Thomas Ewbank

photographer, videographer, writer, designer, snowboarder & terrible surfer

Night Skateboard Session at Clissold Park

Last weekend I took a little trip up to North London to photograph my good friend ‘J Mac’ skating the bowl at Clissold Park. Joe bought along his buddy Amit and before we knew it the local BMX riders joined in. It was a fun session with good vibes and I feel I got some alright shots on the 550D.

Joe McIlroy, skateboarder, bowl skating, method grab, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank videographer, Thomas Ewbank, photography Joe McIlroy, skateboarder, bowl skating, melon grab, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank videographer, Thomas Ewbank, photography BMX, big air, Clissold Park, bowl riding, BMXing at night, Stoke Newington, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank Amit Beeharee, skateboarder, bowl skating, London, nightime, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank Amit Beeharee, skateboarder, bowl skating, London, nightime, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank BMX, big air, Clissold Park, bowl riding, BMXing at night, Stoke Newington, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank Joe McIlroy, skateboarder, bowl skating, method grab, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank videographer, Thomas Ewbank, photography BMX, big air, Clissold Park, bowl riding, BMXing at night, Stoke Newington, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank Joe McIlroy, skateboarder, bowl skating, backside lipslide, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank videographer, Thomas Ewbank, photography BMX, big air, Clissold Park, bowl riding, BMXing at night, Stoke Newington, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank Joe McIlroy, skateboarder, bowl skating, method grab, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank videographer, Thomas Ewbank, photography Joe McIlroy, skateboarder, bowl skating, method grab, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank videographer, Thomas Ewbank, photography BMX, big air, Clissold Park, bowl riding, BMXing at night, Stoke Newington, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank Joe McIlroy, skateboarder, bowl skating, backside lipslide, Clissold Park, Tom Ewbank videographer, Thomas Ewbank, photography

Tom Misch: Beyond The Groove

Ever since leaving school in 2001 and moving to University in London I’ve had a real passion for Hip Hop music. I’m not entirely sure where it came from, but it’s kinda strange when you consider I grew up in a boarding school in the West Country (an area better known for its Cider than rapping community). Anyway, while searching the darkest online caverns of Soundcloud, a social media platform for musicians, I came across a young musician from London called Tom Misch. His music was beautiful, so soulful and powerful, and harked back to a time in Hip Hop that I was lucky-enough to catch the tail-end of. To say I was blown away, when I found Tom was just 18, would be an understatement!

After falling in love with Tom’s music I couldn’t resist emailing him and asking him if he’d mind me making a short film about him and his musical influences……and how he’d arrived at this sound. Being the nice guy that he is Tom obliged, and here’s the result! I wish Tom the best of luck with his future endeavours (his own label ‘Beyond the Groove’ and his guitar degree in Greenwich) and hope he keeps producing music for many years to come!

Filmed on a Canon 550D with Magic Lantern and edited on Final Cut Pro X.

Tom Misch: Beyond The Groove from Tom Ewbank on Vimeo.

Ben & Anna’s Big Day

Back in June two of my good friends, Ben and Anna Molloy, tied the knot. As I didn’t know what to buy them for their wedding present I asked if I could make a short video of their wedding. It was a heart-warming day with a beautiful ceremony…..hopefully I managed to catch some of that!

Once again it was shot on the my trusty Canon 550D with Magic Lantern. I used a number of different lens, including: a Canon 50mm f1.8, Tokina 11-16mm f2.8, Tamron SP 70-300mm. The video was edited and coloured in Final Cut Pro X.

Ben and Anna’s Big Day from Tom Ewbank on Vimeo.

Just another sunset

After spending 3 months working in the Canadian Rockies, with Peak Leaders, I’m now spending some time back in the UK. It’s been nice to catch up with my folks and enjoy some temperate weather. For three weeks the temperature in Banff was consistently below -30 oC…….that’s far too cold for a Brit!

Over the weekend the beautiful Spring weather in the Cotswolds gave me the motivation I needed to go for a short walk around the village with Mum. As the sun was setting I decided to use the Canon 550D with Canon’s plastic fantastic lens, the 50mm F1.8 . This meant I could keep the ISO really low and limit the amount of noise in the picture. Unfortunately there’s quite a lot of lens flaring in the footage, but I quite like that as it adds to the retro feel of the edit. All of the footage was filmed using Magic Lantern firmware and Technicolor’s Cinestyle profile, which is a very flat colour profile that allows lots of colouring of the footage in post production. All of the footage was coloured and edited in Final Cut Pro X.

A busy winter in Banff!

As with every winter I’ve spent the last couple of months working in a ski resort. This winter Peak Leaders, my employer, have sent me to Banff in the Canadian Rockies to run an instructor course and to create as much engaging online content as possible, in an effort to market the course for future years.

Working two jobs means I’ve been incredibly busy and unable to do the occasional side project, which is what I normally litter the pages of my WordPress site with. Nevertheless, I have produced a few video blogs of the instructor course that I’m running. These are short documentary-style video edits that I have released on a fortnightly basis to give our trainees friends and family, and prospective trainees, an idea of what life is like on the course.

Enjoy!

Horse Riding in the Patagonian Steppe

Although I don’t share much of the work that I do for my full-time employer, Peak Leaders, I thought I’d share a short video I made recently. Over the summer I spent a couple of weeks in Patagonia, Argentina, with work and during our stay we had the opportunity to go horse riding in the Patagonian Steppe. It’s a beautiful part of the world that is home to a small community of Gauchos, South American Cowboys, that showed us around the foothills on horseback. If you ever get the opportunity to visit the Nahuel Huapi National Park, make sure you do!

Building a Splitboard at Backyard Austria

Back in November; me, my twin brother Rich, and our good friend Reado, spent a couple of days at The Backyard. The Backyard is a beautiful old farmhouse that sits above the Zillertal Valley, in the Austrian Tirol, and is a fantastic retreat for snowboarders. Jurgen, a young Austrian snowboarder, took the place on 18 months ago and has done a fantastic job of restoring the property and creating a really mellow vibe that is unlike anywhere I’ve stayed.

While we stayed at The Backyard we rode knee-deep pre-season powder at Hintertux, right down to the base of the resort, and in the evenings we built a Splitboard. For those that don’t know what I’m talking about: a Splitboard is a snowboard that can be split in half and used to tour up a mountain, then connected together and ridden as a snowboard down the mountain. As you’ll see in the Video Jurgen did most of the work but we made a fun a little video edit for him to use to promote this amazing opportunity.

If you’re a keen snowboarder and you fancy a trip to Austria make-sure you stay at The Backyard because it’s a really cool place and Jurgen will make you feel completely at home.

My Favourite Photos of 2013

Below are my favourite photographs that I snapped in 2013. It was a fantastic year and I was really fortunate to travel all over the world with my camera. A big thank you to everyone that made my adventures possible…..you know who you are!

Rob Ross enjoying some epic powder in Avoriaz, France.

Rob Ross, powder slash, snowboarder, Morzine, powder snow, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Mhairi and Revy enjoying Spring on Les Estagnots Beach, Hossegor.

Hossegor Beach, Hossegor, Hossegor France, France, Mhairi Hughes, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

A photoshoot with Anglo-French skater George Poole for Ozed & Dakine.

George Poole, George Poole skateboarder, Dakine, Ozed Sunglasses

A walk on Cleve Hill, Cheltenham, with Mum and Dad.

Cheltenham, walking, Winter, wind-blown, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

A moody August sky at home in Capbreton, France.

moody skies, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, Canon 550D,

Spearfishing with the boys at Zarautz, Northern Spain.

Marco Zuchetti, Baptiste Notter, spearfishing, Basque Country, Zarautz, Getaria, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photographyXavier de le Rue, spearfishing, Basque Country, Zarautz, Getaria, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography

Impromptu skate session at Labenne Skate park with Lewis & Sweet Dawg.

Labenne Skateboard Park, Hossegor, Labenne, skateboarding, Super Rad Snowboarding, James Sweet, Lewis Sonvico, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, skateboardLabenne Skateboard Park, Hossegor, Labenne, skateboarding, Super Rad Snowboarding, James Sweet, Lewis Sonvico, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, skateboard

Spiersy living on the edge at Nazare, Portugal.

Nazare, man on cliff, Nazare cliff, on top of the world, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Portugal, surf trip, freelance photographer,Nazare, man on cliff, Nazare cliff, on top of the world, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Portugal, surf trip, freelance photographer,

Freddy P and the ASP World Tour came to Hossegor in September.

Fred Patacchia surfer, nice left, Le Graviere, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Hossegor, Frederick Patacchia Jnr, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photographyQuiksilver Pro 2013, Ace Buchan surfer, silhouette of surfer, surf slash, Le Graviere wave, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography Aleho Muniz surfer, Alejo Muniz Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Alejo at Le Graviere, big wave, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Local legend Marki Green tearing up the Cerro Catedral park, Argentina.

Marki Green, Marcos Green, Bodhi snowboards, Cerro Catedral park, Cerro Catedral, snowboarder, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Chilling with the local Gaucho’s in the Patagonian Steppe, Argentina.

Gauchos, Patagonian Gauchos, Patagonian Steppe, Cuyin Manzano, Patagonia, Peak Leaders Argentina, Ivan, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photographyPatagonian Steppe, hitching a ride, Chevrolet truck, Patagonian desert, Mhairi Hughes, Peak Leaders Argentina, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Argentina

October storms battering Capbreton Lighthouse, France.

Capbreton Lighthouse, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, Lighthouse in black and white, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas EwbankCapbreton Lighthouse, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank Biarritz, view from Capbreton, Cote de Landes, angry ocean, big waves, powerful ocean, dark seas, Capbreton in November, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

An Autumn walk in the Cotswolds, England.

Dry Stone Wall, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

November in snowy St Anton Am Arlberg, Austria.

St Anton Church, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austrian church, Austria, St Anton, black and white photo, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank St Anton railway station, St Anton Am Arlberg train station, railway station, Austria, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Canon EOS 550D, Canon Rebel T2i, Austrian Alps, Austria Galzigbahn, Galzigbahn lift station, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austria, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, Canon 550D, Canon Rebel T2i

A nighttime view of the Zillertal Valley from The Backyard, Austria.

Zillertal, The Zillertal Valley, Zillertal at night, valley at night, long-exposure photo, the mountains at night, Tyrol, Austria, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

Reado and Porko enjoying the fresh Bavarian snow, Germany.

Snow, snowy winter, snow dance, beautiful photo Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful

A Christmas Day walk across the Cotswold Countryside, England.

The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,

Winter frost in the Cotswolds.

River Churn, winter river, flooded river, English countryside, the country, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo, frost Woodland, the woods, beautiful light, English countryside, the country, ferns, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo, beautiful light, woodland light

New Year’s Eve in Brighton

This year I spent New Year’s Eve with friends in Brighton. Although I intended to take a few more shots of the famous Brighton piers  and promenade the horrific weather stopped me in my tracks (60mph gusts of wind and heavy rain). Below are the only two shots I managed to take.

Brighton pier, Brigton, old pier, New Year's Day in Brighton, 1st of January 2014, British seaside, England, Brighton, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photographyBrighton promenade, Brighton, Brighton England, British seaside, grey England, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

Another day…..another walk

Visiting my folks in the Cotswolds means two things: a lot of home cooked meals and an awful lot of walks around the surrounding countryside (in an effort to burn off all of that food). Going for walks gives me an opportunity to take my camera with me and shoot the beautiful Cotswold scenery. Today’s walk was along the Churn Valley, from North Cerney to Rendcomb, and was made particularly beautiful because of the winter frost.

River Churn, winter river, flooded river, English countryside, the country, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo, frost Woodland, the woods, beautiful light, English countryside, the country, ferns, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo, beautiful light, woodland light grey heron, heron, heron bird, English countryside, the country, River Churn, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo English countryside, Rendcomb School, Rencomb, Churn Valley, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, English Private School, Public School, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography Woodland, the woods, beautiful light, English countryside, the country, ferns, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo River Churn, winter river, flooded river, English countryside, the country, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo, frost River Churn, winter river, flooded river, English countryside, the country, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo Rendcomb School, Rencomb, Churn Valley, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, English Private School, Public School, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography John and Denise Ewbank, John Ewbank, Denise Ewbank, Mum and Dad, portrait, country walk, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography country walk, English countryside, Churn Valley, The Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, John Ewbank, Denise Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank Rendcomb, Rendcomb in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, Churn Valley, beautiful England, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank Reflection, reflection in a puddle, John Ewbank, Denise Ewbank, The Cotswolds, winter walk, England, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography Mole hills, frost, winter, English countryside, the country, The Cotswolds, stone wall, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo River Churn, flooded river, English countryside, the country, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo Woodland, the woods, beautiful light, English countryside, the country, ferns, The Cotswolds, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo English countryside, the country, farm, The Cotswolds, stone wall, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, photography, beautiful photo

Christmas in the Cotswolds

This year I was lucky to spend Christmas at home in the Cotswolds with the family. Although my sister couldn’t make the trip to Gloucestershire this year my identical twin brother, Rich, and his girlfriend made the trip over from their home in North Germany. Fortunately the stormy weather subsided and we were gifted with beautiful crisp winter weather all day. Here are a few shots from a little walk we took.

The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, The Cotswolds, Christmas Day Walk, country walk, Woodmancote, Gloucestershire, English countryside, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,

Morzine & Verbier

Last week I travelled to Morzine in the French Alps with work. Unfortunately I didn’t have much time to use my camera, as I was busy working and catching-up with my colleagues Lorna and Mhairi. During our time in Morzine we took a short trip across the boarder to Verbier, Switzerland, and I managed to get a couple of shots which I thought I’d share.

Mhairi Hughes, Lorna Keighren, girls in a car, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography Morzine, Portes Du Soleil, France, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography old church, Le Charble, Verbier, Switzerland, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

A quick visit to the Zillertal and Bavaria

Following my work trip to Austria I jumped on a train at St Anton station and took a 2 hour train ride to Jenbach, a small town 50km east of Innsbruck which sits at the bottom of the Zillertal Valley. On arrival at Jenbach I was greeted by my identical twin brother ‘The Great El Porko’ (Rich) and one of my good University friends Reado. I hadn’t seen Reado for over six years so it was great to catch up.

After loading the car with my board bag we drove to our accommodation for the next three nights, The Backyard. The Backyard is a beautiful old farmhouse which sits above Mayrhofen on the steep sides of the Zillertal valley. Jurgen, the owner, has turned what was a derelict old building into a bustling hostel which offers snowboarders a fun, friendly and really comfortable refuge. Jurgen also offers his guests the opportunity to go splitboarding and if you’re really keen you can even build your own split board, which is exactly what I did.

We had two amazing days (three nights) staying at The Backyard, where we made the most of the sauna and the wood-fire-heated hot tub. During the day we had unbelievable snow conditions at Hintertux and rode knee-deep light fluffy powder both days. We also indulged in some classic Schnapps-enduced Austrian Apres Ski.

As Rich, my brother, works for snowboard manufacturer Amplid I was very fortunate to be leant his latest project straight from the LAB ‘The Carbon Pocket Knife’ which at less than 1.7kg is the worlds lightest snowboard. It was great to be back on a snowboard again and this board absolutely blew my mind.

After a busy few days snowboarding, building my splitboard, and enjoying the beautiful scenery it was time to leave The Backyard. Unfortunately I missed my train back to Zurich Airport so had to book another last-minute flight from Munich, which was fortunately on my brothers way home. On the way to the Airport we stopped at Rich’s bosses house, Amplid HQ, for a coffee and croissant. Our visit also gave me an opportunity to a look at the 2015 snowboard designs. Rich’s boss is ex Snowboard World Champion Peter Bauer, as well as being a legend in the Snowboard World he’s also one of the nicest guys you’re ever likely to meet. Every time I’ve visited Amplid HQ, Peter and his family have always made me feel really welcome. Anyway, while Rich and Peter talked business, Reado and I went for a walk to take some photos of the beautiful Bavarian scenery.

The photos below are of the Zillertal and the area immediately around Peter’s beautiful house.

St Anton Railway station, St Anton Am Arlberg station, Austria, blurry lights, train station at night, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Reado, Richard Read, man next to fire, The Backyard Austria, simple living, Austria, man in mountains, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Zillertal, Zillertal Valley, snowy Zillertal, Austrian Valley, Austrian Alps, heavy snowfall, beautiful Austria, The Backyard Austria, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

Zillertal, The Zillertal Valley, Zillertal at night, valley at night, long-exposure photo, the mountains at night, Tyrol, Austria, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

The Backyard Austria, The Backyard, night time in the mountains, dark of night, starry sky, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Richard Ewbank. Richard Read, The Backyard Austria, old mountain refuge, mountain men, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Electricity pylons, metal mountains, Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

Reado, Richard Read, man smoking, roll-up cigarette, rollie, Austria, man in mountains, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Richard Ewbank, man drinking coffee, Austria, cold temperatures, winter in Austria, Austria, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Austria, snow-capped mountains, snowy Austria, Tyrol, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful photograph

snow-covered hut, refuge, beautiful Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

Snow, snowy winter, snow dance, beautiful photo Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

Richard Read, Richard Ewbank, snow falling, good times, Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

Reado, Richard Read, man walking in the cold, Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

Richard Ewbank,snowy Bavaria, man walking in the cold, Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful photo

Bavaria, farm house, Bavarian farmhouse, winter wonderland, snow, beautiful Bavaria, snowy woodland, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank

sign post, snowy road, winter in Germany, Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

snowy road, winter in Bavaria, beautiful Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

Rich Ewbank, Reado, Richard Read, starfish, star jump, friends, snowy Bavaria, Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

Tractor, Bavaria, winter in Bavaria, winter on the farm, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

snowy tree, snow covered branches, Bavaria, Bavaria Germany, winter wonderland, Narnia, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography,  beautiful

St Anton Am Arlberg

Last week I had a short stay in the world famous Austrian ski resort of St Anton Am Arlberg. Peak Leaders, my employer, run a 4-week instructor training course there before the start of the season and I was there to ensure the trainees, many of them on gap years, arrive safely and to start the course. On my last day in the resort the snow started falling quite heavily so I grabbed my trusty camera and headed for a walk around the town. Here are some shots of a snowy St Anton in the middle of November, all taken on my Canon EOS 550D.

Galzigbahn, Galzigbahn lift station, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austria, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, Canon 550D, Canon Rebel T2i

Altes Thoenihaus, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austria, old building, old farm building, Austrian farm house, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, snow on roof

Albert Murr Chalet, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austria, The Alps, snowy chalets, snow covered roofs, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Canon EOS 550D, Canon Rebel T2i

Altes Thoenihaus, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austria, old building, old farm building, Austrian farm house, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, snow on roof

St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austria, St Anton high street, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, Canon 550D, Canon Rebel T2i

St Anton Church, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austrian church, Austria, St Anton, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank

St Anton railway station, St Anton Am Arlberg train station, railway station, Austria, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Canon EOS 550D, Canon Rebel T2i, Austrian Alps, Austria

St Anton railway station, St Anton Am Arlberg train station, railway station, Austria, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Canon EOS 550D, Canon Rebel T2i, Austrian Alps, Austria

St Anton Church, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austrian church, Austria, St Anton, black and white photo, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank

St Anton railway station, St Anton Am Arlberg train station, railway station, Austria, Peak Leaders, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Canon EOS 550D, Canon Rebel T2i, Austrian Alps, Austria

St Anton Church, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austrian church, Austria, St Anton, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank

St Anton high street, St Anton Church, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austrian church, Austria, St Anton, black and white photo, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank

St Anton Church, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austrian church, Austria, St Anton, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank

snowy roof, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austria, Peak Leaders,  Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, St Anton in snow, Austria in the snow, St Anton in the shed, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Peak Leaders, Tom Ewbank

St Anton Church, St Anton Am Arlberg, St Anton, Austrian church, Austria, St Anton, black and white photo, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank

Remembrance Sunday in the Cotswolds

After an amazing summer in Capbreton winter had finally kicked-in with a vengeance and it was time to pack-up my life, throw it in the back of my car ‘Gandolf’, and drive 600 miles north back to my folks house in the Cotswolds. After a 24 hour journey through torrential rain, which included a short sleep in a service station carpark and a 6-hour Ferry ride, I arrived at the family home in the dark of night. Living so far away from home definitely makes me appreciate coming back.

As always I slept like a log and woke in the morning to light streaming in through the bedroom curtains and a cup of Tea on the bedside table……..nice one Mum. Remembrance Sunday was a beautiful day in the Gloucestershire countryside, so once I’d paid my respects to our fallen service men and women at the local Church, I took a walk around the local countryside and took some photos. The Autumn colours in the trees were beautiful and reminded my why I love the UK at this time of the year.

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Dry stone wall, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Sign post, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn leaves, Autumn light, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Country mansion, old house, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn light, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Dry stone Wall, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn light, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

wooden gate, dry stone wall, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn leaves, leaves, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

women chatting, locals, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Dry stone wall, moss on walls, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Sign post, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Country roads, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Locals, women chatting, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Dry Stone Wall, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

hedge row, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree
Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Horses, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

wooden gates, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Country mansion, chimney smoke, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn leaves, leaves, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Dry stone wall, Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

Autumn, puddle, sepia, leaves, autumnal, Cotswolds, countryside, English countryside, The Cotswolds, Woodmancote, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, beautiful photo, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, beautiful tree

The winter storms have arrived…

At the end of October, when summer in Capbreton officially finishes, the weather on the Cote De Landes takes a dramatic turn. Gone are the beautiful sunny afternoons, turquoise waters and clean lines of medium-sized surf; replaced by dark evenings, wild seas and strong winds.

Over the past week the coast has been particularly wild, thanks to a number of big storms sitting out in the Atlantic Ocean. In recent weeks surfers have been surfing 100ft waves at Nazare in Portugal and surfing giant waves at Belhara, a spot off the coast of Saint Jean de Luz which only works once or twice every year due to it’s position 2km out to sea. These storms have made surfing the spots around Capbreton and Hossegor pretty-much impossible for us mere mortals.

As today was a Sunday and I’d heard that the entrance to the Port was taking a battering I thought I’d head down to the beaches at Capbreton to take some photos. It was incredible to see how angry the Ocean appeared and to see the waves dwarfing the Biarritz skyline. Although it was high tide when I turned-up, surf spots like Le Prevent that only normally work on a low tide were being hammered by 7ft waves…….even the entrance to the Port had waves breaking down it.

Here are a few shots that I took with my Canon 550D and an array of different lenses.

Capbreton Lighthouse, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Biarritz, moody ocean, view from Capbreton, Cote de Landes, angry ocean, big waves, powerful ocean, dark seas, Capbreton in November, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Capbreton Lighthouse, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, Lighthouse in black and white,  winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Biarritz, view from Capbreton, Cote de Landes, angry ocean, big waves, powerful ocean, dark seas, Capbreton in November, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Capbreton Lighthouse, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Biarritz, view from Capbreton, Cote de Landes, angry ocean, big waves, powerful ocean, dark seas, Capbreton in November, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Capbreton Lighthouse and pier, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Capbreton beach, Capbreton plage, Capbreton pier, Capbreton Lighthouse, Hossegor, bodyboarder in a storm, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Capbreton Port, Hossegor Port, crazy seas, angry seas, angry ocean, Capbreton Lighthouse, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Capbreton Lighthouse, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Capbreton bunkers, Santocha beach, winter in Capbreton, storm, rocks smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Capbreton Lighthouse, Capbreton Lighthouse in a storm, winter in Capbreton, storm, lighthouse smashed by waves, angry ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Hossegor, November 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank, Thomas Ewbank

Argentina visit (part 1)

Below is a short video I put together to document my recent work trip to Patagonia this summer. The two-part video blog we’re producing is just some of the interesting video content that we’re creating to engage and excite Peak Leader’s prospective customers. More and more we’re seeing that people interested in taking a course want to see exactly what they’re signing up for before they part with their cash. As with all these things; sometimes the researching, purchasing, and waiting is just as exciting as the actual experience.

Part 1 documents our journey out to Bariloche and our first couple of days snowboarding up at Cerro Catedral, South America’s largest ski resort. As you’ll see, no visit to Argentina is complete without a traditional Argentine Asado.

A photo shoot with Turin Brakes

As I write this post I’m not ashamed to say that I’m suffering. The excesses of four days in London have left me loving the place that little bit more than before, but have also confirmed to me why I no longer live there. It’s an amazing city full of amazing people but it’s too fast-paced and competitive for me……..and I just get too carried away with drinking and partying when I’m there.

Anyway, being back in London gave me an opportunity to catch up with my sister Jen. Like my brother and I, Jen has followed a career path in an industry that she is passionate about; the music industry. After many years of earning little money as an intern she’s slowly climbed up the career ladder and is now an International Manager for Cooking Vinyl, one of the UK’s largest independent record labels. As I’d arranged to crash on Jen’s sofa during my stay she very kindly asked if I could take a few photos of one of her bands for an article she was writing for the Brixton Blog. When she told me that it was the ‘Turin Brakes’ that I’d be photographing there was no way in my mind I’d miss this opportunity.

The Turin Brakes have been releasing beautiful music since the turn of the new millennium. Their first album ‘The Optimist Lp’ was a big commercial success with songs like ‘Underdog’ and ‘The State of Things’ which are still some of the most listened-to songs on my iTunes player. ‘The Optimist Lp’ was followed by their biggest selling album ‘Ether Song’ in 2002 and since then although they’ve not been as commercially successful as the early days they’ve been quietly releasing some fantastic albums and the quality of their music hasn’t suffered. Here are a couple of my favourite Turin Brakes songs:

Their latest album ‘We were here’ was released last month and since then Jen and her team at Cooking Vinyl have been promoting the album. It’s another great album with some real stand-outs in there, my favourite being ‘Blindsided Again’ which definitely has a touch of Pink Floyd to it. Below is a track from their new album:

Arriving at ‘The Joint’, a rehearsal studio down a dingy cobbled street in Kings Cross, I was greeted by my sister, Gale, Olly, Eddie and Rob. I was genuinely surprised at how humble and friendly they were, immediately asking me about myself and crushing any notions that they were famous or tortured artists. It seemed to me that they were just friends that loved recording and listening to music, who loved nothing more than hanging-out and playing guitar together.

As I’d arrived a little late, due to slow customs at Stanstead Airport, the shoot had to be done outside of the studio down the aforementioned dingy street. Although it was a little rushed I’m pretty happy at how the photos turned out, especially considering I didn’t have the use of a tripod. After the shoot Gale, one half of the Turin Brakes, gave me and my sister a lift back to her house in his Golf; on the way home we chatted about music, family, life in a band, and surfing…….Gale now knows who Kelly Slater is! It’s nice to meet a band where their personalities match their beautiful music.

To read my sister’s article in the Brixton Blog click HERE.

Turin Brakes

Turin Brakes 2

Turin Brakes 3

Turin Brakes 4

Turin Brakes, Turin Brakes We Were Here, band, Olly Knights, Gale Paridjanian, Rob Allum, Eddie Myer, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Work visit to Patagonia

It’s very rare that you speak to somebody who truly loves their job. I guess I’m one of the lucky few because I love what I do on a daily basis. I work with cool people, I have the opportunity to travel a lot, and I work within an industry that I’m passionate about. Anyway, at the end of September I was informed by my legendary boss and good friend, Mhairi, that I’d be travelling back to one of my favourite places on the planet; San Carlos De Bariloche in Patagonia, Argentina.

The idea of this short week-long visit was to meet with a few important people in the town of Bariloche and  Cerro Catedral, the local ski resort, to confirm details for next years course. It was also an opportunity for me to gather some photo and film content of the course and the beautiful scenery. Having spent a couple of months down in Bariloche in 2009 it was also a fantastic opportunity to catch up with some old friends (Colo, Marki and Ivan).

The week turned-out to be a real success with some amazing days on and off the mountain. Patagonia truly is one of the most beautiful places on the planet, every direction you look your eyes are gifted with stunning views: turquoise rivers, snowcapped mountains, Pine and Bamboo forests, glaciers, desert, and dark blue lakes. The people in Patagonia are also very friendly and warm; family values and friendship are far more important than money and status, which is very refreshing.

While down in Patagonia we were fortunate to go: cat-boarding at Baguales Mountain Reserve (our own 10k hectare private resort for the day), horse riding through the Patagonian Steppe at a little Gaucho village called Cuyin Manzano, and spend a day at Cerro Catedral with our good friend and professional snowboarder Marki Green. On the way home we spent an evening in Buenos Aires, one of the most electric cities on the planet, to catch up with my good friends Juli and Delfi. It was a fantastic trip and I look forward to visiting Bariloche in the not too distant future.

Visit www.peakleaders.com  to find out more about the ski and snowboard instructor courses that Peak Leaders offer. Thank you Colo, Ivan and Marki for being such fantastic hosts and for all of your help.

El Retorno, Lago Gutierrez, Bariloche, Patagonia, Thomas Ewbank photogtaphy, Argentina, Tom Ewbank photography

Lago Gutierrez, Hotel El Retorno Lago Gutierrez, Peak Leaders Argentina, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography, mountain lake, Patagonia

Hotel El Retorno Lago Gutierrez, waves on lakes, splash, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

Mhairi Hughes, Mhairi Hughes Peak Leaders, Obey clothing, Argentina, Patagonia, Peak Leaders, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

dog, dog face, friendly dog, Argentina, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Asado, Argentine Asado, Argentine BBQ, Peak Leaders, meat feast, cooking on a fire, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Argentina, steak, grill

Colo Ziffer, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photo, Colo Ziffer, Baguales Mountain Reserve, Patagonia, Argentina

cat-boarding, cat-skiing, Baguales Mountain Reserve, Patagonia, Bariloche, Argentina, private mountain, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

Baguales Mountain Reserve, Baguales, Patagonian valley, snowcapped mountains, Peak Leaders Argentina, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

snowy roads, mountain pass, Baguales Mountain Reserve, Patagonia, mountains, beautiful Argentina, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

talking trees, snowy trees, winter, Patagonia, Argentina, beautiful Argentina, valley, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Patagonia, Argentina, trees, forest, forest covered mountains, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

Gauchos, Gauchos at Cuyin Manzano, Gauchos of Argentina, Patagonian Steppe, Peak Leaders Argentina, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography, get off my land!

Patagonian Steppe, hitching a ride, Chevrolet truck, Patagonian desert, Mhairi Hughes, Peak Leaders Argentina, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Argentina

Gauchos, Patagonian Gauchos, Patagonian Steppe, Cuyin Manzano, Patagonia, Peak Leaders Argentina, Ivan, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

horses, horses in the Patagonian Steppe, Cuyin Manzano, Peak Leaders Argentina, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Patagonian Steppe, Patagonia, snowcapped mountains and blue rivers, Peak Leaders Argentina, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Patagonian Steppe, Patagonia, snowcapped mountains and blue rivers, Peak Leaders Argentina, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Marki Green, Marcos Green, Bodhi snowboards, Cerro Catedral park, Cerro Catedral, snowboarder, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Marki Green, Marcos Green, Bodhi snowboards, Cerro Catedral park, Cerro Catedral, snowboarder, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Argentina, Argentinian snowboarder, Peak Leaders snowboard course

Rock to fakie, Marki Green, Marcos Green, Bodhi snowboards, Cerro Catedral park, Cerro Catedral, snowboarder, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Argentina, Argentinian snowboarder, Peak Leaders snowboard course

Juli and Delfi, chicas, Buenos Aires, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

 

Quiksilver Pro France 2013

Every year the ASP World Championship Tour comes to Hossegor for the Quiksilver Pro France. For one week of the year at the end of September all of the world’s best competitive surfers descend upon Hossegor, along with thousands of adoring fans, to try and win the $75,000 prize money awarded to first place and gain vital World Tour points.

When conditions are good and there is substantial swell in the Atlantic Ocean the competition is held on a part of Hossegor beach called Le Graviere, it gets is name because it was a former gravel mine/pit. Le Graviere is regarded as France’s best wave and is a world-renowned shore-break; meaning that the wave is caused by the swell hitting the shore. Le Graviere is fast, powerful, ridiculously steep, and regularly barrels (getting barrelled is the aim of every surfer)……..which means there are some serious wipe-outs and a lot of snapped surfboards.

I took my camera down to Le Graviere on a couple of occasions to take photos of the surfers that I had previously only read about in magazines or seen on Youtube videos…..needless to say I wasn’t disappointed as the surfing that I witnessed was truly awe-inspiring. As I had work I was only able to get down to the competition first thing in the morning and in the evenings so the light was not ideal for shooting…….but I tried my best!

Quiksilver Pro France 2013, surf competition, crowds, Pyrenees, Bay of Biscay, ASP World Tour, WCT, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Fred Patacchia surfer, nice left, Le Graviere, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Hossegor, Frederick Patacchia Jnr, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Aleho Muniz surfer, Alejo Muniz Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Alejo at Le Graviere, big wave, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Quiksilver Pro 2013, Ace Buchan surfer, silhouette of surfer, surf slash, Le Graviere wave, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Kai Otton, Kai Otton surfer, Kai Otton backhand, Le Graviere, surfer, Quiksilver Pro France, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Parko surfer, Joel Parkinson surfing, Quiksilver Pro 2013, surfing, sunset surf, Le Graviere, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Taj Burrow, Taj Burrow Pro surfer, Le Graviere, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, surfer, barrel, getting barrelled, perfect wave, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography

Pat Gudauskus, Patrick Gudauskus, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, backhand surfing pig dogging, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

sunset, Atlantic sunset, France, Hossegor, Quiksilver Pro 2013, sunset, golden sky, beautiful

Fred Patacchia, Frederick Patacchia Jnr, surfer, Le Graviere Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Freddy P, getting barrelled, tucking in

Jordy Smith, Le Graviere, Quiksilver Pro France Hossegor 2013, air, surfing

Jordy Smith Quiksilver Pro France, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Surfing, Jordy Smith

Ace Buchan, professional surfer, Le Graviere, Hossegor, Quiksilver Pro 2013, barrel, green room

Jordy Smith, Quiksilver Pro 2013, surfer, Le Graviere, sunset surf session, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Poor visibility, whiteout, Quiksilver Pro 2013, surfer in the water, Tom Ewbank photographer, Thomas Ewbank photography

Taj Burrow, Taj Burrow surfer, Taj Burow at the Quiksilver Pro 2013, Taj Burrow and fans, France, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Gabriel Medina, Gabriel Medina surfer, Le Graviere, Quiksilver Pro 2013, Hossegor, surfer getting barrelled, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Le Graviere, sunset, Hossegor, Quiksilver Pro  21013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

sunset surf session, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Le Graviere, sunset

Brett Simpson, Lost Surfboards, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Quik Pro Hossegor, Le Graviere, surfer, surf photography, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Parko sunset 2 small

Joel Parkinson, Parko, surfer, Quiksilver Pro Hossegor 2013, wave, surfer

jetski, sunset, beautiful sky, Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Le Graviere, barrel, Quiksilver Pro 2013, Hossegor, France, Thomas Ewbank, Tom Ewbank photography

Joel Parkinson, Parko, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Jordy Smith, Jordy Smith in the air, Surfer, Quiksilver Pro 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Gabriel Medina, Rip Curl, pro surfer, Le Graviere, Quiksilver Pro 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Kelly Slater 360, Kelly Slater air, Kelly Slater Quiksilver Pro 2013, Hossegor 2013, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

le Graviere, Kelly Slater, Slater getting barrelled, surf photography, surfer, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, Kelly Slater in Hossegor

wave at night, Hossegor 2013, Hossegor surf, Le Graviere, surfing at night, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Jordy Smith, Jordy Smith surfer, Quiksilver Pro 2013, Hossegor surf comp, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Julian Wilson surfer, Julian WIlson Quiksilver Pro France 2013, surfer getting barrelled, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Gabriel Medina at Le Graviere, Gabriel Medina 2013, Quiksilver Pro France, surfer, surf comp, Thomas Ewbank photography, Tom Ewbank photography

Kelly Slater, Kelly Slater surfer, cut-back, top turn, Le Graviere, Hossegor, Quiksilver Pro France 2013, surf photography, Tom Ewbank photography, Thomas Ewbank photography

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31 other followers

%d bloggers like this: