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Tarsh & Cuzzie: The Apparel Collective

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Tarsh & Cuzzie: The Apparel Collective

ROAR: What is 'The Apparel Collective' and who is involved?

T&C: The Apparel Collective is our lifestyle... or a brand that allows us our lifestyle. Haha. There's myself (Tarsh), Jase (Cuzzie) and Byron (our Palm Beach store manager). Jase and I started The Apparel Collective in 2013 after a string of pop up stores around the area. We popped up in Freshwater and loved it so much we stayed. It's a store that offers an eclectic mix of fashion,art, antiques and boards.

ROAR: We love your style and every time we are in Freshwater we love dropping in. When you go about setting up your store what thoughts come to mind to add a vibe and culture that make people want to hang out?

T&C: The store has really grown into what it is today quite organically. We set out to create a space that we would want to hang out in and somewhere we would want to shop. The vibe is very much a reflection of us and the stuff we love. The local vibe of Freshie has definitely influenced the store with a lot of the art, antiques and small brands
coming from the locals.

ROAR: Starting a business is challenging and it is clear that you are doing very well with two stores in Australia in a short amount of time. What are a couple of challenges and also some highlights so far?

T&C: The challenge and the highlights are kinda the same for us... having never initially set out to be a permanent retail store I think our biggest challenge has been in learning as we go...everything has been new to us and so we learn as we go, this has also been a bit of an
asset to us as we're not stuck in our ways about how things 'should be.' The highlight has been creating a business that we enjoy and that allows us to travel and go exploring, surfing and snowboarding for a good chunk of the year!

ROAR: You both obviously love travel and the whole lifestyle that goes with skate, surf, snowboarding gear. What has been your number one adventure and why?

T&C: Umm...thats a tough question but the number one adventure (which is now more of an annual one) is Snowboarding in the Japanese backcountry.


ROAR: What are some exciting things in the future your working toward with your brand?

T&C: Lots of exciting things on the horizon...we're just about to launch a studio space called Los Amigo Studios with a buddy of ours along with a rad little clothing collection. Goodtimes ahead!

Jason: 0451 677 101 Tarsha: 0403 690 192
e: theapparelcollective@gmail.com
w: www.theapparelcollective.com
Facebook @theapparelcollective instagram

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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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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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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! 

Photo by Stella Crick

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Servio & Annie: Akela Surf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Leticia & Gary: Sea Stoke

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

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.

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

Leticia and Gary

Leticia and Gary

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! 

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

By Gary Parker

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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Deus Ex Machina & Guest Shaper Joel Fitzgerald

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

 

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

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A fresh Joel Fitzgerald board about to be finished

A fresh Joel Fitzgerald board about to be finished

Victor the local glasser

Victor the local glasser

Joel showing us his Rasta inspired board

Joel showing us his Rasta inspired board

Chrystal talking design with Jess and Sam

Chrystal talking design with Jess and Sam

Riman local shredder supported by Deus

Riman local shredder supported by Deus

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

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