We’re proud to introduce Tasmanian frother Dr Mark Wilson. Dive in:
39th birthday a few days ago.
UTAS (University of Tasmania).
Place of work:
RHH (Royal Hobart Hospital) and Calvary Hospital, Lenah Valley.
Wedge, near Hobart – this is the best quality wave I get to surf the most often.
South Arm, usually RSL’s or Rebounds.
“I find Mayhems go really well in Tasmania. We get good days, but also a lot of average days.”
I find Mayhems go really well in Tasmania. We get good days, but also a lot of average days. I’m currently riding a V3 Stealth in Carbon Wrap (epoxy) that goes really well when the waves are smaller – 5’9”x19.5”x2.38”x29.3L. When the waves are better I’m on a Pocket Rocket 6’0”x19”x2.38”x28.5L in standard PU.
Best surf travel experience:
For me the best experience is getting an idea of how the locals live where you’re visiting. What would I do if I lived there, etc.? And if you know someone in the area to show you around that’s the best. So in summary, getting the local’s version rather than the tourist’s version where possible is the best.
Worst surf travel experience:
Obvious answer, but I think the worst thing on a surf trip is when there’s no surf. A couple of days out of the water I can handle – but no surf is a tough pill to swallow. Of course, packing a skateboard can certainly help. I tend to skate a bit – the biomechanics are similar to surfing and as a result I’m a far better surfer because I skate.
“Despite all the hype, I find I quickly tire of watching the current wave pools..”
Magical powers to change the world:
I’d like to say something altruistic here – world peace, etc. But honestly it would be nice to get better waves more often. Perhaps that would only lessen the appeal (of better waves), though? Of course one can move to where there are better waves. The other thing that will be interesting to watch is where things will end up with wave pools. Despite all the hype, I find I quickly tire of watching the current wave pools (Steph Gilmore pulling in aside). However, I’m sure there will soon be a time when these waves improve. But will this remove all the things about the ocean that we return for? I guess time will tell.