THE DRIFTER JOURNALS
We believe life is in the experience.
Exploring the world not only inspires us, it gives us a greater appreciation and a deeper education of the world around us. Journeying beyond the beaten track, finding sanctuary in nature, experiencing foreign cultures or simply finding reconnection in our own back yard, ours is the permanent pursuit of the experiential. We share these tales of adventure and experience in the Drifter Journals - a collection of essays to enthrall and inspire:
HOLD YOUR BREATH
APNEA FOR SURFERS
Published: 31 July, 2020
“Apnea helps you to develop self-awareness, self-control and forge resilience through the mastery of breathing and apnea,” says founder of Survival Apnea, Augusto Vegas. It's also a great way to escalate your ability and confidence in all surf conditions. Discover apnea for surfers.
WEST OF PAPUA
Published: 10 June, 2020
Curtis Lowe, had been fascinated by the Spice Islands for years. Tales of the Dutch East India Company, of piracy, adventure & exotic lands, mingled with reports of empty waves & perfect diving. On the roll of a dice, Curtis packed his his bags & headed West of Papua.
SRI LANKAN SOJOURN
AN INDIAN SURF JOURNEY
Published: 25 May, 2020
2020 has been a time of attrition. But inspiration doesn’t have a shelf life. It waits out the longest lock-down, bide its time deep within us until such a time as it can ignite & rage once more. Jake Drifter gleans inspiration from Sri Lanka surf adventures, and memories yet to be made.
THE CHANGING TIDE
REFLECTING SURF CULTURE
Published: 27 Apr, 2020
As a certain musical poet once warbled, the times, they are a-changing. It’s tricky to pinpoint the moment it occurred, or by whose hand it was instigated, but over the past two decades, there has developed within the oceanic community a return to creativity.
Published: 27 Apr, 2020
Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard was once aptly quoted, stating:
“It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.”
On our Solomon Island sojourn last year, true to Yvon Chouinard’s prediction, adventure began.
PLANE TO SEA
THE RISE OF THE TORPEDO PEOPLE
Published: 19 Apr, 2020
Like its stand-up counterpart, bodysurfing can be attributed to the Hawaiians and fellow Polynesians. ‘Kaha Nalu’, sliding with the chest, has been practiced by islanders since before documentation began. Now is the renaissance of the art of bodysurfing.
THE DRIFTERS | Tales of Drifting Souls
The Drifters are the ones whose hearts lie beyond the threshold, whose gaze is always cast to the distant horizon, whose minds do not reside in corporeal form, but choose to drift towards the next destination, into new adventures, to liberate themselves from a world of conformity.
The Drifters are the fabricators of dreams, the antithesis of the paradigm, the vagrants of the system. They are the ones who defy the rules, whose classrooms lie in the waves, whose bosses are themselves, whose homes are in sea and soil and sand, abiding by society’s dogma only long enough to escape once more.
The Drifters create their worlds, driven by the compulsion for freedom, for nature, and tirelessly striving to surpass the work-life balance. Drifters reinvent themselves time and again, adapting and evolving to manifest a life of simplicity with the sole purpose of natural immersion - a life born of the purest love of Mother Earth.
These are the Drifters - & these are their stories.
Published: 9 Jul, 2020
On paper, Glen Casey could be misconstrued as your average surf industry suit - all fairly business-minded and career-motivated. Yet under the surface lies the antithesis of the corporate drone, a soul that yearns to wander and a mind that has crafted a life that allows him to do just that.
Published: 1 Jul, 2020
Almost 25 years ago, Johnny uprooted his family to move to Byron Bay in pursuit of his pro-surfing career. But he soon found that his rose-tinted dreams soon became tainted and he yearned for nothing more than the escapism and simplicity of riding waves.
TALKING STORY WITH DICK BREWER
Published: 10 Apr, 2020
Dick Brewer is one of the most underrated figures of surfboard history and evolution,
Innovating thrusters and quad fins years prior to global recognition, Dick's designs are revered as some of the most functional high performance equipment to grace a wave,
Published: 17 Apr, 2020
Centuries ago, back in the 1800s, Japanese fishermen began to record their catch by coating it in ink and pressing it onto paper.
This technique was known as gyotaku - ‘fish impression’ - and Desmond Thain is a modern-day gyotaku master.
Published: 06 Mar, 2020
Is your enthusiasm ebbing faster than an outgoing tide on a full moon? Feeling the embers of your stoke fading?
We have compiled a collection of our favourite and most inspiring documentaries to rekindle your fire and bring some added brightness to your world.
Published: 28 Feb, 2020
We believe that clean, sanitary drinking water is a human right.
Learn how Drifter is committed to bringing clean, fresh drinking water to our guests & the local community and avoid single-use plastics with our handcrafted hydration station,
Published: 27 Feb, 2020
The Solomon Islands fall far from the radar of most travellers, but herein lies the lure and the absolute uniqueness of these islands.
From tales of headhunters and man-eating crocs to the clearest water imaginable, the Solomons are full of exceptional moments and stories.
Published: 21 Feb, 2020
The echoes of our past reverberate through our lives, shaping and moulding us, dictating our perspectives, defining our choices.
For Mel Pretorius, these echoes have followed her across the world and inspired every aspect of her surf-yogi lifestyle