It was fantastic to read on the back page of the North West Tasmanian local paper, The Advocate, that local surfer Zoe Grey won the 37th annual Rip Curl West Coast Classic at Marrawah for a record third consecutive year. Not a bad effort for a 16 year old! The back page even had a top photo of her ripping a backhand re-entry with style and aplomb.
(The back page of The Advocate featuring Zoe)However, according to Old Farts Surf Co. Head Honcho, The Mexican (OFSC No. 4), not so fantastic was the absence of credit given to the photographer for his fantastic shot. "Known for its progressive style and ground breaking local journalism, The Advocate really let themselves down on this one" said Mex. "The photographer was Zoe's main dude and masteroldfartsurfphotographer, Paddy, son of Oldfartsurfer No. 16, and he's my nephew."
(The photo of Zoe without a credit of photographer Paddy)Recently returned from his photographic tour of Europe, Paddy said "I was quietly peeved at the lack of credit, however, I realised that those who know who took the photo know who took the photo, and they are the important people to me". Speaking with Zen like wisdom, Paddy went on to say "I will learn from this."
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