‘Mighty Mal’ Hunt is a bit of a legend around Noosa. As often as he can, he straps his surfboard to his home-made boat and crosses the bar, heading for his favorite surf spot. Malcolm lives on Noosa’s remote North Shore. The only way to get there is by ferry and winding
dirt roads, or zipping across the river by boat. He built his runabout from
rubbish that washed up outside his home, using bits of old surf skis and wind surfers, pool pipe, foam and plywood. So it’s actually a lot of flotsam and
jetsam which is survived to float away to live another day. And they’ve all been
married together and they’ve created the Granite Express. Recycled magic is what it is. 20 years ago, doctors told Malcolm he had five years to live. I couldn’t comprehend being carved up by surgeons when I knew I had the
inoperable bowel cancer and I thought, you know what, how’s that gonna leave me.
I’ll never go surfing again. Can’t have that. The Granite Express has been crossing
the bar for 15 years. It’s the third of its kind that
Malcolm’s built. I’m pretty rough, pretty hard on them but they’re made
specifically to travel over the bar. It’s not a long bar. Noosa’s short, sharp. Like
if you have patience and relax… It’s a bit like life actually if you just look
at your problems and face them head-on and charge into it, well, you will be pretty good.
You might get knocked off your feet a few times but you always climb back up. But if you try and avoid your problems you’re in trouble.
It’s like commit and go. Malcolm’s cancer diagnosis and the way
he dealt with it reshaped his whole life. He believes changing his attitude helped
him live with the disease. You create your own reality so uncreate it.
The answer was one of the good things that happen to me in my life. I know it’s
so weird saying things like that. There are consequences that you have to live
with, of course. But who I was then and who I am now is basically two different
people although a lot of people still think I’m what you’d call a ‘ratbag’. Now Malcolm reckons he gets out on the
water 300 days a year. Some days you don’t find the surf. Some days you just go in to get wet. Other days you’re surrounded with dolphins and flying fish
and then schools of fish leaping on the boat. The fact of getting out there is
like the best meditation you could possibly ever do it’s just wonderful. Malcolm is a big believer in the power of positive thought. The mind that you
have is the sharpest, strongest tool you’ve got in your toolbox. Make the
most out of it. Use it wisely and don’t fill your day with negative thoughts,
fill them with gratitude and love. And then love, love what you do
And I think that’s why I have so much fun on the bar with
the Granite Express. I just love it to death.