Session 1: East Coast Visions in Northumberland.
The weather gods were kind for the inaugural event, and on September the 30th 2017 we gathered at Boards and Bikes HQ to enjoy the concept in it’s natural environment: outdoors and around a blazing fire pit! Crackling in the background was the Box Pizza pizza oven, which churned out a constant supply of unreal wood fired classics. The ‘donations only’ bar saw some frenetic action after which stories were told, and the crowd were treated to incredible tales from all of our speakers, whose photos and videos really brought their experiences to life. Finishing off with heavy hitting African rhythms set against a backdrop of the Milky Way, the first event really was simply epic. Alongside the good vibes we managed to raise a grand total of £1162 from the auction of all of our prizes, the funds from which were split evenly between Surfer’s Against Sewage and Waves for Water’s Caribbean hurricane appeal.
We would particularly like to thank the speakers, who all gave their time for free.
Anto Baird doesn’t do social media, but wished to say that he was proud to have been able to use part of his life story to help people who needed it, and that he had already started thinking of the next adventure story he could bring to the event!
Kate Chandler had this to say about being involved on her Instagram:
Stu Swift finished off the event, and his talk of sustainable travel and the incredible spirit of Africa left the crowd with a great deal to think about. In addition to providing them with some inspiring images and words, Stu also brought the records he collected on the trip around Africa. You can hear a flavour of A West African Surf Odyssey thanks to the awesome ‘Stamp the Wax’ website.
Capturing the vibe of our first event was the task of Dr Sebastien Potthof, aka Saltwatershots– thanks to Seb for the contribution!
East Coast Visions will return in the same format, Spring 2018. Venue TBC but we will be in Newcastle City Centre for the next edition. We want to give people a second chance to enjoy the speakers from this first event, and will also be announcing a very special additional speaker for the next event.
Until next time, keep on searching!