Long Live the Queen Classic

Text & Photos: Elisa Routa & Angèle Debuire “The Queen Classic Surf Festival represents an alternative to surf festivals and opens the realm of possibilities.” That was the very first time a surf festival grafted social and gender issues into a surfing competition and live music event. In other words, we just witnessed history.  On […]

Open Letter

with Ines Ambrosio Interview & Text: Elisa Routa Photos:  Ines Ambrosio As a kid, Ines Ambrosio dreamt of being an actress and a dentist. Why feel obligated to choose? The first thing she wanted to learn how to draw was a dolphin. Years later, she became a multidisciplinary visual artist passionate about surfing. That couldn’t […]

Her Caminho

All eyes on you

with Rachel Claire words by Elisa Routa Before talking with documentary photographer Rachel Claire I didn’t know what a dugite’s belly on a pavement sounded like. And to be honest, I had no idea what a dugite was. The wildest animals I’ve encountered were coyotes, antelopes, weasels, and my neighbors’ cats. I swear they can […]

with Taylor Faulkner words by Elisa Routa “I’m a little awkward around people. When I draw though, that’s where I feel most natural and uninhibited by anything.” “I’m a little awkward around people. I love people, I just have a hard time putting words together and I’m a little embarrassed about that.” That’s without a […]

Drawing /ˈmuːvm(ə)nt/

All eyes on you

Interview: Elisa Routa Photos: Megan Costello, Lia Turiano, Aljaz Babnik, Madi Jeffery Elise Trigger grew up in Australia’s ultimate beach town. Elise is this generous and playful girl who’s always called Byron Bay her home. A girl who loves surfing The Pass and who spends most of her time in the water. So far, so […]

The Misunderstood Disease by Elise Trigger

Open Letter

with Rut Sagrera Words by Elisa Routa Images by Ale Sellers, Eva Abeling, Marina Mantolan, Marta Guillén, Rut Sagrera Did you try to grow tomatoes on your balcony during lockdown? Of course, you did. At least, your neighbor did. You saw it on Instagram. Slow living recently became a big trend worldwide, gaining momentum during […]


All eyes on you

Just Go Fucking Surfing

with Juul Hesselberth Interview: Elisa Routa Photos: Juul Hesselberth, Samuel Fairbank, Luke Feeney, Chelsea Williams “When we were competing, there was an emphasis on being marketable” claims former professional surfer Grace Styman-Lane in the documentary entitled Just Go Fucking Surfing, described as an ethnographic documentary. In the surfing industry, being gay, being fat, having an […]

Open Letter

with Rachel Flemming interview & words by Elisa Routa On January 26th, 2021, while most Australians celebrate Australia Day as the day Australia was founded, thousands of protestors took to the streets defying Covid restrictions for greater recognition of Australia’s Indigenous history. They called for Australia Day to be replaced by an official day of […]

A Conversation About Land Conservation

All eyes on you

interview & words by Elisa Routa Our legs in wetsuits offend you. Our bodies in bikinis offend you. Our skin offends you. Our curves offend you. Our bones offend you. Our hair offends you. The way we paddle out upsets you. The way we take waves upsets you. Our feet on a board upset you. […]

Born in Austria, Christina Gindl first knew more about the snowy mountains than she did about the ocean.

Yesterday, I caught the biggest wave of my life

A lot to be proud of

words: Lily Day When I sat at my desk at work today, I watched a trailer for Surf Girls: Kaikaina, a new Togethxr mini-series created in collaboration with the Gnar Gnar Honeys. Kaikaina, which translates to little sister, follows a young group of fearless female surfers from Hawai’i who are looking to demolish any stereotypes […]

Reflecting on “Surf Girls: Kaikaina”


with Lauryn Alvarez Interview & words: Elisa Routa “There’re so many times that I accidentally opened the back of my camera before rolling it back in. I get these light leaks and distortions of the photo, and I love that,” says California photographer Lauryn Alvarez. “When some people see that as a mistake, I feel […]

A Childish Sense of Wonder

A lot to be proud of

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