Thursday, March 26, 2009

DEATH, LOVE and SQUALOR








One of my good friends Nicholas Mallins the Third, prince of Ermston, took time out from the front of the mighty MUTINEERS with his swinging partner - Lady Tash, (also of Ermston) and came to stay with us pastys in Moybeg the other week. He is one talented songwriter and a class A posh Manc, who mysteriously possesses an unexpected rare trait amongst city folk, a mad strong streak of Cornish craziness somewhere in the confused DNA of a northern englishman. This trait always shines near the sea - the first time Nick came to Cornwall with the band he leapt into Porthleven harbour naked at 5am in frozen February. Thus whilst here in Ireland, despite waves of considerable size and a complete lack of oceanic experience, Mr Mallins hopped on the back of our ski and laughed and whooped his way through some hairy situations at Aileens and Crab Island. As 10 foot liplines bore down on us he cackled in maniacal delight, I've never seen someone completely alien to Surfing be so relaxed amongst waves that could potentially drown him. It was wicked to be able to offer him that experience, and equally tiptop that he was up for it. These are some shots from his stay, a couple of which the band are going to use for their forthcoming album sleeve, nice...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MANCUNIAN STREET SURFIN





Life in the big smoke can get you down from time to time, thats why I keep my visits short and sweet. For those whose lot is to rock out in the chaos though, aquatic release can still be found amongst the Winter storms cities usually turn les miserable. 

1. Simply find a massive puddle by a pavement on the side of a main road. 

2. Don your wetty and get out there for the early morning rush hour. 

3. Once in position, start maniacally coaxing the oncoming traffic to douse you.

4. After a couple of seconds disbelief, the commuters rev up their engines, hit the salt and you're soon getting massive 1 second caves on repeat, in the city of all places! 

The best thing is that while you're getting tubed you're simultaneously brightening up the city livers day en route to another 8 hours in the office. 

Here's a seq of me and Nat from Strays take on the joys of street surfing a couplea years back...

Friday, March 20, 2009

Cover'a Carve


The Spring issue of Carves about to be shelved and it features brother Ferg on the cover, from the same session as Twigs back in the deep freeze here at the start of the year...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Covers Bru


Just lucked into my first cover in South Africa, 'tis the Twig back in early Feb bruuuuu...

Monday, March 9, 2009

HARDBALLS


Just got back from my muso stint in Manchester to find out (albeit belatedly) that Ryan Hardy won the Pipe contest! Feckin bewty boyo, massive congrats to a huge inspiration to any waverider worthy of salt on the planet. Yes brother!