Tracks Issue 581

CURRENT ISSUE NO. 581

Before diving in to the pages, take the time to appreciate Phil Meatchem’s dazzling, illustrated cover. Inspired by a longing for a simpler time the illustration has an infectious, ‘feel good’ quality. Even if it does romanticise an era when boards were single-finned and lineups were less crowded it turns up the volume on all the colour and enchantment we associate with surfing in Australia.

INSIDE THE ISSUE

TAI GRAHAM'S EMPIRE OF FUN

Whether he’s roaming Indo on strike missions, creating a web series, launching a new bar, or operating a covid charity, Tai ‘Buddha’ Graham is constantly making things happen.

WRITTEN BY LUKE KENNEDY

Fifty years after Albe, Rusty Miller and Steve Cooney first hung out in the cave at Uluwatu, Australian/New Zealand expat Tai Graham has built an Empire of Fun in Bali. He runs surf events and musical festivals, has a new web series coming out and operates a suite of bars that have a seam of surf culture running through them. We follow Tai as he roams Indo in search of empty tubes with, Kelly Slater, Jim Banks and Mikala Jones, discuss the impact of COVID on Bali, and find out why Tai promotes career advancement for Indonesian locals.

THE PRE-DAWN

As he prepares to release a completely re-mastered, 50th anniversary edition of Morning of the Earth, Albe Falzon reflects on a few moments from the making of the film.

WRITTEN BY ALBE FALZON

There’s a similarly nostalgic quality to our second feature in a series celebrating 50 years of ‘Morning of The Earth’. This edition showcases some of the unseen images from MOTE while Albe Falzon reflects on a few of the untold stories behind his timeless film. What was ‘Baddy’ Treloar really like? Early days at Uluwatu and wild times in Hawaii are all traversed. Plus, we speak to the duo collaborating with Albe to restore his masterpiece in 4k glory.

OPEN DOOR

A candid conversation with Shaun Tomson about his ‘Free Ride’ glory days, hitting rock bottom and his subsequent reinvention as a writer, businessman and motivational speaker.

WRITTEN BY LUKE KENNEDY

Charismatic 1977 world champion Shaun Tomson is the focus of a lengthy feature in which he discusses everything from his ‘Free Ride’ glory days on the North Shore to apartheid controversies on the pro tour. Shaun’s stories came hurling forth like the Backdoor foamballs he was famous for riding. The interview is a full-on journey through the decades and Shaun’s eventful life. Coupled with classic imagery by Dan Merkel it’s a definitive Shaun Tomson experience.

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Disco Dimity

DIMITY STOYLE IS BRINGING THE MUSIC

Surfer by day, DJ by night; the Sunshine Coast born shredder known as Shimmy Disco has vowed to make her comeback to the WSL Challenger Series tour in September. And it’s music to our ears.

WRITTEN BY KATE ALLMAN

Sunshine coast surfer Dimity Stoyle aka ‘Shimmy Disco’ is perhaps the ultimate independent modern surfer. To support her pro surfing aspirations she DJ’s at parties and events, while also moonlighting as a WSL commentator. Now Dimity is determined to reclaim her position on the CT… she just has to pull herself away from the Superbank barrels she has become famous for snagging.

RY CRAIKE VS. THE CYCLONE

The night Tropical Cyclone Seroja struck the NW WA town of Kalbarri.

WRITTEN BY BRAD STERLING

Ever heard of the Fujiwhara effect? It’s when two cyclones pass close enough together to become an evil double-up of menacing weather. Brad Sterling zones in on what happened when Kalbarri, on the north-west coast of WA, was subjected to a Fujiwhara weather event in April this year. The story is told through the eyes of the fabled Kalbarri goofy footer and sometimes fisherman, Ry Craike.

TRAVELLER OR TOURIST?

Surfers love to roam, but how do we help preserve the cultures we encounter along the way?

WRITTEN BY MORGAN BERNARD

Finally in ‘Traveller or Tourist’ Morgan Bernard parallels Indonesia with Central America, and looks at the evolution and impact of surf travel. The feature poses some challenging questions about what our obligations are as surfers when we descend upon foreign cultural settings.

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