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'.
... 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
... and get arty with it.... Surfing World's Worthys portrait prize is on again
PAINT A SURFER WIN $2000
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.
PRIZES: 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:
THE RULES 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 email@example.com before midnight February 28, 2011 to be eligible.
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
... 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
Adrift 133 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, Cenny Coast NSW ph: 02 4332 8355
... 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.
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. Oh..to only be surfing Tallows or The Pass right now, with a thousand schoolies no doubt.. Photos courtesy of Common Ground and Kirra Cheers.
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.
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
TCSS is a slippery little creature. Wrestled from the minds, pencils & sketchbooks of a small few in Australia & the United States, it has been fed on a strict diet of colourful foam mowers, soulful skeg flexers (past & present) and the versatility of the humble surf craft beneath our feet. It currently resides in the back shed, along with the wolf rider & a sewing machine, stitching tidy tees & trunks for it's owners & whoever else might be interested.