Dylan Graves, Caribbean – Photo: Chris Burkard

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A Barrel Mini-Magnet – Could Kyllian Guerin be the next Tom Curren?

They just keep making ‘em younger and younger these days. At 11-years-old, Kyllian Guerin lives between France and Costa Rica while traveling the rest of the world in his spare time. His barrel knowledge is high and his stoke is even higher.

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Corey Lopez in Mecca II – Spreading classic Lopez style across the globe

Cory Lopez’s full segment from the newly released film Mecca II will make you realize why Cory has had a prolonged career as professional surfer. From hell-raising …Lost grom to traveling CT’er and everything in between, Lopez hasn’t slowed down a bit and continues to execute his style like nobody else ever will.

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On The Record – Mick Fanning talks World Titles, Slater’s toes, and bunking with Medina

I don’t feel at all weird about staying in the same house as Gabriel during the event. I don’t know how he feels about it, but I said that if it gets at all weird, I’ll head out and stay somewhere else.

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Black & White Challenge: Grant Ellis – Black, white, and gray all over with @grantellis1

We’re back with the latest insta-trend, the #BWchallenge, to showcase the monochrome gold of SURFER Photo Editor Grant Ellis (@grantellis1). With a deep archive of surf film photography and years behind the lens, it was a no-brainer that Grant would eventually be nominated for the challenge. Get your follow on. A photo posted by Grant […]

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Übershoots – Surplus footy with Brendon Gibbens

Between Strange Rumblings and filming for the newest Kai Neville film, Brendon Gibbens has had no shortage of time spent in front of the camera. This here is his overflow footage, the stuff that didn’t make the proverbial “cut” in a time characterized by digital. Nonetheless, these bits and clips of data will still get […]

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Tin Ojeda – The Argentine-born New York-bred film-wielding madcap

Argentine-born New York surfer Tin Ojeda has a knack for making provocative pictures. His first short surf film, Kook Paradise, was a mockumentary poking fun at the Montauk surf scene through cheeky Bruce Brown–style voiceovers. In 2013 Ojeda made Daughter, featuring black-and-white surf footage laced with surreal images of a man reading a flaming newspaper, mannequin heads being hurled against a wall, and unmanned surfboards flying through the sky. Ojeda’s latest film is called Expencive Porno Movie, and although he claims there won’t be as much nudity as the title might suggest, it’s sure to be stimulating nonetheless.


SRFR: What’s your background working with film?



TO: I started making little videos with my friends when I was a kid growing up in Argentina, just shooting
stuff on VHS tapes. When I came to the States I worked on music videos and some skateboarding videos. It
was almost always digital, and I really wanted to make something with real film, but it was so expensive. When
I made Daughter, I just said, “Fuck it” and spent all my money on Super 8 film. It was cool, but in the end I
wasn’t really happy with the Super 8 quality. It looked sort of homemade, so I wanted my next project to
be different.



How many innocent surfboards were destroyed in the making of Daughter?



[Laughs.] We went through a few. My buddy had a bunch of old boards that were past their prime,
so we decided to paint different messages on them and throw them into the air. I liked the way the shots
came out, but the boards got trashed.



So your new movie is going to have a very different vibe?



It’s going to be way different. Before I made Daughter, I was really into Jim Jarmusch films, like
Dead Man, which was a really dark black-and-white film. So I wanted to make a black-and-white film that
kind of fused art and surfing. But when I was done I immediately wished I had shot it in color. Surfing is
such a beautiful thing to watch, and the colors of the ocean and the sky are very powerful. I got a lot of old
16mm film off of eBay for my new movie and it looks much better. There’s so much more detail, but it still
has that warm, grainy feel. I always loved the look of the old George Greenough and Paul Witzig movies, and
those were all in 16mm.



Where did you shoot the new movie?



There’s one scene in New York, but the film is mostly California. I went from Santa Barbara to San
Diego and scored a lot of iconic waves and a few lesser known spots with some really amazing surfers. Right
when I was about to head back to New York, the swell picked up and we started getting perfect Santa Ana
winds, so I changed my ticket and scored the best footage of the movie over just a few days. It was 6 foot
and offshore all day—just totally perfect.



The title is a little unexpected.



[Laughs.] I had made this T-shirt that said “Expencive Porno Movie” on it, and later I realized
that would be a great name for my surf movie. After all, shooting in 16mm made it really expensive to make,
and it is surf porn, or wave porn, or whatever people call it. I understand that it’s a bit misleading, though,
because there’s no one having sex in it.

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In Focus – New England

When you run across an A+ day of surf without talented surfers in the water, the best thing to do is find a compelling angle that shows off the surf and the setting and downplays the actual surfing.

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Reach: Matt Pagan – Far and near from home base in Los Angeles

Team Pagan just dropped their new short film Reach. With brothers Mike Pagan behind the lens and Matt Pagan in front, along with a solid cast of supporting surfers, Reach is 24 minutes of tastefully executed surf film production.

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Black & White Challenge: Todd Glaser – Five days of monochrome with @toddglaser

The #BWchallenge invites photographers to nominate one another to post a five-part series of black and white shots. The goal? To dig deep and flood Instagram feeds with monochrome gold. A few members of the SURFER team were nominated and have been pulling some gems out of their extensive archives. If you haven’t yet, now’s […]

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