Sean Doherty

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

4.6.16

Features

The Yoda Interview

How Glenn "Micro" Hall transformed Matt Wilkinson into a back-to-back event winner

Glenn “Micro” Hall is surfing’s Vince Lombardi — just shorter, thirstier, and so far this season, winninger. The 34-year-old Irishman’s only a few months removed from competing professionally, himself, yet he’s already led the World Tour’s improbable favorite, Matt Wilkinson, to wins at both Snapper and Bells Beach, as well as pushing current Women’s World

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4.3.16

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Champagne For Breakfast

Wilko goes two for two and rings the bell on Finals Day

This one dragged out a little. After nearly a fortnight at Bells, your correspondent has begun to take on the appearance of a chicken parmigiana, the official pub meal of Victoria, with a greasy film of cheese and tomato beginning to ooze from the pores. In ye olde days, consecutive lay-days at Bells would have

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4.1.16

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On The Clock

Courtney Conlogue takes Bells, men nearly set for final rounds at the Rip Curl Pro

It comes as a shock to the thousands of gormless tourists who flock to the fabled Bells Beach when they learn that the mobs of cute kangaroos that dutifully pose for photos in the adjacent farmland occasionally find themselves on the wrong end of a bullet. Not only are the roos a pest for the

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3.27.16

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Oceanic Snowboarding

Building swell, Bathymetry, and Mason Ho

Back in 1981, Terry Richardson took a drop at Bells that didn’t end. It was the biggest wave ridden on the biggest day surfed at Bells, and the unique bathymetry of the Bells reef turned it into a giant, moving, stationery wave. By the time he’d taken the drop, he’d traveled the length of the

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3.26.16

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Old Bones Road

Opening round musings from the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach

Doug’s tooth fell out at breakfast yesterday. It was a molar. The whole thing just popped right out on its own. He didn’t even break it on a bread crust or anything – just spat it into his hand, calmly put it in his pocket as there was a gold filling in it, and kept

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3.16.16

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Blades of Glory

Observations from Finals Day at the Quik Pro Gold Coast

I watched on this morning as Christian Fletcher almost got reversed over by a contest jet ski in a crowded scrum at Greenmount. There was only the mildest irony involved – his father, Herbie, being the one who first had the idea of putting the mechanized sea donkeys in the lineup – but Christian laughed

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3.14.16

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Gold, Gold, Gold!

Observations from Day Four of the Quik Pro Gold Coast

There’s been a visiting delegation here at Snapper Rocks over the past few days. They’ve been inconspicuous in and around the contest, a group of Latin American gents in floral T-shirts watching on from the surfer’s VIP area, all very casual. It’s only the fact that the WSL brass seemed to be making a real

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3.13.16

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An Uneasy Sunday

Observations from Day Three of the Quik Pro Gold Coast

There’s nothing easy about Sunday morning in Coolangatta. I sit as two good ol’ Cooly boys decompress after a relaxing morning surf at Snapper. “Anyway, I could see this knucklehead coming down the line. He’d just burned someone to get the wave and it was a good one. I see this guy out there a

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3.12.16

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Ladies’ Day

Observations from Day Two of the Quik Pro Gold Coast

A funny thing happened in the shadows of yesterday. I would have written about it at the time, but by that late stage in the day, we had been caught in a localized schooner storm upstairs at the Snapper Surf Club, caught by the good ol’ boys on a Friday afternoon. It would have been

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3.11.16

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Hot Water Music

Observations from Round One of the Quik Pro Gold Coast

The winds of change, they be blowing. Strange, hot winds blowing in strong from the piss-warm West Pacific, ruffling the locks of Jordy Smith, who’s standing at the water’s edge at Snapper Rocks looking like he’s walked straight out of a shampoo commercial. Was his hair that luxurious last time we saw him? I don’t

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