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alex leonard,his floater, his pink rashie.

Yeah .. I’m asking too, why are we looking at a pink rashie ? We know you have all the dance moves Al, but what we don’t need to see is the dance floor kit in the water. Let go of it mate, find the babe who left it on the beach and buy something in black. Remember, a real surfer’s image is no image – we slip out there and rip it up, then we slip back to the vehicle and slide away.

Nobody wants to be known as The Pink Guy.

Solid floater here though, at first glance. Arms, legs head – all good. Body mass pointed in the right direction. Plumb. By the time Al gets back down to the clear water down there he should be ok to either go back around or pull off another little foam duster a little way down the line. If there is one, a little way down, the line there.

There is some doubt about that here.

Judged dubious.

You just need to pull the front leg back in about a metre and dump the pink shirt, and get a standard leg rope – one that doesn’t look like an old wetsuit strap, which it is. Word is that you have the first dollar you ever earned Al. Plus when the start-up Kurungabaa flight crew met for beers and chips at the Avalon RSL all those years ago you tried to pay for a shout in Vietnamese Dong.

A little turps and elbow grease on the deck could be a good thing Al. Respect. Any board that is the colour of mouldy old bones reflects badly on the waterman who racks it up on his car.  And we’re  looking at a lot of solidified possibly bacterial contamination matter underfoot here. I’d be wearing booties on that 1980 relic squire. Those size 18 feet need all the help you can muster.

The wave Al, the method of transport here; it isn’t exactly an impressive wall of sea water – even with the assistance of a little height on the shot. It’s porridge mate, mush, and the drama pose in pink comes over as a little excessive.

This is what we do, we examine all the vision.

Somebody sends us the shot {and the cheque} and we do the deconstructing .. so it’s a living.

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  1. davo's liver #


    September 4, 2012
  2. steve shearer #

    He looks more serious than I would’ve thought.

    Semi-final of the Thirroul board-riders maybe. Glory on the line?

    September 4, 2012
  3. Going under the lip(not over) and in a black T(not pink) usually works – except for that attempt about a month ago…

    September 4, 2012
  4. Stu #


    Look at this photo in the bathroom mirror and you get a whole different impression. I did and what I saw was Tom Curren circa ’85 but without the splayed Gamelan dancing fingers that Curren was so famous for. Many a man copied those fingers from Ces Wilson to Shuji Kasuya, but not Lucky Al, hell no, he’s he’s own man. Wears whatever-the-hell colour he wants, too!

    September 4, 2012
  5. steve shearer #

    I’ve got the one with me and the 200 pound tranny in Tahiti?

    would that be of use?

    September 4, 2012
    • a couple have been supplied, there is a challenge ….

      September 4, 2012
      • – one thing steve, you do like lobsters don’t you? This is integral.

        September 4, 2012
  6. steve shearer #

    Depends how they’re served……

    September 4, 2012
    • roasted mate – drinking black rum and writing about you is a rare pair of pleasures. coming up.

      September 4, 2012
  7. but, but… my hair! you’ve gone and completely ignored my hair. i’m close to 40 years old and my hair has never looked thicker, healthier, more kind of curly, handsomer. seriously pete you’re looking but you’re not seeing, like pick me out in any lineup anywhere in the world easy – because of my incomparable head of hair. anyway keep looking pete, on to the trivial bits now. this was in the 2009 sandon point boardriders club championship. the point wasn’t working so it moved a couple of hundred metres south to the reef. the shot makes the surf look mushy as you’ve said but the sets were actually hollow and heavy, if only head-high – i’ll send you a shot that gives a better idea. in the next heat i broke six inches off the nose of my board trying to get a cover-up. a shame as the board went well. dad had picked it up in cash converters for $80 a few years earlier and i’d found it in his garden shed stuffed behind the pushbikes and the lawnmower and fallen in love with it instantly. the dirty wax, what i can say – i’ve got greasy feet. i’ll clean a board and put on a fresh coat and it’ll all turn brown a few waves into my next surf. wish it was otherwise but there you go. same goes for my “body mass” – thanks for drawing attention to that pete, thanks a lot. but then i suppose i could have a go at doing something about it, like sit-ups – do people still do sit-ups these days? in regard to the floater, i was trying to pull off something like occy’s close-out reo in the ’86 or ’87 coke classic. i’ve been trying that for years, since ’86 or ’87 in fact, never have got it quite right though. i’ll keep trying. and pink, well i don’t mind a bit of pink in my life, a splash or a swirl here or there. not to say the colour in any way defines me, i just think it’s okay… cheers pete, happy vietnamese independence day for the other day!

    September 5, 2012
    • always the pleasure luckyAl … and I still want Evers, or Satch, or Ollie, Rebecca, Thomas (come back mate, it’s back to being good) , Rottmouth, davo, nug, the roller .. if I could trust the latter bastards to send a kosher pic.

      September 5, 2012
      • davo's liver #

        FFC as we say on this side of the pond. I have enough trouble dealing with self esteem issues as it stands.

        September 6, 2012
      • Me? Haha. There wouldn’t be much to say, pete. But in the interests of ‘equality’ (or something), if I can find anything, I’ll forward it along.

        September 7, 2012
  8. steve shearer #

    The hair is impressive.

    Thats a bad miss Pete.

    September 5, 2012
  9. still waiting …. ‘Becca

    October 7, 2013

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