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Teiki Mathieu Baillan surfing a self-made Alaia surfboard in Lances Left, Mentawaï, Indonesia. Photo by C. Naslain, 2009.

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By anonymous , 16-03-2005

palisades local boy - Man this is good, well said.....

By anonymous , 16-03-2005

- That one gets a standing ovation, well said.

By Palisades Local Boy , 12-03-2005

from a different perspective - Coming from a American perspective: I've surfed all over the world and I'll agree Oz has better surf than England and the surf scene is more established (eventhough Hawaiian royalty surfed England before mainland U.S. or Oz, read your history!) However these comments below truly show how the two nations differ. Aussies think they're the shit, but for the most part they are egotistical whining bitches. The English are overly proud and it shows when they travel. Both countries are a bunch of drunks(fine with me) but the English will fight alone even when the odds are against them(again read your history)
Trust me I know Oz history also, Galipoli (WW1) makes you respect Aussies, but that was a long time ago & times change. Now it seems the English have that working class soul and Aussies are like the rich spoiled brats(just like how many of my fellow Americans are. The English have to work harder, Oz are about as lazy as the French, look how many holidays you've got) This also comes from my Brazilian friends, they think Americans and Aussies are big mouth pricks but they've all had only respectful comments about the English. I think this says a lot since the Brazilians are pretty non-biased on this Oz/English thing. They agree Aussies are the best surfers but they feel Aussies are way worse because of the ego. Maybe England can't back it up with the surfing but they're getting a lot better. I've surfed the U.S. for the last 35years and surfing has not grown like it has in Europe for the last 10 years. Oz is just like America when it comes to growth (it's a lot more popular in Oz but it hasn't grown 1000%) I surfed Oz 6 times (got family in Perth and in Brisbane) the talent has not excelled as fast as Europe. I've surfed England/Wales 5 times and Ireland 3 times and every time I go back the talent has increased a hundred fold. America and Oz have ruled for the last 30+years when it comes to talent but Europeans are coming on strong(catching up to the Brazilian threat) It took me awhile to come to this realization about Aussies. Since I was 7 years old I had a fascination with Oz(& N.Z.) when I was old enough to travel my love for Oz changed. Their is something about Aussies they left me a feeling that they are ego pricks, have a chip on their shoulder, etc. I honestly can't say that about the English onlythat they are overly proud to a fault. Maybe Aussies have vibed me because of my American accent. The English respect the Americans to much, Americans respect the English not enough, but fuck any respect for all the traveling Aussies that don't respect anything but Oz shit. I've seen Aussies beat down by my Brazilain friends in the U.S.,Mexico, and in Brazil. We ended up partying with the coolest English guys in Puerto Escondido. True they weren't the best surfers and maybe to into the image part of the surf culture, but they were humble and down to earth. I know most Americans SUCK SHIT when it comes to their attitude. Maybe Aussies group all Americans in the same boat and that's why they act as kooks to us. This whole message was not to put down Aussies. But you acting like fucked up Americans as if you're the best. So fuck you. I hate traveling and getting treated like shit because I'm American but I realize it because all the fucking KOOK AMERICANS who came before me. All you Aussies should learn from this, don't turn into Americans with non deserving egos. If you do you might get punked like I've seen so many times before. Anyway if you Aussies think you can drink go to WALES and they will put you in your place. "SPOILED KIDS FROM THE LAND OF PLENTY HAVE TOO MUCH IN COMON WITH THE BAD THINGS OF AMERICA AND AUSSIES ARE LOSING THEIR WORKING CLASS SOUL THAT THEY INHERITED FROM THE LAND OF SAINTS"

By anonymous , 11-03-2005

re:Joel - Do you have any idea how ironic your last statement sounds? Some people might say that you're a prime example of an arrogant nation. But, unlike yourself, fortunately not eveyone is stupid enough to judge people by their nationality. Better run along now son, I think your old man wants to give you a clip round the ol' earhole.

By anonymous , 09-03-2005

joel the moanin aussie - you missed out wales you prick.
bet you never got laid?

By Joel , 09-03-2005

- Thankyou for being full of non educated hick arseholes England... I have learnt a greater tolerance and humility for it in the most Buddhist sense. Good night from this debate.

By ratty , 08-03-2005

- Never argue with an imbecile, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.

By anonymous , 07-03-2005

world champs - moanin aussies
still pissed off about the rugby?
ye we r the world champs

By anonymous , 07-03-2005

Gold Coast inc and Joel - Silly little English clowns? mate if it wasn't for us shipping our convicts over to Australia you wouldn't be there now, have some respect! As far as brits paddling out at the goldie or Indo, I think thats been going on for quite a while,there are british surfers charging everywhere these days. I've put my time in at both places, the Goldie is full of arseholes like you although I had no problem getting waves and shagging your local women (generally they are sick of you lot), Indo is Indo, sick waves avoid the Aussies and Brazilians. Leaving England was the best decision you ever made mate, one less aussie for us to contend with, financially you are mistaken though my friend, the british pound is as strong as ever, everyone wants to work here! You came to England for professional career development and didn't find it because working behind a bar doesn't go much further than pulling pints! try selling ice creams next time might be a bit more challenging for you. Later losers

By Joel the Angry South Aussie , 07-03-2005

Correction: only England is crap - Yes, like the good journalist that I am I did make a mistake in my last statements and here is the retraction.... it is not the UK scene that sucks, Ireland and Scotland surf kicks huge ass and they are such a nice bunch too up there, I encourage every Aussie to visit Scotland and Ireland. So I was wrong, UK scene doesnt suck, JUST THE ENGLSIH PART! I forgot that because England is so crap you must encorperate 2 totally seperate countries and claim them as your own.. but only when its convenient.

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