In an effort to gather for Dear Suburbia, and to get wild as far south as humans dwell, What Youth sent a trip to New Zealand with Dane Reynolds, Dion Agius, Craig Anderson and Conner Coffin.
They did a bit of roughing it, which led to serious soul search-and-destroying, and they froze, and got skunked at first, and slept in an abandoned church, Craig lost his mind once again, they skated, surfed and were stalked by local adolescents. But in the end they scored and Dane freaked everyone out. See how in the fourth prequel to Dear Suburbia, this coming Tuesday, July 17.
We called Dion when he was at the airport, about to leave New Zealand behind, and he answered.
What Youth: Good old-fashioned wave hunt in New Zealand?
Dion: I feel like Tom fucking Curren in The Search. I feel like we just found our souls.
You fucking hipster. You don’t chase waves. You might have to come out and tell people you’re a damn swell hunter now.
Yeah, this shit’s bullshit, I’m Dan Malloy, I’m growing a beard and stuff, time to start scoring good waves.
So what did you find out there?
This place has by far the prettiest beaches I’ve ever seen in my life. I mean, it would have been nice if we didn’t have the winds we had for three of the days — it was howling offshore, so it was pretty tricky to surf as far as punts and everything, but the last day Dane went absolutely mad. That guy, I just don’t know if I ever want to do a trip with him ever again. He makes you want to quit. I considered paddling out to sea and off into the sunset a few times.
Yeah, and just hang it up right there.
Yep, just call it a day and peace out.
It’d be a pretty place to retire.
Yeah, I saw a sequence Nate Lawrence got of him where he did one of the biggest slobs I’ve ever seen in the world.
Yeah, I seen it. It’s…wow. How’d this trip turn around from a skunk fest to a score fest?
It was tough at the start, but we just went ballistic in town one night, and sacrificed ourselves.
Dude, Nate swears by that.
Yeah, you’ve got to do it. I think it’s the only way to turn things around is to just go and send it as hard as you can one night and wait for the switch.
Does New Zealand have any female population?
Ehhhhh, not really. It didn’t have much population at all where we were. We basically got hunted down by a pack of dudes that fuckin followed us around New Zealand pretty much, on Dane’s weiner the whole time.
Yeah, he has that effect.
So the night we went out, fuckin I’ve never seen so many groupie dudes in my life, it was crazy. Just chasing us around.
That’s weird, New Zealand has groupie dudes?
Yeah, like it’s as gnarly as I’ve ever seen, and everywhere we go surf, these same pack of dudes, I swear they must have like bugged our car or something. Even yesterday we were two hours south in bum fuck nowhere, at some weird little beach, and they showed up there as well.
Yeah, it was pretty weird. Almost like stalker style.
Dear Suburbia, Prequel IV — Tuesday, July 17 at whatyouth.com