Preposterously quirky! Dan Johnson stars in “Kinda smart but taking the piss!”

Kid moves to soporific town famous for slow point. Finds workable strategy.

Y’ever notice that the most original ideas come from outside the urban bubbles and various echo chambers? Out there in the country and the suburbs, a ferocious boredom and pin-balling influences coalesce into something either hideously mismatched or something that…sings. 

Dan Johnson is a Sydney kid who moved to soporific little Crescent Head four years ago, famous for its long, softish point and sometimes waggling and jiggling beach breaks, when his parents split.

Yeah, he got bored.

But through surfing, and later shaping as a way of reconnecting with his Dad, he found a spike he could mainline.

This short, the third and final episode in director Vaughan Blakey and O’Neill’s O’Riginals series, evokes an atmosphere of electric unrest.

“Dan Johnson represents kids who want different sensations, and who don’t understand why you’d restrict anything as fun as surfing,” says Vaughan.

See episode one, Billy Bain: “I’m an artist and that’s what I do!” 

See episode two, Lochie Rombouts in “The gun-slinging size queen!” 


Brutal: Jamie O’Brien in “I’m going to pound Poopies so hard! I’m going to clean him out!”

Who is JOB sidekick extracts maximum revenge on cruel master…

Is there anything as entertaining as watching two good friends engaged in supposedly friendly battle? Perhaps the spider caught in its own web, powerless to stop its one-time prey from extracting its revenge?

In this episode of Jamie O’Brien’s weekly YouTube vlog (other episodes include “I almost died at one-foot Waikiki!, and “He’s got the bod but his brains are bad news!”) Jamie and his poorly treated sidekick Sean “Poopies” McInerny belt each other in the octagon at UFC fighter Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone’s ranch.

“Teaches motherfuckers how to live,” says Cowboy.

Around seven-ish minutes in if you don’t wanna see river surfing in Arizona.

Warning: if overhanging stomachs and wilding swinging ain’t your pitch, don’t enter the octagon!

Sebastian Zietz (and pals) stars in “Den We Surfed Da Shitty Wave Over Dere!”

Lovable sometime tour pro (and pals) vacay in Mentawais…

Come on a little holiday with Sebastian Zietz and his pals Gavin Gilette, Tyler Newton, Danny Fuller, Evan Valiere, Sam Martin, Seqouia Hennesy, Ryder Guest, Teva Dexter, Kyle Galtes and Dylan Goodale. 

A slow motion whirl of young intellectuals as they turn the Mentawai islands of Indonesia’s north into a microcosm of European nightlife.

Sex is rampant and calamitous.

A romantic dream.


Parko and Mick’s Tahitian Blood Feud: “I’m gonna go steal that trophy from his house!”

Joel still teary-eyed over bad loss to eternal rival…

Don’t you love it when a couple of big-names retire? Gone is the solemn head nodding, the gruff humourless laugh, the long slow blinks and those post-heat platitudes slathered over everything like jam on stale bread.

In this five-minute short made by Joel Parkinson’s sponsor Billabong, Mick Fanning and Joel take us back to 2012 when they met in the final at Teahupoo. After scoring a nine on his first wave Joel comes so hard he almost blows out his retinas. Oh he just saunters around the lineup as if he is Teahupoo and world champ already.

You don’t think Mick can come back.

But as is his wont, Mick does. He builds a little house and then shut the doors loudly on his sometime friend.

Joel’s eyes still burn over the loss.

“The judges got overexcited… he knows I flogged him.”

Mick invites Joel to inspect the trophy at his house to remind him who the winner was.

Joel pledges to steal the bauble.

It’s all very good.

But is it as good as…


Tyler Newton and Nias star in “Here’s to decapitating Barbies!”

Kauai surfer slaps Nias during swell-of-the-century last month.

The consensus from last month’s south swell that flicked every switch in the Indonesian archipelago was that it was Nias or nothing. It turned the joint into something that produced Nathan Florence’s homicidal tube, threw a charter boat onto its back proved the value of expensive cameras and as the auteur Chris Bryan explained, made Nias look like a cross between Waimea and Mavericks.

If you have enough juice in your imagination to put you in the lineup, this video short, which features the Hawaiian Tyler Newton, will put runs in your stockings and turn your face the shade of turnip tops.

Heavy etc.