After two years of waiting, Felicity Palmateer has finally published her video ‘Skin Deep’, a clip in which she unites her two passions, surfing and art, and surfs naked. The surfer’s idea is to show her connection to the ocean.
The idea for this project came about in 2015 and Palmateer recorded for three years in mythical world surfing locations such as Fiji, Hawaii, South and North Western Australia and Northern New South Wales.
“It is difficult to record someone naked without seeing everything, so we have many false takes that I hope will never see the light,” explained the Australian surfer.
The launch of this project was delayed by a sponsor who was not convinced by the result, but after a long wait the awaited video by Felicity Palmateer has been published.
“People had surfed naked before, but maybe not to this point. I use surfing and art as ways to meditate, to motivate myself, to escape. I feel safer when I’m in the water or creating. Being able to combine it in Skin Deep has been very satisfying,” explains the surfer.
“For me it is a work of art. People will have an opinion. That doesn’t mean it’s right or wrong. I’ve always said that if it’s going to generate debate and challenge people, that’s a bit of the point of art, isn’t it? There will always be someone who doesn’t like it and that’s fine,” says Palmateer.