Australia's government goes to war against "hipsters!"
Australia’s government took an official position on retro-style surfing yesterday in an important vote won overwhelmingly by progressives.
A motion was introduced by Byron Councillor Cate Coorey for a safety awareness campaign about the problem of “hipsters” surfing leashless in and around the Byron area. And let’t turn to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation without delay. Let’s go straight to Councillor Cate herself.
“It comes from personal experience and many people I know have nearly been mowed down by out-of-control boards,” she said.
“A couple of times I’ve actually grabbed kids to keep them out of the way of the board.
“I just think it’s incredibly irresponsible.”
Cr Cate said the trend appeared to be particularly rife among so-called hipsters trying to emulate a retro style of surfing.
“It’s mostly people riding long boards who seem to be having a love affair with times past, but we also used to drive without seat belts and there were many fatalities,” she said.
“Sometimes there is a good reason for advances in technology.”
The council’s decision to embark on an education campaign and investigate other possible deterrents has been welcomed by the surfing community.
Seven-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley said people riding boards without leg-ropes were a disaster waiting to happen, and it should be mandatory for people to wear leashes at point breaks.
“It’s getting crowded out there and when people lose their boards, especially the long boards, and they just come running through the line-up, it can cause some serious damage to people,” she said.
I usually don’t like top down approaches to social problems nor do I like campaigns for safety awareness but I like the cut of Councillor Cate very much, especially when she talks about hipsters having a love affair with the past.
Imagine, though, if she met the future, in the form of the World Surf League President of Content, Media and Studios Erik Logan galloping across the horizon on a SUP foil.
Would she still think there is a good reason for advances in technology?
Much to consider.