Stab Magazine | The O'Riginals: Honest Blokes That Love To Surf

The O’Riginals: Honest Blokes That Love To Surf

Surfing doesn’t only enrich the lives of those who are paid to do it.

style // Aug 3, 2018
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Surfing is fucking great. You wouldn’t be reading a surfing website if it wasn’t. 

We all love to surf, and along with that comes an unrelenting passion of dreaming about it and watching others do it – usually the folks who are good enough to get paid for it. These people however aren’t the only ones whose lives have have been enriched from their love of oceanic time wasting.  

The O’Riginals is O’Neills celebration of these types. Your honest surfers.

The ones who are trying to chase dreams, whatever they may be, but will drop their tools of choice to punch it after a swell or even grovel in the slop out the front.  

Instead of simply clogging our overwhelmed brains with more surf edits, the O’Riginals series plans to tell the stories of three individuals who fit a slightly different criteria: Billy Bain, Lachie Rombouts, and Dan Johnson. 

Over the next few weeks we’ll unravel the tales of these three gents one by one. 

First of all it’ll be Billy, who as a hopeful grommet carved his way to solid placings in a jersey, nailed a few magazine spreads, only to find himself disillusioned as surfing conflicted with his other passions – illustration, painting and art.

Billy packed up from a wave-rich and uncrowded coastline to pursue his artistic endeavours by relocating to the big smoke.

He didn’t exactly throw it all away, but found a way in which he could fulfil both desires – art and surfing. 

Turn up next week for when we drop the first ep.   

BB Surf

Billy’s still got a bit of grunt in his backhand jam.


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