Worn Wear

A beautiful film that is more about human stories of gratitude than anything else. I am thankful to be connected with this company.

Win a HD Download of 'The Heart & The Sea'

The Heart & The Sea: Official Trailer from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

We are having a little competition to help spread the word that 'The Heart & The Sea' is now on iTunes. We have 20 HD downloads of the film to give away, 10 via Instagram & 10 via Facebook. Competition closes November 30th. Find out more here on Instagram or here on Facebook. Thanks for supporting indie surf filmmaking friends. 

Uncharted Waters

This profound, thought-provoking, superbly crafted documentary film is currently touring now. More details here.



Doshin: The Way of The Heart

So looking forward to getting this new handshape onto some north coast point breaks real soon. 

'Seaworthy' and 'The Heart & The Sea' DVDs

Alex Knost, a moment from back in the day shooting my second film Seaworthy.

You are welcome to buy both Seaworthy and The Heart & The Sea DVDs from me directly. The price is $40AUD including postage anywhere in Australia and $50AUD including postage anywhere in the world. For a double DVD package of both films, the price is $70AUD and $80 AUD respectively. 

FYI: - Seaworthy is 76 minutes long and The Heart & The Sea is 85 minutes. – Both DVDs have a ton of extras. - Both DVDs are region free and will play anywhere. - Seaworthy has French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish language subtitles and The Heart & The Sea has all of these as well as Basque and English for the hearing impaired. 

If you'd like to place an order, please email me at nathanoldfield@yahoo.com & I'll send you a Paypal request.

London Surf Film Festival / Seamouse Art

I've long admired the quirky, whimsical work of graphic artist & gentleman surfer Keiron 'Seamouse' Lewis. As part of the London Surf Film Festival's 'Surf Cinema Re-Vision' exhibit, Keiron was asked to reinterpret the artwork for 'The Heart & The Sea'. This is what he came up with. The original artwork was auctioned off in support of Water Aid. Thanks Keiron! Go check out more Seamouse goodness here.

The Third Annual Byron Surf Festival

A huge congratulations to Mike, Vanessa & Jimmy for their tireless effort in putting together such a special gathering of surfers & creatives at the Byron Surf Festival. It really was a joy & privilege to be involved in such a special community event. I'm already looking forward to next year. 

Here are some photos captured by Ming Nomchong, Craig Parry and Jair Bortoleto, as well as a press release that Taylor Miller put together. More at byronbaysurffestival.com

The third annual Byron Bay Surf Festival was a sunny success this year, bolstering itself as one of the best surf culture events on the calendar and leaving the town stamped in stoke.

The three-day “Surf Culture Now” festival spanned across four venues downtown and at the beachfront, manifesting in a mind-blowing display of high quality art, fashion, food, music, demonstrations, presentations, programs and every kind of ocean play from bodysurfing to tandem and ancient Hawaiian Olo. Attendance was huge this year and it came in a color and diversity reflective of Byron Bay’s creative and unique community. The high vibe and glowing spirit of the festival was oozing from every facet and people were blown away by the cultural exchanges, quality and organization of the event. Jack McCoy told the festival directors afterwards “this was an amazing festival spoken from
the heart to the community. There was so much Aloha, you really did the community a service which was felt all around town”.

The magic began with the opening ceremony under the stars at Main beach by blessing and well wishing from elders of the Indigenous Bundjalung tribe, original custodians of the Rainbow region. Carrying on into the night was an outdoor screening and Australian premiere of Bella Vita, opened up by Dave Rastovich and Lauren Hill, co-stars of this Italian surf odyssey featuring Californian freesurfer Chris Del Moro. A line up of nationally renowned music acts Wolf & Cub followed at The Beach Hotel. Well over a thousand people showed up to the ceremony, bringing piles of colorful couches and cushions into the pulsing audience. Tom Wegener believed that this was one of the biggest crowds he had ever seen for a surf movie premier. The film was lyrical and fun to watch in such a setting, it was certainly an amazing night to remember.

The Saturday of the festival kicked on with a sprawling Surf Art Market and pop-up tipi precinct at the beachfront which lured the curiosity of surfers, non surfers, young, old, visitors, families and all sorts of ocean aficionados. Many were surprised again by the great turnout and especially by the mix of cultures with people joining from all the over the world – Brazil, Spain, Italy, Japan, the Pacific and US. With yoga sessions, helidrome demos, art/photography show, surf forecast presentations and an entire surf literature lounge schedule of book talks, signings and readings, there was a lot to see and do in the day. These were all bedded in amongst gourmet food, crafts, delectable fashion and shaper stalls, accompanied by live music acts from around the country. The stalls, brands and shapers at the markets were given a great audience to make new connections and promote their wares with a constant flow of inquisitive people, the right crowd asking the right questions. Some of the attending brands and major sponsors included Patagonia, Brixton, Sanuk, Corona, AllPress Espresso, The Beach Hotel and Ballina Airport. Shapers such as Ryan Lovelace, Joel Fitzgerald, Thomas Bexon, Mick Mackie and Ryan Burch haunted the tipi precinct talking with curious customers, onlookers and design junkies. Most of the festival events were free activities and in the evening there was a number of greatly anticipated high profile ticketed events including afternoon discussion panels and films with Keith Malloy, Rusty Miller, Derek Hynd and Belinda Baggs. Also this night was the Surf Shorts Film Comp, which saw local and national film makers take out the winning prize of a mentorship by well established film maker Nathan Oldfield. An exclusive screening of ‘Unchartered Waters’ featuring Wayne Lynch who lent a most humble and profound dialogue afterwards alongside producer Craig Griffin and Patagonia sponsor Glen Casey rolled on into the night.

With further luck, Sunday brought a southerly turn from the light northerly winds of days prior and a perfect little swell to Wategos beach where were the remaining events of the festival. Here down at the tip of the tip of Australia’s most easterly point the waves pulsed in blue and shimmering and hosted a handful of wave riding events. Most interesting was the body surfing and tandem demonstrations and also the Freestyle n’ Stoke competition and Corona Party Wave Invitational cash dash which landed one lucky guy, pro surfer Harrison Roach, one thousand bucks prize money. It was a blissful experience, especially for bodysurfers that normally never get to surf with more then one other bodysurfer – there were over 20 of them frothing together with Keith Malloy who was delighted to see such a great turnout for this event. You could see the glow and stoke in people's eyes. The grass at Wategos was littered with an amazing array of new and old boards and the ancient Olo presentation was blessed by a pod of whales very close by, waving their tales for hours to send their salute to Dave Rastovich, Howie Cooke and the rest of the Surfers for Cetaceans gang who were raising funds for the foundation. The final evening of the festival rounded up with a brief closing ceremony and prize giving at the Beach Hotel and a stellar late night gig by The Delta Riggs which raged on all night.

It’s unquestionable that everyone who attended wholeheartedly enjoyed the festival and with an audience triple to last year’s festival, it looks to be even bigger next year. Directors Mike, Vanessa and Jimmy are committed to keep the festival running and for it to remain true to the sport and spirit of surfing. More then anything, the festival is about having fun and celebrating our unique oceanic culture in all its diversity. 


Homeland from www.KORDUROY.tv on Vimeo.

Beautiful work from Cyrus Sutton. How this makes me yearn to return to Euskal Herria.


'All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.' 
Swami Vivekananda

Abiding Tides

Abiding Tides from Macauley Rae on Vimeo.

A fun short from good friends. Try watch.

Of Tears & Of Joy

Last week during the Byron Bay Surf Festival, seven years after I first documented Tom Wegener ride his first olo in my film Seaworthy, I finally had a chance to take that same board into the sea beside Tom. It was pure joy feeling its weight & length rolling beneath me as I paddled it alongside my old mate, out around the point towards the same cape where Tom tackled the board in the film.  These are some photos of the moments captured by my mate Mac.

Later that day, after my friends Dave Rastovich & Ryan Burch put on a masterful exhibition of riding this Seaworthy olo as well as Dave's olo that he rode in The Heart & The Sea, I had the chance to ride a few waves with the board with another good mate Brett Caller.

It was a moment of awakening, a peak experience in a surfing life that I'll remember for as long as I live: using everything I have ever learnt about riding all kinds of surf craft to trim as if along a razor's edge, as sixteen feet of curved timber silently cleaved the water beneath my feet as it did for surfers centuries ago.

I trembled with joy to feel that same glide experienced by the ancients that rode before us. I marvelled at the skill of Tom & Dave who each rode the olo in much heavier surf than I did. I quivered with thankfulness for a lifetime of surfing, filmmaking & friendship that had brought me to this singular moment. I wept with longing for Willow, my beloved lost daughter for whom Seaworthy was made.

It was an altogether unexpected cascade of pure emotion, a strange sacred space in time where I was given gifts of tears & of joy. Days later, I still do not have a grasp of what happened, let alone the words to describe it. I dare not even try.