RESIDENCE: Melbourne, Australia
OCCUPATION: Editor at Paper Sea Quarterly & Brand Editor at Crumpler
Spend more time in nature, nature flippin rocks.
I grew up on a farm five hundred kilometres from the sea. I learnt to love mountains, water, hiking, exploring and the regenerative properties of spending time amongst nature. I almost drowned on two occasions before I was five years old and I think some of the water I breathed in never left me; it keeps me gravitating towards seas and rivers and lakes and oceans through mountains and adventures. Spending time in the ocean, whether it is surfing, swimming, spear fishing or body surfing, has a way of pulling me into the immediate present moment; being submerged in such a powerful expanse offers a pertinent reminder that we’re small.
Spending time in the sea is sensory gluttony – my head slows as it focuses on my immediate surrounds – watching the water directly around me, the set on the horizon, feeling the breeze hit one side of my face, watching waves roll through down the beach, seeing the landscape from a totally different viewpoint; there is so much to take in out on the water. All that which occupies my mind on land dissolves. Deadlines, stressors, to-do-lists all fade to fog when I’m in the ocean if only for a while or more.
I am a writer reworking the nth edit of my first novel, a children’s storybook, and scratching a few ramshackle poems now and then. I am the editor and cofounder of Paper Sea Quarterly – an independent surf, travel, and art print publication created to be collected and cherished by adventurers. PSQ allows me to connect with the ocean through the passionate and inspiring people I meet in the course of compiling each issue.