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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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SLYDER CUP 3.0

The Slyder Cup 3 – The Results  There’s an old saying, “Fourth time lucky”, well, maybe there isn’t, but there should be! After three previous scheduled dates when Huey sent either macking swell or none at all – the 2016 Slyder Cup presented by Reef…

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Make // Do Handplane

Make // Do for the 3rd Annual Slyder Cup. A piece of pine in the back of the garage, a strap from an old boardbag, neoprene from an old wettie, a jig saw, a power sander, some linseed oil and a few hours later a…

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London Surf / Film Festival 2016

London Surf / Film Festival serves up six nights of World, European and UK movie premieres, live music, art, talks and the very best in surf culture across the capital. “Waveriding is such an ephemeral thing. Each moment and each wave is unique, they can’t be…

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Ripple Effect: Bob Hurley

Hurley – from backyard shaper to multi-million dollar brand // Screen writing. We were stoked to be commissioned to tell Bob Hurley’s inspiring story – one of the nine episodes we penned for the award winning series The Ripple Effect a Red Bull TV x…

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Approaching Lines 2016 Teaser

May 12 – 15 2016, we’re stoked to be hosting the 3rd Annual Approaching Lines International Festival of Surf x REEF  in Cornwall. Bringing to the southwest two nights of the very best surf films from across the globe from European premieres and multi-award winning features…

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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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