Thursday, July 26, 2012


Sorry for going missing. Sometimes the unexpected just continues to happen/knock the wind out of you. You know?

Anyway, I just came across these images by Helena Almeida and thought they did a pretty good job of explaining things.

See you soon.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thinking of you

My friend Gary saw this postcard in Bretagne, 
and it made him think of me.

I can't tell you how much this made my day.

Also, I have pretty great friends.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

This surfing life

Three surfing moments from my week so far...

Huon and I went down the coast on a mission on Tuesday.
It included on-shore winds and felafel, and was a lot of fun.

 I saw this t-shirt on sale in a department store yesterday.

 Dodgy at-my-desk lunch. This is happening as I type.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Ain't no thang

Could Katharine Hepburn get any cooler?

Apparently, yes.

(Image via Tomboy Style, via Jessica Williams)

Monday, July 09, 2012

Blogging in the real world

        Blogging is a funny thing. On the surface, it could appear like this totally self-indulgent and highly individual thing to do. Blogs can seem like a form of public journal-keeping, and at their worst, they are. But over the years that I have been keeping this little 'self-indulgent, public journal' operating, I have found blogs to be so very much more than that. I have, in fact, found that they are all about relationships and community. 
        You could flick though this blog and see me writing about women and surfing, which I do. But from my perspective, writing the blog, it is all about who is reading it, how they comment, the ways my interests connect with other bloggers, and seeing your ideas and experiences turning up in the most unlikely places from around the world. Although companies have jumped on blogging to promote their brands, products and surfers in seemingly unobtrusive ways, my experience of blogging has been that of engaging with other bloggers by sharing ideas, interests and support. Starting this blog was supposed to be about creating a repository for links and resources as I tracked through my PhD, but over time it shifted and became a space of its own. When I started this blog, I never thought anyone would actually read it, but people have. And they've commented and sent me emails and offered me writing opportunities and posted me photographs and shared stories and given support. Far from an individualised journal-keeping, resource-collecting activity, writing this blog has become about collaboration and connecting with other folk across the world, through the fun of surfing. And it has been an unexpected joy. And recently, I got to meet one of my favourite blogging friends in person.
        A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit San Francisco, and while I was there I took the time to go and stay a night with the wonderful Jamie Watson and her family. Perhaps you know Jamie better as the author of PineappleLuv?
        Jamie and I have known each other for a few years now. We met through our blogs and have sent comments, emails and messages, and even found out that we share the same birthday! I've always loved Jamie's blog for its clever-ness, its sense of fun, and for the pure stoke she always shows for surfing, art and people. Her blog was always somewhere I could look when I was feeling uninspired or bummed, and it would brighten my day with sweet stories, colourful artwork, or a cool photo she had taken herself or found somewhere online. So I was so excited to be able to meet her and to hang out with her, her (equally talented) husband Jay, and their gorgeous son, Duke. They took me to Santa Cruz, to check out Steamer Lane, and to eat enormous burritos! It was so cool to bring a blogging relationship into the 'real world' and I'm stoked I had the chance to do that while I was in the States.
        Thanks so much Jamie, Jay and Duke - it was awesome to meet you. I can't wait til you get the chance to visit here in Australia!

Friday, July 06, 2012

You are.

Today, and for very different reasons, this song is dedicated to two of my best lady-friends: Katie (who I miss and who really is a great dancer) and Izzy (I'm so proud of you!).

Also, it's Friday and I'm off for a cocktail.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Mobile surf checks

Izzy and Ryan are driving and camping down the coast to Sydney, where the winter is somewhat less kind than it has been in Byron. With a lack of surf-able waves to amuse them, texts flew fast and thick from Izzy, as her and Ryan surf-checked their morning away. As you can tell from the picture she sent me, they had little success.

Izzy: No waves just whitewater.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

'Much Better Now'

Much Better Now from Salon Alpin on Vimeo.

(Apologies for the way the videos keep getting cut off. I'll do something about that sometime soon...)

Monday, July 02, 2012

Kurungabaa is full of kooks

Look what I've got - hot off the press!

You can subscribe for yourself over at Kurungabaa.

Sunday, July 01, 2012


So, these are currently for sale at Retro Metro, just up the road from my house in Paddington.

Seriously though, imagine - just imagine!! - surfing in these on a sunny day with clear blue skies and crystal water. Like, everything at that moment would be completely and utterly perfect.

And glary. Haha!

Anyway, it's by the bye because this is an old Hollywood costume and it's priced accordingly.

But imagine...!!