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Jul152006

Paris Da Vinci Code Tour in Panorama

This is an amazing site of panoramic photos of all the Da Vinci Code sites - in Paris and elsewhere.monalisa.jpg da vinci code tour

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Cool panos. I've started doing QTVR panoramas of our boats. I'll send the link when I've posted them on the net.
July 17, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Davies
Nat young is a big mouthed tosser. Word is that he had it coming...... Its hard to carry on being a bully at that age cos physically its inevitable ya gunna get yo ass whipped.
July 19, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
Oh and i've got a mate in the UK who is a mad keen surfer, reckons its freezin ass cold but no crowds.
July 19, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
I know Nat quite well. I've surfed with him and he's made me boards. He's always had a mouth on him and an ego the size of Jupiter but he didn't deserve the hammering he got from that ape.
July 19, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
Nobody "deserves" to have their face rearranged, but if anyone ever came close it's Nat. I know Nat too - half of my family comes from up around Angourie - and sorry, he might be a family acquaintance and all, but he's also capable of being a fucking dickhead. Any local will tell you that his behaviour in the water & out of it resulted in a situation where half the town was waiting for him to get his come-uppance.

Tell you what, he's not that crash hot a surfer either, even if he was world champ a zillion years ago. A friend of mine from the UK came to Sydney recently, and said he wanted to see some surfing. We went down to Whale Beach, pulled up in the car park, and there getting suited up was Nat. We had a bit of a chat, and then Nat hit the water. As he was paddling out, I told my friend that we'd just been speaking with Nat Young, former world surfing champion, and my friend was well impressed.

Impressed, that is, until Nat actually started surfing, whereupon he fell off like a kook on about five waves in a row. No kidding, he was really bad. This was pretty mediocre waist-high onshore surf, mind you, and maybe he'd have done better in dredging 8 ft barrels. But my friend has been laughing about "Australia's former world champ" ever since.
July 20, 2006 | Unregistered Commentersian
Sian, Angourie is a really cool place. I surfed the point there and the back beach on a heap of occasions. Really beaut place and if i had my way i'd get a cruisy council job and turn into a hippy there any day.
July 20, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
I would like to point out to the viewers that Nat Young is now 59 years of age and won the World Surfing Contest way back in 1966. I should think after 40 years he wouldn't be at his peak. But you wouldn't call him a kook. The locals at Taapuna near Papeete, Tahiti (Google it) treat him like a "kahuna". He can still surf, don't worry about that. But maybe you're right, Sian - maybe the waves were too small and sloppy that day for him to be bothered. And I suppose he didn't realise he had a couple of gooses on the beach with scorecards.
July 20, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
That's "geese" I believe.

Age is no excuse - Wayne Lynch must be wearing nappies by now, and he still rips. And believe me, I wasn't pleased to see Nat making a gumby of himself, given that I'd just finished boasting about his illustrious standing in the history of surfing. It was pretty embarrassing to watch him flailing around, with my friend going "uh... is that the guy? you know, the one we were just talking to? the former world champ? the guy who just fell backwards off his board....?"

I dunno about the 24-7 coolness of Angourie, shroom... I agree it's a lovely place and all, but there are plenty of surfers who will testify to the heaviness of some of the locals. Like everywhere else, it's getting more & more crowded, and some of the boyz are getting the shits with tourists crowding the lineup. I haven't been up there for a while, but one of my brothers was there a few months ago - he went out on a really nice day, 3-5 ft groundswell, middle of the week, plenty of waves for everyone - and saw quite a few drop-ins, snaking, ugly words exchanged, mostly by locals trying to psych out the tourists.
July 20, 2006 | Unregistered Commentersian
The take-off zone at Angourie is pretty tight - even with only half-a-dozen surfers out.
Knew you'd try to pick me on "Gooses" you goose. "Geese" doesn"t have the same ring to it. And that should be "It was pretty embarrassing to watch HIS flailing around" if you want to be a smartarse.
Now I notice you're an expert in surfing, along with everything else. I should have also pointed out that the Nat changed over to longboards quite a while back (and picked up 4 World Championships) - which, if you knew anything about anything, is quite a different style of surfing. He also pioneered snowboarding and does a fair bit of it.
As usual, Sian, you're talking through your pineapple ring.
July 20, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterles miserable
Here's a link to Nat's Homepage with some shots of the break -

http://www.natyoung.com/contact.html
July 20, 2006 | Registered CommenterMalcolm Lambe
If Nat has gone back to longboarding, then what was he doing on a shortboard out at Whaley? Apart from making a right tit of himself, that is. Ah yes, longboarding, the last refuge of the fat, unfit middle-aged surfer. And Jesus, since when does expressing an informed opinion about something make you a self-styled "expert"? Lay off, already, I've got a cold and feel like poo.

Mind you, one thing I do consider myself an expert on is English grammar. "It was pretty embarrassing to watch HIM flailing around" is perfectly correct, as is "it was pretty embarrassing to watch HIS flailing around". The former construction uses the present participle, the latter uses the gerund. 500 words on the difference between the two on my desk by Monday, thanks.
July 21, 2006 | Unregistered Commentersian
I have seen nat on a longboard a couple of years ago and he was pretty damn good.
July 21, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom
Consider yourself an expert on English Grammar eh? Then you'll be wanting to fix this one, too - "even if he was world champ a zillion years ago" to "even if he WERE world champ etc".

Oh...and Nat hasn't "gone back to longboarding" - he re-invented it more than twenty years ago. But being on close, intimate terms with him and all, you'd know that, wouldn't you.
July 21, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterles miserable
Now that's just nitpicking... the subjunctive form of the verb hasn't been mandatory in conditional clauses for about a hundred years.
July 24, 2006 | Unregistered Commentersian
Can i get pickles with my subjunctive verburger?
August 1, 2006 | Unregistered Commentermushroom

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