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Posted on October 21st, 2009 in Contests, For the Diary, Just for fun, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Who needs a new surfboard???? Now’s your chance.

As part of the Manly Festival of Surfing (5-8 Nov) Global Surf Industries will be sponsoring a 7S One Design event and there are 16 places up for grabs.

The One Design Competition is open to everyone who can surf, basically by entering you go into the draw to win a spot in one of the four heats. If you win your heat you go through to the final and the overall winner gets the Super Fish of their choice.

Go to: to enter.


The 7S Superfish

The 7S Superfish


Posted on October 19th, 2009 in Can you help?, Environment, For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf News, Surf politics, Top stories.
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For example . . .


On Saturday 24 October 2009 Northern Beaches residents will join hundreds of thousands of people from around the world in taking a stand for a safe climate future as part of the largest global day of climate action ever witnessed.

The call to action by both Climate Action Pittwater and Manly Warringah Climate Action Group as well as local surf life saving clubs, and hosted by Pittwater, Warringah and Manly Councils, will spell out the numerals ‘350’ (i.e. 350 parts per million, signifying the safe upper level of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere) via human signs on local beaches.

“People are turning out in great numbers in Australia and around the world on 24 October to call on global leaders to hear the public concern about climate change before the UN talks in Copenhagen in December,” said a spokesperson for the Climate Change Groups.

“Scientists are saying that our current greenhouse emissions at 385ppm are at a dangerous level.
“350 sends a clear message to our community and our leaders that we cannot afford to be skeptical anymore and that we need to set a clear and ambitious goal to work towards at the Copenhagen meeting.
“Individuals and families in every corner of the world will be taking similar action from Mount Everest and the Taj Mahal to the Great Barrier Reef and the Sydney Opera House.”
The Northern Beaches climate action groups have the support of local Mayors, Councils, politicians and community groups who will be gathering at three locations (Mona Vale beach, Dee Why beach, and North Steyne beach) at 3.00pm on Saturday 24 October.

The events are three of more than 2,000 rallies in more than 140 nations coordinated by the organization ‘’ and urging world leaders to take fast and effective action on climate change.
“This is the first global campaign ever organised around a scientific data point,” said the climate change group spokesperson.
“It’s also significant that we organize the human signs on our local beaches as increasing sea levels will see our iconic beaches disappear in the future.
“Everyone has a responsibility in combating climate change. We can each make a difference to reducing our own carbon footprints.
“We are encouraging the residents of the Northern Beaches to register their interest and to join us on this day so that we can to get our world back to 350 and a safe climate future.”
To find out more about ‘350’ go to

To register go to:
Dee Why Beach;
Manly Beach
Mona Vale Beach
Spokespersons to contact include:
Iain McGregor (Manly): 0400 481 259.
Kirsten Evans (Dee Why): 0438 177 088.
Linda Haefeli (Pittwater) 0409 815 119.
To make the sign more effective it would be suitable to wear something black, green, blue or red on the day.
For media information contact Ron Krueger on 0418 617 680.
“The gathering of world leaders in Copenhagen for the UN Climate Change Conference in December this year offers what may be the last, best chance for determining concerted action to prevent the worst effects of global warming.
Representing a coastal community likely to be profoundly affected by rising sea levels, Manly Council is committed to developing strategies that promote the conservation of the natural environment to benefit current and future generations; including long term considerations of climate change.
Therefore, as the Mayor of Manly, I fully support the objectives of the ‘350’ campaign and encourage all who love Manly to come along and take part on the day.” – Jean Hay, Mayor of Manly
I am proud to support this initiative and encourage Warringah residents to take a stand on the sand on the day.” – Michael Regan, Mayor of Warringah.
“I encourage Pittwater residents to get behind this great initiative and to send a clear message that we need to limit our emissions to avoid runaway climate change.” – Harvey Rose, Mayor of Pittwater.
“This event is a great opportunity for the Northern Beaches community to show their support for more action on climate change. The lack of public transport on the Peninsula means more cars are clogging up the roads and that has to change. Our beautiful local environment is why we love living on the Northern Beaches and it must be protected for future generations.” – Mike Baird, Member for Manly

“Our coastline and particularly beaches are hugely threatened by rising sea levels and the predicted more numerous and potent storms bought on by climate change and here is an unmissable chance to send your message.” -Brendan Donohue, Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches Chapter.
“Mona Vale SLSC is proud to be hosting Pittwater’s 350 event. Surf Life Saving Clubs, by their very nature, are particularly vulnerable to coastal erosion and the probable implications of sea level rise. Becoming involved in this public display of climate change action raises the awareness of our 700+ members and their families. Surf Lifesavers and ‘Nippers’ all have a role to play in addressing climate change, and this event is another way MVSLSC is taking action”. – Jon Dibbs – President and Life Member of Mona Vale Surf Life Saving Club.
Founded by author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, is the first large-scale grassroots global campaign against climate change. Its supporters include leading scientists, the governments of 89 countries, and a huge variety of environmental, health, development and religious NGOs. All agree that current atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases—385 parts per million—are causing damage to the planet and to its most vulnerable people, and that government action at the Copenhagen climate conference is required to bring the earth’s carbon level swiftly down.

Morning of the Earth – LIVE at Manly

Posted on October 15th, 2009 in Advertorial, For the Diary, Just for fun, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
Tickets at

Tickets at

Buy tickets NOW or you could miss out!!!

North Head Sanctuary, North Head Scenic Drive, Manly
Sunday November 8, 2009 – 4:30pm

A worldwide icon of surfing, this seminal 70s surfing movie, Morning of the Earth, which was originally premiered at Manly Silver Screen Theatre in 1972, is now to be reborn as a live music and film event at the iconic North Head Sanctuary as a sunset concert on the green.

Almost 40 years later, the film is still regarded as the holy grail of surf movies and soundtracks.  Created by Australian film maker, Albert Falzon, the film changed the way we relate to surfing showing that surfing was more than a sport — it was also an attitude to life.

The Morning of the Earth Live Concert event will bring to life the full-length film played as the backdrop to performances of the full soundtrack by original writers and performers Brian Cadd and Tim Gaze (Tamam Shud). They are joined on stage by Mike Rudd from Spectrum, brilliant Aussie newcomers Lior and Old Man River and a group of outstanding musicians. Together they create an atmosphere of the 70’s lived out in the sound and sight of today.
The event is a sunset concert on the green, to be held in the beautiful surrounds of North Head Sanctuary.  Set on a huge green field, amongst the old Royal School of Artillery at iconic North Head, bring your picnic blanket to soak up a beautiful summer sunset in this huge field, right on the edge of the ocean.  Food and drink for your picnic experience will be available on the site.  Organisers have also made available a concession ticket for children under 12 in an effort to encourage a family environment.
There will be free STA buses operating from all the key public transport and car parking hubs to get you to the site.  All you have to do is get yourself to Manly!

The Morning of the Earth Live Concert Event is the highlight of The Manly Festival of Surfing.  From November 5 to 8, join legends of the surf and local enthusiasts for one massive celebration of Australian culture.
In what is hoped to be the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Manly extends an open invitation to all Australians to a non-stop mix of not only board-riding itself, but of music, fashion, art, film and literature too.
Tickets for the Morning of the Earth Live Concert Event are available through and are on sale from Wednesday September 23, 2009.

For more information, log onto or
For further enquiries regarding the Morning of the Earth Concert or the Manly Festival of Surfing, please contact:
Megan Clancy on 02 9977 4969 or 0409 977 282 – [email protected], or
Chris Moss on 02 9948 2343 or 0414 402 664 – [email protected]


Make Waves for Manly’s Festival of Surfing – 5-8 Nov 2009

Posted on September 17th, 2009 in Contests, For the Diary, Local Colour, News Stories, Site News, Surf culture, Surf News, Top stories.

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Manly NSW — This November, join legends of the surf and local enthusiasts for one massive celebration of Australian culture. Presented by Global Surf Industries, with thanks to Manly Council, the Manly Festival of Surfing is hitting shores from November 5 to 8, 2009. And Don and Shari from RealSurf will be there too!

 As the Global Surf Industries mantra goes, “life is better when you surf”, so what better way to put this motto into action and celebrate our national pastime than by staging a huge four day, action-packed event in Australia’s spiritual birthplace of surfing – and one of the most beautiful spots in the world – Manly.

In what they hope to be the biggest festival of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, Manly extends an open invitation to all Australians to a non-stop mix of not only board-riding itself, but of music, fashion, art, film and literature too.

Best bit? It’s an event for everyone. Following a paddle-out ceremony for one and all to kick things off, there’ll be loads (and loads) of awesome stuff to do. Daily surf lessons will be a must-do, plus you can take in a surf documentary at Manly Cinema, chow down at a first-class dinner with some of our true surfing legends with the likes of Tom Carroll, Layne Beachley and Damien Hardman or stick around until dark for night surfing demos.

To soak up even more of Manly’s surf history spanning almost a century, the Manly Surf Club and The Manly Art Gallery will be open for all to view during the festival period. If you’re looking to take a small piece of this incredible surf festival home, 30 surfboard artworks from various local artists have been created and scattered throughout Manly’s shop fronts, which will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surf Aid International.

The public will also have the opportunity to test all of the latest and greatest board models available from extremely popular 7s Fishes through to the wild and wonderful Meyerhoffer longboard designs, courtesy of major surfboard distributors including Manly’s very own –Global Surf Industries.

If you haven’t  caught the super contagious surfing bug after all of that, grab a ticket, kick back and soak up the atmosphere of the 1970’s film classic Morning Of The Earth. This visual masterpiece will be played as the backdrop to the live performance of the original soundtrack, which will be played live by the original writers and performers Brian Cadd and Tim Gaze.

Grab your board (and your festival spirit) and join celebrities Wayne Gardner, Bob McTavish and a host of surfing experts to watch a community come together for the inaugural Manly Festival of Surfing. ‘Cos surfing isn’t just a sport – it’s a way of life!


For more information, log onto

For media enquiries please call Luke Dean-Weymark at Use My Mind on 02 8399 0411 or 0412 062 200.

For event enquires please call Meegan Clancy on 0409 977 282.

Barton Lynch at Surfrider Northern Beaches

Posted on August 21st, 2009 in Environment, For the Diary, Top stories.
Photo: Surfing Australia

Photo: Surfing Australia

Former world surfing champion Barton Lynch will be coming along to the Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches public meeting on Wednesday 2 September. This meeting is open to anyone who’s interested in coming along to hear from Barton and learn a little about Surfrider Foundation.

Barton will give a brief talk about his career and his recent to visit to Costa Rica with the Australian surfing team as well as the role he sees for Surfrider Foundation in the surfing community.
Barton has had a long association with Surfrider Foundation
and it will be great to have him along to meet the Surfrider NB crew. We will be heading off to The Sands Hotel for a post meeting drink or two afterwards.

Event: Surfrider Foundation Northern Beaches Chapter meeting
Time/Date: 7.45 pm on Wed 2 September
Venue: North narrabeen Surf Club (Upstairs)

Check out Barton’s sites:,