The recent Annual Byron Bay Surf Festival, held for four days over February 22nd – 25th was as usual, a celebration of pure stoke with an eclectic mix of local, national and international surfers and related surf culture.
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V E N I C E B E A C H
Things to know about I R I N A L I A K H
LIVES: Venice Beach, California
PASSION: Founder and curator of SURFING SOUND WAVESa platform for online music discovery. And SOULFIRE, a blog of inspiring stories about artists, social entrepreneurs, activists and fundraising for causes I’m passionate about.
— Not So Ordinary Citizens Interview — by Tracee Annetts – photo top: Aryo Pamungkas
above: Jordan Godley
FLORA CHRISTIN is a 26-year-old Indonesian longboard surfer.
With enough grace to the mile, you’d guess she’d been born to it.
Yet it was just last year she took up the sport!
She now has a surfboard sponsorship with Folklore Surf and other brands have followed suit. Flora will be competing in the Asian Surf Champions Tour in Japan this year, as Indonesia’s first female longboard surfer.
BEHIND THE SHOOT
‘M O O D’ A SHORT SURF FILM by F R A N M I L L E R
Fran Miller has recently submitted ‘MOOD’ to be judged in the Action category of The Surfing World Short Film Competition — REELERS 2017 — presented by Corona.
It has been received very favourably by the public, at just day one of submission, it has been ranking as the ‘most watched’ in the Action category & continuing to hold the position after entries have closed, thus far.
We’re chatting to Fran about what inspired her film ‘Mood’, her choice of tunes & mermaid muses. Continue Reading →
C I T I Z E N S O F T H E S L I D E — Not So Ordinary Citizens Interview — I V Y T H O M A S ≫≫ GOLDEN SLIDER ≫≫ by Tracee Annetts – photography by Fran Miller “The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun.” So they say. When Ivy Thomas and her Gold Coast posse including mate and fellow surfer/Photographer Fran Miller hit the waves together, it’s guaranteed to be non-stop smiles. We’ve seen a lot of awe-inspiring ocean images of Ivy taken by the legendary Fran Miller and other talented photographers in the area and wanted to find out what’s keeping Gold Coast-based Ivy stoked in and out of the water.
UNITED BY T H E S E A ≫≫ HANDSOME COLLECTIVE
BALI TO BYRON BAY ≫≫ Interview with SEEA by Rhea Cortado – photography by Carly Brown
The paradox of photos living in the Internet clouds is that they are simultaneously disposable and immortal. We rediscovered these images of Tracee Annetts aka Handsome Collective photographed by Carly Brown two years ago in Bali, and the dreamy mood felt no less refreshing. Fascinated by social media’s ability to connect people across oceans and time, we caught up with Tracee to talk more about how Instagram was a lifeline to the outside world while living in Bali, and sparked face-to-face encounters with new friends.
To date we have had the pleasure of a talented bunch of female Sea Gypsies who’ve featured in our Citizens Of The Slide Interviews.
And until now no Sea Pirates to add some testosterone
to the mix. Enter Wisp aka
— CHRISTIAN BARKER —
all burly and bearded. Something we noticed
from his recent McTavish
“Dedicated to the Craft” film is that he has soul, and is passionate about his surfing..
—C I T I Z E N S
O F T H E S L I D E
NOT SO ORDINARY CITIZENS INTERVIEW—
S O R M A R I E
N I E V E S A talented Longboard rider, is the essence of beauty, grace and style. Take a look at her surfing images and you will see why she is a huge source of inspiration for us. C I T I Z E N S O F T H E S L I D E
— NOT SO ORDINARY
CITIZENS INTERVIEW —
C I T I Z E N S O F T H E S L I D E
— Not So Ordinary Citizens Interview —
HC: 6 things to know about A L E S S I A
M A R I E T T I
Who: Alessia Marietti, I am me… remember you can never be a better version of yourself because you are the only you.. I’m 16 years old.
From: Originally I’m from Argentina, Corsica and Italy but honestly, I say that I am from the World as I do not feel like I belong anywhere, I feel like I’m from Everywhere. I was born and grew up in Bali my whole life, so let’s say Bali is home.Continue Reading →
J O S I E
P R E N D E R G A S T “She’s got a rad classic style that is all her own”
From Byron Bay, an Ambassador for McTavish Surfboards and Volcom now with Billabong; a lover of life; she’s happy if others are happy; would dearly love to someday in the future, open an Orphanage in the Philippines.
≫ C I T I Z E N S O F T H E S L I D E — Not So Ordinary Citizens Interview —
Spotlight on R O I S I N
C A R O L A N
the first Australian homegrown talent to feature on
#CitizensoftheSlide We stole a moment of Roisin’s time for a quick
chat and aglimpseinto her Byron Hinterland life…
C I T I Z E N S
O F T H E S L I D E
—NOT SO ORDINARY CITIZENS INTERVIEW—
M A K A L A
H A R M O N Y S M I T H aka @shredsista is currently
on Australian shores from California.
The latest inspiring lady slider
to grace #CitizensoftheSlide. We stole a moment of her travel time for a quick
chat and a glimpse into her life…
From Florida USA
A M A N D A
G I B E R S O N has been in our sights for sometime now. We loved this photo on Amanda’s Instagram gallery,
andwe’re seeing a whole lot more of her now as an Akela Surf ambassador. We caught up with Amanda to chat travel, boards and the other photo on Instagram
that had people paying attention…
M I C K R O D G E R S
Mick resides in Encinitas, California and has been captured by local photographers, as well as featuring in several videos carving up waves in his ‘neighborhood’ & rolling around in his vintage Chevrolet utility. We have been entranced by his super fluid style for many moons now. We had some questions for him…
—C I T I Z E N S
O F T H E S L I D E NOT SO ORDINARY CITIZENS INTERVIEW—
S I B E L L A C O U R T
is an Interior Stylist, Product Designer, Historian, an Author of several Publications, a Globetrotter.
She is a Creative Inspirer, Gypsy Collector, self proclaimed Pirate as well as many other slash this and that’s — simply a girl of countless talents.
Her love for Byron Bay and a desire to learn to surf, bought her to this very stylish collaboration with McTavish Surfboards.