The days light was new, distant thunder softly rumbling by.
Rain showered the sky clean, leaving the ocean's surface silky smooth.
Reflections on a silver sea for us to slide, soft rays of sun meet our eyes, before a rainbow came out to say goodbye.
Surfers Kori Hahn and Ishita Malaviya. Story by Stuart Smythe
I glance down at my watch, it reads just after 9am. Over the top of my coffee, I scour the ocean, It’s a wild and bumpy canvas layered with mood. There’s only going to be one decent spot on a day like today I think aloud.
The air was full of song. The smell of gazoline and resin was everywhere. Colors of custom bikes and handmade surfboards attracted visitors as light attracts mosquitos. Fun, friends, ride, waves, dust, smoke, music, sun, rain, art, shape… These are the words that define best the last 5 days in Biarritz during the Wheels and Waves.
Since the creation of Salt Water, Simon Fitz has always been supporting us. He was part of the first magazine we published last year, and I hope, will be part of the next one ! We met with him in France to discuss surfing photography, mostly. If you don’t follow Simon on Insta, you are missing the best of what this social network has to offer.
During the Wheels and Waves, we were lucky enough to spend one day with Italian surfer and shaper Matteo Fabbri. Matteo received an invitation to shape a board for the Shapers Exhibition in the shapers caravan installed at the heart of the event village in Biarritz. Next morning, Matteo also took part to the log invitational.
Every time I receive an email from Fabien Voileau, I always figure in my mind what pictures I will discover the next moment. I close my eyes and imagine the long rights of New Zealand, the crowded breaks of California, the secret beach breaks of South West France… But I am always surprised when, seconds later, I actually discover the pictures. They are always different. His style is constantly evolving. His aesthetic is always on point.