Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hasn't the weather been strange lately?

After a magnificent sunset yesterday,
it's gone back to cold, bleak and rainy.
Need some colour.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Live at the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a long way from Brinetopia and I have never been there. My only experience of the place has been through my ears with the Isle's 1970 Live Concert tunes of old geezers like The WhoJimi HendrixMiles DavisThe DoorsTen Years After, Joni MitchellThe Moody BluesMelanieDonovanFreeChicagoRichie HavensJohn SebastianLeonard Cohen and Jethro Tull.
There would be some companies on this spinning blob of brine shared by a few billion of us carbon based bi-peds, who are happy to cut down, kill off, desecrate or burn off everything in pursuit of a profit.
Not so for Rapanui, a small eco fashion brand from the Isle of Wight founded by brothers Martin and Rob Drake-Knight in early 2008. These guys must be doing something right as they have won a couple of  Business Awards for their commitment to sustainability and passion for doing business the right way.  
Image courtesy: Rapanui 2010
According to their web site, "Rapanui make clothes out of organic natural fabrics in a wind powered factory audited by the Fairwear Foundation. The brand promotes local economic and social sustainability by using local businesses and running charity events. Rapanui make it easy and convenient for customers to find out where their clothing comes from and how it is made using interactive maps and a Wikipedia style encyclopaedia of their product life cycle on their website; traceability that is years ahead of the industry. " 
And being on the other side of the planet, where nobody stocks these eco-goodies, I was taken by their Free Post Globally policy. Over to you Rip Curl, Quicksilver and Billabong.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Three Marble Surf

Received some evocative winter shots of Sunshine Beach at sunset from Corey Wilkie last night and just had to share them. Presented on this cold MOONday morning with a bit of a mash up of wordage I found in my little art pad - something I wrote while staying at Corey's Sunshine Beach shack four winters back:

"My wife is asleep beside the fish.
The One
with the air spray of an octopus.
The One
made by Puffer's father.
The One
with the broken fin.
I grab $5 out of her purse
and try and heave my ancient body
in the direction
of the Sunshine Beach bakery.
Yesterday was  a three-marble-surf.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Loggin Days

Some days
you need to ride
a long long board

Friday, June 25, 2010

No Goats - No Glory

Got an email the other day (slight editing to prevent lawsuits) from goofyfooter Mark (above) who is currently on a solo surfari south with his Southcoast Longboard quiver - 
"Monday - A cracker though very weird. Only 8 waves in two and a half hours, but they were some of the best I have had there. Not much of a crowd, but the sets were rare and only two waves to the set. Me and this other old coot sat way outside and waited ages for these monster sets that came through very infrequently. The old coot actually talked me into sitting out there with him. He was right - the wait was endless but when the waves came they were steep and hollow all the way to the fish trap marker."
Goofyfooter Mark 23 June 2010
(no idea)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Little Pink Houses

Took a big road trip to Nana Brine's country yesterday.
By the time I got there
the weather had turned
bleak and surfer unfriendly
I found a nice rocky ledge
with only two out
and managed a few nice rides
Before leg cramps set in.
After lunch I took Nana for a drive
and she showed me this 
little pink house
that just sold for $1.5 Million
It has a view of the rocky ledge

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

I Used to Skate

This post is for my brine brother H who spent a cold night in a swag somewhere near Gilgandra, 1000 kilometers from his shack at Noosa. Safe travels. I dreamt of skateboarding an empty swimming pool last night. I used to skate. One of the decks I made below - a translucent sandwich of perspex and fibreglass.

"I Used To Skate Once"
is also the annual skate-art-music event
by fashion place called
The Outpost
24th June 2010
The Zoo 
Lots of local, interstate and international creative people who’ve turned their artistic genius to the skate deck as a canvas - Marcus Oakley (UK), Andrew Gordon, Porous Walker, Carmela Ruffino, Abigael Whittaker, Sasha Jooste, Liam Bhats, and Pedestrian’s good pal Claudio Kirac.
Live Music by
The Deadnotes feat The Legend (Everett True)
Per Purpose
Community (formerly Stemford Hiss)
Swede Tooth

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

25 Hours from Nowhere

A couple of weeks ago, after a nice slidey session on a cold sunny morning, I had a yarn with a fella who was excited just to get sand in between his toes, let alone enjoy the small clean peelers that were happening. He told me he works in the mines six hours west of here. He gets to see the sea for three weeks and then has to go back to the dust of the mines for three weeks. On and off, over and over whether it's pumping or not, so he can put a roof over his kids' heads. This post is for you, buddy. Two different angles of the same spot taken 25 hours apart.

Monday, June 21, 2010


6:30 am  
only a faint glow of dawn on the horizon. 
Today even the birds are sleeping in, 
the cows are huffing and 
the dawn patrol sand is icy.
Welcome to Winter Solstice.
the shortest day of the year. 
Complete with low soft light.
and waves perfect for sliding
on your back.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Frolics

Hello weekend.
Time to strap on the rods
and the boards
and the tent
and hit it up the beach
past that spot
with the wicked shore dump
along the track to 
the protected pointbreak
not That One
the one without crowds
and then to rest our salty bones 
under a million stars
while that epic ride
on our pillow of dreams

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Luddite x 3

Woodcut print by Alex Gillies 2010
Luddite 1:  member of the social movement of British textile artisans in the nineteenth century who protested – often by destroying mechanized looms – against the harsh economic climate and changes produced by the Industrial Revolution including degrading working conditions in the new textile factories. The principal objection of the Luddites was to the introduction of new wide-framed automated looms that could be operated by cheap, relatively unskilled labour, resulting in the loss of jobs for many skilled textile workers.
Luddite 2: An exhibition of woodcuts and prints by skilled artisan Alex Gillies. "The medium of woodcuts hasn’t really changed in more than 500 years; it works, so why mess with it? A lot of my pieces focus around old forms of technology that I dearly love – my typewriter, old hot rods from my grandparents’ generation, bicycles – stuff that doesn’t need replacing every 12 months." Alex Gillies More info here.
Luddite 3: One who wants to take a lo-fi approach to their Brine Time by enjoying hand made boards and hand-planes created using eco friendly materials and ancient, traditional processes eg wooden handplanes, alaia. More info from Handplane Goodness and Tom Wegener Surfboards and the Wooden Surfboard splinter group!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

3 x 3 x 3

Continuing our hand made and musical themes, here's a couple of handmade watercraft and musical instruments at Noosa Longboards surfshop, where I shot Gidget. Top left is a modern interpretation of an ancient wooden beast - the hollow toothpick - by Parrish Watts. Next is a 70's inspired carving device by Dick Van Straalen (or is it Dirk?). Last a 21st century fish with glassed on wooden keels by DVS as well.
Below, Parrish and the NLB boys sliding old style on Parrish's Vintage Pacific Surfcraft at the Noosa Rivermouth. Watch out for the bull sharks.
Image courtesy of Vintage Pacific Surfcraft

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Have a Cigar

Somewhere amongst the accumulated detritus of the Brinecave is a 70 year old wooden cigar box that has survived three break and enters by persons unknown. It belonged to my grandfather who loved a nice Cuban cigar. With a broken lid, it's a container of memories more than a work of art. 
This morning I re-discovered the following items shoved in there - a Coca-Cola Russell yo-yo (with "Special Spin"), a Von Weirdo's business card, a selection of fountain pens, an extract from my late Dad's birth certificate, the original mirror from our twin lens reflex art deco Rolleicord camera dated 16/03/35, a small pocket knife that belonged to my other grandfather and serendipitously, a hand scribbled note of the set list that Roger Waters' Pink Floyd band played (written at 11:20 pm while waiting for the concert traffic to unjam). And yes they played "Have a Cigar"
A few weeks ago I saw and heard cigar box guitars for the first time. Most were fretless and were being played in a low-fi stomping, slidey style. The sound intrigued me, especially when played through a wah-wah peddle like Nigel McTrusty(?) above. So now I know what to do with that old cigar box keepsake - gonna turn it into a home made blues guitar. 
 I just love the touristy tea strainer from Natural Bridge at the back of the Gold Coast used as a sound hole on the fretless cigar box guitar above. Guitars by Gary Martin from Hoodoo Hand. If you don't quite embrace the do-it-yourself approach then contact him on: (no webbie spot).

Friday, June 11, 2010

Casual Friday

Casual Friday + Surf =

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The sound of one Bob smiling

L-R Thomas Meyerhoffer, Micky Munoz, Bob McTavish, Scott Dillon and Tom Wegener (wearing a Seaworthy tee by Nathan Oldfield) spotted in Noosa back in March.
Bottom pic Bob and a replica of the Fantastic Plastic board that some would argue ignited a revolution of vert surfing - or at least promoted the idea that you can ride a wave in many ways like Mr Greenough.
"There are no bad waves, only a poor choice of equipment and a lousy attitude."
Mickey Munoz 2003

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Scotland the Brave

Tears and laughter
Winter sunshine and airline vapour trails
Funeral in the country
In the foothills of Ngungun and Beerwah
Not far from Irwin's Zoo
We talked story about Irene
Born in Tasmania
Raised in Scotland
Passed away in Australia
Farewell bonnie lassie.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Red Is the Colour

"Short ride from here to where the beast resides
Fine line that separates the shadows inside"
from Steve Earl Red Is the Colour 2007

Monday, June 7, 2010

Surf Check #725000

Beannie? Check. Uggh boots? Check. Long corduroy trousers? Check Warm coat? Check. Winter? Check. All over the country, a million of us are doing the daily surf check. And in Brinetopia it is really really cold today. It always seems colder just after the sun comes over the horizon and the first zephyrs for the day start stirring the air - soft offshores, holding up the faces of the waves and shaking up my already shakey hands.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

I was a toiler on the sea

Continuing the nautical theme, the Sunshine Coast will welcome home Jessica Watson today after her record breaking solo circumnavigation of the planet. There were plenty of naysayers early on but the 16 year old has proven them all wrong. She is scheduled to sail past Caloundra at 10.00am EST today, then Point Cartwright and on to Alexandra Headland by 12.30pm, before sailing into Mooloolaba Harbour.  Go Jessica! 

Saturday, June 5, 2010

wrecks and Relics II

Smallish waves at the Wrecks Comp.
After recovering from his eye operation, 
The Bazzmeister tore it up 
in his Over 60's heat 
on his fave yellow and blue Hayden.
GPS + sleep = wreck

Friday, June 4, 2010

Wrecks and Relics

The dinosaurs of surf return to the briney sliding grounds off Hastings Street this weekend for the 2010 Noosa Malibu Club Over 50's Wrecks and Relics longboard comp.
Your diligent blogger plans to trap the antics of our surfing elders in a few camera boxes for later display on phosphorescent screens around the world. Or at least get a world class mocha. Over to you Hughie.
"The older we get
the better it was."

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Winter = Wonder

Winter is when the light is soft and manageable.
the UV radiation way more gentle
and when you get those crisp days
with blues skies and no wind at all 
and sometimes a little bit of peeling swell 
on well sculpted sandbanks. 
Wonder and bliss.