Last Roll of the Dice For Kirra

Surfpolitik

Last Roll of the Dice For Kirra

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

While nothing's certain, the details behind Kirra Point Incorporated's plan appear sound and they may just achieve their goal. What is certain, however, is that this is the last roll of the dice for KPI: They've finally wooed the government and scored $800,000 of taxpayer money, if this doesn't work the public purse will slam shut and with it the funding for further solutions.

On Surfing, Silence, and Civil Obedience

Surfpolitik

On Surfing, Silence, and Civil Obedience

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

Just as some people surf to escape from the reality of life, so to do they expect fantasy and escapism in surf media. Or at least that's what the powers that be provide. Debate, dangerous ideas, and rigorous discussions – hell, counter-cultural rebellion - are largely spurned for superficial celebrations of surfing. Unfortunately for surfers the absence of critical commentary and strategic reflection within our community only reinforces the well-worn stereotypes of surfers.

The Hipster Cometh

Surfpolitik

The Hipster Cometh

Surfpolitik
blindboy

Older generations disapproving of younger ones is such a common theme throughout human history and across all cultures that it must be deeply built into our psychology. If it was not, a few moments reflection by those inclined to criticise would lead them to the obvious conclusion that they cannot win. The old grow weaker and less influential, the young get stronger and more influential.

Sub-Antarctic Secret Spot!

Working at Swellnet can be bloody frustrating at times. Every day we get sent numerous photos of secret spots that can't be named, semi-secret spots that can't be named, and bog popular spots that also can't be named. We just wanna tell the world where the waves are but the code of protocol weighs heavily upon us.

But now, finally, we have photos of a pumping Raglan-like left and we can tell you exactly where it is, right down to its lat and long co-ordinates.

Sub-Antarctic Secret Spot!

Working at Swellnet can be bloody frustrating at times. Every day we get sent numerous photos of secret spots that can't be named, semi-secret spots that can't be named, and bog popular spots that also can't be named. We just wanna tell the world where the waves are but the code of protocol weighs heavily upon us.

But now, finally, we have photos of a pumping Raglan-like left and we can tell you exactly where it is, right down to its lat and long co-ordinates.

Listen Up: Don't Go To Indo

Surfpolitik

Listen Up: Don't Go To Indo

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

Call me skeptical but I'm always wary when people mix activism with leisure. It's a concept that surfers, who often travel to Less Developed Countries, have a special skill. How to allay First World Guilt while travelling to exotic yet poverty-stricken nations? Claim the surfing is good for the people or the environment, maybe even start a campaign about the plight of the locals, and then carry on unencumbered.

A new campaign is currently challenging the ethics of surf travel. Turning them on their head in fact.

Tits and Arse on the Webcast

Surfpolitik

Tits and Arse on the Webcast

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

The Roxy video is hardly a shock, it's simply another step in the path that surf companies and their sponsored riders have chosen to market women surfing. The video is, however, barefaced in its approach, making little pretense to surfing whilst lingering on the female form far longer than is necessary to promote a surfing contest.

In that sense it's a new low in the objectification of women, but to the surf companies it makes sound business sense. 

Axis of Evil

Swellnet Analysis

Axis of Evil

Swellnet Analysis
Craig Brokensha

The most interesting, and also the best, characteristic regarding low pressure systems that form close to the coast are the wide range of winds available in a very short stretch of coastline. The following lesson is something to keep in mind the next time a similar sytem strikes.