Kelly Slater’s plans to surf Australian leg of 2022 tour thrown into disarray after world #1 tennis player Novak Djokovic has vax exemption cancelled with the star held under police guard at Melbourne airport!

“This is not a fight for the libertarian world, this is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world!”

Yesterday came the news, in a roundabout sorta way, that vaccine sceptic Kelly Slater was still a chance to surf the Australian leg of the tour after world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic secured a vax exemption to compete at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

The decision sparked fury among residents of the most shuttered city in the world who lived through six lockdowns totalling 262 days after COVID kicked off worldwide in March 2020.

Exemptions can be given for reasons such as anaphylactic response to the COVID vaccine, a poor response to vaccination or having had Covid in the last six months.

It wasn’t revealed what reason the Serbian star, who is “personally opposed to vaccination”, gave for his exemption.

Anyway, Australia’s PM stepped in, obvs motivated by the chance to score some easy political points amid a rising fury of his handling of the crisis, tweeted, “Mr Djokovic’s visa has been cancelled. Rules are rules, especially when it comes to our borders. No one is above these rules. Our strong border policies have been critical to Australia having one of the lowest death rates in the world from Covid, we are continuing to be vigilant.”

Djokovic’s daddy was real sad, telling a radio station, “This is not a fight for the libertarian world, this is not just a fight for Novak, but a fight for the whole world!”

The Djokovic decision had opened the door to the greatest of all time to give Australians one more chance to examine his whipped-out flayed heel-ground turns, those little Slater Designs rails sunk to the hilt.

Now, probs no.

Slater, of course, hasn’t been shy in expressing his opinion of the pandemic.

“This is clearly a disease of obese, unhealthy, and elderly if you study the official statistics,” he’s said.

Sweet sweet Country Soul. And, if you want to get on the pingers and dance with beautiful Brazilian men, Byron is an hour and a half north.

One of the world’s great surfer houses, overlooking iconic point wave made famous in Morning of the Earth, set for sale in dying days of bull market!

Kick back in the arms of Angourie's still-warm Country Soul.

The pretty little coastal hamlet of Angourie, separated from the burgeoning town of Yamba five clicks down Angourie Road there, is one of those rare joints that has so far resisted the siren call of development.

Curbless streets, rocks pools, everyone knows everyone, two world-class waves. If you’ve ever seen the 1971 surf classic Morning of the Earth, you’ll know the sequence of Baddy Treloar hacking the point to bits on a board he made in his backyard to the John J Francis song Simple Ben.

The birth of country soul. 

And, now, if you’ve got four-mill or thereabouts, you can get a piece of sweet little Angourie with 65 Pacific Street, the closest joint to the Point and overlooking Yuraygir National Park out the back. Land size is almost seven thousand square feet.

It’s a compelling sell,

The house itself is what sea change dreams are made of. 

A sophisticated and contemporary twist on the classic timber beach house, with some of the most spectacular ocean views you will find anywhere. 

This spacious one-bedroom, one-bathroom beach house includes an open plan living, dining, kitchen area with a covered veranda wrapping around three sides.

The materials, finishes and fixtures used in the home are of the highest quality and pay homage to the surrounding natural landscape. 

A dream for nature watchers, there is a huge range of birds in the surrounding bushland, families of kangaroos who often visit to feed on the grass close to the house and migrating whales which can be seen from the veranda.

Spectacular views of sunrises, moonrises and sunsets from the property are a highlight.

How much to retire to one of the last great surfer houses, which last traded in 1988 for sixty-five gees?

The joint next door sold for four-mill back in May (bought for $420k in 1998) so expect that as a minimum.

Contact the agent, the lovely Janis Perkins, if you got the cash, want to retire to heaven. 

Expressions of interest close February 14.

Photo: Jalil Najafov Instagram
Photo: Jalil Najafov Instagram

Great White Shark goes viral with supernatural scar on back: “There’s no ocean without sharks and no oxygen without the ocean so by saving sharks we save the planet!”


I am now in Milan’s airport waiting to exit this glorious country having just stood in front of Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” awed. The amount of art, of tiramisu and Negroni in Italy is positively stupefying. Potentially supernatural and possibly more supernatural than the recent viral sensation of a shark with a “mysterious” bite on its back.

The image, captured by photographer Jalil Najafov, self-described shark enthusiast, conservationist and filmmaker, in Mexico said it “changed his life.”

Najafov was born in Azerbaijan, a country I once visited and impressed by its use of the color yellow and also its lack of nightlife, has been studying and documenting sharks for decades though never saw something like the above.

What could cause such a scar?

Experts immediately ruled out a mating incident wherein sharks apparently love nibble each other and worry began to spread that it was maybe supernatural.

Aliens knowing if the ocean goes, we go, or more poetically stated by Najafov, “There is no ocean without sharks, and no oxygen without the ocean. So by saving sharks, we save the planet.”

His main concern is shark finning but have you ever tasted shark fin soup?

Nowhere near as tasty as tiramisu I’d gamble.


Back to the scar, though.


Ben Gravy?


Seventeen-year-old heroine saves self-destructive kangaroo for first-ever rescue as official Australian surf lifesaver!

What a time to be alive.

Into every life a little self-destructive kangaroo must fall but it usually happens later when people are more mature, better able to handle the situation, which makes Lillian Bee Young’s heroism all the more impressive.

The seventeen-year-old, who just received her stripes as an official surf lifesaver in Yamba on the north of Australia’s New South Wales, was on duty when a kangaroo began to act erratically.

“My other workmate, Carissa and I, we were sitting on the tractor and she goes, ‘Oh my God, there’s a kangaroo jumping off the rocks!’ and we were just figuring out what we should do … because we’ve never had that happen before,” she told Australia’s ABC News.

The kangaroo, maybe experiencing personal difficulties at home, refused to swim to shore after jumping into the surf but Lillian was not going to let it drown on her watch. She quickly grabbed a board and sprinted into action.

I was trying to figure out how, if I needed to, get it on the board … but also it’s a wild animal … even though you’re helping I wouldn’t want it to hurt me or make it more stressed out,” she said, adding, “It was quite a windy day, very choppy. I paddled behind it and sort of guided it into the beach.”

When the kangaroo bounded up the sand cheers broke out amongst worried onlookers.

What a time to be alive.

Watch here.

Slater in the hot tub at Surf Ranch makes universal sign for ok. | Photo: Steve Sherman/@tsherms

Novak Djokovic’s shock Australian Open vax exemption opens door for Kelly Slater to compete at Bells and Margaret River in retirement year!

“Outrageous kick in the teeth to all Australians who’ve endured such draconian restrictions for so long. Rewarding an anti-vaxx loon like this sends a terrible message.”

The world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic has sparked fury, outrage etc among residents of the most locked down city in the world after he was given a vaccine exemption to compete at this month’s Australian Open in Melbourne. 

Brit polemicist Piers Morgan tweeted, “Outrageous kick in the teeth to all Australians who’ve endured such draconian restrictions for so long. Rewarding an anti-vaxx loon like this sends a terrible message.”


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Australian football star Corey McKernan tweeted, “People with loved ones who are dying / some needing urgent treatment cannot get into their own states. You tell people they can’t go to Coles or a cafe without being vaxxed but if you’re world number 1 you get a pass? F***ing disgrace.”

The good people of that once-bustling city lived, barely, through six lockdowns totalling 262 days after COVID kicked off worldwide in March 2020. 

It wasn’t a breezy sorta deal either, local cops ate up the chance to kick hell out of anyone who didn’t affix their paper mask correctly.

Anyway, exemptions can be given for reasons such as anaphylactic response to the COVID vaccine, a poor response to vaccination or having had Covid in the last six months.

Serbian Djokovic told fellow Serbian athletes on a Facebook chat a year ago, “Personally I am opposed to vaccination and I wouldn’t want to be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel…” 

Earlier this year, Kelly Slater was slammed by the Australian press when he launched multiple fronts in the online vaccine war and claimed friends had “literally” been killed by vaccines, although this would later be amended to “horrible reactions”. 

Slater’s vax hesitancy, scepticism, whatever it is, previously meant he’d be shut out from competing on this year’s Australian leg of the tour, which encompasses Bells Beach and Margaret River.

Only two months ago, The Guardian opined that the country’s ultra-strict vaccination requirements would not be loosened even for superstar tennis players like Novak Djokovic. Not even for the world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater.

Slater’s predicament underscores a looming dilemma for international sporting competitions. While Australia’s long-closed borders are now slowly reopening, the blanket ban on foreign arrivals is being replaced by vaccination requirements that are stringent by international standards. In sports notable for their globe-trotting – including tennis, golf, road cycling, Formula One, surfing and cricket – Australia’s entry requirements make being unvaccinated a significant competitive liability. Across a season of fine margins, sitting out one of the four Grand Slams, a Grand Prix or two WSL legs is unthinkable. Or is it?

The Djokovic decision opens the door to the greatest of all time to give Australians one more taste of his divine act, flying out on sheer bazaaz, his fans twitching like laboratory rabbits with electrodes planted in the brain.