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We each could riff on about its importance to us, take a personal cut through what it means to surf. Here’s one brief and rambling ...
Exactly 10 years before, when Newcastle yachtsman Ivan Macfadyen had sailed exactly the same course from Melbourne to Osaka, all he'd had to do to ...
Surfing is a lot like wasabi.
Yet, there are many movements both before and after the ‘wasabi-like’ rush that are seemingly mundane.
Here are my top non wasabi moments:
- Checking the surf for hours on the cams (when flat);
- Arriving at a 7 foot tide and everything is washed out;
- Suiting up in the cold (when I forgot my towel);
- Paddling out on a big day and getting caught inside;
- Sitting outside with 5 SUPers waiting for a set.
Ok, surfing is about many moments and experiences but we are all looking for that wasabi moment, yea?
Then it arrives, that wasabi moment, you launch yourself over the lip into the perfect salt-water bowl.
You turn off the bottom and head straight for the foam section and you pop your fins out the back.
You perfectly execute a re-entry and move towards the open shoulder like a Michael Jackson rendition of ‘Sea’ Thriller.
The wasabi moment is what we all strive for, it is what makes surfing, well, surfing.
How did I make a link between wasabi and surfing?
Two weeks ago I had a customer call me and say he wanted to pick up a new Wave Tribe Hemp Travel Bag.
He came over to our Ojai studio to get his bag, we went for a beer and told each other stories about mountains of water we had surfed.
Marc stuffed his boardbag & sent it on Amtrack for $50 (great advice).
Turns out this rad surf cat Marc owns a wasabi farm and he schooled me on this awesome plant.
As we head into 2014 I wish you all tons of wasabi moments and if you feel like grabbing some wasabi check out Marc’s company.
If you feel like a hemp board bag (or other rad stuff like our new organic Ts) check out Wave Tribe.
That got me thinking, what about a wasabi boardbag?
“Time will never stand still and those moments that bring us such joy become memories in an instant. To capture such a moment and record it forever is truly monumental.” - Joshua Atticks
This quote really resonates with me, not only when I’m out on a photo shoot but especially going through everyday life. Memories are such an amazing facet of life; and to be able to capture them and share that moment with all of its feelings is truly a beautiful accomplishment. I’ve always been attracted to the idea of capturing an object and having that image tap into its soul and all the wonder and mystery encapsulated by that object. Being an adrenaline junky, I’d gladly go any distance or attempt anything to capture the right photo, and by doing so, more memories are made, which means more opportunities for breath taking photos.
The image of the Humpback whales was taken in Alaska. I hopped on a small boat that took me out to the middle of the ocean; the crew was searching for whales. We went a couple hours out from shore where we luckily managed to spot some. Before we knew it they surrounded us. I was out on the deck trying to get some photos, when our boat suddenly flipped right on its side, a humpback whale had swam right under our boat. I slipped down and off the deck and clung onto the railing of the boat and my cameras, but my waist down was in the ice-cold water.
Thankfully the whale had passed us and our boat returned back to its rightful position. I got back on my feet and continued taking pictures; the amount of whales and activity was surreal. Then right in front of us, only ten feet away the whales began bubble-net feeding and that’s when I got my shot. Bubble Net Feeding is a unique feeding technique employed by Humpback Whales, in which a group of whales swim in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of fish. This shrinking column of bubbles surrounds the school of fish forcing them upward. The whales spontaneously swim upward through the bubble net, mouths wide open, catching thousands of fish in one gulp.
I ended the voyage with frozen peg legs, a sheet of ice for pants and such an amazing photo- definitely all worth it.
Photographer Amy Farid
Like when you are paddling for that wave and just one more stoke would put you in position and launch you over the shoulder . . . but you stop and pull back.
We have all been there.
I have got a proposal for you:
- commit to change;
- commit to recycling;
- commit to up-cycling;
- commit to paying a little more.
I know bro, you just don’t have time or the $.
Buy it off the shelf, buy non-organic, get that generic leash on sale.
Buy it at Walmart cause it cost less.
I got one thing to say:
Look, it either starts with you, or it doesn’t.
Whatever that is, but be it!
TweetEmail TweetEmailThe final day of the 2013 Pipe Masters and Triple Crown of Surfing on Oahu’s North Shore was a really special day. It was, in one word, surreal. In two- holy s#*t! In more words- stunningly beautiful, enormous, ominous waves in short sets, ridden by a gathering of the world’s best, vetted pro surfers, […]
I have heard that how we live our twenty-four seven lives makes a difference in our surfing worlds. This makes common sense to me. When we feel good, content, fresh, lively, and in enough balance within ourselves and our fairly complicated lives, we probably invite even more stoke into our minds and tissues.
I still use the same technique that I leaned about a decade ago in JC’s shaping DVD. I make two rail bands, one 2 inches from the edge and another 4 inches. Then I mark three spots on the rail itself, all between 1 and 1.25 inches from the bottom. Then I use my planner to shape those bands into the deck.
Gordon Fontaine ruling the roost as Thurso delivers the sculpted right hand freight trains for which it is so famous.
Location: Thurso East, Scotland
Filmed and edited by Tomas Hein
TweetEmail TweetEmailA vision that makes us happy: rickshaws with surfboards on top! India and surf. We may just be witnessing India’s new traveling trend… Wait. What. India…Surf? Yup. Get ready because soon you’ll start spotting more of these two words together in text. Surf Wala, a surf school & club in Arambol, Goa, India These […]
The lone surfer was the first one on the water the day of the swell. The brief but strong pulse filled in over night and should begin to fade around noon – get out here early, he thought.
The following is the list for surfers that have ‘daddy warbucks money’: Alitalia $260, Swiss Air $250, Thai Air $150 Per Board (yes, they open the bag and count), All Nippon $300.