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WELCOME TO THE BEATING HEART OF YOUR ADDICTION

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WELCOME TO THE BEATING HEART OF YOUR ADDICTION

 

 

 

Backwash is an independent surf anthology.

One hundred and sixty pages of free-thinking perspective and photography.

Water moulds stories and characters like nothing else - we hold the mirror. To love us you do not need to surf. Only to appreciate timeless challenging tales told with substance and style. We came to this place by chance, through hunger, from passion. We are the dry reef, the whip crack, the spit.

 
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WE ARE THE SPIT

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WE ARE THE SPIT

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THE TRADE WINDS

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THE TRADE WINDS

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THE HOWLING GALE

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THE HOWLING GALE

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WE ARE BACKWASH

 

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY
AL MACKINNON, CHRIS McCLEAN, SERGIO VILLALBA, CALUM CREASEY, JAMES BOWDEN

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY
AL MACKINNON, CHRIS McCLEAN, SERGIO VILLALBA, CALUM CREASEY, JAMES BOWDEN

Backwash is about impact. For each one that sells, we’ll be planting one tiny tree. It might be an apple, plum, pear or cherry.
This tree will throw down roots, like we hope Backwash will, deep into the stony Irish soil. It will also reach up its arms, wide and bright, to the sun. Like anything great, it will start fragile and it may grow tall. If you want to go over there and see your tree, well you can.

Our motley crew has distilled this offering down, argued it out over whisky in foul Irish storms, survived on a diet of controversy and the sheer brilliance of our contributors and the surfers and bodyboarders before the lens. And of course the Atlantic and the North Sea, our home and from where we are proud to raise this flag and invite you, whoever you are or wherever you’re from, to join us. This is publishing without fear, living out in the bitter, grimy edges, glad for the community of wave-riding folk knitted together in these pages.

Each issue we’ll weave the spirit of a place through the whole and like the ragged thicket Issue One might create, we’ll give back something different every time, something relevant to the place itself. We reached out to friends from all over the world to reflect surfing as we see it, the first issue is dedicated to Ireland and the Irish themselves, purveyors of true magic.