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.

Hashtag Secret Spot

Surfpolitik

Hashtag Secret Spot

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

For surfers, the promises of social media are finally coming true; it's democratising the game and bypassing the old gatekeepers of information. It's also presenting a dramatic new challenge: never mind us crusty old surfing editors looking to increase our readerships, the responsibility to protect secret spots now rests with everybody.

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.