Archive for the ‘VIDEOS’ Category

May 6th, 2013 | By | 3,674 Comments

Interview: Justin LePera of “Isolated”

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.


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February 24th, 2013 | By | 6,051 Comments

Watch It: Disfire

Just add edge…and crochet.
It’s no surprise that for the release of Issue 3, What Youth turned to Beach Riot designer, Nicole Hanriot, to style their latest short flick. Filled with a classic rock & roll spirit, and Gen X “disappear here” undertones, the style reflects the live fast, dye bold attitude of Nicole’s collection.

Haven’t seen it? Check out Beach Riot on SWELL.

February 5th, 2013 | By | 3,597 Comments

Jordy Smith -Bending Colours

Jordy Smith’s new signature surf movie Bending Colours was recently nominated as Surfer Poll’s best movie on 2012, and now has its own web series with teasers of another Kai Neville insta-classic.

Enjoy webisode 1 and get your copy here.

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Like most pros today, Jordy is free-surfing in his favorite boardies and a plain cotton tee. Check out all the new O’Neill gear he’s rocking.

Hometown: Durban South Africa
Nicknames: “Smitty” “SuperFreak” “J-Dog”
Heroes: Shaun Thomson, Martin Potter
Favorite Wave: New Pier, J-Bay, Snapper
Girlfriend: Lyndall Jarvis -Supermodel
Second Home: Newport Beach, Ca

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January 31st, 2013 | By | 2,994 Comments

Interesting Human: Alex Knost

RVCA surf advocate, board shaper and Tomorrow’s Tulips band front-man  Alex Knost has conceptualized and designed the second season of his signature apparel collection. He freesurfs around the world all year in search of inspiration for these custom tailored styles.

Enjoy as he expresses his style on a RVCA surf trip in Costa Rica

Alex Knost’s Spring 13 Line joins the elements of classic, vintage-inspired workwear, retro color combos and paisley prints for a feel that reflects his own wardrobe to a T. Alex has an affinity for secondhand charm, relaxed fit knits and muted color palettes that pop with brightness. Shop his RVCA looks here.

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Keep an eye out for this coastal vagabond, as he can usually be seen in a very creepy taupe van, searching for a wedge on the outskirts of Newport Beach with his buddy Ford Archbold.