Wednesday, 9 May 2018
I'm very late to the party I know but recently i've been getting addicted to podcasts. I guess its taken a while for there to be any decent ones that relate to the stuff I'm into. There are two i'm going to pick out for your attention.
Firstly Matt Barr's Looking Sideways which is a a couple of years old now. Matt has a long history in "action sports" media from editing whitelines magazine years ago to ACM media now which creates much of the action sports content you read in the regular papers as well as helping to curate the image of brands like Finisterre. The podcast is a regular series of interviews with a selection of characters from outside the mainstream covering everything from surfing to skating, skiing, climbing, snowboarding and even urban running. Matt is great at getting his guests off the track of other interviews you may have read with them and even if you don't participate in the sport the person is from, Matts interview style and content always makes them a good listen.
Second mention is for the Surf Splendor network which is an expanding group of shows that are all surfing based. Regular pods cover design interviews with shapers, the latest competition wsl news and the superbly salacious "grit" gossip show with Chas Smith. Theres a lot of great stuff in their archive, particularly a couple of shows with Devon Howard talking Skip Frye gliders and his signature Egg design.
Friday, 4 May 2018
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Had a pretty busy winter, some decent waves, some fun bike riding and a couple of really good trips out to the alps.
Turned out to be an epic winter for snow with many saying it was the best for over twenty years. Personally I lucked into a few days of freshies. It's also the first time i've had a proper powder board with me, One of the Lib x Lost Jamie Lynn colab boards. It's loosely based on the concept of a fish surfboard being short (146) and wide giving the same surface area as a much longer board with a fully 2-3 inch stance set back. It's also the first time i've ridden a camber board for a few years.
The board was amazing. Actually pretty fun on piste holding a good carving edge despite its width. In soft snow I couldn't wipe the grin off. It's genuinely the closest ive come to surfing on frozen water. Effortless float with no need to lean back so no back leg burn and just so much flow with huge rooster tails on each turn. Even my wife commented on how much fun it looked and she is usually the first to burst my bubble of self-congratulation!
Most definitely recommended!
Tuesday, 24 April 2018
"AAAAAAND WE'RE BACK" to quote CRob from one of my current favorite podcasts, The Nine Club. Short hiatus due to general lack of time and lack of film photos to post.
Following on from the drowning of my last waterproof film camera I invested a whole £7 in a new semi disposable waterproof point and shoot. It's a lovely yellow plastic colour and looks like £7 was slightly overpriced but the first roll through yielded some decent results.
Thursday, 4 January 2018
Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Tuesday, 19 December 2017
Friday, 8 December 2017
Monday, 4 December 2017
I've long had a thing for fender's offset waist guitars, even with their well documented idiosyncrasies. Probably to do with idolising j mascis and the guy from teenage fanclub in my late teens. Pretty stoked to have a Jazzmaster and a jag sat in the "music room" now.
Monday, 27 November 2017
Perhaps the most frustrating thing about the aforementioned broken ribs was watching lovely autumn swells on the webcam, knowing there was no way I could consider paddling out. I tried a couple of times after about a month but with varying success and pain levels and it wasn't really until past 6 weeks that I managed a proper little logging session.
In an effort to distract myself I searched out a cheap old canon waterproof camera, an a1 sureshot which took some lovely pictures on my first session back in before it sprung a leak and died. That's what you get for shooting with 30 year old cameras I guess!