|Leah Dawson ducks into the light-green room inwards Commonwealth of Australia wearing the Zuma Surf Suit inwards Black Stripe. Photo yesteryear Nathan Oldfield.|
"Less is more" inwards the Australian outback. Seeababe Leah Dawson surfs her facial expression upward off in addition to shares the lessons she learned during her recent trip to Oz.
Commonwealth of Australia is a state of wonder. I’ve traveled at that topographic point iii times now, in addition to each sense has brought profound happenings that undoubtedly influence the path of my life. This 3rd fourth dimension embodied themes like, ‘learn from the past’, ‘in the flow’, in addition to ‘less is more’…
Catwalk: Leah Dawson inwards The Zuma Surf Suit from The Seea on Vimeo.
I flew straight off into an unique surf invitational hosted yesteryear a java store called Glass, where I joined a collection of surfers who all marveled in addition to chose from 35 1960’s Hayden Longboards, each inwards mint condition, all different, all heavy.
I listened to participants verbalize nigh the subtleties, the uniqueness of the resin colors at that time, the historic catamenia of board yesteryear the fin design, the agency the board responds inwards the pocket. Their excitement invigorated me; such a respect, in addition to too, cognition nigh our past, in addition to application into their acquaint surfing.
|Leah Dawson holds the board that was surfed inwards Morning of the Earth. Photo via @leahloves|
|Leah Dawson heads into the ocean, wearing the Seea Zuma inwards Black Stripe. Photo yesteryear Chrystal Fitzgerald.|
At Noosa, I was inwards the sea for nearly every flake of daylight when the cyclone showed up. At times at that topographic point would last sixty people on the suspension in addition to thirty of them were the best men in addition to women on logs inwards the world. The Noosa Festival is the largest surf number inwards the world, alongside over 600 competitors this year. I picked the most crowded calendar week to last inwards Noosa, simply many of my heroes were there, in addition to I got to portion the sea alongside them. Tom Wegener, Thomas Campbell, Devon Howard, Derek Hynd, all zooming yesteryear me alongside grins on their faces.
|Leah Dawson inwards the Zuma inwards Black Stripe. Photo yesteryear Shelly Dark.|
We spent hours sitting on our boards waiting for sets, laughing, Makala laughing the loudest in addition to raising everyone’s fun meter. We traded off waves, all inspired yesteryear each other’s unique mode in addition to movements, singing, whistling, laughing, dancing equally nosotros all did circles in addition to circles inwards the bay.
It was the commencement fourth dimension I’d met in addition to seen Lola surf, in addition to I sat mesmerized inwards the lineup yesteryear her posture in addition to inventiveness spell riding. Karina in addition to Mele both shared epic performances inwards perfect waves inwards front end of a huge crowd on finals day, showing the longboard community that women are uniquely gorgeous perched on the olfactory organ inwards the pocket. Hallie impressed everyone alongside her seamless transitions betwixt goofy in addition to regular olfactory organ rides, alongside a technicality in addition to mode nosotros may entirely elsewhere run into inwards CJ Nelson. Each of these ladies carries an elegance alongside her surfing; surfing for her mortal in addition to camaraderie alongside the bounding main in addition to her friends higher upward all else.
|Leah Dawson inwards trim. Photo yesteryear Albert Falzon.|
|Mele Saili inwards Australia. Photo yesteryear Nathan Oldfield.|
|Mele Saili wears the Swami's inwards Blue Fossil. Photo yesteryear Nathan Oldfield.|
|Makala Smith, standing confidently, wearing the San-O inwards Coral nether a shirt. Photo yesteryear Nathan Oldfield.|
I decided I wanted to surf equally uncomplicated equally possible on the trip, to deed slowly, delicately allowing the board to observe the fastest parts of the wave. It was reiterated to me countless times how powerful simplicity in addition to minimal endeavor speaks volumes yesteryear the surfers I await upward to. Just standing at that topographic point has never felt in addition to then good.
After sixty hours inwards 1 calendar week inwards the water, in addition to non keeping upward alongside my normal alkali metal diet, a modest cutting from the rocks began into an infection. I was forced to rest, in addition to did in addition to then inwards the companionship of legendary Australian Surf Filmmakers, who shared alongside me hours of wisdom in addition to insight. As I reluctantly started a class of antibiotics to halt my knee articulation from the growing infection, I likewise learned the medicine tin last a lifesaver in addition to that I am grateful for Western, Eastern, in addition to all medicines. It is upward to us to know what nosotros are allergic to, in addition to what benefits us.
As I rested my knee-with-a-fever, my novel wise filmmaker friends reiterated their adoration for simplicity inwards surfing, working life inwards the flow, less is more. There were hours of discussing intuition in addition to learning how to plough upward its volume.
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 quote I heard in addition to volition never forget sums it all for me, “The closer nosotros acquire to pure source, the less choices nosotros convey to make."
Just equally similar riding a wave, the closer nosotros acquire to oneness alongside the bounding main spell nosotros surf, the less deciding nosotros apply on the wave, in addition to the to a greater extent than inwards the stream nosotros become. Becoming inwards harmony alongside the bounding main teaches us this simplicity that is in addition to then rattling healing in addition to applicable to every walk of life.
|Leah Dawson wears the Swami's inwards Tiles. Photo yesteryear Nathan Oldfield.|