Surfing Life #350 Travel

Surfing Life publishes five issues a year, each focussed on one of the five fundamental pillars of the surfing experience - Surfers, Surfboards, Waves, Technique and Travel. The result is a magazine containing quality content which will make a difference to your surfing experience. Essential reading for the active surfer.

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in this issue

3 min
ed’s words

What a time to be putting out a Travel issue. As we go to print, the continent has just finished burning to the tune of 12.35 million acres, 33 human casualties, over 2000 houses gone, and an estimated billion wildlife dead. The threat of fires, however, has been instantly replaced by torrential rain and flooding along much of the east coast. In the face of a looming climate catastrophe fuelled by mostly man-made carbon emissions, it would be irresponsible for us to encourage you to continue gallivanting around the globe unnecessarily. That leaves us in a bit of a quandary because surfing requires travel. There is no getting around this. In order to offset our philosophical carbon footprint, we’ve worked extra hard with a little help from our friends to…

6 min
up ahead

In an age of catastrophic climate change where all efforts should be directed towards reducing carbon emissions, what is the responsibility of travelling surfers? That’s a good question and something I struggle with. I travel a lot and this last year I got really serious about needing to pick and choose. It’s a time where we all need to evaluate our choices and take responsibility for where we can do better. So, it’s about exploring more at home and doing our best to reduce long travel trips. If we’re going somewhere for a long period of time, maybe that’s okay, but strike missions where we’re flying across the world for a couple of days, maybe we can try and limit those. What constitutes ethical and sustainable surf travel in your view? Sailing to…

3 min
mt woodgee

Mt Woodgee is more than just a brand name. It's a mountain found geographically on the map of southern Queensland. It's a unique place; a place with its roots entwined at the very core of some of surfing's richest history. Once a tropical fruit farm, at 365 feet above sea level, the old farm house built in 1914 stood on old hardwood poles milled from the land. With its weathered yellow timbers and tarnished rusty iron, it had an aura as real as the 360-degree view spanning from Stradbroke Island in the north, to Fingal Headland in the south. With the Gold Coast's classic point breaks all clearly visible at the front and the majestic Mt Warning as a backdrop, the farmhouse with its 33 acres of tropical rainforest made a perfect haven…

3 min
the family

ON THE COVER: A father and son head off on an adventure—is there any better trip? Okay yes, it’s when any family members head off on an adventure. A quintessential surf experience; riding through the Indonesian jungle on a scooter looking for waves and new experiences. We understand it's not a "classic" blow your mind surf shot but it still is a classic. COVER SHOT BY JOSH BYSTROM AIRLINE PARTNER Big shout out to AirAsia. We would like to say thank you to our airline partner. As you may know things are a little tougher in the world of surf media these days, and without the support of partners like AirAsia to help us bring you stunning stories from far-flung places, things would be a little average. The best thing is AirAsia understands surfers…

7 min
scorched to the core

The Straddie Assault, Jim Beam Surftag, the ASP Banquet … all essential annual torch-ups required to keep the Australian surfing ecosystem in balance. So too is the Australian bushfire season. The occasional fire is an essential part of this ancient estate. Charred old growth provides essential nutrients for the dormant seed bank. Seedlings get sunlight and rain through the reduced canopy. Fauna can freely graze the emerging shoots. Death, rebirth, fire and floods are all finely balanced elements in this challenging ecosystem. But now, it’s a different game entirely. Unprecedented drought, clearly symptomatic of climate change, has increased our nation’s flammability to SMP polyester tracksuit levels. Weather is more volatile, forests are drier and bushfires are more cataclysmic than ever. It’s changing the continent in a very permanent way. The 2019 bushfire…

4 min
strange times!

You know we’re living in strange times when surfers no longer own the poster children for the surf industry—the big apparel brands. Those days are long gone. With Rip Curl selling to outdoor business Kathmandu in 2019, and Hurley currently being sliced and diced by their new owners, Bluestar Alliance, these latest surf industry developments are hurtling us rapidly towards another precipice in the sport. Or are they? It feels like we’ve waltzed down this windy road before. Abusive squawks of “sell outs” yelled from the back of rusty surf utes while passing old corporate head offices. That @dudewithsign (look it up) nailing yet another silent protest. The wind-beaten old farts down at the local still wearing a faded ‘80s Bong tee with a stretched-out neck, grumbling about … well everything. Yet, you…