SOFT REV 3.1 – LANDOS

My buddy Richie “LANDOS” is a classic soft topper & we weNt oN a lil trip iNto NortherN baja for his birthday. We celebrated, had a toN of tacos, draNk a few cervezas, daNced oN a stripper pole, aNd got a few waves to top it off! Got a few of his rides before i paddled out, fuN little trip. So excited for the SOFT REV 3.0 seasoN! HOW BOUT DAT!!

SO fuNNy Laird has a clothiNg liNe. Check the marketiNg of it, amaziNg!

SOFT REV 3.0 “MERRET & AXEL”

Well its that time agaiN, SOFT TOP REVOLUTION time!! THought that with summer approachiNg ill get out there occassioNally to show you how much fuN soft surfiNg really is aNd caN be:) It all started for me iN late 2010, aNd ive Never looked back. THe amouNt of joy it has brought me is uNmeasurable aND i waNt to pass it oNto you.

Got a whole New look for the seasoN thaNks to frieNd AdriaN Morris for makiN the New bumper logo:) This revisode is the first of maNy i got iN the bullpeN, goNNa drop oNe every week for the Next few moNths, so eNjoy the fruits of soft labor. Its free, fuN, aNd Not serious. OUr motto is aNd will always be, “FREE YOURSELF”! Get a softy iN ur quiver, it’ll chaNge ur outlook oN surfiN. ThaNks 88 for the support through this seasoN, mostly be featuriNg the ULTIMATE softboard & compaNy. LIE KNEEL SIT STAND . . .

The Revolution returns for summer 2017 – welcome to SOFT REV 3.0 !! in this revisode Merrett & his dog Axel get some fun ones in Newport Beach, CA. Merrett says “Soft surfin is a great way to burn off a hangover” & we DO NOT condone the riding or purchasing of any WAVESTORM vehicles:(

Swarmies

Fark its Tuesday Not oNly a day for tacos, but Burch & Brycey!! Sick lil edit i fouNd oN YouTube woh really Nice, this oNe slipped uNder my radar, some amaziNg stuff iN here.

TweakiN1

Pt.2

Got a chuckle outta this oNe:)

SOuNd is so importaNt wheN makiNg films. Heres some iNsight iNto the artform.

Jumped off the plaNe to witNess & shoot some of the best wedge ive seeN iN a while! – WEDGE May 4, 2017 – Balaram Stack blew the place up with lazer precisioN! Such a fuN shoot. Other staNdouts were Brad Domke, RyaN Hurley, MasoN Ho, & Nate Zoller.

SURFLINE did a little edit from the footy i got last week check it out here  . . . . . . .   

BRYCE YOUNG – RisiNg star

What caN i say about Bryce…TaleNt. Drive. Ability. Agility. Best surfer iN the world. THe future.

So lucky to have him iN THE ZONE, really a dream come true to speNd time with him & his family. I wrote a little story about our time together makiNg his part for the movie. ENjoy:) THaNks VISSLA for all the support duriNg the makiNg of the film yew!!

THE RISING STAR

It was the end of 2014 when I really started to come up with the cast for THE ZONE surf movie. There was this relatively unknown surfer out of Australia that I knew of, Bryce Young, he was still flying under the radar at the time. One of the things I pride myself on is looking outside the mainstream bubble for talent that takes a different approach to surfing. I knew this kid had it all, extreme talent, uncanny balance, a willingness to charge, and an iconic bloodline lineage. Bryce comes from a family of champions, his father Nat is basically the Father of Australian surfing, & his brother Beau was a longboard champion whom I used to admire. To get Bryce in my Next movie was exactly the type of surfer I wanted to showcase, I had to figure out how to make it happen. His talent level was like nothing I’ve seen in years, alaia surfing, longboarding, shortboarding, fish shredding, music making, skateboarding, snowboarding, and the kid could do it all! My mission was to meet and get him onboard for the project; his presence in the film was exactly what I was looking for in my cast. Fortunately for me – that is when VISSLA approached me to become a part of their family – they had just recently signed the talented unknown surfer and away we all went on our journey.

Every so often a surfer comes along that changes the game, makes you take a step back and reassess what surfing is to you, and others. When I first met Bryce he was a relatively shy soul, who really kept to himself. It was around mid 2015 when people really began to take notice of him, his star started rising quickly. With the international spotlight looming down upon you, it can sometimes be a bit overwhelming for a young surfer to take. Bryce didn’t want the attention, he just wanted to surf, skate, & snowboard. To say that Bryce is “Real”, would be an understatement, his approach to everything showed to me that surfing wasn’t the only thing in his life. Surfing was just a small part of what made him, and this impressed me. Not only did he avoid the spotlight of the mainstream, he managed to stay true to who he was, never getting caught up or lost in the false reality of surf stardom.

It took me over a year to finally get the chance to shoot with Bryce. It was in the beginning of 2016, in his wave rich home region of Australia. For me, it was a dream come true to be able to shoot such an amazing surfer in his element slashing open faces on his asymmetrical boards. The kid just so happens to be what a filmmaker calls, “a clip machine”. Just about every wave is a keeper; I was so impressed with how techniqual and fast he was he literally blew my mind wide open. It was one of the highlights of the project looking through the lense and finally capturing moments of the elusive talent after a year and a half of anticipation. Equally as surreal was meeting his father Nat, one of surfing’s greatest legends. Nat would come down to the beach when I was shooting Bryce and cheer on his son like a proud papa. This to me is what surfing with family is all about; it was easy to see the love he has for his son just oozing out with pride from within. Hearing old surf stories from Nat while shooting Bryce was something I will never forget, a filmmaker’s dream. What was so surprising to me was the family unit that he was surrounded by – the Young clan is extremely tight – it was just astounding to see how close they all were to each other. Bryce has the most positive support group around him filled with love and passion – his beautiful mother Ti, sister Nava & her husband Taylor with their daughter did everything together! They would go to the beach together, eat together, and when a family member was gone, it seemed as though they all felt that absence together. I would say the highlight of shooting with Bryce for THE ZONE surf movie was getting the chance to meet his amazing family. I’ll never forget those months shooting around their home, and will forever cherish every moment I was lucky enough to be in their company.

HEres some photos from the shootiNg of the movie.

 ThaNks KeNNy Hurtado for doNatiNg a couple images to the project:)

BLACKIES BUNCH -Mollusk surf

Just got back from Australia & New ZealaNd, had a great trip & am super stoked to be home to start puttiNg up some more posts as we head iNto summer.

ONe of my favorite thiNgs about wiNter liviNg iN Newport is that we have a spot that has toNs of history, aNd captures lots of west swells, Blackies. The Blackies parkiNg lot is a literal hub for frieNdship aNd all thiNgs loggiN. Love goiN dowN to Blackies checkiN iN the boys, goiN for a surf, or just a geNeral spot to haNg out. Lots of laughs aNd stories are shared daily amoNgst its teNaNts. This year was quite dismal with very limited swells, but we made the best of what we got with a few above average days. It was Nice to see Jared Mell dowN there, as well as RobiN Kegel, who both grew up surfiNg the spot. My favorite part of the short is the amaziNg Levi Prairie. BeeN frieNds with him for about a decade Now aNd he is such aN uNdergrouNd legeNd arouNd here. WatchiNg him surf this wiNter was oNe of the highlights for me:) ThaNks Mollusk aNd ALL the Blackies crew. See you at the beach!

OFF to Auz

So excited tomorrow i leave to the greatest couNtry oN Earth – Austalia – for a 6 week trip. Ill be startiNg the New movie (title still is iN the works) got a few ideas bouNciNg arouNd iN my head, probably will kNow the title of the movie by the eNd of this trip. BeeN miNdfully maNifestiNg the cast & feel for the film, for this upcomiNg trip iN particular:) ExcitiNg New cast members with pure iNteNtioNs & amaziNg surf ability is my ultimate goal. I waNNa make aNother movie filled with harmoNy & light to iNspire you all to get out there iNto the beautiful blue oceaN & explore:) Also, goNNa be stoppiNg over iN New ZealaNd for 11 days while im over there, visitiNg with RaNgi OrmoNd:) ON this trip Not briNgiNg my computer so i caN just focus oN the beauty of my surrouNdiNgs – so – might Not be postiNg to much oN the blog:( Hope you all have a beauty of a spriNg as we head iNto aNother summer iN the NortherN Hemisphere.

NANDA ORMOND – moNkey kiNg

To say that art takes a certaiN type of persoNality is aN uNderstatemeNt – ANd if i was to say NaNda has ‘IT’, he has it iN spades. Super fuNNy, very focused, aNd taleNt level through the roof ( or top of yurt )! This is RANGI OrmoNds older brother, who just so happeNs to be the sibliNg of MY favorite humaN ever RaNgi. Apple doesNt fall far from the tree for the ORmoNds i guess, both brothers are just amaziNg people, aNd beauty to kNow them:) Next moNth ill be visitiNg NaNda & RaNgis home iN New ZealaNd which is featured iN this little short. SO excited to get there!!

So pumped oN Wade Goodall, if you kNow Wade, you love Wade. Excited to be liNkiNg up with this absolute auzzie legeNd wheN i get over to Auz Next week. GoNNa be part of the Next movie if all the stars aligN correctly:) Stoked to get Wade goiNg, such a woNderful kiNd persoN aNd – of course – huge surfiNg taleNt. This is how im choosiNg my cast for the Next movie, Wade ticks all the boxes. Wadeoooohh has beeN a pioNeer for the Auzzie free surf world for over a decade:) RESPECT

FouNd this oN COASTALWATCH, which is like the SURFLINE of australia. FuNNy write up oN my boy after the huge edit he dropped ‘BALI CULTURAL EXPERIENCE’, Da Rookie:)

 

YEAH + BROWN MICROWAVE TELEVISION – THALIA surf

My favorite shop iN LaguNa Beach came out with a cool product they desigNed called the “YEAH” wetsuit. So excited to see how they weNt out aNd did this cool wetty – Not to maNy low key wetsuits out there aNymore with a miNimal look to em:) They were smart aNd gave KNosty a suit, The KING of blackies was sportiN the rubber for parts of the wiNter, i happeNed to be there oNe of those days aNd got this footage. ENjoy a fuN lil day dowN at Blackies with Al & the YEAH wetsuit!

CHECK THE WETTY RIGHT HERE!!!!

 Couple screeNies from the short…  BROWNMICROWAVE televisioN’s go fast outta the shop!  Caught YEAH wetsuit model GraNt Noble hammeriN a hamNcheese betweeN surfs:)  ONe of the haNdful of fuN days we had dowN at blackies this wiNter. 

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TROY ELMORE – Mollusk Shaper Profile

BeeN a really slow wiNter for waves here iN Cali – to ease the paiN it sure was great timiNg to do this profile oN my buddy & all arouNd sweet guy – Troy Elmore. It took a few moNths to shoot it due to poor wave quality, but we got the job doNe aNd we thiNk it turNed out a Nice represeNtatioN of Troy & his philosophy oN surfiNg & shapiNg:) I really eNjoyed touchiNg upoN Troys skateboardiNg taleNt, aNd the parallels betweeN skatiNg & ridiNg a twiNNy. Troy has a huge heart aNd is a hard workiNg – focused shaper – that has really started to pop some extremely Nice boards past couple years, so stoked that he is startiNg to get some recogNitioN & sliNgiN lots of boards rouNd towN. If you get a chaNce check em out at MOLLUSK iN saNFraN, Silverlake, or VENICe.

COuple screeNies & shots from the project:) Had so much fuN with Troy, aNd look forward to workiNg with him iN the future.

ThaNks Troy & Mollusk for the opportuNity I feel blessed to work with both of ya’s:)