Sean Doherty

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

3.13.16

Features

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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3.1.16

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The Survivor

Five years later, Bruce Irons discusses coming to terms with life after Andy

I’d last interviewed Bruce Irons on the evening of August 27, 2011, in Tahiti. It was a crazy night after an even crazier day. We were perched on plastic lawn chairs in the middle of a yard party at Teahupoo, a dozen beers in, buzzed by mosquitoes and boozed partygoers, the air positively fizzing after

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12.17.15

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The Mouse That Roared

A dizzying end to the Pipeline Masters and the WCT season

Today exhaled. While yesterday the air positively crackled, this morning it felt heavy, the day feeling kind of muted, the surf gone, yesterday’s drama disappearing like the rubbish blowing down the deserted Ke Nui Road at dawn. At the stroke of lunchtime, Mick Fanning exhaled. He hugged his Mother and let it go in one

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12.16.15

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Crazy Heart

Heartbreak and heroics at the Pipeline Masters

Today demanded a stage. Looking back on the high drama of what just went down, both in the water and out, it was fitting that they waited for real Pipeline. Today was for men, both primal and postmodern men, the prelude to the drama already happening back in Australia as we slept, while the swell

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12.15.15

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Sandwiched In Time

Bryce Young adopts a style that pays homage to the past and points to the future

Back in 1970 in New South Wales, Nat Young pulled into a tube at Broken Head in broad daylight and was in there so long that when he emerged he found the sun had set. Walking up the beach alone in the dark, he wasn’t sure whether he’d been in there hours, days, or decades.

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12.11.15

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Unscripting The Unscripted

Round Two of the Pipeline Masters sees the tide take an enticing shift

When you’re walking through hell, keep walking, they say. Don’t stop for a photo. Phil Toledo’s hellfire moment came early this morning. After sweating on it for a full night, and after sweating on it already for six weeks, he found himself on the shoreline at Pipe about to paddle out for a sudden-death World

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12.10.15

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Feeling Different

Day One of the Pipeline Masters begins, and the lions' den opens

And then there were five. And Pipe hadn’t even started yet. Owen took himself out of the game late yesterday. He dropped by the Rip Curl house yesterday, full of piss and vinegar as he’s been all year, living big, surfing big, a huge smile and full of stories. I’d interviewed him for an hour

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12.9.15

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Foxes in the Hen House

After the Pipe Trials, wildcards look poised to wreak havoc in the Pipe Masters

Pipe, pre-dawn, was big. The reef rumbled and low gurgling sounds emanated from the men standing there watching it, drinking strong coffee. They were grimacing…and they weren’t even surfing today. Jack Freestone, however, was. In about 20 minutes. Given a start in the Pipe Trials to mark his breakout season where he qualified in a

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