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Spilling Condiments on your shirt Unfiltered moments from the road with Droid

This is a little bit ridiculous, but I’m writing from a log on the beach surrounded by sand dollars while tethered to Internet from my futuristic iPhone. I’m watching Andrew Doheny, Dillon Perillo and Yago Dora rip a reform somewhere near the center of California. It aint perfect but it’s pretty damn fun and the weather is warmer today. Our van smells too weird to work inside of. And my wetsuit is broken. So I’m sitting this one out.

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As I was sitting here, I began to think back to some of the early days of hanging with a then 12-year-old Andrew Doheny. I got to go on a boat trip with him when he was 12 and he’d draw Sharpie mustaches and eat candy nonstop and blow my mind at how his style was both smooth and radical. Him standing up was a site to see. Hard to describe but it was innate and raw.

Then when I would see him around at home he’d wear HSS sweat-pantsuits and get results in NSSA contests and basically be a classic Orange County surf grom. His future pretty well mapped out: NSSA, WSA, WQS, WSL or something like that. But today, he looks very different. Now he sits in the back of the van watching ancient YouTube videos learning about musicians, telling tales of his storied last name (which is wild, more on that later) — and very perfectly and spontaneously dropping comedic one-liners that seem to be brewed so deep in his mind that it’s an honor to be the first to hear them. They are not censored or planned but they are generally very on point. It’s very similar to his surfing.

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He only brought one pair of sunglasses on the trip. They’re Black Fly’s and green with yellow lenses. He wears them un-ironically when the sun is out. For sun protection. He sometimes blends in with the homeless population walking through the city because of his massive pea coat and use of a Vape e-cig thing. But that’s just Andrew now. He’s committed to being himself and didn’t let the way you’re supposed to go about things dictate his path. He’s not going to Hawaii this year because it’s not his thing. But he doesn’t expect to be rewarded when he doesn’t deserve it either. He’s happy to be him and if that suits you and wanna hang, cool. If not, he won’t even notice. And he sure as hell isn’t going to complain about any part of it. He just cruises, drops a few lines from the back seat and then when we’re surfing, he’ll quietly do a warped forehand whip that will be up being the clip of the day.

He’s a long way from an NSSA-HSS pantsuit track suit-Team USA past, but who he is today is the real thing and he sure is fucking interesting. And he’s also brilliant.

Our own Michael Cukr had a container of Ranch in his jacket for 2 days. And it was Andrew who personally knew the drama that could have been. After a period of silence, he perked up. “There is nothing worse than spilling condiments on your clothes!” he said with grave earnest. As if he’d been there many times before. —Travis 

Keep checking back as we finish up our trip for the upcoming This is Us: North trip right here, on Scrapbook, sometimes SnapChat and all over this great state of CA. 

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Outside the Comfort Zone San Francisco to Florida to the North Shore to “The Other Guys.”

It’s been one of those days. Weeks. Years. Hell, six years. I haven’t used my own soap in three weeks. My bag of clothes is soggy. I miss my bed and I’ve seen three time zones in a week, but I’ve surfed, talked, laughed, drank, filmed and even worn a headset and done commentary for…

Media Model Subsidy Line Noise Ordinances and surf video making with Mitch Coleborn, Harry Bryant, Nate Tyler, Colin Moran and more

This morning we received a note on our front door reminding us that this town operates under a noise ordinance and that we may have been in violation during our first night here. And I may know why. You see, we lucked into an AirBnb that’s equipped with a pool table in the sun room, and last…

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Well, you’re hired We reached out to you and you delivered. Now it’s time to go

Holy shit, it worked!  The idea hatched over a pitcher of margaritas the other night is a reality. And it’s all because of you. You have officially funded the What Youth California ramp hunt and now the boys are ready to send it. We’re starting tomorrow and making it official: The What Youth film project,…

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Wanna help Produce our next film? We’re making a WY surf vid and we need liftoff. And that’s where you come in.

Remember “We quit, we’re poor” and all that when we started What Youth? Well, not much has changed: still pretty passionate, still pretty strapped. But we we wanna keep creating. And we need your help to get this fire started. As you read this, there’s a bunch of us assembling for some reckless abandon on…

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David Bowie Has A Book Club Maybe 2018 won’t be terrible after all

When history looks back at our bizarre little era, it will agree on one thing: Everything went to shit real quick right after David Bowie died. It’s baffling how quickly reality unraveled after David Robert Jones left us in early 2016. Muhammad Ali, Prince, Tom Petty and a whole bunch of people you really like passed…

Quiksilver has acquired rival Billabong In the least shocking headline you’ll read today

I know this headline isn’t as good as: “Iguanas are freezing and falling from trees.” Or “It’s so cold that sharks are dying.” But we’ll give it a shot. Quiksilver and Billabong are now owned by the same company. This was posted last night by our fabulous friends and drinking buddies and hard-hitting journalists at…

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2018: Fitter, Happier…still on antibiotics Here we go again

To be modern is to find ourselves in an environment that promises us adventure, power, joy, growth, transformation of ourselves and our world – and at the same time, that threatens to destroy everything we have, everything we know, everything we are…—Marshall Berman 2018 and I woke up strange. My FICO score changed (for the…

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Save What Youth Dot Com And the rest of our little digital realm for that matter

I have loads of nasty habits. I drink six cups of coffee every morning, I let my wetsuit ferment in the back of my car because I’m too lazy to rinse it out, and I’ve caught myself watching the Oi Rio Pro un-ironically on several occasions. But there’s one stupid, habitual quirk I do every single…

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RIP Bruce Brown The man responsible for surfing’s greatest celluloid achievement is gone, but there’s no chance we’ll ever forget him

I was 12 years old and I remember leaving baseball practice of all things to go see the world premiere of Endless Summer II at the old Peirside Cinema in Huntington Beach. That night was the beginning of the end of my cleat-wearing years. Just me and my dad went and the electricity inside that…

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Forced Creativity In a Musty Place Or, the art of throwing empty pint glasses at a laptop and expecting results

“Writing is the flip side of sex — it’s only good when it’s over.” —Hunter S. Thompson  Editor’s note: Here’s something(one) new. James Royce is a young surfer/writer dude from California who’s been submitting and writing a few things here and there for us. Just another one of us trying to navigate all this shit we…

Do surfing a favor today Let’s all subscribe to the Encyclopedia of Surfing. What’s that? Well, let me tell you

Matt Warshaw writes really long, really well-researched books and articles about surfing and its history. He’s quite maniacal about it all and it tickles me that surfing has someone psycho enough to document its rich history so damn well. Matt has been the editor of Surfer Magazine and written for The New York Times, The…

Would you rather: Lowers or a Pool? The WSL released its 2018 schedule of events and it’s missing Fiji and Lowers but has a pool

There are 840 miles of coastline in California. And while there will be one stop on the 2018 WSL World Tour in California, it will not be happening along any of those 840 miles of coastline. It will be happening in Lemoore, CA. The WSL just released a press release this morning announcing the 2018 World…

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