Watch: Soli

Stu Nettle
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The sixth and last in O'Neill's bio-clip series, all of them filmed and edited by Morgan Maassen, is Solamon Storm Bailey.

By way of voiceover, Soli reflects on the requirements of a professional surfer, the good and the bad, while the back half of the clip is filmed in overhead Indo glass and makes for a satisfying sign off.

Says Maassen of his subject:

"Ten years ago, an Australian surf magazine editor handed me one of my first photography assignments and said, "capture Soli". We had only a few hours together, shooting portraits and action on a small day in Hawaii, but I was immediately struck by the incredible demeanor of the teenager. Polite, quiet, but so fiercely determined to make his mark. Soli was rising through the junior ranks and dreaming of making the World Tour.

"As time went on, we crossed paths countless times in random, far-flung places...but this last year I was bestowed both the pleasure of travelling with him to Indonesia to score perfect waves, and to watch his inaugural year competing on the tour.

"The highs of his performances in incredible surf, and lows of watching him struggle with the complexities - and literal luck - that comes with being a professional surfer, was nothing short of amazing, and as I release this short film, I cannot express how proud I am of this human's fruition into a young adult who surfs with incredible talent and carries the flag for Indigenuous Australians with dignity."

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stanfrance commented Friday, 14 Aug 2020 at 10:46am

Soli...can get some air! Nice correlation there between turning up, putting in the effort and having a good life. Timeless wisdom. Good luck Soli

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david 24 commented Friday, 14 Aug 2020 at 11:21am

Love the style of this guys surfing

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zenagain commented Friday, 14 Aug 2020 at 12:36pm

Sounds like a good bloke.

Rips too obviously. Doesn't mind a punt.

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freeride76 commented Friday, 14 Aug 2020 at 12:56pm

I surf with Soli a bit, he's one of those ultra shredders who manages to be polite and respectful in a line-up and still get his waves and blow minds.

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Island Bay commented Friday, 14 Aug 2020 at 1:19pm

Can vouch for that. A gentleman ripper.

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superfish commented Friday, 14 Aug 2020 at 6:11pm

epic

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Troppo commented Friday, 14 Aug 2020 at 7:38pm

The guy can surf!

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kerri.watson commented Friday, 14 Aug 2020 at 9:56pm

Freedom personified....go Soli! Inspirational words & footage

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drodders commented Saturday, 15 Aug 2020 at 8:12am

Thanks that was cool

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t-diddy commented Saturday, 15 Aug 2020 at 3:32pm

Great we live in a time where not only is it okay for a Guy like Soli, who could pass as white, to discuss his indig heritage but have pride in it. Love the speed carve!