Tracks No. 570

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.

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3 min.
the girl in the crowd

New York, 2011 and the pro surfing world is in a tizz because the most fabulous city in the world is playing host to one of its singlet and siren soirees. In the lead up to the Quiksilver Pro New York, which is being held at Long Beach on the fringes of the Big Apple, Quik organises a series of sideshows closer to town. On the day of my arrival I find myself standing in a crowd on the edge of the Hudson River, the Manhattan Skyline soaring like an impossible dream behind me, while Tony Hawk and his skate posse put their own spin on gravity-defying physics, while riding a custom-made ramp. As I marvel at the skating hi-jinx and get a little overwhelmed by the scale of the setting, I…

3 min.
marked file

Balaram Stack - Pipeline There’s no doubt that Pipe sits comfortably at the top of the global, surf spot pecking order. It has done since Phil Edwards paddled out for the first documented session at the wave in 1961 for Bruce Brown’s ‘Surfing Hollow Days’. The footage changed surfing forever, and Pipeline became the benchmark against which all aspiring surfers are measured, a tradition that continues to this day. New York native, Balaram Stack, has slowly but surely been climbing the ladder at Pipe over the last few years. Sure, the Volcom sticker adorning the nose of his boards affords him a crucial leg-up – room and board mere metres from the wave, and the quiet backing of some of the more formidable faces in the Pipe lineup. An advantage, it’s true,…

9 min.

From The Vault. Lisa Anderson, In Australia – 1992. Photo: Tony Nolan This is Lisa Anderson in the ascension, literally and metaphorically. At the time this shot was taken Lisa was 23 and lighting up lineups around the globe with a brand of surfing that combined cheek-puffed power (see above) with sophisticated lines. Two years later she would harness all the raw energy for a world title winning streak that lasted four straight years (1994-1997). Follow. @deepsleepcreeps - Pass out at your own peril! Read –The Land Before Avocado By Richard Glover. A hilarious, alternative history of Australian culture in the 70s. In his engaging style Glover delivers insight into the quirky and harsh realities of oft-romanticised era. Behind The Cover. Photo: Bosko The obvious thing to do would have been to run a portrait of the effervescent Steph Gilmore,…

5 min.
urban flyer: grayson hinrichs

When Grayson Hinrichs answers the call from Tracks he’s lying in bed trying to gather himself for another excruciatingly mundane day at school. His last-minute victory in the final of the ISA World Junior Championships held in Huntington Beach, California, recently couldn’t seem further away. “We were paddling out for the finals and the heat before was the U/16 Girls final. When the chick won she just threw her arms in the air and was screaming, about to cry. I got all these hairs standing up all over me. I was like, ‘Imagine that, that would be the best thing ever!” he recalls. In conditions that bore an uncanny resemblance to the hometown rip bowls of his native Bondi, Grayson pulled off one of the most dramatic wins in recent memory at…

9 min.
jonno cole & the rebirth of aloha surfboards.

Becoming the custodian of a powerhouse surfboard label is no easy task. Especially one with the legacy of Aloha Surfboards. Founded in 1978 by Greg Clough, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Aloha was Australian made, channelled Hawaiian spirit and featured a curled edge logo that brought to mind the magic of Aladdin’s lamp. Back then Sydney’s Northern Beaches were rapidly becoming the epicentre of world surfing with more world champions and pro surfers based and living on the wave-rich, 25km stretch of coast than anywhere else in Australia (and probably the world). The refined shapes of Clough became synonymous with elite surfing in the 80s and 90s as Barton Lynch, Damian Hardman and Pam Burridge all claimed world titles with Aloha shapes beneath their feet. After more than three decades at the…

11 min.
water dancer

In November of 2018 Stephanie Gilmore stood on the cliff at Honolua Bay, watching in disbelief as her main rival, Lakey Peterson, was eliminated from the title race. At long last, she’d bagged the elusive number seven. The scene was eerily similar to a moment eleven years earlier, when Steph had stood on that same cliff on a similar November day, watching wide-eyed as Rosy Hodge knocked Silvana Lima from contention, and in so doing garnered Steph her first ever world title. Despite the similarities, the woman that gingerly threw her arms in the air this year was not the same willful girl who celebrated in that very spot in 2007. Steph has changed much in the intervening years—she’s grown up, to be sure, and in so doing she’s learnt…