In last nights episode of Hawaii 5-0, the aloha loving Lieutenant Chin Ho Kelly rocked the RVCA Fern & Burn Shirt in every scene. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, “Chin” is a local-boy cop with a shoot first mentality and an appetite for Kamekona’s shrimp truck.
Watch Hawaii 5-0 Mondays at 10 pm on CBS to see Chin’s weekly aloha shirt styles. Check out SWELL’s Aloha Friday Pinterest Board for dozens of fresh floral shirts, shorts, shoes and more.
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We caught up with Film Maker Justin LaPera at the Newport Beach Film Festival to get the low-down on his surf discoveries in Papau New Guinea, and the unexpected journey they encountered while filming “Isolated” Exective Producer, Ryan Phillippe.
What physical and other strategic preparations did you make before embarking on a surf trip into the unknown? JLP: For physical preparation we all train in our own ways. The guys surfing, they surf and do whatever they normally do to stay in top physical shape. For my film crew, I put them on a workout plan. We don’t have a big crew at all. Just 4 of us at most so we have to carry all of our film gear ourselves. Because there are no power sources, this means we have a lot of extra stuff like batteries, tapes, drives, as well as, all the cameras and our own personal packs. This means we have to be in great shape since we don’t know exactly how we will travel which means we could be trekking for days through the jungle. We had no idea what to expect. For their workout plan they need to do a ton of cardio and swimming along with weights to build up physical strength.
What stood out on the google charts about papau new guinea JLP: The area we traveled was West Papua which is located on the Western half of the island of New Guinea. Papua New Guinea is on the Eastern half. West Papua is apart of the country of Indonesia whereas, Papua New Guinea is an independent nation. A lot of the waves in Papua New Guinea have been mapped out. Because West Papua is a journalist dead zone with a lot of conflict between the native Papuans and the Indonesian military, there aren’t any waves that have been mapped out on West Papua. It is one of the last frontiers in surfing which is what made us want to explore the region.
When looking at google charts, we can only really see what the coastline looks like from satellite images. So what we look at is swell direction in that region and how it hits the coastline. We look for a lot of points and river outlets. Because the coastline is lined with steep cliffs, we try to spot reefs and beaches that line up perfect with the swell direction. It is really hard to tell what your seeing so you have to go with your instinct and hope your seeing something that is promising and hope that a swell hits with the right direction to the coastline while your there.
The latest What Youth surf flick by Kai Neville just wrapped up the West Coast premier tour, and the boys were primed to share their worldy wave discoveries. The Film featured all the team riders from REEF, get your hands on the gear from their trip at SWELL
Hurley’s Jp Olson with Connor Coffin
Nick Rozsa’s Morrocco Section was mental. Keep an eye out for him on SWELL this summer
(L to R) Paul Fisher, Beau Foster, Travis Ferre, Luke Davis, Connor Coffin, Shane Dorian.
1. Isolated -Justin Le Pera 2013
5:30 PM Sat, Apr 27 The Triangle Theater
A group of merciless surfers and modern day explorers embark on a journey to search for one of the world’s last undiscovered waves in the journalist dead zone island of New Guinea
2.Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings -Tadashi Nakamura 2012
2:00 PM Sun, Apr 28 The Triangle
Through intimate conversations with Jake Shimabukuro who expresses strong attachment to Hawaii, its aloha spirit having taught him to use his instrument for good. It is this spirit that he brings to his life and music, continuing to believe that _”"the ukulele is the instrument of peace. And if everyone played the ukulele, he says, “”the world would be a better place”
3. Drift-Ben Nott, Morgan O’Neill 2013
7:30 PM Monday, April 29th Regency Lido Theater
Australia, 1970?s. The Kelly brothers, Andy and Jimmy, have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world’s most challenging and dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride. They rethink board design, craft homemade wetsuits and sell their merchandise out of their van, but after they get mixed up with a local drug dealer, will they see everything they’ve built fall apart?
4. Anything Sing-Kai Neville, Victor Pakpour 201
8:00 PM Thu, May 02 Lido Regency Theater
Everything around us blinks, rings, sings, shouts, distracts, vibrates, reminds, likes, comments and downloads. The chaos and beauty of the world is overshadowed by technological distractions and tweets that possess no lasting significance outside the screen they’re displayed.