A surfers paradise.
I’ve been in Australia for a month and half now and other than the beautiful weather and the breath taking landscapes, the one thing that hits you harder than anything is the surf lifestyle that the Australian people embrace.
- the way in which a person lives.
I feel the need to define ‘Lifestyle’ as I believe the true meaning often gets misunderstood. People like the idea of living a lifestyle but rarely indulge themselves fully, over here that isn’t the case.
From 5 year old kids to 50 year old men, surfing is truly a way of life on the Australian coast lines. Waking up 2 hours before school and heading to the beach with your board for a sunrise session to ditching your suit and enjoying the evening sun after work, whilst riding on some of the worlds most beautiful beaches, i can see why this is a life choice for so many people.
This lifestyle is clearly reflected in the personalities of those who choose to live it, as some of the kindest and most genuine people I have met during my trip have been surfers, always happy to help or lend a hand.
I met Jordan on some rocks in Sydney, he was struggling with his board and asked me if I had a key to help fix it, I helped him out and in return asked if I shoot a portrait of him, seconds later he had shot off into the swell for a ride.
I shot this image whilst chilling with some friends in Byron Bay. It was a quiet weekday evening and this guy came down for a late session, he took a minute to evaluate so I captured the relationship between this unknown surfer and the ocean.
This culture change has opened my eyes to how other people choose to live, and makes me respect, and envy the lifestyle, in equal measure. It also offers a welcome change to stressing about what ropes to lace my kicks with or whether the shade of denim I’m rocking goes with my jacket.
London has already claimed my heart and i’ll be heading back to the welcoming streets of NW3 to my wardrobe and shoe boxes in a few months, however I feel refreshed and understanding of the way others lead their life.
By Elliot Jones
All image credits to @jones_photo