Oh man. Have you ever heard someone describe themselves as a broken piece of glass? That’s how broken we all felt at the end of our journey. Busted up shadows of our former selves.
Where do we start on this one? So Nicko our good friend somehow discovered the Oxfam Trailwalker challenge to raise funds for kids in impoverished nations and managed to rope Brett, Joel and I in to join him on this 100km walk. We accepted.
These are photos from the saga. There’s also a two part podcast on Happiness and Crap. One from the night before the walk and the other a week later. Click the tab above or jump on the Apple podcast app and hit subscribe.
High Line || Ep.2 - Bali & Cape Fear Preview
We made it to the next stop and even have a bonus event to get excited about! Episode 2 of High Line and we get stuck into the Bali Corona Protected and also the Red Bull Cape Fear contest.
Two absolute banger surf contests are going to be going head to head on Monday 13th May.
Where will your eyes be? Hifi epic battles in the warm Indonesian fun park waves of Keramas or the all out carnage and truly unpredictable excitement of the icey cold monster slabs of Shipsterns Bluff? What an unprecedented dilemma… It’s lucky I have two screens for the old work station. Unlucky for work as none will be done come 5pm Monday afternoon.
Anyways, we discuss our picks, what the waves are doing and the introduction of Coconut Willie watch. It’s a big one so jump in, via the High Line tab above or the Apple podcast app.
Brett, Nick and Luke
Podcasts! Get your podcast!
So you might have noticed we’ve launch two podcasts…
Well we have! Happiness and Crap which dives into the inner workings of creative beings, be it artists, designers or entrepreneurs of any kind we sit down and talk all things creativity.
Our other baby is High Line. Our surf podcast where we talk shop on all things surf, the latest world tour event, video sections or industry news, we’ll bring in surf nerds and break it all down and have a laugh.
So there they are, all shiny and new and waiting for you to hit play and subscribe and you won’t miss an episode. You can find them both via the Apple podcast app or by hitting the tabs above on your poison of choice.
We’re super excited to share the stories and knowledge of our guests from both podcasts with you and we hope you enjoy :)
Brett, Nick and Luke
High Line || A surf podcast from your friends
Welcome to High Line, our surf podcast. Our first episode we hit power drive and dive head first into the WSL's world tour stop #2 Bells Beach and break down the action in both the guys and the girls competition, not to mention the carnage in the last 2 days.
Highline EP.1 BELLS WRAP UP by Happiness and Crap
Happiness and Crap || An intro - Brett and Luke
Welcome to Happiness and Crap! This is a podcast about creatives, the weird and wonderful people that do things differently, take risks, get their hands dirty and draw their own unique lines through life.
This episode is an introduction into your hosts, Brett Connellan and Luke Okay.
Who are Brett Connellan and Luke Okay? Where do we come from and what have we done with our lives?
Find out by hitting play
Create and Destroy - An introduction, Brett and Luke by Create&Destroy
"Ready to Rip". Photos and words by Kane Trait Horspool.
We pulled into a service station in the what felt like the middle of nowhere on the road to Swansea. It was around noon on a fucking hot day with no-one else around except a lone truckie putting diesel into a massive excavator. There was a flag of the Eureka Stockade slightly limping in the breeze. Got the feeling that the owner of the service station flew that flag not because he was big on the labour union movement but because he had mis-interpreted the cloth as some sort of subtle bigoted power symbol.
Its always interesting to stand back and observe the reactions our crew of bedraggled skaters acquire. We seem to have a way of stirring the deepest recesses of good Christian folk. These reactions are either one or the other, a shock-disgusted face clenching as if we have offended someone’s deepest soul or its scooter mums surprised by our generosity. It was definitely the former on the face of the servo owner. We piled into that shop desperate for refreshments after sweltering at the “warm-up spot” that was painted black, had no shade and no source of clean running water.
But maybe I’m getting old because I’ll admit even though I’ve known this mob since before they were all pre-pubescent punks scabbing durries at the park their appearance did grab your attention. First there was Ray Macken wearing all denim with a red tennis sun-visor, he had even detailed his denim attire with little posca drawn motifs. My favourite artwork on his double denim gallery was the cigarette poking out of his fly (smoking of course). Next was Brayden Jarrold rocking a beautiful blonde mullet and some lovely little, well above the knees Lucas Puig shorts. Mitch Lee was as usual half naked, by which I mean the top half. Its not like he was walking around like Winnie the Pooh or some other perverted cartoon character. Adam Harris was his usual happy-drab self, wearing his famous Canadian deer hunting camo pants. And lastly Pete Dalmer was lurking around the edge of the pack. Earlier that day we had come across an old drunk who was explaining to us the best way to cook pork when he stopped mid-sentence, pointed at Pete and said “look at this guy with the Bin Laden beard, he’s ready to rip”.
Ray wore this epic denim get up on the extensive first day of the trip. That included about ten hours of skateboarding. Ray then proceeded to sleep in this attire. I’ve never slept in jeans before, apart from the occasional passed out saliva on the chest instances. I cant imagine it is too comfortable.
I thought he did it because he didn’t bring any other clothes. But i was pleasantly surprised when the next day he came out sporting some amazing black overall’s like some sort of evil Mario brother.
This bowl is no joke. you drop down into it like some epic north shore Waimea Bay shorey shit. Ray Macken back crail.
Go to the skatepark and skate the BMX track. Mitch Lee took the drop twice because i didn’t like the angle on the first shot. Turns out the first angle was better anyway. Sorry Mitch.
Adam Harris, the man with the vision (and the poorly trimmed goatee).
Ray Macken, backside air to back tail on the set-back extension at Swansea. Swansea park is a ball-o-fun, the towns a bit dull though, nowhere to eat but they do have a Dan Murphy’s.
The lads are ready to rip.
I had to hold the umbrella out to protect the camera from the rain but Pete Dalmer powered through the percipitation. Manual up, switch nose manual down with a fakie kickflip out.
Brayden Jarrold is chill. He’s so fucking chill that he hardly ever picks up his board. But when he does it is something not to be missed. He’s got one of the best styles with an amazing bag of tricks and is hands down one of my favorite people to watch on the trick stick. Carn pick it it up just for me cunt.
Back smith and front feeble cause he’s got the bar both ways.
Mitch Lee, burn to burn on the track.
That expression says it all.
As always Adam Harris manages to capture all the controversy. Another fine RadStick production.
January 2 || Rad.one pt.4 Trait
Rad.one Pt. 4 starring one of LA' Division's OG. The multi-talented Trait takes us around some of his home slices of concrete, with a glimpse into his artistic side. Rad.one is dotted with Trait's art in the background as the boys skate by it or skate on it. Trait's as real as they come, mentoring in the art and skate worlds and we love how he infuses the two.
December 15 || Past and Present || Rad.stick's latest edit
Rad.Stick teams up with our friends at 5c Supply with a clip that sees a few of our local legends on a tear.
Rad.Stick aka Adam is really upping the anti with his video productions, hitting higher and higher strides with every creation. "Past and Present" is a continuation of that trajectory for the young buck, we hope you enjoy.
Past & Present Part 1
November 25 || Rad.One pt.3 Kieran Woolley
Rad.one Pt. 3 starring the talented youngblood Kieran Woolley. Kids a beast. Press play and be blown away.
November 9 || Black Moon || Interview with creator Amy Gould
Lately... well maybe not evenly lately, yeah actually for a good long while I've found myself fascinated with the people that have the courage to throw in the towel on their 9-5 jobs and say "fuck it, i'm going to create my own business". There's something that I think we all find alluring about owning our own thing and creating goods and services with our own special touch.
Black Moon is one of those businesses. A business that thinks about the textures of their product , the details of their supply chain and how and where their materials are sourced. Every little intricacy is labored over by their creator.
Last week kicked off the first week of Aus Music Month here in Australia. A week kicked off by Australian radio station Triple J, celebrating all the great music being produced locally by Aussie bands and artists. The first Friday of Aus Music Month, is a day praised as Aus Music T-shirt day, where you pull out your favorite band tee and show your support and admiration to the great bands that call the land down-under home...
The best part about band tees is the awesome art that parallels the music and tells the visual story of that band. Our crew are also some talented motherfuckers and deserve some accolades for their awesome creativity! So here's a bunch of tees from our homies that were being sported last Friday.
Mass Appeal tee by Ben Brown
Dunies Tee by Lee Mc
Frenzal Rhomb tee by Glenno
another Dunies by Lee Mc
Dunies and Lee Mc were reaaaaly popular this year
The Rubens by Sindy Sinn
Come on guy! Lee Mc has a graple on this game...
Thundamentals tee by Sindy Sinn
Our own LA' x Parkway Drive Tee by Luke Okay, available by hitting our store tab
November 6 || Rad.One pt 2 || Brian East
@Radstick has dropped another full clip from his seminal skate vid Rad.One. Part 2 features Brian East, it's a quicky but it's full of gold. No need to say more. Press play sonnnn!
Brian East RAD.one Full Part
October 28 || FUCK YEAH SALE || 25% OFF
Fuck yeah homies! It's almost the end of the year and we got gifts for you and the crew. 25% off all our apparel and accessories. All purchases also come with a sticker pack.
Not only that, we have Crew Packs for $65!
Only on for the next month, so click the STORE tab above, get at it, support local artists and enjoy.
October 27 || Rad.One pt 1 || Bam + Jarryd
RadStick is now releasing part one from his epic skate movie Rad.one. Rad.one has been available for a couple of months for purchase on his vimeo account (check the link below). If you haven't sussed it out yet here is the firs installment to get you hyped! Part one features local skate legends Bam Manorom And Jarryd Rees in their full section.
EP 3 + 4 sees our burger boys heading down the coast making a pit stop to check out a Red Bull rail jam at Bear mountain before hitting the shores of San Diego, to jump in the ocean and slide some of Diego's finest concrete.
Dreaming Of A Cheese Burger EP2: Portland To Big Bear
September 6 || If you get eaten it's your own fault
Caaaaaaake. Who doesn't love cake... If you don't, you can leave. Did anyone else grow up in the ninety's and their mum baked crazy cakes for their birthdays, like in the shape of cartoon characters or a soccer ball or something cool that related to you? My mum did. She's still a lord on the baked goods. Maybe its that kind of nostalgia that got me tweaked when i saw my friend Sarah start baking these masterpieces, so I had to ask her about them and figure out if this baking thing is like skateboarding... ehhh you'll see. Enjoy!
Follow Rah's moniker GRIN AND BEAR CO and her edible creations by clicking the link below
This time last week we were diving into the Pacific Ocean at Port Douglas, washing away a weeks worth of dust, grime, blood, sweat and tears, after cleaning up one of Australia's most marine debris affected beaches. Chilli Beach in Cape York.
As apart of Clean Coast Collective's Trash Tribe expedition, hosted by Tangaroa Blue.
In just under seven kilometers of beach we hauled an astounding 7tonnes of crap off the sandy shores of what should be a tropical paradise. Eliminating it's chances of heading back out to sea to cause harm to the oceans inhabitants and ending up into the food chain, where it's likely to end up in the worlds most dominant predator... Us.
Everything from plastic bottles, to large ghost nets, cigarette lighters, platic toys and tiny micro plastic pieces were found and catalogued into a data system that will be used to find sources, educate and inform policies.
- Luke Okay interview's two of the Trash Tribe's youngest creative thinkers, Libby and Jemma to get their views on the plastic ocean problem.
Photo's by Jemma Scott, Matt Townsend, Luke Okay and Clean Coast Collective.
Local artist and all round good guy, Jerry has been crafting some smooth shots from behind the lens lately.
It hasn't been all that long since Jerr took up photography but the kids got a good eye, is swift at putting together a composition and his latest batch of shots are really delving into Australian landscapes and capturing that feeling of sweet sweet serenity that Darryl Kerrigan optimized in The Castle.
July 29 || Weekend Sessions || Last weekends antics
As this weekend starts and the smell of another swell kicks in, we look back to last weekend. Last weekend was big and mental. Winter ground swells lashing the coast with clean conditions. Bretty C and young Azza stepped up to the plate and took on some south coast bombs, with J Trist behind the lens.
Azza has been nominated for wave of the weekend on Coastal Watch, with Azza and Joel in the running to take home a drone each.
Watch the clip and sling a like for Azza and his nuggety barrell over at Coastal Watch by hitting the link below.
Our dear friend Lee Mc has been smashing it for a while now and creating graphics for the likes of the Dune Rats, DZ Deathrays and brands like Mambo. This week Lee's graphics have been turned to life with the release of the Dunie's new single 6 pack, teaming up with Vorn Hunt and the lads from the band. The result is epic and we're pumped to see Lee's work take on another dimension.
July 2 || RAD.one download || Get yourself a copy!
Fuck. RAD.one has been available for download for the last 12 hours, we copped it as soon as it went up and we've watched it 3 times today.
Adam Harris aka @radstick has bled black and blue for these 24 minutes of bangers. And it shows. Adam is fast becoming a boss behind the lens, with crew requesting his skills and grit on jobs for snow and skate, traveling far and wide to capture shots and shape his craft. RAD.one has been Adam's passion project for the last little bit, filmed in and around his hometown with a local cast of shredders.
It's now available for streaming or download via the Radstick vimeo channel. Jump on and support our homie.
Rad One is the third full length Skateboarding feature by long time La' Division affiliate, Adam Harris. Choosing not to complete the trilogy of the Jim Barrie films, this production takes a different turn from the raw gritty homie style flicks Adam has previously made (Jim Barrie 1 and 2).
This film delves a bit more into the characters and lifestyles of the featured riders away from the skateboard. But this is no soppy skateboard documentary there is a hell of a lot of hard hitting, nail biting gnarlitude of shred you'd expect from guys like Ray Macken, Stevie Adams, Keiren Woolley, Jarryd Rees, Mitch Lee and Brian East. There's also some old bastard named Kane Horspool.
Adam Harris has been developing his film skills over the years both on the streets chasing urethane but also on the slopes chasing snowboarders all over the world. It has definitely broadened Adam's understanding of what is possible.
Here's some photos of the people involved in this production.
Premiering Saturday June 24, 6pm
At Moving Mountains Gallery - 193 Crown St Mall, Wollongong
Keiren Woolley is the young gun in the deep end. -Boneless, photo Adam Harris.
Steve Adam is an all terrain killer and a mysterious individual.
Jarryd Rees brings the raw and gritty streets into this film. And he does it with style. -Nose Manual, photo Ryan Grant.
Mitch Lee has been dropping bangers for years and he brings a few classic Kiama spots back to life. -Kickflip, photo Adam Harris.
Ray Macken never seems to disappoint and somehow always gets gnarlier and gnarlier. -Nosegrind, photo Kane Horspool.
The man of the hour, Adam Harris getting all those angles.
Bam Monorom mangaged to film his part before he had to go back to Thailand and do his military service. Bam is one of the Gong's favourite shredders with a smooth and creative style, he'll be surely missed but I know he will come back firing.
Brian East was the young gun who's grown up to dish out man sized hammers. - Backside 180, photo Kane Horspool.
The old dog, Kane Horspool. Every homie vid needs an old dog. -Boneless, photo Ryan Grant.
Ray Macken -Curb cut to curb cut Ollie. Photo Kane Horspool.
Steve Adam - Kickflip fakie. Photo Kane Horspool.
Kieren Woolley - Boardslide. Photo Adam Harris.
June 17 || LA' store is open, come on in + GIVEAWAY
Hey HEY, we are open for business. We've opened up the roller door and it's not closing. We're like a 7/11 but 24/7 and with goods that aren't going to give you diabetes.And to celebrate our freshly stocked store of goodness we're going to give away a Crew Pack, consisting of - A Longsleeve tee + waterbottle + 2 patches. All you have to do is tag us at #ladivisioncrew on instagram with a photo/drawing/illustration/artwork/video/or anything you've created recently and we'll pick a winner on Saturday July 1st.
Hit the store tab or the link below to enter the carhold of goodness
So you two boys have teamed up and started blending your works into one (which look amazing), how did this idea come about?
BEN - We were at a show at the Steyne (hotel) in Manly last year and got talking after a few beers and decided it would be fun to collaborate and do a show together. We didn’t discuss what that would actually mean at the time - we had no venue / theme / date / idea - we were just fans of each others work and thought it would be fun to do something together. I recently also teamed up with Steve Cohen (@mongofreak) in Melbourne for a show too - I am the old bastard in the team and it is fun working with younger mates whose art , and practice I really admire. So over time everything fell in to place, and here we are.
So Kenny you’ve looked up to Ben for a long time since moving to Australia, how has getting to know him influenced your art?
KENTARO - It’s been really good to call someone I have been following for long time as a friend and now doing some good stuff together. Especially process of this dual show, I have worked on the top of Ben’s artwork (or the other way round), I saw his fresh work so closely and was impressed with the style and beauty of his drawing again. it’s like I have re-learned fundamental, but important things for drawing, like balance of detail, composition and correct figure for human or skull etc again from this process.
Ben you’ve been around this art world for a pretty decent amount of time, do these kind of collab projects keep motivated to continue creating? What would you say has changed the most since you first started getting payed to draw and paint?
B - Yeah - it is great fun working with friends on projects like this - I used to play in bands when I was in my 20’s - and the underground art scene now reminds of that - people getting together to do shows / gigs / projects - I’d say with the advent of social media and the culture/scene that has emerged in the past 10-15 years, it is much easier to see the work of your contemporaries and inter act with them - so this keeps me really motivated - seeing really cool work and techniques etc. - wants me want to incorporate those attitudes and ideas in my work - and hook up and have a few beers and party!! ha ha - In a broader sense that world has leaked in to the mainstream and it is possible to make living doing illustration and design work that appeals to me - getting paid to do fucked up stuff!!
It’s been pretty exciting seeing these Rumble artworks come to life and both your styles blend so well together, has it been an easy process? What parts of this project have been the most fun for you both?
K - I was actually surprised how smooth all process went. we both have worked together on few projects before anyway. We came up with 4 random ideas each, and illustrated half first and passed them to others. It was really fun when stuff came back from Ben or new ideas came from him. and seeing how both of our drawing coming together was really really fun. Apart from that, I had heaps of beers with Ben at local bowling club for last few months and we most likely got wasted and that was other fun part of this collab projects. haha
Did you find that you both have super similar techniques while working on this project or did you both look at each other and think “really thats how he does that?”
B - Yeah - the latter. - When ever I work with other people it is always super interesting to see how we all employ different techniques and work practices to reach similar conclusions and goals. Ken and I work very differently. He thinks more about outcomes - I dive in blindly not knowing what will happen at the other end. Ken is really good at managing and communicating.
We also have pretty different drawing techniques - he likes to do everything on tablets digitally when we are in the early formative stages of things - where I would use paper / pads etc. (old school vs. new school!!) - although I found it really useful working the way we did using tablets to create ideas digitally that we could email between each other and work directly on to the same file etc. - I have started using my wacom a lot more.
When it came to painting the canvases we had pretty different ways of doing things too - but I think that is always the case working with other people. Its a good positive thing - you can learn a lot from it.
Have you guys had any physical rumbles? I know Kenny you took on Le’ Grizz in your kitchen in a mano a mano sumo match up. Will we see some sumo challenges soon?
K - Hahaha definitely not. we are always chilling and just down for beers. Hopefully Grizz turns up our show and I will challenge him sumo match up again.
Any last words before wednesday night?
K - Please come and check out our weird but fresh visual experiments and heaps of beers. Then watch state of origin down stairs (downstairs of GOODSPACE is a nice classic pub.)
B - Come on down and get a beer - check the art - and watch the footy… maybe those NSW boofheads can take it to those upstart Queenslanders!!!
May 24 || Traits 8 || w/ IRENE FELEO
Welcome to a new segment brought about by O.G Trait.
Every week Trait slings out 8 questions to one of the Local Artist Division crew and they reply with 8 pics and 8 answers. That simple. While you get a brief insight into the wildly talented people that make up our humble artist collective and not to mention some radical inspiration.
Enjoy week 1 with Irene Feleo and be sure to check out her website and gram below!
From Sydney Australia but currently based in Brooklyn New York.
2. What’s your origin story? How did you become a creative person?
Same as most artists, always loved drawing as a child and throughout high school. I wanted to be a comic book illustrator but ended up randomly taking digital media in University hoping it would get me some work in animation. After Uni I worked in advertising doing motion graphics and design, while still doing personal illustration work on the side. Eventually my illustration work became a little more stylized and I started getting freelance work in illustration and animation.
3. What’s your favourite tool to work with?
I like working on my computer and usually paint straight into photoshop. If I feel like mixing it up I like drawing in ink and painting with watercolors and gouache.
4. What motivates you outside of art?
I am obsessed with food in general so learning how to cook properly has been a fun experience. Every time I make a dish that isn't terrible I am pretty stoked haha.
5. What are you working on at the moment?Any projects in the works?
I am currently working on a series of super short animations about a sneaky snake called Sneak Snake. They are a bit random and strange but it has been a fun little project to work on while I have some down time.
6. What does your average day look like?
I work full time at a production studio in midtown so any day can be different - we work on a range of things from broadcast ads to online content. I think pitching is one of my favourite things to do because you get to have a go at a creative brief and create pretty style frames to get a client excited about a job.
7. What’s your favourite project/artwork you’ve worked on?
I think my favourite project so far has been my risograph printed zine 'Within'. It consisted of a series of sequential illustrations that were all a bit moody and simple, but I really liked learning the process behind making a zine, printing in risograph and the final body of work. I am also really enjoying the process of making a personal short animation. It's been a nice experience to use the skills I have learned in my studio job and apply it to a fun story based project.
8. Tell us a bit about these images. Any good stories?
I tend to make work in a series which is a sort of new thing that has developed. I will think of a super basic concept and apply that to a number of illustrations, for example right now I am drawing a lot of masks because I want to develop my skills in character design a little more. It's a good framework to within if you have creative blocks and need a simple idea to work with.
May 20 || Nick and Brett do Europe
A visual Journey into Jealousy. Living life vicariously as Nick and Brett gallivant around Europe with their ladies... Though if there were two kids that deserved a vacay it'd probably be these two. Enjoy eggs.
May 5 || Bad Acid group chat || Pt. 3 - pulling through the vortex
The final installment of the Bad Acid weird chats.
Check out this killer little teaser clip by Billy Zammit too!
If you're in Sydney tonight head on over to the Alpha Gallery in Newtown, crack a beer with the boys, buy some art and get sucked into the vortex.
Alpha Gallery, 226 Union St, Newtown
Bad Acid - Social Video
May 4 || Bad Acid Group Chat Pt. 2
The Trip Continues as Luke Okay pinballs around between the matrix and never never land with the Bad Acid boys.
Tomorrow night at Alpha Gallery Sydney
226 Union st, Newtwon
May 4 || Radstick goes next level
Our dear friend Radstick has been busy. Real busy. He's been stepping up his game and has been landing jobs for exotic snowboard vids and all kinds of craziness.
We're pumped he's producing his own jam too, launching a new teaser for his "Rad.One" skate vid to be released in June this year. Stay peeled. Check out this teaser!
April 30 || Bula! || A quick trip to Fiji with the DP team
I get a quick phone call on Thursday afternoon as I'm getting ready to go back to work on Monday...
DP: Keen to come to Fiji and shoot for the weekend JT?
JT: What, this weekend?!
DP: Yeah, we're flying out early tomorrow morning
DP: Friday til Monday
JT: Whattt... (laughs)
JT: Let me check a few things, but consider me in!
So there it was...jumping on an early flight after hearing there was going to be a few lines popping up at Cloudbreak over the weekend.
Little did I realise there would be some of the best waves I'd ever seen...
Here's a little clip and some shots from last weekend's trip!
DP in Fiji
April 21 || The Wanderers || Documenting Art on ABC
It's super rare we feature something that our crew isn't somehow involved in, but this series by Selina Miles was far too good not to.
The Wanderers is a six part adventure featuring six artists that call Australia home. Each episode features an individual artist, taking them to remote and unexpected towns around Oz. The artists dive deep into the town's history and the people that make the town unique, firing up inspiration and references for the artists to draw upon while they create large scale artworks which are gifted to the town.
The series is beautifully shot and directed by Selina Miles and features street art heavy weights GUIDO VAN HELTEN, ELLIOTT ROUTLEDGE, GEORGIA HILL, DABS MYLA, AMOK ISLAND and RONE.
Jump on ABC iVeiw and emerse yourself in the art of wandering. Link below.
Click the names above to dive into their instagram profiles and see more of their work.
Broken Dreams tee designed by Brent Smith
Circle Tee designed by Luke Okay
Spraykay longsleeve tee designed by Luke Okay
LA' Camo wide brim hat
Lucky Red Hat, featuring corduroy and embroidery
LA' Division x Mizu stainless steel water bottle designed by Adrian Repeti
March 1 || Space Bat Killer || Mini profile vid
If you haven't seen or heard of Space Bat Killer by now, you should probably push that giant boulder off your house. Sean Bernhardt aka Space Bat Killer is one hard working mother fucker, with his creepy dark tropical illustrative steeze. It's rare a day goes by where he hasn't pumped out an artwork or illustration and having caught the eye of the global surf and skate communities he's created amazing designs with his prolific style for a bunch of big and small brands around the globe, not to mention his own label Evil Paradise.
This is a sweet little mini profile on our homie from New Jersey produced by Mike O'loughlin, detailing how and what makes Sean, Sean. Enjoy.
If there was ever a dude you'd want as your best mate it'd be this guy. Nick Clifford is one of the LA' crew's originals and is one of the best blokes you'll ever come across, humble, down to earth and loyal, loyal in the way that he's going to have your back through thick and thin and he's going to work damn hard to get you out of whatever hard spot you might find yourself in. Most people would like to think they have this quality for their crew but when push comes to shove, it can be a damn hard task to keep that persistence burning at 100%. Nick does that.
Not to mention he has oodles of style when he jumps on a board.
That's why we love Nick. Kudos to you good buddy, kudos.
Photos Joel Trist.
February 24 || Jones Beach weekend session || J Trist
A photo essay of a session last weekend at Jones beach by Joel Trist.
February 21 || Travelogue Japan || Navo cafe house
Its not the places you go and things you do, but the people you meet along the way. The Aussie Traveller's last post was all about mingling with the locals and the tips and benefits that come with spending just a little of your time with the people that call your travel destination home.
Recently Brigid and I arrived back in Aus from the land of the rising sun and one of the stand alone moments of the trip was meeting two young legends Takê and Tucker. Two Japanese entrepreneurs that set up shop as an organic and vegetarian cafe/restaurant in Furano, (a relatively small ski town on Japan's north island, Hokkaido). Unlike Australia, vegetarianism and organic foods are really unheard of in Japan, so to open an eatery specialising in those two things is a massive punt, and we had no idea what we were in for before we rocked up.
Peering in through falling snow and flapping Himalayan prayer flags as we walked into the courtyard we could see a big smile from behind a green velour hat and a friendly wave that beckoned us into the kitschy DIY tree house. We sat down in the cosy wooden den, marveling at Takê and Tucker's craftsmanship. Tables, chairs, frames, shelves, the bar, everything that made Navo cafe house was hand crafted with a set of artist's hands, their hands. We immediately got talking on food and drink suggestions, and before long we were three quarters through our amazing vegetairan izakaya meal and talking snow sports, youth culture, art and how Tucker had lived in Australia for a while and decided that riding his bicycle from Cairns to Sydney would be the best way to see the country.
Talks of what mountains we'd be riding ensued and when Takê found out we weren't having much luck getting a back country guide as a result of a bad weather window he picked up the phone and dialed up every one of his mates in the business... turns out we were shit out of luck but the effort and gesture were more than enough to put a smile on our faces and through laughs and a bunch of high fives we became friends and said Sayōnara.
Brigid and I didn't really let our bad luck of not getting a guide stop us and the next day hiked around Mt Asahi-dake, an active volcano and had a blast creating our own trails.
Stay tuned for more to come in the next chapter of Travelogue Japan.
The Woolley boys Kieren and Daniel have been killing it all summer. Both are progressing so fast and they've been racking up the results from Bondi Bowl to the recent Globe Bowl Riot in Melbourne.
So this weeks Gong Life weekly update features a handful of picks by Mark Woolley of their summer shredding.
Daniel - frontside air on the Barry Ramp - Fairy Meadow
Kieren - Front feeble at the Bondi Bash
Kieren - Frontside air down south.
Daniel - nose grind at Noble Park
Kieren - backside air at Noble Park
Daniel - front smith at the Globe Bowl Riot
The Wooley clan - Kieren, Mark and Daniel.
February 4 || The Aussie Traveller's || Mingle with the Local's
This week we are back with an AMAZING hike we did in Montenegro, which we both agree is one of our favourite countries we visited in Europe! We have so much info on this AMAZING country and so many cool places we went to but this post is on one particular thing we did and it was one of the highlight's of our WHOLE trip!
Hiking To The Gate Of Wishes
Deep In the canyon of the Mrtvica river, you will find The Gate Of Wishes.
This is our story and Experience of Hiking to the Gate Of Wishes!
After spending a few days exploring the breathtaking Durmitor National Park with thousands of other visitors we were ready to go off the beaten track. We researched hikes to do in the mountains of Montenegro and came across one that looked like it could not be missed. We put the address into our GPS ‘Larry’ and set off on a day filled with adventure and mishaps.
We drove down the windy mountainous range in our old boy Carlos and took in the magnificent views of the Tara canyon which is also a must do while your there.
Before we knew it Larry was directing us off the main road and down a narrow dirt track (this was a regular occurrence usually leading us a stray). The road was filled with potholes and a steep decline leading to an old rickety bridge, we were sure it would not hold Carlos’s weight thank god it did and we are still here to tell the story! :)
After the bridge the road lead us to a field with a a sign “Private Property, must pay to park”. With no one around we didn't really know if we were in the right place, though we sore some red markings on the ground so we started following them until it really became unclear of which way to go next. We walked around in circles for about half and hour and almost gave up. Then suddenly from out of know where we were met by who we would come to know as ‘Vesko’, he locked the gate to the field with Carlos inside and off we went.
He was an interesting character, missing his front teeth, wore no shirt and shorts with binoculars hanging around his neck. His english vocabulary consisted of ‘Australia’ and ‘Orange’. Having seen the sign “Don’t go alone to canyon, go with guide” we assumed he was a guide leading us to the hike, instead he lead us up a bush track past his many animals to a decaying house that looked like a scene from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
This is where we were sure we would be murdered as Vesko insisted we follow him into the house. No phone reception, the van locked in and alarm bells going off in our heads (Hannah was actually crying and about to run) .
Vesko returned with some freshly squeezed orange juice which in our state we did not take as we thought it may be drugged. At this point we both asked him if we could leave and repeatedly asked " Where is the gate of wishes " After dissecting his broken english we worked out that he was a guide.... He also handed us a piece of paper with his phone number and when we returned we were to call him so he would unlock the van and accept his payment of €5.
We finally started the hike Vesko in front, though after about 20 minutes he told us " this is where I stop you go alone from here and it should take you about 2 hours each way follow the red markings "
So we set off into the unknown following our red markers, crossing rivers, scaling cliffs, hiking through farms and under apple trees every corner was something more amazing then the last.
Six hours later, a cliff fall, one broken phone, bruises and Chris’s pride, we met back up with Vekso. He gave us high fives, hugs and sent us on our way…Turns out he was actually a really nice guy and didn’t want to kill us after all. ;)
The whole hike we literally saw 4 other people apart from ourselves and Vesko it was amazing to just be out in the wild not actually knowing where we were going but getting to the Gate Of Wishes was amazing and it was so worth it!
We would highly recommend this hike to anyone who travels's to Europe and especially if your in Montenegro put it on the top of your list!
That's all from us this week guy's!
Until next time legend's!
C & H
Febuary 1 || Gong Life - Weekly wrap
This weeks selection of photos all come from Wollongong photographer Matt Lee (@peace_ave). These are just a handful of crisp black and white images Matt has dropped on his Instagram account this week.
Jarryd Rees - Pole Jam
Nicolas Rojas - Frontside grind into the hip.
Patrick McKinnon - Nosegrind.
Steve Abercombie - Ollie the bike.
Matt Ball - 50-50.
January 27th || The west is, and always will be... || J Trist
Views are changing on the day that is...
Anyway, we won't get into the history that makes it what it is.
We recently went on a short trip over to some of WA's finest spots, and of course the odd winery and brewery.
If you haven't been over, it's definitely one we recommend!
There's something about waiting for film to get developed from a trip, that makes it so much more worthwhile than shooting on digital.
January 26 || Tidal - Conservation is a Conversation
It's coming up to a year since we put on the Broken Dreams exhibition for Take 3 For The Sea and our conversation we started back then about Take 3's important message of conservation is still super relevant and still needs to be echoed into the future.
With the news of party goers celebrating NYE in Sydney this year and completely trashing beaches and leaving tonnes of rubbish to make its way into the ocean and into the stomachs of our wildlife, we need to keep the conversation going and make sure we're Taking 3 (or a lot more) every time we visit the outdoors.
Conversely we also need to slow down our consumption of single use plastics and other daily items that can be easily traded for items we don't throw away. Things like re-usable drink bottles, keep cups for coffees and re-usable shopping bags.
Our friends at Tidal magazine covered our Broken Dreams show and put together this awesome piece in their latest issue a little while back, featuring interviews with Tim Silverwood from Take 3 and our Kentaro Yoshida and Luke Okay.
Photos courtesy of Angus Kennedy from ASK Design for Clean Coast Collective and our homie Gerard Grizzle
January 22 || The Aussie Travellers - Vanlife pt 1
Yo Guy's Chris & Hannah here!
Getting back to Aus after a 1 year stint in Europe, Luke got in contact with us and brought up the idea of doing a weekly post of the Adventures we got up to while we were over there. So every week we are going to put up post of a different country or experience we had, as well as some tips, guides and photo's of things we wish we knew before heading over there for that long!
We thought we would start with Vanlife In Europe!
Life in a rolling home means the adventures are endless, you can wake up listening to the waves crashing on the shores of Spain and fall asleep that night surrounded by the mountains of the French Alps. How could anything compete with that? The ability to travel as far and wide as you wish while spending very little money. Sounded perfect to us.
Vanlife is the simple life, you will have only the necessities and it isn’t for everyone. If you have a free spirit, love an adventure and don’t mind weeing in the wild, vanlife in Europe in our opinion is the best way to travel. You also have so much freedom with where you can go and what you can do if you love a place you can stay as long as you want and if you dont you can move on to the next!
Another great thing is you do not need a big budget! We know, We know for Aussies, Europe is usually a VERY expensive trip. And yes getting the van set up is pricey, but for us staying in hostels (from €20 a night per person in peak summer!) and catching public transport was just not foreseeable for a 6 month trip to 17 countries. We decided to think outside the box, buying a cheap van and trying our luck at it getting us all around Europe seemed like the best idea. With endless free camping spots in Portugal, Spain and France, we spent very little money on accommodation in 3 months we spent €14 to be exact staying in a camping spot near Valencia in Spain.
Something that we didn’t expect was that if you do it with your partner it can progress your relationship more than you can ever imagine. Living in a confined space and spending day in day out together builds a different kind of love and respect, you will truly know each other inside out, the good the bad and the ugly!
Have a killer w/e legend's! Get out and explore, we will be back next week with our first European Adventure post!
Has there ever been a person that's married rock n roll so harmoniously with art and illustration? ....
You might answer Yes. But fuck we'll be damned if Sindy Sinn's name wasn't mighty high on that list.
The rock n roll lifestyle that courses through Sindy's veins is the life blood that spills through his work, from band posters, to t-shirts to Harley Davidson motorbike helmets, everything he does is stylised in his unique way, keeping his signature style consistent from small intricate designs to large scale wall pieces. Did I mention he's one of the nicest, lovable guys in the game, behind his big beard, tattoos and biker look you'll find a guy that's always up for sharing his time, knowledge and a hug.
Support a local artist and give bearded guys a hug.
The best images of the week as picked by @gong_life.
Lennon Strachen - backside blaster over the hip t Fairy Meadow at sunset. Photo Ryan Grant.
Pat Mckinnon - Fakie 360 flip over the pine. Photo Matt Lee.
Ray Macken - Curved 50-50 on a high rail with a sloping run up and a tree to navigate. Photo Kane Horspool.
Dani Campbell - Frontside flip where most can only carve on The Barry Ramp at Fairy Meadow. Photo Mat West.
January 14 || FIEND FEATURE || Troy Langendoen
Troy Langendoen captures life's most mundane and sedate moments, the moments that drip dry like paint in everyday suburbia during the week. The mall carpark or the dreary bust stop down the road on the way home from work, moments that pass people by without a thought, to boring or too hidden in the monotony of the everyday.
Contrast that ability to frame the mid-week monotony in pure effervescence with the intermediate splicing of youth culture in the bright lights and pure fire blur of the weekend. Fast gigs, fast parties, fast kids in an haze, fitting in as much creative destruction before the monotony of Monday kicks in again.
If you've bought any of our goods you'll notice Troy's photos are also the main feature on our swing tags. To notice more of Troy's work jump on the links below ;)
The mind of Brent Smith is a weird and wonderful trip - His art will take you there in an hyper-speed blur of colour, skulls, fruit and plants.
The talented and long term fiend of LA' Division is one of those creative people that is multi-skilled in a bunch of disciplines... Cans, brushes, pens, mouse - as an artist or designer, the freelance warrior delivers massive murals, t-shirt designs, poster artwork and comic illustrations like a boss and is little wonder why his client list includes the likes of Red Bull, Westfield, Globe Skateboards, Mambo, Universal Music and No Cure Magazine to name a few.
If you dig Biffy's work, click our store button and make a purchase on his "Broken Dreams" long sleeve tee or check out more of his work at:
Ditch the plastic single use bottles, save resources and the environment from choking and get your hands on our light weight, BPA free, LA’ Division x @mizulife_ausnz water bottle. Designed by our homie Teem - @adrian_l_repeti
Every bottle we sell we'll donate $5 to Waves For Water - An initiative to provide clean water and water filters for those in need around the world.
Jump on the link below to our store to get your mits on your own.
The saying goes "when many hands come together, it makes for light work" or something along those lines. This collaborative project sees two sets of hands come together in Trait and Ryan Grant from Steel City skate. Trait's masterful aerosol work of finely crafted hands around a skatepark and Ryan Grant's handy work behind the camera framing local legends doing their dance on a fingertip's edge, provides another perspective of what skateboarding is. It's more than trickery and it's definitely not destructive. Having these hands hold and frame skateboarders lines and manoeuvres begins to show skateboarding as it's own art form.
To follow this project as it continues to evolve jump on the linked names below
What a year it's been for young blood Kieran Woolley.
The kid is unstoppable, landing sponsors left right and centre, laying down constant webclips, winning and making massive leaps in competition, skating in exhibits all over the country and not to mention getting invited to compete and train in the U.S.
Keep your eye out for big things from this pint size humble human. 2017 is shaping up to be huge and we couldn't be prouder.
Hit play and enjoy
Kieran Woolley - Rider Convergence Camp 2016
December 22 || VEIGA bespoke eyewear
We're pretty pumped when we see people and brands producing goods that are of creative nature, but when those goods are also kind on nature and helping solve unwanted waste issues too, then you know you're onto something amazing.
This is Veiga.
With a lust for innovative design and passion for contributing to solutions that could substitute current materials used across most industries, Veiga has set out to develop a product that would compliment and reflect the lifestyle of the thoughtful individual.
Eyewear that is not only sustainable but super stylish, with sunglass and optical options.
Today Veiga launch their bespoke collection. Offering carefully selected materials and giving the choice to you, the customer to design your own product combinations.
In addition to the Bespoke Collection laugh Veiga are offering a 15% discount for all online orders between Dec 22 and Jan 22. Just use the code "15%Bespoke" at checkout.
We've got two new patches. Our "Explicit patch" and our "Burner patch", which both come with adhesive backing, making it supppper easy for you to apply to your jackets, hats, tees, whatever you damn well please. All for the meazly price of $10 per patch.
If you'd like to purchase one or a bunch, email email@example.com with your name and address and we'll send you some payment details.
September 25 || grubs at a skate park
Hit play on a new skate series presented by Boardworld
Grubs: Part 1, Kiama skatepark
As summer begins to creep its way over the horizon, the warm afternoon skatepark sessions start to kick in for another year. Boardworld is proud to present 'Grubs', a new skate series based upon the positive vibes and summer sessions at some of Australia's finest skateparks, featuring some of the country's best underground talent.
Part one sees the crew tackle Kiama Skatepark, located just south of Wollongong on the NSW coast, home of RadStick and LA' Division you'll notice a bunch of awesome backdrops painted by LA's O.G
Feel the warm breeze and get a little psych to go shred your local.
Featuring: Bam Manorom, Haven Alderding, Mitch Lee, Ray Macken and Steve Adam.
Film/Edit: Adam Harris
Grubs: Kiama Skatepark
September 10 || Text convos with Kentaro || "Solo" show opening
We caught up with Kentaro Yoshida ahead of his exhibition "Solo" opening this Wednesday night (14th of Septemeber), at Good Space Gallery in Chippendale, Sydney.
Grey = Kentaro Yoshida || Blue = Luke Okay
Photos thanks to Rumimatsuzawa
August 21 || LA' crew random sticker packs
We've got a bunch of cool art inspired stickers from our homies. If you'd like to get a random selection of awesome, jump on the link to our store, make a purchase and we'll get postman Pat to your door with a sweet little pack for just 6 bones (including postage).
A couple of weeks back our youngest fiend, young Kieran Woolley found himself competing on one of the biggest stages in the world for skateboarding at the Vans Pro Skate - Park Series coinciding with the US Open of Surf at Huntington Beach California.
The opportunity was huge and Kieran did us all proud by bagging a 13th in the Under 16's division. Now lost in the American dream Kieran is traveling through the states on a teenage rampage, to not only skate all the gnarliest spots he can find but to grow and become bigger, better, badder and hungrier.
We can't wait for the young whipper snipper to come back and spill the beans on what looks like an epic trip.
Jump on the link to Kieran's instagram to follow his wild adventures...
California Dreaming - Skateboarding Southern California - USA
June 28 || Surfers For Bretto || The Fundraiser night
Saturday night was wild. When you see a packed out auditorium, prizes and donations from every business in the area, surfboards from nearly every professional surfer on the planet, signed guitars from Australia's best bands including Parkway Drive, AC/DC and Jimmy Barnes, loads of signed footy jerseys from all the NRL teams, you know the whole community has felt the impact of Brett Connellan's life in someway.
The kid is an all round legend and since being attacked by a shark on March 30 at a home beach in our small coastal town of Kiama, a large chunk of the world has taken notice of what an inspirational human he is and how with true grit, determination and a positive outlook on life, overcoming adversity is a given. Since losing three quarters of his thigh and taking several other wounds from the shark, Brett has stayed calm and focused on his goals of getting back in the water astonishing everyone with his progress.
On Saturday night we packed out The Shellharbour Club with close to 600 people, all willing to pass on their love and good vibes to help Brett progress through his journey of extensive rehabilitation.
A massive thank you is in order to everyone who came, anyone that has donated goods or their time or passed on their best wishes. To the entire surf community and to the crew that made it all happen. You know who you are, you know words won't express the gratitude we feel for all your hard work and help.
Big Love - The LA' Division crew
Surfers For Bretto - Fundraiser clip
Brett and his gal Megan
The legends from Parkway Drive, hanging out and donating a guitar and T-shirts
JT's super edit
The toast of the town. Agy and Joel. Saviours.
Brett and family
Joel and Agy talk story telling with Jack McCoy
Georgia and Megan
Everyone's doing it
Scotty and the Hoff
So many prizes
Mum Brett, Tommy Carroll and Brett
Simpsons Brett bringing the good vibes
T.C gives and inspiring speech with Toby Martin
Jye and Goody
When Tommy speaks, you listen
Tommy presenting a retro dream boat shaped by Mark Richards with the iconic T.C spray
The Winning bidder on the T.C X M.R craft, Mr otton with Brett and T.C
Bretty, Luke and Tommy
Jye and his new sled, courtesy of Julian Wilson
It was a long bidding war but Mika came out on top for the Parkway Drive guitar. Sorry Ned.
Ned still livid about losing the guitar
Kahlia and Jerry
The south coast CAN put on a fundraiser
Toby getting a few words from the man himself
The love was flowing thick and heavy
The Vans rocked it to the end of the night
June 24 || New goods instore!
We've got some new tees, hats and waterbottles!
Modeled by none other than Mr Brett.
Jump on the link below and make your purchase ;)
The "Broken Dreams" Longsleeve tee
The "Circle" tee
The "Spraykay" longsleeve tee
The "Camo" wide brim hat
The "LA' Division x Mizu" stainless steel water bottle
June 21 || Claire Foxton and Project Crown || Giving the steel city a fresh palette
Claire Foxton is a creative boss.
It doesn't matter the size, scale or volume of a project. Claire will crush it and put her brand of creative genius to hand and brighten the audiences day.
Project Crown is an initiative brought to you by the good folks at Verb Syndicate in conjunction with Crown Street Mall, enhancing and giving life to the public space in the Wollongong Mall.
Check that palette and steeze. Killer work from one of our long term favourites.
Claire Foxton // Project Crown
May 17 || DP Surfboards "Short Edit" clip || Starring Bretty C
Team DP had a little team trip down the coast a few months back and scored some fun waves. Max Zappas went along and made a banging little clip of the boys flaring on Dylan Perese's handcrafted sleds. Top Notch, enjoy.
DP Short Edit
May 12 || Lee Mc and the Duneys
Our homie Lee Mc recently got to create some art for buddies and aussie punks, The Dune Rats for the release of their new song "Bullshit". We're pretty pumped on the song, the film clip, Lee's typography and the Duneys for being all round legends.
DUNE RATS - Bullshit (Official Video)
May 3 || Openning Kentaro Yoshida video || Enter through the fog
Enter Through the fog and past the hang over. Kentaro Yoshida opens up on art, his process and we get a look into the making of his piece on the Aus Open of Surf art wall.
May 2 || Brett Connellan || You Got This || Fundraiser night
This little edit of Bretto doing his thing is magic. The kid has a magnitude of style and talent. We want him back in the water one day soon, but we know it's going to be a hard slog for the kid and his family and friends. So our Jones Beach Boardriders crew are putting together a fundraiser night on the June 25 to help Brett get the treatment and rehab he needs. Up for grabs on the night will be signed surfboards from pro surfers such as Kelly Slater and Stef Gilmore, prize packs from Billabong, art from our crew and other amazing artists and much much more.
You can come along to the event by purchasing either a general admission ticket or rally your troops and get a premium table ticket. If you can't make it there are also "spirit tickets" for a helpful donation.
Jump on the link and join us in helping out our boy.
The No Cure x Converse collabs keep coming, with Bafcat stepping into the camera's view. A brief encounter into the awesome mind of the Baffy cat... guy
No Cure TV x Converse x Baf Cat collaboration
April 14 || Kentaro x Converse x No Cure
A sweet little videographed insight into the mind and environment of creative genius Kentaro Yoshida.
No Cure TV x Converse x Kentaro Yoshida collaboration
Aril 7 || Brett Connellan || The Support
Well crew, we are so well and truly overwhelmed with the support this last week for our boy Brett. And so is he.
We are on a good path to reaching goals for Brett's recovery, but this recovery is going to be extensive so we need to do all we can. We're very stok-ed with the campaign to gain attention funds and smiles. Bretty's positivity is high and is beyond inspirational.
Our campaign of getting $10,000 for Justin to get tattooed has been successful. We smashed that goal, with numerous articles in the media and Justin even committing to a nervous radio interview. Justin will be in the tattoo chair today feeling the buzzy burning feeling for his good friend Brett.
We've had shout outs from some of the biggest names in surfing and even Aussie rockers the Dune Rats. We're still waiting for a Kendrick Lamar shout out though...
Thank you all for the support from the bottom of our hearts, keep it coming legends!
April 5 || Brett Connellan || The campaign
We all know social media can be a useful tool at times, sometimes even down right powerful. We also know that all you caring and wonderful people want to do more than just double tap a picture to show your support for our boy Brett...
That's why we're creating a campaign you can be involved in, that can hopefully; A) gain us a lot of attention and; B) raise Brett and his family enough funds to cover the costs of Brett's medical bills.
And more importantly put a smile on the young bucks face.
We're going to have two social media drives for you to be apart of and all you have to do is tag and share.
We have Justin Wynn putting his hand up to get the "Brett Simpson" style drawing tattooed on his ribs if 2 people donate $5000, or if a business donates $10,000, or 10 pro surfers donate $1000.
(At the moment we have an offer of $5000 from Darren Longbottom! Can we get someone else to step up to the plate!?)
Another fun game we have is try and get celebrities to shout out our fund raising campaign for Brett. Aim big, no mountain is too high. Brett's favorite artist of all time is Kendrick Lamar, he has even given his sausage dog the honor of being named Kendrick, he also loves the simpsons and obviously loves surfing. All you have to do is tag, share or repost our pics from either @surfersforbretto or @la_division asking for your chosen celebrities support. There is no rules on how you get the celebrity to give the shout out, whether you contact them via email, phone, in person or simply tagging them on a social media post.
Lets do this! Big love everyone.
For international transfers to the Brett Connellan Trust:
April 3 || Brett Connellan || Happy Birthday Brettson
Everybody has seen and heard the news about our rider, director and all round good guy Brett Connellan being attacked by a shark while surfing at one of our home breaks in Kiama.
Bretty went into surgery today, an 8 or 9 hour surgery, on his birthday (of all days). Reports from the doctors are the surgery went well. But it's the outcome that we all need stay positive for and send out our super happy, shaka vibes for.
Brett has been a large part of LA' Division from day one, close to ten years ago. Being a young grommy from our home town of kiama, with his salty, surfer mop of a hair do, he was always chomping at the bit to not only ride for us, but be involved and get his hands dirty. His best friend Nick Clifford was exactly the same. They kept pestering us and before we knew it they were our best friends and had slowly but surely interweaved their lives into the fabric of LA' Division. Then proceeded to running it better than we could... and we thought we were taking them on to mentor them. Boy were we wrong.
We also want to give a MASSIVE shout out to our other director, brother, photographer, teacher and now hero for saving young Bretty's life. Joel Trist. Our words can't describe how thankful we are for you and what you achieved on Wednesday night.
Brett has a long way to go with his recovery and rehab, but we will be with him every step of the way. If you'd like to help our boy out, please feel free to donate to the account below.
Mitchy K has been a good friend of the LA' crew since the beginning, coming from the same home town and sharing waves with a bunch of the crew. It's been a while since we've seen the young goofy footer but it was apparent from a young age that Mitch had a penchant for big barrels, so when the cyclone swell hit Mitchy hit the road with a ski and some boys in tow and found a slab to do his business.
Cyclone Winston vs Mitch K
March 8 || Siobhãn Stone x Isabella Nichols || Broken Dreams || Happy International Women's Day
When BROKEN DREAMS was littered with an array of incredible surfer/artist combo's how do you set yourself apart from the crowd?
You could use the brightest colours possible, you could add lights and streamers to your board or you could be like Siobhãn and opt for the good ol' fashioned late entrance to make your presence known. Her piece on world junior champion Isabella Nichols' pre loved raft arrived 2 hours into the show and it was well worth the wait.
Matching Isabella and Siobhan with their fierce femininity and wild talents was an easy fix as both young ladies are on top of their game and are a match that we'll most likely see more to come from in the future.
HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY
Jump on the Broken Dreams tab and place a bid to help Take 3 For The Sea and their educational programs for ocean conservation
BILLABONG SURF CAPSULE: GEO DIAMONDS, TAHITI SPRING 2015
March 7 || Broken Reality || An Exhibition in review
Broken Dreams truely and wholey took over our reality as we emerged ourselves in the dream state of creating an exhibition that would best highlight the disastrous effects that our daily waste is having on marine environments and creatures.
Our artists teamed with some of the best surfers in the world to create artworks out of their once beloved crafts.
The night was a great success exhibiting the surfboard artworks at one end of Wild Things Gallery and at the other we teamed with Clean Coast Collective to tell a broader part of the story, showing off their amazing photographs from a trip to far North Queensland dubbed "the trash tribe trip". A trip where their crew removed tonnes upon tonnes of trash that had been dumped on the coastline by the East Australian Current, originating from trash dumped on our beaches all over the Aussie coast and neighbouring countries.
The Take 3 message was received loud and clear, and spread far and wide by our artists and the professional surfers, but to help echo the initiative into schools, surf clubs and community groups we'd love for you to become an owner of one of these amazing original artworks.
CLICK the silent auction link and place a bid on the board of your dreams... >>>> SILENT AUCTION <<<<