The Depth Test

The Big Wave Project: A Band Of Brothers

Stu Nettle

From 20 foot Waimea to 80 foot Jaws, Tim Bonython tells the tale of modern big wave surfing.

'As Worlds Divide' - review

Stu Nettle

Filmed over nine years, 'As Worlds Divide' confronts the impact commercialisation, forced displacement, and assimilation have had on the Mentawai people.

Sharks Never Sleep by Brendan McAloon

Stu Nettle

Sometimes unsettling but never gratuitous, Sharks Never Sleep describes first-hand accounts of shark attacks from around the world.

I like your new stuff better than your old stuff: Peter Garrett at the Settlers Taven

Anthony Pancia

Peter Garrett drops the politics and enviro schtick for a solo national tour. Anthony Pancia catches him at the Settlers Tavern in Margaret River.

Single: Studies of Movement by Andrew Kidman

Stu Nettle

Who cares about a book that's been out for four years?

Fortunately Andrew Kidman's 'Single' remains a timeless read.

The Banana by Slater Designs - a review of sorts

Stu Nettle

An average punter takes a first drive on the modern Banana. It's the closest thing in the quiver to a Ferrari.

The Return of Gonad Man by Mark Sutherland

Stu Nettle

After a twenty year hiatus Gonad Man returns to save surfing from a soulless, commodified, wavepool-ridden future.

Lookout Smelly Skater!

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan

blindboy

"A substantial work that easily eclipses anything comparable and instantly achieves classic status. Anyone seeking to understand surfing across the last 50 years will turn here first."

Blindboy reviews the highly anticipated surfing memoir of William Finnegan.

'Tripping Yarns' by Monty Webber

Stu Nettle

A book about chasing drugs, girls, and waves, all topics that lend themselves to a high degree of license. Monty Webber is, in polite terms, a storyteller, but we'll satisfy ourselves by calling him a Bondi bullshitter.

Chris Garrett asymmetrical

Stu Nettle

“Free your mind and your ass will follow.” 

Chris Garrett shapes a board that matches the peculiarities of the human body to those of the breaking wave.

Becoming Westerly by Jamie Brisick

Stu Nettle

A film inside a book about a man inside a woman.

'Found At Sea' by Ray Collins

Stu Nettle

For the most part surfers are absent in Found At Sea. Where a surfer is in frame they're either a reference point for scale or they're subsumed within the scene. In Ray's world the surfer must share equal billing with the wave, the sky, the light...