Do you live in New York City? Have you been to Saturdays Surf NYC, an apparel company/art gallery/surfboard retailer/coffee shop (amazing combination, right?!)? It opened in August 2009, so, sadly, I left New York before its existence and just recently discovered the shop while browsing the web. It sounds like a pretty rad place:
“In addition to clothing, the up-front espresso bar serves their own blend of La Colombe coffee brewed by some of the best baristas in the city. Out back, the fully planted yard acts as a wood-decked sanctuary from the streets. It is a place to enjoy your coffee, hang out with friends or have a quiet meeting…In the years since Saturdays opened, it has served as a hang out for some of New York’s most influential artists, surfers and thinkers, all of whom have helped redefine what it means to live, work and surf in New York City.”
Saturdays Surf NYC
31 Crosby St.
New York NY, 10013
I’m loving this Billabong Bliss swimsuit! It reminds me of painted watercolors and clear blue skies with hints of pastels. SUMMER!
photos via Billabong Girls Australia
I’m in love with tribal, Aztec, southwestern imagery and designs, so when I saw Ellie’s post about Folklands, I was in love. These designs, by Sydney based artist John-Michael Papagianopoulos, can be seen on paper, clothing, buildings, skateboards, and more. I think it is fantastic when an artist has a signature style that can be translated across medium and material. These designs would make great tattoos…
Congratulations to Russell Brownley for winning Best Young Director in France! Russell shot, edited, and directed Gum For My Boat, a story of hope focusing on the members of the Bangladesh Surf Club. Here’s the full-length film for your viewing, so pop some popcorn and enjoy the show!
Inspired by this story and want to get involved? Visit Surfing the Nations.
Exciting news! A friend and Jedidiah crew member, Kahana Kalama, is opening a surf-inspired clothing and craft store, Aloha Sunday, in North Park – San Diego this Saturday! I received an email from him today where he described his inspiration and vision for the new space:
“Growing up in Hawaii I was enthralled by the commonly used phrase “Aloha Friday” which is basically a celebration of the end of the workweek. As a play on this concept I’m calling the shop Aloha Sunday… a challenge and encouragement to live passionately and in a way that celebrates the days ahead.”
Kahana is an amazing individual who loves God, loves people, loves surfing, and loves creativity – all of which show through in everything he does. Here is another snippet from his email that shows just how awesome he is:
“More than anything, I’m writing this email to tell you thanks… thanks for being rad, thanks for the support, and regardless of the stature of your contribution to my life I’d just like you to know that you have inspired me.”
If you’re in the area, don’t miss the grand opening this Saturday, May 7th from 5-9pm at 3118 University Avenue in North Park – San Diego.
I’ve been incredibly busy since the beginning of March (notice my inconsistency and lack of posts), and all I keep thinking about is surfing. I miss the ocean so badly (a true Florida girl) and cannot wait until the day when I can surf again. Sitting out there in the hot sun with the cool water surrounding me as I looked to the horizon…no better feeling! It is where I find true, incomparable peace.
Photo via The Surf-Shop.
Photography, good photography, is always inspiring to me. I am fascinated by photographers who can capture a story or a feeling in one still image.
Haley McBride is a photographer who gets amazing shots in a wide range of subject matters including fashion, surf, nature, and more. You would think that a photographer who shoots a variety of themes would have one portfolio stronger than the others, but all of Haley’s work displays her skill and talent at their best.
Gum For My Boat is a story of Hope focusing on the Bangladesh Surf Club and its members. The club consists of more than 30 boys and girls and is helping to introduce surfing into a culture in a very unconventional method. Many of the children are street kids or come from very poor families. Some don’t even know how to swim, but their love for surfing brings them together and into a way of life they never even knew existed. An ocean that was once deemed off limits due to fear and a very conservative Islamic culture is now becoming source of fun, escape and even a chance for a way to make a living. Follow professional surfer, Kahana Kalama, as he works with Surfing The Nations and learns from these kids that sometimes surfing involves much more than catching waves.
See the movie trailer here.