Surfing has influenced music rather a lot. From 'Apache' in 1960 which arguably set the tone of what was to be called surf rock (or simply surf music) with its guitar sound, and Dick Dale's game-changing, tremolo-picked 'Misirlou', to modern-day references to surfing away from a set style – just a few: 'Surf Wax America' by Weezer, Fidlar's 'Max Can't Surf', a band called Surf Rock is Dead – and even loose interpretations of that '60s sound by acts like The Drums; even away from its heyday, surfing and the romance of surfing and its culture exerts a strong force on the music world. Most especially in California, where modern surfing found its origins, and Australia, in which are nestled many prime locations for surfing.

Whether or not it's a direct influence is dubious, but the revival of psychedelia in Australia certainly fits the bill. Bands following in the wake of Tame Impala, like King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, evoke the same laid-back stoner haze and undercurrent of nervous energy that can be associated with surfing culture. To say this is a sonic reflection of the culture would be a misnomer – however, the easy conjuring of sun-bleached beaches and surfers weaving behind crashing waves by the frenetic drums and phasing guitars of Australian psychedelia is a safe association.

But the country's coasts aren't just a haven for surfers; they're a bit of a playground for sharks as well. Here's a National Geographic timeline of shark attacks in Australia over the years. The government policy is known as a "shark cull", which essentially involves action taken after an attack – baited hooks are lure sharks into nets, whereupon they are killed. But is there another way for people to not be attacked by sharks?

One method involves making them look a lot less like seals – the shape taken, from a shark's point of view, by a surfer on the water – which sharks love to eat. As part of a new project from Mazda, called Mazda Rebels, which highlights and celebrates entrepreneurs and innovators all over the world, we'd like to introduce Hamish Jolly (that's him in the photo above). The spotlight on him is because of his revolutionary wetsuit design; instead of being all-black, which does nothing to deter sharks, Hamish thought of the black-and-white striped pilotfish, which frequently swims alongside sharks without being bothered at all.

Check out the short video below and find out the origins and process of Hamish's design and, most importantly, see whether it works or not! In association with this particular film Mazda Rebels is also running a competition to win a dive with sharks (I'd only do it if I were wearing a stripy wetsuit). Head on over to for more details.