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Issue Five
// TREEDOM // CAPTURING THE WILD // HAPPY TO BE INDIGENOUS // OFFLINING // RYAN LOVELACE // OYSTER REVOLUTION // OPERATION RELENTLESS // WITH WHATEVER I COULD FIT ON A BICYCLE // GOOD BREW CO // LYNCH PINS // WASHED ASHORE // SCIENCE UNDER SAIL // NORTHERN GREASE // NUDE YOUR FOOD // SWIMMING HOLE // NIGHTLIFE // WALK THE PLANK // IMMUNE SYSTEM TRAVEL ESSENTIALS // RECIPE FOR CHANGE // GOOD GRITS // »
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Issue Four
// The Latitude Project // There's More To The Picture // Not One To Be Singled Out // Submerged Serenity // Salt Water Medicine // Jolly Rogers // Ode To The Reef // From Hendonesia With Love // Sea Changer // Lines Of Wisdom // Arc Of Visibility // The Wave With Undies // Good Grits // The Sea And Me // »
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Issue Three
// Conrad Comer // Beyond The Veil // Jean Paul Molyneux // 3 Faces of Shea // Smile // Coral Reefs And Fishing in Kenya // Megan Palmer // A Faith Beyond Ability // Board Men // What The Sea Gives Me // A Liquid Future // Sorry // Unlock Your Body // Nut Balls // The Sea And Me // »
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Issue Two
Daniela Garreton // The Evangeline Trail // Forever Grom // Riders of the Storm // Painting Puerto // Further Farther // Clouds and Clarity Abundant // 1000 Surfboard Graveyard // Sea Changes // My Art Kills Monsters // Good Grits // Hello Sailor! // Tribute to the King // The Sea and Me »
Issue One
Issue One
BEN ROSS - THE HUMBLE HELL-MAN // CREATURES OF THE DEEP // ESCAPE FROM PARADISE // FLEETING BEAUTY // GOOD GRITS // HAND SHAPED WITH LOVE // JON FRANK - WALKING TO THE SHOP FOR BREAD // LONE SAILOR // MERIMBULA'S OLD MAN AND THE SEA // SHARING THE STOKE // THE BASQUE CONQUISTADOR // THE COAST POET // THE PLIGHT OF SHARKS // THE SEA AND ME - ALI DEANE // »
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Apr 6, 2015

With the 53rd annual Rip Curl Bells Beach pro currently taking place, Silvana Lima took some time out of her busy schedule to chat with Jan Juc local, Heidi Atkins, who gives us an insight into this Brazilian charger who continues to leave her mark in the professional surfing world.

Words and photography by Heidi Atkins.

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Silvana Lima has a gigantic and warm smile. It’s an honest, natural beauty and while she may be mouse-like in stature, her grin is a gateway to an enormous energy. This energy is filling the Jan Juc home of my Brazilian friend, where Silvana chose to reside during her campaign to regain the Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach title. I’ve come to meet her and the sound of Portuguese banter flies around, most pleasing to my ear. As we sit, Silvana neatens her hair, arms revealing a tattooed map to her story. Maria da Penha is an ode to her mother. The 2009 Bell rings for her, mid torso. A beautiful, tribal piece with turtles and fish curls from elbow to wrist.

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I try to conduct a casual interview whilst she destroys my friend’s six-year-old son in a game of what’s supposed to be friendly backyard football. She wrestles him to the ground, both boy and ball toys at her mercy. She skillfully passes through his legs to score another goal. The tired out boy flops on the outdoor chair. He tries to hide his embarrassment, smiling through his sweaty fringe. He has met his competitive match, and been defeated by a girl.

A girl who was once a cheeky seven-year-old, growing up on northern beaches of Brazil, stealing surfboards from her brothers and showing them how it’s done. A thirst to win, born so young in the water.

These days at 30, she’s classified a veteran. The scars on her knees like lightning bolts are inherent to her electric persona and will to perfect. These marks show the toll of ligament tearing aeronautical landings.

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Whatever her age or injury, she did something very special for women’s surfing earlier this month. At the Roxy Pro she wowed the crowd with an aerial manoeuvre “rated best in the history of women’s surfing” (Gold Coast Bulletin). Earning her a perfect 10, some claimed this was the move that could change the face of women’s surfing. All this makes it is hard to believe that Silvana is without a major sponsor. Perhaps the melodious clanging of yet another bell will awaken the slumbering sponsors. What a visionary face of change they will snap up. Boa sorte Silvana. Boa Sorte!!!!!

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Feb 21, 2015

We are nowhere, and it’s now is one of the most inspiring films by our friends at Desillusion we have come across in a while.  Fergal Smith is an Irish born and raised surfer who grew up in the country with his family on an organic vegetable farm.  A simple life, that educated him about some of the important things in  life, family, good food, health and enjoying whats around him.  As a well travelled surfer, Fergal chooses to stick to his roots and the way of life he learnt calling the Irish country home, not choosing surf as a way to make money, but rather something he simply loves to do.  He gives us a humble insight into the importance of living a self sustaining and happy life, and the importance of being a part of a community.

Feb 7, 2015

If you’re an artist living in a place called ‘Squalor Harbor’, it seems fitting for nautical themes to seep into your work at some stage or another. But for artist Derek Nobbs, his homage to the sea runs deep and his artwork is heavily influenced by a genuine affinity with the ocean. Working with watercolour, gouache and ink, Derek’s pieces have an old-world aesthetic that capture the mystique of the ocean and the living creatures that dwell within.

We caught up for a chat with Derek, who gave us some insight behind his work, while maintaining a sense of elusiveness that left us even more intrigued about the man and his work.

All images are property and courtesy of Derek Nobbs.

Where are you based out of and what does your studio space look like at the moment?

The official answer to where I’m located is Squalor Harbor. My studio space currently looks like an old longshoreman’s garage, but with windows, and two cats to throw the fish heads to.

derek_nobbs_sea_stokeWhat does an average day for you entail?

I usually seek out coffee, maybe some food depending on how I feel, then I get to work on painting or whatever needs to be done. Then lunch, then painting. Then most days I go for a walk, drive, hike, or some combination of the three. Then get back to work until dinner or late into the evening. Not very eventful. 

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Can you summarise your work for us in one sentence?

No. I wouldn’t even know how. So much thought goes into my work that if I was to summarise my work in one sentence I would be leaving something vital out.

Your artwork is heavily centered around nautical themes. Why do you find yourself gravitating towards the ocean for inspiration?

The ocean has endless history, folklore, superstition, and mystery that keeps bringing me back. It’s beautiful, brutal, and mysterious; it’s natural that I love it. The theme was inevitable as I’ve always lived near the water, up and down the west coast, and there have been more than a few sailors going back through my family line. I’m also concerned with the fragility of the ocean and I try to speak to that in my work as well.

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Mainly nature and history in some form or another. Whether it comes from a walk in the woods, old photos and ephemera, or stories of man taking on nature—true or mythical.

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What are you listening to right now?

At this moment, Bob Dylan.

When do you find yourself to be most creative?

I don’t really know. I suppose that depends on how I define my own creativity and honestly creativity is such an intangible, encompassing, and fleeting word that I never give it much thought.

When was the last time you were truly stoked by what you’d created?

Right now! I’m totally stoked on this piece I’m working on!

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What keeps you sane?

Am I sane? I’m not sure if I’m qualified to say that I am. But for the sake of argument here are some things that keep the gun out of my mouth; painting, being in nature, being with friends, my family, Jessica McCourt, my cats, whiskey, being surrounded with objects that inspire me, and Tom Waits.

What was the last artwork you saw that blew your hair back?

Whatever it was it was by Peter Ferguson, Walton Ford, Andrew Wyeth, or Rockwell Kent.

What sort of stuff do you get up to when you’re not making art?

Pursuing all the other things that keep me sane.  

What are some of your plans for 2015? 

More fires, more exploration, more inspiration and less stress.

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If you want to get your hands on some of Derek’s artwork, drop him a line at dereknobbs@gmail.com or check out his Squalor Harbor Co wares over here.

Feb 7, 2015

Stu Gibson Photography has been exploring the wonderful world of aerial cinematography AKA Drones!! Wouldn’t have expected anything less from this amazing photographer – definitely some of the best footage we have seen in a while – enjoy! We like to fly too!

Jan 30, 2015

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Ahoy there! You may have noticed we’ve been pretty absent on Facebook and the website of late, so we thought we’d better let you know what’s been happening with the Sea Stoke crew.

Heeding the call of the wild, we’ve embarked on project at the last-minute called The Howling Sea, where off-road motorcycles, surf and desert landscapes of the Baja peninsula collide for an epic adventure into the unknown. The journey has at times been challenging, but overall rewarding and laden with the sort of stoke we wish everyone could encounter at some stage during their lives. We feel so privileged to be riding amongst vast cacti forests, stargazing at night skies that dazzle us with a shooting star nearly every minute and most importantly, getting to share such wondrous times with good mates.

All of the stories that we have featured throughout Sea Stoke over the last 2 years have inspired us immensely, and we hope that perhaps our little adventure will spark a desire for all of you to venture out on some crazy journey that you’ve been dreaming about, or simply just take the time to enjoy the beauty of the natural world.

It’s our mission to continue sharing the sorts of stories that inspire others, so if you have a story or imagery to share that will fan the flames of our readers, please submit your goods our way! We’re currently working on the next issue and when we get settle back into civilisation, we’ll get it fired up and out there as soon as possible.

We want to wish you all a belated Happy New year and we hope that 2015 has been good to you so far. Stay salty and we’ll hopefully bunker down somewhere soon and inject some proper love into Sea Stoke for the coming year.

Until then, buena onda amigos!