social media enjoying positive ride; Maroubra Beach,
Bondi Beach, Newport Beach connection, media identity
and extremely average surfer heating up discussions
we're big fans of BeachGrit, I admit it.
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.
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.
than that, these dudes help me reclaim my love and
deep respect for surfing and surf culture in general.
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.
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
started covering things I enjoyed including pop culture,
wrestling, MMA, acting, art and all sorts of stuff.
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.
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.
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?
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)!
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
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
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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COOLERS FOAM LID WINS PRO SURFING WORLD TITLE!
16-FOOT GREAT WHITE SHARK TRIES TO PRESSURE
COOK AND TENDERIZE UNSUSPECTING VACATIONER BY
DRAGGING HIM OUT INTO THE DEEP SEA!
VAL BUYS HOTTEST PIECE OF BEACHFRONT REAL ESTATE IN
MEDINA CLEARED OF BREAKING RULE 171.11 : INTERFERENCE
ON CAIO IBELLI INTENTIONAL BUT NOT UNSPORTSMANLIKE,
RAGE EXPLODES AT WORLD SURF LEAGUE BY MAUI LOCALS
OVER DANGER FACTOR OF JAWS BIG WAVE CHAMPIONSHIPS!
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)
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 youll never be bored.
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Tingle. Founder and Director, Media Man Group. Member
Bondi and Maroubra