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Waverley Council to honour “unsung hero,” surfing legend Pauline Menczer

By ALLISON HORE In 1982 Bondi local Pauline Menczer was just 12 years old. It was then she picked up the surfboard for the first time. Just six years later, she won the women's amateur world title and in 1993 she took home the women's world championship. Overcoming the physical challenges of the rheumatoid arthritis […]

Surfers dumped from North Bondi

By Linda Hoang A survey conducted by Waverley Council about the Bondi Beach Lifeguard Service has been met with opposition from beach goers and local residents. The original survey indicated Council would apply restrictions to ban soft boards from the northern end of Bondi Beach to minimise the risk of collision with swimmers. Mayor John […]

Andy Irons: Kissed By God

During the opening moments of this documentary world champion surfer Andy Irons describes the feeling of catching his first wave as “like being kissed by god” and a feeling “you’re always chasing.” Sadly these two short comments are a dark premonition into Irons’ ultimate descent into darkness due to bipolar disorder and drug addiction. Andy […]

Words up: Sydney Writer’s Festival comes to Bondi

The Sydney Writers’ Festival will be hitting the shores of Bondi for the first time next week. Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF) artistic director and North Bondi local, Jemma Birrell, has added four major events to the schedule, to be held at the iconic Bondi Pavilion in collaboration with the Rock Surfers Theatre Company. One event […]

Is surfing sexist?

By Shami Sivasubramanian When 13-year-old Melbournite Olive Bowers wrote to Tracks magazine about its sexualisation of female pro surfers, it caught the attention of surf communities and mainstream media nationwide. The self-proclaimed “surfers’ bible” featured a ‘Girls’ section containing not female surfers but bikini models. “I urge you to give much more coverage to the […]