I just finished making this traditional 8'10" alaia from a single slab of cedar. It was a deep pleasure & therapy to work with such beautiful timber. I get goosebumps just thinking about getting these ancient curves running across a wave. Thanks to Paul & Sage Joske for the inspiration, & my little Noa for the shots.
If you live in Australia, this independent surf film is coming to a town near you. I'm really looking forward to checking it out next week at my local theatre.
22 Nov- Surfers Paradise - Arts Centre Gold Coast - 7:30 pm - ($18)
23 Nov - Sawtell - Sawtell First Avenue Cinema - 7:30 pm - ($15)
29 Nov - Avoca - Avoca Beach Picture Theatre - 7:30 pm - ($16.50)
30 Nov - Manly - Manly Cinemas - 8:30 pm - ($18)
1 Dec - Paddington - Chauvel Cinema - 8pm - ($18)
2 Dec - Bulli - Heritage Hotel - 8 pm - ($17)
9 Dec - Huskisson - Huskisson Pictures - 8 pm - ($12)
10 Dec - Ulludulla - Arcadia Cinemas - 8 pm - ($12)
14 Jan - Torquay - Surf World Museum - 8 pm - ($15)
19 Jan - Adelaide- Mercury Cinema - 7:30 pm - ($18)
23 Jan - Melbourne - ACMI - 7:30 pm - ($18)
Tickets available at the door or online here.
More info on their website and facebook page.
Collecting footage for my next film a few months ago on market day in Gernika, with my firstborn, Noa. My great grandmother was killed here in 1937, when Franco's Nationalists deliberately chose the busy market day to bomb the quiet, rural village. For lots of reasons, revisiting Gernika with my little family was a poignant moment. Photo by my dear brother Xabi.
Sage Joske, fine tuning the rails of a sleek log for Jack Lynch. This is always my favourite part of shaping, the final turning of the straight edges with a screen. All of a sudden, as if by magic, the lines disappear & are replaced by curves. It's as if the blank is instantly transformed into a surfboard before your eyes, & you start to imagine how water might wrap & hold & caress those curves. For me, it's a moment to savour.