Surfboard shaper Donald Brink wonders if “magic” equals “frequency.”

In TSJ 29.3’s “White Caps of The Mind”, writer Dodge Weirath takes stock of South African-born and Capistrano Beach-based surfboard shaper Donald Brink, known for his experimentations in, well, the whole process—outline, lamination, fin placement, and—yes—sonics.

In this short clip presented here, cut by filmmaker Jack Coleman, Brink walks us through his motivations for picking up a planer, among lots of other tools, while showcasing his boards in action.

For more on Brink and his unusual design concepts, pick up your copy of the mag to read the profile.

The underwater photography of Todd Glaser.

In TSJ 29.2’s “Submariner,” we examine Todd Glaser’s underwater photographic work, including both its extreme challenges and its timeless quality when all elements align for the shot.

In this short film bonus, Glaser adds extra thought, depth, and reasoning to his subsurface process. The color plays alone are worth the entry.

Cinematography by Glaser and Talon Clemaw. Music by Black Rabbit George. Edit by Nathan Myers.

Motion visuals showcasing the retrofitted talents of Nole Cossart.

In the new issue of TSJ, author Ethan Stewart takes stock of Central Californian surfer Nole Cosart, including his familial fascination with historic surf craft—from alaias on up to building his own tweaked replicas of Tom Blake’s 1930s kook box designs.

In the article, Cossart reveals that his goal is to get barreled on such craft. In the short clip presented here, captured in one session with filmmaker Ben Weiland and excerpted from Weiland’s short documentary on Cossart titled Mr. Kookbox, our subject delivers.

For more about Cossart and his design concepts, pick up your copy of TSJ 29.2 to read his profile.

A short film showcasing the scenes at the 1970 World Surfing Championships.

In TSJ 29.2’s “When Worlds Collided,” writer Phil Jarratt traces culture shifts, legal trouble, and mischief that occurred when the era’s open-minded top surfers descended upon the then-conservative Australian state of Victoria for the 1970 World Championships, held at Bells Beach and Johanna. 

Featuring Nat Young, Gerry Lopez, Michael Peterson, Reno Abellira, Rolf Aurness, and others, the short clip presented here is a collection of footage from Tim Burstall’s 1971 documentary of the event, titled Getting Back To Nothing, narrated by Jarratt in excerpts from his feature.

For the fully detailed report of the events surrounding the contest, and its effect on both surfing and wider culture, pick up a copy of the mag.

Subscriber Screening: YETI presents The Midnight Hour, a new film by Keith Malloy.

Coming Soon: YETI presents The Midnight Hour, a new film by Keith Malloy.

A short documentary on the history of one of surfing’s oddest yet most endearing “brands”.

Runman is to surfing as the New York Dolls are to music. Eccentric, playful, raunchy, raw and real— cacophonous to many, but uniquely emblematic of a time and a spirit.
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Conceived in the early 80s as surf accessory company, the name was a natural amalgam of the creator’s last names, Morgan Runyon and Ray Kleinman. Though they made board bags, t-shirts, and films (among other things), the enterprising duo became better known for their movies, banned by many of the surf shops who bought them.
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Runman One, Runman Two, and Runman 69 all followed the same general convention: Super 8 footage of Runyon and Kleinman’s friends (and themselves) surfing and causing mayhem in the beach zones between Sunset Boulevard and Pt. Mugu Naval Airbase. Their aesthetic harkens to the punk spirit of the times. DIY low-fi. Expression by whatever means possible.
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Directed by Tyler Manson as part of our POV Shorts series from 2011.
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A selection of clips from The Grower section at Desert Point.

In TSJ 29.1, author Nathan Myers gives longform treatment to the story of the making of The Drifter, Rob Machado’s 2009 biopic centered on a nine-month stretch the surfer spent wandering around Indonesia. Stricken by production issues and the personal struggles of its star, the film was disaster-ridden to say the least.

TSJ recently sat down with Machado to revisit The Drifter and get his take on his favorite section of the film (including footage that ended up in the bonus film, Melali.) While the film fell flat in many ways, the surfing sure does hold.

Interview and edit by Nathan Myers.
Music by Rob Machado and Jon Swift
Special thanks to Taylor Steele, Dustin Humphrey, Justine Chiara, and Hurley.

Taj Burrow, Jay Davies, Dino Adrian, and John Respondek dig into the bone-blasted outback of Western Australia.

In TSJ 28.6, we journey to the northern deserts of Western Australia to set up camp and hunt for slabs with surfers Taj Burrow, Jay Davies, Dino Adrian, and photographer John Respondek. Two weeks in the dirt saw sharks circle the jet ski, a caravan nearly blown off its hinges, reptile skin, and cell service anxiety. And a plethora of ramps and tubes, of course.

Watch the above video for some in-motion highlights and photographic outtakes of the trip, as well as narration by Burrow himself. And hit the subscribe button to the right to get the issue and deep-dive into the trip.

Cinematography by Wyatt Davies and Tom Jennings. Photography by John Respondek. Edit by Nathan Myers.

 

 

An inside look at Jack Coleman’s latest film.

Jack Coleman recently released ZONE FREQUENCY, which claimed Best Picture at both the Florida Surf Film Festival and the London Surf Film Festival.

We asked Coleman to share his favorite section of the film, and give some personal insights into why it means so much to him. To watch the full film, click here. To learn more about the filmmaker, hit the subscribe button to the right to read his profile from TSJ 28.4.

Watch Torren Martyn take a 6’6″ channel-bottom twin-fin to task at Jeffreys Bay, excerpted from his feature film, Thank You Mother.

“As daylight broke on an icy winter morning in August of 2017,” writes Jed Smith in his profile of Torren Martyn, “Go Along If You Like,”  in TSJ 28.5, “Martyn found himself on the beach at Jeffreys Bay, enjoying a rare moment of perfect alignment. In front of him was six to eight feet of groomed Indian Ocean swell, bending and bowling down the point. Behind him, his surrogate family—filmmaker and best mate Ishka Folkwell, and mentor and shaper Simon Jones—watched on. Under his arm was six feet and six inches of experimental, channel-bottomed twin-fin—a board he felt had the power to radically change the trajectory of his surfing.

“After navigating the keyhole, he sat wider and farther out than the pack until a set wave approached. Crouched low on the descent with his feet close together, he squirted off the bottom like a banana out of a peel into a high-line trim. With a deft adjustment of his stance, he then buried a cutback—equal shades of Michael Peterson’s classic Kirra carve off the top and, as he cut down the face into another bottom turn, Tom Curren’s seminal second wave at that very spot.

“The sequence appears as the opening scene in Thank You Mother, Martyn and Folkwell’s feature film, which is comprised mostly of footage from their month-long stint at J-Bay. It’s an exhilarating and improbable piece of surfing—a single turn that spans generations, connects the gods, and blends beauty and performance.

“‘You see a lot of guys pulling in here on all sorts of boards and they don’t surf the wave to its, or to their, full potential,’ says Deon Lategan, a photographer who has shot and surfed alongside pretty much every well-known surfer you can think of at J-Bay. ‘But Torren’s boards never hindered him. They only worked in his favor. We all enjoyed watching him surf. So much flow, yet there was also the critical aspect.’”

Click here to watch Thank You Mother in full.

 

A short film featuring TSJ profile subject Josie Prendergast around home in New South Wales, directed by Nathan Oldfield.

In TSJ 28.5 writer Phil Jarratt takes stock of social media influence and engagement as it continues to shape modern surfing by profiling light-footed cross-stepper Josie Prendergast’s surfing life in Byron Bay and her deep-rooted family ties to the Phillipine island of Siargao. 

Check out “The Dew of Little Things,” a short film by Nathan Oldfield featuring Prendergast’s graceful approach, free of likes and follower count, close to home in New South Wales. For more on Josie, hit the subscribe button to pick up a copy of the new issue.