Thursday, 26 August 2010


Tom Kay Finisterre
Tom Kay.

Tom Kay is the founder and MD of Finisterre, an award winning ethical outdoor clothing company. Rapidly gaining recognition for creating innovative fabric technologies and cutting edge design along with transparent environmental stewardship. Based on the cliffs of St. Agnes, Cornwall, managing to combine hard work with a passion for his products whilst still writing the twice weekly Finisterre surf forecast and getting in the sea. I thought I'd try and get a bit of insight into what makes Tom tick...

How and when did you first start surfing?

I actually started surfing when I was about 16, but before that had massively been into windsurfing and I’ve always sailed.

Do you remember your first green wave?

Absolutely. I kind of took off and half swung down the face – just managing not to fall off – and then there was this wall of water extending away from me. I was probably only up for a few seconds, but it felt likes ages.

Is it possible to say what it is about surfing that so inspired you?

I’ve always done things on/around the sea and so it fitted into everything that I was familiar with in that environment. It also came at a time in my life where I was pretty hungry just to be in all the time and as we all know just out the back is often the best place there is.

What kind of board do you ride?

All sorts – I try and get in whenever I can (whatever it’s like) and conditions here are not always epic, so you have to get the right board for the day. With this in mind I ride a mix of everything from longboards, quads etc. A good friend of mine, Neil Erskine, has re-affirmed this philosophy to me many times.

Carlos Burle
Carlos Burle, Finisterre Ambassador at G Spot, Ireland.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010


8.6 diamond tail
The Slide Projector.

I fuggin love this board! Spent ages working out the shape, dims etc... Got Jolly Roger to shape it up and now almost a year later I'm even happier with it than ever. It's proving to be just spot on for the waves I ride and the way I ride em.

D caught a few on it the other day and also gave it the big thumbs up (always cool to get some peer approval).

Monday, 23 August 2010


Surfing is pointless - that is the point...

Strip away the physical endeavour, the encounter with the elements, the enjoyment of nature, the beauty of the sea and the challenge to self. What are you left with? Ultimately it is the act of trying to ride a wave whilst balanced on a reinforced flotation device with no other purpose than that. A beautifully pointless and selfish pastime, which has always been part of its great appeal to me.

Poignantly, the single, most important aspect of surfing is also elusive. Waves appear, then disappear. For ever. And to add to the mystique; each wave is unique, a one-off, never to be repeated. Ever. Climb a mountain and it's still there, you can climb it again. Others can do the same. A wave comes, a wave goes. No one will ever ride that wave again. It remains only in your head. Yes, in this age of digital documentation, there may be images, but no one else can ever actually experience it again. It's yours alone.

As surfing becomes more popular, more accessible and more mainstream. As the surf industry tries to contain, package and quantify it I relish the underlying irony that at its heart surfing will forever remain pointless - just someone trying to stand up on a wave for a few seconds.

Painting by Andrew Garner

Friday, 20 August 2010


Derek Hynd - all over it.

This clip has been around a while, but I just wanted to post it up again here cuz it's mental, original, different.

Monday, 16 August 2010


HELLBILLY - an intriguing mashup of off-beat travel and vintage bike & car documentation.


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Good work Gav.

Thursday, 12 August 2010


Take it easy.

The Irish equivalent of 'No worries' - sometimes also literally translated as 'Take it softly'. A very cool phrase I think.

T-shirt from the Peoples Republic of Cork - Thanks Daragh.

Monday, 9 August 2010


cows on beach

A simple beach scene, but a closer look reveals a herd of young bovine beach-goers cooling off in the afternoon heat at the weekend.
(Low-quality phone pic.)

Wednesday, 4 August 2010


Gene Wilder, deviantly perfect as Willy Wonka.

In the 1971 movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Wonka states that "The snozberries taste like snozberries", Veruca Salt responds in an arrogant tone, "Snozberries? Who ever heard of a snozberry?". Willy Wonka grabs her by the mouth and replies, "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams."

I've always loved this quote and (shamefully) only recently discovered that they are the first two lines of Ode, part of a poem by Arthur O'Shaughnessy. Here's the first verse:

We are the music makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams:
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world for ever, it seems.

Arthur O'Shaughnessy - 1874

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


A few from the pixel archive.







joy of sox