EVERY WALL A DOOR: THE CS LOUIS JOURNALS PART 2: WHY I LOVE STYX...IN MEXICO
Fri
19
Sep

Illustration: Scott Chenoweth

Editor's Note: CS Louis has spent the majority of his life serving the Gods of core. And now we've given him a chapel he likes to call: "Every Wall a Door" to preach his gospel. You're likely to find wisdom, surfboards, dusty backroads, a lot of frustration with the idea of "air wind," bars, third-world discotheques, waves with juice and lengthy rumblings about trying to find them. You'll probably end up hungover. In this second installment, a band called Styx in a land called Mexico. —Travis 

I love Styx because I love Mexico. I love Styx because I love driving all night in Mexico. I love driving all night in Mexico because it is forbidden to drive all night to Cabo in Mexico. And while doing forbidden shit in Mexico, I fucking love jamming Styx.

We were four post-adolescent Renegades fed up with Southern California’s Grand Illusion selling Miss America to any Blue Collar Man with a Crystal Ball between their legs. Four men proclaiming they’d be working “online” from the road for the week while touring the entirety of the Baja peninsula. California to Cabo, 3000 miles in seven days, zero minutes of online connectivity, and karaoke sung with no less than four transvestites.

“Whatever you do, don’t drive at night. There are cows in the road and [...]

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BACK DEN 26 WAYNE LYNCH, CIRCA 2000, HAWAII
Thu
18
Sep

PHOTO: Mark Oblow

Editor's Note: I make every intern at What Youth research Wayne Lynch, Derek Hynd, Tom Curren and Dane Reynolds on their first day. They report back on the beautiful links they find between the four and usually leads to a few trips through YouTube to get psyched. Hopefully they already knew a bit, but these four represent an underground pantheon of doing shit your own way, with radical style, regardless of industry, expectations or fucking anything. And of course Mark Oblow was on to it. And today especially, as we watch old school surfers chase the spotlight on webcasts, it's nice to know there are guys like Wayne, Derek, Tommy and Dane, doing their thing, whether you see it or not, no webcast needed. And just imagine how sick it looks. —Travis   

Mark Oblow: "wayne lynch. from a kid surfing in the late '70s wayne lynch was the man! his style, his attitude, his surfing was mind-blowing. he was an idol of mine. i was lucky to have done a shoot for quiksilver on the north shore and shot all their legends. him being one of them. it took me forever to get him to take his sunglasses off but when i did i got this. shot at waimea bay on the north shore, hawaii. hasselblad H1 50-110mm illford delta 400 pro 12."

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

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  • Dane Reynolds, Mainland Mexico 2014. This was on our last filming trip for GET-N CLASSIC VOL.3. Dane and Nate talking about swells and the stuff this caliber of dude talk about. I think this might have been the first time they traveled together on a trip. Wade Goodall also came along to film for the movie. These three personalities really made for an amazing trip, complete with insane waves.
  • Christian Fletcher, Costa Mesa, Circa 2005, In the parking lot of the old RVCA building. Christian had been working on his souped-up racing motorcycle for a few days. And this day, while in sandals, got it running. Except the engine was revving super high and crazy. I thought he was gonna fly into the brick wall. But instead, he flew down the street without missing a beat.
  • Dice, Morocco 2012. This was a trip when we were filming for Get-N Classic 2, the trip was Dane Gudauskas, Andrew Doheny, Al Knost, Ivan and Nathan Florence. It was my first time there, pretty awesome place, kinda feels like you’re in Baja mixed with some Star Wars vibes. After dark there’s not much to do, so the occasional dice game would break out.
  • Alex Kopps, San Juanico, B.C.S 2007. I was working at RVCA at the time, and we organized a surf trip with a group of artists. The trip started in San Francisco in a semi-fucked 17 passenger Dodge van. Everything was all good the first half of the drive. Then we had the worst car troubles you could imagine. We had to stay a few nights while we waited for parts to get to the mechanic; shit didn’t work ‘cause they didn’t have the right computer to read the engine. It sucked. We finally said, “Fuck
  • Dylan Graves “live art,” Virginia Beach, VA, 2010. This was shot during ECSC at the very first Duct Tape Invitational. All the Duct Tape invitees had convened in Joel’s hotel room, I think, and somehow Alex Knost had started to turn Dylan into some kind of sculpture, and then a few others jumped in to add to the masterpiece. It was a hilarious night.
  • Noosa Heads, Australia, 2013. This photo is from the Duct Tape Invitational event we put on in Noosa. At each of the contests, part of the deal for the competitors is that we supply the accommodation. So the whole time everyone is hanging out, surfing together, and messing around, it really feels like more of a big surf trip than a contest. I think this shot was in Al’s room, almost everyone was jammed in there watching a new surf film and drinking wine.
  • This photo was taken on my first assignment from Vans, before officially being hired. Dane Gudauskas on the North Shore, 2009, painting up his Hawaii quiver. Dane is the most stoked person on earth, always down for an adventure or to chase a swell in some exotic land far away.
  • Nathan Florence, North Point, West OZ, 2013. Nathan Florence lurked out in between sessions in Western Australia. He is one of the funnest people to be around, he always keeps the good vibes up. Nate is also mega-smart, the kid burns through books faster than people can write ‘em. In this photo, Nate still had his tall gangly frame, now he’s filled into his body and his surfing has improved so much. He’s super focused and driven, it’s really awesome to see him killing it.
  • Robin Kegel, Capistrano Beach, 2012. I can’t say enough about how real-deal Robbie is. He seeks out adventure and the things he wants to do before he even figures out a way to do it. He truly embodies real surf culture, not the paid rockstars or people trying to sell you shit you don’t need. Cat on the street, snake in the water, He’s a total nightmare sometimes, but he’s also a complete genius. One side drives the other.
Dane Reynolds, Mainland Mexico 2014. This was on our last filming trip for GET-N CLASSIC VOL.3. Dane and Nate talking about swells and the stuff this caliber of dude talk about. I think this might have been the first time they traveled together on a trip. Wade Goodall also came along to film for the movie. These three personalities really made for an amazing trip, complete with insane waves.
PHOTO CREDIT: NOLAN HALL A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Wed
17
Sep

Photos and captions: Nolan Hall

Working for Vans puts you in some pretty good company. And when your'e a cool cat like Nolan Hall, you're going to get to document dudes authentically. In the wild. How they are. Unique, creative, fucked up and amazing. Nolan has been traveling the world snapping photos for a long time and we hit him up to get a glimpse into his archive. This is only a small sample of  his rather thorough and extensive archive.

Be sure to check the full-screen gallery (hit the magnifying glass in the lower right corner of the images) and Nolan's captions (just hover over the image).  They're sick and insightful anecdotes to accompany the amazing gypsy dudes he travels with.

LESS IS LESS: EPISODE 5 A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL RADIO SHOW
Tue
16
Sep

Live from Jeffrey's Bay it's featuring Andrew Doheny, Beau Foster, Creed McTaggart and Blake Myers. At the end of what the boys are calling "a memorable day" in South Africa. Andrew may have locked into one of the best barrels of his life at the fabled pointbreak. Vibes are good and topics range from ass-less chaps, pregnant hot girls from High School and rainbows. Couple that with Droid's sarcasm, Creed's enthusiasm and Beau's grooviness, some good tunes and you're locked into Episode 5 of Less is Less.

COLLECTED THOUGHT 068 GABRIEL MEDINA IN A LOCKER ROOM
Tue
16
Sep

PHOTO: Quinn Matthews

Is this us? Ummm, hopefully not...

We choose not to talk about the ASP tour or (whatever you call it now) too much. You may have noticed. But it's not for lack of psych on surfing. Or the boys who tear on the tour, because we're fans of their ripping. It's more about the disconnect we feel when it does this. A surfer, deep inside a closed off locker room, headphones on, entrenched in focus and fire and ritual. Seemingly turning everything that makes surfing the greatest lifestyle ever into a locker room hallway of doom and gloom.

A lot of people forget that it's rarely about just "the activity" that makes surfing sick. It’s all the sick shit that comes with it: the excitement, anticipation, fun, psych and amp that comes to us on the car ride to the beach. The friendships. The parking lots. The late nights, the early mornings, the long flights, the daydreams, the long drives on moments notice. All the ridiculous shit we do. That's what appeals to us. The surfing act is done, and it is as fun as anything we can imagine, but it leads to so many other things and it's that part that makes it so great. So unique. So different. We just can’t allow ourselves to degrade it to a lonely locker room over sand.

We quit playing sports to be surfers. Not to be on the surf team.

Just a thought. And don't get us started on the ASP desk on the beach shit... —Travis  [...]

WHAT YOUTH RECOMMENDS A MONDAY MORNING JOLT EDITION
Mon
15
Sep

Sometimes creativity comes out easily, "like a good hot beer shit," as Bukowski so poetically put it (if you've never listened to this rant, we suggest you start every morning with it). Other times, it's nice to take a quick gander at some creators who are very ahead of their time, doing things just to do them. And Monday morning is the best time to fire up your own inferno for the week ahead. Some things we're digging, just for you, after the jump.

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  • Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox.
  • Suit by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox.
  • Shorts by RVCA, shirt and hat stylists own.
  • Dress by RVCA. // Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox, stylists own pink kimono, sunglasses by Electric.
  • Jumpsuit by Again, sunglasses by Dblanc.
  • Jumpsuit by Again, sunglasses by Dblanc.
  • Bikini by Rusty, sunglasses by Electric.
  • Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox, sunglasses by Electric, stylists own kimono.
  • Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox, stylists own kimono.
  • Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox, stylists own kimono.
  • Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox, sunglasses by Electric, stylists own kimono.
  • Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox, stylists own kimono.
  • Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox, stylists own kimono.
  • Swimsuit by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox.
  • Swimsuit by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox.
  • Swimsuit by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox.
  • Top by Volcom, shorts by Rusty, watch by Electric.
  • Top by Volcom, shorts by Rusty, watch by Electric.
Bikini by Beach Riot and Stone Cold Fox.
6823 LONG BEACH, CA WHAT YOUTH GIRLS
Fri
12
Sep

Photography by: Isaac Zoller

Chlorine sex appeal photographed during a suburban heat wave in Long Beach, California.

Click the magnifying glass for full screen hotness. And be sure to check the video here. 

DEAR YOUTH MITCH COLEBORN'S NEW CLUSTER BOARDS LOOK SICK
Fri
12
Sep

PHOTOS: Neville

Surfboard art can be really bad. And good of course, but most often, bad. Depending who it's in the hands of. From classic iconic pin lines, solid colors, pro and shaper decals, over-done murals...there hasn’t been too many iconic art works under foam and fiberglass. The lightning bolt, Ozzies crowns, Kalani's Kellog boards, Todd Chesser's swirly Rusty's, Tom Curren's black lines etc.

Pictured below Mitch Coleborn has draped his sleds in some full bleed CLUSTER yardage, a concept he pitched to Kai after taking a liking to the film's artwork. Mitch took it a step further by working with his shaper Chilli on some inlays using the patterns that have so far been a visual depiction of the film. Mitch is currently checking in to log a month of filming for CLUSTER throughout Indo and Europe. These won’t be found in store, but will be seen in the film. [...]
EVERY WALL A DOOR: THE C.S. LOUIS JOURNALS PART 1: A HOLE IN EVERY PORT
Thu
11
Sep

Art: Scott Chenoweth

Editor's Note: C.S. Louis has spent the majority of his life serving the God's of core. And now we've given him a chapel in the form of a new column he likes to call: Every Wall a Door to preach his gospel. You're likely to find wisdom, surfboards, dusty backroads, a lot of frustration with the idea of "air wind," bars, third-world discotheques, waves with juice and lengthy discussions in regards to the route taken to find them. You'll probably end up hungover. In this first installment, he recaps his youth on the road. —Travis 

I used to be fierce! I got chased down dirt roads by drunken Mexican banditos in the Ensenada night, only to negotiate a liquid settlement on the shoulder in the moonlight.

I had a chili bowl haircut and after that it was an unkept mane halfway down my back and I didn’t give a fuck when a beautiful 19-year-old dirt-stick sucking, Gold Coast Aussie outside Jupiter’s Casino told me it didn’t suit me.

I cheated and lied and laughed. I booked a ticket to Charles de Gaulle for the first week of my first semester of university and never mentioned it to my girlfriend before lift-off. I wore headbands gifted by morenas in San Sebastian and got pneumonia in Bundoran from packing too many Irish car bombs and then jumped into the bushes of Capbreton with the Dutch.

I purchased a starch-collared shirt solely for the nightlife of [...]

  • Unidentified next to no one.
  • Creed McTaggart, North Point.
  • I wish every day was like this.
  • Eadie.
  • Color and force.
  • Still reminisce about this day.
  • Cleo.
  • That simple.
  • Harry Bryant, Noosa Heads.
  • Sheni, local kid of Krui Sumatra.
  • Goaltending.
  • Sun down and a wide range of overwhelming lines in Lombok.
  • Harry Bryant.
  • Harrison Roach at home.
  • Just pick your line and imagine the rest.
  • Harrison Roach.
  • Harry Bryant, NSW.
  • Eadie.
  • Claustrophobic love.
  • Sumbawa.
  • Java lava.
  • Matt Cuddihy.
  • Matt Cuddihy
  • Creed McTaggart and Harrison Roach, North Point.
  • Shaun Manners and Creed McTaggart.
PHOTO CREDIT: WOODY GOOCH A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Wed
10
Sep

Photos and captions: Woody Gooch

When we asked Woody Gooch about his name, all he said was: "Woodya mean?"

Followed by: "I don't really have a fucking clue how I got the name of two male private parts. I still haven't asked my parents. No one ever believes me that my name is Woody Gooch."

But we'll be damned if it isn't. And that Woody Gooch shoots a hell of a photo.

And for someone who humbly declines to speak much about his photography, they speak pretty loudly on his behalf. With only a year of a travel under his belt, we've got a pretty good feeling about what he's capable of and can't wait to see him dirty his boots around the globe. And with a name like that, he's going to be just fine, wherever he goes. Who wouldn't let Woody Gooch crash on their couch?

We had him curate a selection of his images above and got him to answer a few questions about how this all happened and where he and that name are going.

WHAT YOUTH: WHERE’D YOU GROW UP? I was born in a town on the outskirts of Melbourne, Australia. Once I turned 2 my parents moved me and my younger brother up to [...]

WHAT YOUTH ISSUE 8 PRINTS ON SALE NOW
Tue
09
Sep

Scotch tape won't do on these prints. 18" x 24" and sexy as you can handle. Taken from the pages of What Youth Issue 8. And from the lenses of Nate Lawrence, Hamish Humphreys and Quinn Matthews.

4 new prints on sale now in the What Youth store, which you can enter right here. Featured this time around are Creed McTaggart and Noa Deane's tandem tube (yes, that's real), Kolohe Andino pinning it around the corner in West Oz, Noa Deane's tweaked slob filming for Cluster and Craig Anderson's timeless backhand speed check.

Hard to choose just one. Might need the collection, eh...

DEAR YOUTH NOA DEANE JUMPS THE RIP CURL BOAT FILMING FOR CLUSTER
Tue
09
Sep

PHOTO: Hamish

Noa Deane's dad is one of the finest competitive surfers Australia has ever known. Wayne Deane's list of accolades is lengthy, he owns a successful surfboard business and he was inducted into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame in 2003. But despite his incredible competitive success, he never forced that onto his son, and we'd like to thank him for allowing Noa to trailblaze his own path without a jersey, so now he can jump over boats and shit.

This is Noa filming for Cluster, further emphasizing his commitment to pulling the gnarliest things he can outside of a jersey, influenced more by Baker 3 and videos than the modern competitive scene, showing kids that a singlet isn't the only way: "I want to show kids that you can freesurf and have way more fun than doing comps. And my dad, he just encouraged me to just do whatever you want and that worked better for me."

Check out more of of his theory here in our Afternoon Interview with Noa on filming for Cluster.

BACK DEN 25 KASSIA MEADOR, NORTH SHORE OF OAHU, CIRCA 2004
Tue
09
Sep

PHOTO: Mark Oblow

Editor's Note: Somehow Oblow has even known our dear Kassia Meador since her early Roxy days, when she was one of the iconic faces who epitomizes what it meant to surf as a female. She was the perfect poster girl: stylish, beautiful, rebellious and talented. Kassia shot our fashion editorial in issue 5, which you can catch a glimpse of here and here and buy here (hurry they're nearly sold out). And now back to Oblow. —Travis 

Mark Oblow: "kassia meador shot at the quiksilver pipe house. i met kassia about 10 years ago shooting for roxy. the first time i saw her ride a surfboard i almost cried! her style, her grace, her effortless glide blew me the fuck away. but even better than all that is that we clicked and it was like we knew each other in a past life, and i love her to death. she is one of the most amazing people I've ever met. im so proud of how much she keeps evolving. her art, her photos, her ideas, all unreal! shot on a contax t-3 35mm kodak nc."

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

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AFTERNOON INTERVIEW: NOA DEANE ON CLUSTER A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Mon
08
Sep

There’s some throwback "fuck it" in Noa Deane’s approach to surfing and filming. And we appreciate that. We sat down with him in the back of a rented mini van in California recently to talk about filming with Kai for his part in Cluster. His arm was wrapped in a plaster cast from a skateboarding fall a few weeks ago. He was hungover and the sun was in his eyes. And it was just like that, a candid first chat in the dusty backseat that he told us how serious he is about buckling himself to film for the Cluster cameras.

The first in a series of talks with the crew of Cluster, somewhere along the way to making their parts. 

RADICAL CLASS: HOW TO STAY IN A HOTEL BY THE WORLD'S FINEST CONNOISSEUR OF ACCOMODATION: CHAS SMITH
Fri
05
Sep

PHOTO: Lawrence

The greatest gift an adult can give himself is a night in a hotel. Hotels, and more specifically, hotel rooms, are portals that exist somewhere between fantasy and reality. They are neither truly real nor truly extraterrestrial. The fine hotel room will exude a sort of “all things are possible, sir” je ne sais quoi. It will build self-esteem to heady, even dangerous, levels.

I used to get off on very fine hotels. On nights in Manhattan’s [...]

RADICAL CLASS DANE REYNOLDS AND JAY DAVIES ON THE SURF PARTS YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING
Thu
04
Sep

During our recent journey with Jay Davies and Dane Reynolds we nearly ran over a mini horse in the van, but we also got to talking about the state of getting psyched. It's not as easy as popping in a DVD or VHS these days. Here's Dane and Jay on what they've been doing to stay amped.

Kai: What have you been watching to get psyched lately?

Dane: We watched Jordy Smith and Dion in Modern Collective a bunch, Dusty Payne in Lost Atlas and [...]

WHAT YOUTH RECOMMENDS 022 BACK TO SCHOOL EDITION
Thu
04
Sep

Going back to school sucks. But it's also exciting if you do it right: come back more barrelled, more enlightened, more confident, more mysterious, more decked out. We decided to provide you with a cram session of all the things you'll need to make this upcoming school year a more enriching experience. After this, you should be more apt to correct answers and getting the girl. Let's begin. [...]

DEAR YOUTH NATE MAKES US JEALOUS WITH EMAILS LIKE THIS...
Wed
03
Sep
PHOTO: Nate Lawrence

"The waves were fun last night. I shot this photo after I surfed for a few hours in the afternoon. I wish everyday was like this. There's not much more to say."—Nate Lawrence 

 
BACK DEN 24 JASON DILL, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Tue
02
Sep

PHOTO: Mark Oblow

Editor's note: Surf and skate culture include a pantheon of guys who epitomize who we are. These are guys who can't help but be authentic representations of what it means to be a surfer or a skater. Names like Fletcher, Jason Dill, Mark Gonzales, Archy, etc. And it just so happens that Mark Oblow has spent most of his career on the front line with these Gods of shred for most of their lives. Lucky us. —Travis 

"jason donald dill shot in brooklyn, ny. this was for a quik shoot i had to do by myself. nathan fletcher was also on the trip. it was one of the raddest shoots for me only having dill and nate and we got to do what ever we wanted to do." —Mark Oblow

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

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 [...]