This month sees both the United Nations World Refugee Day (20 June) and Refugee Week (20 to 26 June). You still have time to sign up for Bike To Belong (a fundraiser we featured in last month’s mag), and ride 80kms for the estimated 80 million displaced people around the world. It kicks off 13 June.
With all the stress of life, work, study, parenting and all the rest it’s easy to forget how incredibly lucky we are to live in a peaceful, prosperous country like Australia, and in one of its most privileged cities no less. Let’s all take the opportunity that Refugee Week affords us to do something for our fellow humans that weren’t born into the same fortunate set of circumstances. If you don’t feel like riding, you can always check out refugeeweek.org.au for other ways to get involved. And check out our article about upcoming documentary ‘Scattered People’ in this edition, because it looks amazing.
This edition’s cover is graced by an extraordinary human with an extraordinary story. Lystra Biscchop is the first woman to ever helm a mainstream surf magazine, and the first Indigenous person to do so. She’s also overcome a near-inconceivable amount of adversity to get where she is, and to top it off is a proud Gold Coaster. So be sure to read her story.
We’re also pretty excited to be sharing the news about Creekfest, a brand new three day music event happening at Currumbin RSL at the end of June, as well as getting a sneak preview of a banger of a new track by Atticus Chimps. We really loved chatting to dead set legend that is JK-47 ahead of his appearance at Festival of the Stone, and the fabulous JOOLZ as well, who is definitely going places. So. Much. Talent.