Monday, April 27, 2009

Lowey double whammy




The latest issues of Tonnta and Surf Europe respectively just hit the shelves, with none other than Cornishman Tom Lowe fronting them both with a couplea shots of mine from the past Winter here plus a solid profile inside SE. 

It's some well earned ink by Lowey - the Tonnta cover cave served him a two wave hold down, the Surf Europe cover sesh offered up a hectic ten foot dry slab literally square on the head, the portraits and profile shots from Tombies were ground out through the pain barrier after a torn shoulder ligament early in the trip up there, and a double at Aileens included inside the issue dislocated his other shoulder, so it's safe to say he's paying dues for progression...

So shout outs to the big man and to SE and Tonnta for representing respectively...








Thursday, April 23, 2009

ASL feature







The 249th issue of Australian Surfing Life just hit the shelves with the usual big names blowing up all over the place and then, double take - a mega feature focussed on Ferg, Lowey and the lads journey throughout this past Winter in Ireland. It's pretty damn rad of a big mag from the other side of the world to acknowledge what we've been up to over here, dedicating serious pages to relatively unknown surfers in the scale, scope and scheme of things. Kind of a bold move by them so hat tips to ASL and well done to our crew here. Shows that persistent, consistent hard graft works out in the end - you just got to get your head down and keep grinding away no matter what the odds might suggest... 

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Late night Love

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Thom Rob Profile




Just saw the latest issue of RIPTIDE and read the banging interview with my good friend Thom 'Corpsey' Robinson. Geez is an absolute all round leg end and also happens to have other-worldly shralp skills. Buzzin to have a few of my shots featured in any interview with this kid, let alone one of the most interesting I've read from anyone in a long while! Come back soon soon brother corposmentos x

Surfing Cover




Just found out I managed to sneak a shot onto the fold out cover of SURFING magazines May issue. First time I can say my names been on a cover of a mag alongside Kelly Slater, but my part of the bargains the dreamy empty wave shot not the world champ. There's a nice double of Ferg inside avin it at home as well though, which I'd way rather see! yeah the Ferg

Mutineers












While I was in Manchester I found myself at a loose end one morning and tagged along to watch my good friends Mutineers rehearse. They rent a room in this dilapidated old factory building they call the rat pit, the music sounded mega and they are playing the Deaf Institute in Manc tomorrow night, so if you're in those parts, go scope 'em for a mighty good time! Here's some photographs from their rehearsal...

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Tricks Treats Wraiths Strays and mad weeks





Funny what tricks and treats life throws our way aint it, you never know just what's coming round the corner. Good or bad, its the unknowns that keep us on our toes and make living interesting, educating, and worthwhile. 

I'll endeavour to explain what brought this blatant self indulgent ranting on... 

Back in November I travelled up to Dublin to watch Elbow play, loved it, left inspired. 
In December I was the unlikely fifth member to join Strays, (who at the time were just forming). 

Last week we played two gigs in Manchester, the second with none other than Guy Garvey from Elbow in the audience - watching us upstarts blasting it out. 

I dont find this weird in some sicko star struck way. Not at all, I just think the role reversal is totally bizarre. One minute I'm watching Elbow, not even aware my band exists, 4 months later I've played three gigs with and to some of my favourite musicians in the world, curiouser etcetera. 

To top it off I finished the gigs, hopped on a ryanair flight and bolted back to Ireland - just in time for a mad run in with some of the best conditions of the Winter - in APRIL!???

To celebrate lifes glorious unknown qualities, here's three photos from the last week...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Allies





















After a long couplea weeks finishing up work on the Powers of Three film for Relentless, it's been graded and put to bed by the director and the editor. I flew to London to see them just before the final sequence was cut and they've carved a real genuine vibe out of the awkwardness of dealing with us and the mountains of weird n wonderful footage we shot. All credit to 'em! 

It's basically centred around the Ferg and his relationship with the Irish coast as an Irishman. Then outside that, Tom and Fergs relationship in the heavy gear, and then their relationship with me the last few years, and ours with Ireland inside and outside that... 

Probably sounds more like an article on man love for the gay times the way I'm talking about it, but there's more than a few mad cresters in the film to counter any homophobes out there.

Anyways, it got me thinking about friendships and inspiration. 

I'm seriously lucky to call some of my biggest inspirations in this world close friends and family. 

These are folk who aint afraid of making mistakes, people who don't hang about waiting for life to live it for 'em - folk that make their own luck through hard graft, risk taking, resilience, humility, passion, creativity, all out weirdness and dreamin.  

More power to 'em! 

Paulo Coelho's one of my top writers and all round inspiring geez - and as he says, "Most human beings always judge others using their own limitations as the model – and sometimes the opinion of the majority is full of prejudice and fear. Join all those who experiment, take risks, fall, get hurt and then take risks again. Stay away from those who affirm truths, who criticize those that do not think like they do, who have never taken a step without being sure that they would be respected for that, and who prefer the comfort of certainty to the tension of doubt..."

I'm backing that, with a few random selections from a huge pile that would take forever to post - and a quick shout out to the many other folk who aren't in there I've worked with, grown with, lived with, travelled with, played with, drunk with, rode with, whatever... It's a shout out to the crazy kids who've inspired me hugely at different times in my life... you know who you are, you're all mental in your own way, and I love you for it...