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!”
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.
Noah Beschen in “If the Bible is true, then I’m Christ!”
The US team chose it as its practice tank for the Olympics; Seth Moniz backflipped into history there; every jibber from Hawaii to Australia and so on has made or is about to make a pilgrimage there. Try and book a session there. It ain’t gonna happen. It’s a sell-out.
In this sub-three minute short, made by Aaron Lieber and featuring the seventeen-year-old son of Shane Beschen, we see Noah lay the joint flat and rip its clothes off.
There’s a sequence in the film where Noah, who grew up on Oahu and who may never have to work a day job, holds a broken board and looks very sad. The mystery is never explained.
Kid don't flinch. @matthipsley
Watch: Lochie Rombouts in “The Gun-Slinging Size Queen!”
Living miles from the beach polishes a man's character…
I remember when this shot of Lochie Rombouts electrified my spinal cord. It was a year or two ago. Didn’t know who it was. Figured it was some kid in Hawaii, maybe Pipe. The shot was backlit; I didn’t see the wetsuit.
It wasn’t until this short here, the second in O’Neill’s three-part O’Riginal series, that I learned the name of the pilot. Lochie Rombouts. A surfer from out in the sticks who took it upon himself to make the hour-and-a-half commute as a kid to the ocean. To learn. To fall in love with surf.
Lochie made his name as a surfer with guts when he took his twelve-foot gun out to big North Avalon and grazed circles all around its nipples. Grabbing waves in fast little nips as if he were grabbing pinches of salt.
From the press release:
As soon as he was old enough he moved closer, but along with the increase in surf time came the trappings of being a young man fresh out of school, living the party life. Lachie struggled to balance the so-called good times on land with the actual good times in the water and eventually his mental health nosedived. Until, one day his home break lit up with the swell of a lifetime.