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As the sun dissipates on a frosty June night, so does Winter Solstice. The days will continue to get longer, which means the late arvo session is almost in our grasp. Our latest issue dawns and metaphorically heats you up with the most recent Hawaiian and Samoan seasons. In this issue, Doug Smith talks death threats, life lessons and what lies ahead, Ewan Donnachie describes his love/hate relationship with Blackrock, lensman Mark Thompson shoves his incredible portfolio down your throat, and Victorian up-and-comer James Page shows some serious Bloke & Swagger. We’ve also got all the latest images and stories from the Australian Autumn, friendly banter with Elliot Butler, and empties from around the world. So curl up by the fire on an onshore afternoon and direct your retinas to Issue 2 of Cloak & Dagger Magazine.

Text of Cloak & Dagger Issue 2

  • JUNE 2013ISSUE #2

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    Ive ridden Todds boards since we were kids, the thing is - I dont have to worry, ever.

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  • Ewan Donnachie sitting pretty inside a dreamy South Coast cylinder. Photo: Steve Wall.

  • ISSUE 2

    EDITORIAL:Editor: Russell QuinnArt Director: The Common GoodWeb Designer: The Mealings

    PHOTOGRAPHERS:Mark Thompson, Mark Howlett, Cameron Mackie, Chris Burns, Daniel Sykes, Russell Quinn, Matt Mollison, Ben Wells, Steve Wall, Grant Peters, Leroy Bellet, Artemi Glez, Dahn Colman, Mathew Tildesley, Miguel Nunes, Sean Collins, Corey Wyatt, Sasha Specker, Josh Tabone, Matt Viesis, Shane Griffiths, Addi Roberts, Ben Jackson, Jack Sherriffs, Jake Seabrook, Jason Smith, Lee Kelly, Louis Heath, Marc Ashdown, Mike Egan, Mitch Coslovich, Sam Venn, Tom Young, Jye McDonald, Adam Duffy.

    WRITERS:Adam Quinn, Jack Dobinson, Michael Chapple, Russell Quinn, Declan McMullen.

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    Cloak & Dagger Magazine is self-published four times a year in Sydney, Australia.

    The publisher will not accept responsibility or any liability for the correctness of information or opinions expressed in this publication. All rights are reserved. No part of this magazine may be reproduced, in whole or part, without the prior permission of the publisher. Enjoy this magazine for what it is, and respect the photographers that help make it happen.

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  • There comes a time in every bodyboarders life when they come to the realisation that they are no longer chasing it. Of course, there will be many different interpretations of what chasing it entails, but for the purpose of this story we will assume that it means surfing is your top priority in life, and you will go to extreme lengths to score waves, regardless of the consequences.

    For me, this moment came just recently, during a trip to the south island of New Zealand with my older brother Adam and good mate Murray. While surfing wasnt on the top of the agenda for this brief vacation across the Tasman, we were certainly aware of the potential of the place and took our boards over for good measure. After a few days of sightseeing, we decided to head south to the bottom of the island to try our luck at a notorious right-hand reef break. Following a six-hour journey in our oversized tourist beacon (Jucy rental van), we eventually came to a dirt track, which we proceeded to follow for another 30 minutes until we arrived at the location.

    As we made our way to the check spot, we glanced over at the wave to see a large set unload on the reef, groomed by the howling offshore winds. Our initial reaction was to throw our arms in the air and scream like a bunch of schoolgirls. But as we continued to watch it over the next 15 minutes, we saw several wash-through sets as well as the occasional mega-pinch.

    It soon dawned on me that this was my moment. The moment where I

    had to decide whether or not I was still chasing it. We were essentially at the bottom of the earth, in icy, Antarctic conditions, with wet wetsuits, howling winds and a large, angry ocean before us. We were at a physical and metaphorical fork in the road, and a decision had to be made. Do we suit up, brave the freezing conditions and continue the chase, or do we retreat to the van with our tails between our legs and high-tail it to the nearest alehouse?

    With the sun quickly setting, an anxious standoff took place between the three of us each man not wanting to admit defeat and accept that we were far beyond our limits as casual freesurfers. It was a tense few minutes, but in the end no one was brave enough to call a spade a spade. Instead, one by one, we all slowly returned to the van, each of us accepting what had just taken place, but quietly content with the decision.

    Ive done some stupid things in my time as a bodyboarder. Some have paid off, while others have ended in a heap. But one thing that hasnt changed is the reason I began bodyboarding in the first place pure enjoyment. Its easy to lose sight of this and to start taking things too seriously. Thats when the fun ends for me. So from here on in, I surf purely for the enjoyment factor. Although this one chase ended abruptly, there were plenty more fine offerings from the wave Gods in New Zealand for us casual freesurfers, but youll have to wait till Issue 3 for that.

    Russell Quinn - Editor

    THE DAY I STOPPEDCHASING IT

  • Ewan Donnachie (rider): For the most part, living in Sydney is pretty hellish for bodyboarding. Cronulla has the vast majority of reefs, but has its own issues surrounding goons claiming the ocean as their own (and Im not referring to the Island). The Northern Beaches is particularly difficult, as not only are quality booging breaks few and far between, but its awkward geographic positioning makes trips to greener pastures time-consuming and energy-draining. You have to make the right call - be it north or south? The margin for error is slim and if the wrong decision comes about, its difficult to rectify. By the time you reach said location, youre effectively locked in, regardless of what reports start filtering in from other areas. To then head in the opposite direction is usually a futile race against time and changing conditions, exacerbated by heavy traffic and the fact youve been awake since 2am. Such movements hardly ever end well. That initial call is

    crucial! On this particular morning, a very last-minute decision was made between Steve and I to head north. On this particular morning, that decision was the best one we could have made.

    Steve Wall (photographer): Around five hours prior to this moment in time, Ewan and I had awoken in anticipation of a trip south out of Sydney. However, a spontaneous decision saw us travel north instead, arriving at our destination in the dark hours of Sunday morning. With a solid swell and dropping tide, the clock was ticking on this particular patch of reef, with no more than a handful of waves ridden before we were back in the harbour. To top off the unexpected sweets of the morning thus far, we treated ourselves to a delightful waterfront breakfast whilst watching the local pointbreak well and truly on the pump. Diamonds amongst the rough!

    ON THE COVERPhotos by Steve Wall

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    CONTENTS

    20 - 21. ON THE COVER24 - 40. FEATURE FRAME41 - 42. CLOSE CALLS43. NEK WORD44. THE DISGRUNTLED LAB45 - 49. BLOKE & SWAGGER51 - 60. PAUSE61 - 70. HAWAII71 - 76. DOUG SMITH PROFILE77 - 100. SAMOA101 - 104. AN EXPOSE OF THE BAY105 - 114. MARK THOMPSON PORTFOLIO115 - 116. NEOLOGISMS117 - 118. UNDER THE CLOAK121 - 146. MOTHERLOAD

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  • Jase Finlay, New South Wales. Photo: Sean Collins.Supers is one of my favourite waves, but the last year or so Ive only

    surfed it in the perfect swell direction. Since my bad ankle injury, and since Damien Martin broke his back at the spot, I have left it to others when its not perfect. This day was junky. A few good ones and a few death ones. I took my time and only chose the ones that would allow me to get out of them at the end. This one was perfect but really intense. Jase Finlay.

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  • Chris James, Tasmania. Photo: Mathew Tildesley. Id been out there for about six hours prior to this wave. Id had no

    breaks in that time. It was the only bomb that didnt get towed so I made a last minute decision to have a dig. Both my legs cramped up and I

    just had to try and push over the ledge. That wave was moving so fast and gave me a solid beating. I cant wait to head down again and give it