Tim Baker Author/Veteran Surf Journalist
Harry Wicke was born in 1914, the same year Duke Kahanamoku first came to Australia. Once war broke out, in a systematic round up of German nationals, police came to his home. He spent three years in a Prisoner of War camp in Tutura.
What I remember most about learning to surf was the intense feelings of freedom. Just me and the ocean in our private reverie, endless new discoveries and no expectations about what it all might amount to.
Tim Baker wades into the patent bog surrounding The Kelly Slater Wave Company and Webber Wave Pools.
While initial web commentary decried the move back to city beachbreaks as a cynical, money-grabbing, death of the dream tour, the reality has been a revelation.
In surfing’s quiet culture war between fashion and substance, substance is in dire need of a bit of help.
Surf mags seem to have become merely an extension of the marketing campaigns of their major advertisers. Let’s fix that.
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