Hugely Successful Swellnet Board Yard Sale

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By Craig Brokensha (Craig)
Photo: Tony Palmer

Hugely Successful Swellnet Board Yard Sale

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Craig Brokensha (Craig)
Swellnet Dispatch

The sixth instalment of the Swellnet Board Yard Sale, raising funds for Lifeline Northern Beaches, was another huge success over the weekend.

The momentum continues to build year on year, helped this time by crisp, blue skies greeting buyers and sellers on Saturday.

The location was shifted back in front of Marty's cafe (The Pocket Freshwater) and we've set a new record for donations, coming in just shy of raising $5k, with the final total being $4,826.

This was a combination of just over $3,000 raised from board sales with the rest made up from Lifeline Classic merch, a raffle with great prizes supplied by both Freshwater Brewing Company and The Pocket Cafe, along with additional donations.

A new registration system was warmly welcomed making the process of selling and buying much smoother for participants and volunteers.

The community vibe was as good as ever with approximately 240 boards on show along with some crazy bargains.

Tony Palmer shot some great photos during the day and the full gallery can be viewed here.

Thanks everyone for continuing to make this one of the best community events of the year.

The Swellnet team is now closing in on $5,000 and will be pushing to get to $7,000 to qualify for twenty bonus points.

The surf event is slated for that all important Saturday in October, the 14th.

It'd be much appreciated if we could get a few more donations to try and push for those bonus points to then take out the event.

A huge thank you from the Swellnet team.


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blackers Monday, 4 Sep 2023 at 7:27pm

Great work Craig and everyone involved, well done!

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Solitude Monday, 4 Sep 2023 at 8:26pm

That’s epic. You guys should be really proud of yourselves. Would’ve been fun to attend something like that

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basesix Tuesday, 5 Sep 2023 at 9:40am

+ 1
congrats guys!

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radiationrules Tuesday, 5 Sep 2023 at 9:34am

Congratulations Craig and crew - very impressive outcomes - and nice to red the momentum is building!

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AlfredWallace Tuesday, 5 Sep 2023 at 10:46am

Great effort by Craig and Swellnet.
To all organisers, vendors, buyers, businesses close by that support such a worthy event, general public and any surf folk from all walks of life,
‘I dips me lid to ya’. Great work,.
We are a great nation of volunteers.AW

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Oceanbeach Tuesday, 5 Sep 2023 at 1:33pm

Looks like a good range of boards

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Craig Tuesday, 5 Sep 2023 at 1:35pm

Yeah, everything from Mal's to foamies and bodyboards. Some insane bargains as well.

Thanks everyone.

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southernraw Tuesday, 5 Sep 2023 at 4:09pm

Awesome work guys.

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Mcface Tuesday, 5 Sep 2023 at 7:22pm

Udo looks like that black Apache channel twin made an appearance.

Great work SN team, definitely need to get amongst it next year.

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freeride76 Wednesday, 6 Sep 2023 at 4:42pm

Looks like a good time was had by all for a great cause.

Some drool-worthy sleds there too.

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Bnkref Thursday, 7 Sep 2023 at 5:34pm

Well done Craig. Great (and important) cause.

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mike oxhard Thursday, 7 Sep 2023 at 6:59pm

good onya fellas looks like a good turnout

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zenagain Friday, 8 Sep 2023 at 9:04am

Only a few more dollars to get them over the line.

If you have a bit spare chuck it in.

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truebluebasher Saturday, 9 Sep 2023 at 8:31am

Salute to Craig and swellnet crew & Lifeline.
You guys provided frontline help for tbb last night.

Sleep apnea device broke down & tbb was left gasping for air.
tbb is hooked on Air blower for many a year!
Started to panic & phoned lifeline who provided the 24/7 night nurse contact.
That and Hospital Emergency Dept brought 2 hrs sleep.

See it's not just the automated air craving but also the humidity setting.
Last nite was ultra dry so each breath was exhausting tbb more than the last.
Pain is horrid...gasping for air!
Leading to anxiety attack.

All of that on the eve of tbb giving his daughter away...Yes! Today!
Had brainz enough to order son to drive dad out to woop woop!
Biggest day of a Dad's life...& tbb is exhausted & fear the o/n stay 3hrs isolated west from here.
Won't dare tell dearest daughter...just gotta shape up!

Just sharing the truth of the matter...
#1swellnet crew came to tbb's assist when tbb needed it most.
Thank yourselves for giving a damn to save another...last nite that was tbb.
Right here right now tbb is shapin' up for the Big the game!

This here is very real vital frontline work...Craig deserves a Medal.
Love you all and good health to all!

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zenagain Saturday, 9 Sep 2023 at 9:11am

Congrats TBB. Wishing your daughter and beau a harmonious future and all the best to you too.

I like to chuck a little in every year. It's something personal to me too.

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thermalben Saturday, 9 Sep 2023 at 9:29am

Great to hear of a positive outcome TBB.. stoked you're feeling better now. All the best for you and your daughter today!

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truebluebasher Sunday, 10 Sep 2023 at 3:16pm

Thanx crew...high point of any Dad's Life.
Couldn't have turned out any more loving & perfect.
All drowning in a sea of Joy!

Local pharmacist prescribed some sleep pills & Throat Spray...
Resulting in 6x 1hr bouts of sleep...
That might seem lousy...but enough to front today's bash & return safe.
Big shout out to Gromz steppin' up for dads, cometh the hour!

Sure...have notified GP Clinic for referral to Hospital sleep clinic.
Gonna have to wear a few more rough sleepless's hard being human.

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mickseq Sunday, 10 Sep 2023 at 7:29pm

As I contemplate the inevitable march of time and the mysteries that aging will unveil, I find myself pondering the notion of free will. Do we truly have agency in our lives, or is it a mere illusion we concoct, perhaps served raw with a backhand sling of fate? The existential questions loom large, much like a backyard chow dog, but history suggests that my backward assumptions may hold some truth, encouraging me to dare march forward into the uncertain terrain of what lies ahead."

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mickseq Sunday, 10 Sep 2023 at 7:42pm

Eh, I digress... I recline on this couch, entangled and entranced by the weaving of an ancient hand, a weaver of fates unrelated to my own. The needle, with its minuscule chambers, harbors the potent elixir of my cherished nuclear heroin. It sets its sights on my vein and presses gently, akin to a tender, first kiss. A reverse implosion, a bubble's delicate collapse.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 12 Sep 2023 at 11:37am

Reserved the best seat in the house for mickseq
tbb saw this Swedish band in Brisbane 1994 usually a crowd of 50 is norm for this lot.
Give a listen to ~ Atomic Swing (LP) A car crash in the blue.

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truebluebasher Tuesday, 19 Sep 2023 at 9:00am

[Disclaimer] tbb is a long term treated mental outpatient
Here & now is delusional...that's the point of sharing in [lifeline] context...Ok!
tbb can assure no ill feeling or harm nor anything untoward...mostly just freaky!

Larger than Life Idol Dream Sequence
Sleep Deprivation is now getting personal & out of this world.
tbb is sharing how current insomnia treatment plays on mental health.
Sure! Almost to the point of Madness...Dose of Reality!

At this stage it's borderline insane but tbb simply must share the detail.
Boss & the Crew will wanna hear this & promise not to embarrass the Boss too much!

Nite 1 No CPAP / No Drugs > (Lifeline/Telehealth/ED) 1.5hrs Sleep
{Important} Both Zen & Ben wish tbb well ( But note Ben's hypnotic real cool happy snap! )
Just sharing that tbb has never met our Idol Ben...( But can dream about it...Get in line tbb! )
Relax Ben...this don't get creepy...well not just yet...(Cough!)

Nite 2 Pharmacist prescribed 1 Diphenhydramine ( 6x 1hr Sleep )
Nite 3 tbb takes 2x max dose Sleep for 5 hours but wake groggy / legless.
Day 4 GP referral for [H] cpap & shared that tbb had lowered Psych drug while OD sleep drug.
Nite 5 Already gone thru a 10 nite pack in 5 nites > buy some more Insomnia Drugs as ya do.

{Important} GP said (Sleep drugs are non approved drug cocktails) Both 1/2 tabs equally suss!

Day 5 tbb promised [H]+GP to tell Psych > Blood Test > tbb upped Psych drug for Test = Ok!
Sunday Day 9 tbb is feeling dopey thru the morning from continuous double doses

Nite 10 (Sunday Nite) Cut it back to 1 (Standard)'s wot happens...
Note above...1 tab results in several / 1 hr bouts of sleep...same happens again.
Due to bent septum > open mouth drying out lungs > Gasping to Wake each hour!
[H] Insisted tbb to have Rhinoplasty > then said they can't afford it > Now 'own' CPAP is broke!
So this is getting real exhausting...[H] Do offer '1 free' CPAP & tbb was reminded & awaits.

Dream Sequences now feature in eclectic haphazard manner.
But due to lack of sleep each dream increasingly blurs reality thus inevitably our Worlds Collide.
Quite often any standard swellnet dreams...of finishing or not finishing a comment...all good!

But now dreaming 'bout writing a weird comment like who would do such! Exactly!
World's collide ...lines are crossed & reality gets blurred!

Exactly why tbb is sharing this mental effect of Insomnia Drug Cocktails & how very real it is!
Yes! This be like a real life LIFELINE call but without danger.
This is a safe example involving real life crew...but shows exactly the need of sharing such.
Because it hits home the point of how easy for any here to slip a beat & make the call!

Example : This dream sequence ends with our Boss Ben saying Hi!
But dreamtime Ben - Captains a Supa Dupa Yacht that flies Goldie - Sydney in under 1 hr.
Of course it's razor sharp & slick & he surfs it like a Boss...Ocean...All Mine Precious!
Kinda like Ben is the swellnet for all occasions...on time everytime...(That's fucked up tbb) True!

Believe Me ...this goes up a level & Ben will chortle his WSL Weet Bix...All queue to see that!

Here's the thing...that's exactly wot these sleep drugs do...they blur Dream > Reality.

Ok! tbb's double dosing has gone overboard & Pack says to call Doc after 7 days use...
All read that tbb was already way too late but had booked the GP again for Monday...sorted
On account that double dosing was exhausting but also the craving was getting too expensive.

Come Monday tbb sorted out his Drug cocktail...Psych Drug level reads Ok ( Wait on CPAP )
GP agreed on PBS Sleep Drug...(Crew : 'Holy shit...this can't end well!') Why ya say that?
Anyhow the GP opens his White overcoat...ya can choose that one or this one...Both the same?
Felt kinda Cold & suicidal when given the script...Temazepam! That rings a bell...well durr!
Say! Don't we all know this drug as being the only drug more dangerous than Pfizer?
Think 4 corners did a mini-series on this shit...stands to reason it's the only TGA [_/] sleep drug!

Here's the Warning :
(Benzos) Addictive / Vivid Dreams / Hallucinations / Confusion +
tbb just found out does play around with body's steroids...
Meaning optic nerve distortion (tbb suffers CSR)
When ya touch eyelids > glow fluro & page text wobbles like jelly...gotta keep an eye on it!

Ok here little pill can't hurt...
last thing tbb remembers is taking just the one Temazepam last nite.
Recall waking a few times...normal (Above) with the single dose...legless! (Exhaustion)

Associate the Lifeline call with sleep & swellnet column..all crew can see naturally...
Waking dream sequence of swellnet Ben (Again!) ...or this here column being the anchor point.
Again! Please relax Ben...nothing weird or suss but very real & deeper connection with Ben.

Exactly why tbb is sharing...
To exhibit how easy an alternate reality exists within the real world right here & now!
Yes...Involving all we see know & on if you dare!

Only this time the dream involves & weds deeper more personal connection with Ben.

Here's the Key factors...
tbb = Bodysurfer
Ben = Sponsors Bodysurfing Events
Wedding = tbb bonds & dances with twin sister.
Twin Sister (Safety / Dive businesses) = Also runs Events Courses says > Bodysurfing
Wedding weekend / swellnet / Ben's well wishing + (Photo) / Sleep / Dreams / Drugs

All this goes into the Matrix & gets fed into tbb's half awake brain like this...

Ok! Lets trip the light fantastic where dreams do actually become here & now.
All of the above dream sequence reorientation reawakens in this alternate real life format.
Ready for this...
On the weekend Ben sponsored tbb's Sister's Bodysurfing Festival...
tbb instantly felt out of the loop & raced to the internet...
Why did tbb not thank Ben for support or donate or Assist or even exhibit in some way!
Kept thinking did Ben's Qld Courses cross with tbb's twin sister's courses...that must be it.
Coz tbb knows Ben Sponsors Bodysurfing Events & tbb's sister is ever branching into events.
Therefore it's logical to assume this just happened & tbb went to google just that.

That leads us to here & now...
Ok! So it wasn't true or was it...huh!
But tbb swears it was & this event took place on the weekend!
Yes! If any involved were present tbb would inform them of such event!
Sadly not the first time for tbb...Yes! Have been in & out under Qld Health orders.
Recently shared how they deprived tbb of board positions & stripped Voting rights! Yes 4 real!

That's exactly why tbb took the liberty to example a mental illness episode of shared construct.
One only needs to add one pill or change one element in this detailed construct for mayhem.
Then is caught out in the wrong place in wrong time in alternate reality.

Also sharing this came about from over the counter standard dose PBS drugs (No alcohol!)
Hopefully the crew are now awake to this wake up call.
How close each are to dialing LIFELINE at anytime & how #1 swellnet provide frontline assist!
tbb is fine with great support here & promised best medical assist during sleep transitioning.

This is every bit as real as tbb described...happy to share tbb's close to home freak out.
Apologies for dragging the boss into it...thanks for being a good sport during tbb's demo!
Boss : " xxx///Censored\\\xxx "
No one is hurt & no harm done...sure it's embarrassing, but we all learn an important lesson.
Recall tbb Overdosed by adding 2 Aspro (Little hydration) a few Xmas back...woke 4 hrs later.
All are just one pill away from tripping out...Yes! That one on the in yer hand.

Take it easy...Stay hydrated & get some sleep! Good Health to all.

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Craig Monday, 16 Oct 2023 at 8:03am

Just an update on how the surf event went.

We scored pumping South Curly, though getting a sick one during your approximate ten minutes allocated per heat was tricky with how slow it was.

Still, Swellnet made the final which is a great effort and then came 4th. Thanks to me teammates, Jake, Joey, Joao and Jack Mac as the pro and also thanks for all the donations and support this year, the end total was $7,880.96.

Cheers, Craig.

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thermalben Monday, 16 Oct 2023 at 9:34am

Unreal work everyone.. very proud of what was achieved.

Also impressed with Craig's ability to muster a surf team with Jake, Joey, Joao and Jack.

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truebluebasher Monday, 13 May 2024 at 4:39pm

The gift that keeps on giving...
The gift is the crew's support for # 1 swellnet frontline mental health unit.

Fed / Qld health diagnosed tbb as a disabled Mental Health sufferer & current Outpatient.
Concessions for Scripted Drug / Clinical / Institutionalized / Outpatient / Telehealth Therapy!
All Health practitioners engage with ongoing blood tests for drug evaluation + Checks on Wellbeing.
Basically Neuromuscular / Sleep Doctor's insist on regular monthly Psych evaluation.

Not mandatory & lifestyle reduces visits to quarterly Psych visits + Biannual Mix to reduce costs...
tbb is not after Gold Standard cures...happy with basic health checks to cut Taxpayers Medicare impost!
Main reason is for tbb to ween off the high 'State' drug dose that impounds tbb for over several years!

Only recently phoned for Psych of 17 years for ween off troubling High drug dose!
Clinic : "Sorry! Psych retired > Your Referral is Voided! (tbb : Still valid for 6 months...Wot gives?)
Sorry...This practice is now strictly for Women & Kidz only!
We can't refer you to any of our other specialists (They boast 18 Psychs!) > Go see yer GP!"

GP : "Sorry! tbb... like, didn't you know...Psych visits are no longer Bulk Billed > Private Billed only!"
Also said ya got 2 weeks to lower yer blood pressure or yer goin' on more drugz!

tbb sought explanation but all Fed Mental Health linked to Lifeline [ 13 11 14 ]

"Explained that no Fed / State / Local Govt or GP informed tbb of cancellation."
They all insist I require monthly Psych visits & all have tbb hooked on high level Psych meds!"
Now Disabled Psych Help has been strictly reserved for Wealthiest of Patients.
No Medicare practitioners are qualified to treat tbb on a monthly basis > hence the Psych referrals!"

Lifeline : "Yes! Definitely Ok to talk about this tbb...we're here to listen & Help!"

tbb : "Yes! Thanx...not a crisis but feel abandoned with long agreed Health Plan in tatters!
Did Govt set up a Psych Hotline or Help Line to mop up us highly dosed abandoned loose units!"

Lifeline : "No! No Govt Psych Helpline for Outpatients! But we're here to help anytime!"

tbb : "Thank all you guys here so much...crisis averted!"
Salute #1 swellnet frontline for stepping up for us abandoned Disabled Mental Health Patients!

Said the GP pushed tbb into a 2 wk Recovery before new dosing...but need at least 8 wks
Yes! Lifeline backed & endorsed tbb's rubbishy self help plan!
No choice but to shape up in 2 wks to lower Blood Pressure...
Lifeline endorsed a 2 week proven Rubbish Pick Up Plan for tbb's betterment & road to recovery...

Already weirded out the IGA Checkout Chick...give me 20 of yer plastic bags...
WTF (Press Buzzer... gotta Mental Case!)
Checks with boss if it's not illegal...(Off record whispers she's still hooked on the Contraband Bags!)
Agreed that Bigger Stores can't supply us mental folk with the hard yakka recovery tools...
tbb is now IGA's mental Plastic Bag Hobo...scouring the streets covered in real shit & someone's piss! (Nice!)
Obviously getting real mucky out'n'about...dovetails beautifully with them Grander Schemes of Life!

Govt gave up...but with #1 swellnet crew backin' up Lifeline...tbb has been given' a new lease on life!
Please understand...that the crew's goodwill keeps give us hope when all around fails!
You guys are helping those of us left helpless...we just need a hand...not a cure! We will rise up!

Goin' for it...look out world here comes tbb...on a mission...the road to recovery starts from within'!
Breakin' outta the Sarcophagus...See ya out on the trail...soon! Promise!
No playin' the victim...Gonna use Executive apathy as tbb's energy to bounce back.

Dedicated to Craig's Crew of Healers...thanx for making miracles happen!
The feeling just goes on & on & on & on from strength to strength...
I feel like I'm walking 'round 10 feet tall.