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

Luke Davis and Kai Neville check out surfboards What Youth
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“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 070 Morning conversation with Michel Bourez

“I pulled into the Quiksilver Pro Athlete parking lot just behind Michel. As we got close to the front, me and Brandon Guilmette watched him turn the corner hoping for front row parking. We decided not to test our luck and parked at the closest visible spot. Sure enough Michel reversed passed us, in his…

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Collected Thoughts 069 And then we went to France

Editor’s note: We bought Quinn a ticket to France Sunday, right in the face of an Air France strike, making our purchase more expensive than we’d like, but the show must go on and the youth must run and Quinn must experience. Since then he’s landed in France. He’s hanging with the Hurley crew, waiting…

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Collected Thoughts 068 Gabriel Medina in a locker room

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Collected Thoughts 067 Craig Anderson Joins Dylan Reider on the Huf Footwear Team

Surfers and skaters have had a pretty volatile relationship over the years. They’re too dirty and bloody. We’re too jocky and wear too much aloha. And vice versa and yadayadayada. And it wasn’t until recently, when we all started hanging out, that a lot of the same things they hated about surfing were the same…

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Collected Thoughts 066 Creed McTaggart, Dion Agius and Noa Deane, morning tea on the cluster boat trip

We were mostly looking for launch ramps, but sometimes the path to ramps leads you into empty pits and we’d be lying if looking at this bomb out the back didn’t excite us. Although, while most of the boys watched the top shop pit across the reef, Noa Deane couldn’t take his eyes off the…

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Collected Thoughts 046 Denmark is on the Itinerary

We write to you sitting next to a document. It is confidential as of now, but it looks cool and it’s filled with potential. Like a jelly donut. During the month of July, we’ll be on the move. A lot. Tackling an itinerary that even our roster of seasoned and experienced travelers outwardly say they…

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Collected Thoughts 065 Kolohe Andino and Luke Davis, LAX

It was pretty funny to watch these two — along with Ian Crane and Tanner Rozunko — all realize that after all these years growing up together and surfing that they’d never done a big trip together like this. Let alone a trip with Taj Burrow, on a boat for a week. It hit them…

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Collected Thoughts 043 Greyson Fletcher and Riley Blakeway at the premiere of Team Average 2.0

Last night we went out in LA to support our good friend Riley Blakeway and magazine buddies Monster Children for the premiere of their Team Average project: A trip featuring surfers and skaters shredding together across a foreign land. This time it was New Zealand with Chippa Wilson, Dylan Rieder, Greyson Fletcher, Alex Grey, Jack…

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Collected Thoughts 064 Craig Anderson and Kai Neville plan the future

Road trips are like tidal waves, the stories drift like the soundtrack. It was maybe around Wollongong zone on a recent road trip south where Craig and I started talking about the future. Jobs after surfing and hopefully a dreamy retirement. No hucking yourself into the flats on howling onshore wedges — just the old…

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Collected Thoughts 063 Beyond the Pipe Cam

There’s a lot of mud on the backroads and wind on the water. But it’s Hawaii and it’s really good to be here. The North Shore sweats counterculture and bleeds secrets. Secrets about brave, intense people who appreciate respect, a firm handshake and shoeless feet indoors. It’s been a pleasure spending our first day reacquainting…

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Collected Thoughts 062 Christian Fletcher, Bali 2013

Hunter S. Thompson claimed: “There is no honest way to explain [the edge] because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.” And while we certainly know that’s true, we seem to have found someone who’s managed to straddle it longer than anyone, refusing to fall off…

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Collected Thoughts 061 Deadline Update

OK, we’re not as fucked as before. But when you make a lot of rad shit, this sort of thing happens. And someone famous once said, miss a deadline or blow the budget no one remembers. Do shit work, they remember forever. Something like that. Anyway, we’re very hard at work on Issue 6, The…