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Justin Quintal, known as Quinny or Justeeeeeeeeen to some, is a young pro surfer, born and raised for the most part in Florida, calling Jacksonville home the majority of his life. Quintal is the newest addition to the Vans Surf team and the head of Black Rose Manufacturing, a small, intimate board building brand headed up with his long-time shaper turned family member Ricky Carroll. Quintal lives in Jacksonville Beach, travels frequently, and like most of us Floridians enjoys a good cocktail, time spent outside, his dog, and knows how to tell a joke very, very well. Beyond that, Quintal is a southern guy, quick to hold a door or help you up. He’s often remarked as the first one in and last one out in the water, even in the most severe of conditions. He’s spent the past year traveling more than he might have in the previous five years combined, and much of his travels have been to lesser known, out of the way spots, often clad in thick rubber. Keep an eye on this upstart.

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Ashton Goggans is the editor at large for Surfer magazine. He’s a writer, blogger, author, journalist, columnist, reporter, impossibly stubborn literary young man whose work has appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, Vice, n+1, Bon Apétit, among many other blogs, newspapers, and publications. “Ash”—as he is known by family and friends—has incessantly served as the fire under my ass since we first met back home in our little corner of the world, Sarasota County, Florida. In the past few years, he has bounced back and forth between New York City, the Gulf Coast, San Francisco, San Diego, and finally Los Angeles. He is one of the most gregarious, warm persons I know, sometimes ineffably so. Goggans is working on his first novel and a new podcast to premiere later this year, and he has a mean, mean pig-dog (backside barrel stance).

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Scott Hulet has been the editor of the Surfer’s Journal since 1999, one of the most inventive, layered, and thoughtful magazines pertaining to surfing if not the one. He’s an avid sportsman, literary gem, and a revered and sought after co-conspirator. If you have ever had the pleasure of reading his work or listening to him tell a story, you notice an adept sense of how to communicate the broad strokes of a piece but with all the idiosyncratic texture still there. He’s an editor known for his light touch, allowing writers to ultimately be themselves, but one thing writers say of him is that they trust him, blindly, wholly, entirely. I certainly do.

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Most surfers know Mr. Sullivan, with his iconic green VW van, as “Curious Gabe” from his column in Surfer Magazine that ran in every single issue for 18 years straight. The column featured Gabe asking a new question of his fellow surfers on the street (or in the water) every issue. These were not the pros that graced the pages of the rest of the magazine, they were the everyday surfers you’d see at various lineups all over the world giving short responses to timely and often irreverent surf questions. Gabe became a symbol of the common surfer in the pre-internet era. He now spends his time doing freelance photography, videography, and writing while living with his beautiful family in picturesque Laguna Beach.

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Mariah Ernst hails from Maine and is based in New York by way of Indonesia. Her accent, her energy, and relationship to the ocean reflect her time in all of those places. Mariah works as a writer, and her work has appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, Primitive Skills, and Purple Fashion magazine among others.

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Jamie Brisick’s an author, photographer, and director. From 1986 till 1991, Brisick was a professional surfer on the ASP world tour, which led him to write fervently about surf culture ever since. He’s from Los Angeles County and lives in Malibu. His books include Becoming Westerly: Surf Champion Peter Drouyn’s Transformation into Westerly Windina, Roman & Williams: Things We Made, We Approach Our Martinis With Such High Expectations, Have Board, Will Travel: The Definitive History of Surf, Skate, and Snow, and The Eighties at Echo Beach. His writings and photographs have appeared in The Surfer’s Journal, The New York Times, and The Guardian. He was the editor of Surfing magazine from 1998-2000, and is presently the global editor of Huck. In 2008 he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship. For more on Brisick, have a read through my profile of him, On Becoming, Jamie Brisick’s Turn from Professional Surfing to Writing through Music, Sport, and Loss, published in At Large magazine last year.

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Tatiana and Carlos are a creative duo who, between the two of them, have helped re-shape the face of Venice over the last two decades through smart and modern architectural design in residential, commercial and office spaces. From Quiksilver and Roxy retail spaces, to Lone Wolfs, Oscar’s Cerveteca, Burton’s Flagship stores, to certain tech startup offices (who will go unmentioned here) and unique homes all over the Venice neighborhood. Their personal home is of course no exception to their fun, bold and contemporary style and aesthetic. The couple designed the house themselves and lived in an Airstream parked in the back yard for the build process. A staple of California modern design, their clean, open layout is perfect for entertaining guests and is a creative’s dream with a small studio out back. There’s even a treehouse for their daughter, Sasha to play in after her surf team practices. We could be in an episode of Californication here, but with less David Duchovny and way more design inspiration.

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Fired Up is a short animated film that depicts the origin story of President Obama’s famed “Fired up, ready to go” chant. On a rainy day in June of 2007, President Obama found himself speaking to a subdued crowd in the tiny town of Greenwood, SC. He was exhausted, soaking wet, and beginning to doubt the whole campaign when a voice called out from the back, “Fired up, ready to go!”. The chant, started by one unassuming woman in a church hat, transformed the audience and went on to become a rallying cry in every corner of America. With the audio of President Obama’s speech as the soundtrack, the film combines original animation by 12 artists from around the world. Directed and Produced by Dan Fipphen and Elyse Kelly.

Last Thursday night was a really, really good time. In an event that capped off a year long project, the 27 Frames art show and silent auction celebrated the work of 30 different photographers who we sent disposable cameras to, and featured the best images in their rolls of film. That is definitely an over-simplification of the show and the project though. All those little disposable cameras we sent out covered a lot of ground — they went everywhere. From Hawaii, New York, all over California, Canada, Iceland, Russia, South America, Mexico, Africa, Asia, Spain, Portugal, Ireland, Tahiti, the Caribbean, Australia, Greece, Fiji, the Northeast, Pacific Northwest to the Colorado Rockies. They saw the world and it was no easy task to get all the cameras back to us. Some were lost along the way, but every time one of the cameras found it’s way back to our studio in Los Angeles it was like getting a present in the mail and we couldn’t wait to see where it had been. That said, we had a blast curating what we considered to be the best 88 images of the project. Last Thursday night, those images filled the walls of Think Tank Gallery in downtown Los Angeles and were auctioned off with 100% of sales donated to Surfrider Foundation. On top of that, there was a full bar featuring Zico Coconut Water cocktails, live music by DJ Osamu then Morgan Delt, good times were had by all. Big thanks to all the photographers who participated in the project, Zico, Dexter’s Camera and everyone who attended the show. In case you missed the show, check out this little video recap by Brent Miller and party pics by Alex Taman. And if you missed the 27 Frames series, check it out here:

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As we approach inauguration day and usher in an administration that represents a new dark age of human indecency, idiocracy and an overall neglect for our planet and environment, it is also important to take a step back and realize how very small we all are. We’re not special, the universe doesn’t really care about any of us — even president whoever. It doesn’t even notice us. So take a deep breath, meditate, and watch this six minutes and fifty seconds of awesomeness that will make you feel like you just ate ten drops of acid. Now contemplate your place in the universe and ponder existence itself. Namaste.

Trevor Gordon is a laid-back surfer version of Peter Pan. Though instead of Never Never Land, he lives on his nautical adventure-mobile (AKA sailboat) named Brisa with his wife, Maddie, in another magical land called Santa Barbara. With the Channel Islands in sight just miles to shore, Trevor finds himself drawn to their raw natural beauty on a regular basis. When he’s not sailing his vessel up and down the coast, exploring all the nooks and crannies that may have waves, you can find Trevor in the lineup at Rincon on a solid winter swell, somehow finding any damn wave he wants.

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Meet eight of the most creative thinkers and imaginative minds working in the world of art and design today in the new Netflix original documentary series, Abstract: The Art of Design. Journey through their creative process, explore their work, and discover how their innovative designs have profoundly affected our every day lives. Abstract: The Art of Design streams only on Netflix in February.

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