August 31, 2010

Father & Son

Shane and Nathan Oldfield trading waves on a late winter's afternoon. Nathan's blog Look & Sea is well worth frequenting.

August 30, 2010

Soak It In

Some great moving picture inspiration here.

August 28, 2010

August 27, 2010

Deeply Wonderful

"Surfing is a deeply wonderful thing - anytime, anywhere and any way."
Gerry Lopez in his book Surf Is Where You Find It (2008). If you stop by here regularly you've probably realised by now the quotes I use rarely have anything to do with the surfers pictured. They're just things that I thought might be worth repeating. 

August 26, 2010

August 25, 2010


I was lucky enough to score a really fun and quiet midday session a week or two back. It was only small, but nice and clean with a steady westerly. The wind wasn't so cool and the flowers were out. Winter's on the back foot.

August 24, 2010


"The key to surfing, and everybody knows it, is that if you have speed you can do anything you want."
Donavan Frankenreiter in Surfing World 304 (2010)

August 23, 2010

Little Things

Sometimes they make an otherwise unremarkable surf, remarkable.

August 22, 2010

August 20, 2010

August 19, 2010

Yeah Right

"I found Noosa in '59 but no-one believed me until about '63" 
remembers Bob McTavish in Surfing World 295 (2009). With the crowded conditions so familiar to us these days, sounds like a "problem" anyone of us would gladly handle...

August 18, 2010

Late at Point

Cramming in some post work water time.

August 16, 2010

Worm Catching

Brett's a routine before work surfer, yet again illustrating the old adage "the early bird catches the worm".

August 14, 2010

Winter Beachie

Cold but quiet, who needs summer?

August 13, 2010


Different days and ways.

August 11, 2010


Stall and enjoy some winter magic.

August 10, 2010

Your Own Line

"You can't be at the pole and the equator at the same time. You must choose your own line, as I hope to do, and it will probably be colour."
Vincent van Gogh

August 9, 2010

Places on a Wave

"I'm struggling to find new places I can go on a wave. On tour you're trying to find places on the wave you've visited before. You're not looking for new territory."
Dane Reynolds in Surfing World 304 (2010). Yeah that's why I don't bother with the tour...

August 8, 2010

New Music

Some friends and I made some music together, lend us your ears here.

August 6, 2010


"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step"
Lao Tzu

August 5, 2010

Surfing Truth

When I started this Surfer Joe blog I wrote a personal photo philosophy, it's at the top right of the page. In part it says:
"I also shoot all kinds of conditions. From ankle high to way overhead, from onshore and grey to offshore and perfect. The consistently perfect waves so common in surf mags often leave us with unrealistic expectations of what good surf is. It doesn't have to be 6 feet and slabbing to have fun. Surfer Joe features everyday surfers enjoying everyday conditions. I hope it makes you feel like surfing."
But I've come to realise this is only partly true. When I trawl through my photos looking for something to post I can't help gravitating towards photos of better waves and conditions. It is true there are very few large and perfect waves, but there are also very few completely unappealing, small, onshore, grey waves either. Whatever the type of waves featured I am sure of two things; it's about everyday surfers and I hope it makes you feel like surfing.

August 4, 2010


WCT surfer Drew Courtney deftly negotiating his way past a stray board.