Dingo Dean a filmstar
IT was a huge moment for Coolangatta’s Dean Morrison when he won the Quiksilver Pro in 2003 from Mark “Occy” Occhilupo at Snapper Rocks.
Morrison had beaten Kelly Slater in the quarters then taken out his close friend and Cooly sparring partner Mick Fanning in the semis, to qualify for his first-ever WCT final – and claim his only World Championship Tour win.
Dean had just joined the ASP World Tour, earning his stripes by way of an injured wildcard, after scraping his head on the coral of Backdoor Pipeline. Dingo, as he is affectionately known, has been a fearless charger since 14 years of age, when Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew became his mentor and raised Dean at the Kirra apartment opposite the famous Point. As a former world champ and someone who had used his surfing as an escape from a broken family, Rabbit sympathised with Dean and taught him all the tricks and techniques of how to be a champion surfer.
It wasn’t long before Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson (who were both a year younger than Dean) rolled into town and all three dominated the local breaks, as the new Coolangatta Kids. Of course, the original Coolangatta kids were none other than Peter Townend, first world professional champ in 1976, Rabbit Bartholomew in ’78 and Michael Peterson – the world’s greatest cult hero, from the same period. The 90s Cooly kids had big shoes to fill and they did it in spades – of course, the rest is history.
Ten years ago Mick, Joel and Dean made their own movie that showcased at Twin Towns, in front of a massive local crowd and was greeted with rave reviews and hoots! The same guys who made that movie – Matty Gye and good friend Shagga – have now produced a movie solely about Dean called A Dingo’s Tales. The film traces Dean’s amazing career and epic waves along the way. It will be launched on Saturday, March 12 at the Arts Theatre, at the Gold Arts Centre next door to the Gold City Council building off Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise from 7.30pm.
Tweed Border Mail is giving readers eight chances to win tickets for the opening night – email your name and mobile phone number to email@example.com. Entries must be submitted by 12noon on Monday, March 6.
Winners will be notified by phone and published in the Surf Scene column on March 10.
The annual Fish Fry gathering is on this weekend with a party on Saturday, March 5 at the Currumbin Surf World Surf Museum (opposite the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary). Doors open at 6.30pm for a 7pm start $20 includes a drink and sausage sizzle. It’s a great opportunity to meet some of the well known fish shapers and ask questions about their shapes and the different materials used, including the latest finless models!
On Sunday, March 6 meet at the Currumbin Alley carpark from 7.30am and bring your very own favourite fish board and mingle – in what has become a highly successful, non-commercial, non- competitive get-together, thanks to organiser Grant Newby.
After a few lay days for the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro, the action will resume for the weekend, with a pulsing SE swell.
A Dingo’s Tales traces Dean’s amazing career and epic waves...and will be launched on Saturday, March 12 at the Arts Theatre...