Archive for Editorial

Backwash

When the team at Backwash asked Demi to write an opinion piece for Issue 2 her thoughts naturally turned to the much maligned world of body surfing. “I pulled on some fins and swam out back. And here’s the joy of it; every cliché you…

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Hokkaido’s Soul

Backwash Surf Anthology travelled to Japan for Issue 2 and Chris Nelson was commissioned to pen a piece on the surf community of Hokkaido. Extract: “The sun has dropped below the hills. Shadows stretch from dark factory buildings: over the tarmac, across the dunes and…

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Huck: Scotland’s North Shore

  You have to be made of sturdy stock to surf Scotland’s North Shore but those who went in first are the hardiest of them all. This is the story of those cold water pioneers by Chris Nelson for Huck Magazine. Extract below. ‘There are…

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Daily Telegraph: 25 Amazing Places to Surf

Demi Taylor was commissioned by Telegraph Travel for their surfing special to write a cover feature on the best 25 places to surf this summer, highlighting the best places in and around Europe for beginners, families, experts, couples and improvers with a kit guide to…

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Ice Breakers: Daily Telegraph

Chris Nelson was commissioned by the Telegraph Magazine to write a feature about those surfers who shun warmer climes to ride waves in freezing waters from Alaska to Northern Scotland.  The full feature ran to 6 pages, check out the extract below.      

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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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The Guardian: Icy Shores

Chris Nelson for the Guardian on the extreme surfers travelling to icy shores to find the perfect wave and the films that tell their stories. Extract below.                

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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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The Adjusters

Words: Chris Nelson Image: Demi Taylor Portugal, 2002 The voice is rich, well spoken – expat with southern Africa lilt. “So there I was, naked, and I turned around to see this Portuguese guy running off with my mini-malibu under his arm. So I grabbed my…

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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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