August 14 - 20, 2016: Issue 276
Jason Waterhouse - Lisa Darmanin Hold on to Position 1 in Rio 2016 Olympics
Women's Rugby Sevens Gold Medal Historic Step Forward Started at Narrabeen
Avalon and Palm Beach Recognised in Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence
'We decided that Nippers shouldn’t finish at 14 because that’s when they are trained; they know their First Aid and have become quite self sufficient. If we dump them, what do they go on with next?
A decision was made to carry it through, to extend this to Under 15’s and Under 16’s and I now have a group who are Under 17’s. We were 42 strong last year, and all 42 in that squad did their Bronze. '
We aren’t centered around competition, they’ve had enough of competition by then, have done their Nippers or done other things which were competition based. They’re into doing things for social reasons, really want to be able to hang around with others, still do what they’re asked to do, but basically get to spend time with their mates, those they’ve already spent years with through Nippers, and are comfortable around.
I’ve focused activities around self-sufficiency, I want them to grow and trust them with stuff that’s probably a year or two above them, to let them grow into that role.'
Peter Spence is also a dual awardee this year, named Coach of the Year at the Surf Life Saving NSW Awards of Excellence.
All winners and more HERE
Bernard Farrelly: A Community Tribute
Reams have been written this week about a gentleman with backbone, a backbone that would only bend when he was surfing, skateboarding, sweeping a surfboat, windsurfing, paddleboarding, surf-ski racing but perhaps not so much when he was hang-gliding.
Why known for backbone?: when smoking marijuana smoking became synonymous with surfing by 1969, a sport which is about immersing yourself in pure elements by being a pure element yourself, he spoke out:
“Does the beach take dope, do the waves take dope, do the sea gulls take dope?” Mr. Farrelly wrote “Man, if you’re part of that scene, you won’t, either.”
He wasn't alone in this stance. It was preceded in 1964 by a belief that the emerging 'surfie' loafers would be replaced or that surfing itself would return to those who were about surfing, as stated in a Four Corners interview, and echoed by his fellow purists that same year.
Why backbone II: when grubby fingers started infiltrating a sport dedicated to and founded in altruism, he stood up against this too:
“Midget Farrelly created Surfblanks Australia in order to break a local monopoly that was strangling the surfboard industry by offering unlimited credit (on blanks and materials) while at the same time competing against its customers by retailing finished surfboards at wholesale prices.
Midget's first passion was surfboard making (from age 14) but he recognised the reality of having to become a foam maker in 1968 as he watched long established brands go out of the industry with huge blank and material bills they could not support.
Surfboard makers are creative people. Their product is more like art than consumer product. They inspire other surfers with new design, shape and colour. Their joy comes from what they make with their hands. Being business minded is near to last on their priority list.
To this day Midget encourages shapers/makers to avoid debt (blanks and materials), look at their bottom line and be profitable so that they might stay in the industry they love.”
Retrieved from: www.surfblanksaustralia.com/about-us/our-business/why
Above: Midget at Palm Beach SLSC Fundraiser, January 2016.
Put on your sailing shoes: the 2016-2017 sailing and boating season on pittwater
You've got to put on your sailin' shoes
Put on your sailin' shoes
Everyone will start to cheer
When you put on your sailin' shoes
Little Feat – 1972
Which is the shoe that can go from restaurant to backyard lawn cricket pitch to boat deck?: the sailing shoe!
With the 2016-2017 Summer Sailing Season about to officially open on Pittwater, not that we’re not sailing all year round!, we thought we’d have a quick look into what is coming up for Sailing, Boating and Paddling clubs based on Pittwater, most beautiful estuary in the world!
An overview of each runs this Issue HERE