Is the lucky country running out of luck? We pulled Surfing World 417 together at a time when you had to seriously ask yourself the question. With the east coast underwater for much of summer – just two years after it had burned during the Black Summer fires – it felt like we were getting a glimpse into our future. Midnight Oil lyrics as prophecy. Mad Max as a documentary. Leadership has not only been absent, it’s felt like we’re being led back to the Stone Age.
So for SW417 we talk the state of the nation. We’ve got longform interviews with Peter Garrett, Otis Carey, Nikki Van Dijk and Scottie Marsh. We’ve got definitive pieces on the Northern Rivers floods from Andy Summons, Jed Smith and Pete Bowes. We’ve got the story of the original Wreck Bay surfing mob and we track down Noa Deane, who’s been living quietly and surfing large. SW417 is a statement piece and a mag for the time.