Surfing, Skateboarding, Music, Photography, Travel, Culture and general antics of the youth on the run.

Afternoon Interview: Christian Hosoi Episode 002

Video: What Youth

Christian Hosoi was the man, and Christian Hosoi is the man, and both these statements are true but for different reasons. Let’s examine each independently.
In the 1980s, Christian was the man because it was so difficult to get a fuck from him, as generally he didn’t give a fuck. He flew out of half pipes and partied in LA and did radical dangerous stuff like you’d expect from your average young Christian Hosoi.

Today he’s the man because he’s been through some shit and keeps going shot for metaphorical shot with life and has life pretty much under the table, only Christian is born again and sober so that phrasing could probably be improved. Neither here nor there.

If anyone can be called a legend without the caller sounding stupid it’s Christian. We met at a Thai place near his home in California to talk about skating, surfing, the past/present/future, and about Christian Hosoi. He just wrote a memoir about what he’s done and learned in life and which of the things he’s done we could all probably stand to avoid. The book is called HOSOI, just like him.

In closing, Christian is sick.

Thanks to Herbie for the archive footage and for being in production on a new Wave Warriors video, oh goodness gracious.

what youth afternoon interview matt salacuse the negative project new york photography

Afternoon Interview: Matt Salacuse The Negative Collection: Saving photos from the world’s dust bin

While I was on my recent trip to New York I was hanging out with photographer friend Cole Barash and his studio mates. We were all out having drinks one night and somebody brought up the negative collection. They explained the story how this guy would go to flea markets and dig up rare negatives,…

what youth afternoon interview kolohe andino

Afternoon Interview: Kolohe Andino Episode 058: We went bass fishing with Kolohe a few days ago and realized he might be the most “punk” surfer there is

Editor’s Note: Kolohe had a bit of a behind the scenes meltdown after his heat at the Hurley Pro caught on tape yesterday, which reminded us of better times bass fishing with him just a few days ago. Our own Michael Cukr went to learn more about the subject of our film Brother and his…

what youth afternoon interview former dane reynolds craig anderson austyn gillette

Afternoon Interview: Former Episode 057: Dane, Craig, Austyn, Jake and Warren talk about their second range release and Dane’s new “Premium Violence” part

We walked into Former’s Chinatown studio a little early. Dane was lodged behind a monitor editing his “Premium Violence” part that was to premiere later that night. Austyn Gillette was shirtless and washing the windows while Craig filmed him with his phone. Warren Smith and Grady Archbold tinkered with the displays for their upcoming Pop…

what youth afternoon interview tanner gudauskas surfing

Afternoon Interview: Tanner Gudauskas Episode 056: Dark bar, sunny guy and lots of magic at the Red Fox Lounge

Red Fox Lounge is a bar in San Clemente. It’s dark inside. Really dark in fact. We went there with Tanner Gudauaks on maybe the sunniest day of the year after surfing T Street and found ourselves surrounded by mid-dart drinking magicians. Literally. After a few beers and some magic tricks, we got some insight from one…

what youth afternoon interview ryan spencer skateboarding hawaii

Afternoon Interview: Ryan Spencer Episode 055: A day spent doing it all: a skate, a surf and a photo dig

Ryan Spencer was born and raised in Maui, skating it’s unique and irregular island streetscapes and through that molded himself into a really damn good skater. But he’s also a seriously good photographer and spent much of his early days pursuing that. Caught between the two, he moved the California, then decided to sell off his gear to…

what youth afternoon interview louie lopez

Afternoon Interview: Louie Lopez Episode 054: A day out with Louie followed by a BBQ with Curren Caples, Jake Anderson and Mike Anderson

Louie Lopez is soft spoken. Especially when he’s surrounded by the antics of Jake Anderson and Curren Caples. But that doesn’t keep him down, his skating and his style speak volumes. He is a quiet hammer. We recently went for a day of skating while he filmed with Ryan Lee for an upcoming part. The…

what youth afternoon interview ronnie sandoval

Afternoon Interview: Ronnie Sandoval Episode 053: Most skaters’ favorite skater

You don’t get to go pro for Krooked unless Mark Gonzales says so. And he said so for Ronnie Sandoval. Ronnie was bred at the world famous Channel Street Park in San Pedro (which is in danger of going away forever as you’ll see). And might be one of the craziest tranny skaters around right…

what youth afternoon interview jake blauvelt

Afternoon Interview: Jake Blauvelt Episode 052: On snowboarders having a bad rap, surfings influence on him and living simply

We found ourselves in Sweden with Jake Blauvelt recently. A guy we never would have thought we’d get a chance to hang with, and he the same — but damn we’re very happy we did. He’s an absolute Lord of snow town. Growing up in Vermont, Jake didn’t know anything about surfing, but it’s influenced…

what youth afternoon interview

Afternoon Interview: Louif Paradis Episode 051: We interviewed Louif in the car while driving in the Lofoten Islands in Norway

Louif Paradis won Video Part of the Year while we were in Norway with him. He’s the epitome of a get shit done guy. And while we don’t know much about snowboarding culture, we know good people, and Louif is that. Not to mention, he showed us the ropes and how to haul ass in…

what youth afternoon interview keegan valaika

Afternoon Interview: Keegan Valaika Episode 050: On competition, style and riding snow

Someone recently said: “I don’t care how you get it out, but get it out.” Fuck we like that. Because, yes, this a trip we did to Norway and Sweden and we got it out lots of ways. Skating, surfing. Museum tours. And even on the snow. But the beauty we found in this trip…

what youth afternoon interview randy holden

Afternoon Interview: Randy Holden Episode 049: We sit down with an underground rock lord

Randy Holden was the guitarist of famous ’70s rock band Blue Cheer. He was one of the pioneers pushing the boundaries of heavy, really loud rock ‘n’ roll. After he left Blue Cheer he recorded his own album “Population II” but the album was never officially released, but at some point it leaked unbeknown to Randy, and developed an…

what youth afternoon interview steve sherman

Afternoon Interview: Steve Sherman Episode 048: Sherm Moments, shooting contests and the morning Andy passed away

Steve Sherman is an absolute legend in every sense of the word. He’s in the trenches documenting some of the most amazing moments in the surfing’s history. Kelly walking in on Andy eating cereal the morning of the Pipe Masters, the Momentum Generation shots, Benji Weatherly about to paddle out at massive Pipe, countless Surfing…

Sign up for letters from What Youth