There are few things that are certain in life: death, taxes and the fact that, against my own virtue, I will inevitably end up at Manly within the year for the Australian Open of Surfing.
My hesitancy towards the Northern Beaches comes more from laziness that anything else. But once I step off the ferry and let the salty stench sting my nostrils and the cool ocean air stick to my skin, I realise I’m back and I kind of love it out there.
This year there were four good reasons to love it: Ben Brown, Mitch Revs, Chris Yee and Kentaro Yoshida. This motley crew comprised of some of Sydney’s most bold and talented artists took to Manly to show off their skills for the Australian Open of Surfing art component, painting on behalf of Take 3 – a charity organisation that inspires people to lower plastic pollution in our oceans.