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The best surf destination you’ve never heard of

Norfolk Island Surfing

Image courtesy of Norfolk Island Tourism

This is a post I’ve been meaning to write for some time. I want to show off the place where I grew up, which as it turns out, is one of the best little-known surf spots ever! It’s a tiny island (5km x 8km) in between Australia and New Zealand but completely out in the middle of the Tasman sea.

With uncrowded waves, clean blue water and no recorded shark attacks, what’s not to like? Norfolk Island got some love on Swellnet (Australia’s biggest surf portal) over Christmas with a photo gallery of empty tubes, and the internet was frothing over the quality of what Norfolk has to offer.

Without further ado I present for your viewing pleasure the waves of Norfolk Island. The photos below are from two talented local photographers – my brother Matt Fieldes (http://www.facebook.com/MattFieldesPhotography) and Zach Sanders (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stuck-On-A-Rock/256010924468702?fref=ts) if you want to see more wave action check out their Facebook Pages.

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Zach Sanders Photography from Stuck on a Rock Norfolk Island

Zach Sanders Photography from Stuck on a Rock Norfolk Island

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Zach Sanders Photography from Stuck on a Rock Norfolk Island

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Matt Fieldes Photography Norfolk Island Surfing

Zach Sanders Photography from Stuck on a Rock Norfolk Island

Zach Sanders Photography from Stuck on a Rock Norfolk Island

Zach Sanders Photography from Stuck on a Rock Norfolk Island

Zach Sanders Photography from Stuck on a Rock Norfolk Island

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Aspirational surf lifestyle photography

It’s been a wild and stressful few weeks here featuring all the fun of overseas family emergencies, funerals and expired passports. To take a breather and immerse myself back into normality I’m taking some time to reflect on life’s quieter and more sublime moments and offering these photographs my brother took on a recent winter evening surf at Trigg Beach.

I think that these shots that I’ve picked best evoke the peace of being out on a the water, and the humble pleasure you can take in just even sitting on your board and watching the dumpers pass by. Sometimes surfing’s not all about bombing monster waves, but about reclaiming the time and space to meditate on life and come back down to earth.

I hope you enjoy them, you can click to make them bigger and you can check out more of Matt’s work, including gnarly barrel shots on Facebook – facebook.com/MattFieldesPhotography, he’s pretty damn talented!

Surfing at Trigg Beach Western Australia

Sunset at Trigg Beach

Surf at Trigg Beach

Waves at Trigg Beach

Trigg Beach sunset

abstract sunset waves

Relaxing with a surfboard at the beach

Waves and sunset

Sunset clouds

water view

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Saints, sinners and surfers

Painted old school tattoo surfboards on City Beach

On a magnificent Saturday morning, brother photographer and I hit City Beach with a couple of boards for my very first magazine interview photo shoot… Couldn’t have picked a better morning for it, no?

Surfart on City Beach in Perth, Western Australia

Amongst the photography festivities, I noticed there was a lady out frolicking amongst the waves, who I thought was pretty darn keen, since it’s the middle of winter here. When we finished and were walking back up the beach, we passed the swimming lady, who asked if she could have a photo taken with Saint Calamari, because she’s Catholic and absolutely loved the board.

Now. I have to confess that even though I use religious imagery in my work, I’m not a religious person myself and so I figured that Saint Calamari would likely be considered dire blasphemy or at least distasteful by any card-carrying “religious” person. Through my chance meeting with Marianne, I found out that religious people are just people, with senses of humor and sometimes excellent tastes in art. Marianne was at the beach with her friend, Elizabeth, who happened to be an Anglican priest and another instant fan of Saint C.

What I liked most about these two ladies was how strong-minded and open they were about their beliefs and how they expressed them. When I made a crack about surfing being close to godliness, Rev. Elizabeth told me seriously that surfing can most certainly be considered a godly activity, one that teaches you the meaning of not being in control. I can believe that; I find surfing is like a meditation that clears your mind as well as your sinuses, and if there was ever a time to feel gratitude for God’s creation, it’s when you’re stoked and surfing a perfect wave.

Saint Calamari Surfboard with priest

Rev. Elizabeth finished up by giving Saint Calamari a proper and righteous blessing in a very impressive pulpit manner, at the conclusion of which we all chanted: “In the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen”. It was awesome, I wish I had filmed it but I didn’t because I was all caught up in the moment. Instead here is a picture:

Ordination of Saint Calamari

I’m never likely to ride this board since he has now become not only an artwork, but one with supernatural religious powers. Nevertheless, I can’t help thinking that  maybe if I did wax him up and take him out in the wild blue depths, I’d be able to look up to the heavens, give a little nod, and a nice little left hander would be sent my way.

Check out some more of my brother’s mad surf photography and stunning macro shots here. 

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The Saucy Knave Redux

Anyone remember this board? Or this post?

This is the board that launched this blog, way back in the mists of time (July last year). This was the second board I painted, and the one where I decided that painted surfboards were going to be my vehicle to international fame and fortune.

Fast-forward to nowish, and this is board #9. My acrylic skills have improved, apparently so have my top-hat drawing skills and I’ve got an exhibition booked for October! Wheeee!

I decided it was time to step it up a notch and indulge my obsession for South American flora: monstera leaves, stag horn ferns, custard apples and those sexy, sexy pitcher plants.

pitcher plant and ace of spades on a painted surfboard

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Fieldey board unless it was jam-packed with lovingly rendered cliches.

Dia de los Muertos skull with top hat and cravat

I learnt how to glaze acrylic paint and it’s added more depth to the work… it means they take twice as long to paint, but I think it’s probably worth it! Another pro tip I also figured out: don’t outline teeth. There you go, that’s how you avoid Goofy Mouth Syndrome.

Dia de los muertos skull holding a cigar and wearing a tophat

Obviously there’s some biblical references in here as well… the custard apple of knowledge; a more delicious update on the original.

Yellow snake wrapped around arm with custard apple

In other big news, I joined up to Twitter a few weeks ago and entered a twitter competition run by Saber, a Los Angeles graffitti icon, to win a page in Juxtapoz magazine. I sent through some examples of the boards, and was stoked, STOKED! to find out that I got listed 5th on his blog… 5th! Out of like, the world!

Here’s what he said:

Surfs up! Great detailed works on surfboards. Tiki, skulls, and beach ladies are usually usual, but this guy* rocks it! Definitely an updated twist to an older art movement using crisp, clean, graphic style painting style on an unforgiving medium. Just playing around with surfboards takes a bit of know-how and a sense of craftsmanship.

So I guess this means the international fame and fortune are just around the corner right?

*Slight gender mix-up there, my fault for not specifying on my Twitter feed…

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Inspirational Friday ~ Loaded Barrel Photography

For your Friday viewing pleasure I’d like to show you some brilliant photos that I’m digging from Coops at Loaded Barrel.

I met Coops at the Telstra Drug Aware Margaret River Pro last weekend, and as it turns out, he’s a top bloke who takes some amazing photos and has a camera lens that I’m coveting big time.

Most of the photos shown below were taken here in Western Australia, and my number one favourite is the eagle ray photo which won a Bronze award at the International Loupe Awards 2011.

We can now spend the rest of Friday dreaming about where we’d rather be… Enjoy!

Eagle Ray, Rottnest Island

Surfing in Perth Australia, Loaded Barrel

Trigg Beach, Perth Western Australia

Trigg Beach, Perth, Western Australia

SUP in Scarborough beach, Perth, Western Australia

Surfing in Perth, Western Australia

Surfing in Perth Australia, Loaded Barrel

Surfing in Perth Australia, Loaded Barrel

Surfing, Bali, Loaded Barrel

Surfing in Perth Australia, Loaded Barrel

Sunset over Trigg Beach, Perth, Australia

Cool eh? You can check out more of Coop’s stuff on Facebook here.

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