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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— 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 →
LeRoy “GRANNY” Grannis
VINTAGE SURF PHOTOGRAPHER
The New York Times dubbed him “The Godfather of Surf Photography.” A surfer from an early age, it wasn’t until his late thirties that Grannis took up photography as a hobby, and for a decade or so became one of the most iconic lens man of the times – giving him a nod into the International Surfing Hall of Fame in 1966… 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.
… T h e E A S E o f a
S U N D A Y M O R N I N G … by Tracee Annetts – photography by Gabi Mulder
With those long lazy days of Summer, but a dream behind us, we’re taking a moment to reflect upon a languid Sunday morning with our face to the sun as we relax on the back porch. Central to capturing this mood, is the ultimate chilled playlist helping you ease into a complete sense of idleness, with no inclination for anything other than falling into a dreamy blissful state.
C R A I G P A R R Y & M I G A L O O by Tracee Annetts – photography by Craig Parry CRAIG is an international, multi award winning nature photographer based in Byron Bay, Australia. Recently Craig captured everyones attention with images of MIGALOO the rare albino humpback whale on his annual migration up the East Coast of Australia, past Byron Bay. Craig shares details with us of the awe-inspiring moments with Migaloo.
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 —
We’re somewhat besotted with Joni Mitchell, so we loved loved loved these Interviews on this multi-talented artistic force.
The now 70 year old, talks about her ‘Woodstock Experience’ and is extremely candid with Jian Ghomeshi, the amiable interviewer. Incredibly interesting, sharp as a tack; and clearly still enjoying a durrie or two. The sheer force of her presence is mesmerising..
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…
— O f f T h e W e l l
W o r n P a t h — Asher Paceywith Rhythm From Desillusion Magazine
Soak up the pleasures of the less travelled roads and waves of the East Coast of Australia. Seek some serious downtime, catch a fish for dinner, and take a ride with Asher as he savours his varied quiver of surf weapons… Continue Reading →