Almanac Olympics – Getting on your bike with new tricks

Who could have predicted the heroics of Logan Martin in Sydney 2000? Even the thought of seeing freestyle BMX, surfing and skateboarding at the Olympics would have been ridiculous not so long ago. Ron Reed is a fan of rejuvenation at the world’s biggest multi-sport event and offers his thoughts on the Games’ ever changing roster of disciplines.

Almanac Surfing: Summer is here and Dips is up

Evidence of Dips O’Donnell as a genuine surfer has landed at Almanac HQ.

Almanac Surfing: ‘Rabbit Tales’ with Tim Baker and ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew (Episode 1)

Tim Baker and ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew with the best surfing post since Dips O’Donnell was given a surfboard for his 50th. [Great to introduce Tim and ‘Rabbit’ to the site – JTH]

Almanac Surfing: Surfing and the middle-aged accountant

Following Dips O’Donnell’s excellent Queen’s Birthday weekend surfing piece, we thought we’d let you know where it all started. Here’s Dips’ first crack at the caper, a piece which was published in Long Bombs to Snake I.

Daylight fails to save Hawks – Round 2, 2009

Our Round 2, 2009 revisit continues with the Hawks taking on the Swans. Buddy Franklin was running around for the Hawks in those days. As in 2019, daylight saving ran into April back then, too, and in the Deep North, the clock played havoc with Tim Baker’s already stressed evening. Check out the retro font!

‘Head In The Sand’ – The Sydney Examiner

Earl O’Neill has pointed us at Mitch Guffry, a columnist who can’t fathom some unusual trends in events over the summer period. His solution? “Get a grip!”

Sink or Swim?

I have been reading the recent reports in the press that Surf Lifesaving Queensland (SLSQ) is under threat of litigation over alleged failures in their duty of care. Surf Lifesavers are a remarkable Australian phenomenon, and their red and yellow cap is as iconic as Vegemite. A volunteer organisation that was founded over 100 years ago, they [Read more]

Big Bells and Brass Balls: paddling out at Bells beach on a big day.

The feeling of a crisp autumn morning, hungover, excited and the majesty of a massive set at Bells; only a surfer understands this feeling. San Diego Catter writes a beautiful tribute to a classic surfing trip.

Long Bombs To Snake (extract): Surfing and the middle-aged CPA

This is an extract from Dips O’Donnell’s ‘Surfing and the middle-aged CPA’ which is one of a dozen features in Long Bombs to Snake. Get a taste, order your copy and tell the world.

Off Season Odyssey – Part 10: Pre-season is Serious Business

  “Come have a kick!” I say to Louie. We were teammates at Otway for three years. I have no idea how, yet here he is, on the coast, working in Kenty’s Surf Shop. “Up yours, Zurbo! It’s summer. You haven’t changed.”

Alicia Coutts – Thunder Road

Climb in back Heaven’s waiting on down the tracks Oh-oh come take my hand We’re riding out tonight to case the promised land 4 am March 9, 1976 – Hancock St Doubleview – John has just tied his boards to the roof and got in the back of my EJ. The rain is horizontal so Mark [Read more]

Wollongong Surfer

Photo by Keiran Deck A perfect way to spend a long weekend.