R.I.P. Reynolds on the WCT.
I applaud Dane Reynolds for leaving the WCT.
I applaud him for taking on a "new beginning".
Take away his fashion sense, arty clips and look at his surfing only and I'm sure you'd agree he is one of the most progressive surfers, if not the most progressive surfer, in the world today. It's sad that he is leaving for those who follow the tour, but at the end of the day surfing never started as a competitive sport like football or soccer, it was more a form of expression and enjoyment for the individual.
As you can see in this montage from 2010, Dane performed at a high level of surfing ability that most professionals currently on tour will and have never achieved whilst competing or whilst free surfing. He showed an international audience what can be done on a surfboard.
Dane leaving the tour can hopefully only allow for surfing to progress at a faster rate without the restrictions of competition. Sure he might ride some shapes that don't work, but he might also ride boards that aren't your standard 6'2 thruster that have dominated surfboard design for the last 10 years. He might ride something new that progresses surfing further than ever imagined. In the words of the late A.Einstein
"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new".
I think it's pretty safe to say the future of surfing looks exciting!
Dropped by my parents house on lunch today and checked the post and to my amazement there was something for me that wasn't a bill, fine, bad magazine or a flyer asking me to join the local gym (guy-m).
Instead it was a postcard from one of my best friends who moved to America a few years back. Nek-minnit anything on my mind washed away and a smile was painted across my face. All gummy.
I encourage you to post a friend something today, don't text, email, facebook, tweet, skype them...post them?? Do it. I guarantee you'll surprise them and put a smile on their face!
Found these creepin around on Mia's site. These were two collabs I did with Mia for the Ze Frog & Toad show in Sydney almost a year ago. Stoked I found these photos because I never got a chance to photograph them before the show.
This is the trailer to Kai Neville's new film Lost Alas. It makes me depressed seeing what guys my age and younger are doing on surfboards these days...makes me feel like an absolute kook....the truth hurts haha. Inspires me to want to
1. Travel more.
2. Surf more.
3. Shoot more.
4. Edit more.
5. Travel more.
6. Hang with my friends more.
7. Live more?
Maybe that's what ''livin' the dream is'' then?!
This is the skate deck I did for the I Used To Skate Once show for 2011. If it wasn't for my friend picking up my spelling mistake at the 11th hour my deck would have said "I USED TO SURE ONCE". Thanks for the heads up PM, and thanks to Claud for the shot I stole from his iPhone photo blog The Fish in the Sea.
New edition of Surfing World is out and I was lucky enough for my portrait of Westerly Windina (formerly known as Peter Drouyn) to receive the opening spread in the article for the finalists of The Worthys. Stoked I made the finalists and can't wait for the show later in the year. Some amazing entries in there, stoked to be sitting alongside them.
Moved out of my studio recently. As I stopped halfway through the pack up I experienced a visual montage in my brain of my time spent there and came to the conclusion that I will miss her (the studio was a girl). Everyday this week I'll post a photo from the pack up for your enjoyment or disappointment.
People like Vaughan make me feel like a goldfish, even a real tool at times. Why you ask? Because Vaughan is one of 'those people' who you could be introduced to at 2am in a bar 100x Jager Bombs down and 6-months later you could bump into him in a street halfway across the world and he'll still remember your name and what you talked about ''that night''. His brother Ron is the same so it must be something in their blood. To rub his 'remembering names/faces talent' in your wounds check his blog here.
....told me that it was flying around a shaping bay on the weekend and saw my freshly shaped board waiting to be glassed. My first wave on a NPJ Quartet blew my mind...literally...it nearly exploded sending my brain into a kazillion little pieces for the dolphins snack on like peanut butter and jam on toast. From that day forward I knew I needed one. Alas me being all Mike Myers in Wayne's World (see above) "She will be mine, oh yes, she will be mine!"
Vaughan has a blog where he draws people and he recently drew yours truly. Vaughan admitted it himself when saying I "look like the captain of an Italian football team". To be honest the first time I saw it I instantly thought of the d-bag from the worst movie ever Skyline (I recommend never ever ever ever watching this, my friends hired it from the movie store and by golly gosh they sure secured that it was the last time they ever choose a movie) meets the Lion from The Wizard of Oz. Either way I'm chuffed; my hair looks clean, my mo looks more manly that it actually is and I have the tan the colour of a Caramello Koala chewed up and spat out. Stay tuned for my portrait of Vaughan tomorrow.