VS to US

  One of Velvet Sea’s main contributors Luke Cheadle has landed in the US of A. Not just popping over for a leisurely holiday, but Cheads and his gilfriend intend to be in LA indefinitely.   He has also been in contact with Mike Pagan. An extremely talented film maker that has been kind enough…

ALANA

Here we have an ever-so-lovely post. We’re hoping it makes up for our missing Happy Monday this week. It was the long weekend after all and the hangovers were definitely on the “long” end of the spectrum. Anyway, on to the post. Alana Blanchard. What more do we need to say, really? Maybe the fact…

MEET: EPOKHE

We had a chat to Epokhe co-owner Mitch Coleborn about his new sunglass label. Velvet Sea (VS) – Who are the founders and how did it come about? Mitch Coleborn (MC) – Kai Neville, Dion Agius and myself. We have been wanting to get something going since Modern Collective. We had a tight little crew…

TOME 4: this is alex

TOME 4: this is alex “a video portrait that pays tribute to Californian longboarder/musician Alex Knost”. Whether you like him or not, he’s been an influential figure in modern surfing and is more talented than most. Both his band and his surfing are world class and this video portrait by DSL perfectly fits with Knost…

MEET: Paper Sea Quarterly

Paper Sea Quarterly is a new, Melbourne based, magazine celebrating the ocean and the people that live and breath for it. “Honest stories and critical photographs about the ocean, traveling and art.” Dig in to this MEET:, you won’t be disappointed… First up mate, your mag is epic! I feel like I shouldn’t call it…

KIDULT

Kidult is “the problem child who paints in a righteous, primary and no-limit way with the use of an extinguisher.” He’s taking action against the current commercialisation of graffiti by hitting the streets with paint. Stores like Colette, Supreme and Hermes’ are amongst his victims, all of which have used “graffiti” in recent times to promote…

SALLY THE MOVIE

Nicholas Damen & Simon Treweek have been at it again. Sally The Movie is a new surf film and it features surfers: Craig Anderson Ryan Callinan Marti Paradisis Mikey Brennan Michael Spencer Rangi Ormond Tyler Holmer-Cross Andrew Mooney Locations include:  Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and more. Stay tuned as this is first glimpse.…

WHALEBONES ZINE

Whalebones Mag. Check it out. Limited of 50 went to print but they just put it online. Handmade paper cover from recycled waste. Pages are made from 90% post consumer waste, 10% banana stalk. Sewn together with thread made from recycled plastic bottles. Sergej Vutuc, Seekae (by Justina Grubski), Marcelo Macedo, John Sinclair, Michael Spencer,…

SHARKS SUCK

A shark attack at Redhead beach just out of Newcastle has left Lenny, from Down-Under Tattoo, awfully injured. We feel for Lenny as fellow surfers and it’s something we all fear but never think it will happen to us. God bless Lenny and we all hope he has a speedy recovery. Lenny is quite the…

THE ANTHOLOGY

The world’s a-been-a-changing of late. Every man and his dog has a blog, a webpage, whatever. We are all now living most of our lives online. Everything is faster, quicker, shorter. Give me now and then give me again once my web page has refreshed.  The net is a huge bin of knowledge, and crap, and we want it before it’s even ready to be devoured.

VS#2

~ Next up in our mix series is one of Velvet Seas’ own, Luke Cheadle. Every now and then, in between the more well known DJs, we will put together mixes, playlists, soundtracks, whatever you want to call them, to keep the tunes flowing. This one is much more chilled then the first VS mix,…

LIGHT YEAR!

We’ve just become aware of a new site by good friends, and electro wondermen, Light Year. The boys have featured in 2 Many DJ’s heavily lauded live shows and have recently just smashed the hell out of the US on a nation wide tour. Before this site went live it was relatively hard to find…

JUST GO BAREBACK

The Bareback DJ’s are two of our best mates Leigh Sedley and Paul Fisher. Both very good surfers in their own right and both damn good DJ’s and producers. The boys are living in the US at the the time of writing, with Sedley more firmly based than Fisher, who is constantly galavanting around the…

JAMES DRAKE

James Drake is a musical genius. Never heard of him? Really? Well that’s good, because if you had of then you’d be living in a dream world. You see, the name James Drake is a play on the names of two, true, musical wonderboys James Blake and Drake. One, a post dubstep artist from the…

A letter from the Irons family

The official autopsy released regarding Andy Irons’ death… THE NEW YORK TIMES THE IRONS FAMILY We have received the final autopsy and toxicology report filed in connection with Andy’s death on November 2nd, 2010, from the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in Forth Worth, TX. The family apologizes for the delay in the release of…

T.woods/N.deane

Thomas Woods and Noa Deane were two of the surfers that were on my recent Bali trip. Most of the time we surfed side shore Canguu, which is about the closest thing surfers can get to a skatepark. The wind was perfect for airs and, trust me on this, they were flaring. I came home wanting…

MEET: MATT PAYNE

|| MATT PAYNE  || Pic by: Adam Ferreira Field || Filmmaker Age || 20 Resides || Huntington Beach, CA Inspiration || Syd Mead, Quentin Tarantino, Joe G. Years in the game || 1 year. Equipment Digital/Film || Panasonic P2 HPX-170 & Minolta Autopak  D-10 (Super 8) Projects (present) || Dirty Harry Series, helping out on ‘0000’ and…

Dirty Harry

We didn’t know who Matt Payne was until we came across these two clips and to tell you the truth, we still don’t know too much. All we know is he’s based out of Newport, CA and that he creates nice edits based on surfer Jason Harris, in which he experiments with narrative and medium. It’s refreshing…

Desillusion!

They say don’t judge a book by it’s cover but I don’t think this phrase applies to magazines, well not Desillusion anyway. The cover of the magazine, the “-No Balls- Girls Do It Better” issue, sums up the contents better then any long winded review could. Amazing photography, brilliant angles, artistic themes and unexpected but…

MEET: Brent Smith

Brent Smith is a man of mystery. A man of many faces, and many beards. Not much is known of him other than what has been provided below. This MEET: came about from stumbling across www.brentsmith.com.au. We thought the art displayed was very cool, and very worth a MEET:, so an email was sent and…

MAMBO x Ray Of Hope

Mambo artist Shannon Graham paints a surfboard to be donated to the Ray of Hope fundraising campaign. Ray of Hope represents the philosophy of the Westmead Breast Cancer Institute that by providing the most innovative, specialist and professional care available today the BCI can offer early detection, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment to give each…

BLIND

VelvetSea have been up on the Gold Coast scoring some fun sessions on the QLD points, which is rare for Sydney siders. We are now back at home faced with the usual mush we regularly grovel in. Things are looking up though as Autumn swells are just around the corner. To farewell the Summer, here’s a new clip…

WEDNESDAY CHIME

There’s not much to say about this little mix other than it’s fricken’ rad. If your into a little bit of Lounge/Chillout/Nu-disco/Disco/Indy Disco then get your little ear drums into this mix. Covering songs by Michael Jackson all the way through to The Revenge, and other chilled out gems, it’s a great mix to put…

THRILLS SPILLS

Dane Reynolds has recently injured himself and I think It’s almost ok to say “it’s about time”, well its not ok but you get our drift. Dane surfs harder than anyone on this planet and, quite frankly, its a bit of a surprise his body lasted this long. Unfortunately this means the fresh footage flowing from Marinelayerproductions…

MIDDAY COWBOY

Riley Blakeway! The kids awesome, we’ll let him tell you the story behind this little skate clip starring Cameron Sparkes & Bjorn Johnston. “Lately I’ve been disappointed in myself, making things for the wrong reasons. I cancelled a paying job this particular saturday and skated the city until 8 at night. This clip was for…

RVCA

Danny Fuller has been running the RVCA house in Hawaii for a few weeks now. He has put together this video part with the help of some friends to give a little taste of what RVCA has been up to lately. Featuring Danny Fuller, BJ Penn, Makua Rothman, Matt Archbold, Ford Archbold, Kalani David and…

PAINT AND WIN $2,000

Surfing World magazine have thrown down a very enticing competition for all you arty types out there. Paint or draw a surfer, any surfer, and win $2,000. Shit, this really makes me wish I picked up a pencil at a young age instead of watching He-man and play fighting with my mates in the back…

WILLS JOY MEMORIAL

The time has come for the 2nd annual Wills Joy Memorial Contest and it’s safe to say that last year was one of the best days of my life. Sun, surf, smiles, beers and amazing people celebrating a great life. Jack Joy won the contest last year and we all had goose bumps when he was…

SUPERSTRUCTURE

If your in Manly tomorrow night (Friday 26th Nov.) make sure you get down to The Oblique at Shop 4 Roycroft Arcade, 27 Sydney Road Manly to check out some art, clothes, free beer and one of the, now famous, alley parties that the boys throw. You know what? They’ll tell you better… “The time…

I WANNA BE LIKE ANDY

Like most young surfers competing on the junior series I was also sponsored by Billabong. A Winter/Summer pack at my doorstep, Bong sticker slapped on the nose, travelling domestically from team house to team house and then the big trip once a year to Hawaii, crammed into a house at Sunset Beach full of eager…

Matthew Dear

Matthew Dear is one of a kind, but a man of many guises. He is a DJ, a dance-music producer, an experimental pop artist, a bandleader. He co-founded both Ghostly International and its dancefloor offshoot, Spectral Sound. He’s had remixes commissioned by The XX, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Spoon, Hot Chip, The Postal Service, and The Chemical…

Mambo Artist Search

Mambo is currently running a Global Artist Search. Winning entry gets their art featured on a tee, a loaded up Macbook Pro among other things. More info on the website www.mamboartistsearch.com or if your in New Zealand www.nz.mamboartistsearch.com Get onto it players…

JACK BE NIMBLE

Today while most of us were staring at computer screens, or digging holes, Jack Freestone was busy getting pitted out of his mind and throwing down tweaked air reverses to win the Oakley World Junior in Bali and finally, Australia, we have a World Junior Champ… Well sort of. You see people, this year, if…

TRUNKJUNK QUARTERLY

Here you go world! A brand new stand-up boardsports, and arts culture magazine focusing on the now, the tomorrow and the yesterday. This looks cool as shit and it’s good to see a couple of young guys doing something fresh. Issue one comes all wrapped up in a nice little package with a free zine,…

Lost Atlas

Kai Neville is at it again! The man who changed surfing with Modern Collective is behind the lens creating another Hi-Fi surf vid. It’s called LOST ATLAS and so far stars CRAIG ANDERSON, OWEN WRIGHT, DION AGIUS, JULIAN WILSON & YADIN NICOL. Everything Kai does oozes style, and his new film is no different. Once…