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Tracks

No. 574

Tracks is Australia's leading surfing magazine. For over 40 years Tracks has tapped into the minds of cheeky grommets and grizzled gurus alike, and remains the voice of hardcore surfing in Australia today. Every month it takes you to the most exotic surfing locations, fills you in on what's happening on the pro-circuit as well as at your local beaches. Tracks is the surfer's bible.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Nextmedia Pty Ltd
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IN THIS ISSUE

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think of it as a gift

HOPEFULLY YOU WILL NOTICE SOME OF THE WELL-CONSIDERED TWEAKS TO TRACKS WHEN YOU PICK UP THIS MONTH’S ISSUE. In an era where disposable is out and timeless is in, the new matte finish and slightly larger format are intended to deliver a more tactile, keepsake feel. Astute observers will also notice we’ve given the Tracks masthead a more curvaceous kinda sex appeal, inspired by a modern era where many surfers are looking to the past for their creative cues. Under the well-trained eye of newly appointed Art Director, Ben Bugden, the graphic variables have also been redesigned. Ben has been part of the Tracks crew for over a decade, and is an established photographer in his own right. Check the image credits closely and you will see his lens work featured throughout…

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tracks

Editor Luke Kennedy lkennedy@tracksmag.com.au Deputy Ed, Photo Ed & Art Director Ben Bugden bbugden@tracksmag.com.au Contributors Anthony Pancia, Jed Smith, Fred Pompermayer, Jordan Rodin, Ben Mondy, Noah Cohen, Ben Mondy, Alan van Gysen, Kirk Owers, Steve Ryan, Al Mackinnon, Jason Childs, Tom Pearsall, Nathan Oldfield, Brian Bielmann, Dom Mosqueira, Joli, Swilly, SA Rips, Andrew Shields, Peter Boskovic , Danny Resnik, Greg Ewing, Emily Brugman, Phil Jarratt, Karen Hudson, Corey Wilson, Billy Cervi, Jordan Rodin, Karen Hudson. National Marketing & Advertising Manager Damian Martin dmartin@nextmedia.com.au 0417 168 663 Advertising Traffic Tess Howard thoward@nextmedia.com.au Production Manager: Peter Ryman pryman@nextmedia.com.au Circulation Director: Carole Jones cjones@nextmedia.com.au Executive Chairman: David Gardner Commercial Director: Bruce Duncan Managing Director: Hamish Bayliss…

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upfront

upfront 1. “THERE’S A FAIR BIT INVOLVED,” EXPLAINS SCOTT WHIPPY DENNIS OVER THE PHONE. WHIPPY INDICATES HE TIED A KNOT IN THE TOW ROPE TO HOLD ON TO WHILE PHOTOGRAPHER SIMON PUNCH GRIPPED THE TOW-ROPE HANDLE IN ONE HAND AND HIS CAMERA HOUSING IN THE OTHER. AS SKI DRIVER DEAN PITT HAULED THEM TOWARDS A LURCHING SOUTH COAST SLAB, THEY WERE VERY CLOSE. “HIS NOSE IS LITERALLY TOUCHING MY TAIL,” INDICATES WHIPPY. “IF I HAVE A SHOCKER AND COME OFF HE’LL GO STRAIGHT OVER THE TOP OF ME.” As Simon explains he had to be careful his lens was not smeared with droplets as he rode in Whippy’s wake. “There’s spray going everywhere so I have to make sure it doesn’t go all over the camera.” Whippy also ditched the legrope so…

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bell-bottom touchdown for the 1977 stubbies

IT’S WELL A WELL-KNOWN SURFING FACT THAT PETER DROUYN’S REVOLUTIONARY STUBBIES EVENT IN 1977 USHERED IN MAN-ON-MAN SURFING AND CREATED A YARDSTICK FOR SURF CONTESTS THAT THE WSL STILL ASPIRES TO EMULATE TO THIS DAY – PUMPING WAVES, MASSIVE CROWDS, LOTS OF MEDIA ATTENTION AND A SELECT GROUP OF THE BEST SURFERS IN THE WORLD COMPETING IN A FORMAT, WHICH ENCOURAGES PEAK PERFORMANCES. Pre-contest hype was also a key part of the Drouyn masterplan. Speaking to Tracks in the lead up to the event, Drouyn colourfully articulated his vision in the following manner, “We want some physical and mental contact where surfers can vibrate off one another.” Thirty-two of the world’s best surfers were invited to take part in the inaugural Stubbies event. In a nascent period of professional surfing there were…

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oddments

Behind the Cover - Mikey February by Alan Van Gysen After many years of traveling the globe I’ve come to realise that there are only a handful of opportunities in life where you get to be a part of something truly special; seldom still to witness – and know you are witnessing, history in the making; both for the individuals directly involved and for the global surf community as a whole. Being led to West Africa with Michael February is perhaps one of the greatest to date in my life, and perhaps his if our conversations and reflections since are any indication. Contrary to what Jamie Brisick thinks and wrote in The New Yorker last month (August 2019), Michael February surfs, and surfs the way he surfs, simply because he loves it.…

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in the beginning

REAL McCOY AD – TRACKS JANUARY 1971 When David Elfick, Albe Falzon and I started Tracks in late 1970 we all did everything. That was mainly Albe and me, because David actually had a job as the Sydney editor with the pop newspaper ‘Go Set’. Albe and I could take pictures, write stories and do the layout, but David actually knew a bit about how the business of magazines worked. That was just slightly helpful. We also had to sell the advertising, often come up with the ideas for them, shoot the photographs, write the copy and design them. In fact this was often fun. This ad for Geoff McCoy was one of my favourites from the first year (or so). I have no idea whose idea it was, but it leant itself…

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