CW: I hear there’s been a bunch of violence going on around D’bah. They’re even talking of police patrols on the beach.
Noa: There’s always shit going on like that down there – boats running a ground, people fighting. I only see people putting videos up of it but there are always people out there having a dig at each other; all the old blokes who sit at the wall trying to run it.
Mumma Deane: I call ‘em the bald crew.
Wayne: Most of the fights are from other guys that come from other areas trying to enforce it. Most of the local guys are just verbal. It’s too big of a playing field, too big an area to control. Even surfing Kirra back when it worked, you could get in the take off spot and it was hard to control guys dropping in on you when you’re 15-foot back in the barrel and they don’t even know you’re there and they just fade you. You’d get right to the foam ball and you’d almost get through it but it was pretty frustrating back then.
Ever been involved in any violence, Noa?
Noa: I did a cutback and it sprayed this guy in the face once and he told me to fuck off and I stuck my finger at him and said, “C’mon man, get a life,” and he paddled me all the way to Froggies (around the point from Snapper). I was like, “What are we doing over here, mate?” Then he chased me up the beach. Dad and mum were sitting in the car park not knowing what was going on and other people saw it but thought he was joking. I was 12 or 13.
Mumma Deane: We ended up knowing the guy and he wanted to teach him a lesson.
What is the dominant strain of surf culture in Coolangatta?
Noa: There’s a fair bit of that aggressive stuff going on but then you get guys coming up from down coast, so it’s a mixed bag. Out Snapper there’s a couple crew that ride different stuff, like alaias and fishes but mostly it’s DHD and JS. It’s pretty orientated like that around here.
Which surfers do you admire, Noa?
Noa: I always liked Dane and I’ve watched some other guys, like Ozzie’s old movies 156 Tricks and Seven Days Seven Slaves and Doped Youth. I loved Modern Collective when it came out. I usually only look at Dane’s blog. I watch heaps of skate videos too. There’s a couple of guys I like watching like Dave Gonzalez. It’s more mellow. It’s all about the skating and not about just shit. No comps or anything just good skatin’ not much politics in it.
A lot of young pros are heavily into skate culture. Why is that?
Noa: You can skate however you want. You’re still gonna have your haters of course, but there is every different kind of skater you can think of. You look at skaters and there’s so much going on because they’re in cities, whereas most of the good waves are in remote areas and it’s pretty boring what’s going on outside the water. A lot of what people want to see is the culture going on around that person and that doesn’t happen in surfing.
What do you need to succeed as a modern surfer?
Noa: You need a mixture. You need to surf but you need something other than surfing to make you stand out and get you coverage. The people who get heaps of coverage in magazines stick in your head. Some people win comps but they’re forgotten the day the next comp starts. No one will remember who won a comp last year, even on the WCT. I’d be stoked if I won a comp but bummed when the next comp comes around.