North Shore, Upolu, Western Samoa, 1997.
Today, after the terrible tsunami, I'm thinking of the beautiful people of Samoa, & particularly one family in Salani. Oh Tanielu, I am worried for you & your family. My thoughts are with you, & they are long tearful hopeful thoughts, stretching across the wide blue vast Pacific.
Our son River Sea Aragorn Oldfield slipped into this world's realm through a dust storm on Wednesday, September 23rd. As ever, his mother was remarkably courageous & powerful. She is my heart's truest darling & my hero. How remarkable & how endless & how selfless is a mother's love.
River is the very welcome gift from our lost daughter Willow Blue Lotus Ariel; & he is the pride & the joy of his big brother Noa Joel Strider & big sister Blossom Sun Malia.
We finally brought River home from hospital today. He is doing wonderfully well, already showing signs of naturalfooterness, gentleness, strength, beauty, goodness, peace & grace.
How strange to live in a world that is cruel & tender. How difficult, how delicious; how bewildering & bewitching. River is daily reminding me of the lesson taught by his mother, his brother & his sisters: life is good, & every breath a gift.
Yesterday our dear friends Sue & Mick brought their fourth darling child into the world, at home at 4.30 in the morning. Sunny James has drawn his first breath in this world's realm, a beautiful brother for Ruby Starr, Jedd Terrence & Skye Jade. Welcome to the world little mate. We can't wait to meet you.
Mick made a beautiful surfing film called Believe, & is working on a new gem called Little Black Wheels, which will be out in just a little while. Seek his work. It's pure inspiration.
Epic, happy piece by local lad Chad Waldron:
FRI. 9/25 NEW YORK SURF FILM FESTIVAL / OPENING NIGHT/ TRIBECA
MON. 9/28 ROCKAWAY BEACH, NY – THE TAP AND GRILL
THURS. 10/01 VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – WATERMAN’S SURFSIDE GRILLE
FRI. 10/02 ASBURY PARK, NJ – THE CAROUSEL BUILDING
WED. 10/07 SAN FRANCISCO, CA – VICTORIA THEATER
THU. 10/08 SANTA CRUZ, CA – VETERANS MEMORIAL BUILDING
FRI. 10/09 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – LA PERLA DEL MAR CHAPEL
SAT. 10/10 SAN DIEGO, CA - DEL MAR FAIRGROUNDS
THU. 10/15 VENICE BEACH, CA – THE STRONGHOLD
FRI. 10/16 SANTA BARBARA, CA – VICTORIA HALL THEATRE
SAT. 10/17 LONG BEACH, CA – SHELTER SURF SHOP
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My friend Kerry Down made this little short. It's rad. It's all shot at little local reefs nearby & has a few of my mates in it including Heydon Bunting & Kerry, as well as Baz, who shaped the board. Baz just became a dad a few days ago. I'm not sure if he ever drops by here but if you're reading this, Baz, congratulations to you & Laura. I'm so happy for you both. I bet your daughter is gorgeous & I can't wait to meet her one day.