Drift catches up with multi-award winning photographer Lucia Griggi whose office is the ocean and who is one of the most respected surf photographers in a male dominated industry. www.luciagriggi.com

The Mentawais have given a lot to surfers; now it's time to give something back. Kate and Luke Gerson celebrate the beauty of these islands and highlight the continued need for aid following the recent earthquake.

We're all aware of Rio de Janeiro and its most famous charms - the football, carnival, Sugarloaf, Copacabana, Caipirinhas, the girls, the parties - but what of the city's surfing and the culture associated with it? Drift checks out the stand out characteristics of 'the marvellous city'! Photography: Benoit Fournier / www.benoit-fournier.com

Jimmy Newitt pays homage to one of South Devon's treasures - not a break but a surfer who stands tall in the crowd. Words: Jimmy Newitt Photos: Ollie Howe

Mark Sankey and Alexa Poppe uncover the isolation and challenges of the Mentawai Islands, and consider the challenge of balancing tourism and sustainability, in an environmentally sensitive surfing destination.

Flitting between awesome waves at Aileens and Nelscott Reef is all in a week's work for Ireland's big-wave master Al Mennie. Words: Al Mennie Photos: Al Mennie, Gary McCall, Larry Jansky, Richard Hallman

Rebel wave riders on a mission to enlighten the Western world to the true culture of the Middle East, blakkbox redefine the notion of surfers as beach bums who only care about the next wave. Photos: Cole Estrada & Anthony Allen

Mat Arney hooks up with some old friends to go feral on the Arabian Peninsula and hunt down some truly isolated swell. Words & photos: Mat Arney

Chris Brunt chats to west Penwith's prodigal son and professional journeyman Sam Bleakley about his thirst for adventure and love of longboarding. [All photos by Chris Brunt.]

A worthy addition to European surfing culture, the surfilmfestibal festival attempts to connect the global surfing community through moving picture, art and education. Words: Howard Swanwick. Photos: surfilmfestibal

Chris Preston chats to longboard maestro Steve Walden about his disappointment with the lack of recognition for the longboarding scene, what makes the Magic model magic, and working with GSI. Photos: Jamie Bott


Cornwall through the eyes of…


July 12, 2013 | Words By:

Cornwall through the eyes of...Cornwall through the eyes of…is an art exhibition at Cafe Irie in Newquay with paintings by Lucy Smedley and photography by Alexa Poppe. The work on show is all inspired by the beautiful and ever changing landscape of Cornwall. The Exhibition opened on the 1st July and will run until the end of August. The opening night is on Friday 19th July.


Lucy is a 3D designer and can often be found in front of a computer screen, but swapping computers for canvasses gives her a lot pleasure, helps her to unwind and allows her to express her love of art, surfing and the great outdoors of Cornwall. Acrylics on canvas are her preferred medium and she loves using a palette of warm earthy browns and striking blues to add as much depth as possible to her paintings. Whilst painting is a relief from designing, her 3D background also influences her artwork. The paintings on show by Lucy are colourful and abstract renditions of the perfect wave.

Freelance photographer and designer Alexa Poppe has a passion for documentary style photography. The exhibition contains a series of black and white landscape photographs by Alexa, which show the different moods and everyday facets of Cornwall’s outdoor lifestyle. Alexa has captured these images whilst on her daily walk to check the surf with her dog. She has used black and white in her photographs to let the subject speak for itself, without the distraction or over saturation of colour, it’s raw, stripped back, honest and in this case reflects the pure essence and the many moods of the Cornish Coast and Countryside.

Two artists, two medias, but the same passion for the sea and the outdoors. This exhibition juxtaposes these two contrasting styles that are bonded by the same common thread. On show throughout July and August at Cafe Irie.

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