Next Stop, Discomfort

Roughing it in outback Queensland, Australia.

One of the best things about a road-trip along Australia’s East Coast is the fact that, in most cases, you’re never too far from the ocean. When things get a little hot under the collar, you can just set the co-ordinates due east and in no time at all you’ll be cooling your heels in that refreshing salty goodness. So, what do these lunatics go and do? They turn their backs on the ocean, in the middle of summer and head west, directly into dry, dusty, fly-ridden territory. Trading comfort for the hope of finding a bonanza of unskated gems.

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On The Road
On The Road

On The Road

Like most Australian road trips, it all starts with a nice long drive. I told the crew to pack as light as possible. This resulted in some people turning up with close to nothing but boards and the clothes they were wearing to others wielding bottles of shampoo and toasted sandwich makers.

© Jashan Prasad
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Joel Wilshere, Frontside Lipslide

Joel Wilshere, Frontside Lipslide

Sometimes I wonder how much better some of the skateparks around Brisbane would be if the council got the designers of country storm water drains to build them. Seriously, these drains are more fun to skate than a lot of the local skateparks.

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Kangaroos

Kangaroos

Waking up to discover you are surrounded by hundreds of kangaroos is quite an experience. So too is waking up to find an ant feasting on your eyelid – Jackson Pilz can tick both these off his bucket list.

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Jesse Noonan, Frontside Smith Grind

Jesse Noonan, Frontside Smith Grind

Locals warned us that ‘Cranky Brian’ would not appreciate us setting up camp next to hit boat ramp. We tried to bail early the next day but on our way out this rail was too good to pass up, problem being the run-up was in front of Brian’s shop. To our surprise he was more than happy to let us skate.

© Jashad Prasan
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Lap of Luxury

Lap of Luxury

Most of the places we found ourselves setting up camp were rough and rocky, so it was hard to find somewhere to pitch a tent. This saw us take ‘roughing it’ to the next level with the concrete slabs under picnic tables becoming the motel of choice.

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Sam Fullwood, Frontside 50-50
Sam Fullwood, Frontside 50-50

Sam Fullwood, Frontside 50-50

The big difference between skating the city and skating the country is how friendly people are. Here in the middle of the session one of the workers came over, not to kick us out, but to ask if the local newspaper to come and take some photos and interview us. Gotta love them country folk.

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Rickety Bridge
Rickety Bridge

Rickety Bridge

Even when you’re on the tail end of one of the most uncomfortable nights sleep you’ve ever had, covered in sweat and swallowing flies any time you yawn, it’s crazy sights like these that make it all worth it. The wooden train bridge looked like it was ready to collapse at any moment.

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Jackson Pilz, Kickflip
Jackson Pilz, Kickflip

Jackson Pilz, Kickflip

Shooting photos with skaters who have a whole lot of pop opens up so many doors at so many spots that most people can’t skate. Jackson Pilz is one of those skaters. While the rest of the crew shake their heads Jackson pops over whatever he feels like.

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Nick Law, Frontside Feeble Grind
Nick Law, Frontside Feeble Grind

Nick Law, Frontside Feeble Grind

With the extreme temperatures of an Aussie summer, along with schools and business’ being open during the day, night skating proved to be a lot more productive. The generators and lights made an appearance at least once a day.

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Michael Lawry, Kickflip
Michael Lawry, Kickflip

Michael Lawry, Kickflip

Michael Lawry has done many seasons working out in this neck of the woods as a fruit-picker. This night he paid a visit to Boonah’s finest fruit market to see if the merchandise was still up to scratch.

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Jackson Pilz, Frontside Tailslide
Jackson Pilz, Frontside Tailslide

Jackson Pilz, Frontside Tailslide

It was a long five days on the road and everybody was running out of steam, but upon feeling the cool sea breeze hit his brow, Jackson mustered enough energy for one last trick, a stone’s throw from his home and well missed bed.

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