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Ben Howard, "Old Pine"

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Mickey Smith-directed video provides lovely backdrop to Ben Howard's rustic folk.

23 Ben Howard's brand of gorgeous, stripped-down folk has people drawing comparisons to the likes of Nick Drake, Bon Iver and Jose Gonzalez. None of which are off base. Howard, who grew up on the rugged shores of western England, makes nostalgic, rustic music that conjures memories of crackling campfires. Take "Old Pine," for example. The title track off his upcoming debut EP......read more

Nightsurf

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Director Iker Elorrieta captures the eerie experience of surfing after sundown.

During a full moon in Tenerife, the biggest of the Canary Islands, Barcelona-based filmmaker Iker Elorrieta headed into the surf with his camera to shoot a moonlit shred session with surfers Adam Melling, Julian Wilson and Kolohe Andino. The results are breathtaking. Sure, a lot of it is fake, but that's part of the beauty of it. You want to believe it's real. Regardless, we're suckers for the......read more

Paul McCartney, "Blue Sway"

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Jack McCoy's underwater surf video for unreleased McCartney song.

Paul McCartney recruited award-winning surf filmmaker Jack McCoy to create a music video for his previously unreleased track "Blue Sway," written nearly 20 years ago. Using a high-powered underwater jet ski, McCoy traveled behind a wave, capturing a never-before-seen perspective of the surfing experience. The video, which won Best Music Video at the NYC Short Film Fest this past......read more

Waka Fish Surfboard

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A classic shape from Maine's sustainable Grain Surfboards $670.00

Grain Surfboards is an eco-centric surf company that makes shred sticks from renewable materials, specifically sustainably harvested cedar from local mills in Maine. Grain's Waka board is a retro-style Fish that's super-buoyant for its length (either 5'4" or 5'10"). The Waka kit comes with all the components you need to assemble the setup, including machine-cut keel and frames, top......read more

Gato Heroi Surfboards Photographed by David Black

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California longboard shaper profiled in support of earthquake relief in Japan

Robin Kegel is the founder and board shaper at Gato Heroi, a DIY surf company getting plenty of love in the surf scene and beyond for its innovative approach to longboarding. The name Gato Heroi means "cat hero," Kegel's response to hotdoggers flailing about in the water with leashes (most Gato Heroi boards have no leashes). Big time director/photographer David Black shot these pics of Kegel at......read more

Cat Power, "I Found a Reason"

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Surf flick trailer features Chan Marshall covering Velvet Underground

Spotted this one the other day on Quality Peoples. It's the trailer for Glass Love, a 2006 surf movie directed by Andrew Kidman, featuring Cat Power doing her beautiful, plodding version of Velvet Underground's "I Found A Reason". Along with Cowboy Junkies' rendition of "Sweet Jane", it's surely one of the best VU covers of all time, and pairs perfectly with Kidman's mellow longboard......read more

Phantom Water Edit

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Jaw-dropping water cinematography by Chris Bryan

There are only 150 Phantom HD Gold cameras in the world. The ultra-advanced, high-speed vid camera can shoot 1000 fps at 1920 x 1080 and 1500 fps at 1280 x 720. Aussie filmmaker Chris Bryan is one of the few lucky cinematographers who has his hands on one, and he puts it to stunning use in Phantom Water Edit, which captures the power and nuance of rolling surf in breathtaking detail.......read more

L'Horizon by Romain Laurent

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Cool photo project finds a surf bro exploring NYC on his board

You wouldn't generally think of New York City as a surfing mecca, but there's more and more wave-seekers bombing out from the city to hit the surf. Hell, the hottest shop in the city is a SoHo surf shop. Closer to the ocean, eco-consciousness and surf culture are transforming Rockaway Beach (for proof, check out this episode of Brooklyn Informed). So this new series of photos from Romain Laurent......read more

Mark Tipple: The Underwater Project

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A turtle's eye view of swimmers and surfers in the ocean

Aussie surfer and photographer Mark Tipple has always been fascinated by what goes on beneath the surface of the sea. As an escape from his regular documentary photography practice, Tipple began shooting swimmers and surfers from under the surface of the ocean off Australia's eastern coast. The results are assembled in the ongoing Tipple series, "The Underwater Project," and they're some of the......read more

Surfing Rincon

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Paper surf animation by Maddie Joyce

Here's a lovely and creative animated video from artist/photographer/surfer Maddie Joyce (of The Magic Bus Collective), paying homage to some of her friends who are Rincon locals. For those of you that don't surf, Rincon is a legendary SoCal surf spot located where Santa Barbara and Ventura county meet, listed at #24 in Rod Sumpter's book, "100 Best Surf Spots in the......read more

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