Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
First off the blocks:
KINGS OF THE POND
Kevin ‘Head’ Brennan
Kevin Brennan was a surfing prodigy, an extravagantly talented switchfoot who could surf the Platts off riders twice his age and double his size. By the time he’d turned 14 he was doing things on a surfboard that most of his peers wouldn’t be doing until the following decade. He, along with the great and equally tragic Bobby Brown, was a master of the parallel stance.
Known as ‘The Head’, due to his disproportionately large noggin, Kevin had little use for school and from an early age spent most of his time surfing his local, Bondi Beach. The rest of his time was spent dodging truant officers and nurturing a career in petty crime.
Even as a junior, Kevin possessed a talent for attracting crowds, either lined up along the water’s edge watching gob smacked as he walked on water with an agility and unaffected style that disguised a tendency of boards of that era to fight their owners all the way to the beach, or else being chased through the Bondi car park by a mob of fellow board club members after being caught rifling through their gear. On one of the occasions that he was caught he was left, tied naked to a pole at the southern end of the beach. Only lesson he might have learned that day was not to get caught the next time
In 1965 at the age of 15, Brennan did what no other Australian surfer had done before or since, winning both the NSW State junior and senior titles. To win the senior event he had to beat ’64 world champ, Midget Farrelly, and Nat Young who claimed the world title in 1966.
Unfortunately, Kevin’s talent stopped at the water’s edge. Apart from picking up a few minor endorsements and appearing in Paul Witzig’s classic, Hot Generation he was unable to translate his success in the water into a career or even a reasonable living on shore.
Brennan eventually followed his celebrity up to Sydney’s northern beaches where he walked smack into a very heavy, dope-fuelled scene. Never the sharpest knife in the drawer, he quickly immersed himself in a drug lifestyle that eventually left little time for surfing.
Details of his life from that point on mostly revolve around hearsay and distant memory with most of the stories related to drugs and none of them particularly inspiring. The one thing that’s certain is that in 1975, ten years after what was probably the best day of his life, Kevin Brennan died of a heroine overdose in a Kings Cross nightclub. He was 22 years old and mourned by the few friends that he hadn’t managed to completely alienate and a handful of dealers.
photos from A pictorial history of Surfing Paul Hamlyn 1970
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
Clouds is about to head off to the Solomon Islands for the adventure of a lifetime with TCSS team mate Johnny Gill & compadres Carl Gonsalves & Matt Chonoski.... she's taking a swag of camera gear so stay tuned for pictures from nowhere near here
Steven Harrington, Ed Templeton, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Sister Corita, Terry Richardson, Susan Cianciolo, Raymond Pettibon, Tobin Yelland, Elisa Saether, and more…
this is ridiculously late notice, but maybe you're at a loose end tonight in Sydney town, not quite up for The Happening in Bondi & not yet ready for the sofa.
Mark Cherry is a Sydney film maker with an intriguing sensibility when it comes to "surf movies"... don't expect a lot of air or back slapping, this is more like your early morning dreams of the greenroom..... get there if you can.
(not so) Secret Spots
a trilogy of short films by Mark Cherry
Gallery 329 Clovelly Road, Clovelly on Friday 26th March 2010 from 7pm to 9pm
3 short films by writer/ director Mark Cherry with collaborators James Marshall, Matt Palmer, Jim Hearn and Amy Frasca will be presented at Gallery 329 Clovelly on Friday 26th March from 7 – 9pm.
(not so) Secret Spots is a trilogy of short films by Mark Cherry, which collect impressions from the surf/life experience.
Mark Cherry has worked as a lecturer, writer and film critic. His areas of interest include education, surfing, film and popular culture. He has just finished the third short film in a trilogy called (not so) Secret Spots, titled By way of Grupek - a Super 8 film shot in Lombok Indonesia with Matthew Palmer and James Marshall.
Even when the surf’s small, there’s another kind of perfect.
Duchenne Smile is the vision of writer/director, Mark Cherry. Part memory, part day dream, the film chases the idea of the unaffected smile. With producer Amy Frasca, graphic designer Jim Mitchell, sound designer Dylan Martin, musician Sofjan Hughes, and sound engineer Gus Till, a subtle emotion is gently coaxed to life.
Duration 4.50 mins
When three travelers find themselves tripping in Indonesia, immersed in a society unfamiliar and strange, they draw comfort from the culture, the people, and the ocean. Hospitality trades on impressionism and poetry, avoiding the easy answers of a high definition travelogue in favour of a more open-ended resonance.
Duration 3.20 mins
By Way of Grupek
Mark Cherry’s 3rd film in the (not so) Secret Spots trilogy, part doco, part home movie. A collaboration with Matt Palmer and James Marshall, it explores place, time and memory. Observational and imagined, a surf break, pushed up from the ocean by repeated Tsunami’s, is the shifting backdrop to a film that’s as much impression, as it is circumstance.
Duration 3.15 mins
Shooting Format Super 8, Mini DV, nokia mobile phone
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Saturday, March 20, 2010
next tour of duty - foam mowing at the Sugar Mill.. get in the queue y'all
Friday, March 19, 2010
check out these beautiful boards by Sunshine Coast shaper Thomas Bexon... hand-crafted & resin tinted, they don't come any better than this.