Location: Monkeys Resort Telo Islands, more information here; Soul Surf Travel. (limited numbers only).
2019 workshops/experiences: Vagabond Photographic.
Special Announcement: I (Russell Ord Photo) will be a guest photographer at the resort in 2019, for more information on photographic services, times and dates email Damian Martin from Vagabond Photographic: email@example.com
WORDS BY ANTHONY PANCIA / PHOTOS BY RUSSELL ORD
For someone with a deep obsession for all things surf, it’s slightly surprising it took so long for Gary Bennett to turn his hand to making surfboards.
Intricately designed and crafted, Gary’s timber surfboards look good on a wall, but perhaps more importantly, they work well in the water too.
The boards are the result of a collaboration with a respected shaper, Jim Banks and Gary’s business partner, David Paris.
“I’ve always loved the sculptural form of surfboards and I guess what really got me into having a crack at making one was my friendship with Jim Banks, who is a passionate woodworker and loves making guitars and all that sort of stuff out of wood,” says Gary.
Read more in The Elements Journal Print Edition.
STORY: ANTHONY PANCIA, PHOTOS; RUSSELL ORD
IT LOOKS, SOUNDS AND SMELLS EXACTLY LIKE A SHAPER’S FACTORY SHOULD. A MAZE OF BAYS, BACK ROOMS AND RACKS OF SECOND HAND BOARDS STACKED ALONGSIDE SHINY NEW ONES.
OUT FRONT, A TELEVISION PLAYS AN ENDLESS LOOP OF VINTAGE SURF MOVIES WHILE THE WALLS ARE COVERED IN POSTCARDS, PIN UP GIRLS AND DUSTY OLD PHOTOS OF LOCALS CHARGING BIG WAVES. AND IF THE WALLS OF NATHAN ROSE AND JOHN “DUTTSY” DUTTON’S MARGARET RIVER SHED COULD TALK, THEY WOULD SOUND A LOT LIKE MAURICE COLE.
The enigmatic shaper built the shed in 1995, partly to cope with the demands of his then busy export market.
“I had a very big contract with Japan for nearly 1000 boards a year,” says Cole.
“I had that factory fitted out as state of the art and I was there for about six years.”
And it was in that factory that Cole set to work shaping boards for a keen young grommet named Taj Burrow.
“I was introduced to Taj and his parents by (filmmaker) Jack McCoy,” recalls Cole.
“I saw how he surfed with beautiful style and presence and well he could ride the barrel I agreed to manage him and make his boards.”
The factory was home to many of Cole’s early design breakthroughs and ground zero for the new buzz sport of tow surfing.
“Many of those breakthroughs were and still are the foundation of what I am doing now.”
“The waves in Western Australia really let me loose, especially with the guns and those early tow boards. It was amazing to see how big a wave we could ride on such relatively tiny boards. A lot of the bombies around Margaret River were a favourite testing ground.”
But the one constant between those early years and 2015 is very apparent come Friday afternoon.
“All the locals were keen for a beer,’’ says Cole.
“I’m so stoked to see the boys continuing the surfboard culture and are keeping it real.”
For more of Anthony’s work go to www.byanthonypancia.com
Wikipedia: Highland games are events held in spring and summer in Scotland and other countries as a way of celebrating Scottish and Celtic culture, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. Certain aspects of the games are so well known as to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, and the heavy events, especially the caber toss. While centred on competitions in piping and drumming, dancing, and Scottish heavy athletics, the games also include entertainment and exhibits related to other aspects of Scottish and Gaelic culture.
Well I didn't have to go Scotland to have such an experience, Waipu NZ has an event of its own: read more of the history here: Waipu Games
All images shot on the Fuji X-T2.
Photos: Russell Ord
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