Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Things to see this British summer.

This exhibition is about to kick off at the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. When you check out their website, you'll see that the main artefact they promote is the inclusion of a woodblock print of Hokusai's 'The Wave', which makes me love them.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I hate Noosa Heads and Surfing*

Today, this image came up on my facebook news feed, and it made me smile.

Of course, images on facebook news feeds rarely come with any real contextual information, so I trawled around the net a bit and found some more information...

This is an album cover for the 'Warumpi Band', from the settlement of Papunya in Australia's Northern Territory**. It seems that this image was the cover for an EP of their song 'Jailanguru Pakarnu (Out of Jail)', which was the first ever rock song recorded in an indigenous language. It's a pretty jumping song.

It's worth noting that on the Warumpi Band's wikipedia entry, the list of their musical genres includes 'anachro-rock'.

*On a personal level, this is absolutely not true. I love Noosa Heads. And surfing!

**Update: I had read that the man wearing the t-shirt is singer of the Warumpi Bane, George Burarrawanga. As Dave commented below however, it isn't George. Thanks for your comment, Dave!

Monday, June 25, 2012

The Sea of Possibility

Jack Lynch surfing in Tassie, filmed by Nicholas Damen 
(once more, via Nathan Oldfield)

Text from Nicholas Dramen's Vimeo channel:
I fly in on the last flight to the Island Tasmania, that heart shape landmass that if drawn incorrectly in primary school just made your map of Australia look really average. Its cold, 6 degrees cold, for me that is pretty cold, for girls hitting downtown Hobart though, it appeared that it wasn’t too chilly at all. 
We trek down a beaten dirt farm track, as we break the hill the sea comes into view. It’s a point swell. Job on, the water is cold, feet numbing cold. The locals are welcoming; don’t know how they strip down on the rocks in the cold though. 
Still undecided if Tasmanians have Internet, refreshingly though, no one knows that Reynolds has a new neck beard out this season. There are no neck beards here, just full beards on Men, Men that withstand the cold, year in year out to surf the Point Swells. No Loggers either with trailing bat tails, but in there place on the Points a surprising number of bodyboarders. 
The swell lasted a day. A venture through a leech-infested Tasmanian National Park the following day provided no more possibilities for another surf. So my time was up on the apple isle, an early flight out the next morning brought my impromptu surf mission to an end. I came to the conclusion that Tasmania holds a sea of possibility and I will be returning, perhaps in the summer time.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Looks like home

These colours, this light, this sky, this sea. It all looks so familiar. 

I don't know exactly where this photo was taken,
and I don't know who took it, 
but, gasp! 
An ache in my heart.

(Thanks for the image, Parafina.)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Grumpy old men?

How's this opinion piece over at Pacific Longboarder! Here is an excerpt from the article:
Tourists who travel across the globe to surf Sunshine Coast waves are leaving with a sour taste in their mouths after being abused by locals who believe they own the breaks.
And it's not just visitors who are being targeted, according to a long-time surfer who claims older surfers are the worst offenders. Damon Bereziat said the attitude, language and aggression of some older surfers was sad.
"I can only hope that when I reach late 40s, 50s and beyond I will never behave like that. You blokes have forgotten what surfing is all about and you should be ashamed of yourselves," Mr Bereziat said.
He said the problem was especially rife at Noosa's Tea Tree Bay.
"It saddens me to be witness to the 'elders' of the local variety unashamedly bullying anyone younger, female, less experienced or visiting surfers who patiently wait their turn for the opportunity to catch a wave.
Mr Bereziat said he could understand that local surfers were being swamped by disrespectful visiting surfers and had become protective of what they saw as "their" break. But he said it would be nice to see more manners in the surf.
Former professional surfer Robbie Sherwell, of Alexandra Headland based XL Surfing Academy, said some local surfers did feel ownership of surf breaks.
"At the same time I don't like it but I understand where they're coming from," he said. "They live there and have all these people coming to surf where they live. Noosa is just too crowded now. It's not just the locals who are causing problems though . . . I've heard of fights in the car park between visitors."
In the past, I've made it pretty clear what I think about this kind of localism and bullying behaviour - ie. it's lame. I've also written about experiences I've had at Noosa where I was most certainly hassled and threatened by an aggressive 'local' guy, but where I was also made to feel welcome by some lovely men. And earlier this year, I had a really fun surf at Alex Headland, and was told that there had been a couple of older guys sitting on the inside cheering and hooting my waves. It was my first time surfing there and I was the only woman out on a decent-sized day, so like everywhere, I guess it can be a mixed bag of experiences.
This opinion piece on PLB seems a bit out of the blue, with no clear discussion of what the point the author is really trying to make. Maybe there has been recent discussion of these issues amongst the local community, or in the local news? I'm not sure. If the point is 'Don't be an asshole', then good - I'm totally on board. The point, in the case, seems to be that this kind of behaviour is chasing away tourists, who are an important part of the Sunshine Coast economy, which, while not less relevant seems like a slightly different kettle of fish, with a slightly different (less altruistic, more self-serving) agenda. I'm still on board with the 'don't be an asshole' bit, but I guess the local economy stuff seems slightly far-fetched to me. Well, whatever the point, if what he says is true then I reckon surfing on the Sunshine Coast just got a little bit more tricky for Damon Bereziat.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Another day and time

I just saw this beautiful image by Tom Laveuf over at The Paipo Society.

Spending today in front of my computer just got a whole lot harder.