Posts in Surf culture

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.

VIDEO: Critical Slide Society gets slidin’

Posted on April 16th, 2010 in Surf culture, Top stories, Video.

Watching this made me want to go surfin’! These guys look like they’re having so much fun on all kinds of different water vectors.
Kudos to Nathan Oldfield for another good one…

Critical Sliders from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

This is something I made for my friends at The Critical Slide Society. It features the slipperyisms of Sage Joske, Kameron Brown, Brett Calller, Jacob Stuth & Matt Cuddihy.

For more Critical Slide goodness please visit: &

The song is called ‘Let Go’ by The Villainares. For more Villainares shizniz please go to:

Thanks for watching a thing.

You think Sydney’s cold in winter? Check out Nova Scotia.

Posted on March 21st, 2010 in News Stories, Surf culture, Top stories, weird surf.

According to this story from Canada’s CBC TV, Nova Scotia has some great waves during winter. But they’re just a wee bit chilly by Australian standards… an interesting little yarn about how a rural village called Lawrencetown Beach is benefiting from an influx of surfers. Lots of tough Canadian surfers and some very fun looking waves too…

Here’s a teaser:

If you have twenty minutes, the full show is well worth the time to check it out.

Midnight Oil + Violent Femmes = Surf band called Break

Posted on January 23rd, 2010 in News Stories, Surf culture.

Thought this one sounded kinda interesting… Oils and Violent Femmes’ Brian Ritchie are getting together to play original surfin’ music (ie, mostly instrumental).

It’s a union that will delight music fans, surf rats, and festival goers alike. Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey have joined with bass player Brian Ritchie of US group Violent Femmes to form a new surf rock band called The Break. The new band releases its debut album ‘Church Of The Open Sky’ on Friday April 16th on the Bombora label through MGM.

The Break will kick things off with a short stint of gigs in Sydney and surrounds with further dates elsewhere to follow in the coming months. Thursday February 18th – The Harp, Wollongong – Friday February 19th – Fisho’s, Manly – Sunday February 21st – The Annandale, Sydney.

The Break’s album is a unique blend of pulsating psycho surf rock tunes featuring 15 mostly instrumental tracks. The bulk of the album tracks are named after legendary surf breaks. “Cylinders”, the first single from the album, was in fact one of the first tracks created, and will be available from iTunes Australia from Tuesday February 9th. World renowned producer Nick Launay, who of course has worked on many Midnight Oil releases and numerous other renowned acts including Silverchair, Nick Cave and PiL, took ‘Cylinders’ to the mixing desk in a Los Angeles studio to create a mix highlighting the driving guitars and a pounding back beat synonymous with both the surf rock genre and the classic Oils sound.

read more at  Midnight Oil and Violent Femmes Members Form New Band – Break Midnight Oil and Violent Femmes News @


Posted on December 15th, 2009 in Contests, For the Diary, Just for fun, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.

As the off-beach entertainment for the Global Surf Industries Noosa Festival of Surfing, presented by Golden Breed, heats up, with additions to the program coming thick and fast, tickets went on sale on line last week for four ticketed events to be held at the Surf City village at Lions Park.

  • Richard Tognetti’s The Glide, with vision by Jon Frank and Jack McCoy, promises to be an outstanding performance, combining the master violinist’s twin passions for surf and music. Also featuring Satu Vanska and other members of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Supported by Peter Howe and Tim Gaze.
  • Noosa Longboards presents Gidget’s Girls Night Out. A perfect retro fit, featuring special guest Kathy Kohner, (the original Gidget), live music, movies and a ‘50s swimsuit parade.
  • Going Vertical. The world premiere of the long-awaited documentary of the shorboard revolution will be a night to remember for surfers of all ages, with Bob McTavish, Dick Brewer and a host of surf stars in attendance.
  • Saturday Night at Surf City, with six great acts, headlined by The Beautiful Girls and Ash Grunwald. The climax to a week of killer entertainment.

Earlybird ticket prices now available, including a Platinum Pass to all ticketed events for just $165.

Hotline 07 54735676

Nick Carroll: Waimea and other notes…

Posted on December 9th, 2009 in Surf culture, Top stories.

Another terrific piece from Nick Carroll. The boy can write, no two ways about it… Here’s how he starts the story off (link to complete article follows)

Waimea and other notes…

Post by Nick Carroll » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:55 pm

hey gang, thought I’d start one of those chain letters that seem to work so well when you’re reporting from some crazy surfing epicentre. And there’s no epicentre like the North Shore of Oahu right now, as evening settles and a 30-40 foot groundswell absolutely hammers this incredible coastline, setting the stage for what no doubt will tomorrow be one of the sport’s great shows.

But I’m gonna tick the clock back a bit, a day, to Sunday evening in Hawaii, when the swell had yet to hit and there was nothing but rumours swirling and the Civil Defense people were actually considering closing the roads to the North Shore to prevent unnecessary loos of life, limb, or maybe just sanity.

Read the rest of the story here ->  Australia’s Surfing Life Forum • View topic – Waimea and other notes….

Huge waves heading for Hawaii

Posted on December 5th, 2009 in Surf culture, Top stories.

They only hold the Eddie when it's really, really big.

They only hold the Eddie when it's really, really big.

Photo credit: Eddie photo gallery

Could the Eddie be on next week?

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – A pair of enormous ocean swells are brewing in the North Pacific, bringing anticipation that some of the largest waves in years could be hitting the northern shores of the Hawaiian Islands. Forecasters are predicting that Saturday will bring sets of 25-30 feet with waves up to 40 feet in some locations.

An even larger swell is expected to arrive on Monday, continuing into Tuesday and possibly Wednesday. That swell could bring waves in the 30-40 foot range, with some forecasts calling for up to 50 foot faces in some locations.

via Huge waves heading for Hawaii’s shores – Hawaii News Now – KGMB and KHNL Home.

Switch-Foot the book launches in Manly

Posted on December 4th, 2009 in Surf culture, Top stories.
Andrew Crockett

Andrew Crockett

Andrew Crockett is launching his new book – Switch-foot II – about surfing outside the world of competitions and tours. This is Crockett’s second volume and its focus is on the great divide between commercial, competitive surfing and the more laid back, surfing as artform side of the sport.

It features contributions from more than 90 prominent and not so prominent voices. And naturally, being a coffee table book, it also has lots of surfing imagery.

Andrew is doing the big launch at Heritage Surf on December 5, at 2pm.

Heritage Surf Manly is at:

24 Darley Road
02 9977 7623.

BTW, if you miss the launch, you can still catch up with Andrew when he does a book signing at Westfield Bondi Junction’s Angus and Robertson at 1pm.


Posted on November 25th, 2009 in For the Diary, Good causes, Local Colour, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.
by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

by Marcie O'Neill, Aloha Creative Director

RealSurfers, You could own one of these awesome surfboards. During the Manly Festival of Surfing, around town you may have seen some of these incredible works of art. They have been painted and sculpted by some of the best local artists and they need homes from Monday night – 30 November.

That night, Global Surf Industries will host a live auction at the Steyne Hotel and all proceeds will go to the Disabled Surfers Association and Surfaid.

Global Surf Industries, once again, shows their big heart. This is the second year that they have pioneered this event and donated the 30 free surfboards for artists to paint and sculpt.


To place a silent bid, check them out and make your bid at our on-line gallery!

OR attend the final live auction on Monday 30 November at The Steyne Hotel.

On-line bidding closes 4pm (est) Monday 30 November.
Bids can only be trumped in person at the Live Auction Event:
Level 2, The Steyne Hotel, 75 The Corso Manly
6pm Monday 30 November

Here’s a link to the official Manly Festival of Surfing web site:

by Cheralyn Darcey - assemblage artist by Cheralyn Darcey – assemblage artist
by Roger Harvey - freelance cartoonist working in Manly by Roger Harvey – freelance cartoonist working in Manly
Sanchez Sanchez - Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney Sanchez Sanchez – Venezuelan born Visual artist, who now works and lives in Sydney

See them all in the on-line gallery!

– Shari

Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau Announces Invitees and Alternates

Posted on November 18th, 2009 in Contests, News Stories, Surf culture, Surf history, Surf News, Top stories.

What it takes . . .

What it takes . . .

WAIMEA, Oahu/Hawaii (Tuesday, November 17, 2009) – launches today with the announcement of the 28 coveted Invitees and 24 Alternates to this year’s 25th Anniversary celebration of The Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau, fueled by Monster Energy. The ASP sanctioned event will be held on one day, between December 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010, when waves exceed the 20‐foot minimum threshold and Invitees contend for the $98K prize purse. The traditional opening ceremony honoring this silver anniversary will be one to remember, taking place at 2pm, December 3rd, 2009, at Waimea Bay.


Andy Irons, Hawaii

Brian Keaulana, Hawaii

Brock Little, Hawaii

Bruce Irons, Hawaii

Carlos Burle, Brazil

Clyde Aikau, Hawaii

Darryl Virostko, California

Greg Long, California

Jamie O’Brien, Hawaii

Jamie Sterling, Hawaii

Kelly Slater, Florida

Keone Downing, Hawaii

Makuakai Rothman, Hawaii

Mark Healey, Hawaii

Michael Ho, Hawaii

Noah Johnson, Hawaii

Peter Mel, California

Reef McIntosh, Hawaii

Ross Clarke-Jones, Australia

Rusty Keaulana, Hawaii

Shane Dorian, Hawaii

Sunny Garcia, Hawaii

Titus Kinimaka, Hawaii

Tom Carroll, Australia

Grant “Twiggy” Baker, South Africa

Ibon Amatriain, Euskadi

Ramon Navarro, Chile

Takayuki Wakita, Japan


Kala Alexander, Hawaii – Aikau Family Pick

Pancho Sullivan, Hawaii

Garrett McNamara, Hawaii

Kohl Christensen, Hawaii

Dave Wassel, Hawaii

Keoni Watson, Hawaii

Nathan Fletcher, Hawaii

Ian Walsh, Hawaii

Danny Fuller, Hawaii

Kalani Chapman, Hawaii

Taylor Knox, California

Chava Greenlee, Hawaii

Jamie Mitchell, Australia

Myles Padaca, Hawaii

Tony Moniz, Hawaii

Darrick Doerner, Hawaii

Ken “Skin Dog” Collins, California

Ross Williams, Hawaii

Derek Ho, Hawaii

Paul Paterson, Australia

Anthony Tashnick, California

Koby Abberton, Australia

Laurent Pujol, France

Laurie Towner, Australia


Mark Foo, Hawaii

Todd Chesser, Hawaii

Tiger Espere, Hawaii

Jay Moriarty, California

Peter Davi, California

Lester Falatea, Tahiti

Monster Energy will be presenting the Monster Drop Specialty Award for the surfer who makes the most critical drop and rides out of it during the event. The judges will determine the winner the day of the competition and will present the chosen surfer with a unique Monster Drop Specialty Award Trophy.

Held in honor of the legendary Hawaiian waterman, Eddie Aikau, The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau gathers the most skillful and dynamic big‐wave surfers from around the globe. It is the world’s longest running and most prestigious big‐wave invitational.

The universal appeal and strength of “The Eddie” is a testament to the human spirit it honors and that we all seek to connect with: a life lived with passion, dedicated with meaning, and exited from heroically. Just 31 when he lost his life in an attempt to save others, Aikau has physically been gone now for as long as he was here. But far from being forgotten, his life story is now woven into the fabric of Hawaii.

The Eddie has only run seven times in the past 24 years. You don’t want to miss it when the Bay calls the momentous day. Go to for swell updates, happenings from the North Shore, and to sign up for text alerts, to make sure you’re the first to know when the Bay calls the day.

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