DEAR YOUTH: KELLY SLATER'S 540 SEQUENCE PROCESSING KELLY'S AIR AT THE CLUSTER HOUSE IN FRANCE
Fri
17
Oct

SEQUENCE: Quinn Matthews

Kai, Blake and myself went down to Bayonne to pick up some film from a French lab. We had moules and frites on the river (just like Chas suggested) and were enjoying a warm Fall day in France when Mitch Coleborn texted us and said the waves were firing and to hurry the fuck up home to go shoot. He also said:"P.S. Kelly just landed a frontside 540 — the boys are tripping."

We raced back to Hossegor to find Mitch, Dion, Noa and Chippa sitting on the couch still watching the video on Instagram. On repeat. Holy shit. Fucked up. What can't he do? Why? Fuck! We're some of the words used while watching it.

We grabbed our gear and went to the beach. The boys were still tripping. The winds were south and the ramps were big. Huge straight airs were traded for 540 attempts. Chippa came really close to a backside 540. Noa's attempt looked more like a 720.

Back at the house a little later the boys hovered around the phone again. This time it was a different video angle:

Noa: "Ahhh, it's a Parko grab."

Dion: "Fark, that's crazy but I thought it was a frontside grab..."

Mitch: "Only thing worse than a double grab, is a [Continued After the Jump] [...]

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STRAIGHT FORWARD: DUSTY PAYNE A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Fri
17
Oct

Dusty Payne swung through California last month and had a few fun jam sessions in the neighborhood. Rad to see him ripping around town again after back-to-back injuries the past two years. And really reminds us how dang much we like watching him surf. I mean, remember the Lost Atlas B-Sides? 

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DEAR YOUTH BLAKE EMPTIED OUT HIS IPHONE FROM THE CLUSTER HOUSE IN FRANCE AND WE'RE POSTING THE PHOTOS
Thu
16
Oct

PHOTOS: Blake Myers

Every one knows now that the best camera in the world is the one in your pocket. And hell, we all have one in our pocket! The only difference with these photos and yours, is Blake tends to wander around France with the world's best surfers. He's with Kai filming Cluster. Eating baguettes, drinking latte's and hopefully showing the slightly less glossy side of our lives. After the jump enjoy pastry shopping with Noa, sandbar hunting with Dane, wax melting with Dion, ramps with Craig and a bunch of other meltdowns in our France house. Shot on iPhone.

More photos here. 

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AFTERNOON INTERVIEW: TAJ BURROW A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Wed
15
Oct

We recently snagged Taj Burrow on a gloomy and highly caffeinated Saturday morning in California for a little coffee talk before he packed his boards up for a two month-long stint in Europe. He touches on his love of surf vids, favorite bands and showcases his endless enthusiasm, which is one reason why he is (in our opinion) the world's best professional surfer of all time.

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  • A lot of the time, a good photo can be seen before it happens. I remember watching Curren tying his shoe & the instant he looked up, I was ready for the shot. - Ojai, CA
  • Many questions arise over this photograph, however I have no explanation of it's background story. Perhaps that is why I enjoy street photography so much. The viewer is forced to form their own story from the information shared in the composition. I believe this process is a terrific exercise for a creative mind. - Los Angeles, CA
  • When skateboarding originally drew me as a child, it did not take long to find friends that shared the same passion. Over the years, skating has given me friendships that I will forever be grateful for. Jerry, Daryl, Johan, & Jon - Los Angeles
  • This was the first photograph that I shot with Lance. It was actually the same evening that I was introduced to him. Lance has always been a pioneer for skateboarders, on & off the board. - Los Angeles, CA
  • There is an undoubtably strong connection between musicians & skateboarders. When it comes down to it, I love seeing either an individual, or crew of friends working to create a product that is entirely authentic & unique. // Domo & Japser - Los Angeles, CA
  • Curren decided to buy a scooter at a rest stop en route to a filming session. Immediately following his purchase, extreme stunts were being choreographed & I was fortunate enough to capture this wonderful scene of stoke. - Curren, Nordberg, Louie - California
  • Child posing with Louie's skateboard on a trip to SF. We gave him & his pals as much gear as we could before leaving the session. It is incredible to see how much purity is still in skateboarding.
  • Arto Saari, always searching for the next capture. - San Francisco
  • Adolescent antics. - Los Angeles, CA
  • A colorful crew on Fairfax. - Tyler, Errol, Julian // Los Angeles, CA
PHOTO CREDIT: JOSH ZUCKER A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Mon
13
Oct

Photos and captions: Josh Zucker

Josh Zucker hangs with a sick crew. At only 21 years old he's already worked for Vans and Flip, is practically an honorary member of Odd Future, kicks it on Fairfax casually and has traveled the world with "it" crews as well as a solid batch of skateboarding legends. His demeanor is polite, friendly and humble. His photos have a very distinct color and vibe to them and we're pretty obsessed with the batches he's been showing us. Just to kick things off with Josh (we're whipping up several projects with him very soon), we snagged a few shots (above) for him to caption. Just to set the mood.

Check the gallery above for a sample of his Josh's rather eclectic portfolio.

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HOW TO LIVE IN FRENCH WITH CHAS SMITH
Sun
12
Oct

PHOTOS: Nate Lawrence

“France, and the whole of Europe have a great culture and an amazing history…” Johnny Depp once wisely said. “…Most important thing, though, is that the people there know how to live! In America they’ve forgotten all about it. I’m afraid that the American culture is a disaster.” And how amazingly wrong he is about the second part. This is precisely the sort of sentiment that makes Americans appear to be disasters. This fawning over cultures deemed more “sophistique,” more “chic” than our own. No, America is fantastic. Or, “God shed his grace on thee,” to quote the nineteenth century lyricist Katharine Lee Bates. But about the first part, Johnny Depp is [...]

DEAR YOUTH DEEP FRENCH SAND AND CURRENTS WITH QUINN MATTHEWS IN FRANCE
Sat
11
Oct

Photos and words:  Quinn Matthews

France has been fun. Like, really fun. But like I think I said earlier, it's a lot colder than last year, and I didn't pack properly. There's been a bunch of stuff that's gone on but I'll just get right to it and rattle off some observations and experiences in the past week or so.

First, the sand on the sand dunes is really tiring. Most sand dunes have one little boardwalk in the center that is fine for walking on but the sand adjacent is deep and soft. And don't get me wrong or take any offense to this if you're French, 'cause I love the French, but they don't seem to [...]

COLOR ME IN: EYE SYMMETRY SURFBOARDS A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY FUTURES
Thu
09
Oct

Max Stewart is one of those crazy dudes who actually believes in making high quality surfboards that are just as pleasing to the eye as they are to ride. His surfboards feature hand crafted elements throughout, right down to the resin tints. It is artisan surfboard making at it's finest. Since we don't sit well in tradtiional meetings, we met Max and team rider and spiritual guru Hector Santa Maria for some shredding and shaping. With a casual fucking rodeo thrown in for good measure.

Check out more on Max's sick sleds here: Eye Symmetry Surfboards and peruse the creative portals that our neighbors at OurCaste have going as well. Max and Hector have a lot brewing and we're amped to see and ride their creations.

DEAR YOUTH DEAD LIONS SUCK
Wed
08
Oct

PHOTO: Andrew VanWyngarden

Can we start planning the party yet? Holy shit. Issue 9 deadline nearly made us dead. And we need to start party planning. It's time. And while shit aint confirmed, we need this man. Let's just say, mark your calendar: Thursday, October 23 Something is going down. If you're in the greater CA area, we're going to celebrate the release of our latest issue, perhaps a website relaunch (!!!) and all the fun that comes with that.

Also, this photo is from Andrew VanWyngarden. He's in a band called MGMT. Yeah, you've probably danced to it. But he's also a psychedelic genius (and he shreds). He sent us the final submission for the issue, which entailed many texts and e-mails to gather the submission while he played a show in Mexico, and then went on safari in South Africa. His curated playlist of "comedown music" was the final piece of the puzzle for What Youth Issue 9. I harassed him until he sent it, and then he said. "I'm on a safari in the middle of nowhere...did you get my submission?"

Yes, we did. And it was genius. See you soon, lovers.

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DEAR YOUTH SCENES FROM EUROPE: PART 2
Mon
06
Oct

PHOTO: Kai Neville

Today I drove past a little Russian gypsy stall and there were a bunch of old cameras on display.

I noticed a vintage 35mm Leica, brass plated with a slick wood grain wrap. It had this Nazi emblem etched into the brass.

I managed to heckle them down to 120 Euros. It was a relic, from the war.

After the purchase I googled the camera and found that it could be either be a) a Russian knock off. They have become well known for pumping out in-demand vintage Leicas; or B) among the rarest and sought after Leicas that go for around 10,000 Euros. Either way it looks fuckin' sick. And I think its [...]

DEAR YOUTH I THOUGHT EVAN GEISELMAN WAS A GHOST
Fri
03
Oct

PHOTO: Quinn Matthews

This morning I was sitting here editing pages for What Youth Issue 9 (deadlines and shit) when photo rookie Quinn Matthews quit chasing French girls long enough to send us a batch of images from France. I flicked through and who should I see but Evan Geiselman! I immediately picked up the phone and dialed the only Floridian area code I had in my phone.

WHAT YOUTH: I’m sitting here on deadline and I got this little batch of photos from Quinn and I thought I was looking at a fucking ghost. I was like “What! Is that Evan Geiselman?? Where the hell have you been man?

Evan Geiselman: Dude I’ve just been being a redneck in Florida, hanging out.

Fuck, you were all over my life two years ago, flying all over the place, shredding…

Yeah I moved [...]

AFTERNOON INTERVIEW: DILLON PERILLO ON CLUSTER A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Thu
02
Oct

"The scariest part of individual [part] based movies is that your part might be skipped most of the time."

Filming for a parts movie, you'd expect some added pressure. But Dillon seems to feel it more than most. We sank a plate of sushi and a cold beer with him near his home in LA to find out how he's coping with filming for Kai's new movie. As usual, Dillon's social anxiety is only outdone by his charisma. We find out who influenced him and how it might feel to influence a future generation. And he reminded us about this crazy Donovan Frankenreiter part from Hit and Run that's amazing. Yes. Donovan.

DEAR YOUTH GUY IN THE SKY
Wed
01
Oct

PHOTO: Nate Lawrence

Where is the wave? I've cut off the bottom of the wave! "Guy in the sky" is what I was told not to do when I was younger. "Always have the wave in the photo." "Show where he came from and where he's going." Blah. Blah. Blah. A long time ago I decided not to listen to what people were saying and shoot stuff the way I wanted to shoot stuff.

Not to be rebellious but to be excited about my own work. —Nate Lawrence

Craig Anderson, Indo, 2014. 

WY RECOMMENDS: STRANGE RUMBLINGS IN SHANGRI LA REVIEW OF THE NEW FILM BY JOE G AND GLOBE
Tue
30
Sep

Joe G and I have been doing nice Italian dinners quarterly for around 3 years now. They're conducted in a tiny cucina tucked away, just off of PCH between our two residences. We meet around sundown. Joe — in all black, always — will order us a bottle of the finest Cab while we wait for our table. Over the course of the next 3 hours I'm let into the house of genius that is Joe G's mind. I try to keep up, but usually just melt into the wine and bread and enjoy the stories from the set, which often include (but are not limited to) traditional African outfit purchases, pirate chases on the high seas, Icelandic women appreciation and much rum and sweat through the jungles and beaches of Brazil. These dinner's usually end in a thunderclap of ideas, plans and projects. They are the best kind of dinners.

This week Joe G and Globe released the [...]

WY RECOMMENDS BECAUSE MONDAY SHOULDN'T BE SO GLUM EDITION
Mon
29
Sep
Kai is currently in Paris perusing Fashion Week, literally waiting until the ASP is done writing down scores for waves so that we can move into a small cottage in the south of France to binge surf and alter minds on Bordeaux straight from the source. The small cottage will have a revolving door and the cameras for Cluster will roll.

So instead of talking about how glum Mondays are where you are, he sent us these Parisian inspired items. [...]
COLLECTED THOUGHTS 070 MORNING CONVERSATION WITH MICHEL BOUREZ
Mon
29
Sep

PHOTO: Quinn Matthews

"I pulled into the Quiksilver Pro Athlete parking lot just behind Michel. As we got close to the front, me and Brandon Guilmette watched him turn the corner hoping for front row parking. We decided not to test our luck and parked at the closest visible spot. Sure enough Michel reversed passed us, in his shiny Audi, as we unpacked laughing, "I got too greedy boys!" and settled into a parking spot behind us. We waited for him to catch up and walked over the tiring dunes together while Michel told us about his dream that night. "I had the weirdest dream boys... I was back at my home in Tahiti and really didn't want to surf. But I got up anyway and had to go check the waves at Teahupoo. I got there and it was huge. Massive. So I thought, 'fuck, lets get out there,' and ran back to my house to get my boards. I grabbed my boards but before I could leave my house again I woke. All I wanted to do was surf, it was a weird dream. I guess it was a nightmare."

FOR THE LOVE: JACK COLEMAN A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY VISSLA
Fri
26
Sep

Filmed and edited by Michael Cukr

"I knew I wasn't going to be able to go out and eat sushi every night...but, you know...I could make some cool films, and make myself a meal at home."—Jack Coleman

Jack Coleman is an artist, filmmaker and surfer. He also epitomizes what it means to surf, create and exist in a world that is contanstly trying to tell you how you're supposed to do things. Jack is one of the purists who's decided to do things the way he wants. And that includes using ancient film cameras, creative filters and an entirely unique perspective. The outcome is something truly unique, imaginative and beautiful.

We followed Jack around in this new episode of For the Love presented by Vissla.

DEAR YOUTH MORE THAN A DECADE UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF INTERPOL
Thu
25
Sep

PHOTO: Isaac Zoller

I discovered Interpol inside a Jamba Juice in 2002. Somehow the grim pounding of "PDA" pierced through all the colors of the Jamba rainbow and changed me forever. Nothing has ever hit me like that. I put the memory on the same scale with 9/11 and the first time I saw the Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time" music video. Interpol entered my life that day and never left. A zit-faced teenager handed me a weird smoothie with bee pollen in it to the tune of dark strumming and Paul Banks' brooding lyrics. And something about sleeping on 200 couches. I don't think I ever walked into a Jamba Juice again. I no longer needed color or vitamins. I distinctly remember researching the band after, finding out that Davey Havok of AFI had said that they were amazing and that alone sent me into a decade-long obsession with Paul Banks, Sam Fogarino, Daniel Kessler and Carlos D. Sunny surfs of grom-hood and an MXPX adolescence were immediately replaced by Dracula reading, black fingernails, and an obsession with sailing to Norway.

Interpol have two albums that should be kept in a museum (Turn on the Bright Lights and Antics). You should own them both in every format available. There were two other [...]

DEAR YOUTH SCENES FROM EUROPE WITH KAI
Thu
25
Sep

Photo: Kai Neville

Gloom as we hit the tarmac. It feels good to be out of Indonesia. The contrast is evident immediately. I feel young here.

War torn, art coated, romance-stained Europe. From Hemingway to Jean Luc, find your feet, sink your teeth and hack away.

I could make a film here. Anywhere but LA, fuck, that city freaks me out.

Charles de Gaulle looks like some war bunker from times to come, giant brutalist concrete structures. Indonesians are good natured, but people are mostly rude here. I like that. I'll be your tourist, you fill me with ideas and give me shitty characters to compose.

I hopped from France to Italy right away. Dion Agius is with me, the liz doing biz. We are spending a couple days working on EPOKHE’s next range of glasses. A tiny little Italian village right out of a postcard. Working in factories with ancient eyewear masters. Drinking Presseco with lunch. Paris follows, fashion week and then CLUSTER Europe is on. As soon as the World Tour bounces, we pounce. I can't wait to tear back into some French beaches. Modern Collective days.

Ciao for now xx — Kai Neville

NOA CALIFORNIA A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL
Thu
25
Sep

A lot has changed in a year for Noa Deane. Last summer, his visit to CA would have been a pretty off the radar affair. A few hellos and some shitty surfs in Newport shorebreak. But over the course of 2014, Noa has, umm, kinda been blowing up. With new sponsor deals, loads of hype, film projects and some hammertime web clips dropping, Noa's 2014 summer trip to CA was a whole new party, with obligations, parties, sponsor visits, multiple movie premieres, autograph signings and the whole enchilada — not to mention he never dawned a single jersey in competition the whole time.

One stop on his itinerary was to the new Rusty HQ in Laguna Beach, where he pawed some new '90s inspired sleds complete with Todd Chesser-inspired flame sprays, raided the candy bin, snagged a new wardrobe and gave away some boards with us that featured his photos. We tagged along, because Noa's funny. And the new Rusty office has good candy and coffee.

COMING FRIDAY: FOR THE LOVE: JACK COLEMAN A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY VISSLA
Wed
24
Sep

Jack Coleman is an independent filmmaker and friend. He's been inspiring us for years and continues to create things "the long hard stupid way," which we absolutely adore. Jack lives in the Hobbit House (a house off PCH in Newport that was literally designed by Disney imagineers) with Ford Archbold and friends. Jack's made several films including Groove Move, Moon Rockers and a whole Vimeo page worth of beautiful, original filmmaking.

On Friday we'll be premiering our portrait of this fascinating dude who reminds us why we do all this surfing, traveling and creating. Check the trailer above and be sure to come back Friday for the full-length episode of For the Love: Jack Coleman. Also, check out the WY Facebook for photos and films by Jack leading up to the release.

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