craig Thursday, 18 Nov 2021 at 10:51am

Thanks guys, we're now only $500 off raising $5,000, and if so we get 20 bonus points for the event. So any further donations for a great cause are appreciated! Many thanks.


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Craig Friday, 19 Nov 2021 at 4:36pm

We got to $5k! Thanks everyone for being so generous! Let's hope a mysto swell pops up tomorrow..

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udo Friday, 19 Nov 2021 at 5:49pm

Well done Craig - $5000 is unreal..

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truebluebasher Monday, 23 May 2022 at 11:10am

Salute #1 swellnet with a massive thanx to Craig & crew.

2021 Lifeline was able to respond to 90.4% of a record 1,070,860 cries for help!
Over last 2 years with swellnet / crew's kind assist Lifeline piloted 51,265 Text conversations.

With Craig & crew's recent record support Lifeline could expand their vital first response.

Call ( 13 11 14 )

Text ( TEXT 0477 131 114 )

Online ( Chat )


Further "new" Lifeline Assist companions many self help programs...
Video/Counselling + Aftercare + Eclipse Group + Bereaved by Suicide Support
Skills for Life Training + DV Training + Community Engagement + Suicide Prevention

Pandemic & Disaster Mental Crisis is taking it's toll...not a laughing matter!

#1 swellnet are bridging the gap in patient assist + by breaking down stigma cloaking Mental illness.
So true! tbb is an outpatient that proudly gives and receives health assist from swellnet & crew!

tbb wishes to share a full frontal Aussie Health report that recently made news in Europe.

No one is immune & 1/10 Frontline workers suffer thoughts of self harm & suicide.
Less than half will seek professional help...Truth is shocking isn't it.

Exampling how stigma cloaks depression as each consume their innocent host by stealth & design.

"I haven't got the time to be losing my mind, I can't let the crew know this Pandemic wears me down!
Why would us Nurses & Doctors need a shrink...that's for mental patients...not us!"

You see tbb is mental & can easily get inside their heads before realizing it's tbb that needs help...durr!

No point hiding tbb has bipolar which flares up as tensions mount, already spiralling into depression.
Like to think tbb has his old friend under control, who is tbb fooling...best not to answer that tbb!
Why! Coz the crew will think you're crazy! Good Point tbb!

Gets heavy as tbb openly shares signs of a deep set depression onslaught & how it cloaks normality.
Starts with regular monthly visits to the Psychiatrist...There! Said it...Shared it..Who's crazy now!

During the Pandemic these visits were cancelled & replaced by [ TELEHEALTH ]
And still is...as tbb's mentor doctor is very old & still considered High Risk as in Aged Clinic restrictions!

Telehealth is like medicine & comes in strict doses of 15 mins no matter how ill the patient.
No genuine wave of goodwill or happiness can be felt but merely conveyed...but is it enough?

Here's how that plays out...(Be mindful of wot old school insight tbb is sharing...this is the real deal!)
Know enough that we long term sufferers need to step up to sure up our record fresh batch of crazies.
No time like the right time & that right time is now!

[ Mental Telehealth breakdown procedure ]
Call 1 > re book on time 1 month! Sorted...100% perfectly Normal!
Call 2 > Delay re book for a day or two for 5 weeks should be Ok! (No one ever said that?)
Call 3 > A week goes by...Oh Shit! Gotta re-book my 5 week thingy!
Call 4 > Forget to re-book for 2 weeks & re-book for 6 weeks, coz its probably for the better!
Call 5 > Forget to rebook ..1 month later..just re-book for yer normal 2 month call...(Not that important?)
Call 6 > Slips over a month...& Wot Appointment for wot was it again...re: "Doesn't really matter to me!"
Pause! (By now yer bills a running 1 wk > 2 wks Late & you totally forgot that one! Oh No! Not that one!
Call 7 > Depression is setting in...Like wot month is it! Like, do you even recall that nice Doctor's Name?
Call 8 > Is never gonna happen...you useless piece of shit...now yer fucked, you idiot loser! Yeah you!
Call 9 > Anyone for Call 9...tbb shared here, he was done with Expert Pandemic assist...(It's long over!)

Slides shut the slab on his Sarcophagus!
[Press] Deep set Hyper Hibernation
Choose : 1. Infinite 2. Eternity 3. Don't really give a shit (Pick me!)
Set'n'forget...can do this forever...best invention ever or what! Wot?

{ Reality Check } or The Wake Up Call that nearly didn't happen!

Call 10 ...Ring ring! Hello! It's yer Psych' Clinic...are you tbb ...Yep! Sordid crew can vouch for that!
Your GP has referred you to our Psychologist...(Huh!)..."You mean Psychiatrist?"
Turns out tbb is a popular name & in plague proportion during outbreaks.
Right Clinic...wrong patient...bloody idiots..Typical...

(Like Hello! Who's the bloody Idiot now? Like Hello! Wot! Quit bugging me!)

Within last second of hanging up...tbb's dimly lit eternal flame flickers one last time...just enough...
Hey Lady! Don't hang up! Could you please book a 5mth overdue appointment for tbb's Psych!
(Sorted)...Called the lady a hero & thanked her for saving tbb from himself!

tbb got the call & forgot to rebook after the call! (Drum Roll) But did the next day. That's Normal..Right?

In a roundabout way...did the absence of a Psychiatrist affect tbb's Mental Health?
Yes! Bloody hell yes! YES! More so every day ...to breaking point.
Q: So wot happens when you reach this point of despair...is it suicidal & can you share that?

4:00 am whenever! ...tbb rings Lifeline...takes 10mins or like forever for Reply!
Counsellor lends a kind ear with genuine heartfelt engagement...everything tbb needed & more!
For the record...well over the 15 minutes & onward...even said it was fine...here to help!
So much so...that within a week tbb had bounced back just enough to reverse the spiral...just!
Back on the slippery slope with the crew, clawing 1 step forward & sliding 2 steps back, good as it gets!

Just saying...#1 Frontline swellnet Craig & crew make a difference & thru tbb's eyes you are lifesavers!

tbb wishes good health to all.