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This story originally appeared in Deadly Vibe Magazine Issue #13 December, 1998

We have just opened The Vault – all the back stories from old editions – dating back to the 1990s. To know where we are going, it's important to understand where we have been. And that story you can follow in the Deadly Vibe Vault!

Summer, Summer, Summer. And what could possibly go better with summer than surfing? Probably water, Wild Water. And that’s what this month Deadly Vibe is all about. And it’s HOT.

But a lot of what we planned for this month was a bit upstaged by our ever golden, golden girl, Miss Cathy Freeman. Congratulations Cathy on being awarded such a great honour. It is so, so deserved. You are the Australian of the Year for every possible reason. You have inspired so many people in Australia, from all walks of life, shown everyone what is meant by pride, made Australia feel good about itself in difficult times, and been a role model for so many young Australians, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal. Oh, and by the way, you are the damn fastest woman in the world as well! And brought world class gold down here for the first time in a very long time.

Who knows, if you keep going like you are, you might just pick up the top award again next year. That’ll really get ‘em ringing in.

Hot on the heels (Cuban heels that is) of Cathy was the Bundjalung Baritone, Troy Cassar Daley, picking up his second consecutive top award, the Golden Guitar. That award means you are the best and Troy certainly is that. Congratulations on achieving your dreams.

Anyway, let’s talk about surf. We started hunting around for a couple of surfers to show case and, wow. Where do you start? There is so much happening on the Indigenous surfing scene. Both for men and women.

We have a couple of potential world champions, a couple of surfers achieving international acclaim as well as some international trophies. And loads and loads of deadly surfers. Last year we won an international Indigenous competition, and this year we are poised to do the same. All the big guys of Australian surfing definitely knows who’s who on the Aboriginal surfing scene and big companys like Billabong put their money where their mouth is.

We also look at being a security officer and all the different parts of that job, as well as announce the winners of our Job Guide CD-ROM competition. Thanks to everyone who entered in it.

Anyway, enjoy the surf and the sun. See you in Autumn.

See you out there.

Gavin Jones


Dear Gavin and Team,

It was good to meet you at the Big Notes Conference. Firstly I would like to say what a great magazine Deadly Vibe is and what an exciting role it is playing in increasing awareness of Indigenous music. The format is bright, vibrant, exciting and accessible. I know from experience that it is particularly attractive to a young readership and that’s great. The figures on the growth of the Mags distribution are very impressive and the plans to have it on counters in music stores will, I’m sure, be extremely effective.

Keep up the good work – I look forward to receiving my copy each month.

Warm regards

Julie Hickson (Julie Hickson Management)


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