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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.
    By Jamie Brisick
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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…
    By Zak Bush
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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 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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  • 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.
    By Jamie Brisick
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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…
    By Zak Bush
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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:…
    By Zak Bush
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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
    By Jamie Brisick
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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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  • September 10 - Q&A
    “It started off like an Easter egg hunt or a treasure hunt. Snorkeling and looking for goodies on the bottom of the ocean is a longtime beachboy and lifeguard tradition...” Mark refers to himself not as an artist, but as a retired government civil servant, which is a gross understatement. Cunningham worked as a lifeguard in Hawaii from 1976 to 2005—twenty years of which were spent on the North Shore, at Pipeline. He’s saved...
    By Jamie Brisick
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  • September 1 - Q&A
    We’re pleased to announce the first ‘Limited Supply’ capsule, six pieces made entirely in the USA. "The 'Limited Supply' mentality allows us to be flexible and make items when the idea hits us. We’re still making ethically sound product, but we’re doing it with our friends right down the street," - Kelly Slater. We're designing ‘Limited Supply’ items when inspiration strikes regardless of seasonal timing or market demand. Often between main collections, we’ll discover a fabric or come…
    By Zak Bush
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  • August 11 - Q&A
    Vava Ribeiro is an acclaimed photographer hailing from the vibrant country of Brazil. Vava won the photo prize in the 2000 Festival Des Arts de la Mode in Hyeres, France. He has been distinguished by PDN magazine as one of the top 30 photographers to watch of his generation. His images have appeared in Dazed & Confused, Purple and New York Magazine. Vava was also featured in our "Real Men" lookbook for AW15...
    By Zak Bush
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  • July 2 - Q&A
    "During the time when I was surfing professionally, besides riding waves on the North Shore, I enjoyed producing traveling articles for Japanese surf culture magazines." - Takuji Masuda. Takuji, or Tak, is the founder of Super X Media, a visionary, trilingual magazine. In 2001 he was the Japanese National Surfing Champion. He is the director of Bunker 77, a documentary film about Bunker Speckels, aka Surfing's Devine Prince of Decadence. Tak was featured in our "Real Men" lookbook...
    By Zak Bush
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  • July 1 - Q&A
    "I've been writing about surfing for over 20 years now and I love surfing. I'm very loyal to the culture and community, but having written so much about it, a lot of the stories parallel one another and they can be repetitive." - Jamie Brisick. Jamie is a writer and a Fulbright Scholar. His books have included; "Have Board Will Travel: the Definitive History of Surf, Skate and Snow", and his new biography, "Becoming Westerly". His stories have appeared in the New York Times, The Guardia....
    By Zak Bush
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