Dion Agius walking through a farmer's property on Tasmania's East Coast. (Macfarlane)

Van Diemen’s Land Is A Sight To Behold

And don’t Wade Goodall, Dion Agius and Harry Bryant just know it!

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There’s a reason they call Tasmania ‘the last great temperate wilderness on Earth’. It takes nerve to roam untamed coast. It takes cunning to capture her rugged beauty. And it takes no shortage of nous to put the pen to page. Somehow, these men managed to nail it all for our latest issue. For a number of years, Duncan Macfarlane has been keeping a road journal from his surf photography travels. Now, he’s opened these pages to some of surfings most inspired collaborators. The end result speaks for itself.

Wade Goodall was there, as was Dion Agius, filmer Harry Triglone and bowl cut afficionado Harry Bryant. A full melting pot of creativity geared up to document the experience of Australia’s last stone unturned. What they created was a journal, wrapped in a magazine (ours), cloaked in the mist blowing off Bass Strait! And guess what… they scored. It’s a mad scrawling document, of knockabout honesty, of pot luck, spilt beer and pure stoke from the southern frontier, and it’s yours to own, in the latest issue of Surfing World.

 

Here’s what photographer Duncan Macfarlane had to say about the experience:

“I really wanted to do a trip where I get a couple of friends to come along, shoot the trip and document in the journal as we go. I would then scan those pages directly from the journal into the magazine. I’ve got a little printer with all the inks that I take along with me. I wanted to invite friends that surf and do alot of other creative stuff. Wade does rad art. And Dion, he’s a really good photographer. People who can contribute and all mash this trip as we go into the pages of the journal until we have something. This is the first one, but the idea is to do this a number of times with different people everytime. And build this archive of art, photos and travel. Then maybe make a book or a movie out of it. I want to keep it going as long as I can.”

Self-effacing as usual, Dunc insists “much is illegible, not much is intelligent,” which is in fact the best thing about it we reckon! It’s raw and honest, the way life should be. Framed, filmed, penned and captured with frostbitten affection, this is one journey that will save your brain from thumb-scroll stagnation. Rip in.

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