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The Great Shark Debate

Posted on April 8th, 2014 in Surf News.

Do you get wound up at shark nets? Well TONIGHT you can attend a “community info session” at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium tonight to hear a debate about all the methods and more See  

The night will consist of a series of short talks, stories and presentations by:

– Marine ecologist Prof Dave Booth (UTS)
– Shark incident policy researcher Chris Neff (USyd)
– Director of Fisheries Research Dr Bob Creese (NSW DPI)
– Lobbyist Alexia Wellbelove (Humane Society International)
– CEO of the Australian Aerial Patrol Harry Mitchell

Each will provide information to unpack the shark management programs that are deployed in NSW, Qld and WA. There’ll be opportunities for audience Q & A during and after the event.

Date: Tuesday 8th April
When: 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Where: SEA LIFE Sydney Aquarium
Cost: By donation.



Posted on October 29th, 2011 in Surf News.

Reigning 10-time ASP world champion Kelly Slater is almost certain to clinch another world crown at this week’s Rip Curl Search in San Francisco and FUEL TV will be the only place to see this momentous feat LIVE.

Slater needs only a ninth place finish at the penultimate ASP World Tour event to achieve the unthinkable of winning 11 world titles. FUEL TV will ensure fans don’t miss a minute of the action with LIVE coverage commencing daily at 1.30am AEDT from November 2*.

On Slater’s imminent achievement, FUEL TV presenter and former world champion, Mark “Occy” Occhilupo said the win will entrench Slater as one of the greatest sportsmen of all time.

“Kelly has dominated our sport as much, if not more, than anyone else has done in other sports and an 11th world crown will make him one of the most successful athletes of all time.

“It’s amazing what he has achieved and I don’t think people will ever get to see a better surfer in action,” Occy said.

FUEL TV Channel Manager, Adam Howarth, said the home of surfing on Australian television ensured fans will see one of the greatest moments in sporting history LIVE







*LIVE coverage daily from 1.30am AEDT (November 2 – 6) and from 2.30am AEDT (November 7 – 13)

Vale Andy Irons

Posted on November 3rd, 2010 in At large, News Flash, Surf News, Top stories.

The three-time world champ Andy Irons seems to have contracted dengue fever and has died as he was making his way home from the ASP event in Puerto Rico.

Irons who had been too ill to compete in the event is said in media reports to have decided to return to Hawaii for treatment by his own doctors. He got as far as Dallas but was too sick to fly on and this morning Sydney time he was discovered dead in his hotel room.

According to an account in the SMH Irons had flown to Miami from Puerto Rico and had spent a couple days on a drip before insisting that he get back to his own doctor in Hawaii. He missed a connecting flight and checked into the hotel.

According to a story running in the Australian Irons was one of at least five people on the tour who have been battling “a debilitating mystery illness in the past three weeks”.

The list of affected people includes Chris Davidson, South African Travis Logie, Kelly Slater’s girlfriend Kalani Miller and Owen Wright who is quoted as saying “I almost didn’t turn up for this event myself,” he said from his hotel room in Puerto Rico. “There had been a bout of this going round from Portugal. It didn’t hit me as a surprise that Andy was sick.”

About dengue fever

Dengue fever (pronounced UK: /ˈdɛŋɡeɪ/, US: /ˈdɛŋɡiː/) and dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) are acute febrile diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, which occur in the tropics, can be life-threatening, and are caused by four closely related virus serotypes of the genus Flavivirus, family Flaviviridae.[1] It was identified and named in 1779. It is also known as breakbone fever, since it can be extremely painful. Unlike malaria, dengue is just as prevalent in the urban districts of its range as in rural areas. source: Wikipedia


Infection with the dengue virus may be subclinical (no apparent symptoms) or may cause illness ranging from a mild fever to a severe, even fatal condition, ie.dengue haemorrhagic fever or dengue shock syndrome.

The symptoms may last up to a week. Some people may experience a resurgence of fever and other symptoms that may last another 2-3 days.

See a doctor immediately if you or anyone
in your family have any symptoms of dengue

Dengue fever symptoms

Symptoms are most commonly seen in adults and older children. Young children may show no symptoms. Typical symptoms may include:

sudden onset of fever (lasting three to seven days)
intense headache (especially behind the eyes)
muscle and joint pain (ankles, knees and elbows)
unpleasant metallic taste in mouth, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhoea, abdominal pain
flushed skin on face and neck, fine skin rash as fever subsides
rash on arms and legs, severe itching, peeling of skin and hair loss
minor bleeding (nose or gums) and heavy menstrual periods
extreme fatigue

Dengue haemorrhagic fever symptoms

This is a rare complication of dengue in Australia. More commonly seen in children aged under 15 years, but can occur in adults. Symptoms include:

same signs as dengue fever
2-5 days after onset of fever, rapid deterioration and cardiovascular disease
perhaps shock and sometimes death.

Source: Queensland Government Health Information site</blockquote>

I just got back from the beach, so am now working through stories about it. Will update this post as I go. -Don

Jordy Smith Takes Maiden Win and ASP Lead at Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay

Posted on July 20th, 2010 in News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

JEFFREYS BAY, South Africa (Sunday, July 18, 2010) – Jordy Smith (ZAF), 22, has claimed his maiden ASP elite victory, taking out the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay over Adam Melling (AUS), 25, in front of a capacity hometown crowd.
Event No. 4 of 10 on the 2010 ASP World Tour, the Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay was nothing but blaring Vuvuzelas and roars from the bluff as these two titans went tit-for-tat in an incredible Final exchange. The young South African proved the victor, dominating from the outset and securing an emotional first win.
“This is the best day of my life,” Smith said. “The crowd on the beach has been supporting me the last few days and hearing the cheers and the Vuvuzelas just gets me fired up to perform. It feels like they’re pushing me along. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
The most experienced surfer at Jeffreys Bay, Smith left very little to chance in the Final against Melling, opening his account with a blazing 8.90 before backing it up with some scintillating forehand surfing for a 9.03. The combination of scores (17.93 out of a possible 20) proved insurmountable for Melling.
“I knew the swell was dying and I had to take advantage of every wave that came through,” Smith said. “Adam (Melling) is such a dangerous surfer. He’s been in form all day and I knew that if he got the waves, he would get the scores. I went out there knowing I had to open up strong.”
After taking the ratings’ lead over former nine-time ASP World Champion Kelly Slater (USA), 38, yesterday, Smith solidified his position as the ASP World No. 1 with today’s emphatic victory.
“It definitely is a different feeling,” Smith said. “To be chasing the lead and defending the lead are two different things. It’s a long year ahead and you can’t count anyone out until it’s over. I’m going to enjoy this feeling for now.”
Smith’s Final’s berth almost never was, as the big South African was comboed by lethal Australian Bede Durbidge (AUS), 27, with four minutes remaining in their Semifinal clash. Catching two waves in under a minute, Smith unloaded a barrage of aerials and forehand blasts to claw his way back into the lead.
“I’m still not too sure what happened – it’s all a blur,” Smith said. “I got that first one where I did the little grab air that I didn’t think was good, but the judges scored the whole wave pretty well. Then I backed it up and put everything I had into it.”
Melling’s “Cinderella” climb to the Finals was nothing short of sensational. Rated a lowly 41st on the ASP World Title Race rankings heading into Jeffreys Bay, the 2010 ASP Dream Tour rookie powered his way through five rounds of competition before coming short in the Final. His Runner-Up finish sees him bumped up to ASP World No. 19, well inside the safety zone for the dreaded mid-year field reduction.
“The ocean didn’t cooperate with me in the Final so that’s a shame but I couldn’t be happier,” Melling said. “We had amazing waves and to get the best result of my career is huge. I came into Jeffreys with a long road ahead if I were to make the mid-year cut-off, and now that I’m 19th, I feel like I have a bit of a buffer heading into Tahiti. I worked really hard to get here and I want to stay here.”
Durbidge suffered one of the hardest losses of the event, having defeat snatched from the jaws of victory by a last-minute crusade by Smith. Despite the bitter loss, Durbidge’s Equal 3rd vaults him from 10th to 7th on the ASP World Title Race rankings heading into the fifth event of the year.
“I had him comboed with only four minutes to go,” Durbidge said. “He took off on that one-footer and pulled that ‘Superman’ air and finished off well, then came out and got another one. I think he got two waves in a minute or something. It’s a hard way to lose, but Semifinals is my best result of the year and it’s something to build on. The focus is on Tahiti now.”
Taj Burrow (AUS), 32, consistently wowed audiences with his performance from Round 1 onwards, collecting the event’s highest heat total in yesterday’s Round 4. Despite today’s Semifinal loss at the hands of Melling, the Western Australian moves up to ASP World No. 2 heading into Tahiti.

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Final Results:
1 – Jordy Smith (ZAF) 17.93
2 – Adam Melling (AUS) 10.00

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Semifinal Results:
SF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 14.83 def. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 14.40
SF 2: Adam Melling (AUS) 14.00 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 10.67

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Quarterfinal Results:
QF 1: Jordy Smith (ZAF) 16.43 def. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 9.20
QF 2: Bede Durbidge (AUS) 12.17 def. Sean Holmes (ZAF) 11.83
QF 3: Taj Burrow (AUS) 11.00 def. Dane Reynolds (USA) 3.66
QF 4: Adam Melling (AUS) 16.43 def. Damien Hobgood (USA) 5.67

Billabong Pro Jeffreys Bay Remaining Round 4 Results:
Heat 8: Adam Melling (AUS) 17.07 def. Dusty Payne (HAW) 11.50

Current ASP World Title Race Top 5 (after South Africa):
1. Jordy Smith (ZAF) 28500 pts
2. Taj Burrow (AUS) 24750 pts
3. Kelly Slater (USA) 23500 pts
4. Dane Reynolds (USA) 20000 pts
5. Adriano de Souza (BRA) 19500 pts
6. Mick Fanning (AUS) 19250 pts
7. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 18750 pts
8. Bobby Martinez (USA) 16500 pts
9. Jadson Andre (BRA) 16000 pts
10. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 14750 pts

Denny Aaberg IN STORE at Heritage Surf – June 27

Posted on June 15th, 2010 in News Stories, Surf culture, Surf News, Top stories.

Denny Aaberg, co-author of Big Wednesday, will be at Heritage Surf in Manly to celebrate the 40th anniversary of George Greenough’s The Innermost Limits of Pure Fun. See the making of this great film, meet Denny, own a piece of surfing history. See below and visit Heritage Surf Australia.

NZ-built UK surf reef criticised by experts | NATIONAL News

Posted on May 19th, 2010 in Surf News.

Who hasn’t dreamt of a perfect man-made reef at some unsurfable but consistent spot? Surfers and local officialdom in Bournemouth UK had such a dream. But the results? Well…

The performance of a three million pound $NZ6.2m New Zealand-built artificial surf reef at a British tourist beach has been sub-standard, according to Bournemouth Borough Council.

via NZ-built UK surf reef criticised by experts | NATIONAL News.

On TV tonight? Shipstern craziness

Posted on May 13th, 2010 in At large, News Stories, Surf News.

Film maker Tim Bonython sent through the following message, along with a framegrab of one Mikie Brennan freefalling into the madness that is Shipsterns just a few days ago.

Footage sent but cannot guarrantee will be shown will be Josiah Schmucker, Mark Mathews, Mark Healey & Mikie Brennan’s crazy ( XXL Ride of the Year candidate) ride.

Oh dear…. investigation launched into Sydney shark attack claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Posted on February 11th, 2010 in Local Colour, News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

This item can be read in its entirety on the ABC web site. Intriguing to see who was on the scene with a camera too.

Investigation launched into Sydney shark attack claims

By Sean Rubinsztein-Dunlop

Authorities are investigating a surfer’s claim that he was attacked by a shark on Sydney’s Northern Beaches this morning.

Paul Welsh, 46, told a newspaper he had to cling to a rock to fight off a shark that he said had latched itself onto his leg.

Mr Welsh allegedly emerged from the water with a gash to his left leg around 8:00am (AEDT) at the Mona Vale Basin.

A New South Wales Health spokesman says the man had already sold his story to Channel Nine News by the time his wife had driven him to hospital.


Police are helping the Primary Industries Department with its investigation. They initially told the media the man had been attacked by a four-foot shark.

Shark spotter Michael Brown earlier told the ABC he was in the water with his 13-year-old son when he saw “a whole lot of thrashing”.

“It’s launched straight up into him, knocked him out of the water and then latched onto his leg, and luckily, he had a chance to grab onto a rock and the shark’s actually thrashing, trying to drag him back into the water,” he said.

“He’s managed to release himself from the shark and crawl up onto the rocks and just had a big bite mark in his leg and blood just streaming out of it.”

Mr Brown said he believed the animal was a two-metre-long great white shark.

As the director of SurfWatch Australia, an organisation that patrols for sharks and charges people for helicopter joyrides, Mr Brown has been agitating against the State Government for greater protections against sharks.

After three attacks in Sydney last year, he accused the Government of ignoring an email that had warned of a sharp increase in shark numbers.

via Investigation launched into Sydney shark attack claims – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

Bonython catches it massive in HI

Posted on February 2nd, 2010 in News Stories, Surf News, Top stories.

Renown surf movie maker Tim Bonython just sent this email around to his list. In case you didn’t see it, here’s what he has to say…

Hi everyone,

I have just returned home from Hawaii after shooting some of the BIGGEST SURF EVER!


& if you miss it watch SPORTS TONIGHT on CH 10 or SKY NEWS on Fox.

DONT MISS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And here’s a little snap be pulled from the footage…

Mavericks contest founder sues ex-partners

Posted on January 21st, 2010 in News Stories, Surf News.

Jeff Clark first paddled into the mammoth waves at Mavericks as a boy of 17, then surfed alone there for 15 years. This was long before the spot north of Half Moon Bay graced magazine covers, hosted one of the sport&apos;s blockbuster events and made Clark famous.

Now Clark is alone again.

The 52-year-old owner of a Half Moon Bay surf shop has waded into the courts in an effort to resolve the dispute that prompted his ouster last year from the surf contest he created – a quarrel as nasty as a plunge from the lip of a 40-footer.

In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in San Francisco Superior Court, Clark seeks damages from contest operator Mavericks Surf Ventures and three of its top officials. He claims they froze him out of the event and owe him tens of thousands of dollars in salary and royalties.

follow link for whole story Mavericks contest founder sues ex-partners.