Guided tour to Guéthary and studio visit on TV3 Midi en France…. they promised me my accent was very charming and ‘Jane Birkin’ ! http://www.france3.fr/emissions/midi-en-france/videos/suivez_le_guide_guethary_lappel_du_grand_large_17-06-2015_817062
It’s that time of year when anyone who can get out leaves town and posts up annoying photos of their feet, a pina colada and a palm tree on facebook – I usually love these photos but the last week the Bay of Biscay has been chucking it at us weather described on my local swell check site as ‘disastrous and catastrophic’. Icing on the cake, the bars are all shuttered up until easter and the beaches have been closed by the police. I […]
Wilma Johnson surfs her dreams. In her book ‘Surf Mama’, Wilma Johnson tells the story of how she left an Irish fishing village with her family to come and live in Guéthary and live her dream – to surf. Words Sylvie Barrens ( translation WJ) Photos Bertrand Lapègue To be honest, Wilma the artist wasn’t destined to become a ‘real’ surfer, the type who heads off in December in the rain to catch waves beach, and comes back with […]
Amazing promo on amazon for the next few weeks – you can get the Kindle version of Surf Mama for only 99P Latest reader review 5.0 out of 5 stars I’m a forty something female surfer (& fine art graduate) & I really enjoyed this book 23 Jan. 2015 By Freckleville Format:Paperback I’m a forty something female surfer (& fine art graduate) & I really enjoyed this book. It starts in the Kingdom of Kerry (last time I surfed […]
Great offer on Surf Mama from Stanfords Maps– buy one get one half price on their bestselling fiction and travel book. So you can pick it up with a copy along with Donna Tartt, Bill Bryson, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Paul Theroux….. Cheers!
Surf Mama et ses Déesses. Exhibition at Jazz the Glass in Biarritz, opens 6th December The paintings in the show tell stories of women, real and imaginary. Stories of surfer women, flamenco dancers, of women transformed into goddesses, and goddesses transformed into women. My inspiration comes from travels, experiences, and dreams. Paintings may be inspired by fairy stories set in dark forests, iconic women like the adventuress Lola Montes, Mayan Madonnas in a church in Mexico where I spent Christmas […]
Riding the wave of a mid-life crisis….. Once upon a time, in a fifty-something crisis, I set myself the task of learning to ride a motorcycle : a big sexy Harley Davidson. Among my group of L-plated wannabe bikers was a woman just a bit younger than me, who told me she was doing it because she was ‘tired of riding pillion and looking at the back of hubby’s helmet’. She had the guts to pass her test (sadly, I didn’t) […]