WHAT YOUTH ISSUE 7 ON SALE NOW
Fri
18
Apr

"We live in the mind, in ideas, in fragments. We no longer drink in the  wild outer music of the streets — we remember only." — Henry Miller

Our seventh issue ever is now on sale in the What Youth store. It is many things at once. But mostly it's a book. With a look at Kai Neville's new film. It is also a promise. To never to be regular. Formulaic. Predictable. Or same. There is a rare interview with former big-wave icon and humble man Shawn Briley. We learn from Damien Hobgood. We took 6 girls to 6 cities across the globe. There is music. Travel. Surfing. Skateboarding. Jazz. Photography. Art. Cocktails. Food. War. Chas Smith. Untitled poetry. And a lot more communicating through the ink.

Welcome to our bent world. 

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PHOTO CREDIT JORDY SMITH'S INDONESIAN SALON
Thu
17
Apr

PHOTO: Lawrence

Jordy Smith and Rob Bain, Indonesia 2013

"This here is a photo of Jordy just starting to dive into a fresh haircut for his boss, Rob Bain. It was the last night of the trip and Jordy had a line of people ready to get haircuts. What Youth photographer Hamish Humphreys had just got his done. Although it was slightly uneven, Jordy really did have some skills behind the Wahl Super Taper. He took it pretty seriously and disregarded our ideas to shave some lighting bolts down the side."—Nate Lawrence
WHAT YOUTH ISSUE 7 DROPS FRIDAY
Wed
16
Apr

PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys

Our new books is available to order this Friday, April 18th.

Inside you'll find some exciting surprises, a highly anticipated announcement, some very useful information, good music, war correspondents, cocktails, travel, food, portfolios, art, interviews, poetry, rants, raves and probably some of the best surfing ever presented on the printed page. Can't say anymore because there's a good chance we'll ruin the surprise if we keep going. Bottom line, you're going to want this one on display, illuminated on the mantel. And yeah, you should get a mantel.

See you Friday. This is gonna be good.

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BACK DEN 12 CHRIS SENN, FRANCE, CIRCA 2000
Wed
16
Apr

PHOTO: Mark Oblow

"this is chris senn after a long run at the marseille bowl rider's contest in france circa 2000. the jam at the end of this contest would go non stop until the guys would drop. this contest was my favorite event to go to. you would see the rawest shit ever go down here. it was pure skateboarding at its finest. shot with a contax t-3 kodak nc160" —Mark Oblow

To see more of Oblow's incredible archive, check out his website, tumblr and Instagram: @markoblow
COLOR ME IN: JACK FREESTONE AND DARREN HANDLEY (DHD) A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY FUTURES
Tue
15
Apr

Darren Handley shapes boards for the reigning world champ Mick Fanning and five-time world champ Steph Gilmore. That's a pretty good resume in itself. But he also works with young freesurfing wizards like Jack Freestone, will shoot the shit better than anyone, and mixes it up at D'bah with the best of them. In this new episode of Color Me In, presented by Futures, we tag along as Jack stops in to talk tails before going for a quick rip together.

WHAT YOUTH REPORTS: TAMBA SURF SHOP A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Mon
14
Apr

You've no doubt seen the shirts. The boards. The hats. The gear. And the boys. Tamba is a staple for those in Hawaii, and it's no surprise when you see it popping up more and more in California, Australia and around the world. It's legit. It's authentic. And it's core. Started in Kauai by Saa Ginlack, Tamba recently opened up a new location on the North Shore of Oahu. We popped in, ran into Kaiborg, and got a tour of the rad new yellow shop in Haleiwa with Saa himself.

Surf shops rule.

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FAIRLY NORMAL: MATT MEOLA A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Fri
11
Apr

Matt Meola first appeared on surfing's main stage with an out-of-nowhere part in 2011 for Taylor Steele's Innersection project — which he went on to win, pocketing a wild $100,00.00. That, coupled with a few incredible images by photographer Tom Carey, Matt freaked out a lot of his peers and the surf industry. He possessed it all. Amplitude. Technicality. Consistency. Creativity. And he showcased it all out of nowhere.

Cut to 2014: Not only has Matt continued to progress his extensive air game, he's added the unlikely component to his overall act with a serious big wave prowess, becoming a staple out at Jaws. He also quietly continues to push the bar with his air game alongside local pal and 720 stomper Albee Layer. And he's done most of this progressing in his own backyard, running around like a hunting surfing cowboy aerial gentleman. We joined Matt and his family for a weekend of surfing, fishing, hunting and found nothing but hospitality and friendliness on the valley isle. And a ridiculously good surfer, who, bafflingly  enough is unsponsored.

A big thank you to Nancy and Lily Meola for their hospitality, Jeff Kahl for the rad hunting experience and Elliot Leboe for additional filming.
STRAIGHT FORWARD: GOLD COAST A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES
Wed
09
Apr

The Gold Coast surf adventure is a funny one. All the world's best surfers in one place. Some good waves. Some shit waves. But everyone bobbing around in a boiling pot of shred and sunshine. Water's warm. Ramps are littered about. But there isn't much stressing. We generally wave the white flag during the week of the contest, knowing it's more productive to catch up with friends and fuck around than it is to stomp wild bangers, but still, we still sliced a few.

Here you'll find some of our dearest friends jumping around to some jazz. Starring Craig Anderson, Mitch Coleborn, Dion Agius, Jack Freestone and many more.

Filmed and edited by Michael Cukr.  

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THE WET DESERT WESTERN AUSTRALIA WITH KOLOHE ANDINO, NAT YOUNG AND IAN CRANE
Tue
08
Apr

PHOTOS: Quinn Matthews and Michael Cukr

While many of you are preparing to dry out your gills in the desert at Coachella this weekend. There's been some serious surf sessions going down in the Western deserts of Australia. In between their jersey obligations, Kolohe, Nat and Ian turned back into the groms that they are. Legit 6 hour sessions. Twice a day. Dusty back roads. Board-filled rental vans. Incessant inside jokes. More eating than thought possible. And somehow, more surfing.

We sent Michael Cukr, our resident filmer grom (and metal head) to join photographer Quinn Matthews and filmer Noah Alani into the desert. The boys did exactly what we told them to do. Go mad. In the Desert. An appropriate theme this week.

After the jump are excerpts from Michael's journal as well as photography from inside the van. Right where we like it.

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FAIRLY NORMAL: MATT MEOLA COMING SOON (FRIDAY APRIL 11)
Mon
07
Apr

Matt Meola will surprise you. He'll surprise you with his surfing. He'll surprise you with his kindness, hospitality and he'll surprise you with his appreciation for Willie Nelson, Budweiser and a cross bow. He's a kind-hearted, family boy who just so happens to have it all figured out. Living on Maui, Matt has made a career out of the small town with lots of wind and lots of waves. It may well be one of the most beautiful places in the world and the vibe Matt has surrounded himself with is enviable and contagious.

We visited Matt to find out more. Because we knew there was more. Turns out, there is a whole dimension we didn't even think about. Check back Friday for an all-new Fairly Normal starring Matt Meola, and for now, enjoy a preview above. 

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STAY TUNED: NOA DEANE WHAT YOUTH PLAYLISTS PRESENTED BY D'BLANC
Fri
04
Apr

PHOTO: Neville

Noa Deane was sitting in the corner this week. Sweating (Indo and all). He'd just ramped out for hours. We threw a piece of paper at him and made him scrawl down the first 10 songs that came to his mind. "Curls" laid down a pretty grungy, groovy and abrasive compilation that is basically a weekend in itself. Check it out and see the sheet of paper for yourself.

Click here to view and listen to the entire Noa Deane playlist.

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COLOR ME IN: KALANI CHAPMAN AND BRETT MARUMOTO A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY FUTURES
Fri
04
Apr

Big wave surfboards are scary. They symbolize man vs. Nature: which has always been a rather lopsided affair. But man does have it's victors. And most of them have knowledgable, wise craftsmen in their corner, hand making their weapons. The North Shore shaper is an elite part of our culture. They are built on experience in the world's greatest wave zone. During a recent trip to Hawaii, we had the opportunity to tour North Shore big wave surfer Kalani Chapman's ace shaper Brett Marumoto's shop. Brett is the best kind of shaper. He's friendly, extremely talented and as knowledgable on boards as a person can be. He is humble and articulate. Experienced and a great surfer himself. Our tour began at Brett's house, which is conveniently next door to his house.

Brett and Kalani make equipment for a dangerous game. And it's rather thrilling to watch it go down. Hit play and see how the world's best shape boards to ride some of the biggest waves in the world.

CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER SEQUENCES FROM THE SET
Thu
03
Apr

PHOTOS: Lawrence & Humphreys

Between smashing cheeseburgers and odd late night dart games, Mitch Coleborn, Noa Deane and Jack Freestone got a fair bit of work done during a recent trip to a region on Indonesia known for it's clip collecting prowess. Sick backdrops. Rampy rights and lefts. And a nice bar staff and pool table on hand make for a pretty productive work environment. This is where pros come to get shit done. And when Kai Neville is your clip-getting boss, he expects a lot. Above you'll find some some rather impressive section starters.

Click through the full-screen gallery of sequences above. 

FOR THE LOVE: TIMMY TURNER A WHAT YOUTH ORIGINAL SERIES PRESENTED BY VISSLA
Wed
02
Apr

Timmy Turner is from Huntington Beach, California. But the majority of his early years were spent saving money for extended missions to Indonesia. Timmy and his brother Ryan Turner along with Brett Schwartz, Travis Potter and photographer Dustin Humphreys epitomized youth on the run for the majority of the late '90s and early 2000's. The boys would go feral for weeks and months, camping and sitting on rare, secluded waves until they had their day. And boy did they score. They made an incredible film about it in 2004 called Second Thoughts (highly recommended viewing) that won Surfer Magazine's film of the year award in 2004.

A year after winning that award, Timmy was down in Mexico chasing swell when he was hit with a severe fever. The fever turned out to be an aggressive form of staph that was aimed at his brain. Timmy spent a good amount of time in a coma and on many occasions the surf community braced for the reality of losing him. Timmy has since battled back. From everything. And now has 5 kids. Works full-time at Sugar Shack. Surfs regularly and still itches to get to Indo. Initially doctors told him not to return to Indo for risk of contracting staph again. So Timmy spent years focusing on cold locations instead. Camping in Canada. Scotland. Remote, snowy regions. Scoring as usual. But in late 2013 Timmy Turner was finally allowed to make his return to the place and wave he loves so much: a dry left hander in Indonesia that is so shallow it's mandatory you wear a 4/3, booties and a helmet.

We caught up with Timmy during his St. Patrick's Day shift at Sugar Shack Cafe to relive his return and his footage from the self-documented return journey to Indo. Think he was stoked? See for yourself. Our feel good hit of the spring.

LIZARDS OF SUMMER 6 A WHAT YOUTH HOT MESS FROM THE MONTH ON THE ROAD
Tue
01
Apr

Each month, when the dust settles and Blake Myers sends us the Lizards of Summer edit — his moment to freestyle with the dregs of the hard drive and utilize all the weird shit that rarely would see the light of day — what we see is often a more authentic picture of what is happening between takes at What Youth...as scary as that may sound (and look). It's loud, the sound quality isn't very crisp, we tend to roam with the outcasts in your local town, way past bedtime — but fucking hell do we bang our heads to it. You'll notice that between the surfing and skating there is a lot of living in cars and on planes and in small town Karaoke bars with the local college football drunks — places where there is no other option but to embrace it and explore and participate. And so we do. All over this crazy ass world.

This month's lizards include Craig Anderson, Dillon Perillo, Dylan Rieder, Thom Pringle, Dion Agius, Wade Goodall, Andrew Doheny, Ryan Callinan, Jack Freestone, Creed McTaggart, Mitch Coleborn and of course: Noa Deane. We hope you enjoy whatever the fuck this may be. Every month.

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BACK DEN 11 MIKE VALLELY PHOTOGRAPHED BY MARK OBLOW, TAMPA PRO, CIRCA 2000
Mon
31
Mar

PHOTO: Mark Oblow

Editor's note: Mike Vallely is the new singer for Black Flag. He's the stuntman in The Hangover movie who throws the tuxedos out the car on the freeway. And I remember seeing him in the CKY skate videos fighting like 10 dudes at once. He's also an incredible, era-defining skateboarder. He's always represented the fierce, tough and determined. As usual, Oblow knows how to sum him up in a single snapshot.  

"mike vallely at the skatepark of tampa, circa 2000 shot with an h-1,  50-110mm. as long as ive known mike his determination has always been on fire. when he sets his mind to it he will die trying. his early world parts are mind blowing and his vert skating is off the hook. he was one of the first street skaters to pave the way for today. true legend." — Mark Oblow

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

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  • Noa Deane. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Jack Freestone. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Mitch Coleborn. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Noa Deane, Stalefish con tweak and full deck grip. Part of \"the Mexico City.\" PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Mitch Coleborn, slob. PHOTO: Nate Lawrence
  • Noa Deane, speed halt. PHOTO: Nate Lawrence
  • Jack Freestone. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Kai Neville locked on Noa Deane. PHOTO: Nate Lawrence
  • This is a very good sign. Neville knows what he wants. PHOTO: Nate Lawrence
  • Not such a good sign. Again, Neville knows what he wants. PHOTO: Nate Lawrence
  • Jack Freestone, lien. PHOTO: Nate Lawrence
  • Noa Deane. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Mitch Coleborn. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Noa Deane, slob tweak. PHOTO: Nate Lawrence
  • Jack Freestone. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Mitch Coleborn. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Jack Freestone. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
  • Noa Deane. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
Noa Deane. PHOTO: Hamish Humphreys
INDO STATE OF MIND DAY 4 OF A 10 DAY TRIP: PHOTO GALLERY
Fri
28
Mar

PHOTOS: Nate Lawrence and Hamish Humphreys

It's not that easy to get to the spot we're currently filming at. But once you're there, it's hard to imagine a more ideal clip getting environment. Rights. Lefts. Ramps. wedges. A pool. A pool table. A bar. A wild, scenic backdrop, three of the worlds' best surfers — Jack Freestone, Mitch Coleborn and Noa Deane — ready and willing to huck themselves. We've been here for 4 days out of 10 and the swell is coming right now. It's been a rather productive few days of "no swell" as the gallery above will indicate.

Noa is running full deck grip and grinding more Indonesian Mexican food than anyone and learned how to to do alley-oops — all while we wait for swell. Mitch Coleborn's alter ego "Spawn" has appeared once. And Jack Freestone's stalefish grabs are getting ridiculous. Check back over the next few days for more from the ground in as deep and remote Indonesia you can get while maintaining the comfort of a pool and pool table.

Click the full-screen gallery above to see what we been up to.  [...]

PHOTO CREDIT FULL GRIP AND ALLEY OOPS. FROM THE LIVE JOURNAL OF NATE LAWRENCE
Thu
27
Mar

PHOTO: Lawrence

We back at it.

After a pretty good sleep on the ferry (thanks NyQuil!), we drove through streets filled with cows and goats and made it to our destination. We were greeted with light winds and fun ramps on the end section. Noa Deane arrived a day late, but did not waste anytime catching up to the other guys. He seems to be going bigger and bigger each time I see him. But this trip has been different. His pull ratio is getting close to Chippa's. His height is up there with John John. And his grip is the same as Christian's. Noa has been working on his alley oops and really only learned them on this trip. No doubt he'll settle for nothing less than the most tweaked. —Nate Lawrence [...]

DEAR YOUTH DEADLINE
Thu
27
Mar

ILLUSTRATION: Chenoweth

The old cliché: Spring is in the air. School is red hot. A cauldron of tests and finals and breakups and hookups. The sun feels warmer. Summer is out there somewhere. It’s next. Around Spring Break you’re on the fence in several arenas. Pass or fail?  Will you sink at sea or swim to port for the endless summer party? It’s kind of like being on deadline. Which we are right now. So much hard work to be done. The head must be down, and it feels like we’re sinking. But the acknowledgment of succeeding provides that pep in the step. The visualization of running to your car, tests all passed, cranking up your favorite album, ready to mold the shape of punk to come all summer long. That feeling is worth the struggle.

Here at What Youth we get to experience that same feeling four times a year. Every issue is our own kind of final. A chance for us to push ourselves. Late nights, early mornings. A chance to throw everything we've got into a book that will return from the printer in all of its inky glory. The excitement of who's going to be on the cover (which we usually never know till the very last day), watching people flip through the first copies out of the box, dropping off new issues at the local surf shops and mailing them to several countries. It's rad. It makes all the studying, all the sunny afternoons sitting indoors behind a glowing blue screen, all the extra cups of coffee, lack of sleep and empty beer bottles totally worth it. So much so that you can't wait to dive back into the next one. Because really, what else is there? Go do rad shit, document and display. Repeat. We love it.

And that's where we are today. Just offshore, we've spotted land and we're swimming the last leg in. And once we hit port, you know there's going to be a celebration. Jack fucking London style.

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