After waking up not so unusually late, my mood dropped with the sound of the rain on the roof on my van. I was shooting the 4th annual Alley Fish Fry on Australia’s Gold Coast, but I wasn’t going to allow a bit of rain to spoil the day. I’m a British surfer, goddammit, used to braving much worse conditions in search of a wave. This bit of drizzle was nothing to write home about.
Those of you with a fish fetish take note: on Sunday 14 March, Currumbin Alley is THE place be as this year’s Alley Fish Fry will be in full swing. Come along and admire, covet, and generally find out more about some of the most fabulous incarnations of this fun little board…
It’s a big leap from a backporch in Florida to a shaping bay at Moonlight, but under Rich Pavel’s tutelage, DJ Kane has made the transition. Famous for his performance fish, on a recent trip to Portugal he explained the origins of the Swordfish, and why he’ll never be cruising on a hull… (Versão portuguesa.)
Let me take you back to early Spring 2002, if my memory serves me correctly… I had timed a day off work to coincide with a good swell, but when the day and the swell arrived, so did the inevitable wind screaming out of the southwest.
Thank God for summer. The boots are off, the sun is out and, over the last month at least, the surf has been firing. The hot weather has resuscitated Cornwall, bringing tourists to our coastline and with it an increasingly crowded line-up of rapidly bleaching hair and tanning faces. FULL STORY »