Friday, December 31, 2010

Le Fin

... last shot of the year goes to Kerry Down
... all good things to you folk out there for 2011

Friday, December 24, 2010

happy christmas tree from team TCSS

happiness is a new surfboard

Mr Jim Mitchell, stoked with a new addition to his quiver via the talented hands of Sage Joske. Yew!

Monday, December 20, 2010

mike mccarthy / missing person

Mike McCarthy / Missing Person from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

This is a clip of our Critical Slider amigo Mike McCarthy, playing a new song he wrote called 'Missing Person', in his kitchen with friends Coral Latella & Sean Cashin. Mike contributed some of his music to my films 'Lines From A Poem' & 'Seaworthy', & his work was used pretty extensively in Cyrus Sutton's latest film 'Stoked & Broke'.

Thanks for watching mates.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Full steam ahead

meals on wheels....

... I just got back from an extended stay in Bali (thank you Andrew for your incredible hospitality!!) and was inspired by the fast food Bakso stands that move around the neighbourhoods feeding the masses.... here are a few snaps of the variety of carts that caught my eye.

how good is the hand cut signage and pimping paint jobs... mmmmm, fried chicken

Thursday, December 16, 2010

sharpen your crayons....

... and get arty with it.... Surfing World's Worthys portrait prize is on again


Last year Surfing World ran the first ever art prize for portraiture in surfing. Titled The Worthys, in honour of 70's airbrush legend Martyn Worthington, the response to the competition was unprecedented, attracting entries from surf art luminaries including Ben Brown, Martin Schneider, Mark Sutherland, Phil Meatchem and our inaugural winner, potter, painter & surf historian, Gerry Wedd.

This year Allpress coffee has upped the stakes providing a tidy $2000 cash prize to the winning entry, while Chris Garrett will supply a hand crafted wood pallet surfboard. That's a $4500 prize package. If you like the sounds of that and consider yourself handy with the brush, pen, screen, mouse or blade, read the following, get your art on and get it in.

First Place: $2000 courtesy of Allpress and a Chris Garrett hand shaped wood pallet board valued at $2500
Second Place: A custom Vampirate surfboard
This year they also have a people's choice award of which the winner will also win a custom Vampirate surfboard.

Some of last years entries below:

1. Your portrait can be of any surfer from any era.
2. Any medium is allowed except sculpture, photography and interpretive dance (but if you do have a vid of a dance you've done based on Ben Dunn then send it in, it won't go in the comp but we'll enjoy it.)
3. You must provide your entry as a digital jpeg no less than A4 size at 300 dpi. If you keep the jpeg at 300 dpi and when saving it put the slider to about 7in the image options it should be cool to email. Include your name, address and contact phone number.
4. Twenty finalists will be selected to showcase their work in the SW Worthys exhibition where the 2011 winner will be announced, to be held early next year.

Submissions must be emailed to before midnight February 28, 2011 to be eligible.

On your markers, get set, it's on.....

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

summery loggery

Summery Loggery: A Patagonia Short from Nathan Oldfield on Vimeo.

This is a short for our friends at Patagonia, featuring Critical Sliders Johnny Gill & Sean Finnelley getting some crispy little summery peelers at their local.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

lazor zap

Kerry Down sent in these shots of the classic McCoy "Lazor Zap" that his mates, Bill & Sam, have just added to their growing board collection

... have always loved that logo/board/design... this is a tee I did a few years back in homage

Saturday, December 11, 2010

johnny gill

Mr Johnny Gill, finding some early morning summery joy at his local, while aboard one of his own handmade Keyo creations. Yew!

Friday, December 10, 2010

simple pleasures

that's just about everything covered......

Thursday, December 9, 2010

bush pigs

Grant Newby has sent us these shots of a wooden board made by Mike Connor up near Byron. Mike builds them in hollow Paulownia, hence the name... bush pig. For more woody goodness head over to Grant's blog wooden surfboards

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


... the crew at Adrift (ex-Warpt) have been busy sprucing up to launch their new look store in time for the summer holidays. If you're up on the coast this Friday, drop in to say hi, grab a cold one and feel up the new season TCSS threads

133 The Entrance Road,
The Entrance, Cenny Coast NSW
ph: 02 4332 8355

Friday, December 3, 2010


Matt Cuddihy, hi-speed stoke. Yewgnar!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010


... this Wednesday night head on over to Deus ex Machina for the launch of Christo Reid's book: Cactus: Surfing Journals from Solitude.

Cactus Beach in South Australia is the original secret surf spot on the edge of the desert and a part of Australian surfing folklore. Hard to get to and full of sharks when you got there.

Christo will be at Deus on Wednesday to sign copies of his book which documents 25 years of surfing this iconic spot and others. The night is part book launch, part exhibition, part reel footage, part bar crawl. All those parts add up to a hell good time.

Books are 15% off on the night... the perfect stocking filler for your salty pals.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

thank you Cyrus Sutton...

... that was an inspiring 55 minutes... he laughed, she cried, we cheered & now I need a hobo stove

Friday, November 26, 2010

say hi Angus and the crew at Rhombus Surfshop in Fitzroy, Victoria. Grand opening is tonight with drinks at the Newtown Workers club afterwards.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Very Common Ground

Music guru, Tim Manton recently relocated up to Byron Bay. To keep himself busy between managing 4 bands and sipping Pina Coladas he launched Common Ground, a regular surf focused newsletter. only be surfing Tallows or The Pass right now, with a thousand schoolies no doubt.. Photos courtesy of Common Ground and Kirra Cheers.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

stoked & broke online premiere

this weekend is the online premiere of Cyrus Sutton's surfari epic "Stoked & Broke".... for 3 days only, November 26th - 28th, sign in at and get yer stoke on

Monday, November 22, 2010

down & deep

... photographer, film-maker, new dad, Kerry Down, shows his range with these 2 submissions:

first up, Belinda Baggs old skool styling in sepia

... then filming in deep with helmet cam

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Wiesy on The Selby

Good friend of Critical Slide, Mark Wiesmayr and Eileen Peters have opened their doors to The Selby. Some great photos and an inspiring, well designed home with a couple of familiar pieces of art on the walls.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

winter logs

... isn't that a sight for sore eyes.... 16 logs whittled out by Nick McArthur over the winter months. Pretty sure they're for sale... go to Nick's site Changi Logs & Photography for details.

Friday, November 12, 2010

spring 2010

feeling pretty grown up this week - coming up to our first birthday at TCSS and our 2nd range has just hit the stores.... some pics of the new stuff below

thanks to Ben & Mick over at MeSurf for this interview with Jim about the range, MC Hammer pants and fighting sharks

Monday, November 8, 2010

wheely good

nice bit of design work from the Deus crew

Friday, November 5, 2010

fast glass

... regular contributors Dean & Jesse have sent in some fibreglass eye candy to take you to the weekend......

great shot by Dean of a new Flow log for sale at the moment at Hydrophilic Board Store

... and from Jesse at Black Apache, a 5'6" Simmons Deluxe... stringerless eps/epoxy full carbon fibre wrap, with carbon backed fins... and faaast

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

get hairy

it's that time again... facial follicle freak show and Mike over at Crux is running a contest to encourage the good, the bad and the furry.... side effects are less kisses from your girl but there's the chance to win a swag of gear from Delve & TCSS.... well worth the risk