Archive for Expeditions

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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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 Plastic Project

Images // Tim Nunn Longtime Approaching Lines friend and contributor Tim Nunn has spent a life travelling and shooting surf, in the early years film, then as editor of Wavelength Surfing magazine and most recently roaming the colder ends of the planet with fellow feral…

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StRaNGe Beautiful Autumn

Words: Alan Stokes Image: Ben Jones StRaNGe Beautiful LIFE – Episode 13: Drifting Sands. It was a good summer by British standards, but that’s not asking for much in Old Blighty. Most of our summers are plagued with rain, cold winds and more rain; you…

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Island of Shells

Words: Alan Stokes Cowry Shell Island Beyond the mouth of the Gulf the Sea of Larwi begins. Beware the way is barred by sea monsters upon whose backs grass and seashells grow. Mariners have taken them for islands and to grief. They blow water into the…

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Onwards

Words and images: Calum Creasey ‘It took me exactly 12 minutes to fit the new alternator. I know because I set my watch down on the tarmac, partly to keep time but also to shield it from the layer of oil that clung to the…

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Iceland: Total White Out

Words and Images: Tim Nunn Ian Battrick spent a month or so in Iceland sleeping rough, camping and hunting for waves, just following swell and weather on his own or with Icelandic friends. Known for his cold water missions for the last ten years, Ian has…

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New Zealand / Old Camera

Words and Images: Chris Bisson Having managed to secure funding for Botanic Garden Conference in Dunedin, New Zealand, I also managed to pack a few boards, a wetsuit and my trusty Polaroid 340 camera…My camera is close to breaking again, so lots of blips, light…

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Biarritz Summer

Words and Images: Jonny Revill ‘The city of Biarritz bathed in the heat of summer, giving its white washed grandeur a Mediterranean feel. A small wave presented itself to a busy lineup. Skateboarding through the streets, we attracted the attention of passers-by, not used to…

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The Tao of Packing

Words and Images: Mat Arney Many of us have and do spend an inordinate amount of time living out of bags in the pursuit of good waves.  For a period of over seven years I didn’t spend more than six months in any one place,…

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