Surfer’s Path - July/August 2008


In this issue…


The Life and Tides of John Kelly

You want radical? The surf world’s most over-used word is never better placed than in association with this man. John Kelly was a political, social, environmental, and oceanic radical, who helped shape the modern surfboard. Here’s the life of one radical dude who made a difference.

Words by Bill Saunders; Photos by Art Brewer, Gary Lynch, the John Kelly Collection


3rd Annual Green Wave Awards

These awards have just grown and grown, and we’re pleased to announce our 2007 winners in nine categories. Chosen by our panel of judges (editors and previous winners) from a list of nominees compiled by readers, some are famous and some more obscure, but all are in it for the right reasons: environmental or humanitarian efforts that deserve recognition and appreciation.


Surfing through the Static

An interview with Jack Johnson, who has surfed into superstardom with consummate grace and grounding. Unlike most rock stars he didn’t set out to become a celebrity, but now that he has to live with that tag, he’s finding ways to use it to great effect. Here he discusses his latest album, his solar-powered studio, his latest award, and much more.

Interview by Mr Bonzai; Photos by Mr Bonzai, Sean Davey, Jim Russi, Lucy Gardner, Danny Clinch


Riding on Wood

Converging green and retro forces are creating a Renaissance in Surfboards and Style that’s bringing wood back to the future.


Full Circle

Tom ‘Pohaku’ Stone is an expert waterman and cultural revivalist. His explorations into his Hawaiian roots led him to the boards his ancestors rode. His wooden olo, kiko’o, and alaia surfboards have sparked new interest in the Islands and around the world. Here he explains the journey from hungry surf rat to wise man of wood.

Words by Tom Pohaku Stone; Photography by David Pu’u


Being Paul Joske

With his interest piqued by Pohaku’s wood revival, when he was asked to make a display board out of paulownia for a timber company, New South Wales shaper Paul Joske fell suddenly into the whole wooden boards – thing after decades of mowing foam. Now Joske’s influence has spread through the family tree and beyond, as new branches of the old craft emerged.

Words by Mark Sutherland; Photos by Frank Pithers, Joske Family Collection


‘Getting’ Wood

There are more wood boards available to the average surfboard buyer today than at any time since balsa ruled the waves. These days your stick may literally be a stick … or something far more hitech and light enough to shred. Here’s our guide through the forest of options and the characters cutting the paths.

Words by Mark Gray, Dave Rastovich, George Orbellian, David Puu; Principle Photography: David Puu, Sean Davey, Jim Martin, Scott Aichner, Nate Lawrence, Josh Kimball, Erin Klunkel; Portraits by: Brad Barrett, Chris Burmeister, Mark Gay, Erin Klunkel, Josh Kimball, Hodgson/AFrame


The Weekend Warrior

It’s possible you’ve never heard of this photographer, but Hugh Davis has been shooting for quite a while – just not that much in print. As lucky recipients of his weekly photo blog from his home in WA, we thought it was high time the Weekend Warrior took a break from cyberspace and brought some of his magic to our pages.

Words and Photos by Hugh Davis


Return to the King

We keep coming back to King Island. Four good reasons: Jeremy ‘Wire’ Curtain, Sean Davey, Derek Hynd, and Martha. Each are part of the story of this blessed isle south of mainland Australia. Wire doesn’t leave, Derek comes and goes, and Sean’s been visiting for over a decade. Here he explains why, and divulges secrets from his long and sometimes frustrating relationship with the beautiful, the stylish, the most sensitive … Martha.

Words and Photos by Sean Davey

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