Under cliffs rejoiced and ducked
Spanish lips and Catalan fists
Watched the moon grow wide
In the silent forests of the north
Felt the pure rage of Atlantic storms
Wind whipping Irish kelp
Walked endless tracks and slipped into
Found kindness in the eyes of strangers
Beyond a dozen borders
Laughed loud with Polish farmers
Drunk tequila with German schoolgirls
Fanned phosphorescence in mandalas
Kicking ripples on the stroke
Dawn in the Gotico, St. Germaine, Kreuzberg
Each precious day unique
Promises on Alpine tracks, Dutch canals,
In Galician floods
A hundred bazaars, a thousand odd cries
The gentle death of light
Breathless days through cobbled streets
In love with promise and potential
Mumbling other tongues and understanding
Proximity and belonging
Strength in this meeting of eyes,
linking of hands and unity
Strength for the weak, dispossessed,
the world beneath our feet
Whilst greasy men wave their egos
In airless rooms
We open our arms and call you sister, brother, friend.
We stand together.
WE ARE OCEAN
We Are Ocean is a challenge to the dated and disengaging term ‘ocean literacy.’ Commissioned by Dan Burgess of Wildlabs, the short film to introduce the concept is a collaboration with director Chris McClean and producer Aqualung. Voice by Amy Greenhough. A manifesto was also created to spread the idea that the future depends on recognising that we are ocean.
It's happening! Welcome to join us on the 13th December at Finisterre London.
Unnecessary gun club, 2012. Photo James Bowden.
Two pleasant evenings spent chatting with Sandy Kerr, Noah Lane and Sam Bleakley at Finisterre. Photos by Rob Morgan of Roma Surfboards.
Fun to unite a stellar cast of friends to collaborate on Issue 252 of Wavelength, which has been running for the same length of time as me. Features above by Candice O'Donnell, Noah Lane, Josh Vyvyan, Sam Bleakley, Mike Lay, Easkey Britton and Jack Johns.
How would Homo Sensum see our world? Through eyes full of wonder, with all senses engaged, the self forgotten. They would see every other living species as an ally, one that has also evolved over millions of years and adapted to be no more or less valuable than the human, separated only by simple twists of DNA. As Desmond Morris said, ‘Each animal must be honoured for its own sake, regardless of its prettiness, rarity or monetary value.’
Delighted to announce the launch of Backwash II. 160 pages, perfect bound, and printed in full colour on FSC approved uncoated 120gsm paper in the United Kingdom.
Backwash Issue Two is a surf anthology featuring Japan, the photography of Chris Burkard and Sergio Villalba, Hamish Laing and Woody Gooch. Kalani Lattanzi swims at Nazare, Amy Kotch surfs barrels whilst pregnant and John Peck knee paddles out as he has done since 1958. Mickey Smith writes on the supersonic Ben Player, shot by Jack Johns. We feature Zio Ziegler and Chippa Wilson, Sam Bleakley and Michael Kew. Fergal confronts the topic of mental illness. In Japan we encounter David Kinoshita, Brad Gerlach, Tina Bingham, Nisi, Hiromichi Soeda and many others. Harrison Roach, Mike Lay and Jamie Brisick give their perspective. Joni Sternbach's portfolio stops the clock. Curate is packed with Kaineder, Groves, Proud, Borrow and we conclude with Demi Taylor on being a bodysurfer. The last spread is devoted to a poem by the musician Gavin Clark, RIP.
Available to buy from our brand new website.
Delighted to have another little story in the journal (and my London torso trimming across spread, photo by Jack Johns).
Wooden spoon by Joe Hart Designs, Senor Clegg, Cap'n Aiken, me at home by Henry