Establishing Shot

posted by / News / February 28, 2011

Dusty Payne redefining Surfer's Paradise. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Dusty Payne redefining Surfer's Paradise. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Dean Morrison before the crutches and the torn MCL. Get well soon Dean. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Dean Morrison before the crutches and the torn MCL. Get well soon Dean. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Craig Anderson airs out before rocking out. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Craig Anderson airs out before rocking out. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Yep, it's warm, sandy and the beaches are paved in bikinis. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Yep, it's warm, sandy and the beaches are paved in bikinis. PHOTO: Tom Carey

This is what happens when you go to a metal show. PHOTO: Tom Carey

This is what happens when you go to a metal show. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Not everyone in Australia is a hipster. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Not everyone in Australia is a hipster. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Craig Anderson and Mitch Coleborn: About to run to the hills. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Craig Anderson and Mitch Coleborn: About to run to the hills. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Slayer at the Soundwave Festival in Brisbane. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Slayer at the Soundwave Festival in Brisbane. PHOTO: Tom Carey

From the soundboard during Iron Maiden's set. PHOTO: Tom Carey

From the soundboard during Iron Maiden's set. PHOTO: Tom Carey

F--k yeah that's Iron Maiden. PHOTO: Tom Carey

F--k yeah that's Iron Maiden. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Iron Maiden. PHOTO: Tom Carey

Iron Maiden. PHOTO: Tom Carey

More Maiden PHOTO: Tom Carey

More Maiden PHOTO: Tom Carey

Legendary surf photog Peter Crawford's son Justin at Insight's "Get Off My Cloud" Exhibition, going on at D Bar Gallery until March 13th. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Legendary surf photog Peter Crawford's son Justin at Insight's "Get Off My Cloud" Exhibition, going on at D Bar Gallery until March 13th. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Balaram Stack hates the stairs. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Balaram Stack hates the stairs. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Mick Fanning's filmer Shagga checking the forecast. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Mick Fanning's filmer Shagga checking the forecast. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

The Superbank...? not looking so hot, but could be improvement by Wednesday. We hope. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

The Superbank...? not looking so hot, but could be improvement by Wednesday. We hope. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Settling in for a 5 days flat spell takes supplies. And free hats. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Settling in for a 5 days flat spell takes supplies. And free hats. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Kai Neville enjoying an import. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Kai Neville enjoying an import. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Brad Dougherty, Mitch Coleborn and Tom Carey, the calm before the Iron Maiden and Slayer storm. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Brad Dougherty, Mitch Coleborn and Tom Carey, the calm before the Iron Maiden and Slayer storm. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Tom Whitaker partaking in the most plentiful nectar on the Gold Coast: Corona. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

Tom Whitaker partaking in the most plentiful nectar on the Gold Coast: Corona. PHOTO: Steve Sherman

 

From the Editor, Travis FerreFrom the Editor is your passenger seat for a ride at the world’s greatest job, with SURFING Magazine’s Editor in Chief, Travis Ferré

 

We’re on the 50-yard line at Snapper. Top floor. Best seat in town. Fat cats, overlooking one of the best waves in the world during the kickoff for the 2011 ASP World Tour season. WARNING: I’m going to say a bad word and a good word back to back, I’m so excited about this: FUCK YES! Sprinkled across the land are girls bounding around barefoot in bikinis — some with surfboards, most without. Surf stars are around every other corner. So many surf stars. And out on the horizon, looking straight onto our balcony, is the beacon of sin: Surfer’s Paradise, a metropolis of bad decisions just begging you to partake, like a siren on the rocks, with an accent and no top on. And with the forecast looking as dismal as it does, there will be more than a few surfers (writers, photographers, filmmakers) answering the call.

We’ve been here for 24 hour and can say for certain that everyone is here. Well, everyone except Dane and Andy. But for sure everyone else. It is sad to think two of the most un-cuffed and raw surfers on tour are absent for this event. You can literally feel their absence and it’s sobering to be watching heats knowing that neither one of them is coming up next. I miss their earnest interviews and disregard for surfing like they’re in contest jerseys. I miss Dane’s beer-fueled commentary and Andy’s passion for destroying heats. We all do. I wish Dane and Andy were here…I wish Dane and Andy were here…I wish Dane and Andy were here…

But the show must go on, and there are plenty of shows going on. Kai Neville left his editing dungeon yesterday to enjoy a Coors Light I’d smuggled over from California for him (he’s a big fan of the purple mountains). “I’ve been locked in my editing bay for like three days straight,” he told us as we watched the sunset on our first day in Coolangatta. He’s getting closer to wrapping up Lost Atlas, with only a few more trips in the works before it’s premiere later this year.

And just to explain how much you can pack into the 13 hours of daylight and 11 hours of night on the Gold Coast, I give you this rundown of our activities:

* We saw Slayer and Iron Maiden with Mitch Coleborn and Craig Anderson at the Soundwave Music Festival. Our staff photographer Tom Carey had his faith in surfing renewed when Craig Anderson, Mitch and Balaram Stack charged the pit like hessian warriors. Craig came out with two different shoes.

* We went out to Neverland with “yo-yo-yo-yo-yo” New Yorker Balaram Stack.

* Attended an art gallery hosted by Insight called “Get Off My Cloud” featuring some rad Peter Crawford images painted over by his son Justin Crawford.

* Had awkward interactions with Malibu’s style chancellor Dillon Perillo, who put his conversation skills in perspective for me when he said, “Stalefishes are hard for me to do, they’re like having a normal conversation. I just can’t do them right now.” More with Dillon soon. He’s an interesting one.

* We spent the daylight hours in Byron Bay surfing and staring at girls. Did you know they just lay out topless while you rip blue warm waves over white sand? Seriously, this place exists. It’s in Australia! You should come see.

* Wednesday night we’ll be on hand to see who wins the $100,000 for the best Innersection part.

* We’ll then snag a peek at Dion Agius’s movie Thanks for the Dinner and the Sex, and then Josh Kerr’s movie Kerrazy.

* We’ll try to catch an MGMT show in Byron.

* Surf many of the puntable beachbreaks between here and there.

* Look at more girls.

* Sink a few more Coronas. Aussies love Corona, it’s weird. Maybe it’s because they’re handing them out all over town. Or maybe because they’re giving away free hats with purchase of a carton. Either way.

* And when the event is on, we’ll be right here, 50-yard line, high-fiving and cheering.

 

All the while we’ll be thinking of you and wondering why you’re not here. Keep checking back in, we’ll be right here at ground zero for the next two weeks. And if you see Dane, tell him to get well soon. I wish Dane and Andy were here…I wish Dane and Andy were here….I wish Dane and Andy were here…. —Travis Ferré

 

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5 Responses to “Establishing Shot”

  1. Cal says:

    Give me my five minutes back, you groupie.

  2. dave says:

    but please take the time for a dumb comment…

  3. yeah guy says:

    i didnt read the bullet point where sit down at your computer and produce a well written and worthwhile piece of publication. i am glad to read that my $8 per year subscription money and the advertising cents you get from me clicking through the ads on this site are being well spent. lastly… Slayer and MGMT, how many outfits did you take with you? Wow. P-O-S-E-R.

  4. Rhys says:

    Yeah, I can’t explan the Corona devotion either. I think Australians have become use to their beers not tasting like anything much. But if those Corona drinkers ever travel to Europe their tongues and minds are going to explode.

  5. dude says:

    All black to Slayer. Then maybe something cute from Rake for MGMT.

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