Surf­ing leg­end buries ru­mour

No may­oral ‘Rab­bit’ run

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - SUZANNE SIMONOT

FOR­MER world surf­ing champ Wayne “Rab­bit” Bartholomew has quashed ru­mours he will run for Mayor of the Gold Coast at the next Coun­cil elec­tions.

The ru­mour mill on the south­ern Gold Coast is in over­drive with not so much whis­pers as a roar of re­ports the pop­u­lar surf­ing of­fi­cial has de­cided to stand against in­cum­bent mayor Tom Tate.

How­ever, Rab­bit said there was no sub­stance to the ru­mours.

“I am not the spir­i­tual leader of surfers. I am not the Bhag­wan,” Rab­bit told the Bul­letin, laugh­ing.

“It’s a wild­fire ru­mour. It hap­pened about 12 years ago as well.

“With so­cial me­dia and all the in­stant info chan­nels out there, the ru­mour re­ally is spread­ing like wild­fire but it’s not true.”

Bartholomew said he was too busy to run for mayor thanks to com­mit­ments in­volv­ing his sons, bud­ding pro­fes­sional surfers Jag­gar and Keo, and his in­volve­ment with surf­ing bodies in­clud­ing Surf­ing Aus­tralia.

“I’m su­per busy – I’ve got four or five projects on the boil at dif­fer­ent stages of de­vel­op­ment that will take up all my time in the next few years,” he said.

“My son is about to leave school and wants to be a pro­fes­sional surfer and wants me to coach him and travel with him.

“I’ve got a lot of projects on, in­clud­ing things with the World Surf League and Surf­ing Aus­tralia that are go­ing to take a full com­mit­ment.”

Rab­bit said he was flat­tered that people thought he had may­oral po­ten­tial.

“They know my track record is good and I know there’s trust there that I have acted in the best in­ter­ests of the sport and surf­ing stake­hold­ers but I’m in­cred­i­bly busy,” he said.

“I’m more likely to head to Hawaii or In­done­sia than I am to run for Mayor,” he said.

Wayne 'Rab­bit' Bartholomew

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