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Melanie Platt: Physiotherapy

I've been a Physiotherapist since 2007 and have taught pilates since 2009. I knew I wanted to help people and become a Physiotherapist from about the age of 15. As a Physiotherapist I have treated women with incontinence issues and taught them how to strengthen their pelvic floor muscles. I also taught pregnancy pilates classes in the hope of preventing incontinence and allowing women to prepare as best they could for their pregnancy and labour. It was really heartbreaking seeing these women who didn’t know there was anything they could do to prevent complications and feeling like surgery was their only option. I realised I could reach people on a far greater scale if I brought what I knew to an online platform. Hence I have started my website Perfect Pelvic Floor. Pregnant women can sign up and have access to pelvic floor exercises, leg strengthening, stretches, posture advice and loads of labour and pregnancy tips. The best thing about it is they can access the video’s in their own home! 

My clients and patients are the ones that inspired me to start my business to help reach out to them and give them the tools to create a better life for themselves. This is who I am! I've recently moved to the north NSW coast from Sydney to create a better life for myself, where I can enjoy the beach and the sunshine, and find that elusive balance in life. I grew up in a tiny town near Bathurst but I've always believed that I could reach whatever goal I set for myself and I do become very determined in the process. The biggest challenge with starting Perfect Pelvic Floor has been learning a new skill set in design and online marketing. It's been difficult at times but fun and I'm grateful I'm challenging myself and learning something new everyday. The first highlight of starting my business was seeing the website for the first time after giving what I had hoped was clear direction on what I wanted and it being just that. Secondly, was when I sold my first program! It made all the hard work worthwhile.

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Chris: Wilde Gluten Free Beer

ROAR: Hey guys, thanks for chatting with us! First off, how did you get started? Where heard it's quite a story!!

Chris: The answer to that is two fold. The idea was originally sporned, believe it or not, from a close encounter with a family of black bears, in Alaska. While taking a walk to visit a glacier, we were with an armed guide...due to the native wildlife. I lagged behind and suddenly a tussle to my left in the thick bushes, then, one.....two.....three tiny baby black bears popped onto the path not two metres from me. My heart swelled, how gorgeous! Then came the startling realisation that mumma wouldn't be too far off! I looked up, the group (which consisted of our other two founders and the guide) were a fair distance ahead. As mumma bear stepped out into the path between me and the group I should of been terrified but suddenly I felt totally calm. She was magnificent! Huge and deadly, but totally magnificent. She stopped, looked into my eyes for a lingering moment and then moved forward towards her babies and all four crossed the path, disappearing into the bushes. The beating of my heart suddenly pierced the silent calm I'd felt and I ran to catch up with the group. I shall never forget that moment our eyes locked….fiercely magical! Afterwards we went to Alaskan Brewing Co. for a tour and had a few good beers! I needed one! The idea seeded at that point.

Back home we had an organic vineyard and we continued to be asked if we would make an organic beer. We had however several friends who were either gluten intolerant or Coeliac, who kept asking, “Please make some gluten free beer because we can’t find any that are nice.” So we decided to make a great tasting beer that was also reasonablly priced. We have done that and it’s very popular even with people who are not gluten intolerant because they like a nice tasting pale ale that is a healthier choice.

ROAR: What a crazy story! Your one lucky guy! What is your company name and what does it involve?

Koala Beer Pty Ltd is our company name and WILDE is our Gluten Free beer brand.

Our key focus is Gluten Free! Which is so important as many people are now being diagnosed with Coeliac and need to abstain from Gluten.

ROAR: How do you make beer Gluten Free?

Chris: Beer is usually made from barley and/or wheat. Gluten is a component of many grains, including barley and wheat. Gluten triggers a response in people with Coeliac disease and in those that are gluten intolerant, that makes them feel unwell. Since around 1% of Australians are gluten intolerant or allergic it is dangerous for them to drink ordinary beer. There are also many that remain undiagnosed but they know they feel better if they avoid gluten. In addition, some people have a wheat intolerance or allergy. So, Australian Koala Beer Pty Ltd, has had a technical breakthrough with alternative grains that do not contain gluten, to produce a quality gluten free beer at a reasonable price and that tastes amazing!

WILDE tastes like normal beer! WILDE is preservative free, it is a clean natural beer. WILDE is the tastier, healthier option for the health conscious drinker.

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Chris in his element

ROAR: You have won some awesome awards! Fill us in on the awards and how it made you feel to be recognised for such a great quality brand.

Chris: Thankyou! Yes we feel very excited and proud every time we are awarded. WILDE Gluten-Free Pale Ale, brewed by Koala Beer Pty Ltd, has been awarded a Silver Medal at The Australian International Beer Awards (AIBA), a Gold medal by the New Zealand Brewers Guild in 2014, as well as two bronze medals.

The AIBA is renowned for celebrating and promoting brewing excellence in both Australia and around the world. The AIBA is the largest competition for the beer industry in the Asia Pacific region. 

Medals are awarded according to a stringent points system to reflect quality standards. In 2014 a record number of 1,560 brews were entered from 294 brewers in 31 countries and were assessed by an expert panel of 40 judges from Belgium, Norway, USA, UK, Japan, Australia and NZ.

Unlike Swimming where there is a gold, silver and bronze awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd fastest, beer judging is the same as wine judging, points are awarded for a range of attributes and gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded to the entrants who achieve a certain level of points to recognize the beer’s quality. Therefore there could be several golds or no golds depending on how many beers are above the threshold value. It is particularly difficult to have a perfect flavour profile in the gluten free class.

It is generally recognized if a beer has achieved any medal it is a fine example of the class. In the AIBA 2014 no gold was awarded in the Gluten-free section, so our Silver was the top award!

ROAR: There must be some challenges in creating a start up. Could you give us a couple? There must be highlights too! What's your biggest highlight?

Chris: The beer sector in Australia is an enormous industry with powerful multinational companies that can sometimes be difficult to compete with or deal with. Expanding distribution as demand grew was one of the biggest challenges in the early years.

Koala Beer is still operating after 8 years and doubling our turnover every year. One of the highlights of doing business in this industry is that the largest independent distributor /wholesaler in Australia contacted us because of our WILDE beer. This relationship is working so well that it allows us to operate in all states, including Tasmania very soon!

ROAR: That's exciting news! Tasmania would love it! What are you most excited about for 2015?

We are most excited about releasing our new beer WILDE Raspberry Gluten Free Pale Ale and later in the year we will release our third beer which is still under wraps.

WILDE Gluten Free Beer - Tasting notes

WILDE Gluten Free presents as a golden Pale Ale. 

Careful selection of hop variety gives the beer a citrus and pine character in the aroma with floral hints which rounds out the beer, with a bitter but clean, flavorsome finish. A slight tartness from the malt balances nicely with the bitterness, giving a lift that leaves you wanting more. The beer has been crafted with no added sugar, colour, nor preservatives.

Gluten Free WILDE Raspberry was created to give health conscious drinkers and Coeliacs the opportunity to enjoy another refreshing and interesting beer in the WILDE range. The daring inclusion of fresh raspberries provides a delightful pink hue, a raspberry aroma, and a fruity balance to the bitterness of the varietal hops. Natural raspberries are fermented with the grain to provide a delicate complexity and a mid-strength 3% alcohol. Your nose will also pick out citrus, orange and mandarin aromas. WILDE Raspberry is a refreshing Pale Ale style of beer with a wonderful colour and flavour, crafted with no added sugar, colour, nor preservatives.

Koala Beer provides peace of mind for the growing number of health conscious, gluten intolerant and environmentally aware consumers, who demand tasty products to support their healthy lifestyles. Koala Beer Pty Ltd was founded upon the premise that beer should not only taste great, it should be a clean natural product.

Koala Beer brews clean natural beers –WILDE Gluten Free Pale Ale, and WILDE Raspberry Gluten Free Pale Ale.

ROAR: We love how you have been starting to support small business, sponsor events and choose some exciting ambassadors to share your brand and what you stand for! Fill us in on some of the things your getting involved.

Chris: We love supporting small business as that's how we started! As we are a healthier option we love supporting likeminded events and entrepreneurs. These include Bound Yoga apparel (@boundyogaapparel) which is a small Newcastle (Where we are based) start up business hand screen printing organic and fair trade yoga apparel. Michelle (the owner) loves Wilde and says it's her favourite beer which is also a bonus! We feel their mission is in line with ours and supported their launch. We also have a surfer Jay Mulherin who is a successful longboard surfer and owns the surf shop @driftwoodcoastalculture. We will be helping Jay with fundraising. We have recently sponsored Vanlife (@vanlifediaries) and their gatherings in Australia which is really exciting!

Follow Wilde: wildebeer.com , @wilde_beer instagram, Wilde Beer Facebook

Thanks guys for sharing your story!

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Matt: Camp Illustrated

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Matt: Camp Illustrated

 Camp illustrated did this art work of us!! @rebelonarainbow

Camp illustrated did this art work of us!! @rebelonarainbow

ROAR:Your illustrations are so impressive and meaningful. How did Camp illustrated and the idea to draw people's favourite camp photographs come to life? 

Matt: Thanks for being stoked about the stuff you see! The idea for Camp Illustrated came to me on a long drive out to California where I was moving. I had spent several weeks on the road camping and making art based on what I was seeing. I thought remaking other peoples rad outdoor photos into illustrations would be an engaging way to keep creating art while I wasn't outside myself and hopefully they would enjoy the work too.

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artwork for @missholldoll

ROAR: Have you always been an artist? Who has been important in encouraging you in follow your passion of art and the outdoors?

Matt: Drawing has always been an important part of how I see, and interact with the world. Over the past couple years as I finished schooling and tried to figure out the "what do I do now" questions, a constant quest to mix my love of the outdoors and art remained. I'm thankful to have friends and a rad girlfriend who encourage me to follow those passions and keep living the dream!

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@radam2 (photograph of me painting)

ROAR: It's clear people love what you do and Camp Illustrated is growing rapidly all over the world! How do people get in touch and get their favourite camp photographs illustrated?!

Matt: It has been humbling to use instagram as a way to share my stuff and consequently connect with people that I wouldn't have otherwise had the chance to interact with. Most of the stuff I put on instagram is made as a surprise for the photographer and I enjoy that facet of it. I am; however, available to do commissions. Lately I have been doing a couple per month but am starting to make art full time and excited to take on more commissions. Folks can either shoot me a direct message on instagram or use the contact tab on my website to get in touch about a custom piece! 

ROAR: Where have your adventures taken you and what are some places you absolutely love and why?

Matt: Until this past year I spent most of my outdoor time in the Rockies of Colorado, going on backpacking trips, tackling some 14'rs, and sport climbing. It has been a blast to live close to Yosemite this past year and spend several weekends in the Sierras as well as quick trips to Big Sur. The most memorable spot this year has been Cathedral Peak and the surrounding lakes off the John Muir Trail - don't miss it if you make it to Yosemite.

  original photograph from sketching Cathedral Peak in Yos

original photograph from sketching Cathedral Peak in Yos

ROAR: We also love the outdoors and can't wait for the next adventure! What are your plans for places to explore and draw?

att: The next months are going to be some exciting ones for me as I take off on the road to try out making art full time. My tentative plans are to head North to Oregon and Washington for several months of camping, art-making, and meeting up with people. I'll see where the path takes me from there! Thanks for taking the time to ask me some questions! 

Follow and Contact: @campillustrated Camp Illustrated website

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artwork for @andybest

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  @missjulie (photograph of me in Yosemite)

@missjulie (photograph of me in Yosemite)

  @loveyerland (digital illustration)

@loveyerland (digital illustration)

  original camp illustrated piece

original camp illustrated piece

  original photograph sketching in Colorado before Camp Illustrated came to fruition

original photograph sketching in Colorado before Camp Illustrated came to fruition

  @forrestshearer (digital illustration) 

@forrestshearer (digital illustration) 

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Ali Husain: Husaak Adventures

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Ali Husain: Husaak Adventures


My name is Ali Husain, I am from Kuwait, but I have been living all over the world. I left the Middle East when I was 17 years old and since then I lived in Colorado, Austria, Alaska, the Arctic, Abu Dhabi and the Sultanate of Oman. This might seem like a lot of places for someone who is 33 years old but I am in the oil exploration business and oil happens to be in remote places all over the world.

I have always loved the outdoors, and living around mountains. When I finally moved back to the region I was shocked not because things had changed but because after living abroad I now had a different prospective on life. 

I saw a challenge in the society, kids running around with no goals, money being thrown every where just to keep people satisfied, obesity, health problems, drugs, crimes started to happen because of young people with no goals in life and so on .. This was in every forum and is a challenge in the society, I saw it as an opportunity to help fix things. Give young people goals and they will change. 

I am a believer that nature is a great place for people to find themselves. Nature and adventure challenges that is, not just nature on it's own. The outdoors here are pretty much untouched, there are rugged mountains and beautiful lush wadis (valleys) but everyone seems too busy chasing money in the city. So I started this campaign through my instagram posting pics of beautiful places from Oman and slowly attracting young people to join my trips. In 2013, I had 19 people joining my trips, in 2014 I had close to 250 people, in 2015 now I am already close to 200 in the first quarter, so its growing. I am now looking at more international locations such as Alaska, the Arctic, Tanzania, Mongolia, which are all places I have done private expeditions in. 
Anyway, that's pretty much the story. Other than that, I have a normal life with a wife and 3  beautiful children kids. Oh and I manage one of Abu Dhabi's largest off shore oil fields which produces about 400 thousands bbls/day, when I am not on a rock somewhere, that's the boring stuff. 

Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring us Ali! Readers can also follow and get involved with adventures through his website www.husaak.com

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Adam Yu: The Man Who Ran To Amsterdam

The Why You Collective Story by Adam Yu

In July 2013 I was 6 months into a promotion and due to fly out to Bali for the first time on a surf trip with all the boys. I was so heavily focussed on the whole "work hard, climb the ladder, achieve all my objectives" mindset and had totally forgotten why I liked to go to work. They were just my short term motivators seeing as I was still on a bit of a high from being promoted. 

I'd been preparing for a meeting which involved the head of asia pacific and we weren't quite ready, so last minute I panicked and ditched the surf trip to stay back, work through the weekend and present on the followingTuesday. Everything went well in the meeting, but i was pissed! My boss gave me some time off and I was just fresh out of a marathon. I'd always wanted to try running to my parents house in Campbelltown, 75km away, so I used that time to try that out. 
It was an awesome experience that took 9 hours and gave me time to think about why i was even working myself that hard.

In the end I realised that Big Adventures both physical and mental, improving situations, helping people and being surrounded by good people were the reasons I do anything. My job had gotten in the way of my ability to go on adventures, the people had changed in my company and I wasn't getting on well with them. It was great to have some clarity on why I was so dissatisfied.

During the run, the other thing I noticed was that the people I talked to along the way found it quite amusing. Afterwards I thought about it for several months and decided that it would be cool to share other peoples reasons why. To have conversations with them and share their stories. To gain a better understanding of what makes people tick. Everyone is normally defined by their jobs and its always a standard social question to ask that you pass judgement on, but that's boring and peoples reasons why are way more interesting to hear about. It's about what makes people happy. Not trying to find happiness, but letting what makes you happy lead you to make the decisions you make.

So it became something I really believed in as a tool to create a more satisfied life at work, either just by reminding yourself why you're there or to start making small changes to regain your satisfaction with work/life. I wanted to set a larger than life example so I could then come back and start to work on it as something to incorporate into the working environment and the idea for The Man Who Ran to Amsterdam was born. 
So:

Big Adventures: The 3,000km run
Improving situations: Working with Arts Access Australia to promote the social model of disability Click on the link to sup
Helping People: Having in depth discussions about what people do and why they do it.
Being surrounded by good people: All of you :)
Is what this journey is all about.
Now I'm 211km into the run sitting in a small lodge in Sant Pere Pescador Spain, reflecting on the past 2 years and continuously reevaluating my thoughts about this whole thing. So far it's been an amazing experience.
Let The Happiness Lead You :)
Cheers,
Adam Yu

Follow and support Adam: @thewhyyoucollective instagram The Why You Collective Facebook

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Tim Boyden: Artist & Woodworker

We met Tim in the town of Eugene as we were adventuring and van living our way through Oregon. His unique art and woodwork grabbed our attention and we were impressed with Tim's ability to create individual pieces out of recycled material and driftwood. Tim told us some of the stories of going to the coastline and local rivers to explore and find wood and bits and pieces, which he could turn into functional tables, coffee tables, chairs, cutting boards etc. A very interesting story was when he went to the Oregon coastline and found pieces of furniture that were very unique and had come from the country of Japan, possibly from the nuclear explosion. Tim has his own gallery in downtown Eugene called Out On A Limb Gallery. You can get in contact with Tim and follow his adventures and rustic style of fine woodwork by following his interesting and creative blog timboydenart.com. On his blog Tim states "I strive to use locally salvaged or gathered materials whenever possible! Be it collecting river stones and driftwood along the Willamette River by my home or from the gorgeous Oregon coast, buying locally harvested and milled trees or by using our cultures broken discarded items". We at ROAR love meeting creative and interesting people in our travels, who are offering something positive to their community. All pictures used in this article are from Tim's blog.

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Patagonia: NYC Opening

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Patagonia is one of our favourite brands for outdoor gear and cold water wetsuits. We love this company for their great quality, organic fabrics, recyclable fabrics and their focus on fair trade. Patagonia is very active in looking after the environment and aim to be as sustainable as possible. Their business book 'The Responsible Company' really challenged us in our outlook on being responsible with our actions. Visit Patagonia to view their high quality products and learn more about the company.  

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ROAR was lucky enough to be in New York the night Patagonia had their store opening and we decided to do a little write up on the event. With people lined up down the street and around the corner, we decided to skip the wait for a moment and have some famous NY pizza. We couldn't believe how many people were there to support the brand, it was great to see. Once we got back to the store and entered with no line up, it was awesome to see Chris Malloy there who is an ambassador for the brand, film maker and an amazing surfer. There was live music by Real Estate which provided a sweet vibe. They are an indie rock band from New Jersey if you want to check them out. The store looked great, with some fresh new surf influenced stock, such as hand planes, fins and a new range of wetsuits. They also had some sweet boards that looked super fun to ride. We spied a few goodies that are now on the wish list, maybe for christmas. We love this brand and it was a special treat to attend their store opening. Thanks Patagonia for a fun night in the city!

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Servio & Annie: Akela Surf

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It was really nice to get to know Servio and Annie through our Rebel on a Rainbow website. They have started their own Surf brand, Akela Surf, in Montreal. They get a lot of inspiration from surf trips to Barbados. We love to share creative ideas and we are pleased to provide an insight from these two inspiring people into starting and running your own brand and business. 

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ROAR: How did you start a surf brand in Montreal? Who were the main people involved?

AKELA: We started our Surf Brand 'Akela' in Montréal basically cause we were stuck here during the winter, Annie was pregnant and it was good timing to start this business that we always wanted to do. So far, the company is only us, and now Kaiko our baby boy, we also have other people that we work with in collaboration, located in France, Spain, Florida and Hawaii. We are always open to meet people and to work in collaboration with them.

ROAR: Where do you travel for your surf adventures and why?

AKELA: We travel to Barbados, because the surf is good there, it's not too crowded, weather is nice of course and its easy to get around. We still have to walk 2 km to the surf spot but it's worth it and it's a little adventure!

ROAR: What are some of the challenges in running a surf brand?

AKELA: Managing everything and keeping focused on what is important. It is challenging to get our name out there and get our products in the stores. It is a lot of work to build good relationships with our clients.

ROAR: What are some highlights of your business adventures so far?

AKELA: We are starting to get ready for the surf expo in Orlando, for Jan 2014. So it's a fun and exciting time to get our brand more well known.

Check out more radness from these two and their awesome brand, Akela Surf through the link www.akelasurf.com

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Ron Artis Family Band

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Jess and I were out long boarding at Waikiki, Hawaii and we could hear sweet tunes floating from the beach across the ocean. Paddling in we saw the Ron Artis Family band doing their thing for a local Surfing competition. This band blew us away! With nothing but positive lyrics and funky beats this family of 11 children give you everything from reggae, funk, hip hop, jazz to punk. They have so much enthusiasm and offer a great live experience with every member having the gift of epic vocals and the ability to play multiple instruments. ROAR is so pleased to share this original and independent band and their links with you. We had the opportunity to chat to a few of the members and their amazing mother Victoria. They are so genuine and have the kindest hearts. This band is passionate, inspiring and love sharing their god given talents to uplift and bring joy to others. 

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We have also added two of their awesome music clips, so check them out!!

Get behind this band and support their music through the links below. Jump on their face book and give them a like so you can keep up to date and hopefully see one of their live concerts.

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Mikel & Lauranne: Campy Camper Biarritz

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Campy Camper is a camper van rental company based in Biarritz, France. Created by two friends, this company was started through the love of van life adventures. The brand truly represents an adventurous lifestyle and an appreciation for enjoying this beautiful world we live in. We love their vans, it makes us want to plan a ROAR road trip through Europe.  

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ROAR: How did Campy Camper come about? Who was involved in starting this company?

CAMPY CAMPER: Campy Camper is the idea of two friends, after a road trip all around Australia and experimenting the camper van life. The concept of van life is not well developed and known in France, so we decided to create our own company and offer the opportunity of going on road trips from Biarritz, SW of France to anywhere you desire in Europe. 

ROAR: What is the purpose and mission of Campy Camper?

CAMPY CAMPER: Our main purpose is to allow travellers to discover our region and Europe differently. We really enjoyed our road trip experience in Australia and wanted others to share in the joys of van living. To ensure security, comfort, and efficiency we decided to use brand new Nissan Primastars for our Campy Camper vans and set them up with good equipment such as lights, water pump, electricity and a fridge. To give the authentic touch, we designed the inside of the van similarly to the vintage VW Combi.

ROAR: Can you share some highlights of Campy Camper so far?

CAMPY CAMPER: Created in April 2012, we have been experiencing some very exciting moments such as surf contests, where we have been partners for the events with other brands (clothes and beer).

Also our client’s stories are always really funny and enjoyable to listen to. 

ROAR: What is it like running a business in Europe? What are some fun things about owning a camper van business?

CAMPY CAMPER: I think that for this kind of business it’s really fascinating because it's pretty new in Europe and especially in France compared to the other continents like Australia or America. It was challenging in the beginning as everything was new to us, setting up a business can be hard at times. It took a lot of time, but now that we are here and getting more well known it’s going great.

Getting people to understand our concept, the advantage of van life freedom, is the best part. But as this is not their usual way of travelling it's sometimes hard to explain how amazing camping in a van can be. However, once they try it, they love it and this is our best satisfaction.

The good thing about running Campy Camper, is the atmosphere that we create around our brand and the partners that we attract, and the exciting work that we can do with them (sport, art, fashion). Creativity is amazing and rewarding thing.

ROAR: How can people get in contact with Campy Campers and be a part of your fantastic company?

CAMPY CAMPER: We have a blog where we like to share adventures, road trip stories and our lifestyle.

You can contact us by email at contact@campycamper.com or by our social networks http://bit.ly/FacebookCampy http://bit.ly/campytwitter http://bit.ly/campyvimeo http://bit.ly/campypinterest http://bit.ly/campytumblr instagram @campy_camper

ROAR: What are some exciting things happening for Campy Campers in the future?

CAMPY CAMPER: We are consistently growing in popularity in Biarritz and we look forward to more growth in some other big cities in france next, and hopefully in Europe too. 

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Aaron & Ben: Stupid Krap Art Business

Ben Frost from Stupid Krap.

Stupid Krap takes a fresh and innovative angle on selling and promoting limited edition prints from some of the best emerging and established artists locally and internationally.  Check out our interview with the lads who founded and run this exciting and inspiring company.

Aaron Craig from Stupid Krap.

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ROAR: How did Stupid Krap start and what is its purpose?

Aaron: Australian pop artist, Ben Frost, founded Stupid Krap back in 2005 as a way of selling and promoting urban and street art independently from the conservative gallery system. Our goal is to create another platform to present promising, fast-rising and established artist’s original work to the world. We are interested in providing limited edition, highly collectible artwork to collectors in both Australia and internationally, and also offering a user-friendly and less confronting way of discovering artists and buying art outside of the traditional gallery system.

 ROAR: Who are the main people involved in this company and what is their background in the art industry?

Aaron: The team at Stupid Krap is super small. There's Ben Frost, myself, and a silent partner. 

Ben is an Australian painter who has been making art in a range of genres for the last 15 years throughout the world. His work can be pretty confronting and innovative and is often branded ‘controversial’ for his graphic social commentary of consumerism and advertising.

I am a graphic designer with a background in fine art and photography. I have been creating art for years but have never really taken it too seriously other then exhibiting in the odd group show. I studied fine art in Newcastle and graphic design in Brisbane.

Our silent partner is also a graphic designer and handles most of our web-based stuff.

ROAR: What are some highlights and achievements of Stupid Krap so far?

Aaron: Before my involvement in Stupid Krap, Ben curated 'Paste-Modernism', which was the largest 'paste-up' exhibition in Australia. It featured 50 artists and filled over 150 square metres of wall space on Cockatoo Island. SK also curated notable exhibitions and installations at the MCA Sydney, MTV Gallery, Splendour In The Grass and Playground Weekender to name a few.

Currently we are about to host the Australian premiere of global graffiti documentary, Bomb It 2, at the State Library of QLDthis Friday. We have a new print exhibition in Brisbane opening in a few weeks titled 'Breaking The Seal', and we have also just opened up submissions to the first Red Book Art Prize. It is a bespoke hard cover art book we are releasing in conjunction with Blurb Books and the Analogue/Digital Creative Conferences. People can get more details and submit their work via this page: http://www.analoguedigital.com.au/stupid-krap-red-book-art-prize-proudly-supported-blurb 

ROAR: How can people be a part of your exciting company if they want to purchase art, go to events or if they are an artist themselves?

Aaron: Original and/or limited edition artwork is available for purchase through our site (www.stupidkrap.com), we release new artwork weekly. To stay up to date with events we are hosting and new releases, jump on our mailing list.

Our door is always open to artists sending in their work for us to check out, in fact its one of the great parts of the job, being in touch with so many talented people. I'd obviously recommend any aspiring artists also enter their work into the Red Book Art Prize.

 

 ASKEW MSK (NZ)  For sale on Stupid Krap   

ASKEW MSK (NZ)

For sale on Stupid Krap

 

 BEN FROST (AUS)   For sale on Stupid Krap   

BEN FROST (AUS) 

For sale on Stupid Krap

 

 NUMSKULL (AUS)   For sale on Stupid Krap   

NUMSKULL (AUS) 

For sale on Stupid Krap

 

 BEASTMAN (AUS)   For sale on Stupid Krap   

BEASTMAN (AUS) 

For sale on Stupid Krap

 

BEC WINNEL (AUS)

For sale on Stupid Krap

Thanks guys for taking the time to share your passions and offering an alternative and fresh way to share and promote art.  For people who want to keep following Stupid Krap or aspire to get their own art on the site click on the link below.

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Noel, Bev & Midge: Grey Nomads

While heading south on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, we stopped in the town of Lorne. When we were walking through the local caravan park we spied one of the biggest motor homes we have seen yet. We always love checking out other people's set up's, it give's us idea's for our own van. We couldn't help but strike up a conversation with the couple and their dog.

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Noel, Bev and Midge the dog had just pulled in to Lorne and were about to explore the town when we met them. It was so great to chat with these seasoned grey nomads. They really have lived an amzing life, it was so inspiring to hear their stories. They have lived on a boat with their two children, sailing around the world for 6 years, travelled to 48 countries and lived in their current motor home for 3 years, exploring Australia. 

They also currently run an online business, a broker company that promotes, provides profiles and sells businesses. What amazing achievements, they have definitely lived a full life and there's no stopping them, they both still have lots of fun things to do on their bucket list, which includes Bev's dream to sky dive.  

It is so much fun meeting people on the road and talking about how rewarding a life of adventure can be. We learnt a lot from our chat with Noel and Bev, thanks for the free camping tips and must see towns to visit.

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 Jess chatting with Bev about her dream to sky dive.

Jess chatting with Bev about her dream to sky dive.

 Midge, one of the most chilled dogs we've met.

Midge, one of the most chilled dogs we've met.

 Jonny getting free camping tips from Bev and Noel.

Jonny getting free camping tips from Bev and Noel.

 Noel and Bev's business.

Noel and Bev's business.

Thanks for taking the time to chat with us Bev and Noel, we wish you all the best with your adventures.

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Deus Ex Machina & Guest Shaper Joel Fitzgerald

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Since the beginning of The Deus Ex Machina Temple of Enthusiasm in Canggu, Bali, Indonesia we have been keen to check it out. After spending a week in Lombok surfing, snorkelling and exploring on motorbikes, we got the chance to head to the Deus Temple. When you arrive at Deus you are instantly awe struck by the coolness and quality of their motorbikes, clothing, art gallery and restaurant. The bikes are beautiful, they started one up while we were there and she sounded amazing, defiantly wish we could buy one. Deus clothing is made from 100% cotton, they are so soft and comfortable, we scored a sweet bounty of t-shirts and shorts. The art gallery is filled with alternate pieces that seemed to be inspired by surfing, skating, music, bikes and women. After looking around be sure to try the restaurant, the food is so tasty especially the chicken Quesada’s, which we could have eaten all day long. On Sunday night they have live music and Tuesday night free tattoos of a small size. We absolutely loved our time here, which was most of the day. 

 

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The section that I was most excited to enter was the board shaping and glassing area. I was instantly in my element walking through the different huts with fin design, glassing and sanding. We met the glasser Victor who gave me a short rundown of glassing, mixing colours and inlaying designs. We also met Riman, who is a local shredder supported by Deus. You will see many shots of him on their Instagram and Facebook. Deus get some of the best shapers around the world to come and stay at the Deus Temple and shape surfboards for their store. These include Bob Mctavish, Ellis Erricson, Thomas Bexson and Alex Knost. We couldn’t believe our luck when we spotted Joel Fitzgerald, famous Australian surfer and shaper and his wife Chrystal, who is also an absolute shredder and rad all round person. Chrystal helps with the business and design of Joel Fitzgerald. Jess has been keen for a new board and this was the perfect opportunity to talk dimensions and design. It is such a great experience to talk with a shaper about what you want, they are able to give you advice and guidance. Jess talked with Chrystal about colours, design and inlaying fabric in the board while I chatted with Joel about the right dimensions for what Jess wanted. It was so great to talk with this beautiful couple, they were so humble and welcoming. We can’t wait to catch up and surf with them next time we are travelling on the North Coast of NSW near Byron Bay. Thanks again guys.

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 A fresh Joel Fitzgerald board about to be finished

A fresh Joel Fitzgerald board about to be finished

 Victor the local glasser

Victor the local glasser

 Joel showing us his Rasta inspired board

Joel showing us his Rasta inspired board

 Chrystal talking design with Jess and Sam

Chrystal talking design with Jess and Sam

 Riman local shredder supported by Deus

Riman local shredder supported by Deus

If you would like to check out more of Joel Fitzgerald's boards and Deus information click the links below.   

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Andy: Black Seaweed Jewellery

We are always excited when we meet someone who is doing something creative or alternative to an everyday business or lifestyle. After going for a stand up paddle (SUP) at Mawun bay, Lombok, Indonesia we bought a coconut juice and pineapple to rejuvenate. While chilling, a local approached us and showed us his jewellery. At first glance I thought it was the regular wood bracelets, which are sold everywhere in Bali and Lombok. It was actually black seaweed. Andy, the local, took the time to explain that he goes deep sea diving off the coast and collects black seaweed. They then go through a process of drying, adding oil and then creating bracelets, rings and earrings. He is able to look after his whole family financially with food and shelter through this business. We were more than happy to support him. If you ever drop into Mawun bay in Lombok be sure to chase up Andy and support his business, which he has been running for three years now.

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