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Just a little dose of weirdness from Kirsten Lepore to disrupt your typical daily routine. Enjoy.

Tyler Warren is a renaissance man in the surf world who epitomizes the stylish, quiet, and cool guy both in and out of the water. Known for his free-surfing on a variety of board shapes, Tyler defines the word “classic” while also being part of the progressive ride everything generation. Aside from being a professional surfer, artist, and surfboard shaper, it is also worth noting that out of all the surfers’ homes I have visited, I have never seen a larger, more colorful, and diverse collection of surfboards as I have in Tyler’s pad.

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Chelsea Slayter is a filmmaker, writer, and recent ex-pat. She’s based in London following a long trip in New York City by way of New Jersey where she grew up. Her writing has been featured in Interview, Vice, The Wild, among other magazines, and she is the editor for Pilgrim Surf + Supply where she has written countless interviews you should go read immediately following this one. Seemingly chained to a desk at all times, she’s worked on numerous short films and music videos, many under her direction. Keep an eye out for her forthcoming projects this year.

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I used to see Dylan as a goofy curly-haired kid with a wide grin full of braces all over surf breaks between Malibu and Santa Barbara, in the water and on the beach, always with a camera in hand, always stoked. He would later become the lucky heir to my backyard mini ramp. I told him if he could get it out of the yard, he could have it. Sure enough, he and his two buddies somehow managed to cut the whole damn thing in half, move it onto a trailer, and drive it up to Ventura from Venice, towed behind Dylan’s van (which he lived in at the time). Granted, it took two trips, but an incredible feat nonetheless. Dylan is now a well-traveled young man with a more refined style behind the lens—though he hasn’t lost the youthful glimmer in his eye and is still perpetually stoked. His live/work space in Ventura is a true reflection of his adventurous spirit and “down for whatever” personality.

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Jordan Blumetti is a writer and a filmmaker. He writes poetry, fiction, non-fiction, soppy, saccharine notes, occasionally an email and all the aforementioned with exacting grace. He hails from Florida and has spent the last few years bouncing around from Los Angeles to New York to France to Spain to Israel to I’ve lost track, damnit. You can find some of his work in Haaretz, ESM, and Nowness to name a few. And at the moment, he and his recently refurbished Winnebago are putzing along somewhere on the East Coast. If you see him, honk.

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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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