Sweden

I went to Sweden to see my friend Ellen and to spend midsommar there. It was probably one of the best trips I had ever been on, I had sooo much fun, it was great and Sweden is so beautiful. I have always felt a connection to Sweden because I have Family from there and lots of friends too. I spent midsommars day dancing with Ellen and her friends and singing kids songs about small frogs, small pigs and hanging up clothes, haha! (in swedish)

 

In Sweden, midsommar (21st of June) is a big celebration, everyone dances around this big maypole tree ( I think it is meant to signify fertility of the land for the year ahead ) and everyone eats really good food and wears flowers on their heads! It’s all part of the tradition and it is a great tradition to spend time with family and friends. After the dancing and singing old swedish childrens songs we went back to Ellen’s friends house which was great fun. We ate midsommar food from the bbq and everyone sang swedish drinking songs. I think most adults in Sweden get pretty drunk in the evening or Dyngrak (really drunk in swedish, haha). The sun hardly sets in Sweden around midsommar. Even at midnight it wasn’t completely dark and in the far north the sun never sets in the midsommar. The transport is so good in Sweden we even managed to get a bus back home at midnight on a national holiday! 

 

The rest of my time in Sweden was spent with Ellen doing fun things like bada (playing in the water) and going for lots of fun walks in the nice nature! We spent a lot of time in the water which goes with the name of this blog :p The lakes are nice to swim in and are generally quite warm and rich with wildlife 🙂 They even have fish tanks in the supermarkets there! 🙂
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Good swimming spot :)

Good swimming spot 🙂


midsommar !

midsommar !

Taken just before midnight

Taken just before midnight


More aquatic locomotion :p

More aquatic locomotion :p


Swedish girls!

Swedish girls!

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My Skate revival !

I don’t know why but I felt compelled to get back into skateboarding. I used to love skateboarding when I was 10 – 13 but then I got into other things such as skimboarding and surfing and spent my time doing those things instead. I have skated a bit over the last few summers but only a hand full of times each year. So anyway, I bought a powell skateboard (sister company of brigade) as I like to be loyal to companies that I like 🙂 My Brigade skateboard I got was for my 12th birthday present but I was allowed it a few months early as I managed to convince my parents 🙂 hehe, so it was definitely time for a new one as I am coming up to my 24th birthday now. My new set up consists of: Powell deck, Tensor trucks, Cliche wheels and stead fast bearings. I choose all the stuff individually as I find it kind of fun but it did take me 2 days to make up my mind on what stuff I wanted! 

 

Anyway, it feels good to skate again even though I can only do basic tricks at the moment. The surf has gone flat and I haven’t surfed since Portugal so skating is the next best thing to do 🙂 I feel like 11 again, 180 ollie-ing off curbs and trying to learn how to kickflip properly again, haha ! 

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I also like the fact my wheels are called ” Poison Frogs ” 

 

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Ok, So I will prob hit up Tescos car park in Durrington until I go to the skatepark or until we get some surf again, hahaaa! :p

 

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Slam Dunk Festival

So Nate convinced me I should go to Slam Dunk this year. I had more money than last year so I thought why not. We went to Slam dunk south which was held on sunday the 26th. I was a bit unsure at first as I prefer to see bands in the evening and thought I would be overwhelmed by the amount of bands, I also felt a bit out of touch with that scene but Luckily I did go as it was a sweet day! I saw some of my favourite bands, some old friends I hadn’t seen for a while and a few bands with which I had played with in my old band So it was nice to see how those bands had changed and it was good to still feel like part of that scene. I saw the story so far, ( one of my favourite new bands ) Mc lars, ( an old friend, toured back in 2007! ) Me vs hero, ( last time I saw them was when we played together in a pub the size of a small box in the middle of no where) The wonder years, ( Nate loves them) Kids in glass houses, Senses fail, Allister, Deaf havana and all time low. The last time I saw all time low was when I was 19 and we were supporting them on their first UK tour so it was strange to see how much they had grown as they were headlining the main stage.

It also made me think, most people that I saw on Sunday hadn’t changed much in years, they had only grown as people and as bands which is a really positive thing. It felt like I went back to my music roots that day 🙂 I did feel a bit older than most of the crowd though,I am only 23 but there were so many young kids there, some with parents which was nice. It made me realize how much time has gone past as I remember when I used to be the young one at shows. I said I felt older but I also in another way felt like my young self as we went crazy for some of the bands, something I hadn’t done for years, so that was kind of fun. A contradiction but nevermind :p

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MC Lars pit

MC Lars pit

KIGH

KIGH

All time low

All time low

Auriane, Phil and Me

Auriane, Phil and Me

(Photos by Auriane)


Hey River

Hey River

Hey everyone check out Hey River. (My good friends Rob Bateman and Nate Lewis, who I used to be in a band with) I went to outhouse studios in reading back in March with them to record the Drums for this EP which was good fun! If you like the EP preview, go onto Itunes and buy the whole thing!

I thought the recording process would be more relaxed than what I had done before as there wasn’t so much to add as HeyRiver is more acoustic with less guitar and simpler drum parts than when I was in my old band (Last Letter Read).  The Drums ended up sounding pretty sweet as they always do when we record at outhouse studios but I felt like I wanted more time to add more effects and add more percussion. The Toms actually sound so deep it’s the sort of sound you would expect in a metal band but it still sounds good with this acoustic project 🙂 We did 3 days for 3 songs but could have done with two days on each song. There is so much stuff to do but I guess you don’t realize when you know you have 3 days. That is why big bands take like a week to record a song sometimes. James who produced the EP was a great laugh too, whenever he liked something he would do that chavy thing where you click your fingers together and would say something funny like “boomtings” haha, it took me back to my days at durrington high school.

Nate and Rob also put a lot of thought into the lyrics which I like. One of my favourite lines of lyrics is ” Beat OCD so I will sleep at night, trust that I do something right ” I can relate to that, so it felt good to be recording songs with a lot of meaning behind them, it was also great to record with old friends and go back to outhouse studios where we went many times before.

Anyway,

Check out HeyRiver if you are into acoustic songs with heavy metal sounding toms, hahaaaa!

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About me and this blog

Hello, I wanted to start this blog about things I like. I will post about surf trips, local surf. Animals (mainly Reptiles :p) My musical projects and other interesting things 🙂 This is my first post and I will post about things as they happen. I wanted to start this blog so I can let people know about things I am doing and thought it might be quite fun too to look back on 🙂 I will also be making some clothes in the future so I think it is a good way to see if people like them. Here is a picture of me by aunty’s pool last year in Australia, livin’ it up!   Thanks for reading, Curtis  Image