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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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New issue is at the printer, now what? Well, hit the road. And have a party of course.

“Do you know how many times I clicked my fucking mouse to make this thing?” We’ll chalk this up to “shit art director’s say,” but it’s true, ours, Scott Chenoweth, did probably click his mouse a lot of times. And it was all for you, because we made another issue. Number 18! Hot damn. While…

Why would anyone wanna leave Paris? Donald Trump is making it harder to be a youth on the run

The great Gloria Steinem put it best: In response to Trump’s attempt at pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement: “Too late, we’re already pregnant.” Yesterday Donald Trump announced that the United States was leaving the Paris Climate Agreement. Now, I suggest you do a little homework (always a good idea), but the short of it:…

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What’d you do this weekend? We threw ourselves into the pit with The Murder City Devils

“A lot of our songs early on were about romanticizing places we weren’t. Other places, other towns, things we couldn’t get to” said Spencer Moody, lead singer for The Murder City Devils before a secret show they were playing Saturday night. And yes, this was a place you definitely wish you woulda been. And it…

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This is Absurd An old note comes back to haunt and hype us

Editor’s note: This was originally published in What Youth Issue 1 (which is now sold out) as an intro to Kai’s film Dear Suburbia,. It recently struck another modern chord with us as we thought of all the impending doom out there. And this kind of reminded us that’s it still, in the face of insanity,…

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How we met Yago Dora Yago’s success at the Rio Pro is validating something we’ve known for a long time. Let’s recall.

Long before the WSL started with the weird warrior techno hype video things, we were watching Yago Dora. His surfing caught our eye, but it was his vibe, his personality, his approach that really stuck with us. In What Youth Issue 13 we recall his ability to jump in our big white van and road trip…

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did you see that new WSL commercial? Is Dion right? Is it time we say no to the WSL?

I’m quite depressed right now. There are the sharks. Crowds. Hospitals. Stress. Bills. Work. Marketing. Branded Content. And WSL. And it’s the WSL that’s really getting to me right now. This morning the first thing I read on Instagram was Dion Agius (on Aussie time) calling out the WSL for turning their new promo video…

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Cull Your Fear A spike in shark sightings and an attack in Southern California raise the debate…again

Editor’s Note: Taylor Paul is a surfer. A really good, big wave surfer in fact. Mavericks, Dungeons…all the scary ones, that come with lots of sharks. He has researched this, spoken with experts on shark populations, flown in helicopters to look for them (and found them) and lived in Santa Cruz, Southern California and San Francisco….

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What’s Dane Been Up to? We spent the weekend with the Reynolds family filming for a new Fairly Normal

Dane was home this weekend. A classic California pre-summer day: lots of blue, couple fun waves and lots of traffic. We met up with Dane at Rincon, where he surfed glassy and “1-foot but perfect” Rincon for an hour on a Channel Island twin fin (with a small trailer). He had earlier told me his…

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Let’s talk about trunks (briefly) We built this industry on them, so why are so few pairs worthy of your thighs?

Today marks the release of Former’s “Control” boardshort. So yes, full disclosure, we back them, and what they’re doing, so there’s the commercial above. It’s really cool. And those trunks look sick on Dane. But I do still retain the right as an editor and one of a few who started this whole blessed mess…

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The Surfer/Hooper Index Craig Anderson is Steph Curry and other ridiculous comparisons to kick off the NBA playoffs

The NBA is probably the most commercialized athletic event in the world. This makes it the most unlike surfing (kinda). But at its core, basketball is like surfing. I’ve been around both types enough to see the personalities, egos, artistry, techniques and grandiosity of both sports. They are completely unrelated — maybe like distant second…

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Does WSL = Christian Youth Group? Conservative and “cool” with really bad music

When I was in high school there were always people trying to get us to join them at their church youth groups. They would meet on Tuesday night and camouflage the underlying church message beneath the prospect of a healthy amount of cute girls and “rock music” on a school night. I would sometimes go (there really…

Tanner And Norwegian Black Metal Bright guy, dark music

We had a sunny surf and followed it with Coronas in a dark bar full of magicians.  There were lots of smiles and laughs throughout our hour long afternoon sit down with Tanner Gudauskas, as you’d expect, but there was also critical analysis of what the hell it is surfers do for a living and existential life…