Tracks No. 569

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.
what’s your fantasy island?

From the moment they watched Steve Cooney slide across a shimmering Uluwatu wall in ‘Morning of the Earth’ in the early 70s, Bali has had surfers under a spell. Since then the wave-blessed Indonesian Island has evolved into a travel metropolis, visited by an estimated average of five million people a year. Despite the crowds, the traffic chaos, the threat of earthquakes and the scars of terrorism, Bali still remains a version of paradise for many. On an island where the sensory overload has always seemed like a constant, Canggu has emerged as a kind of black sand Bohemia, where surfers and travellers can lose themselves in a heady mix of fun waves, surfboard pluralism, trending philosophies, yoga poses and alluring night life. This issue, the colour and dynamism of Canggu is…

3 min.
marked file

Ryan’s Return to the Fold At the time of writing, Newcastle’s Ryan Callinan heads to Hawaii with his qualification for the 2019 World Tour sewn up. This year he’ll be able to enjoy his North Shore campaign, safe in the knowledge he will be back where he belongs when the tour kicks off at Snapper. There’ll be no last minute qualification anxiety. No need for biting fingernails or crossing fingers. Just a nice Hawaiian vacation, and if anyone deserves one it’s Ryan. You see, in 2016 Ryan achieved his greatest dream when he first qualified for the tour, but he also came face to face with his worst nightmare with the passing of his father, Gary. Grief took its toll on Ryan’s rookie season and he only managed three heat wins –…

6 min.

From The Vault. Mark Ochiluppo, BHP Steele International – 1986. Photo: Tony Nolan In the mid-80s the rivalry between Occy and Tom Curren was surfing’s equivalent to McEnroe Vs Borg in the tennis. Occy was the brash, untamed talent who could bend through a turn with a unique artistry, while Curren was the fluid, but understated maestro. They were famously eight wins each in their head to head battles. Occy pictured here after victory in the final over Curren at the 1986 BHP Steele event at Newcastle. Note the wind-whipped mane, the presence of Coke as a co-sponsor, the sleeveless contest singlet and Occy’s muscle-ripped frame. Read–When a Man Snaps By Stu Spence The marriage of quirky photos with ingeniously witty captions makes this book the perfect gift for someone who likes to look at…

5 min.
tear jerker

The new documentary ‘Momentum Generation’ is a brilliant, honest and emotional exploration of a generation that changed surfing. Tracks talks to Benji Weatherley about the film, his pivotal role and why Kelly Slater is, and isn’t, an asshole. The night before the world premiere of the ‘Momentum Generation’ at the New York Tribeca Film Festival the film’s directors Michael and Jeff Zimbalist contacted Benji Weatherley. “They wanted a private screening as they said it might be too intense for us to watch in front of strangers,” Weatherley tells Tracks. “I said, “How intense can it be? It’s a friggin’ surf documentary.’ Fast forward to me and Dorian sitting in the theatre, half way through the movie holding hands and crying. We were in bits.” The original ‘Momentum’ movie was released in 1992 as…

4 min.
kehu butler

In 2018 Kehu Butler became only the second New Zealander to win an Australasian Junior title, after Maz Quinn back in 1996. The versatile natural footer has a commanding presence in and out of the water; perhaps a product of his early training in Mau Rakau, a traditional Maori martial art. However, despite his apparent self-confidence and success at a junior level, Kehu is well aware only a handful of Kiwi surfers have made an impact at surfing’s highest level and suggests he is prepared to work twice as hard as anyone to bust down the WCT door. Where did you grow up in NZ? I grew up in a place called Mount Maunganui (the Mount) where the waves are pretty flat for most of the year. Even though we have inconsistent…

3 min.
construction zone

One of the things that makes surfing closer to an art-form than a sport is the surfboard itself. Back in the day many of the world’s best hand crafted their own boards and rode them to glory. The big names from the world tour became the big names in surfboards: Mark Richards, Michael Peterson, Gerry Lopez, Wayne Lynch, Simon Anderson, Terry Fitzgerald. The pro surfer/shaper model has faded now that the tour has become more demanding and its athlete’s much wealthier. You just don’t hear of pros shaping their own surfboards any more. Mulloway’s Shaun Cansdell has long been attracted to mowing foam. It’s in his bones, genetics or where ever the shaping urge lives. Even before he qualified for the world tour he was dabbling in foam and resin. “The…