Billabong reduced to a ripple

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Billabong reduced to a ripple

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Stu Nettle

Billabong today anounced that it had begun exclusive talks with one of its takeover bidders, ex-head of its North American division, Paul Naude, and his backers, Sycamore Partners. The move is a sign that the Billabong saga is finally drawing to a close. The deal, if it holds, will see Naude acquire the beleaguered company for $0.60 a share valuing Billabong at just $287 million, a paltry sum for a once-mighty company worth $5 billion only five years ago.

Maldives Swell Report

The day's are getting shorter and the water getting cooler, winter is drawing near. It's about now that surfers start thinking of warmer climes and for many that means the warm-water perfection of The Maldives. 

Maldives Swell Report

The day's are getting shorter and the water getting cooler, winter is drawing near. It's about now that surfers start thinking of warmer climes and for many that means the warm-water perfection of The Maldives. 

Longboarders, Legropes and the Law

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Longboarders, Legropes and the Law

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Stu Nettle

This is an article about blame and responsibility. I was provoked into writing it after getting hit by a loose surfboard at Manly Beach on a midsummer Sunday. As all right-thinking surfers know, the chances of getting hit are greatly increased when surfing at such an hour. Therefore, if first principles are to be observed I'm at fault simply for being out there.

Priority Rules, OK?

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Priority Rules, OK?

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

It was the defining moment of the Quiksilver Pro final: Joel Parkinson, standing tall in a clean Kirra barrel, sticking his middle finger up at Kelly Slater who was just about to drop in on him.

Of course the photo has a back story...

Bob McTavish: Under The Influence

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Bob McTavish: Under The Influence

Surfpolitik
Stu Nettle

Recently Surfing Australia held its annual awards night. As it was their 50th anniversary Surfing Australia marked the milestone with a special presentation, 'Australia's Ten Most Influential Surfers.' Bob McTavish was deemed Australia's tenth most influential surfer, and, as they were announced in reverse order, he was the first to accept his award. Bob began his speech by opening up on an old topic: Is surfing a sport or an art? As the speech progressed it felt like we were heading toward an awkward faux pas, a black mark on a black tie night.

Richard Grellman: A chat with the outgoing head of the ASP

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Richard Grellman: A chat with the outgoing head of the ASP

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Stu Nettle

"I don't really know what we're doing here, Stuart."

This wasn't the interview I'd intended it to be. Three days before those words were spoken I'd arranged to meet with Richard Grellman, Executive Chairman and acting head of the ASP. It was an easy interview to secure and I quickly found out why; the following day Paul Speaker of ZoSea was announced as new CEO of the ASP and Grellman was relinquished of his top dog duties.

I continued with the the interview anyway...

Nikon Surf Photo of the Year - Finalists

The Australian Surfing Awards are being held next Wednesday night and a popular feature of the night will be the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year. The Nikon Surf Photo of the Year showcases the finest work taken by Australia's best surf photographers during the past 12 months.

The judging panel includes 15 members of the surfing community including competitor, industry and media representatives. These are the finalists.

Nikon Surf Photo of the Year - Finalists

The Australian Surfing Awards are being held next Wednesday night and a popular feature of the night will be the Nikon Surf Photo of the Year. The Nikon Surf Photo of the Year showcases the finest work taken by Australia's best surf photographers during the past 12 months.

The judging panel includes 15 members of the surfing community including competitor, industry and media representatives. These are the finalists.