Every year a coven of academics gather beneath the clam shells of the Sydney Opera House to mull over topics that are brilliant, taboo or wildly combative. It's called the Festival of Dangerous Ideas and it's like a Big Day Out for thinkers (stage diving is banned – too dangerous). This year the festival tackled everything from "Corruption Makes the World Go Round" to "Cat Videos will Save Journalism". So what makes an idea dangerous? Basically anything that challenges the mainstream; that is divisive and has the potential to alter the status quo. Surfing has had its share of dangerous ideas over the years. While we fixate on incremental hardware innovations and bold personalities, game-changing ideas tend to fly under the radar. They seem harmless enough but don't be fooled. Ideas carry a load. Let them in and they have a habit of changing … everything.
Surfing to the surf to go for a surf. The future is looking salty ... and we like it. ||