DIFFERENT DIMENSIONS OF THE GOLD COAST SURFING EXPERIENCE
No place on earth is quite like it. The air is thick with the scent of wax and resin, the easy surf banter has an undercurrent of surf-elitism and so many of the wideeyed locals look as if they have been hypnotised by staring too long at spinning tubes. It spawns sur ng champions and inspires craftsmen to build the best wavetools on the planet; at the same time making way for others to exploit the limitless fun. Once a year the Gold Coast is also the hallowed venue upon which the world’s best surfers descend with their minds full of ‘hollow’ expectations and competitive aspirations. They become the central performers in a festival, which on a daily basis spans the honest sur ng intentions of daybreak to the debaucherous meanderings of after-midnight.
The four following features attempt to give an insight into the ambition, hedonism, opportunism, wave-induced ecstasy and occasional banality that are part of the world’s ultimate surf city.