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.www.amazon.com
This week’s dose of snow porn mixes two of our favorite things: nudity and shredding some pow pow. From iconic shots of bare-assed chairlift riding to cliff airs wearing nothing more than socks and a smile, Valhalla’s naked ski segment is already sparking laughter through dark cinemas across the world, with skiers and non-skiers alike. Talk about hard nippies and shrinkage! For the full feature length film, head here:www.itunes.apple.com
Vissla not only makes a beautiful, functional, self-sustainable and eco-friendly wetsuit, but they’ve also created a rad little promo video for it. Instead of blaring a modern hard core track with some surf porn footage of a team rider ripping, Vissla offers a clean cut, straight forward narrative touting the product story that would make any 50s mad man proud.www.vissla.com
Motorcycle and lifestyle brand, Deus Ex Machina have just opened their flagship store in Japan. Taking over a three story building in Harajuku, The Residence of Impermanence houses a cornucopia of art, surfboards, motorcycles and apparel. The basement contains a surfboard shaping bay, most recently occupied by Noosa’s own Thomas Bexon with a sleu of others to follow. You’ll also find a gallery space in the basement, with Texan design duo LAND being the first to hang their exhibition Friends Of Death (on display until Jan. 13 2015). On the ground floor you’ll find a cafe/bar and motorcycle workshop, whilst the top floor is reserved for an expansive retail space, brimmming with the latest from Deus, Poler, West America, and more. If you are trotting around Harajuku in the future, go and take a peep.
Deus Ex Machina Tokyo
3-29-5 Jingumae, Harajuku
Shibuya-ku Tokyo 150-0001
Just in case you were looking for a little get away in the middle of nowhere in a high design, digitally fabricated wet dream. PARTISANS created a beautifully designed oasis in a scenic Canadian landscape.
The site is a prehistoric large-scale rock formation, which in turn selected the concept of a simple presence on the exterior, while the interior followed dynamic air movements in curvature forms. PARTISANS, along with the millwork and steel fabrication partners they worked hand in hand with, developed a new process of fabrication that utilized state of the art 3-D technology to scan, model and build the Grotto.www.partisanprojects.com
A short excerpt from a film directed by Aaron Rose in 2009 documenting the life and art of Sister Corita. The film includes archival 16mm footage shot in the 1960s in Los Angeles and interviews with Corita’s former students and colleagues. The music was created by Money Mark and Becky Stark. This clip ends with the “First Original Alphabet Song”, penned by Money Mark (the commonly used song is a version of twinkle little star) with animations by Max Erdenberger. The film was produced by Jon Barlow and edited by Lenny Mesina.
Stories of travels, partying, epic swells, and general bromance are a huge part of our surf culture. Red Bull recently launched a new series called “That One Time” which illustrates humorous surf stories narrated by the surfers who lived them. The first in the series features a tale told by Dean ‘Dingo’ Morrison illustrated by Luiz Stockler.www.redbull.com
We are a little late to the game in posting about this incredibly awesome Kickstarter project by esteemed NYC design firm, Pentagram. Behold, the 1970 NYC Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual, by Unimark’s Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda, reissued as a full-size book. The Kickstarter project was funded 800% to no surprise. Hopefully this means the book will now be published on a larger scale and available for purchase soon.www.kickstarter.com
This week’s surf-starved dose of surf porn features Craig Anderson riding the Hypto Krypto FutureFlex surfboard by by Haydenshapes.www.haydenshapes.com
Here is a flashback to August when this little wet dream got released. Eli Reed gets to live out every skaters dream of shredding the playboy mansion with all the playmates cheering you on. Hopefully this gets you through you’re cold holiday travels this week.www.playboy.com
Sprinkled with the creative direction and unique flair of Joe G, Strange Rumblings In Shangri La features some of the most masterful cinematography, striking locations and high-performance surfing ever seen in a surf film. Globe has just released the entire Iceland section where Nate Tyler, Dion Agius and Brendon Gibbens roll on the rubber and brave the brisk waters of the Nordic country. If you want more, the whole film featuring the entire Globe ensemble in such locations as Mozambique, Sumbawa, Fernando de Noronha, Sumatra, and Southwest France is available now on iTunes or on DVD at your local surf shop.Strange Rumblings In Shangri La
From early contest shakeups to progressing the sport in countless magazines and videos, Terje’s influence on snowboarding’s trajectory is truly monumental. Terje’s Olympic boycott and creation of the Arctic Challenge made him a pioneering proponent of rider-run contests. As a competitor he has stacked accolades including all-time high quarterpipe airs and seven Mt Baker Legendary Banked Slalom wins. Desillusion Magazine’s editor in chief Sebastien Zanella followed Terje Haakonsen on a road trip around Norway to gain a true insight into his life away from the spotlight.www.dslmag.com