Had a fun time shooting with one of the nicest guys around Kyle Kennelly!! His surfing has always been intriguing to me, and we finally got a chance to do a short together. Been watching him for a few years now riding these 2 boards, stoked to get some footy of him on a good day. My good buddy from WhatYouth Mike Cukr also chipped in with some sweet Hawaii footage of Kyle as well. ThanKs Mike & Mollusk Surf Shop hope you all dig it!!
Blackies season started today woohoo winter is among us here in SoCal!!
Words by Schyuler Beecroft:
Fast & Loose! Our friends Jack Coleman and Kyle Kennelly (with additional filming by Michael Cukr) teamed up to document Kyle’s research in quasi-finless surfing. The possibilities of side bites sans center fin are put to the test in California and Hawaii. Think of something akin to a controlled freefall… steer into the skid! Enjoy.
Surfing has lost a couple of its great ambassadors this weekend. I can speak for one of them that I did get a chance to meet, Oscar Moncada. He died tragically in a car accident near his home of Puerto Escondido Mexico, apparently with a commercial truck where all 3 in the car where all lives were taken. Time to celebrate Oscar and his wonderful achievements. What i remember most about Oscar was he was always smiling:) His energy was contagious and he touched everyone who came in contact with him. I was lucky enough in 2012 to have spent a week in his presence at home in Puerto. It almost seems like ive lost a good friend, although i barely knew him. That was the power of Oscar, a true legend and forever an ambassador for the Mexican surfing culture. You will be missed, but your life will never be forgotton, You’ve inspired so many. Thank you Oscar and rest easy.
Oscar showed us around all week. I felt privelaged to have been in his camp. Whenever i got the chance i threw out that i was with Oscar. He was the man. Heres a little short i did with Alex, Timmy, and Oscar back in 2012.
Thalia Surf Shop just put out their new wetty called the ‘Be Grateful’. Its a sweet suit with an iconic meaning, Dead Heads Unite!! Helped out a bit with the filming of the project, it features Ford Archbold surfing around the shop in Laguna:) Enjoy
TOM MOREY is a huge part of what has brought joy to so many people with his bodyboard design, as well as also inventing the soft top. He is in bad health, and really facing some tough times. Mike Stewart has launched a fundraiser to help him in his final phase of life on earth. This really struck a chord with me. We all owe Tom so much. I donated and it really made me feel like it was money well spent. We love you Tom and thank you for all you have done for us ocean lovers.
The surf world is filled with many charactors that make our sporty life both adventurous and inspirational. There are few of these people that really struck a chord with me through my surfing journey, and id have to say, that David Rastovich would have to be at the top of that list (currently tied with TC).
His surfing is both etherial and technical, making the act of riding waves almost look effortless. Its nice to hear him speak whenever an interview pops up on the web, I just hang on every word he says as if he is some sort of aquatic demi-god.
Occ has a special connection with him so I felt this interview was really sweet and to the point. Check out the latest occ cast with the Goat Wizard himself David Rastovich:) Favorite surfer of all time.
Now – lets dance on roller skates!
James Brown of wrestling . . . . . The Nature Boy. Dig in.
Did a little short featuring stylists Alex Knost & Justin Adams down in south OC for my mates at THalia Surf🙂 THe shop has some really sweet boards on the racks in there, including some shaped by Al “Brown Microwave Television”. If you ever get a chance to check the shop, give it a look in central Laguna Beach.
IVe known the Prairies now for over 10 years now, from around town and in the water. Tanner has always been one of our best, most reliable shapers in the area and you can just about see him in the lineup everyday rain or shine. Levi and I have had a long history of doing projects together dating back to his days in his band i used to do music vids for called “Gantez Warrior”. This short just kinda fell into my lap when i was shooting around town & realized that these brothers are a very unique pair that would be fun to document.
They’ve recently started theyre own surf club called, Costa Mesa Surf Club, along with a new board label “DASH”, where Tanner whips up some traditional shapes. Its a place where all their friends can meet and hang in between surfs, quite a fun little environment for all the CM boyz. These brothers truly do love eachother, which is rare for a competitive duo such as they:) I felt like this short sums up both of their surfing styles, and overall personality traits. Levi did all the soundtrack, and Tanner shaped all the boards:) Such a fun shoot and fun short to put together, I thought a comedy narrative was exactly how i should present these two. Think it worked out . . . . enjoy – Brotherly Love.
Thank you once again MOLLUSK for the kind words and platform:
Our friendly, Southern California neighbor Jack Coleman has had a curious and watchful eye on a unique, family duo. Tanner & Levi Prairie are a brother, surfer, shaper, musician pair based out of Costa Mesa, CA. The two are a sight for sore eyes in the contemporary world of macho-freakout wave riding, drawing experimental, highly polished lines on anything from knee high crumblers, to double overhead pits. Open your mind, and tap yourself into a tasty dose of Brotherly Love.