Sun, surf, music and mellow vibes where the order of the weekend as the Oceanfest tribe reconvened for the annual mid-summer celebration of beach-life overlooking beautiful Croyde beach. Now in its twelfth year the festival saw a top line-up of athletes, musicians and sun worshipers out to enjoy the unique event. The main stage saw great sets across the weekend from the likes of home-grown talent “Universe Inspectors” and “Jim Jones” to headline acts “The Magic Numbers” and “Gideon Conn”.

With so much going on across 3 days the Goldcoast photo team were busy little bees. The team comprising Dan Gaunt (gutted about the Muller rice), Matt “wheres my hat?” Fryer, Ian “pole-cam” Heath, Gordon “the Meerkat” Drybrugh and Andy “need i say more” Skailes and myself spent an industrious, long weekend snapping anything and everything. That did leave me in the unenviable task of sorting, sifting and editing more than 10.000 images…… my delete trigger finger was going like a deranged woodpecker, though it was really hard to make selections in some cases.

Had the pleasure of trialing the Olympus “Pen” rangefinder style/interchangeable lensed/compact camera/ style product over the weekend.(check the Kevin Spacey ad) Really great bit of kit that produced some stunning shots and good reactions from crowds it even got a couple of the guys drooling and thinking about raiding the savings. It’s available with a fish-eye and a water-housing as well…mmmm!

In water and out we covered it all and as the sun went down and the lights went up the focus shifted to the stage. Working with such a talented crew was great as we were all able to shoot to our strengths and take time to get involve with events.

The body takes a bit of a pasting on events like this, next year I’m thinking of getting a step counter so we can calculate how far we march.

Warren Latham, GoldCoast Director said, ” We were blessed with fantastic weather, great crowds, very good ambiance and once again we are delighted with the positive fashion in which the weekend was embraced by locals and visitors alike. We are hugely appreciative of all the support we enjoyed from the residents of Croyde, the professional and service agencies, our sponsors, the athletes who participated, the musicians who performed and our brilliant team of staff and volunteers.”

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