Ben Jones- Surfer: Palm Beach, Queensland
"Every minute I’m not working I’ll be surfing or looking for waves. Growing up on the Mid Coast of SA I learnt that long boarding opened up a lot of opportunities to surf more. Now living on the Gold Coast the amount of different waves around keeps the stoke in me. No surf is the same from riding high performance short boards to twin fins and then the traditional logs on the small days. Nothing better than getting mates together and going to find a peak down the coast to ourselves."
~ See more of Ben here @ben_jones1602 ~
Patrick Brealey - Skater, Adelaide, South Australia
" From a young age I was addicted to skateboarding I don't know what it was about it exactly but just the atmosphere around it and the feeling you get when on the board. It has always kept me motivated and given me a positive outlook on life. Everything I have achieved I can always relate it back to skating, it has moulded how I act towards others the way I see the world how I dress and how I talk I wouldn't have it any other way. it's a life style. Appreciate the small things in life because they are never there for long hold on tight and ride it out yeeeeew!"
~ See more of Pat here @Patrick_brealey ~
Kirra Calleja- Surfer: Coolangatta, Queensland
"The ocean is all I want to be; beautiful, mysterious, wild and free. The ocean is my family. She is everything. I wouldn’t know where I would be without her. Growing up in a very broken family with drug abuse and constant fighting, my Dad taught me how to surf as an escape. The ocean has such great powers, it’s just you and her, and she makes you feel alive! I am so grateful that I get to share this experience with some of my closest friends, all whom were made out in the water!"
~ See more of Kirra here @kirrashale ~
Jelle Benjamin Wiersma- Surfer: Byron Bay, New South Wales
"Being of Dutch/Indonesian heritage, the ocean is in my blood! 2 years of living on a remote island in my mothers homeland of Indonesia incrusted salt on my brow forever! The waves, the rice fields, and the peace that one can only gain from the morning routine of island life soothed my soul. As i grew, my surfing became part of who i am as a person. Now I cannot live without it! I now live the ultimate hippie life in Byron Bay. Someone once told me, the best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun. And that’s what I live for!"
~ See more of Jelle here @jellebenjaminwiersma ~
Kye Darcy- Skater/Surfer: Coolangatta, Queensland
"Growing up on the Gold Coast and being blessed with great skate parks and even better waves, it would be hard not to be a surfer or a skater. I was born into the surf by my old man but gravitated towards skateboarding at a young age. Skating influences my life in every way whether it be designing and making furniture, making knifes or even how I now raise my son. It all comes back to skating and the culture of freedom, rebellion and your individualistic expression."
~ See more of Kye here @kye_darcy ~
Darcy Wilcosz- Surfer: Bondi, New South Wales
"Surfing is my life, I live and breathe it every day. I'm a creative person at heart. I love to paint and draw, surfing is like an artistic extension of what I can create with a brush with the ocean being the canvas. When I'm out of the water kicking back with family and friends is how I spend my time. Currently living the dream travelling, surfing and finding myself on a new adventure every day."
~ See more of Darcy here @dwilkosz ~
Jude Williams - Skater: North Beach, Western Australia
'Skateboarding to me is an escape from reality, an escape from life’s problems. When I skate, I just realise how amazing it is to feel the ground beneath four wheels, whether it be smooth or bumpy. I believe it is more important to focus on things you are good at and love doing, rather than stuff you hate, like maths. With skating anything can be turned into a spot, there are endless tricks and combinations to try and roll away from, that alone just blows my mind of how much there is to do with just one thing. So just keep skating and if you haven’t tried to skate I urge you to go grab a board and just roll for your life!'
~ See more of Jude here @wudejilliams ~
Jessica Lane - Surfer: Byron Bay, New South Wales
"Surfing for me is the time I get to switch off from everything else, from the moment I hit the water my mind stops ticking and all that matters is the waves. I’ve lived in Byron my whole life, learnt to surf around the age of 8 and basically been at the ‘Pass’ ever since. You can catch me there every day, during every type of wind! Surfing a log is what I feel I’m best at and what I’ve always done. Now I get to raise my own daughter by the sea and teach her to surf the same spots I did, what a life!"
~ See more of Jessica here @jessicalouise._ ~
Jez Gryst - Photographer: Byron Bay, New South Wales
'Creativity is what pays the bills- Surfing is what keeps me sane. I feel stoked that we live in a place where we can enjoy the simple pleasures in life... The fact we can drive an hour and reach empty barrelling waves and serene beaches is staggering. The journey is half the fun. Nothing beats playing a show at night, and then waking up the next morning to surf pumping waves with your mates… And occasionally photographing beautiful girls isn’t the worst way to spend a late afternoon.'
~ See more of Jez here @grystphoto & @grystagram ~
Jaxon Samwell - Skater: Adelaide, South Australia
'Skateboarding first started for me at 9 years old while I was travelling Australia with my family. It become our little ritual to visit every skatepark we passed by as we travelled and that’s when I first started to grow a real appreciation for the sport. Over the years skateboarding has taught me many valuable life lessons, I’ve learnt that’s its alright to take a fall and many for that fact, its as long as you always get back up and try again. It's taught me patience, dedication, persistence and the most important of all, the value of good friendships. Having friends to skate with and even just people that understand your passion will help you progress more then anything else because you can motivate each other to do better and skate harder!
~ See more of Jaxon here @jaxon_samwell ~
Luke Ashman - Surfer: Mid Coast, South Australia
'Surfing to me is something else, it's more like an addiction. Over summer when it's flat i go crazy. Nothing is more relaxing than a surf. Usually I race down the coast as fast as I can but on the way home I often sit about 10kms under the speed limit trying to soak in that feeling. It's hard to explain why I love it so much it's just all the senses are alive when I'm out there in the water. The ability to challenge mother nature and turn it into an art form is so exhilarating. Even just watching the harmony of energy that can be produced is cool, knowing that at any point mother nature can throw you the make or break wave.'
~ See more of Luke here @luzsh_what ~