Patagonia doesn’t disappoint again with their simple and bold print ads. This time, they are touting their new R2 and R3 wetsuits that will be made in partnership with Yulex, a company making plant-based biorubbers derived from the guayule plant. Patagonia is now makings its Yulex wetsuit in a 60/40 blend (60% guayule, 40% neoprene), reducing dependence on conventional neoprene. As Patagonia surf ambassador states, “We can now grow our wetsuits, instead of drilling for them.”
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This video from the New York Times takes a closer look at the new plant-based rubber that Patagonia is introducing in their fall line of new wetsuits and how this could change the ways in which all wetsuit companies consider making their products. The surfing world is full of old stagnant standards that need to evolve, board materials and wetsuit material being at the top of that list. Hopefully other big surf companies will follow suit with the greener direction Patagonia is taking.
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Are you sick of asking people what they do for a living and they reply with “I’m a storyteller”, “I’m like a visual storyteller man”, “I like to tell stories with technology”, or whatever. Finally, our hero, Stefan Sagmeister calls everyone out on this bullshit in this video for FITC. It’s a great moment in storytelling.
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Usually ads that feature surfing make me feel very awkward and uncomfortable in my own skin to watch. Aside from just being a cheesy, inaccurate representation of what it’s all about, they also get me all pissed off that surfing has then been exposed once again to an even greater mainstream audience and raped of it’s purity to sell some stupid product… On the other hand, I was very surprised to see this Samsung ad capture some very real and true feelings and experiences surrounding our little world. The commercial is beautifully shot, feels natural and doesn’t come off too addy. Plus, it is probably the first time I’ve ever seen Kelly Slater wipeout — but that’s how you know it’s fake!
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I don’t know how the managed to get these empty Downtown LA and freeway shots, but something tells me a lot of takes were involved in between traffic and director, Russell Houghten probably logged a lot of hours in After Effects editing and masking. Oh yeah, the skateboarding is pretty rad too.
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Brooklyn based design duo Victory Press was invited to open a Pop Up Shop at Space 1520 in Los Angeles this Summer. Jonathan Cammisa and Jess Humphrey packed up their little apartment in Brooklyn, their camping gear, their dog Jasper and hit the road along with filmmaker Nathan Caswell on a cross country trip from New York City to Los Angeles. On their adventure across the United States, they stopped in major manufacturing centers such as Detroit and Bozeman to work with the factories that produce their apparel, then make their way out west, camping and exploring the Amazing Outdoors from South Dakota to California. Victory Press shares here what the USA offers, not only its awe inspiring beauty, but the dynamic opportunity to manufacture goods.
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This week’s dose of surf porn brings us a glimpse into the first ever New York surf thriller; Empire Now. The film features some of New York’s finest young rippers from Montauk to Rockaway. For more details on the premiere during the 5th annual NY Surf Week, check out:
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Tin Ojeda’s latest experimental surf film shot entirely on 16mm film is finally here after shooting in New York and California all last year. Expencive Porno Movie runs around 45 minutes and features the likes of Kassia Meador, Mikey DeTemple, Dane Peterson, Trevor Gordon, Ryan Burch, and Scotty Stopnik to name just a few. Get your tickets now to the world premiere in NYC on July 23rd at Village East Cinema here:

Calling all surf richers from Malibu to Montauk with a ton of disposable income and an interest in the finer things in life, your new product has arrived. The Octovo surfboard line has been designed by Ammunition (in collaboration with Jason Tilley), the design firm behind Square and Beats By Dre – oh yeah, they make luxury surf stuff now too. You know who you are; the 20-30 something tech startup guy, or the 50 something coastal real estate mogul / investor, you drive a new Land Rover or Range Rover, probably have a spare vintage Bronco for weekend beach day trips too. Here it is! Finally, a board suited to your high design aesthetic and taste level. And the best part is, they’re only $3,000 – $3,600! You make that much before breakfast. Learn more about Octovo and how to purchase the boards in the link below. Oh, and what else could go better with one of these beauties than our own luxurious surf product, the Indoek Wax Kit :)