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Mercury (Hobart) - Magazine - - Up Front -

What an ex­tra­or­di­nary bunch they are, Tas­ma­nia’s crazy-brave clutch of big-wave surfers. I’ve long been fas­ci­nated by the crew that takes on mon­ster waves at leg­endary Ship­stern Bluff. How they do it. Why they do it. How ter­ri­fied – or not – they are as they do it. I hope you feel a vi­car­i­ous thrill as you read our cover story by Peter Newlinds, with its ter­rific ac­tion shots by An­drew Chisholm. Also this week, we meet a re­mark­able young woman, Bru­tukan Melkamu, whom I first met at a Refugees Against Racism event in Ho­bart and who shares her story in depth for the first time. Today we also mark the end of an era at the Mer­cury, as we farewell food and wine re­viewer Graeme Phillips af­ter 20 years. It’s not al­ways easy to walk the walk – to write with­out fear or favour about the good, the bad and the ugly in a small­ish com­mu­nity – but Graeme has con­sis­tently done just that, with great dol­lops of hu­mour and joie de vivre thrown in. Read­ers, please raise your glasses to a man who has given us his best.

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