Rowan Klevstul has been documenting and writing about surfing in New Zealand since 2000. If you're after a piece of eclectic surf photography, contact Rowan on 021 252 7970 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The first time I saw a fin in the water out surfing brought an instant revelation. In warm glassy sunfilled morning conditions at a beach on Australia's Sunshine Coast, the serenity was suddenly shaken as a black dorsal fin, accompanied by a bow-wake coming off a fast moving creature underneath, headed directly my way.
Chasing waves, that's what its all about. You've gotta be on it, ready to make the most of those prime moments when they arrive. Because that heartfelt gut wrenching feeling of missing out when you know its firing deflates the surfing id more than anything else and after a while it just flat out becomes intolerable.
'Round here, surfers ears tend to prick up whenever the rumour of a North-west swell drops. As established by years of the mundane walking in straight lines, it is all about the angles, and though constanly open by degrees to the possibilities, the event of bumps stackin' down the coast, as opposed to up, is always a novel one that sets minds a-floatin'.
It's hard to determine when exactly preparation starts for a contest. As you mail off the entry form? with your personal details, contest fees - and hopes and dreams - all attached.
The Wet Colour exhibition, currently running until February 10th at The Depot Artspace in Devonport, is the culmination of a two-year photographic project by Rowan Klevstul. The whole main gallery is awash with intensely coloured wave imagery, featuring the oceans of Auckland looking their very best. Exhibition is entering its last week - you need to get there now!
I'm stoked to announce the opening of my first solo photographic show - Wet Colour. The exhibit showcases the waves of Auckland as you've never seen, featuring great imagery from around the coastlines of the 09 region, made with an artistic surf-minded eye.
With Christmas upon us and a summer full of waves ahead, 'tis the time to covet new surfboards! But before I let you in on a must have breakthrough in surfboard design that's really caught my imagination, can we have a little context please...
This Saturday saw the 2010 O'Neill Auckland Champs run to full capacity at Maori Bay. A stacked draw ran back-to-back-to-back in maxing conditions - twelve hours of attrition, drama and some of the best performance surfing seen at the A.C's for a long while.