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Samuel Hall: Photographer & Writer

Through the looking glass...

ROAR: It's clear you have a lot of creativity when it comes to both writing and photography. How did these two loves come about for you?

SAMUEL: My parents used to exclaim how un-creative I was throughout my junior years because of how wrapped up I was in my sporting pursuits. Photography was a medium that I was always awkwardly interested in without ever involving myself in and when I blew 2 ligaments out in my knee and ended up with a lengthy recovery process in front of me, I decided to seriously pick up a camera. Throughout this period of recovery I realised that sport was my expression, and I needed to express my emotions and the way I viewed life through different mediums, so I also started writing. 

ROAR: You currently move between the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. How have these two places influenced your creativity and finding mediums to express yourself and share with others?

SAMUEL: The Sunshine and Gold Coast play a massive part, the two main influences in my life and creative mediums are the environment I’m in and the people I surround myself with. The main aim for myself creatively is to express the world as I see it through my own life, and that is a reflection upon my two homes. The Gold Coast is that really hectic, party and surf lifestyle whereas the Sunshine Coast for me represents the laid back, family and quiet afternoon beer lifestyle. Both are full of incredibly talented up and coming creative cultures that push me every day. 

ROAR: What are some highlights you have achieved with both writing and taking awesome pics?

SAMUEL: Writing is a medium that I haven’t explored much into in terms of public accolades or exposure apart from writing for a few magazines (Tidal Magazine and Delirium Magazine). At this stage I write for personal satisfaction and to sort out what goes through my salt saturated brain and so I guess any time I successfully do that is a highlight. With photography and filming a few of my biggest highlights would be having my latest surf clip recognised and posted on Stabmag and having photos in magazines including Surfing Life. Any time you see your own work immortalised in print it’s an incredible feeling. 

ROAR: Are you looking to make a career out of either or do you just do it for the love? 

SAMUEL: Right now I’m just following my passions because that’s what I love to do and they keep me sane. I would love to make a career out of photography, filming and writing at some stage but until then I’ll live my life because I love it. I would one day love to release a book of my favourite images and some words I’ve put on paper, so I guess that’s the dream. 

ROAR: We also hear your studying to be a physio?! Are you looking to link this with photography and writing once you graduate?

SAMUEL: My dream job would be combining photography and physiotherapy together while working with professional surfers. My goal is to find a surfer/surfers and travel the world filming with them during the day and working on them with injury prevention/coaching/nutrition and other physio based activities during the night. I would love to run a blog about those travels so that others could be inspired to follow their dreams. 

ROAR: What are you most excited about in 2015?

SAMUEL: I’m excited to make new friends, drink cold beers, travel through different countries and be a better version of myself. I’m excited for fresh sheets, warm summer evenings and cold winter mornings. I’m excited for the Quicksilver Pro and uncrowded evening surfs with just friends. I’m genuinely just excited for life. 

Check out more from Samuel through his sites:

Instagram @samueldhall

Facebook Samueldhall Photography  

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Mieke Casanova: Wholistic Living

ROAR: Tell us about your background that got you so excited and passionate about your health and wellbeing? Who were some key people who helped instil this love?

MIEKE: Everything about the wellness world just lights me up, so I’ve always known that I wanted to immerse myself in it. It just took me a while to figure out exactly how to go about doing it, and to build up the courage to take the plunge!

It was when I did my level-two yoga teacher training that things finally clicked into place. Everything I was learning just felt so fulfilling, rewarding and soul aligning. It felt so damn good to be devoting myself to this practice, and I knew I could help change people’s lives if I could just focus all my energy into it.

My main influence along this journey was one of my best friends Luci Scarman from Eco Minerals whom I meet in my small local town in South Australia over 13 years ago and today we are still great great friends. She introduced me to spiritualism and I became hooked. I love anything to do with yoga, mediation, healings and astrology. Nothing is to crazy or out there for me, I love it all!

ROAR: You have been a yoga instructor for sometime, but now you have completed more studies in health and have started your own business and awesome website. Tell us how this came to life and what you offer?

MIEKE: After teaching yoga and meditation for a few years I knew that I was on the right path and wanted to continue my studies to help others live an amazing fulfilling life.  Nutrition has always been a passion of mine and I finally took the leap and enrolled at Integrative Nutrition to complete my course in Health and Wellbeing coaching….then my beautiful baby (my website) came to life.  

I work with people to connect with their truth, experience radiant wellness, and to aim to live their life with the complete fulfillment that they’ve always imagined.  You can find out a lot more about what I do and how I do it on www.miekecasanova.com.au  You can also follow me on instagram and Facebook.

ROAR: What is the most important part to focus on when it comes to our general health?

MIEKE: I think there’s three aspects to look at to maintain general health; nutrition, mind and exercise. The food we eat impacts us on many different levels from physical, energetically and cellular to name a few; therefore its important to focus on a clean wholesome diet. My diet and philosophy focuses on lean protein, good fats, whole grains, nuts, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. Cutting back on all processed, junk, fast food is really important to having a healthful vibrant lifestyle and to delete disease, aches, pains and fatigue.

As well as having a clean wholesome diet, it’s really important to get your body moving and to incorporate a self-care or meditation practice.  A regular meditation practice can help calm your mind and bring you back down to earth, to make you feel grounded and connected, it beings clarity to things and puts things in perspective. I LOVE meditation!!

ROAR: What are some things you are really excited about in 2015?

MIEKE: There’s a lot of exciting things for 2015!! Its all about collaborating, connecting and spreading the positive vibes.  I’m collaborating with a few people at the moment to bring some exciting new events and workshops.  I’m currently working with Bright Side of Living to bring a supportive network for small business owners. I’m also collaborating with Sam Foster to create mindfulness workshop filled with yoga, meditation, nutrition tips and a yummy food. I’ve also just started managing a yoga and Pilates studio 'The Bodyroom' in Varsity Lakes which is awesome fun.


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Jordan Power: Audio Engineer/Producer

 Pic by Jane Rantail

Pic by Jane Rantail

ROAR: What inspired you to become an audio engineer? Who supported you along the way in this dream?

JORDAN: I always wanted to get into the music industry, even while I was still at school. I used to love listening to music and was always curious why some tracks made you feel awesome and others were almost unbearable. I guess overall what inspired me was the possibility of helping create some of those tracks that make people feel awesome. haha. 

I have had a lot of support along the way from a lot of different people. Initially, my folks were super supportive of me when it came to making a decision of what to do when I finished school. I actually started out studying civil engineering at uni but hated it, and they were completely supportive of me trying my hand at music from there. The australian recording industry is incredibly supportive of each other also. In my earlier days, I definitely got a helping hand from some great Australian producers/engineers and musicians. 

ROAR: Have you always loved music from a young age? What are 5 of your favorite bands?

JORDAN: Music was always a huge part of my childhood. My parents would always be cranking some Rolling Stones, Led Zepellin, Beatles, Travelling Wildburys, that kind of thing, so it was a pretty good grounding to get into music at an early age. It was awesome to have the opportunity to get into it so early.

My favourite bands are always changing! There are a couple of staples that I have have listened to forever and still get a high rotation at home. Paul Kelly and The Gin Club have been favourites for years. They both always have got a track (or a swag of tracks) for any mood. As a listener I connect with the stories in songs, and like the music to reflect that, rather than being a polished production all the time. Other favourites at the moment would be Jake Bugg, Violent Soho and Chilly Gonzales. Gonzales in particular has pretty much been on repeat everyday for the last few months!

ROAR: What was the breakthrough moment for you to becoming successful? What are some highlights or amazing people or jobs you have been involved with?

JORDAN: There wasn't really a breakthrough moment I guess. It was more like a gradual climbing the ranks kind of thing. I started out making coffee and doing whatever was required of me at Studios 301 in Sydney, then became an assistant engineer, then an engineer, then producer. I've built up a great list of credits, and been involved in some amazing projects. It's been more like a whole heap of breakthrough moments!

I've been lucky enough to have worked with some great artists so far. Over the last couple of years I've had the pleasure of recording with Angus Stone on both his solo album and the new Angus and Julia Stone album, recorded albums with Karnivool, The Living End and Xavier Rudd. I have also worked with Lady Gaga on two of her albums, Bruce Springsteen's latest album and some yet to be released material from U2. They're all highlights really.  Also recorded and mixed the new MT WARNING album which was a really fun one.

ROAR: For a young person wanting to get into to audio what would be some advice you could offer?

JORDAN: Get into a studio as early as possible! Study is great and gives you a good grounding, but there is nothing like being on a recording session to learn how it all works. Even if it is as an intern to start with, it's a great environment to be around if you want to become an engineer or producer.

ROAR: What's in store for 2015?

JORDAN: Plenty planned for 2015! Heading to Texas for SXSW in March, then producing an album on a ranch outside of Austin for a few weeks which should be interesting. I've also got a couple of Albums and EP's already booked in for this year so I'm looking forward to getting stuck into those.

Link to follow! Studio301profilelink

Jordan Power Contact: jordan@studios301.com

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MAKU: ARTIST

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MAKU: ARTIST

ROAR: How did you get a love for art? Who inspired or nurtured your talents and creativity

MAKU: I guess this would be down to my family. We are all pretty creative and we all love to pick up a pen or a paintbrush. Our styles are each worlds apart, which is pretty cool. I used to envy that my sister was so good at drawing and she would always tell me 'its just because I'm older you'll get good one day' 

I think initially my mum nurtured our creativity. She would frame all of our drawings and hand them up in around the house. Actually she hung them all on the walls in our bathroom so I guess we spent a lot of time sitting in there looking at the drawings and paintings haha.

ROAR: We love your style, it covers so many genres, was this a natural progression?

MAKU: Yeah definitely a natural progression and it took me a long time to come into my own style... For a long time I was heavily influenced by street artists and Japanese pop art, cartoon style stuff and my work was not what I would call original. I think now I've found a style that suits me. It has that rebellious, free sort of feeling to it. So yeah I still have that love for real street art style, I guess my style and taste has just evolved into something more of my own. 

ROAR: Are you looking to make a career or lifestyle through art? If so, how are you going to achieve this?

MAKU: That's the Dream! I'm not putting too much pressure on myself to make a career out of it. I'm enjoying it for now and if I get the opportunity to do more I will always go for it because it makes me happy!

ROAR: What have been some highlights along your journey as an artist?

MAKU: I guess an obvious highlight would be working for Rusty, in less than 3 months of putting my art out there to the world I had this massive brand contact me. I never expected it. 

Getting on the Block NZ was  a huge surprise but honestly I'm just blown away on a daily basis, that people are finding my work and appreciating what I do. There's nothing better than producing a piece of work and having other people understand it and love it. Some even so much, they have gotten them tattooed! Very cheesy I know but its humbling to say the least. 

ROAR: Who is your favorite artist and why?

MAKU: I have a few -
Josh Meyer - Just a rad dude and I genuinely love his art work. 
Jamie Brown - PUNS! I love any art to do with puns and not to mention its just freakin cool.
Abby Drielsma - Tattoo artist. Her attention to detail is incredible.
Prudence Caroline - Drips and colour. Her work is just stunning and bold. 
And Otis Carey - Love the relaxed vibe of his work.
Georgia O'keefe - Probably the first artist I remember falling in love with as a kid. 
Oh one more! Andrei Svetov - Tattoo artist. Just the most rad concepts. 

ROAR: What are some of your other inspirations such as music, traveling, surfing?

MAKU: Snowboarding, Music, Traveling. Music mostly I would say.

ROAR: Any exciting things happening in the Near future?

MAKU: My sister is having her first baby. I get to follow up that amazing event with a solo exhibition in March 2014 at the Brunswick Street Gallery. I'm hoping it will kick start a year of big things. The rest of the projects will be unveiled over the next few months. Exciting new collaborations!

MAKUSART™St Kilda, Melbourne || 0422563980 ||  Facebook: Makusart Instagram: @makusart 

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Ziggy Alberts: Musician & Free Surfer

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Ziggy Alberts: Musician & Free Surfer

An Artist and a Gentleman

There is a magical place on the East Coast of Australia where scores of dreamers and doers congregate.  Soaked in creativity and teeming with life, the vibrant little town, known as Byron Bay, has transformed from the once small surf tribe of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, into an awe-inspiring network of talented and creative souls. Photographers, musicians, artists, writers; artisans, inventors, athletes and adventurers all seeking to shine a light on the beauty that is both around and within.

You don’t need to be in Byron for long before you realise that what truly sets this place apart is that every soul who dwells there seems propelled by a heartbeat of gratitude and anticipation. To quote what this ROAR community is about, the people in Byron that I’ve met and inhaled life with have found what it means to be “passionately living”.

In a place overflowing with charisma and talent, you’d think it would be near impossible to find your niche. But in this culture, and where collaboration is key, what makes an artist stand out is more than just their creativity or skill; what makes a soul really shine, is the light that’s coming from within.

Ziggy Alberts is one such soul.

Aside from a fascinating name, Ziggy is a gifted surfer and talented writer, hailing from the Sunshine Coast, and now settled in Byron Bay. Ziggy picked up a guitar in 2011, taught himself how to play, and in three short years has become a well-known, and well-loved artist both here in Australia, and overseas. Having toured with the likes of Ash Grunwald, Nick Saxon Benjalu, Daniel Champagne, and more; and wooing crowds into a dancing frenzy at some of Australia’s biggest music festivals (Bluesfest, Splendour in the Grass), Ziggy’s smooth voice, impressive musicianship, and captivating lyrics are fast making him an artist you can’t, and definitely don't want to miss.

This year, I was fortunate enough to get to know Ziggy, during a recent tour of the West Australia coast with Nick Saxon, for which he was the opening artist; and in our weeklong adventure, I experienced a musician, writer, and creative soul with talent that outshines many who have gone before him, but most inspiringly, a guy who seems to have the recipe for contentment entwined within his DNA.

At 19 years old (that’s right, he’s only 19), Ziggy will be the first to admit that he knows he has a long way to go in music. His hunger is evident in how fervently he embraces every platform he is afforded, and how hard he works to bring his heartfelt stories to life. But beyond being a humble and spirited musician, he is passionate about life as a whole, as a circle, as a miraculous and universal gift. It’s inspiring to be around, and one of the key ingredients to understanding where his impressive music comes from.

Spend half a day walking around with Ziggy and you will soon discover his secret. He is passionate about people, and the way humanity, at its core, pulsates with a heartbeat fuelled of hope, wonder, and love. 

To put it plainly, Ziggy Alberts is just an all-round rad dude! He is an avid environmentalist, passionate to see mankind take better care of our blue and green dot in the solar system. He’s a jokester, a wordsmith, and indeed a ladies man. Glance side-stage at any of his shows and the throngs of fan-crazy females pining for a pic with the blonde-locked wonder-boy is evidence enough that we’ll be seeing, hearing, and delighting in his tunes and stories for a long time yet.

2015 is set to reach new heights for Ziggy with the release of his third album in the New Year. Previous EP releases, “Feels Like Home” (2012), and “Made of Water” (2013), brought energy and soul to the Indie/Folk music genre, and if the lyrics below are anything to go by, this next album, a full-length debut, is destined to spend most of next year being played on repeat, the world over.

Land & Sea” releases January 1st, 2015, on iTunes or via his website, www.ziggyalberts.org

Until then, scroll down to read some of the lyrics and be on the countdown. I know I am.

Website: ziggyalberts.org   |   Instagram: @ziggyalberts   |   Facebook: facebook.com/ziggysound

The Ocean Song (Simple Things)

NOVEMBER 03, 2014

Shake the cold from your toes, and let the east coast walk you home, shake the cold from your heart, if at all, and let it fall, it takes a lot to make a heart a home to love and it takes a lot to love your own, but I didn’t even get your name when you walked on by, but I held your eyes so you held mine, hoping you would stop so I could ask you the simple things –

Do you love the ocean and could you love the ocean with me,

Used To

NOVEMBER 03, 2014

Been waking up here to blue skies, been waking up just a little too tired but I am,
still learning how to switch off, been relying on my coffee just a little too much,
nineteen but my eyes have grown old, people ask me why my bones don’t show,
I said this youth is something that I’ve earned,
I said this youth is something that I’ve learnt to love,
Two sides to a candle, two sides to a candle, being burnt,

Cold ground with no shoes on, my old van in your front yard,
Making love to you all night long, running my lips along your outlines,
Waking up to the morning light with you by my side, these are,
These are the things that I want to get used to,
And you are someone that I want to get used to,

Hands I Can Hold

NOVEMBER 03, 2014

So keep the things we can’t breathe without, and I’ll seek a woman like you,
& we’ll reach for hands with which I can learn, & we will keep these,
Hands I can hold I can hold,

Written by AMY HANNA
Story-teller | Noise-maker | Laugher | Adventurer
twitter: @amymhanna1 | instagram: @amymhanna

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The Drifter: Ming Nomchong, Photographer

 Tonga

Tonga

 Tonga

Tonga

 Surfer: Lauren L. Hill

Surfer: Lauren L. Hill

ROAR: It is evident you are an amazing photographer and creative soul. Was this passion instilled in you growing up? Who played a role in supporting your creativity?

Ming: I've been taking photos since I can remember and I've always loved it. But I'm not one of those wonder kids who picks up a camera for the first time and the shots are amazing. I've worked hard at it for years before it started to flow really naturally for me. It took, time, effort and lot's and lot's of shooting, watching and learning. My mum was definitely a huge supporter of my photography when I was younger and still is to this day.

ROAR: Where did you grow up and how did your environment play a role in making you who you are today?

 The beautiful lady behind the lens, Ming Nomchong

The beautiful lady behind the lens, Ming Nomchong

Ming: I grew up in Sydney and lived there until my early twenties before searching for adventures across the globe. My adventures finally brought me to Byron Bay and I've been here on and off for the last 5-6 years and now working on my craft as a photographer.

When I was working on a boat in Fiji a couple of years ago, my boyfriend at the time had a water housing for his camera which I would steal and explore shooting underwater with it and thats where my addiction began. So yes the ocean environment definitely played a massive role in my journey.

ROAR: What are some creations and designs that you have been involved in recently and currently that you are excited and passionate about?

 Surfer: Lauren L. Hill

Surfer: Lauren L. Hill

Ming: I just got back from a trip to Tonga with fellow ocean addicts Lauren L. Hill & Chrystal Fitzgerald. We were on assignment for summer-site.com and Billabong Women's & Conner Hats among other sponsors to create content for some articles about adventure travel in the tropics. It was a pretty awesome week of whale swimming, surfing, coconut tree climbing and all round Tonga exploration.

But currently, on the side of my shooting jobs, I'm constantly working on my blog The Drifter, which is a surf, fashion and lifestyle blog about anything that has to do with living ~ a salty life ~. It's my little creative baby that features my own content and all things salty.

ROAR: We have noticed that you collaborate with and support other creative inspirational people. What is the importance of this to you?

 Tonga

Tonga

Ming: I love working with other like minded creative people because it's these people that drive the way forward in positive thinking and world changing actions. If we can all work together and support each other then we're one step closer to making a difference in our world, in one way or another.

ROAR: We see you as a great role model for young women. What is some advice you would give to girls growing up trying to figure out who they are and what they what to give and achieve in life?

 Tonga

Tonga

Ming: The most important advice I would give is to listen to yourself and not what others are saying or doing around you. Find out what makes you tick and chase after it. It doesn't matter what it is, if you love it and do it, you will be come successful in it.

ROAR: What is something you are really excited about for 2015?

Ming: I'm super pumped about some upcoming collaborations next year that will see me travelling over to Hawaii and the States, West and East coast. My little brother lives in New York and I've been trying to find an excuse to go and visit him and it looks like the universe is delivering…. So stay tuned for more fun in the sun….

M i n g   N o m c h o n g   

P h o t o g r a p h e r

+61 (0)410 682 090
www.mingnomchong.com
http://thedrifter.me
instagram/thedrifterblog

 Surfer: Cloudy

Surfer: Cloudy

 Tonga

Tonga

 Ellie Jean Coffey

Ellie Jean Coffey

 Surfer: Cloudy

Surfer: Cloudy

 SeeaSurf

SeeaSurf

 Tallows Sunrise

Tallows Sunrise

 Ellie Jean Coffey

Ellie Jean Coffey

 Byron Bay Surf Festival

Byron Bay Surf Festival

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Eloise & Charlotte: Rode To No Wear

Eloise & Charlotte are two sisters that have recently started their rad fashion label 'Rode To No Wear'. Read below to get an insight into what it involves and see some of their beautiful images and range follow their Facebook, Instagram and purchase on BigCartel. The photographer is Tannar Eacott, hair and make is by Luxe Makeup Artistry website. Models include Holly Lees, Maddison Rigg, and Alanda Mccoy. Follow these girls on their exciting journey. Big things are happening! Interview and more images below!


ROAR: As soon as we saw a pic from 'Rode To No Wear' we had to follow. The style is so rad and unique! Where did it evolve from? Who is involved? 

C&E: Rode To No Wear is a recently founded women's clothing label, created by two sisters, Eloise and Charlotte Ashford-Meehan.  Evolving from their life long love of clothing and all things fashion!


ROAR: It is clear you both have awesome style that relates to coastal and festival clothing. Where has this inspiration come from? 

C&E: We have drawn inspiration from our personal favourite clothing brands, including Spell + The Gypsy Collective, One Teaspoon, Free People and many others. Rode To No Wear aims to create statement pieces that are a mix of bohemian luxe, raw, and with a fresh style.  A huge chunk of inspiration has also come from our travels and road trips to the amazing Byron Bay.  A town which captures the true essence of life, the way in which we want to live it!  Creativity flourishes throughout the town and the constant happy, feel-good atmosphere, healthy living and local talent, encourages us to want to strive and follow our fashion dream.
 

ROAR:What are some goals your trying to achieve with your brand? What are some highlights so far? 

C&E: Rode To No Wear aim to create clothing that makes women feel both confident and comfortable in themselves and what they are wearing.  Although we are only just new to the industry, we really want to spread our story and share with others our passion and style throughout our clothing.  We class Fashion as high as we class food, a must-have necessity! A major highlight for us so far, is the positive feedback we receive from happy customers, no better feeling then knowing you have contributed to someone else's happiness, even in such a small way!  As well as seeing girls wearing and loving our clothes as much as we do.

ROAR: How can people get in touch with your brand and purchase your styles?

C&E: We have our own little website, which is a work in progress as we are still learning this side of things, check it out at www.rodetonowear.bigcartel.com, or follow us on our instagram @rodetonowear and like us on Facebook

ROAR: Tell us something we should know about 'Rode To No Wear' 

C&E: Our name 'Rode To No Wear' originated from one of our best friends Emma, a talented singer who one night was singing the well known song 'Road to Nowhere' by Talking Heads, we tweaked the spelling a little and thought the name represented our style and brand Perfectly!  'Follow us on our fashion journey, on a Rode To No Wear.'

 The two sisters making it happen!!

The two sisters making it happen!!

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Kane Brown: Photographer

ROAR: After meeting you whilst surfing in Byron we were keen to check your creative work. You have a unique style for ocean, coastal, nature and surfing photography that sets you apart from others. Where did this passion and creativity come from?

Kane: Definitely growing up i've had a strong connection with the ocean, waking up in the early hours before school and Racing down the beach with friends, seeing who can ride with out hands the longest (ah they were the days).  It would've been about my 15th birthday until i got my first camera. Early stages were just mucking around documenting friends surfing and skating bluh bluh maybe the odd landscape photograph. My passion has rapidly grown over the past two years. Having you're licence and the freedom to pack up the camera gear and leave, would have to be the best feeling about the whole thing. 

ROAR: Where are you from and how has this influenced you style?

Kane: The Sunny Coast. It's not the most consistent place for waves but being a pretty motivated person it ain't so bad. Living on the coast, there are already few guys out there taking photos, so the next shoot you're always trying to look for something new and different, to set you apart from the others. 
ROAR: What are some rad photo shoots you have been involved in so far?

Kane: I haven't been involved in anything to rad. It's always something special adventuring to new locations, especially when you score it with you're friends
ROAR: Is the plan to make a career of being a photographer?

Kane: It wouldn't be the worst gig i can tell you that, but for now i'll continue being a struggling artist selling prints down at the local markets and some extra part time work. See what happens in the new year. 

ROAR: What are some things that you are excited about for 2015

Kane: I'm definitely looking forward to more trips overseas and down the coast in the commo

. You can follow Kane on his instagram @kanebrownphoto and on his website Kanebrownphoto.com

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Hayley: 'Her Who Dreams' website

Photo by Stella Crick

Photo by Marty the rad surf guide

ROAR: It is evident you are very creative soul. Was this passion instilled in you growing up? Who played a role in supporting your creativity?

Hayley: Well Thank you :) Growing up I was definitely not good at maths or numbers etc ( I still don't know my times tables haha) But I guess I always tried to see the beauty in everything and had a very active imagination. For example I thought I was a mermaid until I was about 12 and would snorkel in the bath and pretend I was under the sea. My parents always encouraged me to be who I was 100% and to believe in my dreams.

Photo By Richard Kotch

Photo by Richard Kotch

ROAR: Where did you grow up and how did your environment play a role in making you who you are today?

Hayley: I grew up in Sunny Coffs Hardbour until I was 16 and then we moved to Penrith..(yes I know...huge change) Coffs was all I knew..... it was where all my family and friends were but as strange as it sounds Penrith was a great move. It was in Penrith that I finished school and became serious about whitewater Kayaking and I grew into the women I am today. Changing schools and being put into such a foreign environment only makes you stronger. Doing sport at a high level taught me to push myself and to work hard to achieve goals.When I finished school I realized that I wanted to be back by the ocean and wanted to surf everyday. Living in the northern Beaches makes me a happy Vegemite, It is a beautiful community to be apart of with so many awesome people doing great things and living here makes me smile everyday! 

ROAR: What are some creations and designs that you have been involved in recently and currently that you are excited and passionate about?
Hayley: I guess the biggest thing is my website, www.herwhodreams.com I wrote a book a few years ago called A Girl Like U which was all about encouraging young girls and women to be inspired and encouraged to live the best life they can. My website is just a continuation of that. Life is hard sometimes and I wanted somewhere for girls to go to feel inspired if they are having a bad day. I wanted to share yummy food that I create and just have a space where they can go to get a big smile on their face. I just want this to grow and grow and grow!  You can also follow my Facbook and Instagram and YouTube.

ROAR: We have noticed that you collaborate with and support other creative inspirational people. What is the importance of this to you? 

Hayley: There are soooo many amazing girls and women out there doing such amazing things! I think its important to show off these people and for anyone to be able to see their stories and hopefully they can read something that resonates with them and encourages them to be the best they can be. 

ROAR: We see you as a great role model for young women. What is some advice you would give to girls growing up trying to figure out who they are and what they what to give and achieve in life?

HayleyOnce again thank you. I really do hope so :) I guess I just want to empart what i have learnt along the way with as many girls as possible. My life isnt all rainbows and sunflowers (even if it looks that way from my instagram,) I have days where I feel sad, I have struggled with weight, I have struggled with self worth, With mean girls, with heart ache and although none of us girls have the same life troubles, I do think we can learn from each other and unite. Being kind and smiling is important and believing in yourself are a few of the things that can help. 
 

ROAR: What is something you are really excited about for 2014?

Hayley: I guess I am always excited about life in general...every day you wake up and you really don't know what is going to happen in that day. Life is a gift and everyday is an opportunity to do your very best and create the type of life that you want! I really do hope that the year ahead holds some wonderful adventures, time with my loved ones and I hope Her Who Dreams grows into something really rad! 

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Luke McLeod: Got Soul

We have known Luke since he was a teenager and to be able to be a part of his exciting journey has been inspiring! We were so pleased to get the opportunity to talk with Luke about his business 'Got Soul' and share his passionate life and ideas of positive living and choices with you. Read below to learn what it takes to start your own business, why it is so important to be socially responsible, find out about awesome ethical products and more! You can be a part of the 'Got Soul' journey and find out about great ethical and sustainable businesses by clicking here on the Got Soul website and by giving the Got Soul Facebook a like! 

ROAR: What is Got Soul?

Luke: It started out as a question to help myself make better decisions, has it 'Got Soul'? I wanted to become more conscious of what I was spending my money on and be able to understand the broader and deeper sense of the whole product almost instantaneously, not just a key element of it e.g. organic, eco, fair trade etc

I feel that the word Soul captures that, but it can also be quite hard to define, so I've had to try and set some criteria to make it easier to find brands/companies that have 'Got Soul'. I came up with three standards that I feel best determine whether a product has 'Got Soul'.

1. Quality - The highest standards of quality throughout all their business. Including materials sourced, equipment used, branding, people involved, working environment etc 

2. Care - They have a genuine care for the environment, their community and employees with policies and practices to support these views.

3. Cause - They are using their business as a means to solve/improve a social/economic or cultural problem.

ROAR: What encouraged you to step out on your own?

Luke: I don't think there was a particular moment that made me want to start Got Soul. I've always known that I wanted to create something of my own. About 10 years ago I made a life plan of what I wanted to achieve and by when, and one of those was to launch a project that I was passionate about and that 'made a difference' on some level before I was 30.

I'm really big on intuition too. Training yourself to listen to your 'gut instinct'. I'm not saying not to listen to other people's opinions and feedback, I mean at the end of the day what ever feels right deep down. Even if it might be the complete opposite to what everyone around you is saying, go with that, it will serve you right almost all of the time.

ROAR: What is some advice you could offer for young entrepreneurs?

Luke: Number One. Just start. Almost everyone I talk to has an idea that their passionate about but are resistant to make something of it. Why they don't generally boils down to one word - Fear. Fear of failure. Fear of what other people might think of them and their idea. Fear of how much time and effort it will take. 

I think once you accept the fact that what ever you do, it's never going to be perfect and that it's about the journey, not the destination. The thought of starting something doesn't seem as daunting. Then once you have it out there begins the process of continual improvement and refinement.

2. Don't expect to be paid, but do plan to. If you're going to start something purely for the money, more times than not, it won't be a success. You need that passion there for the times when things aren't looking so great, when the cash situation is tight and the doubt creeps in about whether it was the right decision. If you don't have that passion, you'll more than likely pack it in and try something else (even though just another week might offer that breakthrough you were looking for). And don't expect that the money is going to walk in the door either, in regards to how good your idea is. Create a cash forecast and bust your ass to make those goals a reality.

3. Surround yourself with good people. Find those important people that have already done and succeeded in what you are trying to do and just ask them for advice. You'd be amazed at the amount of time people will give you if you are genuine about sourcing out help on how you aim for achieve what you want. Second is to take a look at the people in your inner circle and assess whether they are helping you head in the direction you are wanting to go or are hindering it. This can be a tough one to swallow, but it is extremely important. 

ROAR: Who has inspired and motivated your journey?

Luke: My mum would be number one. She has an unbelievable work ethic and is an eternal optimist. She raised four kids practically by herself, working multiple jobs at the one time to put all of us through a good school. She's now 61 and has more energy and focus than anyone I know. 

Business wise, I know it might sound like a bit of a cliche but Richard Branson is the man! His autobiography is the definition of a brilliant entrepreneur. His recent work with Virgin Unite and the B Team are also extremely inspiring. I'm also a big fan of legends Elon Musk (Pay Pal founder and most recently founder of Tesla Motors), Blake Mycoskie (TOMS) & Tom Szaky (Terracycle).

Lastly, and I know a few of my buddies are going to give me some slack over this, but Kelly Slater. I think he is the greatest sports person in history. I know that is a big call, but there's no one else that has dominated at the highest level of any sport for so long. His competitive spirit is legendary, now aged 42 and hungry as ever to win another world title. Absolutely inspiring!

ROAR: Can you give us a bit of background of your life up to this point?

Luke: Well I'm a country boy at heart, but moved to the coastal town Newcastle when I was 12 after my parents divorced. I wasn't the most astute student, I was more interested in making my own way. So I left school at the end of year 10 and started working anywhere I could find it. I then joined the ARMY Reserves when I was around 20 and went to uni to study business.

After getting my degree I worked for a variety of different corporate consulting/training companies, mainly because I got to learn twice as much as I would working for a direct service/product company (all of the training we were doing for our clients l was also benefiting from haha). These skills I learnt ranged from sales, management, risk analysis, OHS, project management, customer service, lean business practices, public presenting and many more. I've made some amazing friends and mentors from these years and am extremely grateful to all those who helped me get to where I am now.

By then I was then ready for a bit of a break and to start Got Soul, which is now starting to gain some momentum. I have some exciting developments coming up over the next couple of months! I can't talk about them too much right now, but you can join the Soul Circle (Got Soul's network) and follow our social media to keep tabs on what we've got planned.

ROAR: Why do you think it's important for a company to be socially responsible?

Luke: I don't think it's just important, I think it's an absolute must. We factually know that we are now living beyond our means. We use the equivalent of 1.5 planets to provide the resources we consume each year. This means it now takes the Earth one and a half years to regenerate what we use in one year. Now mathematically this is clearly not sustainable and is why I don't understand why more enterprises can't see the obvious reality. If they don't become more sustainable, they (and us) will eventually fail.

Which leads me to my next point, that it makes good business sense to do so too. People want to relate more to what they are spending their money on now. They want to buy things that are aligned with their morals and lifestyle. It's not longer about who's the biggest, the best or most expensive, it's about 'who know's me the best'. 'Who understands me and what's important to me'. This is why I believe in Got Soul so much. I want to lead that movement for those brands and companies that act and think that way. Creating a place that makes it easier for us to choose better.

 Luke inspiring his audience at the 'Got Soul' launch night.

Luke inspiring his audience at the 'Got Soul' launch night.

 Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

 Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

 The 'Got Soul' man himself laying down a sweet soul carve.

The 'Got Soul' man himself laying down a sweet soul carve.

 Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

 Luke often goes on soul inspiring trips researching ethical and sustainable products. This is a pic from Joshua Tree National Park on his latest trip.

Luke often goes on soul inspiring trips researching ethical and sustainable products. This is a pic from Joshua Tree National Park on his latest trip.

 Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Ethical and sustainable products that Got Soul supports.

Thank you so much Luke for taking the time to share your passionate ideas and business with us. We hope you are all inspired to get out there and support ethical and sustainable products! View the 'Got Soul' promo clip below.

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The Septembers: Band

ROAR introduced you to the beautiful voice of Donna Arendse when we featured her folk duo Riley & Donna. Through following this wonderful artist we are excited to share her next progression as a musician.  'The Septembers' is an amazing group including the creative powers of both James Chatburn and Donna.  Donna is focusing on songwriting and James who is a well known singer songwriter from Newcastle is exploring his creativity as a producer. This has resulted in their self-produced debut single, Riverbed. With heavy influences from Little Dragon and Bonobo, think reverb electric guitar, sharp beats, eerie backing vocals, and mellow soul vibes. What more could you ask for?! Riverbed was released in December 2013 and has already captured the attention of local and national radio stations, having had a number of plays on both Triple J Unearthed, and Triple J, as well as community radio stations. Listen to this epic song by clicking on this link Riverbed - Triple J listen The name of the group was inspired by the legacy of Donna's great aunt, South African anti-apartheid political activist Dulcie September. 

You can keep up to date with everything 'The Septembers' are doing with gigs, pics, clips and music by clicking on and saving their links to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Soundcloud. Please also take the time to listen and review their music on Triple J Unearthed.

We took the time to chat about what they are up to at the moment.

ROAR: How has it been focusing on songwriting and having full control of creativity with your music?

Septembers: Well, it's awesome/liberating/exciting, but also daunting at the same time. Being in 'Riley and Donna' for over two years, I always had someone to bounce ideas off. Embarking on a project that is all my own is scary as you sometimes wonder if people will like your music.  Luckily I reeled in James Chatburn as the producer, so he has helped me an enormous amount with getting my confidence back, and pushed me creatively, trying to get me to write and practice instruments etc. 

ROAR: Riverbed is an exceptional first song and obviously received awesome feedback. When can we expect to hear some more music from you guys?

Septembers: Haha well, that is the question on our lips too. I am currently about to start my third and final year of uni, as well as pretty much working full time as a Youth Worker and doing two days at an internship in Sydney every week. I try to write when I have some time, but it's getting crazy and the only time I have to write is whilst driving somewhere. I end up recording it on my phone and then forgetting about it! We will hopefully release some more music in the next few months.

ROAR: Recently your song 'Riverbed' was played on Triple J radio which is pretty much every Australian musicians dream. How does it feel to get some recognition from the most famous radio station in the country?

Septembers: It feels bloody amazing! I didn't even know we were going to be played. I was at work one day and a couple of my friends texted me saying "You're on Triple J right now!" I thought it was a joke at first! James and I were both ecstatic!

ROAR: When and where can we see some live music from 'The Septembers'?

Septembers: Again, we hope soon, but we can't make any promises. A big part of the strategy I am trying to employ is to try and do targeted gigs. The problem with Newcastle is that the venues for original music are quite limited. I think we may not start gigging for a while, we first have to get a band together as at the moment it is just James and myself. When we do our first gig, we want to be well prepared, we want it to be cool and we want to do it in a venue with awesome sound. We don't just want to gig for the sake of gigging - people become sick of you if you oversaturate the place with too many gigs. So I guess we will have to wait for a lull in our schedules before we do our first gig. 

ROAR: Now that you have some recognition and momentum, what is the plan for the rest of this year?

Septembers: I plan on writing as much as time will allow. Then our first point of action would be to release another song. But this time there will be some marketing building up to the release, we will send out some media releases and try and do it properly. Riverbed was just myself, James and the computer. We may get more instruments and get a band together for other recordings. I think we will then try and work on a live show, practice and make it interesting and different. James and I are hoping to move overseas in the near future, so our first gig could be our farewell gig, who knows.

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Lynnette Lounsbury: Author

We are so pleased to share our first author as a part of the ROAR network. Lynette has taken the time to talk about her love of writing and what it takes to publish a book. We have known Lynette during her journey to achieving her dream of publishing a book and we were so excited to enter our local bookstore and be able to purchase 'Afterworld' off the shelf.  It is a fantastic story with adventure, excitement and love. It's definitely a book we couldn't put down and if your after a good read it is available at all good book stores and online. Follow Lynnette's author page on Facebook and get an insight into her writing experience below.

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ROAR: Tell us a bit about how writing became such an important part of your life. Were you always into it?

Lynnette: Yes – always into it. My dad used to get the Sunday paper when I was a kid and there was a section for young writers. I was so incredibly desperate to get published in there (partly because there were also prizes, I admit) that I wrote a poem entitled “Autumn”. It wasn’t very good, it wasn’t even metaphorical, but it did rhyme and it got published and I got to bring it in to my Year 2 class for “News”. I started writing longer stories in high school and would fill up school books with them and then pass them around to other girls in my class and get them to read and write reviews in the back. These stories were either really tragic love stories or fantasy tales about unicorns. I studied writing at University (I’m still studying it!). I’ve worked as a freelance writer doing everything from health writing for newspapers to travel reviews for websites and advice columns in a bridal magazine. I even wrote an article for “Birdkeeping Australia” once. It’s just one of those things I feel compelled to do. That’s not to say that words just flow out of me, it’s still very hard work, but I do it because I love it.

ROAR: Where did the ideas, characters and story of 'Afterworld' come from? How long did it take to complete the whole process?

Lynette: I remember the exact moment I had the idea, I loved it so much I called Jim (my husband) straight away and told him I was going to write the book. I like tragedies and I just thought it would be great to follow a story all the way passed the tragic ending where the hero died. The ideas are a mix of my historical studies (I teach ancient Egyptian and Roman history) and my interest in spirituality. I’ve read quite a bit about global consciousness – the idea that group beliefs are very powerful - and so I explored that idea with the afterlife. “What if the afterlife is a mixture of everything everyone has ever believed about death?” And since that would mean thousands of years of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman belief – those featured quite heavily. 

The characters came from all over the place. Dom is the sort of teenager who doesn’t usually get portrayed in books as a hero. He is quite depressive, he feels out of place in his skin, his family and his country. I wanted him to be someone who isn’t really enjoying his life. I thought that person would be an interesting person to follow into death. Kaide is based on a girl I went to high school with – she had an astonishing personality. No matter what happened in her life (and plenty of difficult things happened to her), she floated above it all – she just loved life. I’ve always been inspired by the way she chose to see the best all the time.

Satarial is based on a character in the Book of Enoch, an ancient Jewish manuscript that talks about the “Watchers” who were part angel and part human. Anubis is based on both the Egyptian god and the Norse god Loki. He is one of the gods, but he doesn’t fit in and spends his time causing trouble. My favourite character is Eduardo, the tragic romantic (who was based on the mythological angel Metatron, “The Guardian”). He is tired and pathetic, but at the same time incredibly strong and incorruptible.

ROAR: What events lead to finding a publisher and getting the book published and in book stores? What were some highlights and also some challenges?

Lynnette: It took about two years to finish the first draft of the manuscript. After that I sent it to Allen&Unwin. They were the only people I sent it to. About six weeks later they emailed me with some questions about the story and then after a couple of meetings with one of their publishers they offered me a book deal. It was a really positive experience for me, they are all incredibly supportive professionals. Then I had to learn a great deal of patience because it took another two years before the book was actually released. During that time I rewrote it, lengthened it, shortened it and worked with a fantastic editor on fixing all the little things you can’t see as a writer. This was really challenging. I’ve cut out whole chapters from my original story and condensed three books into one. It’s hard to do that as a writer because you become attached to your story. Possibly the greatest highlight was seeing the cover. I didn’t have any say in the design but when I saw it I knew it was exactly right for the story. It’s all about walking into the light rather than out of it. Posting off a copy to my high school English teacher was also an amazing feeling.

ROAR: Now that the book is out in all book stores and available online what is the plan? Do you have book signings, events etc.

Lynnette: At the moment I am doing a lot of online interviews with the blogging world and we have a big launch party and reading happening in April in Sydney that should be fun. There will be plenty of invites available to the public to this too, so people can watch my Facebook author page for details on that and I’d love to see them. And of course I’m well underway on two other books.

ROAR: We think it would be an awesome film as well! Any plans there?

Lynnette: Ah… yes. Well, that is the plan. If you’ve read the book though, then you know it’s not a “small-budget” film, so it will have to be the right people to make this one. I have, of course, cast the movie in head already…

ROAR: Could you give some advice to people dreaming of being a writer and one day publishing a book?

Lynnette: The hardest part, by far, is actually getting the words onto the paper. People talk about how difficult finding a publisher is, and that wasn’t my experience at all. Even if that doesn’t work out for you, you can always publish your own work. Just get it down. And don’t convince yourself you will write when you have more time. We have to write around jobs and kids and travel and illness and life… parts of Afterworld were literally written at a speed of one sentence a day… but I got it done.  One of my favourite quotes is by Earl Nightingale and it sums up my advice to all other writers – “Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

 

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Chrystal Fitzgerald: Creative Soul

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Photo by Chris Prestige www.atdusk.com.au

Last year we took a few weeks off to travel to one of our favourite places, Bali. While we were there we stopped in at Deus Temple of Enthusiasm, Canggu. As we were wandering around admiring all their amazing motorbikes, we found ourselves out the back where they shape surfboards. We noticed some amazing Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards and then we noticed Joel Fitzgerald. What a lucky day, to catch Joel and his beautiful wife Chrystal at work designing and shaping their boards. They were so lovely, they took time out of their day to chat with us. We talked about the process you go through, from design to finish, to shape a board. You could see they are passionate about what they do. We have kept in contact with Joel and Chrystal and the journey that they are on and are excited to share a bit of that with you. Chrystal has taken the time to chat with us about her life, passions, creativity, designs and ideas about community and collaboration. 

You can follow Chrystal on her personal blog, creative media websitefacebook, @dawnwolfdreamer for instagram and view Joel Fitzgerald surfboards on their website 

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ROAR: You are a woman of many creative talents such as filmmaking, photography, design, craft, surfing and more. Were these passions instilled in you growing up? Who played a role in supporting your creativity?

Chrystal: Thank you for your kind words and proposing such thoughtful questions. It is an honour for me to respond and although I have yet to see myself in some of these ways I am living into it :) In answer to your first question; Yes art and craft were instilled in me at a very young age. My mother Julia read to my sister Leilani and I every day, and when my grandmother Heather was visiting she too would tell us stories. Storytelling and playing outdoors were our primary sources of joy and entertainment. When we weren't horse back riding, building forts or adventuring my sister Leilani and I were at the public library. I also had the rich Hawaiian culture around me from an early age. 

Making flower leis, wreaths, ti leaf skirts, singing songs, dancing and just talking story were also big parts of my childhood. These traditions continue to be a source of creative strength and inspiration for me. 

My mother played an integral role in my creative development and still does. She always supported me in all that I wanted to do and enrolled me in sewing, piano, hula and theater classes to see what I enjoyed most. She always made time for me and asked me what I wanted to do. Sports and arts were and still are far more interesting to her then my socialistic achievements. 

During my early life there were a few caring teachers that encouraged me, however the people that fostered and helped me develop my love for film and visual story telling were from the Academy for Creative Media, at the University of Hawaii. Which is where I received my Bachelors of Arts in Creative Media and how I initially came to Australia in 2006. Presently, my mother, sister, friends, and husband Joel continue to support me in all of my creative pursuits.

ROAR: Where did you grow up and how did your environment play a role in making you who you are today?

Chrystal: I was raised by my mother Julia alongside my sister Leilani in the Ka'u desert on the island of Hawai'i' for most of my youth. It was there in the Wild landscape of Pele's lava trail that I was home schooled in a community of like minded individuals. In this fringe community, down dirt roads, we lived 'off the grid', no running water, or electricity, and at times without four walls.  Less distractions made this natural lifestyle integral in the preservation and nurturing of my creativity and imagination. Hence my childhood has and continues to shape my personal development. 

ROAR: What are some creations and designs that you have been involved in recently and currently that you are excited and passionate about?

Chrystal: Recently I have been involved in the creative design of surfboards, short films and my own personal art. Of these what is bringing me much joy are my dreamcatchers, which I hand-craft from primarily recycled, repurposed, vintage and found beach treasures. I am also involved in the creative processes within my husband and business partner Joel Fitzgerald's surfboards. Vintage fabrics, color, texture, anything old that has a life and story, enchant and excite me. 

On the film side I have been inspired by the collective up rising of women, by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and the company I keep. Lauren L Hill and I worked on a short video a few months ago and that has inspired me to tell more of my own stories, something that I have known for a long time was coming. This is exciting time in my life as I am stepping out in new ways. Here is a link to the project that I am currently developing 'Vignettes of the Slide'  it is like life ever evolving :)

ROAR: We have noticed that you collaborate with and support other creative inspirational people. Tell us your thoughts on collaboration and community and give us a couple of examples where you have seen this flourish in your local community.

Chrystal: We are designed for community. The people I surround myself with are all my mentors and profound sources of inspiration. Examples of successful collaborations are prevalent in the Byron Bay community. An example close to me is the collaboration between Joel Fitzgerald Surfboards and artist/laminator Matt Yates. Some beautiful one of a kind surfboards that are truly works of art have been the result. Another example is the  Byron Bay Surf Festival, which is what I believe to be a collaborative event. There are many other local examples in the fashion, and arts community here in the shire as well. The numbers of collaborations are growing all the time as people see the mutual benefit of sharing skills, trading, being of service.

ROAR: We see you as a great role model for young women. What is some advice you would give to girls growing up trying to figure out who they are and what they what to give and achieve in life?

Chrystal: The advice I have for growing girls is to truly follow your heart, be brave with this following and always always trust your intuition. I also encourage you to remember that God lives in each of us and we all have the power to reach the dreams of purpose, which we are given. Rely on God's vision for you and ask for help when every you are faced with doubt, prayer is a powerful gift. Along with prayer and persistence make time to play daily :)

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I have just started a group called the Women's Evolvement Party, my ultimate goal is to be of service to a larger community of Women for personal and global healing. At the moment we are gathering for book club and women's circles, in the future we plan to take more active roles in the community and overseas :) Click here to view the site.

ROAR: What is something you are really excited about for 2014?

Chrystal: Today! Yes each moment is a miracle. Other things I am excited about are going home to Hawai'i' Nei, day dreams, a feature film that I am working on with dear friends, traveling and collaborating with like minded people on creative projects.

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Photo by Anthony Dodds

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Marty & Nat: 3Fish

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Since the beginning of Rebel on a Rainbow, we were always keeping an eye out for the right clothing company to align with to make our shirts. Whilst in Western Australia on a van adventure we met a wonderful person who told us about the awesome company 3Fish Fairtrade Organic Clothing Company. We were excited to find out it was an Australian business based in Victoria started by a beautiful and loving family.  Marty and Natalie Dillon are truly amazing people who we were fortunate enough to visit on their property and get a firsthand look into their sustainable lifestyle and how their inspirational brand started out.  Read on to learn more about 3Fish and how you get involved in supporting this wonderful business.  We have also included a couple of pictures of the Rebel on a Rainbow shirts we got 3Fish to make for us.  We couldn't be happier with their quality!

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ROAR: How did 3Fish come to life and who are the founders?

Marty & Nat: 3Fish is the distillation of many ideas, over many years. Both of us are the founders of 3Fish. We had travelled extensively in developing countries before having children, and so developed an affinity for working with people from all over the world, a genuine interest in getting to know people in small local communities, and a passion for creating a business that created opportunity for all. Before 3Fish, life in the big pond included for Marty, working with Promotif, and Corporate Express and for Natalie, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Arthur Robinson & Hedderwicks, Vanguard Investments and Local Government.

The arrival of children and the journey into parenthood brought all this into focus.  We decided that when our kids ask us about global warming, environmental degradation, child labour and sweatshops we wanted to be able to say that we did something to make a difference. So we decided to create a clothing company – lets create the perfect tee said Marty. And so it began...we’ve been perfecting the craft of the perfect tee since then! We are married and share this journey with 3 children; Zoe (10), Jasper (9) and Ethan (7). “Our kids are growing up with sustainability as a baseline to their lives, and an understanding that there is much greater similarity amongst the peoples of the world than differences, and that we can all effect change."

ROAR: What is the purpose of 3 fish?

Marty & Nat: By establishing our company ethos as “Do The Right Thing”, every internal system, every decision, every goal we set, our entire business planning process, every improvement we make in our systems, is geared toward creating the most sustainable company we can, minimising our footprint and maximising the benefit we can create with every single item we produce. 

Our goals and objectives revolve around:

  • creating a commercially successful business with a foundation of social and environmental responsibility; 
  • providing a quality alternative for individuals and organisations who wish to purchase sustainable, ethical clothing in Australia;
  • continually developing our world class ethical supply chain, free of sweatshops and child labour, with a positive environmental impact; and
  • through this tackle extreme poverty through trade.

ROAR: Why organic cotton and fair trade?

Marty & Nat: After extensive research into the international garment industry we were horrified to learn the following statistics:

  • 1.4 billion people live on less than $2 per day
  • 160 million children aged 5-14 years are engaged in labor around the world
  • 22,000 children die in employment per annum
  • Approximately 1000 conventional cotton farmers commit suicide annually in central India because of the overwhelming debt cycle
  • in 2008 the production of conventional cotton used over 284 million pounds of pesticides in the United States alone, with hundreds of millions more pounds sprayed worldwide.  Additionally, seven of the ten pesticides most commonly sprayed on cotton are on the EPA’s list of known, probable, or likely human carcinogens.

After extensive research, including walking our supply chain to the absolute source and meeting the farmers who grow our cotton on the cotton fields of central Maharashtra, we selected India as the location to source our organic cotton because India is the perfect environment to grow cotton.  The organic cotton used in 3Fish garments is 75% rain-fed by the monsoonal rains of India, which is the largest rain event on earth, and handpicked. We estimate that through the sales of our fairtrade organic cotton garments, caps and bags, 11.3 Tonnes of pesticides & insecticides have not been used in production since of first orders in August 2008. We also selected India as our manufacturing base as we could achieve all our fairtrade, and organic cotton certifications in service providers, who are also able to meet our quality specifications in closer proximity to the cotton fields, limiting the movement of our product, and thereby making achievement of carbon neutral status more commercially viable.  

Producing our products sustainably and ethically is about so much more than simply using sustainable materials in production.   We decided that instead of the traditional trade-off between People, Profits and Planet in conventional supply chains, we would aim for a balance of these 3 elements:

  • People – ensure people are paid fair price for their labor and that they are employed in decent conditions
  • Profits – a more even distribution of profits along the supply chain
  • Planet – manufacturing as sustainably as possible to protect the planet

We demonstrate this by treating the owners of factories as business partners with the universal principals of trust, respect and integrity, paying deposits in advance, including pre-ordering of fairtrade organic cotton yarn; we want our factories to make profit on our orders. 3Fish prides itself on selecting and working with supply partners who treat their employees with respect, pay them a fair price for their labor, provide safe and hygienic working conditions and are in no way involved with child labour.    

We also decided to set our goals at achieving the absolute best standards possible to contribute to solving these.  To that end we set our garment standards as the following:

  • Fairtrade Certified, FLO ID 20301
  • Australian Certified Organic ACO Licence No.11058W
  • Only use GOTS certified Dyes and Inks (Global Organic Textile Standard)
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ROAR: What types of clients do you provide clothing for?

Mart & Nat: The 3Fish client is atypical.  Overwhelmingly, they are lovely people with their heart in the right place, with a commitment to quality and a design aesthetic, set amongst a strong world view. We work with large and small companies and organisations that seek their merchandise to reflect their values.  We work with both fledgling brands and some well known names to create fabulous garments that are great on every level.  

Some people come to us because they’ve heard we make a fab tee.  Some people come to us because they love the way our organic cotton tees and hoodies feel – they might have bought a tee at a concert, or come across us on the necklabel of an event tee or a company they admire.  Some people hear about our design focus, that we love creating garments that range well or engage and support their campaign or brand message. Some people come to us because they might of heard about us in a University Supply Chain management Case Study! A friend of my parents was at a U3A lecture and 3Fish flashed up on the big screen!

We also do a lot of work with not-for-profit organizations who look for their brands and campaigns to be well represented through quality garments and great designs, but who also understand the ripple effect of their choices and who also have the desire to inspire and empower their staff by walking their talk through what they wear. Often times, companies and organizations come to us because of the passion and vision of just one person within their organization, someone who says “fairtrade is important” or “organic cotton is better for the environment”, and who stuck their neck out to make their point.

ROAR: How has doing 3 fish changed your life and your outlook on the world?

Marty & Nat: Through the work of our clients we are continually left breathless by the enormity of some of their work.  Our world view is continually expanded and coloured by the magnificent people we get to work with every day.  Of course working with our supply chain partners means that as a business we are intrinsically linked to happenings around the globe and so we are continually reminded how interconnected we are. 3Fish has enabled us to work in a manner that reflects our values both personally and professionally.  And it means we can create a work life that is flexible with the ebbs and flows of family life.

ROAR: What are some exciting things happening in the future for 3 fish?

Marty & Nat: These days, commercially speaking, 3Fish is at the forefront of sustainable business practices, and is a leader in creating and facilitating change and inspiring innovation in environmental, social and economic sustainability across a wide variety of channels. More and more we understand the need to help people, companies and organisations undertake this journey, to help them take the first step, to have a positive experience and gradually expand the reach of their ethical purchases.  We get excited every time a new client comes on board and makes that change.  We get even more excited when they get excited about how much their customers or staff love their new fairtrade, organic cotton merchandise.

Why is every single one so exciting? – because every single one, is part of the picture that gives consistent demand to our factories, and thereby the cotton farmers along our supply chain, who then lead lives of opportunity and dignity.  Its the sound of healthy happy communities, educating their own children, boys and girls, for fabulous self determined futures.  We’re pretty happy doing that every day!

You can contact 3 Fish by their website, click here 3Fish and follow their business on facebook as well, click here 3Fish Facebook

 

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Below are pictures of our Rebel on a Rainbow shirts which 3Fish made for us. We are so happy with the quality and feel of these shirts and everyone who has purchased them always comments on how much better the quality of 3Fish shirts are compared with others.

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Vibes on The Green

We had an intimate gathering for our final Vibes on the Green for 2013. The music was great, we had everything from spanish style guitar, originals pieces, classic covers and an instrumental jam. It was so nice to just lay out your picnic blanket and chairs and let the sweet tunes entertain and relax you. Throughout the day, Jack and Harry, some of the Central Coasts funkiest artists, transformed a car into a work of art. They used spray paint to turn a bleak old hatch into a colourful and fun car to drive. This event is a place for the local arts community to come together and support each other and share their talents with friends, family and other locals. It has been such a successful event and we at ROAR love supporting Jai from Munjang Adventures in any way we can. We look forward to more art and music collaborations in 2014!

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Brayden Wilkinson: Artist & Skate Brand

Brayden is a talented young Graphic designer and artist from Newcastle, Australia. I was lucky enough to teach him at School when I was a full time teacher. As a teenager Brayden was constantly sketching and designing ideas in and out of class. His classmates and I knew he was going places with his art. It is so exciting to see that he has started his own skate and design business with Head Quarters. We hope that you are as inspired as us to check out his adventure in starting his own business. We at ROAR will be keeping a close eye on Brayden for sure, as he follows his dreams and uses his talents to offer something fresh to the community.

ROAR: What inspired you to get into art?

Brayden: When I think back on when I first started drawing or being "arty", I was definitely most inspired by my older sister. We were and still are pretty competitive throughout most of the things we do together. I used to see all her sketches and water colourings she would leave scattered throughout the house and it became something of a goal to be as great as I saw her to be. As time passed and I was found constantly drawing on desks or my arms during class, staying up till morning hours trying to imitate other artists work that I would find online. Driven to learn their line work and produce my own originals. After that, I was just very lucky to have received an overwhelming amount of positive reinforcement from family, friends and peers at school, which only put fuel on the fire for me to seek out art to be a lifestyle that I wanted for myself.

ROAR: What types of art are you involved in and what types do you enjoy the most?

Brayden: I tend to do a lot of doodling. And these doodles tend to be focused around previous conversations I have had with friends about our childish ideas and imaginations. A lot of my art tends to be cartoons with a dash of japanese influence. All my art starts out as pencil on paper and eventually make their way onto a computer screen to be digitally coloured in or adjusted slightly. But I do love nothing more than to sit down with a screen full of japanese tattoo designs and just become inspired to create my own pieces, drawing waves, masks, demons, foo dogs, dragons and the list goes on. I find it to be such a beautiful balance between detailed line work and serene simplicity that it demands you to focus and almost meditate on what you are trying to create.

ROAR: We heard you have started a brand with your art?  Tell us a bit about it?

Brayden: I've got a brand named Head Quarters, and it started when I was out skateboarding a couple of months ago, and one of my mates was raving about how sick the design was on the bottom of his board. And all I remember thinking was "I can do that". So I decided try and walk the walk, make a few phone calls and start putting plans together to get a business going. It's all still very much trial and error at this stage, with getting stock and trying to maintain funds. But I'm having fun and thoroughly enjoying the experience so far.

ROAR: Where can people check out your work?

Brayden: Most of my work and the lead up to finished projects gets put up onto my instagram @bwiliknson, up at the loop www.theloop.com.au, I also have facebook.com/hqskate but not to much is really going to get posted up there until more of my business plans really get nutted out.

ROAR: What are some exciting things planned for you and your art in the near future?

Brayden: I am a little excited about a couple of projects I've got coming up. I've got some work with an emerging band The Crispens, which has been so fun just to have artistic freedom with these boys that have just come back from winning the hunter schools rock off. But I'm looking forward to a collaboration I've got coming up with one of my friends projects called the Secret Cabin, everything is a bit hush hush keep it on the down low at the moment. But it's gonna be supercali-friggen-awesome.



Thanks for sharing your art and a bit of your story with ROAR. We are so excited to see where this venture take you. Good luck!

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Vibes on the Green: Music & Arts Event

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We folks at ROAR spent some time brainstorming together with our cousin Amy and the Co-founders of Munjang Adventures  (Jai & Josh) whilst surfing and sipping lattes on The Black Cats East Coast 2013 music tour. One of our key focus points was planning and supporting community projects or events that promote and inspires local creative talent in the areas of art, music and surf/skate culture. We are also passionate about encouraging our youth in making positive life choices and being responsible for their environment and surroundings.  

We started out with organising back yard afternoon jams, after a day at the beach, in our local area on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia. These were called 'Munjang Rebel' Back Yard Jams, which involved some talented artists creating art projects whilst musicians provided some tunes and of course we had a tasty BBQ!

Regrouping after a successful jam we had an enthusiastic debrief and decided that there was opportunity to grow our event in the wider community. Jai fortunately ran into a local Council worker (Janette) at a local Cafe from Greater Toukley Vision (this organisation supports growth and popularity of local businesses in Toukley) and she responded with support of our ideas and passion.

Through this opportunity 'Vibes on the Green' was created and we were back at the ipads and laptops going through our creative social networks organising musicians and artists to share their talents with our community. Our goal is to make this event a well known music and arts day for the coast, where we all come together with like minded creative people and support and encourage each other.

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Jamie Isaac: Photographer

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Jamie is an inspirational teenager from the Central Coast, NSW Australia. He respects the environment and values our beautiful coastline. Of a weekend Jamie spends most of his free time exploring the under water world of rock caves, wave formations and wild life. He also loves going to the mountains and capturing waterfalls. We at ROAR totally connect with this lifestyle and we are so happy to share his talent and joy of living.

ROAR: Tell us a bit about yourself and where you're from

Jamie: I was born in South Africa but moved to Australia when I was just a baby, and I've been brought up by a "beach/nature loving" family. There's nothing better in my eyes then getting away with the family. If were not at the beach, you'll find us exploring the bush, looking for waterfalls, good views or a secluded camp site where we might spend the night to just get away.

ROAR:  Who and what events inspired you to get into photography?

Jamie: I got given a GoPro for my birthday from my parents and I guess it all started from there. I was literally just filming everything, not having much of a clue what I was doing, but I loved the fact that I could capture a moment that I thought was special and share it with others. By getting out and constantly finding new environments to take pictures, and with advice and help from experienced photographers and friends, I'm getting better all the time. 

ROAR: What types of photography do you enjoy the most?

Jamie: My favourite type of photography involves the "natural world". I like exploring reefs and taking pictures of whatever I find appealing. If the surf is up I'll head to the beach and try my luck with getting some pictures inside some barrels, but if not I'll head inland looking for waterfalls or just a good looking scenery

ROAR: What equipment do you use mostly?

Jamie: I mainly use a GoPro hero 3 Black edition on top of a GoPole "reach" to do all of my action/underwater photography, and a Canon 350D for the rest.

ROAR: Is this a hobby or are you looking to this as a career?

Jamie: At this stage it's a hobby, maybe sell a few prints here and there but I'm not sure where my photography will take me and that's the best bit about it.

ROAR: What exciting things have you got planned with your photography in the future?

Jamie: Well I'm really keen to get a new camera, I'm looking at the Canon 60D and in time save up for an underwater housing for it. I'd also love to go to a few markets with my pictures hopefully selling a few prints and making some money to help fund my hobby.

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Thanks for sharing a bit of your story Jamie. It is so great to hear that your family love the out doors and that they have passed their passion on to you. Nature can be the most amazing experience, and its accessible to everyone.  We are so happy that you are making the most of it! We love your photos and your outlook, good luck with your market stall and future photo taking.

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Leticia & Gary: Sea Stoke

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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.

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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! 

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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. 

If you would like to follow and be a part of the Sea Stoke adventures, click on the links below. 

 

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Andrew Warhurst: Longboarder & Shaper

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We met Andy at The Snowy Longboard Classic at Manly earlier this year.  He is such a humble and talented individual.  Not only is he a stylish longboarder but Andy is also an amazing shaper, glasser and board designer.  Rebel on a Rainbow were super excited to get an opportunity to feature an insight into Andy's inspiring and passionate life.  

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  ROAR: How did surfing become both your lifestyle and career?

Andy: Well of course I wanted to be a beach bum when I was in school and surfboard makers looked like they had the closest thing to that, besides pro surfers obviously. I wanted to drop out and get a trade but still be able to surf whenever I wanted, fortunately I was able to pick up a job in a board manufacturing factory but training under the trade “boat building apprenticeship” so I studied boat building at tafe and learned the art of board building at work. Fast forward nearly ten years and I’m lucky to say I stuck it out and have maintained the lifestyle and the career.

ROAR: Who has been an inspiration to you in your adventurous life?

Andy: First of all I’d have to say my dad, he got me into surfing when I was pretty young and would tell me stories of his surf adventures along the Victorian coastline in the late 60s and 70s.

Also friends I've made over the years, you meet so many interesting people in life and their outlook on adventure and stuff like that can really change the way you look at life.

Last but not least, my family. They are super cool and have always supported me and inspired me.

ROAR: What are some of the challenges you have been faced with in the surf industry?

Andy: Things are really coming around now, for years the sort of surfing and equipment I was into was very frowned upon by 99% of the surfing world, at least in Victoria where I'm from. It was frustrating to get heckled down the beach or out at parties for riding alternative equipment opposed to the 6’2” white thruster the pros shred on.

In the last 5 years that’s really turned around and its great to see. People are riding all sorts of things and its pretty rare to find crew these days who only ride your clear dhd or al merrick. 

Recent struggles in the industry are a lot different, because the alternative thing is so popular now. You have so many new brands popping up with guys who have no experience smashing out a few rough shapes and doing some arty, more often than not poor glass work and people eat that shit up man. They charge half the price as what premium board makers would and the average consumer complains about the price enough as it is, now you’ve got 10 other guys down the road charging less and cleaning up. Its kinda replaced the chinese problem we had a decade ago. I'm all about new guys getting into it and enjoying it but when guys make a board for themselves then start selling boards, getting stickers made and building websites without paying dues, it really rubs people the wrong way.

ROAR: Who are some of your favourite surfers to go on road trips with and why?

Andy: Usually guys I've spent lots of time with over the years. Guys like my good mate surfer/surf photographer Scott Wintle. Scotty’s always good for a laugh and he's spent a lot of time cruising up and down the coast. A few mates I grew up surfing with, Steve Thorne and Trent Burgers are always pretty good value. They're guys who I have been through a lot with and surfed all different kinds of waves and drank all different kinds of beers with.

In the last few years i've been doing a lot of surf trips with Matty Chojnacki from Sydney. We've known each other a long time and we get on really well and both have a great deal of respect for each other. Matty shreds on anything and its good to see someone of his ability surfing and sharing waves with everyone and not letting ego get the better of him.

ROAR: What has been your favourite surf adventure and why?

Andy: To be honest I think the earlier days for me were when I really frothed on the adventure of surfing. Actually what I mean is in the earlier days, I was stoked a lot easier, I didn’t have to go on a big long trip and get barreled all day. When I look back I reckon my favourite adventure was camping down at our local break when we were 14. My buddy Steve and I were full throttle grom frothers, our home break was a relatively uncrowded log wave on Viccos Mornington Peninsula called Pines, these days its packed and every hipster and his dog or pet pig or whatever is down there camping and having fires. Back then it was awesome, our folks would drop us off whenever there was gonna be a big swell and we’d just camp there for days and surf amazing waves with just a few old boys. I'd say the best time was the time the thunder storm and rain destroyed our tent, our sleeping bags were soaked through, so we ended up sleeping on the floor of the women's toilet they have in the carpark, obviously the womens was cleaner than the mans haha. In the morning we got up and it was still dark but u could make out perfect lines going across the reef, we suited up and surfed perfect 4-5 ft Pines with no one else for like half an hour, and back then when it did get crowded there was still only 10 maybe 15 guys in the water and we knew them all. That’d have to be one of my favourites for sure. Over ten years on and me and my buddy still talk about that one all the time.

ROAR: Tell us some things your excited about in your future?

Andy: Moving up to noosa this year has been a big change for me, meeting a whole new group of surfers, surfing totally different waves to what there is on offer in vicco, I'm excited for the times ahead. I'm still getting better and better when it comes to making boards so that excites me a lot, when I get a really neat board coming through with cool colours and stuff, it really gets me amping.

I think what I'm most excited about is getting to fine tune my shapes in the perfect waves here and seeing how far I can grow with my surfing, on all types of boards. Adrian Knott and I have recently setup our new factory where we do our label Rake Surfboards out of and just getting that back off the ground in a new state has been hard work but very exciting. Things have started off a bit slow here but theyre starting to pick up, people are seeing our boards floating round again and intrest is gaining. I'm just gonna keep on truckin and doing my thing and hopefully I can surf and pay the bills along the way.

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Check out the clip below of Andy and his mate Matt by Nicholas Damen.

Thanks heaps Andy for giving us an insight into the alternative surf culture and the comeback of longboarding. If our readers want to follow more of Andy's adventures and check out the amazing boards he shapes, glasses and designs check out the links below. There is also another awesome clip featuring Andy surfing. He has epic style! 

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