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Salad Days Magazine | December 3, 2023

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The O’Riginals – Reef Doig | O’Neill

The O’Riginals – Reef Doig | O’Neill
Salad Days

If you wanna be a pro surfer in the land of Oz, the pathway is well worn.

Boardriders, regional, state & Aussie Titles, maybe pick up some sponsors. Then hit the pro junior series and hopefully by the time you’re 17, you’re surfing QS events and well on your way.

You see, while most kids were balancing school with numerous trips up and down the coast to surf comps, Reef Doig was doing donuts around Kuta on a souped up moped, sneaking into bars and hanging out speaking pidgin with the local Padma Boys. As you can probably guess, Reef grew up in Bali. A fantasy life for most of us, but one that also had its negatives for a grommet hell bent on becoming a touring pro.

When Reef was 17, he moved himself back to Australia, to study and have a shot at the pro juniors. With sponsorship deals coming and going, Reef was caught in a spiral of confusion that affects so many young surfing talents. Keep it going, or get a real job. Reef chose to not let others dictate the course of his life.

Directed – Danny Johnson
Produced – Rob Bain, Ella Risby
Filmers – Nev Faloon, Jordan Keir, Matt Coleman, Owen Milne, Nick Colclougn

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