How Peter Spacek is using surfboards to revive a lost art form
The mere mention of the word “scrimshaw” can raise hackles on the necks of some. It’s an art form stigmatized by the medium it was traditionally practiced on: whale bone and tusk ivory—two parcels of a modern no man’s land. But despite the art form's unsavory origins, anyone who has seen scrimshaw knows how masterful and nuanced these inked etchings—these incredibly detailed pieces of storytelling micro-sculpture—often were. And now the world—or the surf world at least—can rediscover scrimshaw through the impressive, guilt-free work of Peter Spacek.
And Trevor Gordon is an artist
In Rincon's recent years, there's been a cultural flowering of a full-on Byron Bay-style movement toward the "Whatever Floats Your Boat" school of waveriding. Gordon is a de facto ambassador.
With surf artist Andy Davis
"This crazy sort of abstract, cartoon world of stuff that I love." —Andy Davis
C.J. Hobgood discusses the crowdfunded film focusing on him and his brother
It’s going to be a mix of past and present. We’re going to be showing what it was like for my brother and me growing up, pushing each other, and getting to where we are now. But it’s also going to be about what’s happening in our lives right now.
The soundtrack from the the Aleutian Arc
The sounds of the the Aleutian Arc, from The Cradle of Storms.
An ebay auction to raise money for the Nicholson family
But in March, Simon’s wife Jess died after fighting brain cancer for more than a year. Her passing leaves Simon as a single father to their young children Joel (5) and Anna (2). The Nicholson’s employed an aggressive regimen of expensive new cancer drugs in their fight for Jess’s life, which has left Simon with $25,000 in medical bills. The financial burden on his young family is immense.
Cheers to the most interesting surfer in the world
Derek Hynd is the most interesting surfer in the world.
Damian Fulton's art is born where the city and beach collide
The modern surf scene can be a confusing, chaotic place. Diverse crowds, intimidating localism, headache-inducing beach traffic and encroaching urbanization—these things all blur together, for better or worse, to form the everyday reality that city-dwelling surfers must confront daily. It’s that concept—the urban surf element—that Damian Fulton chooses as the focal point for his surf paintings.
Simon Anderson's famous Bells win, three decades on
Thirty-three years ago, Simon Anderson won the Bells event on his new-fangled three-finned thruster design. It's usually considered the big breakout moment for the thruster, but Anderson had actually ridden his new board weeks before at Burleigh Heads during the Stubbies contest.
We're down with the Gudangs and their never-a-dull-moment down days
Enough of that road less traveled nonsense, just follow the Gudangs instead. Get down on the full season of Down Days. It’s the brothers in places beyond the lineups we’re used to, with just as much froth.