I’ve been surfing for more than half my life and the the Lifeguards on the North Shore of Oahu have always been a group of individuals that I have the utmost respect for. This past winter, the fitness chain and lifestyle brand, Equinox approached me about directing a short documentary for them about these “Guardians of the Sea.” Here is the end result.www.russellbrownley.com
Another epic commercial from Samsung and the WSL. Usually surfing in ads and mainstream is pretty cringe-worthy, but this one is pretty cinematic and great. The fact that they managed to pull together a lot of rad clips that were already out there and make them seamless to the narrative is also pretty special. Now stop crying and go buy a Samsung phone already.www.worldsurfleague.com
Who doesn’t love a good Seinfeld bit? In case you missed this Chillwave remix of the Seinfeld theme song that was making the rounds a while back, well, here it is and you’re welcome. Now click play above, crank up the volume and get ready for happy hour.www.soundcloud.com
At its heart, surfing is about harnessing the power of the ocean to slide around on a piece of wood. Jon Wegener’s handcrafted alaia boards pay homage to these simpler times — reaching all the way back to surfing’s Polynesian roots. But Jon isn’t trying to make the sport regress. Instead, he’s become part of a new evolution by studying history and reigniting an interest in the designs favored by surfing’s Hawaiian forbearers. Check out this rad piece on Jon by Uproxx here.www.uproxx.com
Peter Drouyn was the epitome of a competitive, Australian surf god in the 60s and 70s. The former pro surfer was filled with personality, charisma, masculinity and raw talent. He invented the man-on-man surf contest format and even introduced surfing to China. Peter has now since transformed into Westerly Windina, a woman in her 60s living in Queensland, Australia. Author and former pro surfer, Jamie Brisick has spent the last 5 years getting to know Westerly and documenting her life in a biography that just hit bookshelves today, and an upcoming documentary film. We recently sat down with Jamie in Malibu to hear more about the story of Westerly and what drew him to her in the first place.FULL STORY
Peru is awesome. No, Peru is epic. As our guide on the trek to Machu Picchu so aptly put it,”Everything is bigger in Peru, except the people.” The land is just so lush and diverse, the waves so long and abundant, the food so fresh & good everywhere, and the people are so friendly and hospitable. For a surfer (especially a goofy footer) or anyone who enjoys the great outdoors for that matter, Peru should be on your bucket list. My recommendation would be to divide the trip up (regardless of duration) into surfing and the mountains – specifically a guided trek to Machu Picchu, and a trip to the rainforest if you have enough time. After spending only a couple weeks there, I barely scratched the surface of rad stuff to do in this amazing country, but here are some highlights from my journey to the land of lefts and a few recommendations along the way.FULL STORY
Colin Tunstall is a busy guy. Since co-founding Saturdays Surf NYC with his two buddies Morgan and Josh, Colin has been taking on a constant whirlwind of projects surrounding the brand. From multiple stores in New York and Japan, to product & artist collaborations, a full clothing line, a magazine, and even their own blend of coffee, Saturdays has redefined what it means to be a surfer in the modern age and how the surfing lifestyle is perceived to a new, wider audience. We recently caught up with Colin in his apartment, right down the street from the Saturdays office to talk about what it means to be at the creative helm of such an influential brand and to check out his growing art collection.FULL STORY
This is a prime example of why I love Kickstarter. Please help George Trimm bring us this rad surf flick reminiscent of grind house films from the 60s shot on Super 8. Here’s the plot: A special forces commando is chosen to go on a perilous mission, deep behind enemy lines. Kilroy is sent on a clandestine operation to uncover the mysteries of the Caldera Network. This mission thrusts Kilroy into a mystic and savage journey into the heart of the unknown. Join Kilroy as he battles ferocious beasts, ethereal gurus, and forbidding landscapes, using a group of surfers as cover to infiltrate and exact his revenge on the criminal thugs.www.kickstarter.com
In this clip Buckminster Fuller explains the concept of Vector Equilibrium using a stick model. This clip contains his phrase, “Nature Abhors That Equilibrium” and “You’re watching a beautiful thing.” The latter he states as he demonstrates the contraction of this model which represents the vector forces in the Universe as we know it. Science is cool.
Picking out the right surfboard is a tough decision, whether you are an experienced surfer or a beginner. There are so many different sizes and styles of boards these days fit for any type of surfer and wave conditions – it can be a little overwhelming. We teamed up with our bros at Union Surfboards to make it easier for you to choose the right surfboard design with this helpful decision tree infographic.FULL STORY
Cape Ann, Massachusetts is a rocky piece of land settled by religious zealots, pirates and witches 150 years before the founding of the United States. Simultaneously home to America’s oldest fishing and fine art community, this is an area where people are fiercely prideful. Here, blue-collar fisherman live side by side with classical musicians and blue-blooded aristocrats.
Keith Natti, a descendent of one of the early prominent families in the area, is someone who epitomizes this community. He is the owner and brains behind a multitude of surf related projects; Twin Lights Glassing, his high-end board glassing business; Natti Surfboards, his custom surfboard shapes and Pinecone Surfboards, his collaborative shapes with his son Gavin. He is also the only professional surf craftsman in an area where interest in the sport has grown exponentially. Natti Surfboards are now a ubiquitous sight at all the local surf spots. Sean Martin recently spent a cold and rainy week in Cape Ann with Natti to capture the life of a true New England waterman.www.twinlightssurf.com