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

Fairly Normal: Matt Meola Episode 015

Matt Meola first appeared on surfing’s main stage with an out-of-nowhere part in 2011 for Taylor Steele’s Innersection project — which he went on to win, pocketing a wild $100,00.00. That, coupled with a few incredible images by photographer Tom Carey, Matt freaked out a lot of his peers and the surf industry.

He possessed it all. Amplitude. Technicality. Consistency. Creativity. And he showcased it all out of nowhere.

Cut to 2014: Not only has Matt continued to progress his extensive air game, he’s added the unlikely component to his overall act with a serious big wave prowess, becoming a staple out at Jaws. He also quietly continues to push the bar with his air game alongside local pal and 720 stomper Albee Layer. And he’s done most of this progressing in his own backyard, running around like a hunting surfing cowboy aerial gentleman. We joined Matt and his family for a weekend of surfing, fishing, hunting and found nothing but hospitality and friendliness on the valley isle. And a ridiculously good surfer, who, bafflingly enough is unsponsored. (Update: Matt has since joined Mark Healey and Raph Bruihwiler on Luke Egan’s new brand Depactus).

A big thank you to Nancy and Lily Meola for their hospitality, Jeff Kahl for the rad hunting experience and Elliot Leboe for additional filming.

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Fairly Normal: Christian Fletcher Episode 013

An honest, authentic, death-defying Fairly Normal on Christian Fletcher and the infinite and un-ending influence he’s had on us all.

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Fairly Normal: Dolan Stearns Episode 012

It’s rad to meet someone like this. It’s nice to know they still exist, beneath the surface of the mainstream, drawing, skating, creating and fucking shredding.

Ryan Callinan Fairly Normal What youth

Fairly Normal: Ryan Callinan Episode 011

Hit play, devour some of our bandwidth and meet the modest man who’s making Merewether Beach so proud — and start to understand why we’re so certain he’ll be grabbing a lot more of that spotlight he’s earned very soon.

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Fairly Normal: Luke Davis Episode 010

It may not translate to results on the WQS, but there aren’t many people we’d rather watch high-line and arc. He’s the kind of surfer who could never do another air and we’d still enjoy every nuance of his style.

Noa Deane Fairly Normal What Youth

Fairly Normal: Noa Deane Episode 009

He has one of those styles rooted in unpredictability and recklessness, hucking himself at sections, but doing it with flow (a la young Dane Reynolds)

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Fairly Normal: Dave Rastovich Episode 008

Meet the dude we all thought we knew but now realize we’ve only just scratched the surface on.

Austyn Gillette Fairly Normal What Youth

Fairly Normal: Austyn Gillette Episode 007

A lethal combination of style, technical prowess and the most precise bit of fuck-it, all baked in to produce what has become the new elite in modern skateboarding.

Dillon Perillo Fairly Normal What Youth

Fairly Normal: Dillon Perillo Episode 006

“Waiting in line at an amusement park is like going through the airport TSA line 20 times to go on a variety of 20 second plane rides.”

Fairly Normal Chippa Wilson What youth

Fairly Normal: Chippa Wilson Episode 005

You’ll see us eat some nachos and get to the bottom of why skaters think we’re pussies, then spontaneously hop a plane to a lonely desert

Fairly Normal Jack Freestone What youth

Fairly Normal: Jack Freestone Episode 004

The perfect day with Jack Freestone: a coffee, shit-talking, a fun surf at D-Bah, lunch, shit-talking resumes, another really fun surf at Kirra, a beer on the veranda, barbecue. Fin!

Fairly Normal Ben Nordberg What Youth

Fairly Normal: Ben Nordberg Episode 003

We called Ben and asked for a glimpse at what his interpretation of domesticity looks like living as a professional skateboarder in the shadow of both The Roosevelt Hotel and Hollywood High

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Fairly Normal: Evan Geiselman Episode 002

We hungout with Evan Geiselman in Hawaii and he showed us that vicious forehand whip of his and once again proves that there is something about Floridians and Pipeline

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