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.
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:
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."
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 Brisbane.
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.
Luddite 1: member of thesocial movement of Britishtextile 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 GilliesMore 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!
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (no webbie spot).
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."
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.
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!
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.