Go Pro 4 Session
The Go Pro Hero 4 Session is another leap forward in self capture camera technology. These
days if the subject is moving, then it’s being captured on a Go Pro.
The newest in the line, the Hero Session 4 is 50% smaller and much more compact.
The biggest feature for surfers, is the fact that the waterproof case is no longer needed,
the floaty backdoor is now a surround, which means it encloses the camera instead of
just sticking to the back of it.
Another feature that will enhance the user experience is the ball joint that lets you
change the camera around without having to unclip it, which is great for in the water.
The battery is now integrated so charging is just done by a USB port and once you
turn the camera on, it’s filming so know more wondering whether you are in
film mode or not.
There is some great waves being captured by local surfers and some mind
stills in the shore breaks around town.
So getting technical, the camera shoots a still at 8MP and 1440 @ 30 frames
per second or 1080 @ 60 frames per second.
A big congratulations to Go Pro for keeping the mounts the same,
a smart move for many enthusiasts.
I’ve been a fan of the Go Pro since day one and can’t see the demand
This is some serious camera and if you thought the Go Pro range
couldn’t possibly get better, then you’d be wrong. This is a must have
piece of kit.
In 1933 Dr Ernest Smithers invented a product that would not only save countless
lives on the 6th February 1938 in the infamous Black Sunday rescues at Bondi Beach
where over 250 lives were saved but has been under the feet of some of our decorated
surfing world champions.
The humble Surfoplane were a staple the beaches around Australia and the world for
over 40 years and with the possibility of the brand disappearing, Land & Sea Sports
stepped in and saved the iconic label.
Not only does Land & Sea Sports sell the classic Surfoplane, it has a range of products
under the Surfoplane name which includes Bodyboards, Longboards, Shortboards
and now Skateboards.
The best thing about the Longboards and Shortboards is the Low Impact Foam Deck
designed for safety during those learning times. The boards still perform similar to
their fibreglass or epoxy counterparts.
The Shortboard comes in a 6”6 Fish and a 6ft Performance Tri-fin which sell for $299 & $249 respectively and the Byron Bay Longboard comes
in 7ft and 8ft for a very reasonable $299 & $349.
A great item for when the waves aren’t playing the game, is the range of
The Bondi Cruiser, Coastal Rider and Surf Self Rider all have a classic retro look
with the Bondi and Coastal boards having a bamboo deck with the Self Rider
being made from Canadian Maple.
It’s such a credit to see companies keeping our iconic brands alive and while
these may not be for the hardcore surfer, they are loads of Summer fun.
Surfing locally is great, you know the breaks and you know the people yet you keep seeing
some amazing waves in surf magazines, wishing you could surf waves like that.
Well you can, there are a range of surf trips out there to some exotic locations around the
world but how do you figure out where and when to go?
You can ask other people where they have been to but there is much more to it than word
of mouth and as most people know, local knowledge is a handy thing to have.
“A good surf travel company can select the right trip for you, right down to the airfares
and transfers” states Ben Horvath, Marketing Manager from The Perfect Wave who
specialise in Surf Travel.
“We try to build the trip around you and your needs. Our consultants are all specialists
in the surf and snow travel industry and we want you to have the best experience
The Perfect Wave are a one stop shop for surf travel but be prepared for questions
from the consultants.
“We generally want to find out where you think you’d like to go, what time of year
you’re looking at and whether the location is suited to your ability”.
The options for travel include land or boat based and they know the right places
to take your family or significant other.
A quick look at the menu shows a trip that would be many surfers dream trip.
The “Surfing with A Legend” package see’s the surfers head on a surfing trip with
the likes of Occy, Barton Lynch, Bob McTavish,and Pam Burridge..
One thing The Perfect Waves specialize in is surf trips designed for women. The trip
called, “She Surfs” is an all girl surf trip.
There are two tours for women, with one designed for beginner to immediate, which has two qualified surf coaches and a surf guide that are focused on finding the right wave in the right conditions.
The other trip for women stays at the Atoli Resort in Mentawai, has a range of world class breaks not far from the front door. This trip includes land based accommodation and a surf photographer to document your epic waves.
The men aren’t left out by any means.
It doesn’t matter if your dreams are to charge the long walls of the Mentawai or learning to surf at Swimming Pools, Fiji then there is a trip for you.
For the men, everything is on the table and the menu is spectacular. Why not tey something different and sample the delights of lesser known spots like Sri Lanka?
The large range of trips cover most of the planet, if there’s surf then there’s a trip.
A quick glance at the website will show surf trips for Longboards, Bodyboards and even Stand Up Paddleboards.
Even thinking of traveling with your significant other?
There are packages for couples that surf yet The Perfect Waves have you covered if they don’t.
Next month we take a look at individual trips. First stop on the journey is Mentawai.
We have all seen the footage a thousand times now of the “Fanning Shark” but lets dig a little
deeper and hopefully put it into perspective.
What made this different to any other attack?
The big difference was it was live on television and streamed live on the World Surf League
(WSL) website. By breaking it down further, the camera was actually on Fanning at the time
the shark arrived on the scene.
It could have happened during the first wave Julian Wilson caught or on his paddle back out
but it happened as he was on screen.
Any shark experience will shake up anyone, specially those who grew up after the Jaws era,
a film that made some people rethink their love of the ocean.
Many surfers have shark stories even me.
Surfing with a mate on an unpatrolled beach in Northern NSW, a 6ft shark swam directly
under me and freaked me out and what followed can only be described as a very quick paddle in.
Always one to face fears head on we paddled out again the next day and somehow my legrope
came off. The long swim in which seemed to take forever was a good chance to think about
sharks and is probably how my fascination with them began.
Becoming a Scuba Diver a few years later gave me the opportunity to get up close and
personal with these majestic creatures.
As a avid watcher of shark documentary’s on the Discovery Channel, it’s interesting to
see the behaviour at J Bay.
Great Whites are known to attack from underneath at speeds of up to 40km/h with a bit
force of 4,000psi which is massive.
During an attack a film covers the eye to protect it from damage. The shark relies on
sensors in it’s nose to guide it.
Due to attacking blind, the animal doesn’t know what it has till it grabs it. Due to the
ferocity of the initial attack, most humans die from blood loss and rarely eaten as Hollywood
would have us believe.
The Fanning Shark may have been young and taking a bit of a look but happened to get
caught up in Fannings legrope, however try telling Fanning this.
Commentator Peter Mel tried to say this but was quickly shutdown.
So where to from here for Fanning?
The main thing is to clear the head and get back in the water, the quicker the better.
The drive home from the airport could be more dangerous but no one can imagine how
shaken up he is, same for Julian Wilson.
Wilson was paddling back out when it all unfolded and it is well known now, the thought
processes running through his mind.
Were the actions of Wilson brave?
Paddling towards an area where an attack could be occurring is brave. It takes much
more than guts. It is a heroic act and should be seen as so.
As during last Summer the people of Newcastle have learned that sharks will be more
common as they chase bait closer to shore.
The Newcastle shark had it’s own Twitter account (@Newyshark) and recently re-emerged with the appearance of (@j bayshark).
The Newy Shark even had it’s own range of clothing, placing some humour into the plight
of the surf starved surfers over Summer.
Surfers will always venture out into the water as the chances of an attack are slim at best.
We are luckily not a favoured food of sharks.
Whilst the Fanning incident was rare, it is a timely reminder that we share our beloved
ocean with many creatures.
We are surfers, we love and protect the ocean but we are small and insignificant in the
scheme of things. This includes protecting the sharks we so often fear.
Fanning and Wilson will be back. They will be nervous that first time and probably many
times after that, but be assured that this will not stop them.