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64 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Episode 2021-26: Dan Croskery. What has he been up to since returning to Aotearoa?
Dan Croskery, ANZAC more or less. Gisborne born and bred and 20 years in Australia. Loves both countries. His daughter Sahdarna, 12 years old was born at the Tweed hospital. He has an amazing Australian partner Naome West, she has 4 boys aged 8, 10, 13 and 16. Dan moved back to Aotearoa/NZ to reconnect with whanau/family, culture, to study and to uncrowded waves. There he works in the mental health sector as a community support worker creating independence for clients with mental health disorders like Schizophrenia, psychosis and bipolar. Now Dan is into his 4th year of a 6 year study Journey. He has a diploma in health and well-being, mental health, and addictions. He is 2 years into a 4 year bi-cultural social work degree, with the focus to be a mental health clinical specialist when he’s finished. Surfing wise Dan is the president of the Gisborne boardriders, head coach and head of longboard development. The club is doing amazing things in the community with surfing as a vehicle for well-being, and are more inclusive community-focused, but still cater for performance surfing. Some community initiatives have been surfing for farmers (mental health) Surf for life (disadvantaged kids), Coast kids surf for life, East coast kids, taking surfing to small coastal towns with Surfing and cultural experiences. Still surfs a lot, enjoying a little foiling as well. His spare time if any is spent doing Reno’s on a 1940s villa.Last contest results would be 2017 runner up Malfunction 2017 runner up O40 Noosa Festival of Surfing 2019 Open modern longboard circuit champion GBC
56 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Episode 2021-24: What and who are the Head Dip Appreciation Society?
61 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Episode 2021-23: Matt Aldridge: From Old Mals to Shortboards to Big Wave Surfing, this Goofy footer rides them all.
Born and raised in North Haven, Mid North Coast NSW, Matt started body boarding as a really young grom, before getting his first surfboard from his Dad when he was 7years old. Mainly he rode shortboards and body boards until he was mid teens. He grew up watching local guys like Ian Bell, Ian Goodace, Gary Taylor, Michael Young and Mick Branch ripping on longboards and thought, he needed to give that a try.Moving to the Gold Coast in his early 20’s and Matt was lucky enough to learn a lot from Wayne Deane, Wayne and Col looked after him like one of their family, spending A LOT of time surfing with Wayne, Jimi and Noa. He competed in longboard contest all over Australia and around the world at different levels, from local regional contests, State and Australian Titles, Qualifying series and made the World Longboard tour in Italy in 2011. His best results came mainly from riding Old Mal’s and Logs,Becoming a mutliple Log and Old Mal Champ at Crescent Head, 4x Malfunction Champ, and a bunch of other wins at Byron Bay, Evan’s Head, Scotts Head etc. He has always surfed a large range of boards, from fishes, shortboards, Performance Longboards, Log’s, Old Mal’s and Big Wave Gun’s.In 2013 Matt started working for Pyzel Surfboards, where today he is the Brand Manager working with world tour surfers John John Florence, Jack Freestone and Tyler Wright.He stepped back from chasing the longboard contest scene (still doing the odd fun event) and now likes to chase bigger swells paddling into many at places like Pipeline, Waimea Bay, Shipsterns, Cloudbreak, Uluwatu etc. In 2018 at Uluwatu with one of the biggest swell’s in over 30 years Matt paddled into some of the biggest waves ridden in Indonesia. Nowadays his favourite waves are Pipe, Waimea Bay, Uluwatu, & Lovers.
53 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Episode 2021- 22 Riley Thomson. Brand Ambassador for Classic Malibu and a lot more.
Riley hails from Caloundra on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland with his local surf-spot being the point at Moffat Beach. He has a huge list of surfing achievements including being the 2019 Australian Junior Longboard Champion. He took out the trifecta at the Agnes Water Longboard Classic 2020 plus he snuck in the best hang 10 of the event as well. Not content with just competing, Riley is always ready to lend a hand, putting up tents, judging and doing whatever he can to help. Surfing Highlights include, surfing against Joel Tudor on the WSL Longboard World Tour, getting dropped in on by four world champions in the span of one week, being knocked straight out of the Noosa Festival Old Mal event after coming runner-up the year before. (don’t know how this is a highlight lol), What it felt like to get the Trifecta at Agnes, going to the Whalebone completely unknown and placing 2nd in the WSL Pro Event, constantly being mistaken as a longboard skateboarderNow in his second year of psychology at the University of the Sunshine Coast he is a top performing student and involved in various representative roles. He is the Founding Chairperson of the High-Performance Student Athlete program and the Student Senate Representative. This framework was designed to help student athletes’ excellence in both their sport and studies simultaneously, and improve students experience at university. He is the President of the USC Psychology Club and is currently organising various events for psychology students at his university. Riley is also employed as a USC ambassador regularly representing his university at large gatherings and careers expoOther achievements outside of surfing include, Winner of the 2018 Environment & Liveability Awards, Australian Defence Force 2017 Long Tan Youth Leadership and Teamwork Award, Finalist 2017 Young Achiever of the Year, Local Sporting Champion Grant, India Consulate Social Media Ambassador, where he promoted the connection between India, sport, and the tradition of yoga for the International Day of Yoga 2020 and he took a lead role to connect Australian sporting achievements with the Indian Consulate in Sydney
81 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 2021-21: Rachael Tilly & Shannon Brooke Hughes
Rachael Tilly & Shannon Brooke Hughes bring you the Women’s Surf Network as we talk about what’s going on with their brand new podcast: Rachael is from California and currently living in Australia. Rachael set her name in surf history in 2015 when she won the @wsl World Longboard Title, holding the record of surfing’s youngest ever World Champion. While she continues to compete on the Longboard Tour, she has also taken a full-time job at the World Surf League based in Coolangatta, Gold Coast. Shannon Brooke Hughes is also originally from California; Shannon has been working as a commentator for over 7 years. With a solid resume of working around the world as a commentator for the @wsl and @isasurfing, Shannon’s experience behind the mic will lead the team in their new podcast. A break from competition due to COVID created the inspiration to make talking about surfing an everyday job. Hence The Double-Up podcast was born. A podcast for women who surf, by women who surf. Tune in each week to hear the latest in all things women’s surf. Join us on Oz longboarding as we interview Rachael and Shannon about their latest endeavours in the surfing world, discuss their new podcast and get a little run down on the Olympics.
74 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 2021-20: Rahn Goddard: You can take the man out of WA but you can’t change the way he attacks the waves on the East coast.
Rahn Goddard: You can take the man out of WA but you can’t change the way he attacks the waves on the East coast.Now living in the inner west of Sydney Rhan originally and always will be a WA boy. Boardriders club: Manly Malibu ClubStance: GoofyFavourite surf break: Yallingup main break, Manly Beach and Canggu.Favourite surfers to watch: Declan W cos he rips and is a frother, Jack Norton, Justin Redman - he's just JR, all the old boys back home (Bob Monkman, Barrie Mackinnon, Chris Fulston) and of course my old boy TG.Favourite surfers to compete against: Josh Dunn - it's always going to be competitive but fun, Harley - just brings out another level in your surfing.Best results: Noosa Old Mal 1st place, 5th at Aussies some time last century, the odd Whalebone Classic win, and my single Yal Mal victory over Jarryd Foster and the Corbett boys.Supporters: Clearwater Surfboards (SDR), Volte wetsuits, and Geoff Fanning (he lends me logs and keeps me grounded at events)All time session: Last Christmas when I was finally allowed home (COVID). a slight onshore first thing at Yal Mains so it kept the crowd away. Went 4ft, glassy, and it was just all the guys I grew up surfing with (Danny Holding, Jason Belcher, Barrie Mac, Mick Marlin, my old boy) for nearly 4 hours. I was meant to take the missus to breakfast as it was her first trip to WA, needless to say when I got home at lunch, I was well in the doghouse.
65 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 2021-18: Sean Catlin and Mark ‘Mono’ Stewart, 2 Surfers that have overcome the odds.
For many years in Australia there have been surfers that have had to overcome some sort of disability to be able to get back into the ocean and surf. These surfers have proven themselves to be resilient and creative by adapting their own techniques and equipment to achieve this with help from their friends in the surfing community. This is the story of two of them.WA surfer Sean Catlin had been a surfer all his life but was left paraplegic after a motor vehicle accident in 2014. He felt like he had lost his identity in a way when he initially thought he couldn't surf again. The 40-year-old who lives just north of Perth, said his return to surfing had been encouraged by viewing footage of an Adaptive Surfing event, and social media contact with surfers in a similar predicament.
65 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Episode 2021-16: Lucas Proudfoot is a Bundjalung / South Sea Islander man with a background in professional surfing
Lucas Proudfoot is a Bundjalung / South Sea Islander man with a background in professional surfing, representing Oxbow clothing when they were the major player in longboard surfing, contemporary music as the front man for Max Judo, and traditional Aboriginal dance. After Lucas took on the professional surfing circuit for five years and became an internationally-ranked long-board surfer, reaching a career high of world number nine while representing Oxbow clothing. As a cultural performer in his teens he was part of an Indigenous cultural dance troupe, The Minjungbal Dancers, performing at local, national and international events, including tours to Asia and Brazil. Between 2000-10 Lucas performed professionally with the band Max Judo touring to Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, France, Portugal, Hawaii and South Africa. Through his business Circular Rhythm, Lucas has merged his talents into a solo performance that has kids singing and dancing. Circular Rhythm offers live Indigenous Australian music and performances to audiences as diverse as school children, conference delegates and tourism visitors all across the nation.After many years travelling Australia and the world, Lucas has decided to put his experiences to paper. His latest endeavour, a six-part adventure series named The Proud Foots, is written for six to ten year olds and highlights Australia’s diverse Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander cultures, while touching on other cultures from around the globe.He credits his mother and father as major influences on him.
69 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Episode 2021-17: The now delayed Trans Tasman Test.
Just over a week out from the inaugural Trans Tasman Test, organisers had to postpone the event due to the latest outbreak of Covid in Australia. An innovative new surfing competition pitting representative surfers from Australia and New Zealand challenging each other in a team format on both shortboards and longboards in a team format we are joined by Australian team members Jay Phillips, Audrey Stymen-Lane and Josh Constable and from NZ manager Rusty Ritichie and Phil Morris to talk about the highs and lows of this announcement and who is the better team.
52 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Episode 2021 - 19, Mia Waite and Lucy Bowen
Mia Waite and Lucy Bowen, Two frothers from the Sunny Coast that are charging everything in and out of the water with the enthusiasm of the young.
73 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 2021 - 12, The youngest member of the panel Nathan Rivalland
The youngest member of the panel Nathan, and his view on the state of longboarding, playing footy for the Torquay Tigers, cooking eggs and life in general. The old image of surfers being on the Government surf team, living overcrowded in dilapidate beach houses Nathan recently graduated Bachelor of Communication (Journalism). More than proficient on both long and shortboards, Nathan is busy as a surf coach, surfing commentator, works for Surfing Victoria and for Need Essentials. In fact the only thing Nathan can’t do is find time to get his hair cut.
72 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 2021 - 13, Celebrated surf artist, Owen Cavanagh | A Life Lived Large, with the Ocean.
The 7th Surf Art Exhibition was held during the NFOS. Organised by Owen and featuring 30 various artists, its Owens artworks that really capture and ignite the imagination. They speak to all who have sat and watched or experienced the energy of mother oceans embrace. Owens passion for his work and time spent abroad further fuels his infectiously upbeat persona. An unswerving commitment to the Sunshine Coast and protection of the pristine beaches hugging its shoreline are driving forces, while his love for surfing and any pastime connected with the ocean are a constant source of inspiration.The use of organic materials in his distinctive airbrush creations take on a photo realistic appeal. The old adage of ”only a surfer knows the feeling” resonates throughout his art. Locals and tourist traveling on the Sunshine Coast motorway daily view the old shed in the cane field with Owen’s instantly recognizable image of a peeling wave with Old Woman Island in the background. His airbrush treatments on vintage (roundie) refrigerators from the forties and the fifties, are a case of demand outstripping supply.
62 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 2021 - 14, The Life & Times of Sean McKeown.
My first memories of going surfing were as a 4/5 year old when we moved to the first city in the world to see the sun, Gisborne NZ. On weekends the family would walk to the beach where my old man, Bernie, would hire a big yellow old mal from the Waikanae Kiosk and the two of us would hit the waves. Nearly 60 years later I can reflect on a life where surfing was never to far away. Spare moments spent going surfing no matter the conditions, living and working at the beach, lifeguarding at Raglan without the crowds, hiring boards and umbrellas at Rainbow Bay, running a Surfshop and Café at Kirra, exploring surf spots in the Philippines and now 25 years as a surfing promoter.
63 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 2021 - 15, Paul McNeil is known as the “Mayor” of Byron Bay, He's an absolute staple in the surf industry.
Born in NZ, now based in Byron Bay. Paul McNeil's career spans over 40 years. Now known as the “Mayor” of Byron Bay, Paul is an absolute staple in the surf industry. He has subtly shaped the intersection of art and surf.An original Mambo artist, Paul has published several kids books, co-founded The Art Park and designed endless graphics on Surfboards, skateboards, clothing, album covers, merchandise and tour posters including The Clean and The Rolling Stones.Co-founder of The Art Park, a celebrated artist residency program in Australia, he’s held multiple solo art shows, designed tour posters and record sleeves for likes of Beck, Pavement, Rolling Stones, etc. and so much more. In between art showings in all the places you’d want to surf, we got together to bring his signature snarky aesthetic to a series of boards.The last two years have seen relentless solo exhibitions in Sydney, Tokyo, San Francisco, Auckland, Hobart, Christchurch, Bali, Byron Bay and Portugal.Continuing his early humorous and witty Mambo days, simplicity is the backbone to his ongoing works. Personal truths, localism, music, politics, humanity and surfing show up in these vibrant paintings and sculptures.
58 minutes | Jun 29, 2021
Episode 2021 - 11, All the happenings at the Noosa Festival live with the panel and friends.
Episode 2021-11: All the happenings at the Noosa Festival live with the panel and friends.
73 minutes | May 24, 2021
Episode 2021 - 10, Dane Pioli Karaoke King, Australian Champion, 3 x Malfunction Champion and Australian Longboard Open Champion.
This week on Oz Longboarding Tuesday 11th May @ 7pm EST Episode 2021-10: Dane Pioli Karaoke King, Australian Champion, 3 x Malfunction Champion and Australian Longboard Open Champion.Born in Campbelltown, now a long time local and standout at Snapper, Pioli has the respect of the whole surfing community due to his ability to surf anything including ripping on a boogie board, shortie, log and HP’s. Dane has been longboarding since he was 13 when together with his father and brother Jayce, they joined the LAYBACK LONGBOARDERS..If he didn’t love the sport of longboarding Dane reckons life would have been very different now!! “only god knows where I would be without the ocean as my friend.”
75 minutes | May 6, 2021
Episode 2021 - 9, Noosa Festival of Surfing
Noosa Festival of Surfing From humble beginnings in 1992, the Noosa Malibu Club’s annual ‘Noosa Malibu Classic’ longboarding event had become a fixture on the international longboard contest calendar
76 minutes | May 6, 2021
Episode 2021-8, Into the shaping bay with Gillian Grove, the lady shaper.
Into the shaping bay with Gillian Grove, the lady shaper. A bad experience buying a longboard from a surfshop, led shortboard surfer, artist, art teacher, traveller and life motivator, Gillian Grove into the shaping bay.Gillian has been a practicing artist for over 20 years and is the founder of “Artable” bringing art classes, workshops & travel experiences in Australia to those wishing to improve their artistic skills. In 2019 she made the decision to ditch her shortboard and go long in the surf. She purchased a longboard after a shop assistant told her that a longboard would make it easier for her to surf. In reality she found the 9ft board harder to paddle than her shortboard and skittish on a wave. Frustrated and disappointed with her longboard, Gillian started to research what was wrong with her new board eventually coming to the realisation she had been sold a HP longboard, more suited for powerful surfing and not the 3ft peelers she prefers. Gillian was drawn to approach fellow artist and well known shaper Richard Harvey who offered to help her understand board design and to start her journey as a shaper.
91 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode 2021 - 7, Andrew “Andy Mac” McKinnon
From crafting surf reports for radio to reporting on surfing for television, to becoming Tweed Daily News' surf columnist for the past 25 years, McKinnon's love for surfing has seen him endure in a career he was told had no future.
78 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
Episode 2021 - 6, Girls Can’t Surf with Pauline Menzer and Nancy Emerson
This week on Oz Longboarding Tuesday 13th April @ 7pm EST Episode 2021-6,The elite band of women who became pioneering international surfing champions in the 1980s is refreshingly candid in their character assessments of one another. In Christopher Nelius’ documentary about their careers in the sport, they ruefully share memories of the hard-driving Wendy Botha, who spared no one’s feelings in her urge to win and they recall with affection the young and eager Layne Beachley, harrying the older members of the group with questions about the workings of the sport.
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