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Friday, November 30, 2012

Jim Phillips knows...

This fine Jim Phillips surfboard is in stock at Surfy Surfy Surf Shop in Leucadia, California.

in, Surfy Surfy

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

How to Shoot Film | D-I-Why Not? by Korduroy Tv

How to Shoot Film - D-I-Why Not? from on Vimeo.
Ryan Tatar has made a name for himself with his lo fi photographs using expired or cross-processed film that depict simpler times. Originally from Michigan, he now resides in San Francisco and is busy with international photo exhibitions and editorial and advertising clients when not working at one of the most well known computer companies in the world. In this episode of D-I-Why Not?, Ryan breaks down the basics of analogue photography while on a road trip with Cyrus Sutton and Foster Huntington last summer.

For more of Ryan's work, check out or his blog Shakas and Singlefins (

Ryan Tatar

James Campbell
Cyrus Sutton

James Campbell

Cyrus Sutton

"Nothing's Gonna"
The Blank Tapes

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lisergia Clássica | Teaser 1 | California

Lisergia Clássica - Teaser 1 - California from paulo camargo on Vimeo.

Lisergia Classic is a film that portrays the purism of surfing through the old boards, with the highlight greats Longboard Brazilian and world. This teaser is a result of early recordings, which were made in California in places important to the culture of the sport, such as San Onofre, Swamis, Cardiff, Huntington Beach and Malibu. The next location will pass through Central America, Peru and Brazil. Conceived by Jaime Viudes longboarder and photography of Paul Camargo, differentiated content presents the philosophy of the characters, who see the surf for the simple pleasure of riding. The tradition is one of the main themes highlighted by performances and interviews with legends of the surf. The wealth of information and classic imagesmakes the film exceed the expectations of those who expected a surfing video normal, transforming it into a lyrical documentary about the sport. Suitable even for those who do not handlewave.


Matt Calvani took over an iconic surf brand of the 60s and successfully brought it into the 21st century.
The Onde Nostre team is proud to present part 2 of the episode starring Alessandro Ponzanelli - arguably one of the best italian longboarders - and Matt Calvani owner and shaper of Bing Surfboards - and to relate the story of their encounter.

RITRATTI DI SURF is a series of short videos about surfers, shapers, artists and other characters somehow connected to Onde Nostre and the italian surf culture.
Directed by Luca Merli
Edited by Giovanni "Sbrokked" Barberis and Luca Merli
Photography by Luca Merli, Matteo Ferrari and Giovanni "Sbrokked" Barberis.
Additional Photography by Seth De Roulet
Lettering by Luca Barcellona
Music Consultant & Marketing: Gabriele "Gabro" Minelli
Songs in order of apperance:
Mamud Band "Colonial Mentality" Feat. Bunna
GUTS "Laissez lucie faire" (Fabrice Henri/ Fabrice Henri). Copyright control.
GUTS "Ghetto Paradise"(Fabrice Henri/ Fabrice Henri). Copyright control.
Les Men Avec Les Lunettes "Fall On The Snow"
Manetti! "Loopsation"
Thanks to Heavenly Sweetness
Alessandro Ponzanelli, Matt Calvani, David Pecchi, Ricky Brotini and Daniel Graham
ONDE NOSTRE is a project by Luca Merli and Matteo Ferrari
a BLOCK10 Productions

Monday, November 26, 2012

Aragão Design | Portugal

Letter sent to Grant from Wooden Surfboards by Miguel Aragão.

Grant - I am fortunate to get some great letters from people from all over the world. Today I have a letter from a very passionate wooden board builder from Lisbon in Portugal that I would like to share with you.
Miguel loves to work with Agave and builds some great looking boards.

Miguel Aragão - Allo Grant
Thank you very much for the kind answer.
After seeing your blog I could "link" you to the "big moustache man" apeiring on every "Alley fishfry" happenings. About me: I´m 50 years old, I was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Living around Lisbon close to Estoril, and the place I surf most is Guincho, a long beatiful sandy beach nearby a not less beatifull green montain called Sintra. Sintra is a world well known exlibris of this area.( Here is a link of fotos.

I started surfing at the age of 13 yo, was Portugal national champ at age of 17 and started with resins and surf industry at a very young age, but my "soul veign" rulled...
Had my own surfboard factory at age of 19, worked for others. After the army tried to become a regular sociaty person/worker, among others jobs I became a carpenter with experience on furniture, house building, worked with plastic artists, theatre and cinema, nautic carpentery...

About ten years ago a friend invited me for making a surfboard and the "monster" was awakened. Some time after I saw some Gary Linden agave surfboard pictures, a while after was watching Barry Snider agave harvest clip on "youtube" and I recognized those "trees". I could find them on the clifs close to the sea around my place. After building a board for myself I decided to give it a go on a comercial view, and...The thing is happening, slowly. Well everything is happening very slowly in Portugal and Europe.

I see it as a labor of love and stoke, a language I know you understand and practice, because is well writen and declare allover your surfboards, blogs and work. (your "waxglassless" surfboards are "starting" my mind!...)
My boards are solid agave (no chambers) and epoxy. Starting some longer big boards, so I´m thinking of a diferent method (or to chamber it) because of the weight and to save and make the most of each "tree". Im thinking of some two thick planks blended for the foil (sending picture) and some quick easy way for the rails. (have to test how agave thin strips work).

I explore more the fun/soul site of surfing in opposition to high profit buisness /competitive, you can call me a "classic"from the twinfin /fish era..
I have been posting at "Swaylock´s" ("show your wood" and "tequilha madness") and "facebook" under "miguel aragao" name.
I defenitly will follow articles and others under your name, and probably will annoy you with questions and for advices.

Thank you for everything, this was a big pleasure of mine.
Have fun, 
Miguel Aragão

P.S. Apologise my English

Sunday, November 25, 2012

100 000 Pageviews

I want to thank everyone for supporting the blog, without you none of this would be possible!!!

Cooperdesigns are now built by Matt Calvani in the Bing factory

Call to check out current inventory or to place an order. Website is coming soon.

Alfreds Housing Merchants Goods | The Salty Merchants

Alfreds Apartment, gold coast highway nobbys beach, is quite possibly the finest mens were outlet in the southern cosmos.. amongst its fine collection of leather goods, hair wax and Akubras is now sporting a full range of exquisite Salty Merchant rudders and tees...

in, The Salty Merchants

Thursday, November 22, 2012


THIS IS ALEX -TOME 4 from Desillusion Magazine on Vimeo.
Desillusion magazine, supported by RVCA and RAEN are proud to present their latest video “This is Alex”, a video portrait that pays tribute to the Californian longboarder/musician Alex Knost.

Hailing from Costa Mesa, California, Alex Knost certainly stands out of the crowd; a worthy heir to a surf culture that's made up of pioneers, and numerous creative artists. After having followed in the footsteps of his spiritual big brother, Joel Tudor, Alex became in turn one of the best longboarders in the world, paddling his way to the front of the scene, in a counter culture that we thought was drowning under the waves of an extremely lucrative economy- surf industry. Almost uncatchable, the man flits like a butterfly from one art to the next (from photography to video, board shapes to music) trying to, like he says "lose himself in anything he does, hoping to exceed the limits that society has set him".

A slightly tormented soul, maybe a bit too realistic for this world, although the two obviously go hand in hand, "This is Alex "is a total immersion in his everyday life, a celebration of raw counter culture: To give, understand, learn and influence, without waiting for anything in return, if not to perpetuate a style and a philosophy of life.
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THIS IS DYLAN - TOME 5 from Desillusion Magazine on Vimeo.
Desillusion magazine, supported by ANALOG and ALIEN WORKSHOP are proud to present their latest video “This is Dylan”, a video portrait that pays tribute to the stylish Californian skateboarder , Dylan Rieder.

At only 24, Dylan's name is already well engraved in the history of skateboarding, thanks to his style, his personality and his incredible gift; that of skating fast and skating well.The skateboard mag voted him as 2006's years best am award, but since then he turned pro, came out with an insane part in Mind Field, and has been blowing minds with his steezy tricks all across the world. After a rather tormented period, where he tasted the dark side of street life, and where he found himself literally catapulted to the front of the scene, Dylan got back up again,brushed himself off and with incredible maturity, imposed his own style, a style which quickly turned him into an icon for an entire generation of skateboarders.
With the extremely stylish Jason Dill for mentor, and Mark Oblow as a teacher, nothing seems to be able to resist the boy. Design, fashion, skateboarding, everything he touches seems to turn to gold, a privilege which has allowed him to stay true to himself and to his beliefs, whatever the cost, giving him the priceless freedom of being able to simply say 'no'. Interviews, huge contracts, photoshoots, Dylan takes care of every part of his career, of his image, his lifestyle, making him one of the most atypical skaters of the new generation.

Quiet, discrete, with an irresistible aura that characterizes the legends of our subculture,“This is Dylan” is a total immersion in his everyday life, a celebration of raw counter culture: when aesthetics and style become much more than just a clever marketing strategy to seduce the largest number of kids, when the sun and streets of California come together to give us their utmost best.

After the great success of “This is Trouble”, a short movie portraying the life of snowboarder and musician Trevor “Trouble” Andrew that was launched last February (, the second, a tribute to Andrew Reynolds “ This is Andrew” ( ) , the third "This is Ozzie”, a dedication to one of the most influential inspirations of the board culture scene, Ozzie Wright ( ), and the fourth opus on Hippie longboarder Alex Knost ( ), Desillusion is proud to present the fifth opus of the " THIS IS" saga , with Dylan rieder as guest host, a strong personality who's always inspired Desillusion's world with his particular sense of aesthetic.

The video comes with the latest issue of Desillusion magazine featuring Dylan Rieder as their exclusive guest editor, available on

More info :

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Sapporo Moped Creation

Sapporo Moped Creation from Rob Brooks on Vimeo.
I had the chance to go visit the Moto-Matic guys last month. Took along my 60d and hung out with Mike and Nate for a couple days as they were building the Sapporo Mopeds.

They were also kind enough to set me up with a 70 mph moped while I was there. Soaked up some California sun and rolled with the Land Squids for a few days. Not a bad gig!

Thanks to Sapporo for embracing creativity and subculture. 25 of these custom mopeds are being created. You also have the chance to win your own.

Visit to win this in a photo contest. Begining May 30. Launches This Monday!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

American Dream

American Dream from Ian Ruhter : Alchemist on Vimeo.
The American Dream video is based on the fear of success, this thought is extremely powerful, fear has the ability to cripple us from pursuing our dreams. The moment I embraced my dreams it was as if the universe had drawn people to help us and share their stories. Our goal is to tell the stories of the people who live in America. Your support is the driving force behind our project. We could not have done this without you. We have made it this far because you shared and supported us through our social networking sites. We were able to connect with the people in this film because of the internet. Every time you share or like this project it brings us one step closer to photographing your town, people you know, possibly even you.
Become a part of our journey;
Instagram username : Ian Ruhter

Gerry Lopez

Gerry Lopez from Doug Walker on Vimeo.
I have captured hours and hours of footage and am now discovering these new gems that were left on the cutting room floor.Here is another clip from Gerry as he share's the importance of what photos can do even after all these years.

Share & enjoy the ALOHA!!*

Monday, November 19, 2012

Glide Utility Research Unit | Le-Joy

A short take on the recent work of surfer/shaper/artist Gustavo S.Costa (G.U.R.U. Surfboards) through the eyes of a light sorcerer, monsieur Le-Joy! We are sharing the stoke!

....soon more on:

Produced and Directed by:

Chasing Mavericks | LIVE LIKE JAY

Chasing Mavericks is an inspiring film about the life of Jay Moriaty that all surfers should see at least once in a lifetime!

in, Collectic Life


KASM & S4C COASTAL JOURNEY - PART 1 from Surfers for Cetaceans on Vimeo.
To help visit:

In support of KASM (Kiwis Against Seabed Mining), pro surfer & activist David Rastovich, intends to paddle 350km from Taranaki to Piha west of Auckland, New Zealand over two-weeks beginning Nov16th to draw awareness to issues to do with proposed seabed mining.

Rastovich, a co-founder of global group "Surfers for Cetaceans" (S4C), will unite with KASM advocates to engage local communities, educate and inspire others to action throughout the epic journey.


- The entire west coast from Whanganui to Cape Reinga is under either a prospecting or exploration permit to mine iron sands from the seafloor.

- Large scale seabed mining, as is proposed, will leave massive oceanic dead zones, could ruin fisheries, affect surf breaks, exacerbate existing erosion problems, change beaches and reintroduce toxins which are currently stabilized in the sea floor.

- Foreign owned mining companies are looking to extract billions of tonnes of iron sands for export to Asia and pay just 1-5% of the value of the resource in royalties to the NZ Govt.

- Very few jobs would be created for coastal residents as operations are entirely water based.

- Much of the permitted area is a direct overlay of the only habitat for the critically endangered Maui's Dolphin. With just 55 dolphins remaining, seabed mining would make extinction of the species a certainty.

Copy Cat by Jim Phillips

A tribute to Greg Noll and Mickey Dora that’s meant to be ridden. The outline of the board is pure 60’s with a pulled in nose and hips back of center. The board features 50/50 rails from nose to tail with the famous long step/hump deck accented by a slight chine to the deck rail. The bottom contours are very simple giving this board nice drive and projection out of turns and a clean trim spot about center. Go clean, clear volan or throw some pigment on it – either way grab your trunks and a bar of wax.

- Materials: US Blanks or Blair Polyurethane Foam.
- Stringer Configuration: 3/8” cedar is standard
- Fin: Malibu Classic if you’d like or Miss Lucy

Jim Phillips Custom Surfboards

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Friday, November 16, 2012

Rats | Aaron Cervantes

Rats! from Thomas Green on Vimeo.
Aaron Cervantes surfing 2 sessions on his 9'6 Cy's Aquatic Almond in Newport this November.
Video+Edit by Thomas Green
Music: "Money" by The Drums

American Tintype

American Tintype from Matt Morris Films on Vimeo.
After a personal tragedy, Harry Taylor discovered a passion for the 150-year-old craft of tintype photography.


Directed, Produced, Shot, and Edited by Matt Morris | Featuring Harry Taylor | Executive Producers David Ford, Stu Pollard, and Mary Pergola Parent | Composer Hanan Townshend | Music Engineer Kelly Donnelly | Musicians Hanan Townshend, James Gradone | Production Sound Benedict R. Fancy | Sound Editor Casey Langfelder | Sound Mixer Scott R. Lewis | Colorist Andrew Francis | D.I. Producer Mike Dillon | D.I. Assistant Producer Brandie Konopasek | Title Design Kaya Thomas |

EFILM Digital Laboratories
Method Design
Skywalker Sound


"THE CARIBLANCO" is a Beach Motorcycle
Designed & Costume Fabricated by:
Arnau Sanjuan & TAK

Costa Rica Brand Build:
Psycho Racer & Psycho Choppers
more info:

Filmed & Edited by:
Juan Diego Otalvaro

Driver & Surfer:
Moritz Müller

Music by:
© The Offspring
© Sufjan Stevens
© Shark Island

Sample taken from:
© Point Break:
Bodhi (Patrick Swayze):
"We stand for something, to those dead souls that are inching their way on the freeways in their metal coffins - We show them! the human sprit is still alive."

Thursday, November 15, 2012

9'6 Trimulux from Bing

Picking up a custom 9'6 Trimulux from Bing Surfboards, May 2012 from robin york on Vimeo.
This video tells the story of CA based surfer Robin York, from Munich, Germany ordering his first custom single fin from Bing Surfboards, a legendary CA shaping label. The video offers a short interview with Matt Calvani, the Head Shaper at Bing Surfboards, and a look into Matt's shaping bay as he talks through the board's design. Notice the nod to Robin's Bavarian roots in the detailed Bavarian flag airbrush on the underside of the deck!
The film is shot and edited by Kay Madsen, a German surfer, cinematographer and editor also based in LA.

Thanks so much, Kay Madsen, for all the help in filming and editing this short portrait. You're a hero! And a huge thanks to Margaret Yao Calvani, General Manager at Bing Surfboards for inviting us down, to Kyle Chambers for his awesome photos and of course, to Matt Calvani for the incredible board you made me!

Robin York, Senior Editor
Blue Surf and Travel Magazine

Kay Madsen
Cinematographer and Editor

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Yuta Sezutsu | InnerViews by Korduroy Tv

Yuta Sezutsu - InnerViews from on Vimeo.
Not many people are aware of the lasting devastation and precarious state of Japan's Fukashima Nuclear Plant because the country's officials have been tight-lipped since last year's devastating tsunami. Japanese surfers are often left wondering if the act of surfing is causing them to irreversible harm.

Residing in the surf town Kamakura, Japan near Tokyo, Yuta Sezutsu is perhaps Japan's best longboarder for his age. Quietly sliding down points and reefs around the world, Yuta has made a name for himself in the international longboard community and possesses one the most refined longboard styles we've ever seen. In this episode of Inner-Views presented by VSTR, Yuta talks to us about living with radiation and the changing state of Japanese surf culture.

Produced by
Cyrus Sutton

Cyrus Sutton
James Campbell

Archival Stills

"She Likes Motorcycle"
Gabby & Lopez

Roger Hall | 9ft Hot Curl

Roger Hall, committed , fearless and finless on his 9ft Hot Curl.

A craftsman who loves to experiment, a great combination that leads to great results.

Monday, November 12, 2012

The Bay

The Bay from Andrew Gough on Vimeo.
Matt Chojnacki

The Waxhead made the journey from his residing home in Sydney to spend some time designing a few new surfboards with Bob Mctavish. The board in question here is a new creation which borrows its template off one of Bobs personal boards from 1966.

Slightly longer and sleeker at 9'5 x 22 1/2" with less hip than the typical involvement style boards, it suited the hollow waist high peelers that The Pass had to offer.


MN-yuta from MAGICNUMBER on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

ONDE NOSTRE | 16mm Film

ONDE NOSTRE is a movie about italian surfers and italian waves. It is also the first to be shot in 16mm. We filmed it on a small budget and with an even smaller crew - the two of us - and released it in 2010. Luca Merli & Matteo Ferrari




The first Italian surf movie shot in 16mm in the winter of 2010.

Out West...

out west… from Dean Darby on Vimeo.
surf sliders: Mark Matisons & Jed Petley
music by: check 'em out!
song: "Garage Liddiard"
intro/outro "Sam Cherry's last shot"

Slide Your Brains Out | Thomas Campbell

Slide Your Brains Out | Thomas Campbell from Mollusk Surf Shop on Vimeo.
Thomas Campbell talks about his new photography book Slide Your Brains Out.

Surfers: CJ Nelson, Michel Junod and Ashley Lloyd-Thompson.
Music by The Mattson 2.

Read an interview with Thomas here:
Buy the book here:


THE OLD, THE YOUNG & THE SEA Teaser #1 from The Old the Young and the Sea on Vimeo.
From Hossegor to Ericeira: A team of cinematographers, photographers and storytellers go on a 16 week journey along the European surf coast in two old VW buses. Outcome: A movie about surf and life in Europe.

THE OLD, THE YOUNG & THE SEA will be released early 2013!
Follow us on our trip ->
More info and photos:
Live-Update: We are currently in: Asturias, Spain.


For the teaser we picked Juan Giriber, whom we met in Spring 2012. His age is not exactly known, but way over 70 he is still stoked about surfing as much as then when he and some friends saw the first pictures of a guy riding a wave in the 1960s. Being one of the first surfers in Spain then, he not only discovered many surfable beaches which are now well known to the surfing community - he also grew famous in Spain to supposedly be the inventor of "el invento" (in English: the invention), in the rest of the world simply called "the leash".

Project Partners:
Presented by: &
big hugs go to: as well as
We drive the awesome classic vans of
Always there and helping:
We appreciate the work and cooperation with:
We online-shop at Your Online Store for Surf, Skate & Snow
Our special edition shirts are from
Our notebook and phone bags are made by
Giving us home on our trip: (Galicia), (Vieux-Boucau)
and many many more...

Artist: Ventzislav Dikov
Album: Guitar Solo
Track: Track 01

Friday, November 2, 2012

Chopped Rod & Custom 2012

Chopped Rod & Custom 2012 or bust... Busted from Evolution on Vimeo.
Evolution head to Chopped Rod & Custom Festival in Newstead VIC. What a weekend!

video by Sam Coutts

Music: Conscience Killer by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Prism Motorcycle Co.

Prism Motorcycle Co. from Rob Russell on Vimeo.
2 brothers and their motorcycle shop.

Dan Auerbach-"Heartbroken, In Disrepair"

Directed/Shot/Edited By:
Rob Russell

G.U.R.U. for Surfcenter

30 Days without Surfing

30 Days without Surfing from Driftwood Collective on Vimeo.
30 days without surfing is a short film about crafting, love, and the absolute.

It portraits all the time spent in between swells, and how creativity is ever linked with making the most of what you’ve got.

It may feature dramatic dialogues, reckless mind-blowing surfing and men handling tools.

Official selection in: