The Week in Surf News for May 11th, 2013

A recap of the week in surf news hosted by Natalie Rose.

Box office flat for surfing film

It came with the star power of Sam Worthington, good media coverage and decent word-of-mouth but the Australian surfing drama Drift opened flatter than the Balmoral surf on the weekend. It took just $269,000 for a disappointing screen average of less than $2000. That’s a real pity considering that viewers who eventually catch Drift at home will miss the impact of the spectacular surfing scenes. Mind you, it’s hard going up against Iron Man 3, which has taken more than $27 million in 12 days, dominating an otherwise so-so time in Australian cinemas.

Surfing mag criticised for posting suspicious substance on Instagram

A MONTHLY magazine that promotes itself as the “surfers’ bible” of Australia has come under fire for posting a photo of a suspicious substance with the caption “some things never change”. Posted via the magazine’s Instagram account, the picture featured a bag of the substance on top of the magazine, with a packet of “rollies” – used to roll a joint – next to it. The picture has since been deleted from the account.

The editor of Tracks, Luke Kennedy, told news.com.au this morning the picture was posted by a third party and although unaware who the person was, it was not a member of the Tracks team. “[Tracks] doesn’t endorse the use of hard drugs. If there is to be a debate on the use of recreational drugs then Instagram is not the right place for it. That creates an impression we didn’t want to see created, that’s why it was taken down. Our main objective is to promote surfing as a healthy lifestyle choice and that’s always our priority first and foremost.”

Surf reef director Nick Behunin ‘cannot be found’

Liquidators for the New Zealand-based company which built Europe’s only artificial surf reef are yet to locate its director. Nick Behunin’s company oversaw construction of the £3.2m reef which has been out of action since 2011.

Dan Jenkins, owner of Jenkins Marine based in Poole, has registered a £34,000 claim to be a creditor, but has yet to hear anything. His company supplied the workboat used in the original offshore construction. Boscombe surf reef Boscombe surf reef has been out of action since May 2011. “I’m shocked and surprised that they haven’t been able to trace Nick Behunin. From my knowledge, he lives in the USA. It’s a real shame. The longer the reef sits idle, the more it will deteriorate. There’s a host of local contractors out there who were involved in the original build and could easily undertake the repairs needed.”

The BBC has also been unsuccessful in its attempts to contact Mr Behunin, who last spoke on camera about the reef in 2010.

“Out in the line-up” takes you on a global journey to meet gay surfers

Surfing has long been marketed using the image of the blue-eyed, blond-haired, white male and the bikini-clad surfer girl. But surfing has now reached a broader range of social classes, genders, races and sexualities. These old stereotypes are no longer relevant, yet the surfing industry still upholds them, convinced it is the best way to market the sport. But by doing so surfing has lost the connection with its grass roots ideals of diversity, freedom and individuality.

“Out in the line-up” takes you on a global journey to meet gay surfers such as 3 time world champion Cori Schumacher, ex- US pro surfer Robbins Thompson, ex New South Wales state champion David Wakefield, and many more. Hear their stories of the struggle for acceptance – from their friends and families, other surfers – and themselves. Pro-surfers, journalists such as surf-writer Fred Pawle, surf photographer Scott Needham and psychologist Clifton Evers, bring light to how surf culture is changing and what more needs to be done for it to become more open.