Of Pools, Fools and Alternative Realities

Surfpolitik

Of Pools, Fools and Alternative Realities

Surfpolitik
blindboy

The following article was written by blindboy.

Surfing has experienced a 30 year long financial bonanza during which its main corporate sponsors managed, with a head start from Coca Cola, to convince a sizeable market that not only was surfing cool, but that board shorts and a t-shirt were a fashion statement. So miracles happen, but not often, and not forever. The writing is on the wall, as well as in the financial pages, that those days are over.

Wavegarden stake their claim: World's first surfer-centric wavepool built

Surfpolitik

Wavegarden stake their claim: World's first surfer-centric wavepool built

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

Unveiled to the public today Wavegarden is the first wavepool that, if I were looking for a distinguishing criteria, I'd expect surfers would pay money to ride. The complex is on a property near San Sebastian and provides simultaneous waves that peel down either side of the lagoon offering rides approximately 18-seconds long.

Craig Griffin: Charting Wayne Lynch's Personal History

Surfpolitik

Craig Griffin: Charting Wayne Lynch's Personal History

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

Craig Griffin is a Melbourne-based film director. His latest work, which he finished mere hours before this interview took place, is a documentary on Wayne Lynch. Uncharted Waters: A Personal History of Wayne Lynch is a study of the enigmatic Victorian, once the greatest surfer of his generation and a person whose politics and opinions thrust him into the spotlight as Australia underwent sweeping social changes. 

Large swell too early for the Volcom Fiji Pro

Swellnet Analysis

Large swell too early for the Volcom Fiji Pro

Swellnet Analysis
Craig Brokensha

At last year's Volcom Fiji Pro a huge, clean swell hit Cloudbreak on Day 6 of the waiting period. Sets were breaking in the 20 foot range under light offshores creating mindlessly perfect conditions - everyone has seen the photos and videos! The contest got canned so the Top 34 stepped aside allowing the spotlight to fall on the world's best big wave surfers.

Andrew James: Simple Ben in a steamer

Surfpolitik

Andrew James: Simple Ben in a steamer

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

Three years ago Andrew James of Freshwater on Sydney's northern beaches made the surf travel film 30,000. With his brother Richard for company the two drove from Casablanca to Cape Town traversing the entire western side of the African continent. Since then Richard has travelled to Afghanistan to make a frontier snowboarding film while Andrew has immersed himself in another project, one that's all-consuming but far removed from the entertainment industry.