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Belinda Baggs is standing on the beach holding her son Rayson by the stretchy rubber of his wetsuit collar. He was struggling to slide into his suit, so mom’s using a little trick called gravity to get the job done. He bobs midair like a rock suspended in a sling shot before finally sinking into the suit. And in that moment, he’s superman – running down the beach like a madman with a cloud of sand at his heels as Ms. Belinda Baggs, an Australian beacon of logging elegance, trails a few paces behind. His energy is unmatched. But Bindy, as her friends call her, manages. I will never forget the first image I saw of Belinda Baggs. It was a Surfer’s Journal cover shot by Dane Peterson – a little out of focus, speed-blurrish in all the right ways with Belinda perched elegantly on the nose of her board. Knees together, hips tilted at a forty five degrees to the horizon, and arms splayed just-so – the photo captures the trim and balance of a nose ride like nothing I’d ever seen. While at the Byron Surf Festival, we spent a few days with Belinda Baggs, a Newcastle native who once placed 3rd in the World Longboard Championships and has starred in many of Thomas Campbell’s films. In that time it became apparent that she navigates life as a mother and iconic-longboarder-turned-actual-Patagonia-employee (with a desk and everything) with similar aplomb. “It’s such a great experience to be able to share the experience with a child,” says Baggs. “Being a surfing mom is really amazing. Sometimes tough. I guess it’s almost like an internal battle of like ‘Do I be really selfish and surf myself or do I take him surfing and let it go? Obviously, most of the time I choose to let it go and surf with him. And it brings a lot of calm and makes you go back to your roots of surfing, and remember when I learned and what it was all about, which was just having fun, being family, and enjoying the ocean.” While Belinda Baggs says she doesn’t necessarily view herself as a leader in women’s surfing, it’s precisely her demure demeanor and palpable passion for being in the ocean – she’s also developed a nasty bodysurfing habit – that makes it so. Intentionally or not, as she balances Rayson (literally) on her back while juggling a 9’ 0” single-fin and a career that enables her to do the things she loves, she leads by example. “I don’t really see surfing as gender specific,” says Baggs. “When I’m in the lineup, I just feel like I’m a surfer. I don’t want special hand outs because I’m a girl, and I don't expect to have waves taken off me because I’m a girl. I really don’t see myself different than any other mom or any other person that’s out there surfing or parenting. Once you cross that shore, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a see ear or whether your wealthy or whether you’re a mom, or how much money you make, or whether you’re a man or a woman, the ocean evens us all out."
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A day spent with artist, Ty Williams at home at his parents' horse farm in Maine. Check out the full feature on Indoek here: indoek.com/archives/22356 Film by Gabe Reuben Music: "Long Journey" by Allah-Las
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Gabe Reuben added a video
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Brotherhood. There’s nothing like it. Brothers terrorize each other. Love each other. And drive each other to new heights – whether that’s off a cliff or to mountaintops, there’s always a multiplier effect when it comes to sibling relationships. In the case of Nick and Mike LaVecchia, the spark was a positive one. They’re two singular talents who have found that unique territory where they inspire one another. And they’ve built an impressive following while tucked away in a gem too often overlooked by the world of surfing in coastal Maine. Nick is an exceptionally talented and accomplished lensman. In fact, he’s taken some of my favorite photos to ever appear on The Inertia. This one below always strikes a chord with me every time I look at it. It’s chilling, yet somehow encouraging at the same time. “The colder, more raw places seem to have the most effect on me,” says LaVecchia. “New England is home. Everything about it keeps me here.” Nick confesses that the majority of his published work has taken place in about a 50-yard radius. Mike is the brains behind an outstanding operation called Grain Surfboards. They got started in 2005 and build top tier wooden surfboards by hand using woodworking techniques and local, sustainable softwoods with Maine as its redgold backdrop. They’re living that uncompromising artists’ dream: Build products you love. Capture beauty. And do it on your own terms. “You have to decide what you love and why you love it,” says Mike LaVecchia. “I’ve always been a believer in that if you want something, you need to start doing it. One thing leads to the next.” Shot and Edited by Gabe Reuben
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Hurricane Hermine delivers near perfect waves to Long Beach, New York.
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Follow Richard Licursi and Jose Perez as they charge the brutal February conditions to score some waves.
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Ever wonder what surf culture is like in Maine? Check out Maine Surfers Union in Portland's historic Old Port to get the idea.
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