You know those people that re-inspire you or just by being in their presence, you feel like you can take on the world? They have this innate ability that makes you want to drop everything and follow them on whatever crazy adventure may lie ahead. Well, the new Billabong Women and their ode to the "iconic surf scene of yesteryear" not only made my jaw drop, but also made me want to stop everything, grab my board, a time machine, some killer retro shades and head back to the surfing days of California logging, thigh-high board shorts, and neon as far as the eye could see. The Billabong squad of Lauren Enever (one of my FAVORITE surfers, and an absolute delight in person), Felicity Palmateer, Josie Prendergast and Alessa Quizon can absolutely rip! "New Wave" is all about having fun and absolutely tearing up the water in a retro style of gear (it doesn't hurt that the squad looks stunningly rebellious both in and out of the water). This video is a reinvigoration for all those who take themselves too seriously when surfing or get mad when they miss a wave or blowout a bottom-turn. But I do warn you, this 2-minute video will make you want to tear off that 9-5 attire and head straight for the ocean. Although good luck surfing up to the standards of these badass ladies, they will surf circles around you.
The morning is calm and slightly grey, while a subtle electricity flows through the air. Camera in hand, a salty mist touches my skin as people gather to watch their aquatic heroes splice and carve the perfectly formed waves in front of them. Today is finals day of the 2017 Hurley and Swatch Pro. Today we watch brilliance come to life in the sea before us.
Those following the WSL events know that the world title race is close, ruthless and ever-changing. Certain events can determine a surfer’s fate and switch the trajectory of their year. The Hurley and Swatch Pro can do, and did, just that, for so many. This year did not disappoint as giants were taken down and new faces were crowned king and queen. Filipe Toledo and Silvana Lima won the Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro, respectively, and could not have done it with any more style, strength and passion.
While every event ends with those coming away victorious, I am always impressed in surfing because of the respect in both success and defeat. Each wave is shown gratitude, not only for the ocean but also for each other, as priority is set and surfers are given the chance to show off their natural and practiced abilities to the crowds and their peers. After rounds are won and lost, hugs and handshakes are shared in the ocean as a sign of respect. Yes, there have been broken boards and anger released behind the scenes, but the sport of surfing is much bigger than an individual winning or losing a heat or an event. The sport is about loving the fluidity in motion that is sliding down the face of a wave and getting lost in the moment.
So, as I watch my favorite surfers effortlessly get lost in the wave, I am left with an impression unique to any other sport. Sitting with my camera in hand, the sun now shining on my face, I feel a connection to the moment. Watching the best of the best glide along the wave further evokes my love for the sport and allows me to share in the lifestyle that is surfing.
- Hurley Pro: 1) Filipe Toledo 2) Jordy Smith
- Swatch Pro: 1) Silvana Lima 2) Keely Andrew
By: Kaley Roberts for Scrimshaw Collective
Officially, Courtney Conlogue won the 2017 Paul Mitchell Neon Supergirl Pro. She took the cape with skill, power and a sweet air-reverse that earned her a 9.77 against fellow finalist – and fellow Californian – Sage Erickson.
But there was more than just competition in the Oceanside air at the tenth-annual Supergirl Pro. Between breaths of sea-salt and rolling sets of brilliance, we couldn’t help but feel fueled by bottom turns and bursts of female empowerment.
The event was totally badass yet shamelessly girly at the same time. Between heats, we indulged in on-land surf-conversing with Surf Diva while sipping berry-flavored Go Girl energy drinks and joined a line of ladies to get a sassy hairstyle (pink highlights optional). We watched as wide-eyed girls sprinted across the sand to snag their pro-surfer idols’ autographs and listened to the all-female DJ competition bumping behind us. Aside from being completely invigorated by how rad and progressive female surfing has become, our favorite part of the Supergirl Pro was the conversations we caught with so many awesome women along the way:
We met her: Pioneering her way across the parking lot, to the beach
Why she’s super: Donna was headed to meet her 5 young granddaughters at the SuperGirl Pro surf competition – a few of whom have recently started surf lessons. She told us, “In my generation, women had their things, and men had theirs. But now it’s so open for women to do whatever they want to do. Even though the guy surfers get a lot of recognition, these women are every bit as much athletes.” Donna likes to remind her granddaughters, “not to let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”
Name: Macy Callaghan (pro-surfer)
We met her: Smiling with a fellow pro-surfer outside of the athletes’ tent
Why she’s super: Sixteen year-old pro-surfer Macy Callaghan has been catching attention as the “teenager heading to the top”. An incredible athlete with serious ambition, Macy thinks that “this competition is by far the best. It’s all girls, we have such a fun time … they’re really supporting us and pushing us.” She raved about how much fun she has “hanging out” with the other pros, embodying the mantra of women lifting each other up, even in such a competitive environment. We love Macy. Plus, she has a wicked Australian accent.
We met her: Chatting it up with other spectators amongst the crowd.
Why she’s super: Kylie is 8 years-old and was vacationing from Georgia with her family. When we met her, she was hot off her first two surf lessons ever! We asked her what she thought of the surfers and she said they’re “cool.” We thought we saw a turn in her shy smile when we suggested she could be one of them someday.
We met her: Scoping out the surfers between shifts as one of their on-staff physical therapists.
Why she’s super: If eight years as a physical therapist with the Women’s Surf League weren’t dope enough, Amanda’s also a yoga teacher, writer and an all-around well-being pro. She shared her unique perspective on the Supergirl competition with us, saying, “These women are super strong… they surf, they shred, they’re ripping. They train so hard. From my standpoint, seeing what they do psychically, that’s inspiring. It’s not about being super skinny and models. It’s about being powerful.” You rock, Amanda.
Where we met her: Snapping action shots from the Oceanside pier.
Why she’s super: Dawn woke up early to do a solo drive down from Los Angeles because she’s working on her action-photo game. What got her through that three-hour trek? “ These are the top women surfers in the world,” she said. “It’s fun for me to shoot, because when you have really great athletes, because you get really great pictures.” Dawn was handing us pointers left and right on maneuvering the event, and we could see the passion that lit her up as she walked us through the ins and outs of surfing as a sport. Before we left, we found out that photography is just Dawn’s side hustle. During the week, she’s an art director for feature films. Casual.
So, officially, Courtney Conlogue was cape-d the Supergirl pro at Paul Mitchell’s tenth-annual competition. But from what we saw, last weekend Oceanside was buzzing with super women.
There is true beauty in something that captures the rawness and actuality of a moment. Proximity, by Taylor Steele is one of the most talked about surf films of all time and promises to embrace the experience and essence of surfing. It allows viewers to watch and listen to intimate moments and shared sets between an all-star cross-generational and cross-style cast of surfers such as Kelly Slater, John John Florence, Rob Machado, Craig Anderson, Albee Layer, Shane Dorian, Stephanie Gilmore and Dave Rastovich. So, what happens when these filmed moments of brilliance are captured it in a single image? You get Proximity through the eyes and lens of Todd Glaser.
Scrimshaw recently attended and photographed Proximity: Todd Glaser’s Art Show at Said Space in Encinitas, CA. The gallery was arranged to take you through the experience of the film, portraying perfectly captured images of surf and moments of vulnerability.
Photographs depicting legends Kelly Slater and John John Florence in an intense match of chess next to an image of Stephanie Gilmore tearing up a right point showed the beauty and juxtaposition of the event.
Todd and Taylor’s event was filled with surfers, artists, photographers, friends and family all gathered to enjoy good drinks and share a mutual love of the ocean. This is Proximity: Todd Glaser’s Art Show, through Scrimshaw’s eyes.
"I can't believe I'm the World Champion. That was my goal. This is my dream. I'm so stoked." –John John Florence. What a year this has been for John John, the 24 year old surf prodigy from Hawaii. Between the release of View From a Blue Moon (Check out our article on the premier we attended), the injuries, the spotlight, and the sheer talent that is in the WSL right now, John John has had to fight the odds to finally win a World Title at the MEO Portugal Pro.
John John has been followed since day one when he caught his first wave at the age of three and paddled out into Pipes at a young age of eight, which is freaking insane. Now he is the fourth ever Hawaiian to claim a World Title in the 40th year of crowning champions. This feat ushers in a new era of youth and style to the surfing world bringing a title back to where surfing all began. While we can all finally breath now that he has won a title, one has to imagine what the new champion is feeling with all that pressure off his back. Right after winning John John goes to say:
Needless to say, here at Scrimshaw we are STOKED for John John and are looking for more to come from this new World Champion.
The yearning for an endless summer can take many forms. It can be searching for the perfect wave in warm waters, backpacking the New England Coast while feasting on lobster and wine, or exploring the unknown pretending you are a teenager on summer break. While the surf conditions have been flat in San Diego, Scrimshaw took to the sea on our own vessel with nothing but good friends, tequila, music, and the wind at our back. Here is a small taste of how to yacht during the summer in San Diego.
This victory will shoot Coco from rank No.21 to No.6 and get her a juicy check, which is well deserved after her 9.0 ride in the finals. But even with all the excitement and the win on her mind, Coco Ho paddles over to her competitor and friend, the kickass surfer from Hawaii, Malia Manuel, and nothing but smiles and hugs are exchanged. The two approach the cheering crowd, side by side, and as Coco is hoisted into the air on the shoulders of family, it’s truly self evident that the respect and passion that each of these surfers pour into their sport is admired by fans of all ages allowing them to be the role models that every child needs.
This is the ninth consecutive year the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro was held at the Oceanside Pier in Oceanside, CA and served as the lone women’s WSL qualifying event in the U.S. With conditions being glassy and sunny and the with such high qualifying stakes on the line, it was no surprise that 120 top pros registered to compete making this the largest female surf contest in the world. Bringing this talent to Oceanside does such great things for the community as fans and onlookers flocked from all up and down the California Coast to come watch some of the best surfers in the world. Even with all the talent in the world, the winners must be crowned, and Coco Ho, Malia Manuel, and Laura Enever took the top three in that order.
With the victory at hand, the Women’s Qualifying Series Top 6 Rankings were adjusted to:
1. Malia Manuel (HAW) 16,250
2. Bronte Macaulay (AUS) 15,300
3. Nikki Van Dijk (AUS) 14,850
4. Keely Andrew (AUS) 11,550
5. Silvana Lima (BRA) 11,200
6. Coco Ho (HAW) 11,050
An event as large as the Paul Mitchell Supergirl Pro for surfing is telling of the trajectory the sport is taking. Surfing itself, but especially female surfing, in the past couple years has grown monumentally with sponsorships and technology forming massive interest in companies and in athletes.
It is amazing to see little groms stare in awe as Laura Enever rips down the line or as Coco Ho pumps so hard to connect her wave and land a massive cutback before she hits the beach. Between the training and the passion these ladies pour into their craft, it shows aspiring female surfers that anything is possible.
Scrimshaw wants to give a massive thanks to the ladies who competed, ASA Entertainment for holding such an amazing event and bringing such talent both in and out of the water, the WSL for having this event on tour, Paul Mitchell for giving the competitors a platform to show the world what they can do, as well as the community of Oceanside for hosting all the friends, family and fans for the weekend.
This feature is about shirts; tops, button-downs, pullovers, etc. - shirts. But not any old shirts, we’re all about Aloha Shirts. Bright or subtle, hand painted or block printed, wooden buttons or not, the Aloha Shirt has been a staple to the islands of Hawaii and across the Pacific for more than a century. Through the trends of fashion, Aloha Shirts and their infamous design have held strong in the spotlight, speckling the streets of Honolulu just as much as in Williamsburg (maybe even more). So, to learn more, we went straight to the guru himself, Dale Hope, to get the 411 on the history, cultural significance, and life of the beloved Hawaiian shirts.
Dale recently collaborated with the masterminds over at Patagonia to re-release the third edition of his book, The Aloha Shirt: Spirit of the Islands. Dale’s publisher worked with Patagonia to launch the Aloha Shirt Book Tour, where both coasts of Scrimshaw got to connect with Dale; Will met Dale at Patagonia Bowery in New York, NY, and then a week later Wes saw him at Patagonia Cardiff-by-the-Sea in Encinitas, CA (not to mention Rob Machado & Jeff Devine were there too). Inspired by his presentation and innate passion for Hawaii, we got Dale on the phone from his place in Oahu to pick his brain a bit further about the infamous Aloha Shirts. Make sure to check out Dale’s personal website - The Aloha Shirt - and if you want to purchase your own copy, CLICK THE PHOTO OF THE BOOK BELOW (or this link) TO BE ROUTED DIRECTLY TO PATAGONIA’S ON-LINE STORE!
Scrimshaw Collective (SC): Hi Dale, thanks so much for taking time to connect with us - we really appreciate it!
Dale Hope (DH): Aloha guys! I’m all yours for as long as you need - go for it!
SC: Awesome! So you explained briefly on your tour, that the book was originally published back in 2000, correct? Was that edition also with Patagonia?
DH: Yes, the first edition was originally in 2000, but no, that was with another publisher, Beyond Words Publishing (Portland, OR). It was a great book, beautiful, well designed, 224 pages, pretty much described as the definitive book on the subject. I was always quite content with it, and never thought it would be done again! But I have a really good friend from Patagonia when I used to worked there, who basically started the Patagonia operations in Japan from scratch, which is now super profitable and has a really strong following there. Fuji would come to Hawaii a couple times a year, really liked it, loved the people, and loved the shirts - loved them! So, one time I told Fuji, we needed to reprint the Aloha shirt book in Japan; long story short, different cover, but we did a version in Japanese too!
I thought that was going to be my LAST book again. Then most recently, the USA Patagonia people saw it, went to the editor and wanted to redo it in English. Then the editor and Patagonia came through and said, hey we’re going to be doing your book and all of a sudden they started getting a team together.
SC: That’s amazing! We’re assuming you got a pretty good team together?
DH: Of course! Non other than Jeff Devine, legendary surf photographer, was the Photo Curator for the book alongside Art Director Scott Massey. They both spent a week with me at my place in Hawaii, going through archives, papers, shirts, collectibles, digital stuff, artwork, and Jeff just started shooting away. We collected a reservoir of imagery, plus some from the Bishop Museum & State Archives, and ended up completely overhauling, adding over 150+ new pages - a completely new book.
Hey, so how old are you guys?
DH: So when the book originally came out in 2000, it’s likely that you wouldn’t have known about it. But now that you’re at your age, it's really fun for me to see younger people learn and be interested in it. It's been really fun seeing all the young people coming to the book tour events on the mainland. It’s a whole new younger audience that’s keen to learn, which is pretty cool.
SC: Yeah! You start to appreciate things more over time. Growing up on the ocean and surfing, is something that resonates so much with us. And while neither of us have been to Hawaii, we really want to learn more about it, and this book has been essential to fuel our distant dream of getting there.
DH: That’s great to hear because I did it to showcase the beauty of Hawaii, which influenced the artists for these shirts, and in turn the art for the book. The Hawaii that the artists were immersed in during the 30s, 40s, and 50s, was a pretty magical place. Like I say in my talk, in 1936, Panam flew eight to nine people from San Francisco once a week (with mail), and the steamships would come once a week, with a couple hundred people over each load and only a couple hotels. Bronze beach boys, gorgeous girls, fresh fruit, it was magical because it wasn’t very accessible. Now we have 8 million something tourists a year!
But it started back then. You have the guys from California in their suits, asking the beach boys where they can get some HI shirts like the ones they have, because they don’t need to wear the wool suits they have to wear every day in SF. And the beach boys would walk them across the street or downtown to a tailor, and either buy a shirt or custom order a shirt. You could go down, pick your fabric, get measured, and in a couple days go down and pick up your shirt.
SC: You mentioned in your talk, that you’d found a couple rolls of unique fabric out for trash once at home, when you were going around and interviewing for the book. Remind us again, was that outside an old tailor or something similar?
DH: Well, that time I actually found textile art, that Alfred Shaheen had thrown away. He really had the best company in HI from the 1930s to today. To me he was the most amazing! I was really fortunate to have met him. I actually called his daughter and explained that our fathers were in the business, and that they might’ve known each other. I asked if I could come up to the mainland and talk to him. She called her father, asked him, and then she said sure, he would love to talk to you! I talked with him for hours in an Elks Club Lodge. One of the most intelligent men I’d ever met! They basically did everything. They created their own art, and would travel to Tahiti and elsewhere for influence. But I’d heard one night that Freddie threw away all his art designs, and that I should go pick them up. I was paddling professionally those days, but drove my van up there, and collected a huge bundle of art. Then (fast forward) in the process when I interviewed Alfred, I found out that his daughter was doing an excellent job at archiving all her father’s art so I ended up sending her a lot of them, of which I’d (up until that point) held on to forever. She never asked me how I got them! But Alfred to me was the epitome of a Hawaiian manufacturer. They had hundreds of employees, and if you put what they were making back then into today’s business, they’d be making $100 million a year - and the shirts were only selling for about $5!
SC: What!! $5 bucks - sounds like quite the legend! So tell us about your line, Hope For Man, isn’t that the name?
DH: Well, I had a line I started with my father HRH (His Royal Highness). My dad pulled me out of college and said I want you to come work with me, and I said - oh boy! He made really bright ladies stuff geared for the visitors. I hung out with him in the factory for about a two weeks and said if you want me to stick around, you’ve got to let me do shirts! He insisted there was no money in shirts, but I let him know other guys were doing it. And before you knew it, I started making reverse pullovers out of his fabric. Eventually got some open yardage for a new label but I needed a name and a label - quick! My dad said I didn’t have any time, so he gave me leftover labels from his boutique line that he had lying around. His name was Howard Robert Hope, abbreviated as HRH. So I bit my lip and used the name for ten years, which started to become a fairly meaningful company. But then - its a long story - I got the Kahala name, that had been bankrupt. At which point I wanted to change from HRH to Kahala (the original shirtmaker from ’36) but all the retailers said that if we changed the name we were going to lose loyal customers.
So I stuck with that, but now I do freelance projects with a bunch of people. There is this lady from the other side of town, in Kailua, Deb Mascia. She had this phenomenal store where everything was recycled; she’d get old muumuus and change them into something that young hip 22-year-olds would want to wear. Then one night she and her husband came over to our house for dinner and we sat and talked about things, and she was telling me about the shirts and fabric she had; then I showed her my collection. After seeing it all, she goes… “You’re the male version of me!” Then she says that she wants to do a line with all my shirts that are 20 years or older, called Hope For Man! Deb’s the most amazing designer & entrepreneur, she’s on the leading edge of sustainability, design, and fashion that’s kick ass here on the island. She’s got this great store, and I put my shirts in there. I actually have a photo of Prince Charles in one with Diana and the boys when they were little.
SC: That’s so cool, that Prince Charles rocked one of your shirts! So were these very special shirts you were curating with Deb?
DH: We’d have a story (on hangtags) of who the artist was, and tell how each one of them had a story! The shirts would go from $100-$1000 depending on the pedigree of the shirt. Her shop was amazing. Mark Cunningham collected skegs from the beach for nearly 40 years, put them all together, made collages and other artwork and debuted them in an art show opening gallery hosted in her shop! Additionally, she’s had Jack Johnson perform in the store. But unfortunately the landlord wanted to charge her more, and she had to close MuuMuu Heaven, but relocated and reopened as Hana Hoa Vintage.
SC: Sucks to hear that she’s not in the same shop, but glad she’s still got something similar going on!
DH: Yeah - how’s this though?! She’s just got her real estate license, and is doing great! She’ll reopen a bigger store someday!
SC: Great to hear on that front. Speaking of, I can only imagine what the real estate is going for now across all the islands, comparatively, to what it was like (maybe) back in the day.
DH: When my parents bought their first house - in a relatively nice neighborhood - that same price could probably go a couple month's mortgage payment in today’s world. It’s happening everywhere.
SC: Hey Dale, I had a question, from the cover of this book, is this a shirt that you actually have?
DH: Yeah, it is and it's one of my favorites. I got it about 30 years ago, when it wouldn’t have cost much money. I’d never seen that shirt, and I haven’t seen it again, not even in any other book or mook (mook: a Japanese publication similar to a magazine). It was hand painted, and it could’ve been done before the war, we don’t really know, maybe a limited run, didn’t sell well… hard to say exactly. The intricacy of that pattern the canoe, which is a wooden one log hand carved canoe (40 ft. long), can ride waves with a plumper design, staying above the water, and there’s four caucasian girls & two local guys steering the boat. Guy on the back is wearing a captain’s hat with scrambled eggs on it, that’s what those guys wore (when I was a kid) those were the hats! There’s tandem surfers, the guy throwing the net, and the silhouette of Diamond head framing the coconut trees - I mean I just love it.
Jeff and Scott and I came up with this one, I’d made a allover t-shirt with that print, and I said here’s the art; it's already been separated and I can get this for the book.
SC: That’s amazing, and that’s what I think is really just so fascinating, is that there seems to be story for virtually every shirt. Well maybe not every shirt, but at least every design. And that each one speaks it’s own story depending on who designed it, who wore it, etc.
D: Yeah who the artist was, who the inspiration was? Who the maker was? To me the story is just as important as the fabric, the buttons, the label, and all that other stuff. The story is always important to me. There are some companies that don’t care about the stories and they just make shirts, and I’d bite my lip and say shake my head and it's all about the story.
SC: So you told me something about my shirt at the NYC Book Release, it’s a paradise Found one. Was it Joe…?
DH: Yeah Joe Atkinson! Joe used to be the Ocean Pacific rep out here and drove a Rolls Royce with the OP on it! Super gregarious guy! He ended up doing so well, as Hawaii was the biggest market, he left OP and started his own clothing company called Paradise Found. He had the good fortune of Tom Selleck wearing one (or a couple) of his shirts, from his show out here in Hawaii. And I think they literally sold a million shirts of the one Tom was wearing. It was a little orchid print… I mean you talk about the STORY. Tom was driving his red sports car, and his black orchid shirt, and they must’ve done a million shirts.
SC: I know the exact shirt, from photos!
DH: Well you know he was younger then. Volleyball, fit, big mustache.
SC: The stache, man - we (try and) do it every Movember.
DH: The girls were chasing him and he was chasing them.
SC: With that, and popularizing the style of one design, I’ve noticed online when looking to buy used Aloha Shirts, we’re seeing a lot of popovers or pullovers, and I’m not seeing that as much anymore. I mean I’m seeing lots of short sleeve pullovers, but no aloha print ones, and I was wondering if that was a thing, or if it faded out?
DH: You know, it brought dignity to the guys working the board rooms in the 1960s. The 50s were too bright, too much for serious guys. Then came along the patterns for the button down pullover, with specific prints, two-tone Tahitian style. They were pretty conservative, and fairly gentlemanly conceived. Not big and bright, but it would enable the guys in town to wear them to work - and it was a big deal. Like the bankers would wear them versus a suit and tie. We started working with an artist about 15-18 years ago called Avi. And he was somebody who I saw a block print by, from the Big Island. For our company, we were doing a punch of pullovers, and most of them were reverse style. But Avi was doing all of this intricate block printing. So... when we reversed the print, we unfortunately lost a lot of the detail that way. So we actually got away from the reverse and pullover style to avoid losing detail and better showcasing his art. We did more of a tailored standard Aloha shirt, and I vowed never to wear a reversed pullover again. So in those days we kind of pulled the market that direction.
SC: So not necessarily reversible, but the bold print of the fabric is on the inside?
DH: Yeah so what happened in the 60s was, one guy got one made for him because he didn’t want a bright one, and made them more subtle, giving them an entire new look and consumer. It was a powerful move to switch. Yeah it had a nice look, and was a really big thing! We all used to wear them in middle and high school, because the coolest surfers were all wearing them too.
SC: Well Dale, one final thing - with this being such a big part of your life, and the third book with such an incredible company like Patagonia, how has this tour been, from Coast to Coast? I think you’ve still got Honolulu now and maybe another…?
DH: We’ve got town (Honolulu) and country (Haleiwa) coming up, and books are being received in the Patagonia stores for distribution. Plus the books are going to be going through to Barnes and Nobles, possibly RRL - Ralph Lauren, we’ll see! My dream with this momentum would be to do a documentary about the Aloha Shirt. Do it really well, make it fun and tell the story!
SC: Well Dale, you know we’ll be there in person, front row! Hope to see you soon again and thank you so much for your time and expertise!
DH: And of course, come on out and we’ll get you on the water anytime! Aloha!
It’s Monday Morning. I’m sitting in the middle of the line up and over the sound of the waves rolling and the movement of the ocean I hear “I, am an F.B.I. Agent!” This Northern San Diego surfer is not only quoting a classic surf film Point Break, but he is quoting the live-action stage show about the iconic surf film, Point Break Live!
Point Break Live! is an interactive-improvisation-stage-show-party that is hilarious, extreme, massively entertaining, incredibly impressive, and 100% pure adrenaline! Point Break Live! is a spoof on the 1991 classic film, Point Break, starring Keanu Reeves as Johnny Utah, a former football player / undercover FBI agent, turned surfer bro by a group of adrenaline surfers who double as bank robbers to pay for the search of the perfect wave. This group of Ex-Presidents, (their bank robbing group name) is led by Bodhi, played by Patrick Swayze, a wise Zen-master local surfer with hair flow like no other, who lives to search for that once in a lifetime opportunity, man! Point Break reached cult like status because of its crazy plot line, outrageous acting, and insanely quotable dialogue. Point Break Live! takes this iconic cult film and put a unique spin on the movie and classic theatre all together by engaging the audience during the show and allowing a random person chosen by the crowd, to play Keanu Reeves.
The show starts with the “director” of the movie Point Break, leading the crowd through the selection of the star of the show. Anyone can go on stage to try out, and it ranges from people who brushed up on their Keanu impressions that day to men who can’t even speak English. While the chosen Keanu is guided through the show by cue cards, the real reason that this random audience member is able to survive an entire play and pump out the role of a lifetime, is because of the insane amount of talent that the surrounding actors have on stage.
Scrimshaw got a behind the scenes look at Point Break Live! and was able to talk to the show’s director Thomas Blake Jr. and some of the show’s actors. The cast consists of Thomas Blake Jr. (director and Roach), Christi Waldon (Keanu’s savior and cue cards), Charlie Farrell (Bodhi), John Moeslein (Grommet), Luke Royer (Surfer #2), Joya Italiano (Tyler), Scott Crawley (Pappas), David Simon (Harp), Amber Hubert (Kathryn Bigelow), Kevin Bone (Bunny/Lights) and Tim McKeown (Rosie/Sound). Point Break Live! has been running for 10 years now and almost half of the cast has been with the show since the beginning. It is easy to see that the cast is family at this point both on and off stage and can adapt to any scenario because of their familiarity with each other. Thomas explains it by saying, “These actors can adjust to the vibe of the show and the calculated chaos that is backstage, and make this theatrical party something really special.”
Their conversations and improvisations are seamless as they cover each other’s backs in any scenario. Luke Royer (Surfer #2) explains it great by saying “We are a really strong fabric. A funny way to put it is we are somewhat like a trampoline. You know when you get those epic double bounces. You’re jumping along, and then all of a sudden a cast member will set you up perfectly and then Boom, you are just out there and floating so high and you realize that you could have never gotten to that spot without them catapulting you or without them helping you. We rely on each other so much and we are such an awesome team.” Their energy and love is palpable and this is only slightly out staged by their quick wit and talent. While they seem insane and crazy on stage, behind the scenes they are as professional as one can be about their craft (and still a little crazy). From preparation to practice they understand how to give the best performance possible that night. Christi Waldon, Johnny Utah’s Jiminy Cricket and cue card extraordinaire, explains that “it is what I live for. When I do these shows, with these people, I am in my element. I light up the most and I feel home, and that’s so rad. Doing it for so long and it still being this way, with everyone in the cast giving so much of their heart, is magical.”
Thomas, started working on Point Break Live! in 2006 in a black box theatre and helped transform it into the interactive party play sensation that it is today. He goes onto explain that “it’s also good for us, because we have been doing it for 10 years, and we will never have the same show twice. Sometimes the crowd is hammered drunk or sometimes they can’t speak English, but it’s at the will of the audience. Also, every audience is different. Some audiences feel the need to heckle, which we encourage because we have been doing it for so long, that we can dish it out better than they can.” This on stage performance resonated so much with Thomas, because as a child growing up, he had a personality where one side was dedicated to surfing and the other to theatre. “My goal was to direct and create performances that both my friends and I could be proud of. I love to take my vision that day and transform the theatre around that.”
After all these years of Point Break Live! engaging with audiences, playing Bonnaroo, and selling out theatres, the show is coming to a close (WHAT?!?!). “PBL is something special. Why so many people like that movie and I feel like our show is because we have true passion for the project and put our own blood, sweat and heart into it” says Christi. While Thomas and the cast are continuing to adjust this style of theatre and move to a new chapter in life with Terminator Too: Judgement Play, their years as cast members of Point Break Live!, will always leave a legacy. Charlie Farrell (who plays Bodhi and is a constant presence on stage) phrased it best by saying “When this is over, years from now, I think we will realize that there is only so much stamping you can do in your era of performance or in Hollywood. Some people make classic movies, or great rock anthems, or are reality celebrities, but to me, it’s amazing to know that we were here. We were here during a 10 year period, where people knew and supported us as we all put our effort into this project we loved so much. For that we are eternally grateful.”
It is obvious upon seeing the show and cast for their characters and the true actors they are, that there is a special bond between them all. The passion they pour into Point Break Live! shines through in their excitement and commitment to the show. This cast channels their inner Bodhi because “if you want the ultimate, you’ve got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It’s not tragic to die doing what you love.” The actors of Point Break Live! love what they do and are going out on top.
Ps: If you wish to see Point Break Live! they will be doing one more show in San Diego at Belly Up on June 19th. They will also be playing in San Francisco May 6th and June 3rd while playing Saturday’s in LA until June 25th. Don’t miss your chance to see this stellar cast and performance! You should also be stoked to hear their new show, Terminator Too: Judgement Play will be pumping out shows soon! They will be playing Belly Up on May 1st and continuing this unique interactive theatre party!
Forever in search of new surf spots, this team of "surf planetary scientists", after hearing the news that there is liquid water on Mars, tapped their inner aquatic cowboy and prepared for the journey of a lifetime. This film, directed by the brilliant Foster Huntington, follows Trevor Gordon, Spencer Gordon, and Landon Smith on their journey to find the unknown and open waves. Sit back and relax as you enter hyperspace to join these men in riding, Waves on Mars
If you have been on the West Coast at all in the past couple months, you have undoubtedly heard the words "El Nino" amid common conversation. El Nino is a cycle of warm and cold temperatures of the Tropical Central and Eastern Pacific Ocean. With this weather pattern, comes high air pressure in the Western Pacific and low air pressure in the Eastern Pacific. For those looking for a less technical term, El Nino has brought insane winds and some gnarly surf.
While El Nino has had SoCal surfers frothing for some perfect swells, it has also unexpectedly unearthed a piece of history, the SS Monte Carlo.
The SS More Carlo was launched in 1921 with the sole purpose of being an Oil Tanker, originally under the name SS McKittrick. Over the years, the boat made the transformation not only by name but in purpose, as it became a tanker known for gambling, prostitution, and drinking during the prohibition era. The SS Monte Carlo was a destination for a man looking for his vice, and he could find it 3 miles off Coronado beach in San Diego. This was technically international waters, which remained outside the jurisdiction of state and federal law.
In 1937, on New Year's Day, a morning undoubtedly filled with hangovers and regret aboard the SS Monte Carlo, the anchor of the tanker lost its hold and the ship drifted towards to coast. The SS Monte Carlo beached itself causing a mass exodus of the ship to a point where no one claimed ownership, as the ship, was now considered illegal.
Through the years of erosion, storms, winds, and waves, the ship was buried in the sand and the tanker was brought to a mere hull. About 30 years ago, while the ship of debauchery started to sink, it just so happened to create a surf break. Locals could be seen at certain tides surfing near the ship. As sets rolled in around the SS Monte Carlo, it would create a rolling break, for those willing to test their wanderlust and surfing skills. Over the years the SS Monte Carlo became further buried and could only be seen underwater at low tide and occasionally slightly exposed during strong storms, until the recent El Nino.
The current El Nino of 2015/2016, has brought some of the largest swells in decades to San Diego and in doing so, unearthed the SS Monte Carlo. The ship is more exposed than ever before and is revealing both the body of the tanker and the history that was buried with it.
If history and a one of a kind San Diego view isn't enough to spike your interest, it has been rumored that there is around $150,000 worth of silver dollar coins among the SS Monte Carlo wreckage. Happy treasure hunting you Scrimshaw scallywags.
The energy is electric and the excitement is palpable, creating a buzz of conversation that fills the air. The anticipation and hype is absolutely massive as we enter the Premiere Viewing of John John Florence and Blake Vincent Kueny’s, View From a Blue Moon.
A sea of sponsors, brand reps, and epic surf enthusiasts flood the La Paloma Theatre in Encinitas, CA to see the megastar surfer, John John Florence, rip, carve, and get absolutely barreled in the biggest surf film known to date. Kueny and John John teamed up once before to create “Done” which broke an iTunes record for highest sales from an action sports segment. Their success didn’t stop there as they won Surfer’s “Movie of the Year” at the 2013 Surfer Poll Awards.
Since then, there have been rumors of the badass duo immediately starting to work on their next venture. View from a Blue Moon was an elite project from the beginning, starting with the cast of John John and his closest friends, who just so happen to be world-class surfers, including Jamie O’Brien, who spoke with Scrimshaw a couple weeks ago. Together they had a true creative vision shooting the first ever surf film entirely using 4K and RED cameras, with an absolutely epic soundtrack, all being narrated by the amazing John C. Reilly. Between John John’s mega successes as a surfer and heading to WSL events, he was able to escape the circuit to drop in on some of the most remote, beautiful, and stunning surf locations that most can only dream about.
View from a Blue Moon starts as a beautifully visual journey transforming John John from a grom, into the man he is today. This opening sequence shows John John’s upbeat and exuberant personality while Jack Johnson is playing in the background, creating true nostalgia. The music fades, thunder claps, and John John appears as a man dropping in on some true blue monsters. While the masses may not fully comprehend the sheer genius of his full rotations, epic rail rides, and his ability to get super deep barrels, they will appreciate the flow of the movie and how visually stunning it is from start to finish.
Between the conversation, the people, and the premiere of View from a Blue Moon, the event was overall an incredible success (with an after party to match). The total experience really made me appreciate what it’s like to be part of a community that dances on water.
We want to give a big thanks to Nixon for the incredible JJF Nixon Capsule Collection. The gear is amazing and will most definitely be put to use. Also a big shout out to Emerald City Surf, SPY Optics, Brain Farm, and La Paloma Theatre, you all made the night something special.
Go Buy View from a Blue Moon here!!! If our words couldn't sway you, maybe this teaser will.
Jamie O’Brien, also known as J.O.B (@WHOISJOB), is pushing limits on his surfboard and conquering social media one wave at a time. Scrimshaw gave Jamie a call recently to talk to him about his favorite waves, Red Bull’s increasingly popular and thrilling TV show - Who Is J.O.B, and how to live life like a free surfer. He was calm and collected and gave a sense of appreciation and love for his craft throughout the whole interview. Jamie is true professional speaking like a quintessential surfer who lives his life to the fullest. So once initial niceties were exchanged, he was excited to answer any question we had:
For someone who has never been to Pipeline, what is paddling out like in ideal conditions (without tourists, boogie boarders, and kooks)?
When the waves are bumping, you have so much anxiety. You are pre-meditating what kind of wave you are going to catch and what you are going to do, then you also have to think about what is going to happen. There is this crazy buzz, like the highest buzz of your life, and then there is this buzz kill behind it dealing with the reality of everything at that moment. It is unlike anything you have ever felt.
When you ride waves like Pipeline or Teahupoo, and others that are so heavy, do you have any specialty boards that you like to ride? In your show (Who is J.O.B) you even ride soft tops and the SUPSquatch, how do you choose what to ride?
Shit, I get into rhythms with a board and it becomes my bread and butter, but it is so fun to go and challenge myself with all different boards. The Catch Surf (@CATCHSURF) soft tops are so fun because they paddle really great and you can catch all the waves.
With all your boards and the ability to choose any wave, would you ever return to competitions, or do you feel that progressing as a free surfer is more your style still?
I enjoy myself every day man, and I don’t have to go where I don’t want to go. What the ASP (The Association of Surfing Professionals) is doing currently is really good for surfing but you know what, it’s not for everyone and to each there own, and I just choose to free surf and go with my own path.
Yea you kind of own that lifestyle and you are sponsored by these great companies who allow you to create your own TV show and surf where you want.
Yea it’s a blessing in the skies man, My dad raised me right here in Oahu (Home of Pipeline) and he taught me everything I know, whether its being a good person on land or whether its learning how to surf, he set me up in the right place. It all worked out.
You said that it was a blessing that your dad raised you out there, was he also born in Hawaii?
So my dad was born in America, but grew up in Australia and met my mom, and she was from Australia. And because of my family and Grandparents, we ended up here in Hawaii.
Do you have duel citizenship?
Yea I am dual, and a real fun thing to do in Australia is I go to the bar and talk to someone and I’m like “Yeh, I’m Australian mate” (Australian accent). They bet me next couple rounds of drinks that I’m not, and I win every time. Pull out my passport and boom.
Hahaha, that’s amazing.
Ah yea I love Australia man. The people, the surf, it’s a great place.
Nice, so would you ever live there or anywhere besides Hawaii?
Ah nah man, I love Hawaii.
That’s awesome. Well we have to say, we have been watching your Red Bull TV show, Who is J.O.B, since the beginning. Absolutely stellar stuff. What prompted you to start this project? Just that you lived this life and wanted to record everything?
You know, I was always into filming and have always enjoyed filming. It was like a year of me surfing and not really doing anything and the next thing you know, Red Bull has an idea and asked if I was into it. I took my own initiative and time and really made sure it was a good show and quality content. And each year I get more excited and think about it more and figure out what worked and what didn’t work and better what we do every year. And I think that can really make it a success.
Which is so commendable because not only are you bettering the show, but you guys are pushing the limits of surfing, like setting yourself on fire and surfing Teahupoo and surfing places most people wouldn’t go near.
You know I just think, everyone just does the same shit and we are just having fun. People say we are like Jackass but it’s like saying every surfer is Kelly Slater. What, just because we like to have fun? We have the talent behind us both on and off screen and we have real passion about what we do. Shit, we just have fun and that’s amazing to run your life and show that way.
You guys really do have such an awesome group. Speaking of your group, we gotta know, how did you meet Poopies (Sean McInerny @Poopiesgram)?
Ha you know, I met him because there was this guy renting a room from me and the next thing I know, he has like 8 guys in the room, so I came over to the house to figure out what was going on. Sure enough, Poopies was one of the 8 humans that were living in my house. And I kicked everyone out, told them to beat it, except for my good friends. And you know, Poopies kept just coming around after that and was just a real nice and a real chill and down dude. I felt bad because his name was Poopies, so I was like, ‘yo man, you are a really cool guy, I will just call you Sean’ (his real name) and it just didn’t work, he’s just not a Sean, he’s Poopies.
Haha, yea you guys have such a solid cast. Between the filming and your social media presence with photography you guys are killing it. Your pictures that you post from these photographers are just so epic.
The thing about it is we have just an amazing team and the people that I work with are so amazing and without them I wouldn’t be who I am. As a group, we work together. We are all about social media and great content, and we like to take pictures and show off our work. I keep up on the surfing community and the following it is getting on social media and I was like shit, I am like top 5 most followed, which is really cool. I think that goes to show, you don’t have to be the best surfer, but you could be great and have a great lifestyle and work really hard and people will enjoy watching it.
Do you ever feel any pressure to entertain since you are top 5 and a big social media player?
I think the hardest thing to do is to produce good content when you are taken out of your direct element. Like when there are no waves. Like right now, I feel like a fish out of water and am just trying to think of something that could keep the ball rolling. Some days I don’t know what to post, but I need to keep people happy and put something out.
So if there are no waves at home do you travel? Like what’s the craziest place you have ever visited? Outside of the Island.
I think South Africa is one of the craziest places I have ever visited. There is so much diversity and culture there between the location and the people. The waves are so epic and whether its crowded and huge or pristine and no one is out there, there are so many channels and it is crazy.
Yea man, I stayed in South Africa for 6 months and everything about it is amazing. From the people to surfing to just living there, it is so incredible.
Yea South Africa is insane.
Have you been a couple times?
I have been like 5 times. I recently just visited for John-John’s (John-John Florence @John_John_Florence) new movie, View From a Blue Moon.
Do you get to surf with the talent of John-John often or do you rather take trips with your crew or alone?
You know, I love surfing with John, and we surf together in the winter sometimes. It’s awesome being able to push yourself with him. I just like to surf and have fun. Whether it’s on my boards or the SUPSquatch with my friends. I just want to have fun man. Surfing is like anything else and can be made boring, so I try and enjoy every second and make it as fun as possible. That way I love what I am doing.
Well thanks man, for doing this. We started Scrimshaw (@Scrimshaw_Collective) because we wanted to make our passions come to life. It really means a lot to speak to you, someone who follows his passions and made it his livelihood.
Yea no worries, glad I could help you guys out!
It’s 6am, the air is crisp, but the sunrise warms the skin. We look over Long Sands Beach in York Maine as locals flock to the ocean to catch the chest high glassy sets rolling in. We meet up with some of the guys from Grain Surfboards as they unload their signature wooden boards from the trunk of their car. We exchange niceties, but the ocean calls. Two hours of dropping in on glass is the perfect start to the Grain Surfboard workshop.
Scrimshaw took a trip up to York, ME to partake in the Four Day Grain Workshop. During these days we built one of their signature boards from scratch as part of a class of 8 surfers. Our board of choice was the 8’ Steamer, an all around beauty that allows for a gnarly pivot carve, but also catches some serious log time.
The physical Grain workshop is on a farm in the beautiful backcountry and is an absolute dream to anyone who enjoys working with their hands. The relaxed Maine surfers, who work at Grain, are nothing but absolute professionals. Their knowledge about woodworking and the ocean allows for an amazing experience.
The four-day class begins with choosing your cedar planks and creating your side rails with an epic amount of clamps. Shaping your rails makes you feel connected to your board and seeing it go through intricate steps into slow formation makes you appreciate the art that is board shaping. The days are long, but rewarding as each one tests your attention to detail and enhances your passion for surfing.
After days of gluing, clamping, sanding, and shaping, your board starts to come together. The guys of Grain are there every step of the way to help customize and create the board of your dreams. After day three, your board is mostly formed and we were itching to test it. We grabbed some completed boards from the Grain surf rack and gunned it for the beach. The waves were waist-high but looked as though painted into the horizon. We carved through the open line-up and dropped in as smooth as butter on everything we paddled for. The Grain boards are pure wood so being buoyant yet heavy make for no wobbles while dropping in, forcing the wave to acknowledge its presence.
The whole experience was perfect. The Grain crew knows their stuff and are humbly chill, creating an atmosphere for a true wanderlust surfer. This workshop is an absolute must and it changed the way I look at surfboards. Surfing will not be the same, after you ride Grain.
Also, if you find yourself wandering around southern Maine on September 26th, stop into Grain Surfboards for their Surf Re-Evolution, a day of sun, surf, art, and music.
What better way to spend one of the hottest days of the summer in NYC than being aboard an 1800's style Schooner sailboat with a glass of wine in hand and unbeatable views all around. The America 2.0 is 105 feet long and is the fastest and most glorious ship in the Classic Harbor Line Fleet. The two hour cruise is perfect for groups looking to have some drinks while watching the sunset fall over the Statue of Liberty. The crew tacked the America 2.0 smoothly past the Freedom Tower along the Hudson River really giving a unique perspective of the gorgeous city that we call home. Sailing hits home for Scrimshaw, so experiencing the power of this boat in NYC makes for the absolute perfect night.
While Mick Fanning was being a total legend by punching a shark in the back and getting attacked during the finals at J-Bay in South Africa, New York had its own excitement to kick off Shark Week. NYSEA hosted their 6th Annual Surf Week.
NYSEA's Surf week is filled with activities to encourage love for the ocean and promote a surf culture in a city where barrels are hard to find. The week started with the NYSEA Pro Open, which had 3-4ft surf with a solid swell that allowed for perfect competition conditions on the East Coast. It was a close competition but at the end of the day Leif Engstrom ended up getting sprayed with the celebratory beer and taking home the win.
6th Annual NYSEA Pro Open Results:
NYSEA PRO OPEN
1. Leif Engstrom
2. TJ Gumiela
3. Alex Fawess, Balaram Stack
The all day surfing Pro event was followed by a Mini-Ramp-Skate-Jam which was presented by Red Bull. During the remainder of the week, there were beach concerts presented by Raised Fist Propaganda blaring good tunes and bringing crowds that filled the boardwalk. The week long festivities also included autograph signings, boardwalk fairs, and Surf 4 All charity events. The week was a monstrous success and Scrimshaw looks forward to next year's events! For more pictures and results go to NYSEA.com and check out their recent video below of the first ever, New York surf thriller, "Empire Now."
The alarm goes off, its 5:30 am. I quickly put my wetsuit, 8’4 longboard, wax, and towel in the car - its time to go surfing. Surfing in New England isn’t always as consistent as other places in the world because it needs the correct tides, wind swells, and pressure systems. But, the surf report for the 4th of July weekend was shaping up to be a beauty.
Arriving at the surf spot over the CT border in Rhode Island, I could now confirm that the reports were right, and all I saw was glassy sets coming in chest high. The conditions were ideal. But, when you have perfect conditions on the 4th of July weekend, you are going to be battling the crowds.
This particular surf spot is a jetty break that mainly spits out “rights” - when a surfer is trying to catch a wave and the wave is breaking from left to right. Even with the plethora of SUPs who catch every wave, longboards, and little groms taking lessons, the sun was shining and the conditions were on point. This was such a solid way to start the weekend.
Talk about an epic collaboration! Two such congruent companies coming together for a night full of craftsmanship, creativity and passionate energy. Grain Surfboards and the crew at Patagonia Bowery teamed up for a hand plane building workshop this past May! Grain Surfboards, based out of York, Maine, are an extraordinary team of builders paving their own paths, and helping others hand-create the boards of their dreams from scratch. They hold workshops using traditional woodworking techniques shaping surfboards, paipos, and hand planes galore out of local softwoods. And this spring, a team from Grain hit the road and brought their talents, sustainable practices, and enthusiastic teaching across the country. As part of the Right Coast Road Trip tour, crew members, Nolan Collins and Matt Entwistle left their mark as they trekked North up the Atlantic shore in Grain’s mobile classroom - follow along with their stories here.
Towards the end of their tour, the fellas made a hugely successful last stop at Patagonia's Bowery shop in New York City. Held in the basement of the Manhattan storefront, both Nolan and Matt truly brought the room to life. With a full class, we unfortunately weren't able to participate but the guys gave us the go ahead to stop by, photograph the night, and chat with the participants.
There was a resonating buzz about the room, with nearly twenty people sanding down their hand planes, carving back and forth to achieve their desired shape. The floor was covered in a good inch or so of carvings, surrounding the main work station like a tiny atoll. It was very interesting to see the different approaches everyone took in shaping their planes. Catching up with a few of the participants, we heard some were brand new to this and had no experience using (let alone making) hand planes, whereas others had made lots in their lifetimes.
As the retail shop upstairs closed down for the evening, a group of Patagonia Bowery’s staff joined in and came to observe and mingle with the class. The energy was electric as everyone was there for a common goal: to make something each individual could call their own. And although everyone was there to make their own creation, a true sense of community and engagement was alive and booming. Amidst Nolan and Matt’s attentive instruction and guidance, neighboring strangers provided each other helpful tips throughout the entire session. This sense of community coming together to produce and celebrate quality pieces is very reflective of what I think both Grain and Patagonia represent (and strive for) as companies.
If you haven’t yet made it into the Patagonia Bowery shop, definitely do and scope out the boards, clothing and goods they’ve got going on this summer and beyond! Tee and the entire staff are extremely knowledgeable and really down to earth people that know their stuff. And if you haven’t made it up to Maine to visit the Grain folks, definitely make it priority register for one of their workshops, or even just to poke in and say hey on your next adventure up to Portland, Acadia or Baxter. If you don’t find yourself making your way up to the North Woods anytime soon, follow their mobile classroom’s calendar to see if they’re making a trip close to you in the near future or follow along their adventure on Instagram!