Taro Tamai – Life on a Leeward Slope

Words: Chris Nelson  // Images: Richie Hopson  Taro Tamai steals a glance out of his kitchen window, away to the east. The large wooden frame is filled by the towering presence of Mount Yotei, the snowcapped volcanic cone that dominates the Niseko area of Hokkaido. For a few…

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Viking Peaks

Words: Chris Nelson A taste of sulphur rides on the heavy mist that drifts across the dark barren landscape while the bleached peaks of far-off summits fade from view. The foreground is fractured and broken, the surface a crumbled canvas riven with deep channels and…

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2015 Approaching Lines International Festival of Surf

The surf pumped and a quiver of raked single fins glinted in the golden spring light. Twelve of the UK’s most stylish surfers looked out across Fistral Beach. They had been assembled from the Celtic reaches for the 1st Annual Reef Single Fin Classic Invitational,…

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What The Sea Gives Me Interview

Some days it’s easy to be ‘glass half empty.’ Offshore mornings clouded by our focus on crowded line-ups, offshore lights twinkling in the dark bringing to mind our depleted fish stocks. It’s good to take a step back and re-calibrate. In What The Sea Gives…

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North To Noosa UK Premiere

SESSION 2 THURSDAY 8.55PM NORTH TO NOOSA, Dir. Dustin Humphrey, Aus. 20 mins Directed by award winning film maker and photographer, Dustin Humphrey (Sipping Jetstreams, I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night) this sumptuous film documents the journey of three epic surfers as they…

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That Old Car Smell

That’s part of it. The smell. You can’t easily describe it, but you know it immediately. It’s a complex mix of plastic, leather, bri nylon, with a top note of oil and exhaust fumes. It triggers something deep inside the brain, a cluster of neurons…

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When Lightning Bolt Ruled the Earth…

As told to Chris Nelson… “We were at the cutting edge of surfboards, we were beyond the cutting edge – we were the edge. It was the best period, but it was easy to be the best because everybody that came to Hawaii wanted to…

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5 to 1 Fin Fair Flair-off Goes Off!

Reef Presents the 2nd Edition of the Annual 5 to 1 Fin Fair “Josh Ward, you need a 3.6 – a 3.6 to take the lead.” The words drift out over the line-up, the megaphone battling the buffeting wind to reach the five surfers out…

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Shapers Fins at Reef 5 to 1 Fin Fair!

We’re stoked to have the crew from Shapers Fins coming down to Porthtowan for the Reef 5 to 1 Fin Fair this Saturday. They’ll be bringing with them a full gamut of fins to demo – whatever your set up – from box fins to…

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Reelism // Sonny Miller

Words: Chris Nelson The Search films to me defined the dream; chasing waves, empty perfection. Sonny Miller was the man behind these mind expanding movies. In Searching For Tom Curren Miller captured one of the most iconic moments in surfing – Tom Curren’s first wave at…

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