Remember the days when Australia dominated world professional surfing? Those days are long gone.
Last year saw the Australian men overtaken by Brazil, and the USA are set to eclipse the Australian women in 2019.
Both Australian men and women’s performances are on the decline. Maybe there’s a deeper story……
“It devastated me,” says Sofie Laguna of Nick Broomfield’s film about American serial killer Aileen Wuornos, who was convicted of killing six men and executed by lethal injection in 2002. It wasn’t, however, the obvious discomfort such a film would provoke that disturbed Laguna, instead it was the grim, desperate, dreadful childhood that Aileen endured.
"It was such a thrill and a huge surprise when the news come about winning. The next day I woke up and wasn’t sure if it had really happened. I am so incredibly lucky and grateful for everyone behind the Vogel: it is such a fantastically generous award."
Kelsey considers the trip an important period of his life. It was the first time he had focused on what he wanted to do, rather than what other people or aptitude tests told him he should be doing. “Everything that I learned and enjoyed there is what I based the rest on my life on,” says Kelsey. “Everything else just fell away. That time in Australia was like the birth of my life.”