SPELLCHCK ///////////////////////////////// Hello my name is Sam Johnstone. I was just reading the latest issue of Tracks –June 2014, and have come across a spelling mistake on a wetsuit review on pg 98. The mistake is in the review of the Rip Curl Dawn patrol, in the ease of entry and exit category. On the 3rd line with the sentence saying, “Slipped on over the shoulders easily for a chest zip, but the ankles were a little bit of work because they ‘wre’ tight and the rubber wasn’t that flexible.” I hope this is of some help to you. Sam Johnstone Sam, thanks for the heads up, mate. But if that's the only spelling mistake you found in Tracks, I'd have to say you're not looking hard enough! - Ed.
WHERE’S THE WOMEN’S RUBBER? //////////////// I love Tracks. I've had a subscription for three years and my husband knows not to dare touch it until I've read it cover to cover [god forbid he watches one of the vids without me]. I am a female surfer. I buy Tracks and all the other surf merch in our house. In fact, if it wasn't for me, my husband would probably still be surfing in the same threadbare steamer and on the same dinged up board he was when I met him. He loves new gear; he’s just too tight to shell out himself. I enjoyed Olive's rant, I too have felt left out reading Tracks and have often thought, "That’s it, I'm writing a letter!" Only to lose interest when I realise it’s gone offshore and there's still and hour and a half of daylight left. This time, however, I was compelled as I feel that Olive, and subsequently you, have missed the point. I personally don't have a problem with the way women are "represented" in your mag. I feel the coverage of female surfers is reasonable and I don't mind "Girl of the Month", it gives me inspiration to go for a run now and then. I also feel there is plenty of eye candy for the girls in this mag. Shirtless Parko last month was particularly enjoyable [Kelly in a skivvy not so much]. What drove me to finally write my letter was your Wetsuit Test. After reading Letters, I flipped straight to the back of the mag as i'm in desperate need of a new steamer. Looking at page after page of wettie reviews, I eagerly awaited the women’s section until ... nothing! Come on guys! I 15 guys suits and not one for the girls. Reviewing a couple of female wetsuits/boards/ bikinis when you review the guys stuff would do way more to prove that you are inclusive of female surfers than taking out girl of the month ever would. Lisa A totally valid point, Lisa. We've taken that on board. We're always looking to improve out tests and reviews, thanks for calling us out! - Ed.
MORE SHARK DEBATE ////////////////////////// I find it difficult to find enough unbiased information to make up my own educated decision on the shark issue. For every reasonable study or theory put forward there appears to be another department or action group of equal stature to contradict it. Emotion, not fact, appears to be the driving force behind most arguments. The animal lovers, including myself, hate to see animals of any kind destroyed while doing their natural thing, which they have been doing long before our presumed dominance of the planet. This for me is where the irony lay. Is it the destruction of the shark that this side opposes, or are the sharks just a symbol of their objection to our control/ destruction of Mother Nature? I don’t have the numbers available, but I’d like to know how many dogs our authorities have destroyed over the same period for being deemed too dangerous, purely for doing what dogs are designed to do. No protest from such groups there. I read a recent letter in your magazine that stated sharks are “at least as intelligent as a dog”. With this theory, shouldn’t the destruction of these dogs be despised on an equivalent level? They are after all, in their natural environment. Maybe culling in large numbers is up for debate, but if a shark attacks a human, ‘tracking’ of the shark while authorities decide what to do with it is ludicrous. Just kill it. If it makes the protestors happy, eat it. This will save the lives of 200kg of snapper, whom, like the dozens of other marine species we eat, have also been forgotten about by protestors to date. Nobody wants to hunt animals to extinction, but nobody wants their kids, brothers, sisters, parents or friends to be eaten by an animal that has been put on a pedestal and protected to a level of dangerous numbers, all in order to make a point on a boarder subject. Mark
It's a tricky issue, Mark. One we're yet to make up our minds on ourselves. I think it's an argument with good legs, it may run for a long time yet. - Ed.