"Look, it's really sad," professional surfer Dean "Dingo" Morrison tells GrindTV. "Some of the world's greatest surfers, guys like Wayne Bartholomew and Wayne Deane, who have grown up here all their lives, and they can't get a wave. They are being paddled around and afforded no respect whatsoever. It's just not something you want to see at your local break."
Morrison's local break just happens to be Australia's Snapper Rocks, the home of the world-famous Superbank, which will host next week's Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast and is probably the most crowded surf spot in the world.
Morrison, who won the inaugural Quiksilver Pro in 2003, has been vocal in what he sees is the breakdown of surfing etiquette that has occurred as the crowds have increased. He recently posted an Instagram from the latest swell, saying, "To all those people that moved here and think your [sic] a local F–K YOU… pay ya dues and earn your spot in the line-up."
Love surfing this place more than anything!! I grew up right there,went to primary school right there, when times were tough we had to stay at the refuge right there, so that’s why I get territorial right there.. To all those people that think it’s a free for all or if ya just moved here and think your a local FUCK YOU takes along time to pay ya dues and earn ya spot in a line up!!!! Photo @dmunnphotography
That post attracted more than 300 comments and fired up the always-burning embers that surround the issue of localism in surfing. More fuel was then poured on the fire when footage of one of the best waves of the swell, caught by Morrison (see above), showed him ruthlessly dropping in on another surfer.
"I thought he was going left," laughed Morrison when we asked about that wave. "But in all seriousness, there is no etiquette and it's out of control. I've heard people telling respected locals to f–k off, and if you did that anywhere else in the world—be it Brazil or Hawaii or anywhere, really—it wouldn't be tolerated. There'd be repercussions, but here we have to suck it up. And there's guys that say, 'Well I'm just here to catch a few waves,' or 'I moved here six months ago.' That's fair enough, but I say, 'Well, I wouldn't go to your local break and start snaking the local older guys and think I'd get away with it.'"
When asked what a possible solution is, however, Morrison is slightly at a loss: "It’s, um, hard. Look, violence obviously isn't the answer and never will be. It's also difficult because of the sheer numbers and the fact that the lineup is so vast. It's a unique situation here, but one where the locals have been marginalized. I feel we have a great community here and an amazing surf history, but every swell now, the surfers that created that are being completely ignored and worse. Something has to change."
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