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Tracks No. 567

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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the human kaleidoscope

Paddle out at just about any present-day lineup and diversity will be a common theme. You’ll find finless devotees doing spinners on softies, girls ripping, teenagers on twinnies, salty locals bending through ancient cutbacks and inevitably those steely-eyed groms who have their sights set on pro-surfing glory. Surfing has so many sub-tribes you need a degree in anthropology to keep up. My personal favourites are the husband/ wife teams who operate a well-defined equal rights system – one nursing the baby on the beach while the other enjoys their allotted time in the water before making the swap. There’s a determined, mal-riding mother at my local who can catch more waves in thirty minutes than any surfer I’ve ever seen, including Sebastian Zietz after his fourth coffee. While coastlines may…

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marked file

//RAMON_NAVARRO_SERVAIS_009311.TIF This was a wave six years in the making. In 2012 the now legendary Thundercloud session at Cloudbreak took big wave tube riding into a totally new realm. Two of the standouts on that day were Chilean, Ramon Navarro and Hawaiian Kohl Christensen. The image of Ramon in his white wetsuit top, bouncing over the foam ball inside those big blue caves is forever seared into my brain. The other moment from that day etched in the memory of surfers the planet over is the vision of Mark Healey’s board floating helplessly in the lip of ‘that one’ - the rogue set wave that changed the way we looked at Cloudbreak forever. So, six long years later, when a Cloudbreak swell of the same magnitude showed on the charts, Kohl and Ramon knew…

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From The Vault. Mountains and Molehills While the mountains may be soaring gloriously in the background they seem to further emphasize the diminutive nature of the waves dribbling through, at this early incarnation of the wave pool. The setting is Palm Springs circa 1980-1990 and while the technology may fall short of the hypnotic, folding ribbons found in modern wave pools you have to admit that the deck-chair viewing platform at the edge of this aquatic experiment is pretty cool. Follow. Pro surfing’s prolific lensman @boskophoto Listen –Christian Syrups by Crocodylus. Featuring guitar riffs with the kind of grind that make you want to whack the lip and vocals tones with an other-worldy quality. A bonafide live act, the boys from Crocodylus are obviosly having fun whilst producing a sound that resonates with surfers. Not The News. Last Remaining…

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cheat notes: the maldives

1 – Optimal conditions The best time for surfing in the Maldives is the Southern Hemisphere winter, which lasts from March to October. During this period the roaring forties cause storms which bring large swells to the archipelago. Peak season is usually June, July & August but it isn’t uncommon to experience decent sized swells in the early and late season. Winds remain offshore during this winter period and it is very rare to experience an on-shore day during this time. During the NE monsoon (Feb – Apr) the conditions are optimal for the Outer Atolls, with Indo-like reef breaks in very uncrowded areas of the island nation. From May to Oct, during the SW monsoon, this area remains a viable option, but attention generally swings to the more Northern Atolls…

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ty richardson

While Julian Wilson is well in contention for his first world title, there have been recent rumblings about Australia losing its grip on the upper echelons of professional surfing. In such uncertain times it’s reassuring to know there are young surfers in Oz who look set to tear their way into the ranks of the WCT in a few years time. 12-year-old Ty Richardson, who lives at Palm Beach and surfs for Snapper Rocks, has a long way to go and we don’t want to place any unnecessary pressure on the kid, but he certainly appears to have the makings of a champion, professional surfer. Ty’s uncle, Joel Parkinson, is the perfect mentor for the young, Gold Coast ripper. “Ty is a great kid with a huge amount of talent!…

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forever young

“Sth Narrawallee, first surf after accident, around head high on Vanessa’s board. Stayed out 30 mins, got about 6 to 8 waves, had a really good surf considering 5 weeks off.” Dated 15/2/1992, Mollymook’s Mark Roughly had just put pen to paper on his maiden journal entry. Coincidentally, it was an unexpected fin to the family jewels that would influence a record-breaking number of diary entries, spanning 28 years and filling the pages of 64 books. The idea had sprung to mind through Dale Webster, a Northern Californian surfer who infamously surfed every day for 40 years. 16 stitches and five weeks of bed rest later, Ruffo decided he was going to start his own tradition by recording every one of his surfs from that point onward, no matter the conditions,…