Chilean Desert Tubes

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Chilean Desert Tubes

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The infamous surf town of Arica which sits on the fringes of the Atacama desert in the most northern reaches of Chile is home to one of the heaviest and most dangerous wave in Chile if not Latin America.

Legend has it that this widow maker of a wave located on the tip of the Alacrán Peninsula was largely overlooked and left virtually unchallenged right up until the 1970s. The story goes that this wave was first tackled by a brave and adventurous American surfer and thus the spot was aptly named "El Gringo" although in recent times patriotic Chilean surfers prefer to refer to this evil slab as "Flopos". Since then this ominous wave has gone on to forge global notary.

I was not prepared me for the moment of which I was to witness in person the wave breaking in all its glory. I had no real perception of its true heaviness and the high danger factor involved when attempting to tackle this beast of a wave. The first thing that really shocked me is how close El Gringo actually breaks to the rugged rocky headland and at times dry rock shelf. There is definitely next to no margin for error here. If one was to miss time their wave exit one could easily find ones self unremorsefully rag-dolled across dry razor sharp reef on the unforgiving end section.

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Custom Options: If you see an image on this website or a presentation style of framing that you would like but it is not listed in the store please do not hesitate to contact us and we will strive to arrange this for you.

Help Make the World a Better Place: 10% of all sales profits is split between two amazing charities; Mision Mexico, a Mexican based surf related children's refuge and Bear Cottage an amazing Sydney based charity that provides support, respite and end-of-life care for children.

Lead Times: Please allow 3-7 working days for print/canvas printing and delivery and 5-12 days for Acrylic Products.

Freight Costs: Generally $25 AUD for print/canvas and $15 AUD per order for Acrylic Products within Australia only. If the costs exceed this amount we will let you know immediately. If you wish to ship internationally please contact us first for a shipping quote.


Museum Grade Fine Art Canvas

A perfect medium to showcase spell binding moments with simple elegance, giving it a lively, tactile presence. Each canvas is machine stretched to give consistent tension across the artwork. The frames used are kiln dried, finger jointed timber without wedges, meaning tightening or loosening it later is completely unnecessary. The assembly is completed with framers tape and is strung ready to hang. This is an archival canvas solution with quality image reproduction that invites attention. Each canvas is custom printed and framed in Australia to your order. Support local.


Fine Art Prints on Matt Mount

Hahnemühle Photo Rag Fine art paper specifically designed to meet the needs of photographers and artists alike. This 310 gsm paper provides the weight of an art paper with a rigid calendered surface that picks up every detail captured. It’s everything you want from a matte fine art paper with excellent image sharpness, optimum colour graduation, world-class d-max. The only choice for archival printing of black & white and colour photographs.  Every image is treated individually, printed and hand trimmed in Australia custom to your order requirements. Please contact us for framing options and pricing. Support Aussie made.


Acrylic Photo Block

A free standing custom acrylic block frame is a fantastic and unique way to display our amazing images. The finish offered by acrylic photo blocks is stunning, with the thick layer of 2.5 cm clear Perspex with diamond polished edges on top of the image to make it really pop. Perfect for adding an eye-catching feature to your room and the timeless style will suit almost every décor. The metallic option is printed on metallic paper giving the finished product a pearl like finish and slightly enhances the images saturation. Please note that Acrylic Photo Block is only available in the following sizes; 17.5 x 12.5cm, 23 x 15cm and 30 x 20cm. Made in Australia.


Acrylic Mounting Panel

Having our images mounted professionally in Perspex gives our special images the stunning finish they deserve. The clarity and quality offered by acrylic face mounting is second to none, making the image pop no matter where its location in your home or office. The metallic option is printed on metallic paper giving the finished product a pearl like finish and slightly enhances the images saturation. The Acrylic Mounting comes ready to hang on the wall on a 4.5 mm laser cut clear Perspex. The panel has an aluminium backing frame which will appear to be floating 1 -2 cm away from the wall. Acrylic mountings are hung on the wall with picture framing hooks and special custom made brackets for the larger sizes. Installation will require you to place a screw into the wall. Made in Australia.