Just got my log back from the glasser & polished her up. She's nice & shiny & currently curing before I introduce her to some long pointbreak rollers up north next week. I called her 'Kailani' which is Hawai'ian for sky. Dimensions are 9'3" x 17" x 22 3/4" x 17" x 3", rolled belly & long nose concave. I'm happy.


Cronulla Cinemas
Friday 26th June

Anita’s Theatre Thirroul
Saturday 27th June

Manly Cinemas
Sunday 28th June

Esplanade Hotel St. Kilda
Thursday 2nd July

Surf A Pig

Mike Black, stoke miner & glass jazzer & fellow swaylocker, has started a happy blog: http://surfapig.blogspot.com & an associated thread on sways.

The 10'1" Jim Phillips posted up a few days ago has me absolutely frothing:

Pics: Log Donkey via Surf-A-Pig.

Tears Of The Candle

My friends Dave Rowson & Michael Carney have put together something special for this Thursday night at Avoca Beach Theatre:


'The sea never changes & its works, for all the talk of men, are wrapped in mystery.' Joseph Conrad

Standover Man

Sean Finnelley, from a couple of weeks back at a local spot. I love doing standovers on my log. If you time it right it's joy.


'I paint & write now & then, & in the midst of my paintings & writings, I am like a small boat sailing between an ocean of endless depth & a sky of limitless blue - strange dreams, sublime desires, great hopes, broken & mended thoughts; & between all these there is something that the people call Despair, & which I call Inferno.'

Kahlil Gibran, from 'A Self Portrait'.

Switch-Foot Reloaded

(The first Switch-Foot book cover, artwork by Sketch Holiday.)

Andrew Crockett is about to release a follow-up book to his first epic contribution from a few years ago, entitled 'Switch-Foot Reloaded'. He has a new blog up and running & an interview posted up at Empire Ave. Here's the links:

www.switch-foot.com/blog & www.empireave.com/?p=2890

Point Never

Jim Newitt is doing good things over at www.point-never.com:


Wegener Surfboards: Alaias

Wegener Surfboards: Alaias from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

This is a little short I just made for Tom & Jon Wegener, makers of beautiful alaias. The featured surfers are Ryan Burch & Eric Snortum, two lads from California I met on recent travels. The music is by my friend Rob's band, called 'Small Defence'. Their album 'The Fonts' can be found on itunes & it's epic. Enjoy.


My new log is shaped & is currently off at the glassers getting a little lamination love, cobalt tint included. Stoked.

Neptune's Necklace

It occurred to me that I must have spent tens of thousands of hours staring at the horizon, in between sets, absent-mindedly popping these little seaweed spheres off their chains. It might seem pointless to the uninitiated seaweed-popper, but I reckon there are worse ways to spend your time.

Seaweed-popping can be a form of meditation, as is horizon-gazing, as is surfing in general. Surfing isn't especially productive, but life isn't always about producing stuff, or at least it shouldn't be. Sometimes it's a good thing just to sit & appreciate & breathe & be.

It is a joy to me that such small and simple lessons can be found in such small and simple things.

A Continual Miracle

To me the sea is a continual miracle,

- the fishes that swim
- the rocks
- the motion of the waves
- the ships with men in them.

What stranger miracles are there?

- Walt Whitman

Last Hope

Spunk Presents...

'Last Hope'

A series of sixteen original short films compiled by Andrew Kidman (Glass Love/ Litmus) and Spunk Records.

Andrew Kidman chose six of his favourite surfing filmmakers to create short films that were inspired by the sea. The filmmakers include Albert Falzon (Morning Of The Earth), Jon Frank (Litmus), Monty Webber, Michelle Lockwood (Kids) and American underground surf filmmakers Patrick Trefz (Thread) and Richard Kenvin (Hydrodynamica). Kidman also provides four special cuts of his own.

The filmmakers created their short films to music selected by Aaron Curnow from some of the greatest independent contemporary artists; Smog, Sufjan Stevens, Mogwai, My Morning Jacket, Dirty Three, Holly Throsby, Vetiver, Bonnie Prince Billy, The Brown Birds From Windy Hill and Machine Translations.

Says Kidman: "One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a filmmaker is the process of bringing scenes, emotions and stories to life with music. It's kind of a filmmakers dream to have access to great music and the freedom to make whatever you want without the constraints of trying to make a full length feature or editors wreaking havoc with your work. This is what I was thinking about when Aaron Curnow and I first had a conversation about this project. I thought something special could come from just letting the filmmakers make what ever they wanted. I hope the project has kept a pure line and that these original thoughts transcend in the viewing"

Last Hope is a film for anyone with a love for the ocean. With the film's collage approach, mixed with the quiet musical stylings, it presents a side of the life that is often forgotten in these modern times.

Initially the Last Hope DVD is being released with a bonus CD of the films soundtrack. Plus a 24 page booklet with thoughts, interviews and images from the filmmakers in some damn fancy one off packaging.

Andrew Kidman is taking the film on the road this July and his band Brown Birds From Windy Hill will be providing a live score for the film at each show. Special guests (including Machine Translations) will also be appearing along the way.

Tickets for all shows available from oztix.com.au (unless otherwise stated).

'Last Hope'

July 2nd Noosa Bowls, Noosa Heads
July 3rd Old Museum, Brisbane
July 4th Byron Community Centre, Byron
July 10th Neverland Bar, Coolangatta
July 12th Mullumbimby RSL, Mullumbimby
July 16th Waverly Bowling Club, Bondi
July 17th Palm Beach RSL, Palm Beach
July 18th Manly Boat Shed, Manly
July 19th Heritage Hotel, Wollongong (Tickets from venue)
July 20th Brass Monkey, Cronulla (Tickets from venue)
July 21st Royal Exchange, Newcastle

Light & Glass

Matt Chojnacki, appreciating the light & glass. See more of Matt over at vuduchildblog.blogspot.com

Good Times

Good times were had on Friday night, when Tom and Margie Wegener brought Thomas Campbell's The Present to our local theatre at Avoca. Mates, music, beer and an excellent surf film make a recipe for happiness.

Shannon Sol R. Carroll, OJ Newcomb & Dave Rastovich put together a great little set before the film.

Tom introducing Thomas' fine work.

If you're down in Sydney, don't forget The Present is playing at Manly Cinema this Thursday and Friday.

Seaworthy Review in TSJ

Malcolm Johnson reviewed Seaworthy in the latest issue of The Surfer's Journal, Volume Eighteen, Number Three:


There’s a certain strain of pop psychology in our sport, and one of its central tenets is the supposed importance of the now. It’s Eckhard Tolle filtered through late ‘60s laissez-faire: paddle out and pull in the thinking goes, and for a few seconds the cares of life will be shorn away. It’s an attractive philosophy, and at its best it leads us into a focused awareness of our surroundings: the beads of wax on the nose of a board, the rills and lines on the face of a wave. For all the moments of transcendence, though, there are plenty of others when we find our thoughts taken elsewhere: the work we could be doing, or that email we got from the ex, or whether that sputtering four-stroke is going to get us home.

The moment, as most of us know, isn’t always kind, and surfing isn’t always the snake oil the salesmen would have us believe. Seaworthy, the new release from Nathan Oldfield, is perhaps most effective in its turning away from the focus on the moment and its subtle articulation of how surfing can shape the long-term progress of our lives. “For me,” the Australian filmmaker says, “why you surf is more importat than how you surf. I’m intrigued in the ideal of surfers who are so enchanted by the sea, who are so thankful for the gift of waveriding, who are so affected by the exchange, that they are actually upon the journey of becoming seaworthy.”

A feature-length film, Seaworthy is both an expansion and an improvement on Oldfield’s previous work. He has an artist’s eye, and his cinematography and composition are rarely short of beautiful. The surfing life, through Oldfield’s lens, is something that is abundantly rich in both grit and grace. The pacing is measured – as an editor, he leans toward scenics, closeups, and completed waves. There are a few falls and wobbles – but such is life, after all, and such is the reality of surfing. That’s not to say that the action isn’t top-notch: there’s accomplished longboarding throughout, and other standout performances include Sage Joske’s leg stalls, Christian Wach’s alaia slides, and Dave Rastovich’s work at a windblown slab.

Seaworthy is a film with a definite purpose, but Oldfield is mindful of allowing the viewer space to think; it’s deceptively simple and pleasantly diverse, and its chapters work as shorts as well as a cohesive whole. As an independent film, it’s a high-grade achievement. The thing that struck me the most, though, was the work that the featured surfers have put in to becoming such masterful riders of waves. Surfing, as seen here, isn’t a series of moments; it’s a lifelong process of practice and thought. The segment that will stay with me the longest, I suspect, is the one of Dane Peterson and his wife Belinda – the two of them turning and trimming and cross-stepping through the crowds, looking so casually and perfectly at home on the shifting medium that is the sea.
- Malcolm Johnson