BeachGrit social media enjoying positive ride; Maroubra Beach, Bondi Beach, Newport Beach connection, media identity and extremely average surfer heating up discussions


BeachGrit social media enjoying positive ride; Maroubra Beach, Bondi Beach, Newport Beach connection, media identity and extremely average surfer heating up discussions

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by Greg Tingle

Yeah, we're big fans of BeachGrit, I admit it.

We had heard of this gritty coverage of the surfing industry and such for a few years, but hadn't paid that much attention. Probably because business is pretty busy, and we already closely follow (and write about) pro wrestling, MMA, music and other things pop culture and mind, body and sprit.

It all changed for us in the surfing news world circa October 2019 when I picked up a copy of groovy eastern suburbs of Sydney magazine, The Beast. It featured Derek Rielly 'The Wordsmith' on the cover, and I read his story, and I was absolutely friggen hooked on BeachGrit from then on, and The Beast also left a bigger footprint on my mind, so it was a double whammy. Yeah, they knocked me on the cranium two times, so credit where credits due. This Rielly dude, along with James and Dan at The Beast really helped cure my writers block, and for that I am externally grateful.

Better than that, these dudes help me reclaim my love and deep respect for surfing and surf culture in general.

My surfing used to be pretty good back in the Newport Beach 'The Peak' days, along with the Bungan Beach connection - where another surfer saved my life circa 1990. I was out the back too far for my own good, the sets came in, the leg rope snapped, and I was as good as gone. 45 minutes of getting dumped, treading water. Yes, another surfer did safe my life. I don't know who - I was delirious, and it certainly wasn't reported in the Southern Courier or anywhere else. I've told the yarn about this over a hundred times over the years. I've saved a few folks in my time also. It's all part of the surfing brotherhood. These days I feel OneWave Is All It Takes (especially the Bondi Beach connection, doubled down the the Maroubra Beach connection), may have saved me too - well at least from getting board with my own company or from making friends with the rocks, sand and seaweed. We have an absolutely awesome surfing group, and the name of the game is fun. Any waves caught are an absolute bonus. Then we often go for coffee, and talk about whatever. I even interview a few folks in and around the group. The talent in the OneWave group aka "gang" is pretty amazing. They reckon I'm good at writing, photoart, interviews and more. I will take that, thanks.

Back to BeachGrit - it also takes me back to a time when I was an executive at WaveCam (ID Media), of which CoastalWatch was our major competitor. They won that business war, so good luck to them. I was getting paid to drive the beaches and sign up folks for exposure on the hottest new surfing webcam website going. How good is that. Years later I got into journalism, after dropping about half a million bucks all old via way of my ex marriage. Once free of the mortgage I went ballistic in the media world, with websites, TV and Radio interviews, features and all sorts of other stuff. I rather gatecrashed the likes of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Daily Telegraph, 2UE, 2GB, Southern Courier, Wentworth Courier, the ABC and many more.

I started covering things I enjoyed including pop culture, wrestling, MMA, acting, art and all sorts of stuff.

Escaping to the beach for swim and a surf has long been part of my life, but when I started hanging around the Bra Boys, as well as some of the Bondi Beach based surfers, my love for surfing accelerated.

But, it was the The Beast - BeachGrit collaboration which really kicked my writing up a notch, and at present I've writing more about surf and beach culture more than wrestling and MMA. I surprised myself and a few associates. It's like I've been recharged to some extent, and better still, the surfing connection has got me back in touch with a few old mates from the Newport Beach days. There's an expression about "surf mafia" - once you get in, you never get out. It appears to be correct, and I love it.

My surf culture writing is considerable better than my actual surfing, but I ain't giving up. As long as I enjoy both, I will continue, and as a bonus, we make some modest income with the covering of pop culture and sports culture also, including the surfing connection. How good is that?

A public thank you again to the great folks at BeachGrit and The Beast, and if you already know about them, great stuff, and if not - check em out. Not for the faint hearted, and a whole lot more personality and Gonzo Journalism type edge, including from yours truly included in the social media channels. You the reader can also respond to some of my opinion pieces, and tell the editors just how great (or *hit I am)!

Always enjoy your surfing and beach culture experience, and hang on for yet another wild ride BeachGrit style. They reckon its Ultra Hard Surf Candy or something, which is pretty much right. Now, continue reading, or grab your friggen board and surf it off. Watch out for sharks, both in the water, and on shore. Any news, drop in at BeachGrit and spill your guts brothers and sisters.

*The writer is basically a freelance surf culture and beach culture writer, who submits opinion pieces to a spread of surfing magazines and websites around Australia and across the globe. His favorite surfing media by a long shot is BeachGrit, and this is unlikely to change for a long, long time. He once got told to F off from the Bra Boys on the South End of Maroubra Beach "until your surfing fuckin improves alot". He is not currently on the payroll of BeachGrit, but you never know - they could change in a second, or sometime this lifetime! He is the founder and director of Media Man Int, Media Man Australia, Australian Sports Entertainment, Greg Tingle Photography and more! He is a pro active member of Surfrider Foundation Australia. Ok, get back in the surf!

 

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About BeachGrit

BeachGrit is the anti-depressive surfing magazine from the creator of Stab (Derek Rielly) and the author of Welcome to Paradise Now Go to Hell (Chas Smith)

We at BeachGrit take surfing like we take life. As anti depressive! We believe that surfers are in sore need of new standards which will release him from his confusion and place him once again in fruitful communion with the depths of surfing. BeachGrit is loose but we lead with a libertine moral code. We challenge you not to be tempted by our fast-flowing suction! Whatever you think of us, of our writers, and of our swinging attitudes, we promise you’ll never be bored.

 

 

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Greg Tingle. Founder and Director, Media Man Group. Member of OneWave Bondi and Maroubra