Mickey Brennan's love of Shipstern's inspires convict-themed wetsuit
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 17 April, 2009 : - - Big wave surfer Michael Brennan is a proud Tasmanian -- and proud of its convict heritage. So what could be more fitting than surfing our own Shipsterns Bluff in a convict-inspired wet suit. The 22-year-old Hobart surfer came up with the design to reflect the penal history of nearby Port Arthur.
At present his wetsuit is a one-off, but he hopes it will go into production and further the global reputation of Shipsterns. "The idea came to me because I've always been really interested in Hobart's history and I just love Shippies," Brennan said. "I just wanted to do something that would be noticed and let everyone know about the history behind the wave."
His sponsors, Billabong, created the suit from his design ideas. It lay unused in his home for weeks waiting until the sleepy waves at Shipsterns woke up this week. With a little trepidation Brennan hit the waves in his bold fashion item.
"I was a little bit worried about what the boys would say but they all loved it," he said. "I didn't do this so I would stand out, I just did it so when people saw it they would think about what it means and put Shippies into that historical frame."
Read the full article at The Mercury
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