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  • April 20 - Earth Week
    Seven years have passed since the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded about forty miles off the Louisiana coast, a devastating crisis that claimed the lives of eleven people, injured hundreds, ravaged over 1300 miles of coastline, and infiltrated a vast marine environment full of abundant wildlife. 205 million gallons of crude oil spewed out into the open ocean for 87 days, creating the largest and most destructive marine oil spill in history. Watching the unstoppable black sheets of oil…
    By Adam Zax
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  • April 19 - Journey 2.0
    After a long winter of epic rainfall, our golden state has finally escaped a crushing drought. Everywhere you look, from overflowing creeks to canyons exploding with wildflowers, spring this year feels like one giant smile. Fresh from sunny Los Angeles, we collaborated with our friends at Mr Porter to create a limited-edition collection of gear designed to help shed those winter blues.
    By Zak Bush
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  • April 5 - Journey 2.0
    Austin Kino is a crewmember of the Hōkūle’a, a performance-accurate full-scale replica of a wa’akaulua, a Polynesian double-hulled voyaging canoe. Launched in 1975 by the Polynesian Voyaging Society, she is best known for her 1976 Hawai’i to Tahiti voyage completed with exclusively Polynesian navigation techniques. The primary goal of the voyage was to explore the anthropological theory of the Asiatic origin of native Oceanic people, of Polynesians and Hawai’ians in particular, as the…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 31 - Q&A
    Bunker 77 tells the story of Bunker Spreckels, riveting surfer, international playboy, big game hunter, spinning heel kick thrower, rock ‘n’ roll animal. The film teems with high-octane wave riding and colorful tales of this Zelig on a bladey single fin. I have been privy to the creation and realization of this project—the filmmaker, Takuji Masuda, is a longtime friend. I have watched him work on, struggle with, become tormented by, nearly give up on, persist, find…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 22 - Op-Ed
    “A lot of life is just blind faith, pushing through the flat spots. But if we’re going to do something, it’s important that we give it 100%.” We were in Tae Kwon Do class, we were sparring, we were about 45 minutes into our hour-long session when our instructor, Mr. Rhee, spoke loudly in that commanding voice of his. “Okay, over here,” he said, waving the dozen of us yellow belts into the center of the dojang. “In the bathroom there’s Windex and paper towels. I want you…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 21 - Journey 2.0
    con·tin·u·ance (n.): a past, present and future of chasing waves & making friends, a life in the water... Few people have spent as much time on the road with Kelly as friend and acclaimed surf photographer Todd Glaser. Todd has seen it all; from last minute strike missions to remote parts of the Pacific to fan frenzies in Tokyo & World Title wins. Here's his behind the scenes look into stop one of the 2017 WSL Tour: Snapper Rocks.
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  • March 16 - OK Family
    Azad Al-Barazi is an Olympian swimmer and an LA County lifeguard. He holds dual citizenship between his parents’ nation, Syria, and the US, where he grew up. Last year, when he came across a slew of headlines that read, “Aleppo is burning!” it hit him somewhere deep. He researched humanitarian aid organizations, found Emergency Response Centre International and Euro Relief, and booked the next flight to Greece.
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • No surfer’s backpack is complete without some version of a trusty poncho. After literally thousands of years, it’s still maybe the most comfortable and versatile garment on earth. A Poncho in Machu Picchu (Say that five times fast.) The poncho’s origins are somewhere high in the misty cloud forests of the Andes. Traces of ponchos have been found in pre-Incan burial sites, suggesting they’re truly one of the earliest pieces of clothing ever created. With just a large piece of hearty…
    By Adam Zax
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  • March 7 - Journey 2.0
    THREE GENERATIONS OF OUTERKNOWN WITH DEEP ROOTS ON THE NORTH SHORE. Oahu means 'The Gathering Place' in Hawaiian, and that's just what happened when old and new friends got together this past winter on the North Shore.
    By Zak Bush
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  • March 6 - OK Family
    The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is just incredible,” Todd says. “He is a great photographer himself, so he pushes me to be the best person I can be, but also to be the best photographer I can be, too.
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • February 17 - Earth Week /
    In the deep, cold waters about a hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, a mountain of water rises from the depths. Crowned with a shock of foam like some ferocious sea monster, this Pacific avalanche surges up anywhere from sixty to a hundred feet high, drowning out the horizon and forcing you to surrender to a world of water. The lineup stretches over a mile and is littered with sharks and shipwrecks. Wonder why they call it the Apocalypse Swell?
    By Adam Zax
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  • February 16 - Journey 2.0
    On January 20TH 2017, protesters blocked traffic at Los Angeles International Airport, One of America's largest travel hubs. They rallied for equality, civil rights, and to stand up against a Muslim travel ban. Photographer Abby Ross was there to document. Here are her photos. Abby Ross grew up in Stowe, Vermont and now calls Los Angeles home. With a yen for travel that has taken her everywhere from Democratic Republic of congo, Somalia and Haiti to Europe and Central America, Abby had…
    By Zak Bush
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  • February 13 - Product Evolution
    Who made your clothes? Not what store you bought them from, or what company designed them, but who made them? The people –– flesh and blood, hopes and dreams –– who sourced and stitched the clothes that live and breathe on our bodies. Who are they? This year we’re proud to be going a step further to ensure that the community that makes our clothes are treated fairly and come to work every day knowing they’ll be safe and supported. For us, there are two critical halves to a balanced and…
    By Adam Zax
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  • February 6 - Journey / Product Evolution
    A pillar of global style, flight jackets are one of those classic styles that never get old. In celebration of our revolutionary, 100% recycled Evolution Flight Jacket dropping in Spring 2017, now’s a good time to cruise through this jacket’s past, present & future: It gets chilly up in the clouds and in 1917 the U.S. Army produced a heavy-duty flight jacket to outfit those high-altitude skirmishes. Originally made of ‘Seal Skin leather’ (not sustainable…) before switching to ‘Horsehide…
    By Adam Zax
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  • February 4 - Excerpt
    "With the California drought and global climate change, it might be thought of as environmentally conscious, a recycling and repurposing of sorts." - Jamie Brisick There was a time when sneaking into a backyard to skate an empty pool was a criminal act. Today, what with the California drought and global climate change, it might be thought of as environmentally conscious, a recycling and repurposing of sorts. Tino Razo knows all about this. For the last couple of years, he…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • February 1 - Outerknown Family
    “The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is just incredible,” Todd says. “He is a great photographer himself, so he pushes me to be the best person I can be, but also to be the best photographer I can be, too.”
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • January 20 - A Morning With
    Photo: Kate Simon “There’s a price on their head that makes them almost impossible to protect. But we’re not giving up." - Eric Goode “I’m going to tell you a secret,” says Eric Goode, the globetrotting turtle crusader, as his sea-glass eyes look out over acres of orange groves and terracotta roofed turtle houses. “People always talk about rhino horns and the ivory trade, but right now there are some turtles that are just as valuable. There’s a price on their head that…
    By Adam Zax
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  • January 13 - Outerknown Family
    “The images we make are collaborative,” says photographer Todd Glaser of his work with Kelly Slater. Nearly ten years ago the pair met in France. They became fast friends. Todd got a gig with Quiksilver to trail Kelly for the next three years. That relationship continues. “Being able to work with someone like Kelly is just incredible,” Todd says. “He is a great photographer himself, so he pushes me to be the best person I can be, but also to be the best photographer I can be, too.”
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • January 6 - Top 5
    Taylor Steele is an expert at going off the beaten path. "I love locations that make me feel like a child again, places that spark my curiosity because they're so intensely different than home. Places that buzz with insects, traffic and foreign music. Places with unfamiliar smells like smoke or tropical vegetation, anywhere the aura feels unique and I'm pushed out of my comfort zone."
    By Zak Bush
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  • December 11 - Op-Ed /
    In a white-walled studio at Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, a student asked about getting published. This is a common theme for writers and photographers who are just starting out—they want to see their work in print, they want validation, an audience. I found myself resorting to surf metaphor.
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • November 30 - Op-Ed
    It has been three weeks since we made a most controversial sort of history here in the United States and elected Donald Trump to the highest office in our country. Emotions have been raw ever since that fateful Tuesday with an unsettling mix of story lines dominating the news cycles and a palatable sense of uncertainty in full bloom both in the streets and on the internet.
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  • November 25 - Top 5
    Who better to lead off our series of 'Top 5 Travel Destinations' then the man himself, Kelly Slater. He's constantly on the go from one WSL event to the next, making strike missions in between events to visit family, friends and chase swells. It's hard to name a country Mr. Slater hasn't visited. Below are the best of the best: the beaches, towns and islands that Kelly tries to hit each and every year, the places that mean the most to him on this planet. Take a…
    By Zak Bush
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  • November 21 - Op-Ed
    The view from the rock pool in Palm Beach, Sydney is murky green, with shafts of amber sunlight that dance with the seaweed and rocks on the bottom. This is the lap swimming view, of course. It’s an image I associate with wellbeing, mental health, healing. I know it well. In the year after my wife died I spent two months in Sydney. Nearly every morning I swam back and forth in the Palm Beach rock pool, sometimes in the afternoon too. It’s 50 meters long; I’d typically do ten lengths.…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • November 14 - Q&A
    Artist/environmentalist Anne de Carbuccia makes “time shrines,” integrating her fascination with ancient culture, art, and photography. She travels far and wide for her work, creating and staging time shrines in symbolically significant environments. In 2015, she founded the non-profit organization Time Shrine Foundation as a way to fund efforts to raise awareness and protect the environment. Her most recent show, ONE • One Planet One Future, runs until November 21 at Westbeth Center for…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • November 11 - Journey 2.0 /
    Thirty plus hours of travel always feels like a time warp. I’ve been doing a lot of four to five day trips this year to all corners of the globe; Australia, Japan, Uruguay, Sweden, Canada and Mexico. Day feels like night, night feels like day and I still haven’t figured out a way to beat jetlag no matter what I do. Needless to say, after three commercial flights, a charter flight and a long off road drive, and with my back killing me, I was so excited to see Africa for the first time,…
    By Zak Bush
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  • October 28 - Journey 2.0 /
    Highly successful, work-around-the-clock chefs often carry an extra 30 lbs. and knock back a bottle or three of wine per night. Not Travis Lett. His salt-matted blond locks and rich suntan and broad shoulders speak more of the surf than the kitchen. Yet he is at it everyday, working ridiculously long hours at his restaurants, Gjelina and Gjusta, in Venice, California. “I don’t take days off and sit on the beach,” he told me. “Learning how to be a chef, a businessman, and a company owner…
    By Zak Bush
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  • October 26 - The Nomadic Life
    Six questions & six answers, 'The Nomadic Life' is a series featuring our favorite adventurers from around the world. Our 7th installment focuses on Canadian photographer Myles McGinness. Where did you grow up & how did you become interested in documenting travel? I was raised on a blend of snow and salt water. From as long as I can remember I’ve been in love with the mountains and the ocean. I was born in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, and then raised in California, Texas,…
    By Zak Bush
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  • October 19 - Op-Ed
    They rode Logan Earth Skis with Bennett trucks and Road Rider 4s. They pulled Berts, power slides, 360s, Mark Richards-inspired swoops. They wore raggedy Vans deck shoes, Op cord shorts, frayed T-shirts. And boxers—no serious skater wore butt huggers. They did not know it at the time, they preferred not to intellectualize, it went against the id of their ravages, but they were projecting, imagining, reappropriating. These were not the blacktop banks of Paul Revere Middle School in…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • October 13 - Journey 2.0 /
    From a soft oversized tee to the perfectly worn in flannel, it's nearly impossible to keep our favorite items out of the closets of our favorite girls. We connected with Ray and Leila, a couple of our stylish friends and had them spend the day in their top picks from our fall collection. They took us around some of their neighborhood spots and we snapped some pictures along the way. Here are six of their favorite fall pieces worn their own way.
    By Zak Bush
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  • September 27 - Gallery
    The first title from T. Adler Books to whack me over the head was “Dora Lives: The Authorized Story of Miki Dora.” Wrapped in signature translucent dust jacket, the cover shows a tightly-cropped shot of the legendary surfer cross-stepping on the board. The book brims with emotion and barefoot hedonism. Photos are often imperfect in the best possible way—skewed compositions, soft focus, light leaks, a touch over- or under-exposed. The stories, captions, and timeline are whimsical and fun.…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • September 27 - Excerpt
    Eating Glass is Jocko Weyland’s most recent book, a collection of short stories, anecdotes, reflections, and ruminations that stretch from his early years in Colorado and California, to his adulthood in New York, to Europe and points beyond. There are tales of smoking weed in vans while on the search for skateboard nirvana. There are stories of selling ice cream on French beaches that ooze sunscreen and exposed flesh. Here’s how the book’s publisher, 19 / 80 Éditions, puts it:…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • September 19 - Product Evolution
    For Fall's "Limited Supply: No Fake Smiles" our Supply Shirt features a few one of a kind details, hand made ceramic buttons from our friend Tanner Trowbridge the founder of Stoneware button Co. We figured it was appropriate to hit up Tanner and pick his brain about his process. Here's what he had to say: Zak Bush: How did you get started with ceramics? Tanner Trowbridge: My mother signed me up for a summer course while I was in middle school- probably to keep me out of trouble but I…
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  • September 16 - Product Evolution
    Guess what? most waterproofing isn't biodegradeable. Trace chemicals are being found on mountains and trails around the world. We love the outdoors. We don't want to be stopped by the elements. When it rains or when it snows we stay outside. We surf, we run, we hike no matter what mother nature throws at us. When we travel, we try our hardest to leave no trace. Whenever we can, we clean up after ourselves and we leave environments better then we found them . We hold our garments…
    By Zak Bush
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  • September 14 - Q&A
    In an age when everyone is an artist and consumerism a well-tuned craft, New England-bred multi-disciplinarian Gordon Holden challenges the established bounds of fine art with his aptly named Consume Cool branding. Appropriating the Coca-Cola logo, Consume Cool has found its way onto everything from shopping carts to corn-hole yard games and even Holden’s own bicep. “Pop art is just art imitating life. But when art becomes so enmeshed in life, that’s something new. It’s like…
    By Paige Silveria
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  • September 6 - Op-Ed
    The Home Depot that now sits in place of the legendary Stardust Ballroom. Photo: Jamie Brisick "Entering the venue that night, I was first stunned by the wall-to-wall punks, then frightened by how sinister everyone looked." - Jamie Brisick Today, a Home Depot, but in 1979 the 5612 Sunset Boulevard address belonged to the Stardust Ballroom, a roller skating rink turned nightclub. And on November 30 of that year, I saw my first punk show: Iggy Pop. Earlier that summer I had…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • August 31 - Op-Ed
    Waiting at the gate at Heathrow in that half-asleep state where you don’t so much dream as feel the echoes of your years on earth, I woke and realized I have been coming here for five decades. My first trip to the British Isles was in 1972. I was five. In Toughskins and Keds, I visited Stonehenge and Tintagel Castle and the Brontë Parsonage Museum. I ate greasy fish and chips wrapped in newspaper. Skipping stones on the Lakes of Killarney with my brothers, I grabbed a thin rock that…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • August 23 - Top 5
    Alex Grossman knows a thing or two about food. As creative director of Bon Appétit, he travels widely to the world’s hottest restaurants. But his eating odyssey didn’t start there. His first job, at age 12, was a dishwasher. Through his twenties he worked nearly every job there is in restaurants, from award-winning establishments like Le Bernardin to greasy spoon joints. He’s passionate about his work: “I love taking the foods everyone’s seen over and over—roast…
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  • August 15 - Gallery
    Dave Homcy’s family portrait series was inspired by those Wild West old-time photos that look like a scene out of Deadwood. “I ran across one of those of my family a while back and thought, That’s so funny, the family portrait! I’ve always thought family is so important. Everybody has a family. Good or bad, family is a big part of who we are.” Homcy began the series about a decade ago. Many of the families in the photos are close friends, people he stays with while working as a D.P. and…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • August 8 - The Nomadic Life
    Six questions & six answers, 'The Nomadic Life' is a series featuring our favorite adventurers from around the world. Our 7th installment focuses on Canadian photographer Jeremy Koreski and a rare edit of his 35mm film photography. 1. What sparked your interest in exploring, how did photography get into the mix? Jeremy Koreski: My interest in exploring came from growing up in place like Clayoquot Sound, a small town on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada with parents that were…
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  • August 1 - Q&A
    Sandow Birk’s “American Qur’an is a mammoth undertaking. In short, he has translated the entire Qur’an into a series of paintings set in contemporary USA. It’s taken him nine years to finish. It’s culminated in a book, “American Qur’an,” published by Liveright, and a bunch of exhibitions. “No matter what you think of Islam,” said Birk, “you can argue that the Qur’an is the most important book on the planet in the last twenty years—because of politics and world events and wars. And so for…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • July 28 - Video
    The sun and rain swap places as quickly as the wind changes directions. If your mission is to get lost, this is your place. The landscape is large and lonely. The sea is shifty, powerful, relentless & cold… Inspired by the Pacific Northwest we introduce our Fall 2016 Collection: Northern Exposure, Autumn layers built on our foundation of sustainability, style, and travel.
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  • July 26 - Gallery
    Well we're almost through the end of July of 2016 and our friend and director / photographer Saam Gabbay has been keeping busy. You'll remember his work from our 'Nomadic Life' series that featured him a few months back. If you haven't read it, find it here. Saam's been on the road non-stop since. hitting 4 continents in this short amount of time. Here's a breakdown of Saam's travels thus far in his own words... I don’t make new years resolutions but I do write a sentence in my…
    By Zak Bush
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  • July 21 - Journey / Op-Ed
    "New cameras come out every year increasing in speed and quality. It makes the act of taking a professional quality photo an ongoing struggle, something I’ve for whatever reason pushed back against." - Zak Bush These days it’s rare to have a piece of technical equipment last more than 18 months no matter what field you’re in. The world we live in is constantly rebooting, upgrading and improving at an exponential rate. As a photographer I’m right in the middle of this…
    By Zak Bush
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  • I grew up in a seaside town called Bulli about an hour south of the hustle and bustle of Sydney, Australia. We’re separated by The Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world behind Yellowstone. It’s the perfect buffer zone from the busiest city in the country, beautiful mountains that lead into the sea. A knee injury led me to pick up my first camera in 2007, it was a blessing in disguise that changed my life. I was immobile for several months so I just read the…
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  • July 8 - Video
    The surf magazines don't talk about lapsed Catholics." That's how this riveting short film starts; that's what got me in the gut the first time I watched it, and the dozens of times I have watched it since. We are a blue-sky, smiley-faced, shaka-flashing culture. "Lapsed Catholics" is not this. It's dark, grey, elegiac. t's about wearing the wrath of that great metaphor that is the ocean on your head. "What does it mean?" I asked the director, Todd Stewart. "My relationship with surfing…
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  • The ‘Nomadic Collection’ is finally here. An assortment of minimalist styles that won't compromise your travel budget. Our first item, ‘The Nomadic Trunk’ is a stylish boardshort built for surfing from 100% recycled polyester with a 19" out seam and slightly more democratic fit so it appeals to a wide cross-section of men. By pre-ordering enough inventory of this trunk we are able to offer it at $65 without compromising our responsible mission or quality standards.…
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  • Just about a year ago we sent legendary waterman Mark Cunningham (who now, after a few weeks on the open ocean prefers be referred to as a "shallow waterman") on a journey to the Caribbean, to tag along with the crew from the 5 Gyres Institute and learn a little more about what they do as an organization. Every time Mark travels, he documents the journey in a notebook via magazine clippings, artifacts he collects along the way, and stream of consciousness prose. It's a way of…
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  • July 1 - OK Family
    Lookout & Wonderland are Yusuke Tsukamoto and Niki Livingston, a husband and wife art-making duo based in Los Angeles. Yusuke comes from Chiba, Japan; Niki from Florida. They met in Los Angeles in 2004 and have been working together ever since. Their latest show, “Absolute Magnitude: Knowing, Ignorance And Being,” is a collaborative, narrative-based work of naturally dyed and appliquéd flags that examines the nature of consciousness and personal reality. We caught up the modern way, over email.
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  • June 29 - Sustainability
    "Since 1970 industrial hemp has been categorized a as class #1 drug by the federal government... the same category as cocaine, heroin & LSD" Since the beginning, we here at Outerknown have been making some of our favorite styles from naturally grown hemp. The plant is a tremendous resource for us and many others both domestically and around the world. One of the earliest known cultivated crops, hemp has had a supporting role in human evolution for centuries. From…
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  • June 20 - Gallery
    "My friends were getting some of the best rides of their lives competing in honor of Eddie and I was grounded on a tarmac in downtown Honolulu." - Mike Coots The anticipation of the event had been building for 7 years. The last time the Eddie ran back in 2009, I'd photographed it from the sky the. That day had been the most thrilling, unique and challenging photo shoot I'd ever done. The following winter I'd hoped for another chance to shoot the event from above but it…
    By Mike Coots
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  • ‘Limited Supply’ items are designed when inspiration strikes regardless of seasonal timing or market demand. Often between main collections, we’ll discover a fabric or come up with a concept that we just decide to run with. We're pleased to announce our second ‘Limited Supply’ collection exclusively available here on our flagship website. This second capsule - "Just Add Water" features pieces made entirely in the USA from the finest Japanese cotton.
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  • June 17 - OK Family
    Outerknown’s second US retail installation is currently taking place inside General Admi52ion at 52 Brooks St. in the heart of Venice, California. For the takeover, the shop's been set up to immerse visitors into our Summer 2016 collection. Key pieces and detailed descriptions on a oversized peg board wall bring the collection to life in a multi-dimensional way. The installation is on display through the end of June. If you haven't had a chance to check out our summer…
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  • June 6 - Q&A
    Fergal Smith is very much at home in massive, tripling-up, evil-inducing waves. He is a professional surfer, but not in the traditional sense. In West Clare, Ireland, where he lives, he started a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. He also ran for the Green Party in the 2016 General Election as a candidate in the Clare constituency. He did not win, but he learned a thing or two, which we’ll get into in a second. I read about him recently in Surf Europe. He said something…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • June 6 - Op-Ed
    There’s a hint of Southern Italy’s Amalfi coast, a trace of Sydney’s Tamarama, an acute déjà vu-ishness: I know that nook, those boats, that flight of stairs, just not sure exactly where? Which is precisely the point. Jules de Balincourt’s Sanctuary is a sensorial speedball. It’s oil on panel, yes, but it also contains the burn of hot sun on shoulders, the waft of briny sea and fresh catch (sardines?), the slap and hiss of waves on shore, the mood-lifter and other-worldly purr that is…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • In our third installment of “Outerknown Talks” we decided to confront an issue that was a little closer to home and invite the team from LA based non-profit Heal The Bay to come past the office. Their first fight over 30 years ago, was to end the dumping of untreated wastewater into the Santa Monica Bay. Since they’ve continued to advocate for the health, cleanliness, and safety of the costal waters and greater watershed of greater Los Angeles.
    By Zak Bush
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  • May 18 - Op-Ed
    Whether we write them down or not, we all have bucket lists. For some they’re simple; learn a second language or drive cross-country. Other's lists are deeper and more complex. What I've found is that once you really start living, checking off those things that you need to do before "kicking the bucket", the list doesn't get any smaller. Instead, it starts growing. Those life changing experiences that you feel you need end up opening your eyes, to new ideas, new adventures and new challenges.
    By Zak Bush
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  • May 17 - Gallery
    Photographer Jeff Divine has been a key figure in the surf world for nearly five decades. His portraits, landscapes, and action shots have helped shape the culture, and given us a richer understanding of what surfing means. I asked him about his excellent work in the ‘70s, and how it was different to today: “I wasn’t following other photographers, because there weren’t many around,” he told me. “I had to figure it out on my own. I’d sit in my car at Sunset Beach…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • May 12 - Q&A
    You can get surfing lessons, kite surfing lessons, SUP lessons, but to my knowledge there is no such thing as bodysurfing lessons. And rightly so. A big part of bodysurfing’s allure is its free-form, dance-with-water expressiveness. But there are tips that can enhance the experience. And who better to give them than The Human Fish himself, Mark Cunningham? I have watched Mark streak Superman-like across a fifteen foot wall of sapphire blue at Pipeline.
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  • May 7 - Q&A
    "it took moving to California to open my eyes to the great things about Australia: the space, the light, the air, the clean water, empty beaches and an abundance of waves." - Damion Fuller Moving outside of an urban environment can be tough when you’re constrained by the day to day routine of a 9-to-5. It's families like Damion and Fern's who appreciate having access to nature that make it happen. I trekked down from Sydney the other week to check out their pad, an A-framed…
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  • April 26 - Q&A
    Born and raised in Florida, Dave Homcy moved to Hawaii in the nineties to pursue a career in surf cinematography and photography. He was a quick study. Within a short while he was working as a director of photography on Shelter and A Broke Down Melody. His ace camera skills can be seen in the documentaries Surfwise and Come Hell or High Water. In 2014 he co-directed Beyond the Surface with his wife, Crystal Thornburg-Homcy, an all-girl surf film shot throughout southern India. Dave’s…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • April 21 - Earth Week
    Drawings: Katsuo Design Once again, Earth Day is upon us. It's that special time of year when our planet’s health gets top billing and we all fall over ourselves in a Spring fever of recycling day dreams and sustainability fantasies. And while the groovy green pomp and circumstance certainly adds up to one heck of a party with a purpose, too often we are left with a bit of an environmental hangover in the weeks after. Like New Year’s Resolutions fading fast by the first weeks…
    By Ethan Stewart
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  • April 19 - Q&A
    “Johnny Cash: American Rebel,” a two-hour CMT documentary, is a revealing, enchanting, and surprising portrait of the legendary musician. It presents sides of him that few diehard fans were aware of. The film is directed by Jordan Tappis, who we featured here a few months ago. Last time he and I played a game where we threw small rocks at a single big rock. The loser became the winner’s bitch in a way that was vaguely fetishistic. This time we were far less interesting. We drank…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • April 12 - The Nomadic Life
    Six questions & six answers, 'The Nomadic Life' is a series featuring our favorite adventurers from around the world. Our fifth installment focuses on filmmaker, photographer, musician and director Saam Gabbay. 1. Where did you grow up and who introduced you to photography? SG: My father essentially lost his tech and gear privacy when I was born. From the moment I started walking I raided his stuff, fist making it to the 8-track player, then the reel-to-reel and piano and ending at…
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  • April 7 - Earth Week
    No matter what part of this planet you call home, even if you are a couple thousand miles from the nearest coastline, the ocean is fundamental to your survival. Covering roughly 3/4ths of the earth’s surface, serving as a potent CO2 bank and processing center, and home to an ever fragile web of life and teeny tiny organisms that are paramount in putting oxygen into the atmosphere, healthy oceans make life on land possible. As Reef Check founder and coral reef ecologist Dr. Gregor Hodgson…
    By Ethan Stewart
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  • March 31 - Gallery
    The late ‘60s/early ‘70s saw a heap of change in the world—and a heap of change in surfing. Boards dropped from ten-foot logs to seven-foot pocket rockets. Wave riders zapped up and down the face, going wherever their imaginations would take them. Hawaii became an epicenter of experimentation—in lifestyle, in boards, in surfing wholesale. Surfer/photographer Rusty Miller was right in the thick of it. His book, Turning Point II Surf Portraits and Stories Hawaii: Oahu – Kauai – Maui…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 24 - Excerpt
    I first encountered Oscar Niemeyer’s work in a book. I was staying in Rio, Barra da Tijuca, a “nouveau” neighborhood notorious for its horrible architecture. Niemeyer’s architecture had curves, abstract forms, sexiness. I learned of a home called Casa das Canoas in São Conrado, not far from Barra da Tijuca, and I went straight there, on the bus. Casa das Canoas is located up a long winding hill, which I walked up, backpack over shoulder, sweating in the heat. I passed a favela, a pair of…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 15 - Gallery
    Several years ago I attended a weeklong photography course at Santa Fe Workshops, one of the most high-level photo schools in the country. At the time I was shooting voraciously, mostly portraiture and travel. I was enrolled in “Lighting on Location”—I was clueless when it came to using strobes. The instructor had a studio in Los Angeles; he shot a lot of celebrity and corporate portraiture. Concurrent with our workshop were two others, one of which was a travel photography workshop,…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • March 10 - Top 5
    Our second installment of 'Top 5 Travel Destinations' features one of the best surf photographer of modern time, Todd Glaser. Constantly on assignment, he's used to packing last minute and hitting the road at a moments notice to capture the best surfer riding the best waves around the world. In between shoots he finds time to travel and explore with his wife Jenna. Below is Todd's list of the best of the best: the waves, cities and regions that he tries to hit each and every year. The…
    By Zak Bush
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  • March 4 - Earth Week
    There have been 16 5-Gyre expeditions since the first one. Cummings and Eriksen and a rotating cast of researchers, scientists, students, and activists have visited gyres around the world, taking samples in all 3 oceans and in both the northern and southern hemispheres. With only 5 to 10% of all plastic produced currently being recovered, there is no shortage of trouble lurking in the oceans. Current estimates figure there to be at least 270,000 metric tons of plastic out to sea. “It’s…
    By Ethan Stewart
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  • February 23 - Gallery
    Born and raised in Portland, Oregon and based in NYC, Adrian Gaut first studied to be a painter, then found his way to photography. He shoots everything, but his first love—and perhaps his specialty—is architecture. I met up with him on a recent trip to LA. We sipped green tea at a friend’s Malibu home while he took me through some of his favorite architecture images, most of which were shot abroad. “There’s a sense of discovery that comes with travel,” he told me. “The idea that you…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • February 22 - Earth Week
    Explore the foundations of Outerknown in this short video with our founder, Kelly Slater by following our supply chain from a fishing boat in the North Atlantic to the Econyl recycling facility in Slovenia where discarded nets are regenerated into first grade nylon then back to the Outerknown design studio in Southern California to see how that nylon can be used in our garments.
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  • February 11 - Earth Week
    For centuries, alpacas have been a prized and precious possession for the Incan people of Peru. A relative of the llama, the high-elevation loving alpaca has been fundamental to the culture of the region, providing everything from clothing and companionship to serving as the underpinning of an economic system throughout the Andean Altiplano areas of Peru, Bolivia and Chile in the years prior to the Spanish conquest. It is impossible to tell the story of the people of Peru without also…
    By Ethan Stewart
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  • February 9 - Gallery
    Australian surfing in the early ‘70s was golden—living was cheap and easy, good waves were abundant and uncrowded, board design was enjoying a period of great experimentation and innovation. Why not escape the hurried masses, move into a camper van along some rifling point break, and surf your life (or at least your twenties) away? Turning Point: Surf Portraits and Stories from Bells to Byron 1970-1971, by surfer/photographer Rusty Miller, captures this era in all its halcyon glory. The…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • February 3 - In the House
    Mason St. Peter designs homes, commercial and retail spaces, and rustic cabins, specifically the one he and his wife, the artist Serena Mitnik-Miller, built in the bohemian enclave of Topanga Canyon. It’s a super cozy 120 square feet. It feels a thousand miles away from urban Los Angeles. Mason and Serena live in San Francisco. While working on General Store, an artisan-themed retail outlet in Venice, they stumbled on what would become their second home. Mason explains, “Serena…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • January 27 - OK Family
    About fifteen years ago, Takuji Masuda met fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto while working on a project in Japan. Tak is one of surfing’s great ambassadors, turning people onto the sport of kings is one of his biggest joys. Yohji is a masterful and avant-garde tailor, the founder the labels Yohji Yamamoto and Y3. Tak brought Yohji to a spot near Kamakura, a beginner-friendly wave just outside of Tokyo. He pushed him into the knee-high rollers. “It was like undressing the dresser,” laughs Tak.
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  • January 18 - Excerpt
    In Search of Captain Zero is Allan Weisbecker’s rollicking memoir of his two-year journey through several countries in search of his missing friend and surf buddy—“a laugh-out-loud account of territorial local surf-gang wars and all-gear, no-skill European dilettantes, of daring sea rescues and hair-raising drug-running misadventures.” I read it nearly ten years ago. I was reminded of a bit in the preface to Bob Dylan’s Tarantula, something I’ve never forgotten: “Poets and writers tell…
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  • January 8 - In the House
    54-year-old David Hertz is an architect, inventor, and educator. The son of a surgeon father and artist mother, he grew up in LA, surfing the point breaks of Malibu and sneaking into construction sites (he was fascinated by the process of building). He got his start in architecture when a sympathetic owner caught him wandering around his property. The owner introduced him to the building’s designer, famed LA architect John Lautner. Hertz apprenticed under Lautner for four years. He…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • January 4 - Travel Disasters
    “All of the injuries happen at low tide.” This advice came from the person who had surfed the wave almost everyday for the past 15 years. The days missed were most likely the result of low tide casually reminding him of his own rule, wait for the tide to fill in. At first glance, the wave is similar to any typical beach break. After watching it and surfing it for a bit you realize that it is not a typical beach break at all. The sea floor slingshots long period Pacific Ocean ground…
    By Lee Meirowitz
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  • January 3 - Earth Week
    Consider for a moment, if you will, a bottle of wine. A just opened, beautifully delicious bottle of red wine. It doesn’t matter what type exactly but what does matter is that you are drinking and carousing and living and loving with some of your favorite people and you have opened this new bottle and all signs point to filling your glasses and keeping the party train rolling. Things are good and this just uncorked cylinder of spirits is sure to make them better. Bottoms up, right?
    By Ethan Stewart
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  • December 21 - Excerpt
    I first read Caught Inside in the late nineties. The author, Daniel Duane, spends a year surfing in and around Santa Cruz, immerses himself in the culture and characters of that Nor Cal wilderness, and writes about it with a mixture of romance, irony, and stoke. I was taken by his vivid descriptions of the in-between moments, the flora and fauna that come to life only when we stop pondering our next lip bash, the introspection that’s spurred by a sky of burning oranges and savage…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • December 11 - Earth Week
    Located roughly midway between Hawaii and Australia, the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is exactly the type of tiny, trade-wind tickled, and palm tree peppered place that travelers everywhere daydream about. Small, seldom visited, and impossibly beautiful along it’s fringes. There are even some high octane surf secrets to find in the neighborhood should you time it right. But all is not well in paradise. Comprised of three reef islands and six true atolls arching around a lagoon,…
    By Ethan Stewart
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  • December 11 - In the House
    Takuji & his home. Photo: Jamie Brisick Takuji Masuda publishes magazines, directs films, curates art shows, and introduces surfing to world-renowned actors, artists, and musicians. He is a former longboard champion that pulls into giant barrels at Pipeline. Currently he is studying towards his MFA in Cinematic Media Production from Pepperdine University, where he holds a BA in International Communications. Which is to say that he’s a thinker, a doer, a daredevil, and an…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • December 8 - Earth Week
    It occurred to me yesterday while lying in the dirt near the Eiffel Tower, my body purposely curved into the shape of half a zero, that I am not actually in Paris as a journalist. I am here as a human being. Last week, with much of the world already holding the French capital in their hearts and minds, more than 150 leaders from around the globe came to town to kick off the United Nations’s much ballyhooed Climate Change Conference (Known simply as COP21). It was a historic and record…
    By Ethan Stewart
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  • December 3 - The Nomadic Life
    "in 2010 I decided to make a 180 degree turn in my life, grab my backpack and surfboards and simply leave for Africa." - Kepa Acero. Six questions & six answers, 'The Nomadic Life' is a series featuring our favorite adventurers from around the world. Our fourth installment focuses on solo adventurer Kepa Acero. 1. I follow your amazing Instagram feed and love your solo pursuits to the edges of the globe in search perfect waves.
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  • November 30 - Gallery
    Brazilian photographer Vava Ribeiro shoots from his imagination, often exploring that liminal space between reality and dream. His most recent work-in-progress involves concrete, smooth and curvaceous concrete, the kind that elicits inner whoops in seasoned skateboarders. He began in February of this year, and has thus far shot parks in California, New York, and Brazil. “It’s a departure for me,” he said. “It is taking me toward a more tactile place. I feel like it may be pulling me…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • November 23 - The Carry On
    'The Carry On' catalogs what essentials our favorite adventurers pack each time the hit the road. Photographer Kanoa Zimmerman packs light, check out what's in his bag when heading to the islands: 1. Dive Mask - Low volume, designed for deeper dives. 2. Hat - Sun protection is vital. 3. Pad and pen - The only way I can remember to get anything done is by making lists. 4. Film - It goes inside the camera. 5. Nikonos - Good for underwater or rainy days, the dive photos were shot with this.
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  • November 17 - Op-Ed
    Brisick as a young stoked Grom. "I was 21, on the pro tour, an aspiring superman of the Rocky Balboa variety when the record Instinct by Iggy Pop came out in 1988." - Jamie Brisick There are the ones that mean nothing: Say I’d like to know where / You got the lotion, or Like a virgin / Kissed for the 31st time. And then there are the ones that seem tailored to suit the job at hand—and redirect lives. I was 21, on the pro tour, an aspiring Superman of the Rocky Balboa…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • November 10 - The Carry On
    'The Carry On' catalogs what essentials our favorite adventurers pack each time they hit the road. Here's what's in the bag of former pro skier and photographer Lauren Ross: 1. Pentax 67 - Makes me focus on my images and slows me down. 2. Snaps of my family - Remind me of what matters. 3. Canon 5d mark 3 - My livelihood, it's always within arms reach. 4. Pareo - Sun cover, towel, head dress, skirt essential for every journey. 5. Books - Enjoy the delay's on the road. 6. A good hat - This…
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  • November 8 - Q&A
    Stephen Alesch is an architect and interior designer, the husband half of husband/wife team Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors. Stephen and his wife, Robin Standefer, have designed a slew of notable hotels, restaurants, and homes, among them The Ace Hotel NY, The Standard Highline, The Royalton, The Dutch, The Breslin, and Lafayette. Stephen and I have been friends since 8th grade. We skated, surfed, and slamdanced together through junior high and high school.
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  • November 7 - Gallery
    By choosing to not use any new material in his work, Mark brings to the forefront the idea of how we consume by creatively reusing and reclaiming items that in another light would just be seen as trash. If you're unfamiliar with the artwork of legendary waterman Mark Cunningham, you're at a loss. His ability to take abandoned man-made objects out of the ocean and turn them into art pieces with such authenticity is something only a true waterman could do.
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  • November 4 - Excerpt
    "The silvery face stretched out for a mile, a racecourse of steep, dimpled, twelve-foot wall. I dropped to the bottom, turned, and held my line." - Jamie Brisick. Excerpted from a memoir-in-progress about my life in surfing. This piece takes place in the late ‘80s, during the South African leg of the ASP world tour. Time is distorted on tour. Months of training, days of travel, and thousands of dollars in flights, rent-a-cars, and hotels can be obliterated in the course of a fleeting…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • November 2 - The Nomadic Life
    "I started traveling at an early age with my parents, they brought my sisters and I pretty much wherever they went. Much of our travel followed my parents interest in meditation." - Kanoa Zimmerman. Six questions & six answers, 'The Nomadic Life' is a series featuring our favorite adventurers from around the world. Our second installment focuses on photographer and adventurer Kanoa Zimmerman. 1. When did you start traveling exploring? Who introduced you to photography?
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  • October 30 - Q&A
    Outerknown’s first US retail installation is currently taking place inside of Whittmore’s new store in the Arts District of downtown LA. For the takeover, the shop has been set up to immerse visitors into the world of Outerknown, bringing the brands story to life in a multi-dimensional way. With the debut collection, along with art pieces by waterman, Mark Cunningham and large display cases featuring elements of inspiration, viewers are invited on a journey once they enter the store. The…
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  • October 26 - Q&A
    "My family has had roots in Nova Scotia since the late 60’s when my mom headed over the border draft dodging with her first husband." - Dean Petty For our autumn 2015 lookbook, we’ve featured Nova Scotia transplant, Dean Petty. From gut-renovating his home, to surfing slushy pointbreaks throughout the Canadian winter, to traveling around the world buying ethically grown coffee for his quickly growing roastery, ‘Anchored’, Dean opitimizes who we’ve designed our collection for:…
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  • October 19 - Q&A
    I first met Bruce Gilbert on the North Shore of Oahu in 2006. He was traveling with Kelly Slater; in fact he’d done much of that year’s tour with Kelly. Bruce had been working as a music supervisor for movie trailers, but he’d hit a kind of ceiling and decided to take some time off. He and Kelly were friends, Kelly invited him along, and also invited him to shoot photos of what would be Kelly’s eighth world title campaign, many of which were featured in the book Kelly Slater: For the Love
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  • October 14 - Q&A
    "The political correctness of surf culture, everyone has to be on the right side of everything—I think that's kind of killed the spirit of surfing, and its whole rebellious nature." In "Out in the Line-up", two gay surfers set off on a global journey to uncover the taboo of homosexuality in surfing. Along with scoring great waves, they meet an openly gay three-time surfing world champion, march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, talk story with big wave charger Keala Kennelly, and…
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • October 13 - The Carry On
    'The Carry On' catalogs what essentials our favorite adventurers pack each time they hit the road. Here's what's in the bag of adventurer and photographer Mark McInnis for a road trip through the Pacific North West: 1. Sonicare Toothbrush - I never leave home without it. Seriously. 2. Sony A7II - Full frame, small, lightweight and gorgeous image quality. I switched to Sony cameras almost two years ago and can’t imagine shooting with anything else. 3. Leatherman - I can’t…
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  • October 6 - The Nomadic Life
    "It all started as a skier on the U.S. Ski Team. We’d race, train and live all over Europe, Chile, New Zealand and throughout the U.S. This ignited my passion for travel. My mother is a photographer and was always teaching us to pay attention to the beauty of light. Merging travel and photography came naturally." Our second installment of The Nomadic Life focuses on photographer and former professional skier Lauren Ross...
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  • October 2 - Family
    “We’ve got a little game we play, it’s somewhere between an initiation and a punishment. Want to play?” Jordan Tappis is an award-winning director and producer, a writer, a music entrepreneur, a humanitarian, a magazine publisher, a son, a brother, a husband, and a father of two young girls. He’s also a thrower of rocks. On a recent sunny Friday we met at his Malibu office for lunch. In black Chuck Taylors, khaki pants, and black T-shirt, Jordan was relaxed in that…
    By Jamie Brisick
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