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New interview with SurfCareers.com

Fieldey Painting a surfboard with Molotow One4all inks

 

Surf Careers.com contacted me for a wee interview for their blog – check it out if you want to know about my favourite surf session or my advice for up-and-coming artists!

>> http://surfcareers.com/blog/fieldey-artist/

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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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The most sublime wipe-outs. Ever.

Pretty much everything shot in slow motion gains a kind of ponderous majesty, and these shots of the biggest Teahupoo ever ridden on Aug 27th 2011 are awe inspiring! I also love how graceful the wipeouts are in this, they kind of look like they’re floating on clouds whereas in reality they’re getting taken to the cleaners…

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Mutant waves at Ship Stern Bluff, Tasmania

“Raw Antarctic swells come out of deep ocean and jack up into a roaring righthander in front of the cliff which gives the spot its name. The uneven reef causes weird steps and bubbles in the wave, which are always an unpleasant surprise when you’re still trying to navigate the drop down the face.”

Ahh Shipsterns… the most mutant wave in all of Australia.

I do love to peruse videos of surfers trying to navigate this monstrous wave, and this is one seriously awesome flick! Also, it has a soundtrack by Nine Inch Nails which I still retain a post-teenage fondness for.

BTW: The real action doesn’t start until around 00.38… lest you think I was fibbing about the awesomeness of this!
 

South from Dave otto on Vimeo.

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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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Galapagos regrets

In 2009 I volunteered on San Cristóbal Island in the Galapagos for two months. It was simultaneously the most magical and expensive time of my life. Since finding this movie on Youtube I have one small regret ~ WHY DIDN’T I TAKE A BLOODY SURFBOARD?

In all seriousness though, a lot of ink has been spilt about the islands and there’s a lot of hype surrounding them… all I can say is: IT’S ALL TRUE! Pack your bags, grab your surfboard and platinum credit card and head to where you’d rather be:

Gorgeous isn’t it? I learned to scuba dive there, so the wonders of one of the World’s greatest marine environments weren’t completely wasted on me…

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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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