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:

Dave Andrews | The Bali Journals: part 1

Dave Andrews | The Bali Journals: part 1

It’s no secret that Bali has a magnetic allure. Visitors return again and again, ex-pats find it impossible to leave and the island’s captivating magic proves itself as addictive as...

Mono | In Perspective

Mono | In Perspective

Having perspective is paradoxical. We can believe we have it, but it’s not until our life is reflected in polarity that we realise the perspective we thought we had was,...

Mick Waters | Outdated Children

Mick Waters | Outdated Children

For Mick Waters, the captivation of the breaking wave is unrelenting, bewitching, intoxicating, and it is his fascination with the sea and those whose lives are irrevocably devoted to her...

Hold Your Breath | Apnea For Surfers

Hold Your Breath | Apnea For Surfers

Let’s face it: none of us is getting any younger. When we’re in the halcyon days of youth, we are impervious to injury, dauntless to danger, and insusceptible to self-preservation....

Glen Casey | Exaltations

Glen Casey | Exaltations

On paper, Glen Casey could be misconstrued as your average surf industry suit. At the age of 20, after a particularly impressive wildcard performance at a Bells Beach event, he...

Johnny Abegg | Beyond Competition

Johnny Abegg | Beyond Competition

Lying off Australia’s southern coast, Tasmania is often viewed as the country’s last great wilderness. Sure, there’s the mighty outback, the Daintree Rainforest, the Otways and the beachside isolation of...

West of Papua

West of Papua

Drifter brother, Curtis Lowe, had been fascinated by the Spice Islands - now known as the Maluku Islands or the Molucca archipelago - for years. Tales of spice trade and...

Sri Lankan Sojourns

Sri Lankan Sojourns

The second quarter of 2020 has been a time of attrition, our wanderlust stolen from us, fingers slammed and bruised in the doorways of closed borders, leaving us disheartened and...

The Changing Tide | Reflecting Surf Culture

The Changing Tide | Reflecting Surf Culture

Since it first fell into Western hands, surfing has existed in a state of flux. It is in our nature to want newer, better, faster of our frivolous possessions. We...

When Adventure Goes Wrong

When Adventure Goes Wrong

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard was once aptly quoted, stating: “It’s not an adventure until something goes wrong.” This choicest selection of eight words serves as both temptation and warning, both...

Plane To Sea

Plane To Sea

I, like so many others who reside within reach of the ocean, got bitten by the surfing bug, and that little sucker has left teeth marks that will scar for...

Gyotaku - First Impressions

Gyotaku - First Impressions

Desmond Thain paws meticulously over the bare, black outlines upon the large sheet of handmade washi paper in front of him. A dab of colour here, a skeric of paint...

Home Brewer

Home Brewer

With the 2015 Noosa Festival of Surfing is in full swing every March and five feet of near-perfect ground swell grace its numerous breaks, the local points were inundated with...

Documentaries to Inspire

Documentaries to Inspire

Is your enthusiasm ebbing faster than an outgoing tide on a full moon? Feeling the embers of your stoke fading? Whether we are suffering isolation cabin fever, recovering from injuries...

Water is Life | Hydrate @ Drifter Uluwatu

Water is Life | Hydrate @ Drifter Uluwatu

We at Drifter have always been ecologically-aware. From the design of our venues to the products we choose to stock and create, sustainability has always played an imperative influence in...

Solomon Tales | Shadow & Light

Solomon Tales | Shadow & Light

  The Solomon Islands fall far from the radar of most travellers, a struggle of three or four planes and a boat or two just to reach your destination and...

From Zulus to Ulus | The Kaleidoscopic Life of Mel Pretorius

From Zulus to Ulus | The Kaleidoscopic Life of Mel Pretorius

The dry and dusty heartland of South Africa is almost as contrasting to the wave-soaked beaches of Bali as any two places could be. Yet for Mel Pretorius, a tenuous...