Monday, June 30, 2008

Monday Morning Wave

Photographer: Mark Onorati

Life in many ways is like riding a wave. Only great rides and lives gain immortality. Do something worth remembering!

- Pete Hogdson -
surfer, photographer, TV producer

Like a fly in Nature's holy ointment, a Narrabeen Man becomes embedded in the medium.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Objects of Desire

The feeling of being squeaky clean and freshly showered is often a much desired but scarcely achieved goal when tramping about in the great outdoors. Wet wipes do a barely tolerable job, take up way too much space, are un-environmentally friendly, and, well I don't know about you, but trying to wash with a pint sized wet tissue designed for a babies' bottom is far from satisfactory in my opinion.

Well the distant dream of being able to have a proper shower in the middle of nowhere is now a reality thanks to the pocket shower. This tiny gizmo unfolds to reveal a high performance waterproof reservoir that holds a mighty ten litres of water. The black fabric will (given a sunny day) warm the water up in no time. You just string it up to a tree and open up the attached shower head - hey presto, you can now luxuriate in a seven minute shower, get squeaky clean, and gloat at the wet wiped masses, and it packs up into a neat package smaller than your fist. Beat the pong with the Pocket Shower.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Monday Morning Wave

Photographer: Al Mackinnon

The right board won't make you a great surfer, but the wrong one will really screw you up!

- Fletcher Chouinard -
surfer, shaper, materials expeditionary

Morning meditation, North Shore, Scotland.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Objects of Desire

Unlikely as it may seem, there is still a part of this universe that doesn't have a Tesco Express or Sainsbury's Local homogenising the immediate area. So what to do? When your nearest local shop is a few hundred light years away, you can be pretty sure that by the time you reach it it'll be closed, or more likely fossilised. Fortunately help is at hand as NASA, gawd bless 'em, have already considered that the shortage of corner shops in the vast reaches of space may cause a fair amount of inconvenience for hungry astronauts.

To avoid the inevitable pitstops at Galactic Malls on un-mapped planets, NASA decided to make sure their astronauts packed a picnic. Several failed attempts at cucumber and marmite sandwiches made them realise they needed to create food that would last a very, very long time out of the fridge. So Astronaut Food was born. Using rather clever and spacey freeze drying techniques, involving vacuum chambers and no small amount of vaporisation, they have come up with food that will last for something like 50 years. Made especially for those that bravely go forth into the great unknown, you too can now tuck into space food, even if your bravely going forth usually just involves a bus. These pukka space delights come in three varieties; Bananas and Strawberries (real ones of course, just spaced up) and, believe it or not, Neapolitan Ice-Cream. So next time you're feeling peckish, but the corner shop just seems like 'one great schlep for mankind', tuck into some top Astronaut Food, it's grub fit for heroes.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Monday Morning Wave

Photographer: Sean Davey

Today is where I need to be. Now is where I will be able to see. It is then that I truly feel the wave before me

- Tom Carroll -

Derek Hynd flies in the face of all known surf logic. Fins-free (yes, no fins) and in deep, Southern Australia.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Objects of Desire

As cosy as sleeping bags are, nowadays they're designed so that you often feel like you're being buried alive. Lovely to be so warm, not so lovely to feel quite so incapacitated. Introducing the most revolutionary, and definitely the coolest (though very warm of course) sleeping bag ever invented. The SELK is the sleeping bag you wear, so if it's still freezing outside (or inside if the heating's packed in) when you get up, you don't need to get out of your sleeping bag! You can walk around quite happily in temperatures as ludicrously low as -8.4 degrees C!

It has an integral hood, and you can unzip the ends of your arms to get your mitts out to spark up the primus on Everest - or pop some bread in the toaster if your flat's dropped below a civilized temperature. The suit lining is made from soft-touch nylon, is padded with a Polyester Hollow Fibre Bonded filling, and comes in four colours and two sizes, small-medium, and large - extra-large. The SELK makes winter something to look forward to, and of course, it's the ultimate answer in how to be cool when you're warm.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Monday Morning Wave

Photographer: Patrick O'Leary

As waves die, so does freedom. Every bottom turn and every barrel must be a slingshot of inspiration to protect this precious ocean resource we surfers love so dearly. Surf hard, then go out and DO SOMETHING REAL for your planet!

- Joshua Berry -
surfer, activist, nearly Chilean

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Assessment Pressure

We've all had one of those days.........

We've all had one of those moments...........

Monday, June 02, 2008

Monday Morning Wave

Photographer: Alan van Guysen

Made Switra defining grace under pressure, weaving his magic on a late-afternoon session at Padang Padang