Leticia and Gary are the founders of Sea Stoke, an online magazine and blog, and one of our favourite websites to visit. We love exploring the pages of the online magazine, which is packed with interviews, articles and photos and scrolling through the blog that features videos, stories and links to some very cool people and projects. They have truly captured the essence of all the things we love about surfing and it's culture.
ROAR: How did Sea Stoke start and who are the founders?
Leticia & Gary: There have been numerous people who have helped us from the get-go, but I guess the main founders are Gary Parker and Leticia Nguyen. It started when we were living down in Jan Juc, Victoria. Gary came up with the idea, which had stemmed after working in the surf industry (graphic designing for Quiksilver). He felt a little bit jaded by the whole market and saw that it was removed from the essence of a oceanic lifestyle. A few beers later with a few like-minded friends, the name Sea Stoke came about and ideas started flying around. We held an exhibition and the response was overwhelmingly positive, which reinforced our belief that we were onto a good wicket!
ROAR: What is the main purpose of Sea Stoke?
Leticia & Gary: I guess our mission is to present stories, art, film, etc that sheds lights on 'normal' people doing some incredible and inspiring things around the world. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel, but we're just trying to open up some different perspectives around an area that people feel very strongly about. It's also to provide a platform where people can collaborate on putting together the publication and produce something unique and hopefully engaging to people of all different ages, backgrounds, etc.
ROAR: How can people be a part of your adventures and follow your online magazines?
Leticia & Gary: People can obviously check out our site, www.seastoke.com, where we keep a blog as well as the individual issues. We also have a Facebook page www.facebook.com/seastoke where we regularly post things of inspiration in between issues. If you want really want to get involved and be part of the Sea Stoke family, we're always looking for new contributors (writers, designers, creative individuals, etc…) and you can get all that information in the 'Contribute' section on the Facebook page as well as the website.
ROAR: How has doing this project changed your lives and your outlook?
Leticia & Gary: Well, it's taught us a great deal about what it takes to put together an online magazine! It's never-ending!! We're spending many an hour on the computer, but saying that, we are meeting amazing people from all around the world, making friends and spreading the stoke! If we can put smiles on people's faces or get them inspired by what they read and see in our issues, then we'll feel that our hard work has paid off.
ROAR: What does the future hold for Sea Stoke?
Leticia & Gary: We're looking forward to doing an annual print edition where we can showcase the 'best of' for the year, more exhibitions as the last one was super fun, printed garments featuring art from our contributors, etc…so many plans! Everyday we think of ways in which we can improve and grow, so we just roll with it and see where it takes us. Yeeeewh!
What an inspirational couple who have achieved so much! Thank you both for taking the time to chat. We love sharing stories of creative people and supporting the extraordinary things they do with their talents.
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