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Late last year I went to Indonesia to work on another film for Deus Ex Machina Motorcycles with director and photographer, Dustin Humphrey. North To Noosa is a short documenting the journey of three young surfers as they make their way north from Sydney to Noosa. Laden with surfboards and camping equipment, the surfers battle the elements as they ride custom motorcycles through floods and rain squalls, finding uncrowded waves along the way. Written and narrated by Harrison Roach, the film showcases the East Coast of Australia’s most iconic surf destinations. Watch as Harrison, Matt Cuddihy, and Husni Ridwan experience the highs and lows of a great Australian road trip. The trailer is live now, and the full film will be available to watch in March.

Featuring: Harrison Roach, Matt Cuddihy, Husni Ridwan, Dave Rastovich, Zye Norris, Jared Mell, Thomas Bexon, and more.

Deus Customs
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While digging around for a little motion design inspiration, I stumbled across this beauty by Matt Greenwood. It is a short, simple representation of the fundamental elements of design set to motion and music. Line, plane, rhythm, balance, scale, texture, framing, grid, color, transparency, layers, symmetry, pattern, negative space, point, rules, randomness, contrast, composition, type, harmony, tension, movement. One element flows seamlessly into the next. Is design a science, or do we just move things around until they feel right?
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Happy Super Bowl Sunday! This week’s dose of surf porn features the boys from Montauk braving blizzard conditions at their local spot to score some waves all to themselves. It’s amazing, the things we do for a few good waves with only your friends out.

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Mikey DeTemple, professional surfer & filmmaker lives between the simple life in Montauk and the not so simple life in NYC. This video for Stance by Mark Choiniere is a glimpse into the simpler part.

You may not have heard of Sam McIntosh – especially if you live here in the states. So in case you didn’t know, he founded a not-so-little Australian surf mag called Stab that has pretty much blown the doors open on the modern surf scene. Oh, and he also charges a not-so-little surf break called Ours sometimes before work. We had the pleasure of catching up with Sam recently to talk shop and had our friend from down under, Trevor King go show up at Sam’s place with his lens to give us all a peek into his rad pad in Sydney. Check out the full article here:

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Cluster is the new surf jaunt from Kai Neville (Lost Atlas, Dear Suburbia). Apparently the trailer was due to be released last year sometime, but with surfers scrambling for last minute clips, it was pushed back. Cluster will be premiered January 28th at The Ace Theatre in DTLA. Featuring: Craig Anderson, Noa Deane, Dane Reynolds, Mitch Coleborn, Jack Freestone, Creed McTaggart, Conner Coffin, Chippa Wilson, Brendon Gibbens, Dion Agius, Ryan Callinan and Dillon Perillo.

What Youth

This TASCHEN multidisciplinary design book is a must-have for the book shelf. “Cabins” by Philip Jodidio has a nicely curated selection of fun, modern cabins accompanied by beautiful illustrations of each project by Marie-Laure Cruschi. It’s refreshing to see the two disciplines compliment each other so nicely.

“Imagine leaning out of an open door of a helicopter 7,500 feet over New York City on a very dark and chilly night…”

If you think your instagram pics of the Big Apple as you land at La Guardia or JFK are amazing then consider yourself schooled. Vincent Laforet ventured out on a dark, windy, and cold night, high above the city that never sleeps to capture some of the most beautiful images of NYC I’ve ever seen. From the challenges of photographing at night in a shaky helicopter to dealing with the anxiety of being suspended by harnesses 7,500 feet up, Laforet has taken aerial photography to another level. I could go on and on about the beauty found within these images, but it’s best to check them out for yourself on as large a monitor as possible.

Gotham 7.5k

Attention all Southern California surfers: today is the last day to catch Surf Craft exhibition at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego. People have made surfboards for centuries. Standing alone, these boards are often striking examples of functional design. Together, they tell a compelling story about the evolution of an important American art form. Traditional craft, cutting-edge engineering and minimalist art converge in this exhibition devoted to surfboards built from the late 1940s to the present day. If you missed the show, don’t fret, you can still keep this piece of history for yourself with the book by Richard Kenvin, which is filled with beautiful shots of the iconic surfboards that have defined generations.