clearing the chaos…

G.P. on a runner...

Having a few things to do in Brisbane for the weekend turned out to be a lot more exciting than originally intended. Thanks to the Qantas Airline grounding getting home took a fair amount of scrambling, but eventually I got on a flight late last night. I count myself lucky, most were left stranded. I figured the best way to clear the chaos of yesterday would be to go for a swim and I eventually made it down to the beach around 7:20am. Surprisingly there were a few waves on offer and the South West winds kept things pretty smooth. The tide was a problem though, it was just too low to allow the banks to produce any real quality. The swell and winds are both from the South for the rest of the day, its bigger, but onshore at more exposed locations…

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

Brisbane city lights...

reflections at low

The North Steyne Club

inviting shapes

three wait

Blue Sky Friday…

T.B.S on the accelerator

With blue skies, sunshine and a small wobbly swell, there were quite a few people hitting the water for an early surf this morning. Sure it was nothing spectacular, but there were waves on offer and it’s certainly better than not surfing!… Get used to the small conditions and the variable winds, as this weather and swell pattern looks set to continue into next week. The good news is that the temperatures are well north on the scale and hanging out in the sunshine is going to be a real option – nice!
The Saltmotion Gallery is open all weekend from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Market Place – Manly (map here). Make sure you get your Christmas orders in soon as custom orders can take a little longer over the holiday period…

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

blue sky Friday

nice turn - small wobbly wave...

footprints and the sunrise...

climbing closeouts...

knee high runner...

slow things at dawn...

excited grommets…

excited grommets..

Back on home soil this morning and greeted by a nice colourful sunrise. Unfortunately the wind also greeted us in Manly and it is not from a very favourable direction. The small swell that is on offer is being ripped apart by the onshore wind and finding anything really surfable was a challenge. Still my spirits were lifted when I saw two gromments running down the beach, undeterred by the sloppy waves they were just excited to be getting wet before school and that’s what its all about… If you are a little fussier then perhaps wait a bit as the tide will drop and the swell should increase marginally through the day, add to that a little sunshine and it might look slightly more appealing.

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

 

fishing at dawn...

wobbly and small

down by the water

colour in the clouds

geting a turn in...

just watching...

Get lost in the beauty…

last night sundowners...

We headed back across the country from Hawks Bay to Taranaki via ‘The Forgotten World Highway ‘, which was one of the most amazing experiences of the trip, this ‘highway’ was the windiest, steepest, most beautiful road I have ever seen, it felt like we went back in time for a few hours then came out the other side. We arrived in Taranaki late and found a place to camp for the night. In the morning we were a little disappointed with the swell and wind so we headed back north to the Raglan area where we scored some wind affected but fun waves. We spent our last night of the trip watching the sunset over the points, then went on one final, secret, mission which I can’t publish photographs of, yet…

This road trip through New Zealand has been amazing, Dan, Josh, James and myself have all shared countless good times, had some pumping surf and plenty of laughs. Every day has been amazing, driving through this country is something you really should add to your list of things to do. Get a few friends together leave reality behind and get lost in the beauty of this amazing country. I honestly believe that there is something very special about this place and I am already putting a plan together for ‘road trip two – the south island’

Both James and Josh have provided endless hours of entertainment on the guitar, both play regular gigs around Sydney click (here) for info on James and (here) for Josh.

The Perfect Wave have done it again, they looked after us, organised the flights and the motor-home and even managed to re-book everything again after we totally messed the dates up! (woops) If you want to do a trip through NZ give them a call, they can even organize a guide for you…

Our next and final trip for the year is to PNG – don’t miss it! For detailed information click (here).

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

spectacular...

because you can...

last waves - good fun

sunset on the point

Lea’s Place…

Lea's Place...

Catching up with friends is always great, especially friends you have not seen for a while. We pulled into Lea’s place late in the evening and were welcomed with some amazing Kiwi hospitality, a home cooked meal and a fresh salad taken straight from the garden, awesome. In the morning, Shane, a friend of Lea’s picked us up and took us to a 4WD only access beach break. The waves were super fun and there were just a handful of other local guys on the beach. They were very welcoming and we all had a great laugh while we shared a few waves. Next we head back across the North Island to the West Coast before moving back towards Auckland. There is a fair amount of driving ahead, but that is one of the best parts, the views are always amazing. Thanks again to Lea and Shane for looking after us so well!…

Saltmotion have one more trip this year, we are heading to PNG for a charter to some of the most beautiful and un-crowded tropical waves in the world, if your interested in joining us click (here)

PNG_Explorer-Charter_December-2011

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

pushing the tail on a small one

the boys and the clouds...

playful beach-breaks...

empty parking lots here

kiwi air show...

roadside views - not bad at all

Kiwi Cup…

black swan sunrise

When we booked this trip to New Zealand we had no idea that it would coincide with the rugby world cup final. Talk to any Kiwi over the last few days and they were bound to mention the rugby. However there was a sense of unease about the place, they still had to win it. Last night they did, and there is a sense that a weight has lifted off the nation this morning, a sense of relief as much as of victory. I’m glad they won, the mood here if they lost would have been very edgy!… Now back to the coast, we spent the weekend driving a fair amount, we hit up some beautiful beaches in the north and headed over to Gisborne, then through Hawks Bay. Unfortunately the swell has backed right off and waves have been a little harder to come by. Even though the swell has been small the good times continue, there is a constant stream of music from the talented duo, the scenery is spectacular and the All Blacks flags are flying everywhere…

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

small - but still fun

the talented ones...

Daniel - surveying...

beautiful beaches...

sunrise at the top of the north

mobile man home

Roooaaad Trrrippp N.Z.

New Zealand impresses

Hello again… Four mates, a motor home, a stack of surfboards, a guitar and my cameras are all on a mission for the next week to check out what New Zealand has to offer. After day one we are certainly impressed. On the flight into Auckland we were treated like royalty. I wont go into detail, but is was pretty obvious that a hostess took a liking to one of our group and in an attempt to get a phone number (which she did), a lot of drinks from the first class cabin made their way back to our seats, enough said on that matter…. We broke out of the city as soon as we could and arrived at a very famous point break late in the evening, settled in for the night and woke to the dream situation. Perfect waves peeling down the point, the photos really do tell the story. After surfing our fill we headed off to sort out a few things in town and got distracted by some German hitchhikers who took us on a detour to a waterfall, which was amazing, really amazing. This country is one of the most scenic I have ever been to. The waves are pumping and the sun shining. I can’t wait for tomorrow… p.s. we are definitely not here for the rugby!

Saltmotion Travel along with The Perfect Wave have one more adventure in 2012. We have charted a boat in PNG and there are a very limited number of spots left, info (here)

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

First view this morning

As the tide dropped...

What its all about...

Flawless tubes on the point

Getting ready - getting excited...

Sunrise on the west coast

October 18 and the daisies…

sun waking the daisies...

Some of you may have realised that I never use the same heading for a saltmotion report twice. Just a game I play with myself to keep things interesting. It’s got nothing to do with me having a good memory; the system I use makes it pretty clear if I happen to type the same name in twice. This morning the word ‘daisies’ raised a flag, so I checked and saw that on the same day last year I lead with a photo of the daisies. Just a co-incidence but it made me laugh. By now you would have also realised that I am not saying much about the surf today. That’s because there is not much to say! If you want to surf, take a longboard and some patience. Looking at the charts, I think over the next few days you will have a lot more success working on your sun-tan than your cutback… There probably wont be a saltmotion report tomorrow, I should be back with you by Thursday from a mystery location…
So, what are you wearing? Is the latest written piece to be posted in the Articles section of our website. Take a few minutes to read it and gain an insight as to why we choose organic cotton for our Apparel range.

Enjoy your day,
Joel Coleman…

sunshine on the eighteenth

better than sleeping in

throwing some rays...

best wave I saw today

calm to the horizon...

saltmotion regulars...

So, what are you wearing?

 

‘Eat organic’, ‘only buy fair trade’, ‘reduce your carbon footprint’, ‘floss daily’ – and now we have to think about what we’re wearing as well?  Yes. Well, no, but ethically, yes.

Take the harmless T-shirt.  Wash & wear, wash & wear and then finally, after years of loyalty, your tee makes it’s way to your local charity bin or becomes your new car wash rag. Seems harmless.

What’s this new hype about organic cotton, then? Well, it’s what happens at grassroots when the cotton isn’t organic, that’s where the difference lies.

A few statistics to consider;

  1. Conventionally grown cotton accounts for more than 25% of worldwide insecticide use and 10% of the pesticides. Pesticides used in cotton production are among the most hazardous available.
  2. Millions of children receive up to 35% of their estimated lifetime dose of some carcinogenic pesticides by the age of five through food, contaminated drinking water, household use and pesticide drift.
  3. It can take up to 500 grams of chemical fertilizers and pesticides to conventionally grow the 1.5kgs of cotton needed to make a T-shirt and a pair of jeans.
  4. Pesticides used on cotton cause acute poisonings and chronic illness to farm workers worldwide. Acute respiratory symptoms and other health effects in communities surrounding cotton farms are linked to high use of defoliation chemicals.

So buying organic cotton isn’t necessarily about what you’re wearing, although we’ve certainly found that it’s softer, more durable and longer lasting; it’s about what you’re supporting by buying non-organic cotton. It’s about broadening our vision to the entire supply chain, rather than simply looking on the clothing rack in our local shops.

Some businesses have made the conscious decision and commitment to be ecological; to be gentle and respectful of our planet. The team at Saltmotion have made this commitment and offer an organic T-shirt range that is also Carbon Neutral as well as “Fair Wear”.

They’re carbon neutral by the way of using renewable energy and low impact farming techniques and Fair Wear Foundation is the Fair Trade body that regulates the clothing industry to ensure that working conditions are safe and free of pesticides, exclude child labour, excessive working hours and unhygienic working conditions.

Demands to manufacture increasing quantities of cheap textiles has lead the clothing industry to allow some of the most unethical trade practices on the planet.

To ensure that Saltmotion does not contribute to the social injustice seen in the textile industry, commonly known as sweatshop labour, they support only Fair Wear Foundation textiles which have made transparent their manufacturing supply chain with independent audits by the non-profit organisation.

There’s a lot going on, at any one moment, in the world, in our heads, in our lives and I appreciate that you simply cannot take everything on. For the most part, though, we do what we can and open our eyes, little by little to those situations that present themselves to us in bight-sized chunks. That’s what this article is. It’s a little, bight-sized, eye opener and something to consider when you’re doing your Christmas shopping this year.

Sherrie Coleman

For more information on Fair Wear Foundation go to fairwear.org
For the Saltmotion Apparel range go to www.saltmotion.com/saltmotion-apparel

scratching around Manly…

fifteen fly...

Early this morning, around 5:20 the ocean was showing a few neat lines of small south swell being groomed by an offshore breeze. By 5:22am it was pouring with rain, the wind had shifted onshore and pretty much destroyed those clean lines… I’ll admit that finding anything to point a lens at after that was a challenge. I scratched around for a while, waited in the drizzle to see if there was any sign of a decent wave, which there wasn’t, then headed home. The weather forecast is saying the rain will clear. Unfortunately the surf forecast is looking pretty poor, there may be a few windows of opportunity through the week but you will have to time things well… On the up side the weather forecast is calling 28 and 29 degrees on Thursday and Friday, now that’s worth getting excited about!

Enjoy your day,

Joel Coleman…

the three optimists...

whats on offer

scratching around Manly...

one last look...