The March/April 2015 issue of Eastern Fly Fishing magazine features my article on Massachusetts fly tier Jim Malo. Now 78, Malo started tying flies in the 1950s and has put his love of the outdoors to good use by guiding landlocked salmon and trout fly anglers for 20 summers in the Rangeley Lakes region of Maine. Drawing from the legendary streamer patterns born in this very region, Malo originated numerous Rangeley-style flies of his own that can also be seen on the website Streamers 365. The March/April 2015 print issue of Eastern Fly Fishing can be ordered directly from the magazine’s website. (A digital version is also available.)
The updated 2015 edition of Cartoville Boston, to which I contributed texts and photographs, is now available in book stores in France and other French-speaking countries, as well as on Amazon.fr and Fnac.com. Cartoville Boston, published by Gallimard Loisirs, is a French travel guide to Boston combining neighborhood maps, pictures and hundreds of recommended cultural attractions, shops and restaurants. I had also contributed texts and photographs to the previous edition of Cartoville Boston, published in 2013.
It looks like the many years I spent skateboarding and snowboarding finally paid off. My first book as single author, Surf, Skate & Snow: Contre-cultures, was awarded the 2014 Sportel Book Prize, which rewards the best illustrated sport books of the year. The prize was given by the French National Olympic and Sports Committee and was handed out by its President, Denis Masseglia, during the award ceremony held on October 8th, 2014 at the Grimaldi Forum in Monaco. I was unfortunately unable to attend the ceremony, but I was represented by my publisher in the person of Thibault Gendreau, editor at Editions Courtes et Longues. Thanks a million to the French National Olympic and Sports Committee for this award, and to Editions Courtes et Longues for publishing this book.
The September/October 2014 issue of Eastern Fly Fishing magazine features my story on the East Branch of the Westfield River, titled A Hike on the Wild Side. The Westfield was the first river in Massachusetts to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River. Nested in the Hidden Hills of Western Massachusetts, its East Branch flows through the spectacular Chesterfield Gorge and offers seven miles of catch-and-release-only trout fishing through a wild forest of hemlocks and white pines, most of which is generally inaccessible by car. This is a destination of choice for all fly anglers in quest of solitude, wilderness and great trout fishing. The September/October 2014 print issue of Eastern Fly Fishing can be ordered directly from the magazine’s website. (A digital version is also available.)
The January/February 2014 issue of Eastern Fly Fishing magazine features my story on central Massachusetts’ Swift River, titled The Lost Valley’s Tailwater. Aside from being a fantastic fly fishing destination, the Swift River is also fascinating for its history. In one of the most dramatic events in Massachusetts’ history, the prosperous Swift River Valley became known as the “Lost Valley” when four towns were destroyed and entire communities displaced to create the Quabbin Reservoir. The resulting tailwater, below the Quabbin Reservoir, is now the state’s most popular destination among trout fly anglers, one that is both enchanting and challenging. The January/February 2014 print issue of Eastern Fly Fishing can be ordered directly from the magazine’s website. (A digital version is also available.)
My first book as a single author, Surf, Skate & Snow: Contre-cultures, was published this week by the French publisher Editions Courtes et Longues. Surf, Skate & Snow: Contre-cultures is an illustrated history of the culture of board sports from the 1950s to today. I wrote it in French — my native language —, and it is the first French-language book on this very subject. This 160-page book recounts how surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding have become counter-cultures whose influence encompasses the visual arts, photography, film, music and fashion. In addition to 12 chronological chapters highlighting the evolution and turning points of the history of board sports, the book includes 24 portraits of some of the most influential surfers, skateboarders, snowboarders, musicians and artists. It also includes 172 photographs by renowned board sport photographers, and the cover is available in three different colors.
Surf, Skate & Snow: Contre-cultures has been selected by Fnac, France’s leading bookstores, as one of their recommended Christmas gifts. It will also be sold in all major book stores in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Quebec, as well as on Amazon.fr and Fnac.com, among other online retailers.