Hungover Solsoya Surf Shoot

By Birralee Hassen
Byron Bay, Australia
16/02/2017

I woke with no alarm. Flustered and still definitely drunk, the day was already starting to warm up and the sun was already too high in the sky for comfort. Shit, I thought, did I just sleep in past my own Solsoya surf shoot?

Photo by @ride.about

Photo by @madisonjeffery

The day prior had been a large one. A friends Christmas lunch carried on well into the night, and saw events unfolding that included the loss of my phone, jacket and most definitely a few brain cells. I had hitchhiked home and fallen straight to sleep, no care whatsoever for what future responsibilities awaited me.

Photo by @ride.about

Photo by @ride.about

I scrambled awake, opened my laptop and checked the time, phew, half an hour until I had arranged to meet my friends on the beach. I hope I organised well enough that no one is trying to call me; I thought as I chucked some Solsoya into the van and started driving.

Photo by @ride.about

I found the first of my friends at Wategos and explained my situation to them. Laughs of course ensued, at the hopelessness of my attempt at this whole being an adult thing. “I don’t even know where Dan is with his camera – and I can’t even call him!” “He’s parked further down there” Anrielle helped, “But I just saw a girl walking down to the beach with a drone, you should go and ask her if she’ll take some shots for you”.

Photo by @ride.about

Photo by @madisonjeffery

I scrambled down the stairs and made my way towards the girl, bent over a drone on the beach and fiddling with the remote control. “Hi!” I started, “This is kind of random but is there any way you’d be interested in taking some photos for us this morning?” She looked up at me, head tilted to one side flashing a grin, and I realised that we’d actually met previously.

Photo by @ride.about

Photo by @ride.about

A couple of weeks earlier she had overhead a conversation I was having in the Pass car park on the phone to my friend Kate, who’s birthday it was, complaining about the lack of places to leave a vehicle. The Pass car park is mayhem at the best of times, this day was sunny, the surf was epic and the date was nearly at December 1st. Summer time. “Tell your friend she can take my park,” she had offered, “Especially if it’s her birthday”. We chatted while we waited for Kate to come back down the hill, and when she left I knew that I’d see her again.

Photo by @ride.about

Photo by @ride.about

So there she was, perfectly timed on Wategos beach with her drone. We found Dan with his camera, the girls all found each other and me, we donned our Solsoya and made our way to the beach. We took a couple of shots on the sand, but couldn’t help being pulled towards the ocean, like a wave washing back out to sea.

Photo by @ride.about

Photo by @ride.about

Sometimes you just need the ocean. While food, water and sleep are all great, the only thing that can really wash away the post party plague is submerging yourself in saltwater. A hung-over gaggle of girls, we made our way into the ocean, waves and laughs shared as we debriefed on the alcohol filled antics from the night before.

Photo by @ride.about

Photo by @madisonjeffery

It was one of those mornings when somehow everything just worked out the way it was supposed to. The water was clear, the surf was small but fun, and the vibes were high. A random even found my phone, and after looking in my contacts found a mutual friend, who delivered it to my house later that day. Ahhhh life.

Photo by @madisonjeffery

 

Check out more of Solsoya gear here. Or come say Hi at the Byron Bay Surf Festival :D

Thanks to photographers Dan @ride.about and Madi @madisonjeffery (website www.seewhatisee.net)- legends!

Thanks to gurfer babes Mish, Jess, Liv, Georgina, Kate, Janine, Anrielle, Hannah & Paige xo

 

 

Author
Birralee Hassen

Birralee can be found making art, surfing, or yoga-ing. Failing that you can bet that she would be somewhere in nature, camping out in her van along the coastline. Residing in Byron Bay, Birralee is busy teaching yoga, interviewing artists for her "theevery day artist" segment and day dreaming for the next time she can pack up and see new things for the first time. She is also the founder of Solsoya, a lifestyle brand that encourages outdoor activities and creativity.

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