DAY OF DAYS – SAND-BOTTOM SERENDIPITY ON THE EAST COAST – BY LUKE KENNEDY
Tracks recently had the opportunity to spend a few days with several of Billabong’s best wave riders. The gathering went down on the central coast of new south wales and proved to be an excellent opportunity to play fly on the wall with an eclectic bunch. For Ryan Callinan, Jack Freestone, Dave Rastovich and Creed McTaggart the last day of the trip to the central coast turned from mellow to serendipitous magic.
TRACKS ACROSS AFRICA – LAND MINES, WITCH DOCTORS AND MAD PIZZAS IN MOZAMBIQUE – BY DAVE SPARKES
The word “Mozambique” inspires and mystifies, summons up connotations of lush, exotic lands, alien vistas counterbalanced by wartorn sadness and desolation. Circumstantially, unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a chance to infuse myself with much of that stuff.
TRACKS ACROSS AFRICA – TRIVIAL PURSUITS – THE TRIP ACROSS SOUTH AFRICA WE’VE ALL DREAMED OF – BY DAVE SPARKES
The contrast could not have been more extreme. After leaving tropical, balmy Mozambique – the palm trees and sand; 24 degree ocean and clear water; fun, sandy point wedges – the rude impact of Cape Town on a 2 degree, drizzly and bone chilling night was intense.
What should have been a routine flight heading up north over desert plains to Windhoek and then west towards the coast had somehow turned into a ridiculous comedy of misfortune. There we were, 13 of us stuffed into a clapped-out taxi, practically broken down in the darkness hundreds of kilometres from the coast as the swell of a decade was marching towards our final destination without us.
PLUS THE 2014 TRACKS BOARDSHORTS GUIDE – INCLUDING THE BOARD SHORT STORY – ILLUSTRATION BY JOHANNES LEAK
WIN ONE OF RASTA’S BOARDS FROM SOJOURN – A FILM BY NATHAN OLDFIELD
Throughout the month of October, Tracks will be posting photos of David Rastovich on Instagram that were taken during the making of Sojourn (Tracks’ new feature film – directed by Nathan Oldfield). To celebrate the film’s release with the December issue of Tracks we will be giving away 20 pairs of Billabong’s ‘Pump’d’ board shorts along with two surfboards designed by Gary McNeil, Rasta’s shaper. One of the boards up for grabs was ridden by Rasta in his most recent Tracks film Gathering.