Sebby does Dirk 400 years on

By Jon Laurenson | Featuring Sebastian Hartog
Dirk Hartog Island, Australia
25/10/2016

Film producer Sebastian Hartog is a first generation Australian living in Coolangatta born of Dutch parents. Sebastian is a Dirk Hartog ancestor and has been making plans to trace his family heritage for a while:-

My father was born in Curacao in the Dutch Antilles and 
my mother The Hague, the Netherlands. I have one brother currently residing in Austria and it was with him that we hatched the plan in 2008 to re-trace Dirk Hartog’s voyage that landed him on the west coast of Australia (the then named Terra Australus Incognito) in 1616.

October 25 2016 commemorates the 400th year anniversary of Dirk Hartog landing in WA. This anniversary spurs the homage to my Hartog heritage that has inspired me to embark on this journey to seek out my ancestors steps and explore one of the more mysterious and spectacular regions of the Australian coastline.
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Sebby Does Dirk:-
I awoke at our camp site at Australia’s most westerly point “Steep Point” to a beautiful day and ocean passage across to Dirk Hartog Island in the distance. I can't believe how close I am to this historical island and returning 400 years later to experience it. 
We reached the island after a short barge ride across south passage. I am so excited touching down on the island at Cape Ransonnet I have goose bumps. 
We arrive at the Dirk Hartog homestead to a tour by Robby the lodge manager about the history of the homestead. We meet Kieran Wardle the owner and settle in to our super comfy accom for the night. The view from the homestead is amazing crystal clear water and sandy beaches on our doorstep. 
We head over to check out Surf Point and come across the hugest Osprey nest and to our delight had  live chicks in it so we keep our distance. 
No surf but we soak up the raw beauty of this section of the island. 
Next was the blowholes which we observed atop 100m cliffs and still scored a good spraying from the crashing surf.
Kieran takes us on a guided 4WD tour via massive sand dunes to watch the sunset and enjoy a drink at Herald Heights cliffs. This is the first of many epic sunsets on the Island. 
The next morning we drive the scenic 64kms to the north end of the island to Cape Inscription - the location Dirk Hartog and crew first set foot on 400 years ago on October 25 1616.
The 4wd tracks are easy to navigate and the trip is filled with some of the most raw scenic landscapes I have ever seen. It is literally bay after bay of postcard quality at every corner.
We drive through more dramatic sand dunes while hugging the coast and stop by the stunning locations of Stowk’s Cove, Isolation Lake, Withnell Point and the pink salts of Rose de Freycinet Lakes before having our minds absolutely blown by the vista of Turtle Bay.
We end our day at Cape Inscription visiting the lighthouse and the Dirk Hartog memorial plaque.  My feelings are excitement and emotional awe at the scene of this dramatic location. I have a real sense of pride that my Dutch bloodline actually first set foot on Western Australia at Cape Inscription 400 years ago.
Before dark Jake, our drone photographer jumps in the ocean and catches our dinner of bald chin groper. We then drive 6km’s around the corner  to camp at Urchin Point so we can get a surf in the morning and explore more of the amazing Dirk Hartog Island.

#justanotherdayinWA
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Film // @apertunity_ @drone_pilots_australia
Edit // Sebastian Hartog @sebbyhartog
Photography // Elise Hassey @elisehassey
Produced by Jon Laurenson @summersite
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Jon Laurenson is the publisher and creative director behind Summersite Media and The Summersite in print - a travel and lifestyle magazine. But that’s only what he’s up to right now.

He’s a bit of a visionary, a ghostwriter behind countless brands, products and ventures.

You probably didn’t know that his first ever gig in the world of business was a job making and distributing boomerangs and brewing beer with a bunch of hippies in Perth, Western Australia. But that was when he was only 14. He just wanted to make a bit of cash and surf all day with his mates. Not much has changed really.

You might know that his history includes heading up sales and marketing for Arnette sunglasses in their boom time of the late 90’s and then co-founding Electric Visual in 2000. He put his head down, worked hard (still surfing) and turned a small time start up into a multi-million dollar brand. But no biggie really, he was chasing the next challenge and quickly moved to take on the fashion industry. As the Australian distributor for Poko Pano Bikinis and Brixton he established a finesse for nurturing niche brands, something he’s continued to do with his involvement in Vampirate Surfboards, Fallen Broken Street, The Anchor Bar Bondi and Komune at Keramas in Bali.

With a growing crowd of surf, style and travel inclined creatives trailing in his wake, Summersite was realized by Jon well before pen was put to paper. “With Summersite I wanted to provide a platform to develop the best up and coming creative producers along with the crew I’ve enjoyed working with over the years,” he says. For Jon, the magazine concept is an amalgamation of every story he’s told, every idea he’s fostered on his travels and the people he’s brought together on the way. “The purpose of this magazine is to inspire people to travel, get out of their own backyard and enjoy the moment and everything this crazy little world has to offer.”

“I always had this kooky dream to be a magazine publisher – which seems a bit of a pipe dream in this era of digital media and the big shift of content to online platforms. But print isn’t really dead. Just like the vinyl is to the music industry, there will always be a place for a beautifully printed “coffee table” style magazine. It’s in the quality of the paper, or the weight of the magazine in your hands and the inspiration you can always refer too.”

Summersite draws together all the facets of Jon’s career, from boomerang-wrangling to high fashion and surf culture. You’d be hard pressed to find a character more ingrained in the Australian creative industry than Jon Laurenson. Summersite isn’t just a project, it’s the product of a life of big adventures and even bigger ambitions.

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