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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.
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!
The power of mother ocean. A surreal photograph capturing the sea when she is in full force. Photograph by our newest contributor Elmo Hernández… Check out more of his work here:
Emmy award-winning filmmaker and surf enthusiast, Cyrus Sutton is in the process of editing his latest project, ‘Island Earth’. Delving into the very real and worrying issue of industrial agriculture and specifically, the startling prominence of GMOs in Hawaii, Cyrus says this documentary “is about the GMO/pesticide connection and the underground movement of young people moving back to the land and growing their own food in response to corporate corruption.”
It’s hard to believe that Hawaii, a place famed for its verdant tropical splendour has the largest number of GMO per square metre. But its fertile islands that offer favourable year-round growth is what attracts the likes of corporate agriculture demons such as Monsanto, who are not only devastating the natural landscapes in Hawaii, but are using chemicals that are causing high levels of toxicity and thus affecting the communities in areas of production. With medical research showing the rise of birth defects in these affected areas, it’s a dire prospect for what is to come if the issue continues to grow.
But like most complex issues, translating the information to the general public in a way that is comprehendible is often a hard task, but Cyrus is on a mission to make people aware of what is going on through the medium he knows best by producing a “strong cinematic seed from which change can grow.”
He currently has a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the post-production phase of the documentary. A worthy cause to get behind, if you’re interested to learn more and have a few pennies to help him out, then be sure to check out the Island Earth Kickstarter campaign.
A couple of stills from the documentary that are part of the Kickstarter offerings… all photos taken by Cyrus Sutton.
To check out more of Cyrus’s work, head here.
“It’s been said
On far shores, weary mariners hear voices
Songs so beautiful they cast a spell
There is no choice but to hear.”
Here is an beautiful film put together by the folks at Finisterre. A fantastic insight into the world of cold water surfing, with some top notch production and sound, turn the speakers up loud and sink into this wonderful world.
Some waves are meant to be ridden on single fins… To learn more about the iconic wave that is J-Bay head to The Encyclopaedia of Surfing.
‘Sojourn’ is a feature film from independent filmmaker Nathan Oldfield, the creator of the award winning left of centre surf films ‘Lines From a Poem’, ‘Seaworthy’ and ‘The Heart & The Sea’, as well as the recent cinematic gem ‘Gathering’ presented by Tracks Productions.
‘Sojourn’ features a diverse group of international surfers from around the globe. Join Soli Bailey, Chris Del Moro, Brad Gerlach, Aamion Goodwin, Dylan Graves, Dane Gudauskas and Dave Rastovich as they explore Indian Ocean delights off the coast of Sumatra aboard the good ship ‘Managalui Ndulu’.
‘Sojourn’ is a beautifully crafted documentary about the camaraderie, joy, mystery and magic that unfolds when an eclectic group of surfers are brought together in the world’s richest wave playground.
We are looking forward to checking out the full length film which can be purchased with December Issue of Tracks mag…
Hurricane Marie delivering drain pipes to Sant Barbara’s ‘Sand spit’… You think you could tame this beast? Film & Edit by Tony Modugno Enjoy!!
“This was an epic winter day, howling offshore, big swell and heaps of
crew frothing around, zipping up or lingering in the dustbowl carpark, watching
from their troop carriers, prados and landcruisers. Some big wipe outs had been
going down on the reefs in the area and im sure some of the best waves of peoples
lives. It was a bit on the heavy side for me so I just shot. Two of my close friends
knew where they wanted to be and no one at the time seemed to be onto it. As they
paddled out a big humpback whale cruised up right beside them; the only other
soul to share the lineup with them. I knew then that they would be sweet, a pretty
good omen. Angus Andrew (pictured) got the first one that came through and it was
pretty much just on from there. Just the two of them going wave for wave while I
shot from a cave in the dunes.”
Photography by Kat Charles
Heres a little video about an Englishman with a passion for surfing and motorcycles and fusing them together in a pretty rad way! A little creative inspiration for a mission the folk at Sea Stoke are currently conjuring up…
‘Byron Bay – The Meeting Place’ is an in-depth documentary that explores the journey of Australia’s most talked about town.
Byron Bay used to be a small sleepy whaling town and has now grown into a melting pot of different cultures, nationalities with millions of visitors each year.
Get to meet the citizens of the sea that have enriched the region’s culture; locals, hippies, surfers, travelers, indigenous folk, and people from all walks of life.
What an amazing shot to post for our 100th submission to Sea Stoke by regular contributor John Kelsey Photography.
In this series John explores the peace and tranquility that he finds in nature, and highlights six different natural environments that are all special to him. The underwater one is our favourite! Be sure to check out more of John’s amazing work.
PangeaSeed in collaboration with 1xRUN, Residencia Gorila, World Art Destinations and Juxtapoz Latin America are pleased share with you the results of Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition. The week-long mural festival took place July 20-28, 2014 on the island of Isla Mujeres, Mexico. The mission of Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans – Mexico Expedition is simple: our goal was to raise awareness for the conservation of the ocean and greatly needed protection for the whale sharks and manta rays off the Yucatan peninsula, by means of art and creativity.
For this pioneering project, we collaborated with a select group of internationally acclaimed contemporary artists: Curiot, Saner, Nosego, Shark Toof, Tristan Eaton, Celeste Byers, Meggs, Cinzah Merkens, Tatiana Suárez, Hannah Stouffer, Smithe, Aaron Glasson, Yoh Nagao, Vexta and Pelucas. These artists were given the opportunity to swim with and study whale sharks and oceanic manta rays and experience these majestic giants in their natural environment. Both of these iconic ocean animals are listed as species threatened with extinction on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species. Despite the protection efforts of several countries, these animals are considered highly lucrative for the Asian shark fin trade and the growing mega aquarium trade both adding pressures on their already vulnerable populations. In turn, inspired by their personal animal encounters, the artists created a series of 14 large-scale ocean-themed murals on Isla Mujeres to help educate and raise greatly needed awareness within the local and tourist communities for the plight of these animals and oceans.
All photos by Tre’ Packard / PangeaSeed.org 2014 The murals also highlight the benefits of ecotourism and the long-term sustainability of natural resources. Furthermore, educational workshops engaged local youth to learn more about whale sharks and what they can do to help save our seas. Here is a wicked recap of the festival:
This is some of the most amazing surf footage we have seen in a while. If you have not seen this clip yet be sure to grab a brew and find a nice comfy seat for about 15 minutes. Actually you might want to just stand up a mind surf you way across the lounge room in these ridiculously long barrels. Enjoy.
‘I HAD TO MUCH TOO DREAM LAST NIGHT’ follows the simplistic travels of two surfers, meeting friends along the way, on an open ended journey across an archipelago littered with islands and breaks. Connected by ribbons of tarmac and separated by deep ocean valleys these islands have been here for millennia and will continue to do so for millennia to come. An veritable eden for waves of every nature, from long reeling glassy points breaks to sketchy urchin infested waves in the middle of nowhere
Film will be out May 2014 so stay tuned!