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A day in the Life of Pama Davies

A day in the Life of Pama Davies

Pama Davies has been chop-hopping over backpackers caught in the rip at south Bondi he was in his mid-teens. He’s 22 now, and the only thing that’s really changed is the consistency of his facial hair. It’s gone from a wispy offering that he described as an “unwise, wise man’s beard” to a thick conquistador-style mustachio and goatee combo. And he’s grown a bit, proportionately, one of those people who look like you’ve pressed “command +” a few times. It’s always baffled me that Pama hasn’t received more love from the surfing industry. A handsome kid from Bondi Beach, the most recognisable stretch of sand in the world, who happens to be a world-class freesurfer seems like a marketing dream, but for years Pama didn’t receive the support he deserved.
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Why it’s Time to Abandon the Tropical Surf Vacation

Why it’s Time to Abandon the Tropical Surf Vacation

The marketing of surfing as a pursuit best enjoyed on tropical isles has been going since the Endless Summer, longer even. But that was over half a century ago, and since then the world’s changed beyond recognition. The population’s more than doubled, and the percentage of that who surf has inflated more than Bruce Brown would’ve dared dream. There’s not much that remains the same as it was 50 years ago, especially culturally. Global fashion and financial capitals have shifted, several times, hip hop’s revolutionised popular music, shit’s different now. So why are we still going to Bali?
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