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In This Issue



Wanderlust ‘The Return to Salt Bush’ – the second leg of Wanderlust.
By Jed Smith

More than 20 years on, we were headed back. 20 years since DC Green, Andrew Ferguson and Mick Campbell first ventured out here had done little to stem the rumours and innuendo coming from Salt Bush. It was still outside the bound, buried in an endless expanse of red earth, ocean and obscurity. Too small for anyone to give a shit about and too inhospitable for all but a select few. And who were these few? What kept them here? What brought them here in the first place? These were the questions that hovered in our minds as we set out. This was supposed to be my country, Australia, but Salt Bush was no country I knew. It is a different Australia. One you can hear about, or read about, all you like but won’t believe until you actually go there.


Lip Smackers 45 Classic Quotes
By Luke Kennedy & Ray Henderson

To commemorate Tracks 45th anniversary issue we decided to handpick a few of the most dynamite quotes from the last four and a half decades. The quotes serve as historical head dips, they might not tell the whole story, but if you read between the lines the comments give a telling insight into the person talking and what was going on in surfing at the time. The list also shows that Tracks has always been home to a diverse and colourful range of voices. Over the years the profound and the profane, the heavy and the hilarious have all been granted space on the mag’s pages. Enjoy the verbatim snapshot of surfing’s past and maybe even try to remember a few. It’s always good to be able to quote a few lines from the Surfers’ Bible.



Now And Tomorrow
By Luke Kennedy

You are a teenage surfing prodigy – one of the best in Australia, a nation which boasts more surfing world champions than any other country. You know that in a few years you will be expected to uphold that heritage – to fly the Australian flag on the world stage in an era when the rest of the world is getting stronger. There’s the hungry Brazilians who surf each heat like their next meal depends on it, the Europeans hell-bent on claiming a bigger slice of the WSL pie, the Hawaiians juiced up on the success of John John, South Africans sick of their devalued Rand who want the US dollars up for grabs on the tour and of course our old foes the Americans with their distinctive brand of professionalism that is borne out of a highly competitive, capitalist culture. The minnows are improving also – with world-class surfers emerging from Central America, New Zealand, Japan and Indonesia. Your aim is to fight your way through this rapidly intensifying and increasingly diverse competition landscape and hopefully preserve some of the rawness, natural flamboyance and honesty that has always typified Australian surfing.

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