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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.
In January 2019, snowboarder Mathieu Crepel and surfer Damien Castera, joined by photographer Greg Rabejac and lmmaker Pierre Frechou, traveled to the very northern tip of Norway for a boardriding expedition in the heart of the Arctic winter. In between snowy peaks and icy waves, they went deep into the polar night where solar winds meet Earth’s magnetic eld to create the fairy dance of the Aurora Borealis.
Just after the Wheels and Waves, we met with Nathan Sadoun to discuss present, future and surfing. Nathan is a great human being. Always smiling, always stoked when there is a shitty wave to surf and always the first when it comes to have a couple of beers. Congrats on winning the event log contest. See you around Nathan!
Nothing beats a morning sesh with friends. When the wind is still light and offshore, when most of the people are still sleeping, when waves are breaking with none spoiling their beauty. That’s he best moment of the day. And that’s the moment Leila Hurst and Karina Ronzuko chose to ride the sand bank.
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.
The “Dark Room” is a short edit about shaping filmed by Vitor Viana. Every board that you ride involves long hours of work, of thinking, imagination, calculation, dust, noise… Because behind every surfboard there is a shaper, this short clip is about giving back to these magicians.