A Free Kick, Surfing Update and a Sabbatical

Sometimes one has to cast diplomacy aside and exorcise the demons. And I will no doubt get flamed but who cares, and this brings me to the website Seeing Red in China and the gormless piece titled I Love China

As my wife, whom I love very much, reminds me from time to time, I assume too often that the readers of the blog actually know me. I hope this post helps you better understand where I am coming from as you read about the China that I know.

We then get the weblord’s whole (and insigificant) academic cv and history of self-sacrifice bringing ESL to the downtrodden in the Sino-back blocks. This, like many other entries, reads like the memoirs of a 19th US missionary in China grappling with strange customs, dysfunctional institutions, etc. Also, something of a renaissance man: book editor, sino sociologist, HR advocate etc, all enveloped within a liberal dose of good old Yankee self-promotion. And lets not even mention the mostly adulatory Greek chorus occupying the comments section. Now that I have this unpleasant task out of the way….


In the last Surf Report we trekked into very isolated south-east Tasmania, braved white pointers – a particularly vicious Noah – and surfed Shipstern Bluff.

Major league predator -the White Pointer cruises the Southern Oceans

Dr Phil Chapman surfer and medical emergency dude: Shipstern Bluff in background

Nice interview with Chapman in Zigzag.

But here is the news.

Kelly Nordstrom: 14 year old Tasmanian high school student.

The Tasmanian Mercury reports that 14 year old Kelly Nordstrom successfully surfed this humungous break. Could you imagine a power tiger mum in Shanghai or Beijing having a son like this? Nah. Myopic human calculators who have problems tying their shoe laces.

And while testing the limits, we should visit Pedra Blanca also located in south-east Tasmania and home to some interesting bird life. Not to be mistaken for Pedra Blanca off Brazil and another off Singapore.

Read about the wildlife HERE thanks to Simon Mustoe, and experience some mf… big waves with this 60 minute video The Storm Riders HERE. Link lazy. This is your mission.

Thanks to Storm Riders for this image of Pedra Branca

I was going to enter into the inane debate as to whether surfing should be included in the Olympics (alongside kiddie porn events such as gymnastics and synchronised swimming), but decided to continue with this visual essay.

The Telegraph hosts the 2012 Nikon Surf Photo of the Year.
Of the twenty entries, I went with this one in the above gallery of 20 images.

Photog: Ray Collins. The Sweet Spot

And a similar gallery – Australian Open of Surfing Women’s open event at Manly beachHERE. While Hawaiian Alana Blanchard in this set will give you heart palpitations, the rest of the entrants at this event will also sort out your yellow fever issues.

Rising female surfing stars (l-r), Dimity Stoyle, Ellie-Jean Coffey, Laura Enever, Sally Fitzgibbons, Tyler Wright, Nikki Van Dijk and Phillippa Anderson. Picture: Mark Evans

This is my 47th post on the new site, and since I am heading for a blog sabbatical for a few weeks, lets close with La Gondalrina by Jerry Fielding from Peckinpah’s Old Testament ode The Wild Bunch

Link didn’t take, but a cut and youtube paste is recommended.

Note: Being a publicity hound like most bloggers, another 24 posts can be found on my superceded site Garage Land:


A total of 71 entries since March 2011.

See you soon and take care.

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9 Responses to “A Free Kick, Surfing Update and a Sabbatical”

  1. kingtubby1 Says:

    To the two likes above….thanks….and it is great to have some women readers.

    Just managed to link all my surfing entries together, and women and Asian women pro surfers are well represented. But of course there is still a fair way to go.

  2. bucketoftongues Says:

    Spot on about SRIC. One time I was having a Twitter discussion with someone, and he barged in saying “I wrote a blog post about that! [link]”. Ugh.

  3. kingtubby1 Says:

    Thanks for the agreement, Mike. I was tossing up whether to include that in the post, and even then I went lite by my standards.

    The whole fucking site reeks of smug self importance.

    The weblord was three and a half years in sino land, and now it magically jumps to five.

    I could rant on, but hell I’m putting on the wet suit and heading for the salt.

  4. schwitters57 Says:


  5. Tom Says:

    The “I Love China” piece was an attempt to turn down the heat after publishing Ge Xun’s account of his detention in Beijing, and many of the regular readers picked up on that. I described it elsewhere as my Valentine’s present to the PSB.

    As for three and a half years jumping to five, when I started the site, it was three and half years in China, after a year and a half of blogging I updated my bio and so now it is 5. I had spent 3 months here in 2006, and have lived here since 2007.

  6. justrecently Says:

    Tom, I’m wondering if one can love an entire country, but then, maybe it’s just not my way of experiencing things. I do love a few people though.
    When people think I’m making unfair comments about China, I’m trying to understand if their desire is to understand, or to silence criticism. If their main reason seems to be that they just want me to shut up, the heat shouldn’t be my problem. Otherwise, it can be a beginning of an instructive dialog.
    There’s been a discussion about knowing China on your commenter thread. It’s been said that there are different kinds of knowledge. I agree. But whenever I want to know about how China is ticking, Chinese people are the essential interlocutors, because they are much more involved than anyone of us (even more than Rittenberg). Add the knowledge of a foreigner who has stayed there for years, and it may fill some further gaps, or add perspective.

    KT, Dalai Lama say, some feelings ought to be voiced because they improve relations between humans. Other feelings better not be voiced.

  7. kingtubby1 Says:

    JR. The Dalai Lama is undoubtedly correct, but I am a godless creature made of much baser material, and that has been an itch i’ve been wanting to scratch for ages.

    Some sites value-add on China beyond google news reader, others don’t. My sino rants mostly belong in the latter category, thus the change of direction here to subjects which I really enjoy writing about.

    I look forward to subjecting readers to recordings of bird song, flower photography and similar in the future. The different wonders of nature which I missed out on after close to a decade working in Asia.

    I should add that my latest stats on the surfing stuff justify the new directions taken.


  8. justrecently Says:

    I should add that my latest stats on the surfing stuff justify the new directions taken.

    And my latest stats suggest that either China topics in general, or my range of topics about China, are in less high demand than before. I guess it’s the latter. To most potential readers, my current topics are probably too marginal, although I believe that they should be at the center.

    That’s the good thing about being a blogger, rather than a journalist. I can write what I believe people should read.

  9. kingtubby1 Says:

    JR. Writing personaIly, I suppose it is a question of finding a voice/topic area one feels comfortable with and this is something Mike addressed a couple of days ago.

    After excluding your site and Adams (which is quite idiosyncratic in a good way) which provide a lot of key document translation, the rest of the sites now run the same old stories concurrently and host the same old commenters. After a few years, it is little wonder the reader pool is shrinking and also becoming more homogeneous. Speaking for myself, the boredom factor has set in bigtime and also turned me into a bit of a troll.

    Believe it or not JR, I never visited a blog until about three and a half years ago. In fact, I didn’t even have a computer until early 2008.

    I don’t see people turning away from sino topics as the first step down the slippery path of ephemeral lifestyle journalism or any other pejorative term.

    Myself: music (which I know a ton about across a lot of genres), this surf stuff, and who knows what else on the horizon. During the sabbatical, I hope to improve my tech skills, so I can weave a mix of text, images, video and music, and that mix is the direction the blogs of the future will take.

    All the sites we visit are visually dead boring and in dire need of some major liposuction.

    One final point. A key element in blog writing from now on will be quality writing, and there is not a lot of that in evidence at the moment ie the English language is being under-utilised.

    Anyway, the big existential question, what is a blog, has not been determined yet, what with new platform apps coming available at a rapidly increasing rate.


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