Journalism & Creative Writing

Action Sports, Lifestyle & Sports

Six December escapes you want to visit to score perfect uncrowded waves

But forget about the overpriced Christmas tree or the (sometimes) awkward mandatory brunch with the in-laws for a second and picture yourself trading barrels instead of presents somewhere far away from the house in the suburbs or the micro-surf conditions at your local break.

December folks, December. It's the month where the usual suspects like Bali or the Maldives remain awfully quiet, but locations that are less frequented by surf-traveling nomads are making all the noise instead.

The Maldives Re-imagined: Sustainability is the New Priority for Luxury Travel

As I’m waiting for my ride to get escorted to the first class seaplane lounge, my mind is running wild.

The elephant in the room for surfers worldwide, the topic discussed in hushed tones at best, but generally brushed aside, is that traveling for surf isn’t the most sustainable of leisure activities.

Throw an elevated traveling experience somewhere deep in the Indian Ocean into the mix, and you are basically vacationing at an energy level equivalent to a small power plant.

How J-Bay Put The Dream Back in Tour

Do you know what the best thing is about the mid-season cull? More (relevant) surfing in way less time. Non-Elimination Rounds are no more, and every Heat has some sort of big-picture implications somewhere, for someone. The new format also means less but more work for everyone involved as we rifled through the J-Bay Cup in 4 days – lay day included.

It’s like watching ‘American Psycho’ but skip the intro pleasantries right to the part where Christian Bale butchers Jared Leto with an Axe. Bea

Jeffrey's Bay is Back, Baby!

J-Bay is special for a number of reasons. For starters, J-Bay is the real deal. This isn’t a Central American compromise or a WSL sales pitch on the next best right-hand point-break. After a 3-year hiatus, the prestigious cobblestone-coated right-hander is back on the Cream Tour, and the timing couldn’t have been any better.

After a few (too many) lackluster events with mediocre waves, the Dream Tour seemed more like a running joke than a league of the World’s best surfers.

Steph makes history and Colapinto defeats the Brazilian Storm

I suck at math, but I’m pretty sure there was a 75% possibility that a member of the Brazilian Storm would win some freshly mined Bitcoins and a shiny trophy courtesy of Nayib Bukele, the Head of State of the surf nation sandwiched between Guatemala and Honduras. Spoiler alert; it didn’t happen.

What a week it’s been. Choco slob supplanted lay days, only to be replaced by a mini window of pretty fun surf. Of course, the J Bay comparisons turned out to be a hoax, but what gives.

Here's what you've missed from the Bitcoin Cup on Day 2

Waking up to Jessi Miley-Dyer and Shannon Hughes using words like “huge”, “pretty fun”, or “full day” is always a good sign, even if it’s in the middle of the god damn night. But, early wake-ups call for everyone’s favourite legal drug – coffee, yes, coffee!, while a (kinda) firing righthand point-break definitely helps to get over the chronic daily working slump.

A full day of competition usually means heartbreaks, upsets, buzzer moments, creative claims, and on good days, all at the same time

Here's What You've missed from the Bitcoin Cup on Day 1

El Salvador, 5 years ago, had a shitload of crime. Today, El Salvador has a shitload of crime, a millennial president fighting a shitload of crime occasionally in a baseball cap, the Nakamoto coin as a legal tender and a shiny new CT venue.

Apparently, it’s the Latin American version of another wave featuring on the Cream Tour – Jeffrey’s Bay. But then again, Julian Wilson once was touted as the Aussie version of Kelly Slater. Carmen Electra the younger version of Pamela Anderson.

Why win easy when you can make it friggin' hard?!

After a challenging week with lay days, Rona scares, unfavourable winds and mediocre waves, G-Land cleaned herself up nicely for Finals Day. But it’s been a trip. Literally.

For the cream of the crop of the Dream Tour, the jungle experience hasn’t been easy. A pumping swell gradually tapered off right before the start of the waiting period, which left surfers scrambling for scores in the water and scrambling for anything to do to keep a sharp mind on land.


It’s the year 1972. Travelling to Indonesia resembles more the format of the famous TV show The Amazing Race rather than a quick Jetstar strike mission – extra leg room included. Trips are scarce. The archipelago is unexplored and wild—Bali’s free of Potato Heads, Skygardens and Bintang singlets.

Anyone attempting to travel to Indonesia from anywhere in the world needs a lot of time, patience, and an undeniable thirst for surprises.


Australia is a wrap. The Margaret River Pro is a week in the rear mirror. “Schnappa” was just taken out by the best-unsponsored surfer on tour and a prodigal daughter, respectively. But the hangover lingers. Surfers missing the cut are washing away their sorrows. Surfers still employed for the second half of the year, turning it up to 100.

The obvious. Double W’s on home soil is one way to make a statement. It’s a pretty good time to be Australian right now.

The Wild West, Lay days and Elephants Everywhere!

Let’s address the elephant in the room first. I’m back off the bench for this one! Okay, and now the other elephant. While my arrival in the West concerns literally no one, it’s a different Elephant everyone’s talking about. Am I right?!

Of course, I’m talking about Gabs and the WSL’s decision to award our current champ with a wildcard for the second half of the tour after months of riding Softboards (Yes, Medina has joined the bandwagon) instead of Cabianca blades.
Load More