Sunday, September 14, 2014

Surfing the wave of reconciliation!



Image overload today but so worth it! We were up and on our way to Cottesloe Beach bright and early yesterday morning. I had been invited, thanks Kelly, to take photos of an event much too special to miss, the 5th annual ICEA Classic. ICEA (Indigenous Communities Education & Awareness) Foundation is a not-for-profit organization run by a group of amazing young people whose aim is 'to inspire reconciliation and promote mutual respect and cultural awareness in local schools and in the wider community'. If you would like to know more you can read about the ICEA program here.


Above the girls in action and below the 'expression session'.. everyone heading in for a bit of fun between the competition rounds..


 While some perched on the rocks for a  closer view..


..others opted for a more comfortable spot on one of the many old sofas along the prom, novel idea.. not seen that before :)


So much more than surfing going on.. the skateboard comps getting a bit of attention, four cameras plus me I see!


Traditional basket weaving and beading..


Getting to grips with the Didgeridoo! Beautifully decorated..


Young artist at work adding her own special creature to the sea!


It was the perfect day for the ICEA Classic, a day for the whole community to come together to celebrate Indigenous and surfing cultures, check out super short video here. Only able to stay for a few hours I missed many wonderful events of the day.. next year! Hope you're having a good weekend.. what are you up too? I'm off on a bush hike today, wish me luck! Happy Sunday, take care!





22 comments:

  1. The sofa-idea cracks me up, Grace - wonderful! :-)
    Have a great trip!

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  2. It looks like a lot of people had a lot of fun, Grace!

    The sofa at the beach is a little unusual!

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  3. Admirable cause. It looks as though you might have been one of the few "elders" in attendance - that's just the way I would have liked it.

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  4. I so love the ocean. Why did I end up being born inland?

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  5. A great cause indeed, Grace!! And what a fun day for all!! Wish I could have been there to participate and enjoy!! Your photos are the next best thing -- they are really terrific!! Thanks so much for sharing the fun!!

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  6. I've always had the desire to surf but have more a fear of sharks so I never have. I do love to watch it, Grace. I don't think i'd sit on those old couches though. ;-)

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  7. great images Grace. The sofa idea is terrific.

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  8. Terrific event. Thanks for sharing it was us. My nephew takes couches to music festivals. Never takes them home though.

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  9. Looks like an absolute blast! Although now I want to go surfing... I might have to before the sun goes down. Great pics, nonetheless!

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  10. Splendid to see. Very much like here, but not. Oz is unique


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
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  11. Looks like a fun event. Love all of your shots.

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  12. Your picture give a feeling of happiness, joy, and friendship in a colorful atmosphere ! A lot of goood energy around that event !

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  13. What a great day Grace! Love your images.

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  14. There was a lot going on at this event and you capture much of it. The water sure is blue in those first few shots. Gorgeous color.

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  15. A great idea indeed! I love the idea of the sofas.

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  16. How fun Grace! Thanks for sharing it with us. I would be perched on one of the sofas too!

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  17. Nice series, Grace. It looks like you enjoyed yourself. "Indigenous and surfing cultures" That phrase cracked me up.

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  18. Your winter and spring look so much like Canada's summer!

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