Jordan Hoffart not only skates for a living, but he totally immersed himself in the sport at his home. The Canadian native made a personal skate utopia at his house in Vista, California. Hoffart pulled recourses from experienced friends, Josh Hawkins and Kyle Berard, in order to create a fully skate-able property equipped with mini-quarter pipe, lips, ledges, kickers, and a bowl that took around six weeks to build. Wouldn’t mind waking up to this everyday!www.hypebeast.com
Steve Zeldin is a surf media legend. In the year 2001, instead of the world ending with a space baby or Y2K fallout, Steve created the best surf publication of all time: Water Magazine. Water was an honest and refreshing take on modern surf culture at the time, in my opinion it elevated surfing to a new creative aesthetic and changed the surf media game forever. Before Water Mag, Steve was a jack-of-all-trades at Surfing, then Publisher / Editor-In-Chief at Transwold Surf. Now he is backing the latest in surf media gems, What Youth. Needless to say, his professional career has centered around documenting our beloved sport and the beautiful lifestyle that surrounds it. Last month I spent an afternoon with the great Zeldini at his beach-front pad in Newport Beach for a little glimpse into his world and to take many, many notes. Please note: This is a homage to Steve’s infamous 20-30 page Water Magazine interviews. In other words, because I am a super-fan of Steve’s work, this interview is a little longer than usual. So get cozy, apply some sunscreen for a little laptop tan and settle on in for the long read.FULL STORY
In the Spring of 2014 a small group of close friends broke ground on a building project in Skamania County, Washington in the Columbia River Gorge. Their primary endeavor was a multi-platform tree house, but also included a skate bowl and a wood fired soaking tub as well. The crew came from all over the country and from a variety of backgrounds. Some were professional carpenters, others learned on the job, gaining experience along the way. The Cinder Cone is Foster Huntington’s short film that documents this year-long process of building his dream home with this community of tight knit friends. Check out the Kickstarter for the book here:www.kickstarter.com
Kung Fury is an over-the-top 80’s action comedy that was crowd funded through Kickstarter. It features Kung Fury, a Kung Fu renegade cop who travels back in time to kill his Nemesis, Hitler. The film features nazis, dinosaurs, vikings and cheesy one-liners. The campaign that was launched in December, 2013 was backed by more than 17,000 people who together gave more than $630,000. This love letter to the 80’s by director David Sandberg makes me want to take back all the things I said about the internet ruining creativity.www.kungfury.com
Happy Friday! Here’s a little afternoon delight: a behind-the-scenes edit featuring model, Rocky Barnes shot by Steven Lippman for Malibu Mag. It’d actually be a pretty sweet pool to skate if it weren’t for all the damn water being sprayed and smoking hot babes running around in it.www.malibumag.com
No this is not a joke, yes it is really happening. This is a trailer for the Point Break reboot movie – which is basically the original Point Break on steroids and Red Bull (and in wingsuits). What drives me crazier than yet another Hollywood remake is that this is a remake of a movie that really should not be remade. All the things we love (and love to hate) about the original film were rooted in the actors and the time period. Point Break is surfing’s dark age that was the 90s. Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves epitomized surfer stereotypes in the most uncomfortable ways possible. Why a cult classic just be left alone for once? It had it’s time and we continue to celebrate it by quoting the many iconic Bodhi and Johnny Utah lines – and we even have Point Break Live to further continue the joke. But no, Hollywood can’t help itself from doing the same thing it always does: copy and dilute an original formula that made buttloads of money in the past, therefore a recycled version (or perhaps a sequel) will do the same. And we can’t help but fall for it every time. Hopefully this version will also be “so bad, it’s good.”www.pointbreakmovie.com
Nothing will take you back you those teen angst years quite like a little Rage Against The Machine. Here is full concert footage of the band’s first ever public performance at The Quad, Cal State Northridge, Northridge, CA on Oct. 23, 1991 in all of its gritty, poor quality VHS glory. It’s not often that a band’s very first concert was caught on film in its entirety like this. Enjoy!
Montauk to me, is a place of contrast and extremes. I associate it with late nights, but also early mornings. Relaxation, but going hard (sometimes way too hard). Lazy summer log days, and also some of the biggest, coldest, heaviest surf I’ve ridden on the east coast. There is mysterious and natural beauty, but also a strange cosmopolitan scene due to it’s proximity to NYC, and a casual allure that seems to attract a wealthy & trendy crowd. It’s a playground where there are no rules in many ways though. Since I don’t live on the east coast anymore and my visits are usually brief, I mostly return in the fall and have some go-to spots that I need to hit up whenever in town. It’s hard for me to pick favorites when it comes to Montauk and this list has changed over the years with all the changes to the area, but here are the places that usually make me miss “The End” the most while I’m out west. Take em or leave em.FULL STORY
Looking for some rad new tees to replenish your warm weather wardrobe this summer? Look no further, our pal and Indoek contributor, Ty Williams has a new line of apparel available now online called Notes Brand. The tee art by Ty references his travelled, eclectic and naturalistic sensibilities, with a touch of surfiness. Get some here:www.shop-notes.com
Artist, designer, wood worker, and friend, Todd St. John of Hunter Gatherer studio will be debuting a collection of furniture starting Saturday thru Tuesday at ICFF. Todd collaborated with us on the Indoek Wax Kit and has since delved further into the art of furniture design. His unique pieces reflect his clean yet eclectic, geometric design sensibilities and we look forward to seeing more.www.toddstjohn.com
I remember when I first got into surfing in the midst of my awkward teen angst in the 90’s, combing through the pages of surf magazines and always pausing on images of a goofy character in flamboyant wetsuits designed like comic book character outfits. This guy was either busting crazy airs or charging huge waves – both feats were pretty radical at that time and were pretty much in stark contrast to each other. He just seemed like he was having a blast doing all of it and was laughing the whole scene and the danger of his situations off. Shawn “Barney” Barron was one of my first surf heroes because of that wacky style and his creative antics, both in and out of the water. I never met Barney, but he is a character that made surfing fun and irreverent, there has been no one like him as far as I know and I am deeply saddened by his passing. Check out this tribute edit to Barney, one of Santa Cruz’s finest, taken too soon. Innovative aerialist, big-wave charger, artist, unforgettable character, was an integral part of Volcom’s early days who helped push the brand and style of what Volcom represents. Rest in peace, Barney, we will miss you.