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// Still Swell at 85 //
Nov 29, 2014
Nothing gets us stoked more than seeing people do what they love most regardless of age or adversity. Recently deceased Bondi legend Barry ‘Magoo’ McGuigan was the inspiration behind Dean Saffron‘s award-winning short film, Still Swell at 85, that gives us a glimpse into the life this Australian surf icon who continued to surf until final days, despite battling non-Hodgkins lymphoma disease for the last few years. With a twinkle in his eye and sense of contentment that comes from a life spent in the ocean, Magoo was not only the world’s oldest competitive surfer who competed this July at age 85, but a role model whose positive outlook on life reminds us that there really is no excuse to not make time for exercise and keeping the mind, body and spirit well nourished.
To see more of Dean Saffron’s work, be sure to check out his online portfolio here.
// World Without Sun – Jacques Cousteau //
Nov 25, 2014
We all know that Jacques Cousteau was the man. An all-round savant with many strings to his bow, but most notably a pioneer of marine conservation and underwater photography whose work as an accomplished filmmaker earned him 3 Oscars throughout his prolific career, Cousteau’s work continues to captivate and mesmerise viewers decades later.
Following the success of his Academy Award winning documentary, Le Monde du Silence (A World of Silence), Le Monde sans Soleil (World Without Sun) chronicles the Continental Shelf Station Two, the world’s first underwater sea colony in scientists set up a station to study the capacity for men to live and work underwater.
The film captures what is essentially scientific research and presents it in a artistic, beautifully eerie and surrealistic style that you can expect of Cousteau. And yes, some folk are quick to question the authenticity of particular sequences from the film, but isn’t that the beauty of creative license?
It’s awesome viewing if you have 90 odd minutes up your sleeve, especially if you can project it onto your ceiling and lay back to stare upwards, as if you’re looking for the ocean floor to the sea above you. Enjoy.
// Giants //
Nov 1, 2014
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:
// Island Earth – a Cyrus Sutton documentary //
Oct 31, 2014
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.
// Ocean Atlas – Jason deCaires Taylor //
Oct 22, 2014
The maestro of underwater sculpture Jason deCaires Taylor has recently installed his latest work of art titled, Ocean Atlas. Featuring a young local Bahamian girl carrying the weight of the ocean on her shoulders, this is the largest single sculpture ever to be deployed underwater. An absolute beauty to behold, the sculpture extends 5 metres up front he sea and weighs over 60 tonnes and was assemble underwater in sections using an ambitious technique developed by Jason himself.
And if you haven’t seen the feature article we did on Jason in Issue Four, you can check it out over here.
// Edges of Insanity by Finisterre//
Oct 21, 2014
“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.
// Byron Bay Surf Festival //
Oct 13, 2014
Surf and ocean enthusiasts rejoice…only 11 more days until the 4th annual Byron Bay Surf Festival and judging from the program, the event should be nothing short of Byron Bay magic. A 3-day celebration that draws in ocean-loving folk from near and far, the BBSF showcases film, photography, art, history, markets, literature, design, craft, workshops (and a heap more goodness) that all pay homage to the creative culture within surfing.
With a program that is bursting with epic festivities, including the Australian premieres of surf films ‘Expencive Porno’ and the highly anticipated Beyond The Surface, the BBSF is the perfect way to experience surf culture in true Byron fashion.
Musicians, shapers, surfers, artists, locals and tourists will unite to make this year’s festival as stellar as the last and this year’s musical offerings include Bonjah, Ash Grunwald and iconic surfer/muso Donovan Frankenreiter, just to name a few!
If you’re in Byron from the 24-26th of October, do yourself a favour and get amongst it all!
For more information, head here to for the complete event details.
// Jeffrey’s Bay 1970’s //
Oct 8, 2014
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 //
Oct 6, 2014
‘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 Spit //
Oct 3, 2014
Hurricane Marie delivering drain pipes to Sant Barbara’s ‘Sand spit’… You think you could tame this beast? Film & Edit by Tony Modugno Enjoy!!
// Paddle In //
Oct 3, 2014
“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
// Somewhere Else //
Oct 3, 2014
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…
Sep 10, 2014
‘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.
Sep 10, 2014
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.
// Sea Walls //
Aug 16, 2014
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: