LESS IS LESS: EPISODE 3 A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL RADIO SHOW
Thu
31
Jul

Creed McTaggart and Brendon Gibbens were literally en route to the world premiere of Globe's new surf flick Strange Rumblings when they came by to record this episode of the Less is Less show, Blake Myers and Creed McTaggart's foray into the wild world of airwaves.

In this episode, Creed talks about crying on a plane because of Occy, scabies cures, floater 360s and Silverchair while the ever-adorable Brendon Gibbens drops the kinds of songs that gets him dancing solo (literally Brendon will go dancing alone if he has to) in his beloved Cape Town. Hit play, it's the freakin' weekend baby. We'll take it from here.

And if you haven't had a  listen to the first few episodes, click here: Episode 1 and Episode 2 

 
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PHOTO CREDIT Bol Adi Putra, Padang Padang
Thu
31
Jul

PHOTO: Nate Lawrence

Bol Adi Putra at Padang Padang

There's no lack of swell in Indo right now. Hasn't been for months. Wherever you are over here, you've been scoring. Mentawais. G-Land. Bali. It's all been nonstop. But what you haven't scored is Bali's most famous wave: Padang Padang. Sure you've gotten a few head dips here and there, but it really hasn't turned on for quite some time. And now we're getting anxious. See, there's quite a few guys roaming around Bali waiting for this wave to turn on so that Rip Curl's Padang Cup can turn on. Wardo's been surfing and speeding around on his motorbike every day. There are rumors of Christian Fletcher flying over for the swell next week. People are psyching. But one guy remains calm. Bol (pictured above) doesn't really worry who is flying over for the contest. His track record out at Padang is better than anyone. He's won it twice and rarely misses a final. And now the charts have gone red again. The swell for next week is looking really good. But will it be big enough to give the contest the green light? We'll have to wait and see...
BACK DEN 21 NATHAN FLETCHER, 1999, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Thu
31
Jul

PHOTO: Mark Oblow

Mark Oblow: "this photo of nathan was taken late 1990's in brooklyn, ny. it was my first shoot for quiksilver and i had to do everything by myself. Everything from carrying the clothing in a bag and styling, finding locations, keeping nathan and jason dill motivated, and shooting film of course. i had met nathan years ago through christian hosoi in hawaii. but had no idea how this would go and of course adding jason dill into the mix. i was freaking the fuck out getting on the plane thinking to myself how the fuck can i pull this off? turned out to be one of the best trips ever and locked in a fucking great friendship between nathan and myself that is still holding strong today. not to mention dill and nate hitting it off." —Mark Oblow

shot on a canon eos-1

t-max 35mm

To see more of Oblow's incredible archive, check out his website, tumblr and Instagram: @markoblow

STAY TUNED: MITCH COLEBORN A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY D'BLANC
Wed
30
Jul

Mitch Coleborn, 1996

Today's playlist is themed around the transition from grunge into punk and features a very influential Mitch Coleborn, who's early days centered — as many of ours did — around both. Here he explains his theming of this little trip down memory lane:

Mitch Coleborn: "So I went to my first live festival when I was 8 with my older sister and got to see Silverchair in 1995. At the time, all I wanted for my 9th birthday was a mohawk and a pair of Doc Martens. And then obviously the back half of this playlist I've put together was influenced by Taylor Steele's movies — which we'd all dance around in our bedrooms to this shit all day. The first CD I ever got was Frogstomp by Silverchair and sorry it wasn't Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Heres a photo of me in 1996 (sweet birthday present)."

Check out and stream Mitch's entire Stay Tuned Playlist now after the jump. 

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DEAR YOUTH A WHAT YOUTH ISSUE 8 PEP RALLY
Tue
29
Jul

PHOTO: Lawrence

After you nearly lose your mind, you do your best to clear that shattered mind and forget all about what it was that sent it missing. In our case it was the What Youth Issue 8 deadline, but it's too unforgettable to just erase it. Now though, it's been a few days and we're finally ready to smell the ink on the pages as the printer sends it back. Issue 8 will be going on sale first thing next week and we can't wait to class up your coffee table.

Inside you'll find a healthy amount of surfing, which excited us because we've kinda been scoring. Like all over the globe. Western Australia. Indonesia. Mexico. We teach you how to travel, drink, eat, hotel and get rad all over countries like South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Consider the above a warning shot. Craig Anderson on the Cluster boat trip that changed everything...

 
US (ALMOST) OPEN PARTY: THE AFTERMATH PRESENTED BY WHAT YOUTH X VISSLA
Mon
28
Jul

That escalated quickly!

Everyone came out in full force Saturday night for our US Open something or other party. Groms were flaring on our mini ramp. Girls. Girls Girls. Noa Deane. Curren Caples. Jack Freestone. Mitch Coleborn. Chippa Wilson. Luke Davis. Mitch Crews. And so many more came out to hang and watch Julian Klincewicz of Lube put on a rad performance — which included a really sick Neil Young cover, before whipping in the babes of LA Witch who absolutely killed it in our warehouse. After that it was dancing followed by cops followed by more dancing and DJ Rusty Buckets' now infamous Devo set on the mini ramp dance floor.

All is well today and a big thanks to Vissla and D'Blanc for collaborating and rocking with us. After the jump you will find a lot of pretty faces and some familiar faces thanks to our homies at Life Without Andy. Thanks to everyone who came and rocked out. You guys rule.

See more photos here after the jump or checkout Life Without Andy for the full gallery. 

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US (ALMOST) OPEN PARTY PRESENTED BY WHAT YOUTH X VISSLA
Thu
24
Jul

We just realized a bunch of our friends are in town, school's out, sun's out, etc, so we decided that's a perfect excuse to have you all over for free tacos, beer, music and ripping.

Come watch the sunset from the back-alley behind our headquarters and we'll feed you and drink with you from 6PM to 9PM

Live Music by:

7PM: Julian Klincewicz of Lube 

8PM: L.A. Witch 

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ADOLESCENTS: CAM RICHARDS A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING OUR FAVORITE SURFERS 18 AND UNDER
Thu
24
Jul

Let's clear the air: Cam Richards' name is familiar to you because he once used an insane social media prowess to nearly defeat Dane Reynolds to get a wildcard into a surf contest. If anything, it displayed the power of social media and how ridiculous it is at the same time. But it also set Cam up for potential failure: 15 minutes of fame and all that jazz. But...

Lucky for us, Cam continues to flair post-Reynolds duel. He's a fresh vibe for us: coming from South Carolina along the seriously fun East Coast of the USA, Cam has the opportunity to fill the mammoth void left by epic east coast legends like Ben Bourgeois, Hobgoods, Cory Lopez, Slater and a host of others who've gotten us psyched in the past. Now its Cam's turn and as you'll see, there's a goofy foot with a whip coming in hot.

CHURCH OF TYPE A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL
Wed
23
Jul

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play,” said French writer Chateaubriand. “He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” 

 

Enter the beautiful world of Kevin Bradley, a Knoxville, Tennessee native and owner of Santa Monica print shop Church of Type. His passions for letters, for printing, for living are infectious and we're obsessed. In what many feel is a dead or dying or whatever business (printing), Kevin continues to thrive and create beautiful works of art at his zany workshop along the coast. We met Kevin through filmmaker Jeremy Asher Lynch and promptly told him to introduce Kevin to everyone we know. Hit play and allow us to formally introduce you.

Filmed and edited by Jeremy Asher Lynch

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DEAR YOUTH LATE NIGHTS, EARLY MORNINGS
Tue
22
Jul

Slept here last night...well, Scott did, if you call that sleep. And he looks good today! We just battled each demonic hurdle this latest deadline threw at us. Wielding swords of wine bottles and coffee, we are officially finished. We can throw away (and hide) all the Del Taco bags, beer cans, coffee cups and clutter and act like it never happened, because all that matters now is getting the pages in your hands, because What Youth Issue 8 is now officially a thing, being crafted and covered in real inks for your coffee table now.

Tomorrow we're back with Jeremy Asher Lynch's incredible piece: Church of Type and after that we have a some really exciting shit to tell you about too. Ever heard of The Storm before the Storm? Well, beware, it's coming.

LESS IS LESS A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL RADIO SHOW
Mon
21
Jul

And they're back. With more tunes and more chit chat for your Monday. Creed McTaggart and Blake Myers new radio show Less is Less is here. You'll find stories from the road, some good music and this time the boys get it done on a cool, wine-drinking night on the south coast of Australia. Be sure to check out Episode 1 here too. 

Check out our Facebook page later to submit questions and fun facts for the next episode. Hit us up and we'll get you involved in the next episode of Less is Less.

OFF BEAT: TANNER ROZUNKO A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Fri
18
Jul

His band shreds. His skating is sick. He surfs rad. He's one of those guys. Everything he touches he rips at. After our recent trip with him to Indonesia, we decided to follow him around his hometown of San Clemente to see what it looks like to shred at everything you touch in a day. We also asked him a bunch of ridiculous Off Beat questions. It was sunny, the waves were rideable, the skatepark was relatively empty and we got Slurpees.

Meet Tanner Rozunko. He rips. At life. As long as he doesn't get that tattoo.

THE CHURCH OF TYPE A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL: PREMIERING WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
Fri
18
Jul

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play,” said French writer Chateaubriand. “He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” 

Enter the world of Kevin Bradley. Kevin is a Knoxville, Tennessee native now living in Los Angeles and is doing just that. He owns the print shop Church of Type in Santa Monica, an absolute museum of beautiful typography and letters. And as you'll quickly see, Kevin is a rare man who's found a way to make his work part of his own beautiful life.

This is a glimpse at the latest work of art in short cinema from our friend Jeremy Asher Lynch. We'll be world premiering the piece here at What Youth next Wednesday, July 23rd. Hit play for a sample of what you're in for and be sure to check back Wednesday for the full-length piece.

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WHAT YOUTH REPORTS: DEPACTUS A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES (AGENDA EDITION)
Thu
17
Jul

Few things in this world are more legit than Luke Egan. His power-footed carves are etched into all of our brains and after decades with Billabong and Electric — and a very credible record in the surf industry — he's launching his own brand, with partner Bruce Beach. It's called Depactus and we got our first glimpse of it during the Agenda Show last week.

They've immediately picked up Mark Healey, Matt Meola and Ry Craike, who Luke says epitomize the brand's ethos. They are modern adventurers. Shark-riding, full rotation, big wave, small wave, desert-tube adventuring legends. So we're psyched. They're psyched, let's do this. While running around Agenda, we caught up with Luke and Matt after a whiskey-fueled brainstorm the night before and nursed each other back to health with cold beers and a bit about their new vibe. We like the sound of this.

AFTERNOON INTERVIEW: MEATBODIES A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES (AGENDA EDITION)
Wed
16
Jul

We used to go to trade shows to drink, schmooze, get free stuff and attempt to get industry money, but ever since the Agenda show started, it's really turned into a great place to see bands (and do the above). Our friends at Brixton have been relentless with booking sick bands and packing tiny dive bars with the dark-eyed girls with red lips and polka dot onesies during Agenda. So during this most recent show, we used it as an opportunity to talk with Chad Ubovich of Meatbodies before his set at Alex's Bar in Long Beach and ended up head banging and drinking tons of Stellas with our interns. If you're a fan of Ty Segall and/or Fuzz or distortion or head banging or anything I mentioned above, you're going to dig this.

Opening for the Meatbodies were Mr. Elevator and the Brain Hotel and The Abigails, who all turned out to shred as well.

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ADOLESCENTS: KANOA IGARASHI A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING OUR FAVORITE SURFERS UNDER 18
Tue
15
Jul

Here is the beginning of another batch of surfers in our Adolescents series: 18-and-under surfers who get us excited for the future of What Youth and surfing in general. Groms throwing tail. Being little legends and ramping into the flats and keeping us thoroughly entertained.

Our first batch of groms introduced us to the game-changing antics of Yago Dora from Brazil, a batch of Australians who prove Oz has some crazy blood lines with parts from Eli Steele, Luke Hynd and Kai Hing while Taylor Clark got California in mix with massive airs and serious power gaffs.

Today we introduce you to Kanoa Igarashi from Huntington Beach, California. Kanoa has been traveling the world surfing since he was practically in pre-school (at least he looked like he was). Since then he's grown up, put together an impressive into-the-flats air game and surrounded it with a seriously classic California style.

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RADICAL CLASS WHAT YOUTH DRINKS: THE OLD FASHIONED
Tue
15
Jul

Editor's note: It's no big secret we like to drink. We travel. Write. Film. Photograph. Surf. Skate. And work hard. And we often balance all that with drink. But we'd like to remind you that drinking isn't for everyone (hell, it's not for many), and lots of people have bad drinking styles — just like in surfing — so our mission here is to provide you with some realistic advice for the responsible, non-amateur hour drinker. The Radical Class series will be your guide to life on the road, creative new ideas and some unique food and drinks we've discovered through extensive late night research. Today, one of our favorite directors of wine and spirits, Paul Brewer, refreshes a classic: The Old Fashioned. —Travis 

The old fashioned is our standard. The foundation. The bottom turn of cocktails.

Allow us to illustrate: sure, you can drink without knowing the old fashioned, just like you can surf without a proper bottom turn. You just won’t do either very well. You may fumble down the line, powerless slices and banks off the foam, wasting away life with post-lackluster-surf Keystones and Red Bull vodkas. Let’s agree that’s no way to surf, drink or live.

Point being, learn the bottom turn and learn how to make a proper old fashioned. A firm grasp on its technique and an appreciation of its ingredients will set you up for success with other cocktails.

For those who appreciate roots as much as us, it’s called an old fashioned because it’s the old fashioned way of making mixed cocktails. Naturally. Back when, “cocktail” (adding mixers to liquor) was a term for a morning drink. Your alcoholic ancestors only diluted spirits in a hair of the dog, hangover situation. They added some sugar and some water to lessen the strength, help ‘em get over their pounding heads, and get back to that serious drinking. That’s the essence of the old fashioned: a little booze, a little water, a little sugar.

To make it, there are many techniques. Here’s our preferred:

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COLOR ME IN: ELLIS ERICSON A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY FUTURES
Mon
14
Jul

During our recent run through Bali, we ran into a few friends who are doing rad things. Surfer and shaper Ellis Ericson has pretty much nailed it: set up shop in Bali, shaping whatever he wants, tearing in warm, fun waves and collaborating with a variety of passers through Bali — which we can confidently say is quite literally everyone.

In this episode of Color Me In, we grabbed a couple Bintangs, Beau Foster and scootered over to Ellis' magic workshop to check it out. It won't take long to see and hear just how liberating it can be to do things for yourself — on and off a surfboard. Plus we got some seriously fun sessions at Canngu.

Filmed and edited by Blake Myers

Surf footage provided by Jimmy Kinnaird

DEAR YOUTH THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO SCORE
Thu
10
Jul

PHOTO: Lawrence

Taj Burrow claimed best trip to Indo...like ever. Luke Davis (pictured above) parked himself in hundreds of long-term tubes stations (often on his 5' 5" x 19 1/4" Mayhem) and thoroughly proved himself a stubborn barrel pig. Kolohe Andino stood tall and strong — sporting 15 stitches in his chin — while driving through roping rights in an eerily A.I. fashion. And this is what it looked like.

Stay tuned to hear more about our cruise through the Mentawais aboard the MV Addiction, logging footage for a new film project starring Kolohe Andino.

WHAT YOUTH RECOMMENDS 021 A FEW INTERESTING HOURS EDITION
Wed
09
Jul

The doldrums of summer are approaching. But hopefully watching some of this creativity will get you to erase the word doldrums from your vocabulary. WE've got everything from RVCA skate team running around Puerto Rico to Patti Smith singing Jack Kerouac poems and Mac Demarco, who happened to write the soundtrack to your summer.

It's all waiting after the jump, don't be lazy today. 

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STAY TUNED A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY D'BLANC
Tue
08
Jul

Brendon Gibbens loves to dance. Like, loves it so much he'll take off solo on Friday nights, dead sober and just let loose for a few hours before returning home to surf early the next morning. We had the dancing man curate a playlist for us. It entails a variety of danceable, yet rather melancholy tunes from a variety of generations, going heavy in the '80s.

After the jump, hit play and take a journey through the rather eclectic mind of South Africa's Brendon Gibbens. [...]