ALSA Mentawai Conference 2017

"Paradise Exists"

 

A small group of predominantly Queensland based participants booked out the entire Botik Resort for the ALSA Mentawai Conference 2017. Like with any trip to a tropical paradise, we worked hard at the conference however obviously, no one wants to hear about that so I will stick to the surfing. It was early in the season with only the occasional charter boat spotted.  We were fortunate that the swell was 6 to 10ft on the first day which tapered to 2 to 4ft by day 8.

Our first day at the Resort saw the biggest swell of the trip. While I paddled for my life on my longboard to avoid taking the double over head oceanic sets at Bank Vaults on the head, action man Richard perfected his late take offs into some of the best waves of the trip. Meanwhile all the goofys had headed to Hideaways to meet the shallow reef and enjoy the mechanical barrels. 

There was an amazing variety of the waves had by all. Thanks to having 2 boats between 10 of us, it was easy to split the group and for the most part everyone got to surf exactly the wave they wanted. Indeed when everyone else was surfed out on the very last day, I took the boat out by myself on sunset for a last hurrah.  

Besides the conference topics, we enjoyed the early mornings, uncrowded line-ups, daily fresh caught sashimi, a huge variety of fun/challenging waves and the XXXL delicious meals. Whether we were having beers on a deserted sand island watching some psycho pour diesel straight from the container onto the bonfire or successfully searching for barrels, these memories are what are keeping me seated at my desk reviewing leases waiting for the next trip. - Rosie Locke

Many waves had by all everyday. Steve (QCAT member and most senior attendee) busted his longboard on day 1 and also on day 1 I busted a leggie and swam for my life all the while wondering when drowning starts to take over in challenging surf. I didn't learn my lesson as I busted another leggie a few days later and Rosie very kindly saved/retrieved my board from snake island. 

Can't wait to go again.  So many waves...so close ...Mario is the best host you can ask for...Always amped to get you the most uncrowded waves all day long. - Simon Taylor

 

Interview with Rosie Locke Long boarder/ Lawyer at RLZ

Rosie Locke

Rosie Locke

Peter:  So Rosie, this will be short and painless.  Are you ready?
Rosie:  Ready!

P:     Let me start with a few easy questions for you.  Favourite Album of all time?
R:    Gotta be “Californication”, RHCP.  Awesome.

P:     And favourite all time surfer?
R:    Too easy.  Kelly.

P:     Female?  
R:    I can only think of my fellow competitors and I can not give them that title however otherwise, Steph.

P:     Surf movies?
R:    Another State of Mind and of course Endless Summer, one and two!

P:    What about your favourite break?
R:    Noosa (First Point and Teatree), Yallingup and Cactus.

P:    And your favourite long boarder?
R:    C.J Nelson.  That guy is incredible.

P:    So lets get a bit of a bio; where were you born?
R:    I was born in Cooroy, near Noosa in 1988. 

P:    And when did you take up long boarding?
R:   Dad had me on the front of his board before I could walk. Then I stole one of his boards for myself when I was about 9.  I am the longest running active member of the Noosa Malibu Club as I have almost racked up 20 years.

P:    Now tell me a bit about your rise to competition fame?
R:    I’d hardly call it fame!  I started with the Noosa Festival of Surfing when I was about 13 and I won that contest as a junior when I was about 15. During my teens and early twenties I competed in so many contests throughout Australia such as the Crescent Head Classic. When I was about 16 I stated started competing at states and Aussies. In 2005 I managed to win both an Aussie title and the Australiasian Professional Tour. That was a great year!

P:    So when did you start the pro tour?
R:    I completed in my first professional contest when I was 16 and qualified for my first Women's Professional World Longboard Championships at 18.  I have completed in most of the World Longboard Championships since then.  My best finish was equal 13th in 2007! During my time competing at the Women's Professional World Longboard Championships the contests have been held in France and China. I have also competed in many other pro contests in places such as California, Taiwan and New Zealand.  

P:    Have you ever competed in short board comps,
R:    Yeah I competed in a WQS comp once, years ago and came, well let’s just say not quite last!

P:    Are you still competing on the longboard circuit?
R:    Technically I am still on tour.  I currently have a world ranking of equal 17th but I now consider myself “semi retired”.  I am no longer sponsored and probably will not back unless World's moves somewhere new and fun (and they don't stop cutting the numbers to make it impossible).

P:    Rosie, an absolute pleasure interviewing you. Thanks for your time. Now get back to the conference!
 


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