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Yesterday our friends over at General Admission posted an all-too-true article about the sad state of surfing in Venice and greater Los Angeles. This has been a pretty popular topic of discussion lately (both in and out of the water), especially after a similar article ran on The Inertia not long ago. Point being, we share in the common frustration of being LA-based surfers in these crowded and unruly times. We are not sure what the solution to the rat race is at this point, but it definitely starts with respect for one another. The following is the original op-ed article by General Admission’s Damien Fahrenfort.

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Spring is in the air and warmer weather is on the horizon, but Sam Hammer is here to remind us why winter is so special. 31 barrels captured over the Winter of 2016 in case you don’t feel like counting.

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Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong Molly Steele.

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However you feel about is style and reputation, David Carson is arguably the world’s most well known graphic designer. He is one of those characters who has lived his life in the right place at the right time. All For a Few Good Waves is a short documentary portrait by Dress Code offering a raw glimpse into the life and work of David, an uncompromising genius, who refuses to be anyone but himself. After an early career as a top-rated competitor in the Western Surfing Association’s prestigious AAAA division in the 70s and high school sociology teacher, he rose to prominence in the 90’s after art directing Transworld, Beach Culture and Ray Gun Magazines before going on to start his studio. With no formal design training, Carson took the design world by storm, upending conventions and breaking traditional rules he didn’t even know existed.

Dress Code NY

Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong Kenny Hurtado.

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Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Jake Burghart, Director of Photography at Vice. Because of his job, Jake is an extremely hard guy to pin down, he is constantly on the move shooting crazy shit all over the world for Vice’s HBO series. That said, we knew the camera we gave him would log some serious miles and come back to us with some real gems. From chilling with Edward Snowden to shooting heavy firearms with the Russian military to New Years parties with Mike D in Mexico, Jake’s roll did not disappoint.

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Nestled away in a remote and lush coastal nook of the Hawaiian island chain is the dream home of filmmaker Jess Bianchi and jewelry designer Malia Grace Mau, built by San Francisco based artist Jay Nelson. This is one of those places that leaves a constant happy smile on your face while you’re there. You just can’t help but be in total awe of the artful craftsmanship, attention to detail, and curated taste in materials and decor. It’s like being in an adult fort – a modern Swiss Family Robinson compound of sorts that reflects the sophisticated, traveled taste level of it’s free-spirited, creative owners. This home is not only an inspiration, but a prime case study of what our Surf Shacks series is all about.

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Zio Baffa is proud to present a series of short-films highlighting people who we look up to that follow their passions and Live Life Beautifully. This episode features iconic surf-artist, Andy Davis, who’s whimsical and fluid take on surf culture has become synonymous with surf-stoke. Over the past two decades Andy was the driving force behind several successful surf brands like Free, Byrd and Ando & Friends, all of which featured his art. Today he has a brand that embodies the spirit of his art called Andy Davis Designs.

Andy Davis

Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Daniel Russo, AKA the Karate Kid.

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Nathan Adams and Kameron Brown traveled to Central America to visit their friend Benny Geren, and the favorable surfing conditions of the region. What they found was a longboarder’s version of The Land of Milk and Honey. Consistent waves and endless offshore winds. Filmed and Edited by Thomas Green.

Almond Surfboards
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The boys at Fan Si Pan Outdoors just thawed out from another New England winter and dropped a highlight video of their past year. If you haven’t heard of these guys, they are the punk rock L.L. Bean gaining a loyal following with adventurers across the USA and Japan. Their ethos is all about taking advantage of the outdoors and making quality products to be used on the normal days as well as the extraordinary ones. Each bag is hand made in Maine and repairs are guaranteed for life. You can’t beat that.

Fan Si Pan Outdoors

I had the pleasure of meeting Lester a number of years ago during adventures on the north coast. He has the status of a local celebrity, leaning towards notorious rather than famous. Raised in Seal Beach, California, he’s taken a lifetime working his way up the California coast surfing, painting, living. Lester is a true surf vagabond in the most flattering sense there could be. He is old school all the way – no cell phone, email, or social media. Currently in his early 70’s, the line-up parts for him when he’s ready to drop in on a NorCal monster… 

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