Vietnam is Drowning—Week Five

Vietnam is Drowning—Week Five

We went out for a few beers but I was uncomfortable the whole time, anxiously watching the water slowly rise and chain smoking Vietnamese cigarettes like those monkeys on YouTube. I’m not a smoker. I don’t know why I put my health in jeopardy but I was already drudging through brown bacteria filled water, so what the hell.

Tackling Pipeline

Tackling Pipeline

I had arrived on the North Shore of Hawaii three weeks ago, in search of a legendary wave—Pipeline. It is a wave so perfect that it occupies the dreams of surfers everywhere on the planet. Pipeline sits, hidden in plain sight, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But the goal wasn’t to catch one of these waves for myself, but rather, as a surf photographer, to capture a shot of the world’s greatest surfers catching one of the greatest waves of their lives.

Cold-Water Bali or Myth?

Cold-Water Bali or Myth?

I had come to Iceland because I wanted to do something different. People back home told me I was crazy to go somewhere cold, expensive and unknown. Why didn’t I go to Indonesia, they said, where I could be guaranteed constant, perfect surf in tropical conditions for a fraction of the cost? Yes, I thought, along with hundreds of other surfers.

Somewhere Between Scotland and Iceland

Somewhere Between Scotland and Iceland

The Faroe Islands are known as the islands of sheep, which is how the islands got their name in the first place. But they’re also the islands of a thousand waterfalls and windy, narrow roads etched between steep cliffs and volcanic mountains, ever-changing climate, deep fjords and dried fish and farmed salmon.

Alternative Surfing with Robert Fiorella and The Cold Feet Club

Alternative Surfing with Robert Fiorella and The Cold Feet Club

Taking inspiration from fringe movements of the more mature surf cultures in California and Hawaii, The Cold Feet Club promotes choosing the right board for the waves, which is inevitably something of the single fin or twin-fin variety, and having a fun, expressive, creative time in the water.

The Church of the Open Sky x Berim in Shawinigan, Quebec.

The Church of the Open Sky x Berim in Shawinigan, Quebec.

Nouvelle Vague’s first event, in collaboration with Niyama Yoga and Shawinigan Surf Co was at ORA Boutique on November 17th, and it was very, very good. It was a delight to see the surf and travel community of Shawinigan, Trois-Rivieres and Montreal get together to celebrate Nathan Oldfield’s latest film, The Church of the Open Sky, as well as Les Ateliers Baume’s documentary, Berim.

Howling on Phi Phi—Week Four

Howling on Phi Phi—Week Four

After days of careful consideration, I have found myself in the south of Thailand on a bright purple ferry headed to the island of Koh Phi Phi. With the full moon party in just a few days, my inner grandma told me to go to Phi Phi and not Koh Phangan, just to be safe.

Changing the way surfboards work with scientist & surfer, Riccardo Rossi

Changing the way surfboards work with scientist & surfer, Riccardo Rossi

You’ve probably heard of the boards Kelly Slater is currently riding or the use of CFD on Firewire boards. But tell me, do you actually know what it stands for? What is it going to change? And most importantly, do you know the man behind this surfboard revolution?

Back to Thailand—Week Three

Back to Thailand—Week Three

Walking into my new hostel this morning, I was greeted by fellow lone wanderers and remembered for the first time in two weeks why I fell in love with travelling solo. There’s this vitality that hovers in the air, and it allows me to do things I would never do at home, like ask a stranger to join me for dinner or a coffee.