where is christian fletcher on this?
This is serious – All of these men were champions. Though possibly not on the day I met them.
– and where to start .
Damien Hardman. ASP No 1 – 87/88 & 1991.
Warriewood is a Sydney beach a mile north of Narrabeen and a hundred yards inshore from an very large offshore ocean sewerage outlet / outflow. A grand favour to the voters from some vengeful government whose ministers have long since succumbed to immense wealth and impoverished health.
Dooma is a Warriewood man, Dooma . Damien is Dooma.
Christian Fletcher had some unkind things to say about Dooma during one of the Hawaiian seasons. He reckoned our man didn’t deserve a world title until he jumped some air at 25′ Pipe. This was just a little chest-pumping that’s all. He’s an American (is) Christian and he backs himself in every race he runs.
Here’s a pic* of CF and the late A.Irons tuning into some finger food. This could be one of professional surfing’s seminal images except that Fletch has the wrong two fingers giving a bird and AI – rock him – has taken the gesture even further.
This takes style.
– and while we are at it, have a closer look at the Fletcher dead-eye here. Picture yeself at the end of that vivid gesture of homicidal intent.
Back to Dooma.
No .. bugger Dooma, he’s too bland
I’m for promoting this image. Surfers were always meant to be ungovernable.
*ripped off layback larry
Professional surfing fit Dooma like a glove. And vice versa. Talk about “the corporation and what troubles you”.
good one liver…
the antithesis to Damien was Christian.
Like Parsons before him, we all acknowleged his success, but no one wanted to surf like Snips…. everyone wanted to surf like Andino, the archy.
But alas Peter, it was your contest clowns (bronzed aussies) that infected our landscape and promoted good clean surfers like Parsons, Mauro and the rest of the Stepfords that shied from the lip. Homogeny in red white and blue tracksuits.
We gave you Mc Donalds and KFC, so lets call it even shall we?
geez hip, haven’t I apologised for those blokes yet? .. not an illuminating moment in the wide world of surf was seeing those three stooges selling an image created by a bunch of girls in a frock shop –
let’s not get too hypnotized by imagery..I seem to remember Hardman flipping around during a duck dive at Narrabeen in order to pop up in the soup behind Tom Carrol, thus handing Carrol an interference call and resultant ticket out of the contest (the Coke?).
how’s that for homicidal intent?
understood the man could throw a bit of a punch if so inclined as well.
Was Carroll holding a paddle Dr Robert?
If so, good on Domma.
As for your aSP reference, once you “contain surfing within painted lines”, you allow those less possessing of talent to operate within the rules and create a way to paint themselves as relevant that freedom would expose.
Examples? PT won a tour without winning an event and with far less than top 10 talent. The network of his NSSA was predicated on that failed success, gamemanship and “points” over dominant surfing.
Why humans implore competition upon art is unfathomable. Money sells the “results” and a future never realizes that it never had to submit to standards that have none.
Hmmmm…. that would be a good tweet…..
The good. The bad. The ugly….
surfing is and will always be all of the above.
And since when did so many barnies theses days who comment on surf message boards and twitter turn into a load of Nancy Grace wannabees?
Mike, whatever you do ‘ya trippie hippie, don’t tick the link to the video below. Unless you’ve got the time to spare.
Didn’t need much time
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Sorry about that.
Ok Pierre. Just for you, here’s the short version.