Surfer's Path - June/July 2007



Richard Matthews – Bamboo Man

The green surfboards of the future may come from new technologies and hi-tech advances of the chemical kind, but this guy’s already there. He’s been quietly perfecting bamboo surfboards for over a decade. He has a full-on factory in the Philippines with a team of shapers, weavers and glassers. If Bamboo is a magic plant, Richard Matthews is a magician.

Words and photos by Ian Hockey





Tony Caramanico’s Diaries

Decades of surf travel and mind wandering grace the pages of this man’s diaries. He’s been around, board under his arm, and seen a whole lot. Thankfully Tony chronicled it all in wild, collage-doodle meanderings worthy of uptown art galleries. We tore out a few pages from his itinerant life, just for the sheer beauty of it!

Words by Rusty Drumm • Artwork by Tony Caramanico





Wire’s World

It’s a far out place if you’re a surfer, and even if you’re not King Island is still pretty close to the edge of the sane universe. Wire’s lived here all his life so for him all the small island stuff is normal. But King Island does tend to blow minds, particularly among surfing’s elite wave riders. No one knows better why that should be than Wire himself.

Words by Jeremy “Wire” Curtain • Photos by Sean Davey





Gabriel and the Heart of Darkness

In case you’re jaded and think the world’s gone all fast food and myspace – it hasn’t. There’s still wild jungle out there where bushes walk and pygmies surf. This bunch of adventurer/explorers didn’t really know what they were doing in Cameroon’s jungles, but luckily the Baka people took pity on them and showed them their favourite pointbreaks.

Words and Photos by Stuart Butler





True Rasta! The Fish, Freedom and Philosophy of Dave Rastavich

Dave Rastovich is out there on the fringes of professional surfing. ‘Free surfing’ they call it, which is appropriate for Rasta, whose easy but ultra-radical style puts him close to the core of progressive surfing whether he wants to be there or not. Luckily, he’s got good balance in every sense, and life flows to a positive, upbeat rhythm.

Interview by Josh Kimball • Photos by Josh Kimball, Simon Williams, Jason Childs, Juan Fernandez, Jack English





Tenerife I: Crowds, Chaos and Clarity;

Tenerife II: Concrete Nightmares and Canary Dreams

A little disappointed with the reality of Tenerife when he gets there, James Pribram soon gets over the crowds and construction that dominate las Americas. Clean waves help, as do local connections that lead him and Will Henry to a group of core island surfer-musicians. Together they make sounds sweet enough to catch the ear of the government, and pitch ideas for a better solution than total destruction. It works.

Words by James Pribram and Will Henry • Photos by Will Henry





Portfolio: Adam Warmington

He’s a jack of many trades, including TV and film camera work, animation and writing, but his recent re-discovery of stills photography combined with an injection of surf travel, set him on a course that suggests he’s a master of at least one.





The Guatemala Quartet

The last few decades were hard on Guatemala, and its wars and campaign of violence, along with the endless close-out beachbreaks, tended to put travelling surfers off. This gang of invaders from the north couldn’t believe their luck when they saw how good the waves were, thanks in part to a two-way, manmade peak that kept them tubed… and on their toes.

Words by Sam August, Mary Osborne, Jim Pidgeon, Wingnut • Photos by Jim Pidgeon

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