REWIND ME: NOW PLAYING: 5'5" x 19 1/4" A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Fri
29
Aug

Whether it's the Waimea shorebreak jam session with Andy Irons and Cory Lopez, or Tom Curren on the homemade flotilla on the Gold Coast or Chris Ward's animalistic attack, this film redefined what was allowed. During an uptight and elitist moment in surfing — one that saw surfers riding long, narrow, thin, banana surfboards in all conditions — the ...Lost boys took to the North Shore in anything and everything and changed the way two generations that follow think about surfboards and what you can do on them.

And the best part is, the simple reality: they were just friends fucking around together, had a shaper friend and a filmmaker friend and the rest is a bunch of punk music and punk surfers ripping and crashing on each others couches throughout the '90s doing what we all do.

Thank you to Matt Biolos, Mike Reola and Drew Todd for hooking us up with this piece of history. If you'd like to own the original (which will be streaming here live all weekend), check out Lost Enterprises and lock a DVD copy in forever.

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DEAR YOUTH STRANGE DESIRES: DANE REYNOLDS FROM THE SET OF CLUSTER
Thu
28
Aug

PHOTO: Lawrence

I feel like I’m coming down with something. Last time I was here I projectile vomited across the room. A powerful spew that didn’t quite make the bowl. Now there are cats crawling around my gado gado. Sweats aside, the waves are good. Plenty of swell and Dane Reynolds is jamming alongside Jay Davies.

Back on the road, on the move with awesome days ahead. Looking at the maps made it tricky to make a call because you can really go anywhere. Indonesia, as always, was looking the goods, and after some back and forth with Nate Lawrence and Dane, we settled on a random right in Lombok. On paper it was shaping up to be incredible. Dane arrived 30 hours later. Swell hitting the next day, and then [...]

COLLECTED THOUGHTS 067 CRAIG ANDERSON JOINS DYLAN RIEDER ON THE HUF FOOTWEAR TEAM
Thu
28
Aug

PHOTO: Blake Myers

Surfers and skaters have had a pretty volatile relationship over the years. They're too dirty and bloody. We're too jocky and wear too much aloha. And vice versa and yadayadayada. And it wasn't until recently, when we all started hanging out, that a lot of the same things they hated about surfing were the same that we hated. So a bunch of us kept hanging out and now there seems to be some pockets of mutual respect and psyche. We made The Copenhagen Project film last year and learned just what "competition" could mean. We also made some new friends.

And while we don't cover "the news," we thought this was sick: Craig Anderson just got put on the Huf Footwear team, where he joins Dylan Rieder, Austyn Gillette, Peter Ramondetta, Kevin Turpening and more. And from what we know about the brand and ethos of Keith Hufnagel, this is a sick alignment.

Above is Dylan Rieder and Craig Anderson along the South Coast of Australia. Craig and Dane were filming with Kai for Cluster, while Austyn Gillette and Dylan tagged along to shred and skate. It wasn't planned. It wasn't for anything, other than some dudes who get along ripping along the coast.

Why does this matter? It doesn't. It's just rad.

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REWIND ME: 5'5" x 19 1/4" INTERVIEW WITH MATT BIOLOS AND MIKE REOLA ON THE MAKING OF THE CLASSIC FISH FILM
Thu
28
Aug

Chris Ward. Cory Lopez. Andy Irons. Bruce Irons, all running wild in the ocean with a bunch of little discs under their feet, completely disregarding the modern surfboard trends of 1997 and in the process kickstart a surfing renaissance of fuck you. And it all started as a bunch of dudes crashing on a couch in need of a ride to Lowers.

Shaper Matt Biolos and Chris Ward's little surfboard experiment and Mike Reola's awareness to document it all led to one of the raddest cult films to ever be released. It's hard to believe that Matt's been cranking out a version of this board for over 15 years now. But after our recent trip to Indo with Kolohe Andino, Taj Burrow, Ian Crane, Luke Davis and Tanner Rozunko (more on this trip soon), it's safe to say these things still fucking rule.

We catch up with Matt and Mike today and show you just how important this little "fish" film actually is.

Tomorrow and all weekend you can stream the entire film 5'5" x 19 1/4" starring Chris Ward, Cory Lopez, Tom Curren, Andy Irons, Bruce Irons, Dave Dixon, Kelly Slater and many more, right here at What Youth. [...]

RADICAL CLASS 5 BOOKS TO FUEL YOUR EXISTENTIAL CRISIS
Thu
28
Aug

"It wasn’t the New World that mattered...Columbus died almost without seeing it; and not really knowing what he had discovered. It’s life that matters, nothing but life — the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all." — Fyodor Dostoevsky 

You don't have to read. Your life is your blank page, scribble as you like. But in our experience, it's still the best way to begin understanding the complicated, ever-curious thoughts that come into our own minds. To learn that living is living and we're all going to die. And we don't mean that to sound morose. We mean it to sound comforting.

We've seen inside the backpacks of our generation and the reading material inside them could use a pep talk. After the jump we've suggested 5 books that have illuminated the black hole of life on more than a few occasions (albeit often with just a new look into that same black hole), but they've also shown that maybe we shouldn't be looking for light, but rather just remembering to enjoy the dark. Read a few of these books and I think you'll start to see what we mean...

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REWIND ME: LOST'S 5'5" x 19 1/4" STREAMING ONLY AT WHAT YOUTH STARTING FRIDAY AUGUST 29
Wed
27
Aug

It is 1996 and Chris Ward calls Lost shaper Matt Biolos from Hawaii: "I need a fish. Tom Curren is over here riding a fish. I need one." He hangs up and leaves Matt to translate what that means.

"I sent a couple to LAX and Chris picked them up," Biolos recalls. "I had no idea what he meant when he called, but I did some research and went to surf shops and got an idea off some '80s boards and went for it."

Cut to 1997 and surfing is still licking it's wounds after the release of Lost’s first two releases What’s Really Going On, and What’s Really Going Wrong — which served as the antithesis of the bubble-gum pop world captured in Taylor Steele's films. Lost just hit record wherever they were. On the road. At the party. In the water. There were no skits. No acting. This was real. At the time, surfboards looked like bananas in elf shoes, with too much rocker, no width and no volume. But Chris Ward and Cory Lopez were now running around the North Shore with "little discs" attached to their feet and shredding on them in all conditions while filmer Drew Todd followed, relaying back to Reola and Biolos just how sick what was going down.

The result is the third (or so, depending where you start keeping track) installment into Lost’s video library. This was the beginning of the slow death to the 6’2" shortboard and launched the ride this board (2 to 4 inches) shorter than your normal shortboard” sticker on 3/4 of the new boards in shops. The film was raw and sucker punched groms with the idea that they could get radical on anything — in any size surf.

Tomorrow we'll sit down with Mike Reola and Matt Biolos in an all new Rewind Me, featuring 5'5" x 19 1/4 and other oddities and then Friday, August 25th we'll stream the entire film all weekend right here at What Youth.

PHOTO CREDIT NATE TYLER, INDONESIA
Tue
26
Aug

PHOTO: Nate Lawrence

Nate Lawrence on Nate Tyler: "This is Nate Tyler. Usually people like to take photos of him in his teepee house or in the woods or smiling like a nice little hippie. Truth is, Nate hates things just like you and me. Here he is photographed in the sweltering heat of Indo hating that I got him out of his air conditioned room and hating that we were going to surf another right hander (Nate loves his lefts). That's Taj in the back seat of the car. He'd usually be the first one ready everyday frothing like a little kid (Taj loves his rights)."

Nate Tyler  is one of the stars of Joe G's new film Strange Rumblings that comes out in September, and he's currently in production on a new film with our boy Victor Pakpour. Stay tuned for more from the set of that film.

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STAY TUNED: DILLON PERILLO A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY D'BLANC
Mon
25
Aug

These Stay Tuned playlists are becoming quite the glimpse into a person's world. Here Dillon Perillo — a dude who's always rather open to revealing the inner workings of his soul — offers up a noisy '90s selection that includes a Thurston Moore side project (Chelsea Light Moving), some Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr., Slint, Modest Mouse and more. This is a burned out ashtray full of butts in waning afternoon light playlist. Mondays. Dillon's soul. Use it how you like. But make sure you listen loud.

Check the playlist after the jump.

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KOLOHE ANDINO: A FLASHBACK INTERVIEW A GLIMPSE INTO 2012 ON OUR WAY TO 2015
Thu
21
Aug

PHOTO: Dane Reynolds

EDITOR'S NOTE: We spent a good portion of the 2012 summer with Kolohe. He was dealing with his first major injury, right in the middle of his rookie year on the ASP World Tour, amid all sorts of expectations and spotlights and noise, and we got an odd glimpse of him then.

Today, things are very different than they were during this angst-filled Indian Summer. But it's within these offbeat moments where we truly figure out where we're going. Kolohe was no exception. Lucky for us he let us come along.

We're currently in production on a new film project with Kolohe and his friends (coming 2015), but to kick off the fun, we thought it'd be cool to take it from the top. Two years ago today. —Travis 

August 2012

Kolohe Andino is not himself. Or maybe he is. I can’t tell. He’s fucking up a bit. Giving in to demons a tad (thank God). It’s August and he hasn’t surfed in over a month now. He isn’t interacting with media. He’s occupying time with photography and mind games on social media. He just sat through the US Open of Surfing, watching from the pier. He’s wearing a Nike jacket that makes him invisible in photos. He’s tripping people out. He’s rougher than usual. He’s shaving his head a lot and may have been seen uncharacteristically sneaking sips of [...]

PAST PRESENT PERFECT: SUNNY GARCIA & EZEKIEL LAU (PART 2) A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY RUSTY
Wed
20
Aug

Surf competition is fine if you're a champion. But that's only a feeling few have in surfing. And while we cheer, it's really the characters, the surfers we relate to, emulate, study, watch and re-watch who shape the unique concoction that becomes our own style.

In this second episode of the Sunny Garcia and Ezekiel Lau conversation, both get into who it was that shaped the Hawaiian power game that Sunny is known for and that Zeke is currently showcasing around the world today.

Be sure to check back Friday for the third and final installment of Past Present Perfect: Sunny and Zeke, and check out our first pairing: Mason Ho and Matt Archbold here. 

LESS IS LESS: EPISODE 4 A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL RADIO SHOW
Tue
19
Aug

So it turns out Dillon Perillo has the world's greatest radio voice. Didn't see that coming. During a trip to El Salvador last weekend, he joined Blake Myers and Brendon Gibbens for a new installment of the very entertaining radio show creation of Creed McTaggart and Blake Myers.

This episode features a recap of the US Open debacle, some travel tips for El Salvador and a lot of really obscure information from the brain of Dillon Perillo. That and some really good tunes, as usual.

PAST PRESENT PERFECT: SUNNY GARCIA & EZEKIEL LAU (PART 1) A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY RUSTY
Mon
18
Aug

Sunny Garcia is part of a near mythological lineage of Hawaiian surfers. Hawaii and it's surfers have been a part of every single shift in progression, surfboards, big waves, airs, competition and freesurfing. It's one of the most important aspects of our history. And there have been a lot of surfers who've participated in those historic runs, but perhaps none more persistently than Sunny Garcia. For decades Sunny Garcia defined and matched Hawaiian wave power with Hawaiian surfing power.

In this new episode of Past Present Perfect, our series dedicated to aligning two like-minded and like-surfing styles from different decades to let them discuss both the similarities and differences in each experience, Sunny joins up and coming Hawaiian surfer Ezekiel Lau to discuss the impact that lineage has had on each. Parts 2 and 3 coming Wednesday and Friday.

Filmed and edited by Troy Eckert 

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CRACK A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SHORT STARRING JACK FREESTONE AND DILLON PERILLO
Fri
15
Aug
There's a bunch of sandy, glassy pointbreaks down in Mexico and they sure do beckon. This trip came together within 6 hours during a crowded California holiday weekend and the next thing we knew we were sweating and running across the world's hottest sand in Mexico. Going right. All day.

Filmed and edited by Michael Cukr

 
CRACK: DILLON PERILLO AND JACK FREESTONE IN MEXICO PHOTOS FROM THE SET OF CRACK, A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SHORT PREMIERING TOMORROW
Thu
14
Aug

PHOTOS: Quinn Matthews

It was hot. It was fun. It was perfect. It was last minute. And it really gave us a fun introduction to photographer Quinn Matthews. And tomorrow, we'll get to see filmmaker Michael Curk's interpretation in video. Above you'll find a gallery of our boy Quinn's photos from the trip to the long and perfect points of Salina Cruz. For the real gold, be sure to check out What Youth Issue 8, which features a rather beautiful presentation of this trip on actual paper.

For today, peruse the gallery above, get psyched and check back tomorrow to watch it all come to life in What Youth Original film: Crack, starring Dillon Perillo and Jack Freestone. 

DEAR YOUTH CRACK, A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SHORT WILL PREMIERE FRIDAY, AUGUST 15
Wed
13
Aug

PHOTO: Quinn Matthews

We asked Dillon Perillo, who traveled to Mexico with Jack Freestone, about the trip that will be playing here on Friday. Seems that it was hot:

Dillon Perillo on Mexico: "The air was a scorch and our rations were peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with these funny cherry and marshmallow cookies. The beer is almost hydrating it's so hot. I wasn't thinking about the others as I just wanted to do a decent job at surfing. Sometimes I thought about what if our butt cracks were horizontal and not vertical. It would be an utter mess. The locals were great hosts. They drive you everywhere and they surf with you when they can and then you can buy them beers. They're jolly souls."

BACK DEN 23 TOM CARROLL, WAIMEA BAY, CIRCA 2005
Tue
12
Aug

PHOTO: Mark Oblow

Editor's note: So yeah, Oblow just went from Reese Forbes to Tom Carroll. I rest my case: he's a legend among legends. —Travis  

Mark Oblow: "i can't remember when the first time i met tom was, but i think it was at sandy beach for one of the gotcha contests they had there. i was 12. i had known of him through surfing and always looked up to him. pure bad ass. he fucked pipe up and got respect. later during my time with quiksilver, i got to go on a bunch of different trips with him and we hit it off! energy feeds off energy. but still to this day when i see him even comment on one of my posts, i get so excited it's like im a kid again. his show on netflix is sick too! he goes over the falls on a jet ski and holds on the entire way never once thinking of jumping off. tom is a pure inspiration, a fucking legend and an epic human. shot on a hasselblad H1, 50-110mm, illford delta, 400 pro 120."

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COMING FRIDAY: CRACK A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL STARRING JACK FREESTONE AND DILLON PERILLO
Tue
12
Aug

Everyone knows you still can't say Salina Cruz — despite many marketing campaigns designed to put it on your radar. But that's where we went with Dillon Perillo and Jack Freestone. What followed was a quick, sweaty, feisty bit of ripping along it's right points. We didn't stay long, but these two didn't need long.

Premiering Friday, only at WhatYouth.com 

Filmed and edited by Michael Cukr

 
WHAT YOUTH ISSUE 8 A VISUAL TEASER OF WHAT YOUTH ISSUE 8 (ON SALE NOW IN THE WHAT YOUTH STORE)
Mon
11
Aug

“If you’re purely after facts, please buy yourself the phone directory of Manhattan. It has four million times correct facts. But it doesn’t illuminate.” —Werner Herzog

We nearly lost toes, fingers, friends, two RED cameras, a scooter, three computers and photographer Quinn Matthews making this. And we missed the deadline.

Generally, making a magazine consists of several well-orchestrated meetings among an educated collective in well lit, artfully decorated and air-conditioned rooms surrounded by cubicles and skeptical accountants. Strategies, stories and angles are pitched and approved and all systems go. Phones ring and e-mails mail. Shit gets done. Our process, however, is a little different.

And I realized this charming quality outside a [...]

PORTFOLIO: RYAN ALLAN SOUND ADVICE FROM A MAN BUSY LIVIN'
Fri
08
Aug

When people walk through the What Youth HQ they often notice a few skate photo zines we have in the shelves. They were made by Ryan Allan. Ryan is a skater’s photographer. He’s a skater. A punk. Opinionated and always pushing skating and skate culture to evolve and represent itself. His photography is the same. Intimate, iconic and real. We talked to Ryan about maintaining integrity in photography and how important it is for our small waves of rebellion to grow as a means of reinvigorating suddenly mainstream subcultures.

WHAT YOUTH: You finally get off the tarmac?[When he's traveling, which he does often, Ryan posts photos of tarmacs around the world].

Ryan Allan: Yeah, I'm stoked. And I always like [...]

COLLECTED THOUGHTS 066 CREED McTAGGART, DION AGIUS AND NOA DEANE, MORNING TEA ON THE SET OF CLUSTER
Wed
06
Aug

PHOTO: Nate Lawrence

We were mostly looking for launch ramps, but sometimes the path to ramps leads you into empty pits and we'd be lying if looking at this bomb out the back didn't excite us. Although, while most of the boys watched the top shop pit across the reef, Noa Deane couldn't take his eyes off the inside section.

“Look at the top shop! What’s the top shot about? All about getting piped!" everyone yelled. Well, everyone except Noa Deane.

Noa could only focus on the inside, pointing to the inside ramp, "This things where you wanna be hitting! That shit is begging!" he said staring at the ridiculously shallow inside section filled with coral-crusted  launch ramps. Think he hit it?

For evidence of what happens next, grab a copy of What Youth Issue 8 and hop on board the Nathan Hedge haunted Rip Curl Search boat with the cast of Cluster and see what sort of wild shit went down.