Shocking: Sunshine Coast Surf Mural Vandalised For Second Time . (Via LiQUiFY)

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in LiQUiFY, News, Spinksy's Blog | 0 comments

The Sunshine Coast community awoke this morning to learn that Owen Cavanagh’s famous surf mural has been destroyed for the second time in as many months, with graffiti vandals defacing the artwork with spraypaint tags. Artist Owen Cavanagh first brushed the piece in 2001, a homage to the Sunshine Coast waves and Old Woman Island seascape. Less than a month ago, he was forced to travel from his home in Gladstone to restore the mural, which was left in a tagged mess when brainless vandals covered it with crap. Today the sad state of affairs has repeated, as the lowlife vandals have struck again. Know who did this? Call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 The iconic mural, in the canefield near Pacific Paradise by the Sunshine Motorway, is now on council land and is reportedly planned to be incorporated in the new airport developments.   In a cruel twist of fate, Mr Cavanah was involved in a serious car accident earlier this month when he returned to fix the mural, spending the night in a ditch on the side of the road after his 4WD flipped – it didn’t stop him gathering with the community and fixing the artwork days later. Owen and his girlfriend were lucky to be aliveafter the accident in the early hours of the morning. One of the rear wheels of their Nissan had actually detached at speed on the highway, just north of Gin Gin, with his girlfriend driving at the time. “I’d just nodded off and as I came to, I thought the wheels had gone off the side of the road , but one of the rear wheels decided it didn’t want to be part of the car anymore,” Mr Cavanagh told the Sunshine Coast Daily. “The wheel was grinding across the bitumen on the hub and it made us swerve to the right into oncoming traffic, but Natasha managed to bring it back and we’ve gone down the bank, done a full somersault and ended up back on the roof,” he said. Whilst again the community is seething over the latest vandalism, thoughts turn to catching the culprits. Facebook readers have already highlighted that the local grafitti scene is pretty tight and there must be a lot of people who know who has done this. If you see or know of anyone or anything to do with this, you are urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 READ MORE – Vandals make a mess of Coast mural masterpiece Via Sunshine Coast Daily SOURCE VIA –      Share this: Like...

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Damien Hobgood Puts on a Barrel-Riding Clinic in Indonesia

Posted by on Nov 15, 2015 in News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing, Surfing News | 0 comments

Contrary to popular belief, our favorite identical twins are not Mary-Kate and Ashley. It’s not Kelly Slater and Vin Diesel, either. Our favorite twins are none other than Damien and CJ Hobgood. And while CJ is finishing his last year on tour, his bro Damien was out in Indonesia putting on a tube-riding clinic for all the young grommets. Aside from the fascinating surfing that is Damien Hobgood, the commentary from his unofficial students was a breath of fresh air. Their tone was nothing short of reverent, as each and every surfer spoke to the tremendous amount of respect they have for Damien, both for his surfing and his status as a role model. Join the little groms and take a few notes for yourself. “`` ``“ Share this: Like...

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Fatal Shark Attack – Ballina NSW, Australia

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

A MAN has been killed in a shark attack on the NSW northern coast after both his legs were apparently bitten off. The man, who was pulled from Shelly Beach, near Ballina, by a group of surfers was given first aid and CPR but died at the scene. Friends of the man, believed to be in his 40s, told local cafe owner, Karen, the shark came out from nowhere. “It just came up between a bunch of surfers,” she said. “They weren’t even that far out. “He lost both his legs.” The victim’s friends were shaken up and looked “white as a ghost” as they carried their mate’s board away from the beach, the local said. Beaches were closed between South Ballina and Lennox Head after the attack that happened just before 10am on Monday, police said. NEWS VIDEO  Surf Life Saving NSW (SLSNSW) officers and lifeguards cleared the beach at Ballina at the direction of police. Beaches are not patrolled at this time of year but as a result of the shark attack, lifeguards will be stationed at all beaches around Ballina to keep the public informed and out of the water, SLSNSW said in a statement on Monday. Lifeguards patrolling the waters on inflatable rescue boats and jet skis continue to look for the shark. It happened a day after another surfer was reportedly bitten by a shark at Seven Mile Beach, near Byron Bay, just 25km north of Ballina. The 35-year-old man was sitting on his board about 60 metres off the beach, when he was struck from behind. The father of one is recovering in Gold Coast Hospital. He said he didn’t see what hit him and neither did a friend surfing with him, but he suffered a cut to his back and puncture wounds to his buttocks believed to be from a three-metre-shark. “I saw blood and I thought I’d better get back to shore,” the 35-year-old told the Seven Network on Monday. He drove himself to Byron Bay Hospital and was taken to Gold Coast Hospital where he is in a stable condition. Police have yet to interview to the man. Monday’s attack is the third shark fatality in 10 months in NSW. In September, 50-year-old Paul Wilcox was killed by a great white shark while swimming at Byron Bay. Christine Armstrong, 63, was killed by a shark at Tathra Beach in April last year while swimming in the morning. AAP   Share this: Like...

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The 2014 Surfer Poll Awards….Via Surfer Magazine…….

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in ASP WCT, Industry News, News, Surfer Poll Awards, Surfing | 0 comments

    POLL WINNERS NO. 1 / JOHN FLORENCE NO. 2 / KELLY SLATER NO. 3 / GABRIEL MEDINA NO. 4 / MICK FANNING NO. 5 / JORDY SMITH NO. 6 / DANE REYNOLDS NO. 7 / JOEL PARKINSON NO. 8 / JULIAN WILSON NO. 9 / KOLOHE ANDINO NO. 10 / TAJ BURROW NO. 1 / STEPH GILMORE NO. 2 / SALLY FITZGIBBONS NO. 3 / CARISSA MOORE NO. 4 / COCO HO NO. 5 / ALANA BLANCHARD VIDEO AWARD WINNERS BEST BARREL KOA SMITH WORST WIPEOUT MYRON PORTER HEAVY WATER GRANT “TWIGGY” BAKER A.I. BREAKTHROUGH PERMFORMER NOA DEANE AGENT OF CHANGE SUSTAINABLE SURF BEST PERFORMANCE ALBEE LAYER BEST DOCUMENTARY THUNDERCLOUD BEST SHORT CHEESE II BEST MANEUVER KELLY SLATER, TOUR NOTES MOVIE OF THE YEAR STRANGE RUMBLINGS IN SHANGRI LA VIA SURFER MAGAZINE     Share this: Like...

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MITCHELL RAE’S MAGIC CARPET RIDE .

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in News, Surfing | 0 comments

MITCHELL RAE’S MAGIC CARPET Mitchell Rae may state his occupation as a ‘surfboard shaper’ on those forms at the airport but his iconic boards with distinctive ‘spirit eyes’ are so much more than just foam and fiberglass – he needs extra lines to add ‘artist’, ‘sculptor’, ‘scientist’, ‘designer’, ‘diviner’ and many other strings to his craftsman’s bow. Join Mitchell as he waxes about art, design, spirit, physics, life and motion and shares the nuances of a handcrafted single fin flextail he created back in the late 70’s. Rae rode this particular board into the quarterfinals of the Om Bali Pro back in 1980. Earlier this year while up in the Mentawais musician and surfer Donovan Frankenreiter spotted the board, now aged in its mid-30s, and begged to take it for an afternoon session. If surfboards could talk we reckon this one would have a few stories. No doubt those eyes on its rails have seen some things… Check out Mitchell’s work at Outer Island Surfboards here. Music: “Reckless Youth” by Tropical Zombie Filmed and produced by HarroArt. Edited by Monarch Post. © 2014 Via – Surf The Barrel Share this: Like...

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20th SIARGAO CLOUD 9 SURFING CUP Becomes a QS Event..

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in ASP WQS, News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

  This year’s Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup, slated to run in the Philippines this September, will be a historic event. It has been running for 20 years, but this fall will be the Cup’s first to offer ASP Qualifying Series (QS) points. The contest event will now be co-sanctioned by both ASP QS and Asian Surfing Championship (ASC), giving competitors a unique opportunity to better their respective standings in each league. Defending champion Putra Hermawan (IDN) is looking forward to competing in an even bigger event and taking full advantage of the chance to compete for both ASP QS and ASC points simultaneously. “Surfing Cloud 9 is like surfing my home break, Lacerations, in Nusa Lembongan,” Hermawan said. “Last year was my first time to surf at Cloud 9 and I’m so excited to go back there again.” With ASP heading to the break, local surfers like Osot Alcala (PHI) will have the chance to compete among some of the sport’s top athletes in the world. “The locals are super excited to have the ASP and ASC here at Cloud 9,” Alcala said. “We want our chance to surf against some of the best and can’t wait until September.” Siargao’s governor, Francisco T. Matugas, has been a driving force behind getting this event on the world stage. Along with offering more opportunity for the surfers, a QS rating is a chance for the region to put a spotlight on its waves and its talent. Surfing continues to gain footing in Asia and the Siargao is another step up in the upward mobility of the sport there. The president of the Republic of the Philippines, Benigno S. Aquino III, plans to attend the opening ceremonies, a sign of the growing popularity of surfing in the country. The ASP sanction will also create a huge draw for both regional and international of surfers, furthering the Asia Pacific region’s standing as integral part of competitive surfing. “I’ve been lu Tim Hain, General Manager of the ASC, has also been instrumental in the deal to co-sanction the event, working closely with the local government and surfing community to make the 2014 Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup the biggest and best in the series’s history. “When the ASC first sanctioned an event here at Cloud 9 in 2012, it was our goal to see a dual sanctioned ASP-ASC event here one day,” Hain said. cky enough to see Cloud 9 first-hand and it truly is one of the world’s best waves,” said Dane Jordan, ASP Australasia General Manager. “It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to make these events happen so I’d like to thank the people of the Philippines and everyone who’s involved.” The 20th Annual Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup will run from September 24 to 28, 2014. SOURCE – ASP.   Share this: Like...

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World Champion Surfer Kelly Slater Announces New Lifestyle Brand “Outerknown” to Launch Fall 2015.

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

Eleven-time world champion surfer Kelly Slater has announced the name of his new ready-to-wear brand, Outerknown. Product will hit stores next Fall, 2015, with collections for both men and women. Line to include Men’s and Women’s Ready-to-Wear Designed by Co-Founder and Creative Director John Moore About the upcoming launch of his line, Slater said: “We are tirelessly working on a brand that explores the relationship between style, sustainability and travel – timeless and functional design with a consciousness that will strive to have a positive effect on everything, and everyone it interacts with. As global citizens, we have an obligation to build better products and understand the way our consumption impacts others. I am constantly traveling and observing the multi-cultural world we live in, and Outerknown is a brand that references my travels, and stands for the values I believe in.” Slater has put together a world-class team that includes co-founder John Moore as Creative Director overseeing product and marketing. Moore has collaborated with Slater in the past, and was recently named as one of GQ’s best new menswear designers of the year for 2014. Slater has also signed a strategic partnership with the Kering Group, a world leader in apparel and accessories that shares Outerknown’s commitment to sustainability. Kering oversees a portfolio of leading Luxury, Sport & Lifestyle brands, including Gucci, Balenciaga and PUMA. “We want to create product without an expiration date,” said Moore of Outerknown’s design ethos. “We have a high regard for fashion, people and the environment. Our consumer travels for work and for pleasure and takes every opportunity to get out into nature, whether it’s surfing, hiking, or any other outdoor pursuit. There are surf wear brands, designer brands and technical brands, but we’ve seen the consumer’s need emerge for a transitional brand that brings together all three. Outerknown addresses this void in the marketplace between sports and luxury, and our investment in quality and responsible practices will warrant this elevated positioning.” Outerknown’s website (www.outerknown.com) and Instagram feed (@outerknown) go live today and will provide ongoing news, updates and content from Slater and the brand. SOURCE: Outerknown Share this: Like...

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Kelly Slater on Baywatch and Rivaling Andy Irons

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in News, Spinksy's Blog, Surfing | 0 comments

At this point, Kelly Slater is pretty much synonymous with surfing. The 11-time world champ stopped by the VICE Sports offices to sit at the bar and talk shop. He touched on the animosity between different surfing cultures (East vs. West vs. Australia) that existed in the late-80s, his miserable time playing “Jimmy Slade” on Baywatch in the early 90s, and what he remembers about his friend and rival Andy Irons.   ALL CREDITS   VICE Sports   Click here for more Sitdowns: http://bit.ly/1sPGKpj Check out the VICE Sports beta for more: https://sports.vice.com/ Follow VICE Sports here: Facebook: https://facebook.com/VICESports Twitter: https://twitter.com/VICESports Instagram: http://instagram.com/vicesports Share this: Like...

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