by Guest Writers Suzie Cheel and Des Walsh
What places has this once proud tree visited across the oceans?
What sites has it seen?
What stories could it tell?
Would you listen?
These little buggies, usually seen zipping around our local Gold Coast surf beaches with a couple of Queensland finest in them, are presumably much more effective in the perp catching game than foot chases across the sand in size 9s would be.
This weekend marks the start at our local Rainbow Bay beach of the annual Quiksilver Pro + Roxy Pro international surfing event. The big blowup cubes in the picture, decorated with the Qiksilver and Roxy logos, are about to be towed out on a Red Bull liveried jetski, to mark out the official surfing area. Local ordinances at this time reserve a large surfing area for competitors, from the 8 am start till the the end of each day’s proceedings. It is a huge event, with a carnival atmosphere, top competitors from around the world, packed crowds on the beach and local vantage points on the final days, and of course lots of money being injected into the local economy for accommodation, food and general partying. We like it.