INSIDE THE SAUSAGE MACHINE: HOW THE SECRET AUSSIE TOUR WAS BUILT

17 Feb 2021 1 Share

Nick Carroll

Senior Writer

Photo: Matt Dunbar

Photo: Matt Dunbar

Pro sports in these Covid times are crazy businesses, and pro surfing more so than most.

It’s like the old analogy of a sausage factory. Everyone loves a BBQ sausage on the weekend, but nobody really wants to know how they’re made.

Well, here’s how this particular sausage got made.

Around 8 pm on Wednesday, February 3, just after they’d watched their Lennox Head CT proposal being dropped on its head on live stream by Ballina Council, Andrew Stark and a couple of his crew were sitting on the balcony of the WSL’s Coolie office, having a beer and wondering what to do next.

“We thought, we can’t be rejected like that again,” Stark says. “We need to go to places with a deep history of this (professional surfing) — somewhere that would welcome us the way Newcastle would.”

They started writing a list of such spots. Near the top was North Narrabeen. On the spur of the moment, Stark began calling people in the Northy vicinity, including Damien Hardman. He asked Dooma: what did he think?

Dooma didn’t even need to think. Only a week before, at the NN Boardriders presso, it’d been part of the scuttlebutt among the older crew: “They wanna have more CTs, maybe they should look at Narrabeen?”

“F—k yeah, let’s do it,” he responded.

FOR THE FULL STORY ON THIS FRANTIC EFFORT, HEAD OVER TO SURFLINE.


The expansive faces of Margaret River will once again see the like of Owen Wright in combat mode. Photo: Cestari/WSL

The expansive faces of Margaret River will once again see the like of Owen Wright in combat mode. Photo: Cestari/WSL


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