News

Surf champ comments on racially offensive article

SETTING IT STRAIGHT: Otis Carey has commented on that racial defamation lawsuit after winning the Australian Indigenous Surfing Title at the weekend.
SETTING IT STRAIGHT: Otis Carey has commented on that racial defamation lawsuit after winning the Australian Indigenous Surfing Title at the weekend. Surfline

NEWLY crowned Australian Indigenous Surfing Champion Otis Carey says he can finally put behind him a racially offensive comment published in a Gold Coast surf magazine.

After tasting glory on Bells Beach at the weekend, the Coffs Coast boardrider, 26, took to social media today to comment on a public apology written by Surfing Life editor Nathan Myers in respect to an article published in March.

"Now the truth is published hopefully this can now move forward for the greater good," Otis posted on Facebook. 

On a surf forum, Nathan Myers wrote: "In the March edition of Surfing Life I published an article which referred to Otis Carey in terms that I had intended to be highly complimentary."

"I now understand that Otis and others found my references offensive.

"I apologised immediately and want to again apologise to Otis.

Media reports that Otis Carey had attempted to sue for $200,000 in emotional damages were also refuted.

"While Otis did issue court proceedings, he did not claim any amount for damages and reports to the contrary are simply wrong," Myers said.

Coffs Coast surfer Otis Carey became the toast of Bells Beach when crowned Australian Indigenous champion.
Coffs Coast surfer Otis Carey became the toast of Bells Beach when crowned Australian Indigenous champion.

In the water at the weekend, Otis became the nation's top indigenous surfer by defeating former champion Russell Molony.

"I've always wanted to win this contest so I'm really happy," Otis said.

"It's hard to explain winning this competition.

"It's such a special thing for all the indigenous surfers to get together and that's probably the most special thing about the contest," he said.

Otis now gains a wildcard into the open men's division at the Australian Surf Festival in Coffs Harbour later this year.

Topics:  otis carey



A classic ballet adapted to the theatre

BALLET: The Sleeping Beauty cast Aurora - Darci O'Rourke, Prince Desiree - Ayden Hayes, King - Stephen Fowler, Queen - Jamie Burrows performing at the Jetty Theatre in two shows tomorrow.

Classic ballet to be performed at the Jetty Theatre on Sunday

Shark investigations

FUNDED: James Tucker and Ricky Tate at Southern Cross University's National Marine Science Centre.

Burying a whale carcass under a beach could attract sharks

Former Grafton priest jailed for Newcastle child sex

A Coast pensioner has been refused bail after being charged with drug trafficking.

He sexually preyed on children before he left the Grafton Diocese

Local Partners

A classic ballet adapted to the theatre

Classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty will be performed by the Julie Ross Dance Studio at the Jetty Theatre on Sunday.


Kernaghan's a 'boy from the bush' with a timeless quality

Country music singer Lee Kernaghan.

Lee Kernaghan is celebrating the 25th year of his breakthrough song.

Man builds playground entirely out of packing tape

Artist Eric Lennartson is in the process of completing his huge tape sculpture at the Ipswich Art Gallery.

VIDEO:And here's where you can play on it.

Countdown to Woodford Folk Festival begins

ECONOMIC BOON: Woodford Folk Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.  Photo Contributed

The first larger-than-life inhabitants have stepped into Woodfordia

How predictable are your Netflix habits?

Stranger Things is taking the world by storm as a new-age nostalgic Sci-Fi Thriller

The new entertainment binging pattern

Kanye West is on the mend now he's back from hospital

Kanye West is more relaxed since returning home from hospital

Richard Reid shows Harbour Club who's boss

OUTRAGEOUS: The Harbour Club presents Richard Reid.

Richard Reid is set to share some stories with The Harbour Club

WATCH: The young Aussie actor playing Barack Obama

A screenshot of the trailer for Barry, a new film from Netflix.

Aussie teen nails Obama's early university years

Boy George named as a coach on The Voice Australia

Iconic pop star Boy George is to appear as a coach on 'The Voice'

The first Baywatch trailer is here, and it's hilarious

From left, Jon Bass, Alex Daddario, Zac Efron, Dwayne Johnson, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera in a scene from the movie Baywatch.

DWAYNE Johnson and Zac Efron star in TV series reboot.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!