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Mrs Palmer Wax Founder Rescued While Unconscious On Gold Coast

Two local surfers saved the unconscious surfer, Al Cook, after a wipeout amidst the East Coast’s large swell. 

news // May 24, 2020
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The east coast of Australia is currently being bombarded by a very big southerly swell; the first of significant size for this year’s winter. While many locations are struggling to accomodate the swell’s size accompanied with a howling onshore today, some regions, like the Gold Coast are pumping. 

At an undisclosed location yesterday morning on the Gold Coast things went awry for the founder of the iconic Mrs Palmer surf wax, Al Cook. Details are scarce on exactly what happened, but Al was knocked unconscious in the lineup after getting one of the better waves of the day a few minutes before. It has been reported that Al had a laceration to his ear, so may have been struck by his board after falling off. 

Two surfers who would rather not be named (humbleness is a rare, yet noble quality), an off-duty paramedic and big wave charger, were on hand to rescue Al unconscious from the water. 

It has been reported that Al had a laceration to his ear, so may have been struck by his board after falling off. 

Fortunately, Al is alright after being returned to shore and is currently recovering in hospital. 

Al started Mrs Palmer (and her Five Daughters) surf wax back in 1988 in Australia, which to this day is still the most used surf wax which was founded and made in Australia. In 2004, Al and co-founder, Glen Delaney, sold Mrs Palmer’s off to Billabong who estimated the brand to be making $30 million in revenue by 2006. To this day Mrs Palmer’s brand still has no website and sells their wax direct to surf stores (core) and Amazon (slightly less core).

Our best goes out to Al and the people who were there to save his life today.


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