DAN­GER­OUS THINK­ING

Tracks - - Buzz - TEN BIG IDEAS THAT ARE CHANG­ING SURF­ING FOR­EVER. BY KIRK OW­ERS

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.

ILLO BY STAN SQUIRES

Surf­ing to the surf to go for a surf. The future is look­ing salty ... and we like it. ||

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