Issue #633

Let’s Go

In this edition, novelist and wave-rider Jock Serong puts forward a compelling case for hitting the waves, so get on board.

“The ocean doesn’t care what kind of day you’re having. It is blind to our aspirations; it just keeps sending waves. So the getting up, the trying again, is entirely our problem.”

Also in this edition
  • Seven-time surfing world champion Layne Beachley on surrendering control, getting in the water every day and the importance of resilience.
  • Photographer Ryan Carter finds out that the best time to surf Canada’s Great Lakes is when the winter weather sets in and the temperature drops below zero.
  • Not even a pandemic can stop Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s back with The Courier, where he plays a real-life businessman recruited for an unlikely mission…


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In this edition, we speak to people who’ve taken to two wheels, including Tour de France winner Cadel Evans, actor Samuel Johnson, and several Big Issue vendors, to find out why bikes are back in such a big way.

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