Budgies flying north
By DARREN COYNE
SMUGGLERS are invading Tweed Shire beaches! That's budgie smugglers of course ? the skimpy-style swimwear favoured by sun-bronzed lifesavers, young boys who don't know any better, and older boys who, some say, should.
A survey at Bondi Beach, released this week, claimed 43 per cent of Aussie men were increasingly comfortable with wearing their budgie smugglers. This was higher than last year's figure of 17 per cent. Of course the poll was conducted by swimwear maker Budgy Smuggler, which has since claimed that Australian blokes were re-embracing their skintight product.
A similar "scientific survey" at Greenmount beach, Coolangatta, carried out by The Daily News yesterday revealed however our beachgoers were deeply divided on the issue.
In fact, they either loved 'em or hated 'em. "If it's a trend then it's a bad one," according to Tash Buchanan of Brisbane, with her boyfriend Danny McGirr adding: "I just can't envisage myself in those tiny togs. Boardshorts are more comfortable."
Audrey Stansell of Tweed Heads disagreed, much to the delight of her budgie-smuggling husband Gary.
"If a guy's got a good body then certainly they should wear them (budgie smugglers)," Audrey said, while Gary simply puffed out his chest.
Anne Conlan of Brisbane, however, was a member of the boardie-brigade.
"My husband wears boardies ... they have more staying power than speedos," she said. "There was a bloke in a g-string here last year and everyone was embarrassed for that bloke."
Meanwhile, the members of the Tweed Heads/Coolangatta Surf Lifesaving Club were wearing their budgie smugglers proudly.
"You just can't swim in a pair of shorts or paddle a board properly," said clubbie Rod James.