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“Where ya been?” A little update on our recent movements

letters from what youth where ya been

Don’t you just love when people ask you that? Well, we do. And people been asking us – especially our mailman, cuz we haven’t been home in a while… so let’s see, where did we go… a little bit of everywhere really. We road tripped up the CA coast in a van thanks to you and the marvel that is Kickstarter. Then we carried that momentum all the way to Samoa (thanks to Waterways Travel and Salani Surf Camp) where we were promptly hit by a cyclone. We weathered that beautifully with beer and readings out of the Bible in our rooms. The cyclone eventually blew over and we got barreled and Gavin Beschen came and basically changed our lives. We threw a rad party with The Jacuzzi Boys in Florida during the very unpretentious and fun Surf Expo show to celebrate Cam Richards new part. Then we zig-zagged to Hawaii to watch Noa Deane surf a comp at Pipe. Now we’re here. A little unsure how to roll it all out. But like we always say and like Albert Camus originally said: “To begin, begin.”


Road Trip to SF Thanks to You

We packed Harry Bryant, Colin Moran, Mitch Coleborn and Nate Tyler and eventually Chippa Wilson in and we surfed all over California. Mitch pet a raccoon at 3 a.m. outside our very sketchy motel room. Harry came home in a kimono and face paint and we got some really rare waves pretty damn good.

Photo: Nate Lawrence

Cyclone Samoa

Rolled the dice by flying into Samoa during a pretty big cyclone with Gavin Beschen, Colin Moran, and Ford Archbold. Thanks to the guidance of the Waterways and Salani Surf Camp guys though, we pulled it and found plenty of ramps and pits between the Bible readings and beer.

Photos: Timmy Ridenour

The Other Guys

I personally jumped over to Hawaii to try my hand at webcasting. Did so thanks to the much looser rules of “The Other Guys” show, but I did get to do this magical interview with Mason Ho (see below) while I was there, and cheer Cam Richards into the final and Noa Deane into the Semis. Josh Moniz won the comp and he’s a legend himself. So Hawaii was very much a success. I also played basketball for the first time this decade. Made a basket too.

Issue 20

We kinda missed every deadline associated with it so far, and we won’t bother with the details though because print is dead and it’s a miracle we get to make these things at all and go have parties and hang out with you all. But I will tell you, this one is nearly ready. And when it comes out, we’re coming out: all over, hitting the road and we don’t plan on stopping. Tell the mailman to hold our mail: 2018 is gonna be the most on the run we’ve ever been. You’ll see.

Youth Against the Machine

And in case you need something to do between now and the release: Keep raging! Click here to see why we’re so proud of you for never ceasing to flop like a fish on the deck of a boat to get your voices heard and changes made.


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A quick ode to Uncle Gav Please buy this legend a cold beer. He is a surfing treasure.

Yesterday you heard we went to Samoa and got hit by a cyclone before finding blue tubes and cold beers in it’s wake at Salani Surf Resort. You also saw that Gavin Beschen was there. Well, Gavin flew in from Hawaii by himself, and in true Gavin fashion showed up to the camp solo, 8…

letters from what youth where ya been

“Where ya been?” A little update on our recent movements

Don’t you just love when people ask you that? Well, we do. And people been asking us – especially our mailman, cuz we haven’t been home in a while… so let’s see, where did we go… a little bit of everywhere really. We road tripped up the CA coast in a van thanks to you and…

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