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Tonight in Brooklyn, the second “Stab In The Dark” experiment premieres. This year features Dane Reynolds on a blind surf test of 13 unsigned, unbranded boards. Here’s how it works: The best shapers in the world shape the best craft they can for a secret pro surfer of specified height and weight. Neither the shaper nor the surfer know who the other is and the board is to be delivered completely white and free of markings/branding.  This year’s mystery surfer was Dane Reynolds and he took all 13 surfboards on blind date in South Africa for 10 days. The film will screen at 8.30pm and the winner announced shortly after. It should be quite a good time. Food and refreshments are provided and Stab will be giving away some of the boards Dane rode as well. Oh, and everyone also receives a crudely-designed Dane Reynolds tee and tote bag, too. RSVP here.

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Quincy Davis may only be 21 years young, but she has quickly become a household name in the surf world and by doing so has put her hometown of Montauk, New York further in the limelight as an east coast surf mecca. As a pro surfer, she spends most of the year traveling the world for contests, surf trips and photoshoots. So when she is home, Quincy stays in the basement level of her parents’ Tudor style house and is all about spending time with her family – and her extended family that is the tight knit local surf community in Montauk. Here she is at home during her favorite time of the year.

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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 Grant Monahan.

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We cover a lot of surfers and their homes in this series and we’ve never covered the same person twice, until now. Surfers tend to move around a lot though – whether it’s to another coast, a different beach, closer to a beach, or maybe closer to the action of a bustling city. In the case of Kassia Meador, with her business located in downtown Los Angeles and the population of Venice growing out of control in recent years, the quiet & peaceful canyons of Topanga offered the perfect solace for her to retreat to and call home.

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Sagmeister & Walsh have enlisted a gang of design studios to protest Trump the best way they know how: with glorious graphic design. The series is called Pins Won’t Save the World, and includes not only pins, but other such things as stickers and temporary tattoos. Walsh explained that “…we are well aware that pins won’t save the world, but wearing them will at least make us feel a little better…” Go and check out the entire collection and purchase some Hillary-ous pieces of current culture. All profits will be donated to Amnesty International’s #americaIbelievein charity.

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Last night we caught a private preview of Apolitical Process, a vision by Kelly Slater, curated by PM Tenore. Featuring artworks by Bruce Reynolds, Kevin Ancell and Todd Glaser. It was a truly awesome and thought-provoking collection of culturally relevant and timely work, which is refreshing to see in the often “ignorance-is-bliss” world of surf culture. Here is a statement about the show:

“This is an artistic journey through the chaotic and sometimes inflammatory 2016 election cycle. It is our aim to explore and expose the underlying truth, hypocrisy, danger, motivations, misinformation and effects of this process. It is our hope that the artwork produces thoughtful discussion, transparency and an openness to question the powers that be…”

The official opening of Apolitical Process is on Thursday, September 22 at Folding Table G: 201 San Juan Ave (corner of Main St.), Venice, Ca 90291 from 7-10 PM and runs through October 9, 2016. Presented by RVCA and Purps.

Sean is a creative nomad, an artist in the truest sense of the word. In the past few years he has driven cross country more than two dozen times documenting his journey in paintings, drawings, photographs and song. He calls Rhode Island home for now, where he spends part of the year. The spot he lives in is the guest house of his good friend who always envisioned owning the property. He said something like “Sean, if I ever own this place, you get the guest house.” And here they are. The rest of the year, Sean travels with on tour with his band Quiet Life and lives in Cali – or wherever the wind takes him.

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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 Kristen Blanton and Matt Jozwiak, AKA Hello America.

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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 Chis Burkard.

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Despite the whole notion of localism, I believe surfers are nomads by nature. We are not defined by the home in which we live, but rather our experiences out in the world, and maybe some physical mementos of those experiences that help us tell our stories. Zak Bush lives in a quiet and cozy, Lebowski-esque bungalow in the heart of Venice. What he stores in his low-key bohemian pad are precious artifacts that all have a story from his travels or his creative endeavors. Whether it is a crusty fin from the reef at Pipeline given to him by Mark Cunningham himself on his 60th birthday. Or handcrafted family heirlooms made from reindeer bones by his Swedish ancestors. Or a huge map of Eastern Canada with all the best surf spots drawn out. These are the things that we consider precious and dear to our hearts. A “surf shack” is not a specific type of architecture or interior design style, it is a reflection of a surfer’s lifestyle where they call home. Zak lives a creatively driven, nomadic lifestyle and his home is a true reflection of his character. We recently paid Zak a visit to talk story, pry some secret Nova Scotia surf locations outta him, and to hear more about what it’s like working for Kelly Slater’s Outerknown brand.

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Director Ian Durkin brings us the feel good surf flick of the year with “The Hold Downs.” Old school silent film style of classic California beach boy antics mixed with modern day hot-dogging and a catchy tune. The Hold Downs is truly a timeless rendition on the good times that come with surfing with your friends and enjoying the coastal lifestyle. Check out more of Ian’s work here:

www.iandurkin.com

First Point Malibu is a weird place. Not only is one of the most ridiculously crowded waves in the world, but the crowd it draws is such an eclectic mix of surfers of all ages, races, styles, socio-economic backgrounds, professions, lack thereof, skill levels, patience levels, etc. Leave it to the Brothers Marshall to capture the essence of the summer swarm and the rawness of the scene in their latest lookbook shot impromptu with real people by Ward Robinson in the midst of a south swell.

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