16 June 20
“Be Kind, Be Calm, Keep Smiling”. For decades now Michael Cottier’s brightly hand-painted vans and boards with life-affirming slogans and messages have been fixtures at Australian longboard contests from West Oz to Queensland’s northern break Agnes Water.
Mick’s a larger-than-life figure, never shy of an opinion on the state of the universe, and in particular the surfing scene here in Australia – and always delivered with a smile.
Recently we got this note from Mick regarding a nice little gesture at the Noosa Fest back in February:
“I got the issue of PLB and enjoyed the Lucy Small report on the World Safaris Noosa Festival of Surfing – with the the true and friendly legend Joel Tudor winning the WSL Pro Men’s Open at 44 years of age.
“A side story from the NFOS had myself as both the Festival Site Manager and Beach Marshall with the friendly beach crew team. Joel, as with the other competitors, fronted up to get his coloured competition singlets round after round and displayed his friendly beach style each and every time.
“The winners’ trophy was handed to Joel, and then had Joel hand it to myself as a gift, in Joel’s words. ‘For you Michael because of your inspiring and friendly influence on me and my surfing’.
“I know I was the oldest professional surfer competing there in the WSL and I guess he was the second oldest, or so I believe.
“Noting the weight of the Australian iron-bark wood base, I smiled and shook his hand as I received the trophy as a gift from Joel. : )”