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Collected Thoughts 038 You don’t have a clue who Luke Davis really is. Neither did we.

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03.05.13 – TAGS: ,

PHOTO: Ferré

“Can I just style the movie?” Luke Davis asks us as we review footage high above Coolangatta yesterday afternoon. “I’m thinking combat boots…” Luke is in Australia filming for Reef and What Youth’s rapidly approaching film, Anything Sing, but he’s more interested in talking to us about what’s going on behind the scenes. He’s put in the hard work and is now chipping away at some final clips after having just finished battling a severe case of pneumonia, which left him with a serious bag of antibiotics.

Luke sits around his computer tweaking with beats he’s been messing with between surfs. He has a huge tattoo on his thigh that I don’t remember him having. And several others. Who is the fuck is Luke Davis now? I thought he was an OC kid obsessed with Rihanna, but he’s turning out to be much more. Kai is thinking the same thing. Luke is reminiscing on a recent trip to Morocco with Nate Lawrence and Victor Pakpour when he launches into an assault on Moroccan breakfast:”One hunk of bread, one hardboiled egg…covered in bees. And you’ll go to prison if you drink a beer in public.”

By the end of our afternoon with Luke we had a completely different vision of a kid we thought we’d had a pretty good idea about since he was 12, but between his very candid and pointed theory about the surf world, surfboards, music, tattoos, the industry and women, we quickly realized we’ve had him all wrong. Combine that with his solid forehand arc and we’ve got a recipe for a fucking sick dude we’re psyched to introduce you to. Stay tuned for more as we build to the release of Anything Sing and the premiere tour all along the west coast next month. —Travis

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Collected Thoughts 083 How in the hell did we surf in baggy trunks?

“The only reason you are looking at this photo is to see the length of the boardshorts that we all used to surf in. How in the hell did we do it?” —Nate Lawrence

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Collected Thoughts 082 Dane Reynolds in Santa Cruz

“I think Dane was in Santa Cruz for the Cold Water Classic this year. The weather was warm and the waves were nonstop that year. I remember being so excited because Dane Reynolds was coming to my home town. I got to show him a few spots around town and a few times my friends…

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Collected Thoughts 081 Mark Healey and Jesse Merle Jones

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Collected Thoughts 080 Gavin Beschen backside

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Collected Thoughts 079 Chris Ward, Padang

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Collected Thoughts 078 Tom Curren in France

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Collected Thoughts 077 Dane Reynolds and Jamie O’Brien, Canada, 2006

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Collected Thoughts 075 Andy Irons in Bali filming for Trilogy

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Collected Thoughts 074 Dane Reynolds and Jamie O’Brien, Canada 2006

It was most obvious when we were driving in the car. The drive was long from the ferry to our remote and tucked away tree house. Unending wilderness buzzed by and Nelly Furtado blared. Jamie-O sat shotgun armed with an iPod and USB access in the rental. Dane was in the backseat, unfazed and smirking at the…

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Collected Thoughts 073 Ishod Wair at Circus Circus in Copenhagen

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Arto Saari photographs Curren Caples in Sweden.