Local Legend: Dane Loomes.

Firstly, Introduce yourself, who are you and where are you from?My name is Dane and I’m from Nelson’s Bay, Australia.

How did you first fall in love with bodyboarding?

My name is Dane and I’m from Nelson’s Bay, Australia.

How did you first fall in love with bodyboarding?

It goes as far back as I can remember. 3 or 4 year old kid catching whitewash in the flags at what is ironically one of the worst beaches for a beug in the world.

You’ve been nominated as a “Local Legend”, can you give an outline of your personal history with your local area?

Well it should be mentioned firstly that I’m definitely not a local legend haha. I think I was nominated for this as a bit of a joke but here I am going ahead with it anyway.
I guess I’ve surfed here on and off for the past 20+ years. Bodyboards, surfboards, hard or soft.
I love living here and love doing it all as often as possible.

What makes your local area so special to you?

The best most unique thing about it would have to be it’s south facing beaches. I can only think of about one other place thats truely offshore all summer in a NE wind here on the east coast.
It doesn’t pump anything like the other spot we are all thinking of, but a clean Mal wave is better than nothing on those hot summer afternoons.

Without naming specific locations, can you describe your most memorable session or wave in your home zone?

I copped a pretty horrific beating once that I won’t ever forget.
I came up and the turbulence was so strong it had rolled both wetsuit sleeves up to my shoulders, ankles both rolled all the way up, leash was straight, and one of my fins even blasted off which the shoelace tore through the heel strap.

Who are the other riders in your area who deserve a little recognition and why?

Not a rider, but wedgy boy (@wedge_former) for all the time he has put in on the shore over the years.

Can you tell us an urban myth from your area which routinely gets retold, either surf or non-surf related?

Some say the marathon spring roll is an inferior product to the more commonly known chiko.
Absolute fake news. Wake up sheeple.

Lastly, which rider is ripping the most where you live?

Not @boxydog.

Any other comments or shout outs you’d like to include feel free here.

Shout outs to infoamed, and shoutouts to the silly idiot who nominated me to do this!

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