WAN­DER­LUST

A BIKE, A BOARD AND A SENSE OF ADVENTURE : BY LUKE KENNEDY

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As a ve-year-old I was given a brand new, red bike for Christ­mas. By the time I was six the train­ing wheels were long gone and the streets were mine to roam. It was a time be­fore many par­ents felt com­pelled to dou­ble-wrap their kids in cot­ton wool and a gang of us soon dis­cov­ered what wan­der­lust meant. There wasn’t a bike-track, jump, wa­ter-slide, swim­ming pool, park or creek be­tween Burleigh and Broad­beach we hadn’t ex­plored. I don’t think I’ve ever known free­dom like it since.

By the time I was eight we’d moved to Syd­ney and I’d dis­cov­ered sur ng, and the only place I was in­ter­ested in me­an­der­ing was the beach. It seemed the waves at my lo­cal break con­tained all the mys­tery I needed to be fully pre­oc­cu­pied. How­ever, like most surfers, af­ter a time I yearned for a dif­fer­ent kind of bend in the ocean and be­gan to ven­ture fur­ther a eld – over the head­land, down the coast and up north. Per­haps the best thing about this newly dis­cov­ered, ir­re­press­ible urge to travel and surf was that it put me in touch with that same child­ish sense of won­der I’d felt as a six-year-old who needed noth­ing but a bike and a sense of adventure. The board had sim­ply taken the place of the two-wheeler.

With a view to­wards cap­tur­ing the oft-forgotten spirit of un­re­strained ex­plo­ration, we de­cided it would be fun to send two surfers around Australia on an adventure, with only a roughly sketched plan.

Over three, sep­a­rate legs our core crew of Mikey Wright and Luke Hynd will en­deav­our to tra­verse as much of Australia’s sur­fa­ble coast as pos­si­ble, ren­dezvous­ing with friends at var­i­ous coastal nooks and en­coun­ter­ing a host of colour­ful char­ac­ters on the road. Their trav­els will cul­mi­nate in a ma­jor lm project, which will be re­leased with Jan­uary Tracks, but for the time be­ing you can keep tabs on their trav­els via Instagram #wan­der­lust, at tracks­mag.com (look out for the teaser) and in the mag.

This month’s is­sue fea­tures the east coast leg of the cross-con­ti­nen­tal epic. Al­ready our team have been lost amongst By­ron’s melt­ing pot of sur ng tribes, scored dreamy bowls at An­gas with Goodall and Towner, had a win on the dogs at Kempsey, dodged semis along the Paci c High­way, raced along empty beaches in their twin Isuzu 4x4’s, gone feral for a few days round the camp-site, raged in Syd­ney, vis­ited the Wright’s fam­ily abode on the Sth Coast and learnt a few tricks from Mikey’s big brother Owen – ba­si­cally all the crazy en­coun­ters, curve-balls, epipha­nies, ba­nal­i­ties and bar­rels that are nec­es­sary for a le­git­i­mate sur ng so­journ.

Hope­fully you en­joy living vi­car­i­ously through the trav­els of Mikey and Luke, and per­haps feel in­spired to start plot­ting your own adventure into the wild, blue yon­der.

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