Salty Soul Surfwear - Made for the Sea

Tell us a bit about yourself

My Name is Priscila, I am a Graphic Designer and I love surfing. Originally from Brazil, I am now, after 10 years living in this magical place, very proud to have become an Australian Citizen. My sister Luiza lives here on the coast too. She also studied Graphic Design and together we created Salty Soul first Collection. We are always in the water surfing together. The ocean is probably one of our biggest inspirations. ;)

Why did you start Salty Soul Surfwear?

I always dreamed about working for myself. I love surfing and I love swimwear. I am also very passionate about our beautiful planet and it was always very hard to find a brand that would consider better and greener alternatives to make good quality swimsuits that would last… so I decided to create my own eco-conscious surf wear line that would embrace all the qualities I have always looked for in a bikini - durability, sustainability and stylish ;)

Where is everything made?

The clothes are designed here in Australia and made in Bali. We traveled to Indonesia once we had all the designs and prints ready so we could find a place to produce the bikinis. We tried to keep it local but our budget was really small. So we found a family owned business over there and met the people involved with my bikinis. I think it’s important for every business owner to know what the work conditions are when manufacturing products overseas.

Can you tell us a bit about why you chose ECONYL, XTRALIFE LYCRA and to do the #buy1get1tree?

Econyl has a very innovative way to create products from waste. Its regeneration system can be endlessly repeated. They have different initiatives and projects to keep our oceans clean and transform all the waste collected in something that are not only entirely made of regenerated material, but are fully and endlessly regenerable. I just think it’s brilliant!

The buy 1 get 1 tree project came up from the idea of reducing our environmental impact as much as possible. I started looking for initiatives and projects around Australia and came across Carbon Neutral Charitable fund in WA. Then I learned that over the past 50 years, about half the world's original forest cover has been lost and I knew I had to do something to help change that!

 @cncfaus  /  www.cncf.com.au

Carbon Neutral Charitable Fund (CNCF) has planted over 5.4 million trees across more than 3,812 hectares and 160 sites since 2001.

Trees are the world’s single largest source of breathable oxygen and play a vital role in addressing climate change. It’s very important to do something about it now before its too late!

What are your plans for the future ?

We are planning on starting up our wetsuit range very soon. All sustainable, using the best quality neoprene and beautiful prints. I am super excited about that! I cannot wait to wear my first Salty Soul wetsuit.

What are your thoughts on the swimwear/fast-fashion industry?

Did you know that second to oil, fashion and textiles is the most polluting industry in the world? Every stage in a garment’s life threatens our planet and its resources. It can take more than 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton, equivalent to a single t-shirt and pair of jeans.

That is why consumers need to make better choices and this industry urgently needs to evolve. Fashion companies must get to know every step in their supply chains and be transparent with consumers. By being transparent with our supply chains, we start to take responsibility for them, including the safety of our workers and the impact we have on the environment.

 

Photography credit:

Izzy Hobbs: isobellahobbs.wix.com/izzyhobbs

Olivia Nachle: www.olivianachle.com

www.saltysoulsurfwear.com.au

 @saltysoulsurfwear

 

 


West Sumbawa

West Sumbawa, Indonesia

 


The Gem of the Indian Ocean

The Gem of the Indian Ocean

by Daniel Chafer

 

From a young age, I’ve been fascinated with this teardrop-shaped island and its endless possibilities…

Sri Lanka was the ideal country to experience and document its unique cultural hidden beauty. The balmy waters of the Indian Ocean and offshore trade winds made the sea conditions flawless for barrels. With a combination of picturesque coastlines and forest scenery in a tropical climate filled with fascinating natural treasures, I found myself surrounded by people that believed happiness was the vital key in life. The sole driving reason behind this journey was to escape real life duties. To pursue the goal of searching for what lies beyond the fences and encouraged to go beyond the horizon! It’s difficult in our modern day living to find yourself, in a destination free from rules or restrictions. So we tend to grasp the guidelines and only live through our Social Media.

We aimed to beat the Christmas crowds and arrive in Sri Lanka at the end of March to catch the last of the South West swell season. After discussing with 4 good friends in different time zones around the world, they too were searching for something different. We came up with a date and all arrived with the anticipation of finding a car that was up for the Sri Lankan road trip. We found “Betsy” not far from Colombo airport. It was an old beat up Jeep that was used in the Civil War that lasted for 18 years between the Tamil Tigers and Sri Lankans. If you’re not used to driving on skinny roads with the potential for head on collisions, then stick to the Tuk Tuks. It was nice to not rely on IPhones or navigational systems to get around, as getting lost with maps lead us to some of our best experiences!

It was time to go searching for waves. That’s what we were here for!

The only plan at this point was to head south to Hikkaduwa. The drive was far from boring, as the windy roads took us through a maze of villages, only to arrive to a tropical paradise of palms along the coastal road. Throughout the next week we experienced such a cultural shock, beauty, kindness and the graciousness from the Sri Lankans. Dinner was always a highlight! Throughout the day most of the Banta in the surf was either about how fast it left your body, or how good the aromatic spice-rich food tasted without eating with a knife or fork! The cuisine typically consisted of Beautiful spices, Fresh seafood, coconut rice, and large bowls of vegetables. The roti’s dipped in their Mango Chutney were to die for!

Pumping waves and picturesque coastlines aren’t the only thingSri Lanka has to offer. Its mountainous interior has amphitheaters of lush green Tea fields that are usually crammed with locals filling bags or hampers of Sri Lanka’s finest tealeaves.  Exploring the hillside country never made you feel alone because you would always bump into someone that was always happy to guide you in the right direction.

One of the highlights of our trip was arriving at Coconuts Beach in Midigama one afternoon. We had driven down on to the sand to catch the sunset. While getting out of the car, loads of street dogs surrounded us. We all looked at each other in shock as to what was going on. One of the dogs had something in its mouth but couldn’t see clearly as it was covered in sand. All the locals started coming out of their village to witness a true moment. Baby turtles started hatching from a nest under the car and the dogs where trying to eat them while making their dash to the ocean. With so many people there we were able to form a wall and watch over a 100 turtles take their first step into the Gem of the Indian Ocean.

After covering more then 1000 miles, our journey was coming to an end.  It was time to give our lacerated reef cuts a break and head back to Australia. We were unhappy to leave but our memories of the island still get told around a good campfire today!

The best thing about Sri Lanka is it leaves you speechless. Then it turns you into a storyteller.

Words and Photography by Daniel Chafer

 


Photographing skate culture with Saeed Rahbaran

"My name is Saeed Rahbaran and I'm an editorial and commercial photographer based in Las Vegas, Nevada."

"I was born in Vienna, Virginia, a small town 30 minutes west of Washington DC, and moved to Las Vegas in 2004. For the past 8 years I've split my time between Las Vegas and Southern California where I photographed a majority of my skateboarding work."

How would you describe your photography style?

I would describe my photography as storytelling within cultures that I’m interested in. What’s great about getting older is your interests expand immensely, and for me, the most minuscule things I question or learn about outside of my comfort zone make me want to dive in and document with a camera.

How did you get into skate photography?

I got into skateboard photography the day I began taking pictures. I was 16 years old and had just experienced a severe concussion that put me in the hospital overnight. This was my second serious skate related injury that needed real medical attention and my parents were beyond furious, mostly scared and sad. At the time I thought they were jerks for wanting me to quit entirely, but now I totally understand how insane that must be for a parent to go through. But my life was skateboarding and there was no way to stop, so I bought a camera and told them thats what I’ll do instead. In the beginning it felt more like an excuse to be out secretly skateboarding, but once I learned the craft of documenting the tricks, I fell in love and haven’t stopped since.

Can you tell us what was happening in photo below?

This is a picture of Ryan Reyes in the rain just after trying to get a trick at a ditch here in Vegas. It was summertime and well over 100 degrees out, but clouds were rolling through all morning making it somewhat bearable to skate. While he was trying the trick it instantly cooled down, the wind picked up, and it started pouring rain. Total defeat by bad weather.

What do you usually say and do when someone takes a slam skating?

I usually say the standard, “are you ok?” Every slam is different and you usually know right away if something is seriously wrong. Once I know the skater is ok I think it's best to just give them some space.

Can you tell us what happened in the photo above? 

Unlike my above answer, this describes a situation that triggers more than the “are you ok” statement. This is a photo of Ryan Spencer just moments after getting knocked out trying to boneless lipslide a rail in downtown LA. He clipped the rail and went face first into the rough asphalt, a complete freak accident seeing that he did the trick a few times prior. Everyone instantly gasped or blurted “holy shit.” He was knocked out for a few seconds, then got up and walked back with us to where we were sitting. I took this picture while he was trying to remember what happened. He must have repeated the same few things dozens of times, it was really scary. Luckily Ryan was ok, just a bad concussion and chewed up skin from the rough ground.

What is your favourite quote/saying?

Don’t condemn, criticize, or complain. A tough one to live by, but I’ve been doing my best!

What is your favourite cheap meal to cook? 

Ramen! I add tons of veggies, lemon, and sriracha to spice it up. It’s delicious and quick to make.

What is your favourite Nintendo 64 or GameCube game? 

I never really got into video games. I was always terrible at them and didn’t have the patience to learn each game. My big brother had a Nintendo 64 and I remember enjoying a snowboarding game and one of the race car games. I loved the fact that he would beat all the levels and I could mess around on all of them.

 

Head over to Saeed's website for more of his work and don't forget to follow him on Instagram for more epic shots and potential slams. Thanks for the chat legend! 

saeedrahbaran.com

instagram.com/saeedrahbaran