have presented, produced, co-edited and written surf travel films in Haiti, Jamaica,
Barbados and Liberia. I have appeared on various magazine covers, company adverts,
posters, and in mainstream newspapers, notably The Guardian, The Observer and
The Independent. I have featured in over twenty action sport DVDs and documentaries
and appeared in television programmes about surfing and travel on the BBC, Channel
4 and ITV.
Exploring surf and travel writing through metaphors of jazz
has become an important part of my media work. 'Jazz' is not just a kind of music
- the primary African-American art form - but a way of thinking and doing (based
on improvisation, syncopation, timing, rhythm and beat). Surfers and travellers
can be jazz players without ever liking or knowing jazz, where they have that
jazz feel that takes them away from the straight line and the standard moves.
Surfing is about improvising in brilliant ways that utilise the sea's surprises.
And surfers who travel with sensitivity to local cultures will act like jazz musicians,
quickly getting an ear for the rhythm of the moment and showing facility for improvisation.
These performances demand a stage - a place - which is the main player and shapes
Thinking jazz is to live an improvised life, one in
which imagination, not convention, is at the core. No Room for Squares exclaimed
the title of tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley's 1963 Blue Note label album. The pianist
Sonny Clark's 1958 album on the same label put it another way with its title Cool
Struttin'. A blue note is an imaginatively squashed note, played with soul - a
note that oozes quality and feeling, and signals 'style'.