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)
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’.