Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Winter Brings Us Surfing Joy; It's a Little Bit Easier to Get a Wave as Tourist Numbers Dwindle

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Winter Brings Us Surfing Joy; It's a Little Bit Easier to Get a Wave as Tourist Numbers Dwindle

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BEING the first week of this column The Ed suggested I write a little introduction about myself. But I have to admit, well, for this bloke at least, the old salty dog surf cred thingy has become a rather tired cliche. So let's just keep it really simple instead.

I'm into my fifth decade as a surfer. I write about it, take photos of it, publish stuff about it, coached it, design boards for it, talk about it and as my family would say, devote far too much of my life to it. Okay, embarrassing bit done, let's get down to it.

We're currently heading into winter on the North Coast. Maybe not a season the business end of town is too fussed about, but I digress. For us surfers, it's a joyous time of year. A chill in the air is just the thing to keep numbers in the line-up to a more manageable level. The winds, if we're lucky, tend to swing more to the west opening up those sweet little favourite spots that we all keep hush about. Huey may also send a few lows driving up the coast from the Antarctic bringing us some long thick powerful lines. …

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