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tracks magazine. luke kennedy – editor / writer.

Issue October 2012. Vol 10 of 12. au$10.95.

page 10 – ‘ Buzz ‘

Shooting the Pier.

It’s all about how you frame the Action.


Thanks for the walk-in start Luke. Can we begin?

There has to be another combination of words that can be used instead of ‘ shooting the pier ‘ Luke, even in a photographic / surf ensemble  – has to be – John Severson owns that golden trio, has done since 1961 when Corky Carroll shot the pier – see, there it is in proper context.

So the fifty-one years of follow-on usage kind of blunts the thrust of your intro Luke. There is a whiff of the archaic in there. Unhealthy that is for a superstud publication like Tracks ..

– moving along, just a little.

” Once upon a time shooting the pier was one of those surf experiences you felt compelled to add to your bucket list.” {quote}.

Once upon a time ..

A brave start to article number one in surfing magazine number one Luke.

This intro isn’t uncommon in the great works racked up in libraries world-wide Luke. Big books for grown-ups and for kiddies. Count the millions of times the phrase has been used in fairy stories. That’s how Cinderella began … and it needs burying Luke. In deep and wet earth. Down there with a dark and stormy night. We are in the word business here, and a man’s gotta show some own-growth. Some home grown.

.. you can even make stuff up these days, nobody cares. We ride the Wild Surf do we not.

Bucket list. That’s a Jack Nicholson special event made in 2007 so welcome to the 21st century Luke, this at least. Though linking a Bucket List and Once Upon A Time in the one sentence slides through a few decades. Dr. Who does time travel better. We ride and write the wild surf Luke.

” When Barton Lynch pulled a massive floater and negotiated the pylons in the OP Pro at Huntington, it seemed like a ballsy piece of generationally appropriate showmanship.” {quote}

Where to start here Luke. You offer so much.

We passed this sentence around the local Bowlo last Friday night and nobody was surprised when the consensus was that good old Barton had big balls for his generation and he was appropriately proud of hanging them loose in Pro surfing competitions in California. While he was shooting the pier. Good for a laugh eh, old Barton. Won a Holden Barina didn’t he, once, for his troubles – then dumped it by the side of the road in Wollongong according to the rumour.

” While dodging spaghetti columns may be a little passé, that doesn’t mean they don’t still enhance the aesthetic appeal of surf shots. “ {quote}

Completely lost here Kennedy old boy, nobody I know has ever dodged a spaghetti column. Bolognaise brawls yes, handfuls of pasta hurled across restaurant tables yes; all well-dodged but your stuff sounds a little too al dente for a spagbol food fight.

It is a bit of a fight getting to the image here Luko. Had to go back a few times.

.. got it now though.

– and passé .. that’s a word the ladies use for fashion Luke. As in out of fashion. But that’s reading between the lines isn’t it, and there’s the 500 plus words done. We can only do so much, or read so far.

* a champion australian racehorse poisoned by the filthy seppos in 1932 and I’ll edit anything for nothing.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. sjh #

    NB note to self , hire that bastard PB , drink him under the table and then fire his ass , whey to clever to be legal that chap.

    September 18, 2012
  2. Pete, oh Pete, where to begin…?

    Spelling errors, lack of italics, arbitrary capitals, structural manslaughter and general – perhaps wilful? – grammatical inconsistency.

    You, my dear fellow, need a good editor.

    September 19, 2012
    • jamie brisick coming up – better known as nigel the name dropper

      September 19, 2012
  3. sjh #

    man i dying here awaiting the avalanche of thought to appear on the Puberty Blues interview , this one essay alone allowed to make print by the editorial team should signal the final end of an unfortunate long drawn out ungraceful public decline to the scarp heap of irrelevance

    September 23, 2012
  4. luke kennedy #

    Hi Pete
    Luke Kennedy here. Just discovered your critique. Perhaps you’d like to have a proper chat about Bondi, literary excellence and surf jargon – all the things you claim expertise in.
    I’m still in Bondi. Not sure what your pedigree is but it seems to me you totally miss the spirit of the place at present. Anyway, as mentioned, happy to have a chat and hear your views.
    0410 7254 76. That is unless you are above us all?

    November 19, 2012
    • sjh #

      Ohh good lord son , grow up !

      November 19, 2012
  5. the pedigree is all here Luke … lowside and highside.

    November 19, 2012
  6. Ed #

    Truly one the best, most creative and enjoyable things I’ve read of late. Well done Pete Bowes.

    November 23, 2012
    • so, we should give old Luke another pay-out on the next issue then .. this sounds like a plan.

      November 23, 2012
  7. sjh #

    I always wondered did young Luke suddenly wake up and realize he was playing with adults and scurry off back to his cubby house , one of the great laughs of 2012

    February 10, 2013

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