Sean Doherty

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

6.5.14

Features

Day Three of the Fiji Pro

The young guard takes charge at Cloudbreak

Walking along the beach before the boat arrived this morning, I looked down at my feet and saw it. As the wave retreated, staring up at me from the sand was a domino. The thing had been in the ocean forever; the corners having been worn smooth and the colored dots – red and purple

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6.3.14

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Day Two of the Fiji Pro

Conditions improve significantly for the elimination rounds at Cloudbreak

The view out the window of the “Snake Room” – named after its Mecca-like pull on the local sea snake population – told me the wind had abated. At certain times during the night, it felt as though the island of Namotu was about to slip anchor and drift away into the Pacific, sailing the

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6.2.14

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Day One of the Fiji Pro

Behind the scenes of the first day of competition

In the absence of surf this week, fishing has been the fallback du jour and the beasties have been on the bite. Kai Otton skulldragged a 130-pound dogtooth tuna from the channel yesterday and we were out there again this morning trying to replicate the feat. We were downrigging baits along the ledge, our teeth

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4.22.14

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The Final Day at Bells Beach

Behind the scenes of Carissa Moore and Mick Fanning's paths to victory at the Rip Curl Pro

There was a lone lion on the Bells savannah at dawn this morning. One guy. Jordy Smith. Last year he’d fallen at the last hurdle at this venue, one that should rightly be his. He had the lineup to himself for half an hour, a rare gift, and he had the time to commune with

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4.21.14

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The Road to Bells Beach

Behind the scenes at the Rip Curl Pro

The last thoughts inside the head of a roadkill kangaroo are all tumbleweeds. For all their cuteness and occasional deliciousness, they can indeed be a very, very gormless animal. This morning on the road to Bells Beach, a kangaroo bounded over the wire fence of Bob Johnson’s farm and straight into the path of the

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4.20.14

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Blackhawk Down at Bells Beach

Behind the scenes at the Rip Curl Pro

Pulling out onto the Great Ocean Road the other morning I looked in my rearview mirror and saw the future. It was a silver Delorean, late ‘80s model, which had materialized back from the future and was now sitting tight on my bumper. When it pulled back enough for me to get a get a

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4.14.14

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A Feast Fit for a Spartan

The final day at Margaret River served up Michel Bourez his first Tour win

In the 1800s they used to feed crayfish to prisoners. So abundant over here were these “cockroaches of the sea”, and so lowly prized were they that they were fed to the prisoners while the free gentry dined on delicacies like mutton and black pudding. These days, the only way you’re likely to get fed

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4.10.14

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Jabber Jaws

Competition moves to The Box for Round 5 of the Margaret River Pro

At certain breaks here this week, it has felt like Amity Island on the Fourth of July, visiting surfers gathering in the car park looking over an empty lineup, waiting for someone to paddle out first and halving their chances of ending up as fish lunch. Visiting surfers have been jumping at shadows this week, panicky, jumpy, walking on water to the beach at the sight of a dolphin fin. Everyone’s seeing something.

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4.6.14

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West of Gnarabup

Notes from a day of upsets at the Margaret River Pro

The problem with the wild west is that it’s often wild, and the world’s best surfers have had a tough time domesticating it this week. Bede Durbidge surfed the first heat of the round this morning, the onshore already up, the waves already ribbed, the lineup already hard to decipher. There were waves out there today Dali couldn’t dream up and Bede knew he was no longer in Kansas…nor Snapper. “It’s such a different ballgame,” he laughed. “After Snapper I started surfing The Alley because I knew I wasn’t going to get Snapper when I got here to Margarets. There’s no draw off the bottom and the waves really slopey.” It was a stark contrast to the shimmery cuteness of Snapper. There’d be no finesse about today. Today would be about concrete milkshakes and winning ugly. When pressed for his strategy Bede laughed again and replied, “You just have to hack into it while you can.”

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3.10.14

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The Old World Order

Tales from the Gold Coast at the Quik Pro Snapper

So such has happened since we last broke bread. And at the same time, so very little. Fred Patacchia got run over and dinged his board. A great white swam up to Kelly but smelt chia, not blood, and kept on swimming. And Jimmy Buffett dropped by out of the blue. I passed him in

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