Solitude

sol·i·tude (n).
1. the state of being alone, separated from other people, whether considered as a welcome freedom from disturbance or as an unhappy loneliness
2. a quality of quiet remoteness or seclusion in places from which human activity is generally absent
3. a remote or uninhabited place (literary)

Solitude from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.


This is a short piece I just finished, featuring Sage Joske riding a quad fish that he made for himself. The song, entitled 'Blue', is from Mike McCarthy's imaginative, wonderful instrumental album 'Colours'.

Sage is surfing alone on a winter afternoon at a favourite local spot, rinsing off the foam dust after a hard day’s work in the shaping bay at Valla Surfboards.

A lot of us can relate to squeezing in a late session before dark after work or school. Some of my favourite memories in a lifetime of surfing include those late afternoon solo sessions when the late glass-off went unnoticed or the small favourable change in swell & tide somehow went under the radar.

Sure, it’s fun to surf with mates & hoot & holler & chat between sets, but surfing alone has always been one of my favourite things to do. There’s no audience, no ego, no distractions; surfing becomes reduced to its purest sense, a dance for dancing’s sake.

How I savour those unseen, unshared moments. Hence I decided to call this piece ‘Solitude’.

8 comments:

  1. Agree with you: surfing alone (with one's thoughts) is the best surfing possible. Lovely piece!

    Niegà

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  2. looks and sounds inspiring - now I've just gotta find an empty line up around here!

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  3. another great piece Nathan... .you definitely captured that feeling, nothing better than walking up the beach in near darkness after a session like that.

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  4. hello Nathan!

    beautifull!!

    Eef
    monsterboards.org

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