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Radical Class: Industry Talk 7 things catching our eye

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Quiksilver used to have a slogan that said:

“If you can’t rock and roll, don’t fucking come.”

It was fun, punk and had some damn moxie. I’d wear that! But then Quiksilver became cautious and scared and you didn’t hear much from them unless you looked at the back of your dad’s t-shirt. This is the nature of being an “industry” that comes and goes with trends and a fads and team riders. And since we get a front row seat inside some of these brands and get to see what they have coming out, we think it’s time you know just what’s good. In short: who’s making sick shit worthy of your cash.

We recently attended, like, 12 trade shows on both coasts of the U.S., which is exhausting because you must drink and walk around and talk and schmooze and don’t sleep and also have to find time to check out the rad shit coming out. Here are the things we learned about some of all of our favorite brands and some rad new ones doing things we think you’ll like.


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Volcom still likes to have fun (believe it or not this is not normal anymore). They’ve always been known for not giving a fuck and they seem to still not give one. They have the most fun, they make great products and they are in production on a massive surf flick, which is about as exciting as anything we heard from anyone during trade show season. Just think, Dusty, Mitch, Zeke and Droid, surfing with Yago Dora, Nate Tyler, Ozzie Wright, Gavin Beschen, Balaram Stack and Parker Coffin. We’re way overdue for a new surf offering from Volcom, and it sounds like it’s coming sooner than we think.


Vissla has energy. And no legacy. Which is becoming quite a blessing. They’re new and coming in hot. And recently signed underground, all-around talent and good dude Eric Geiselman.

And while lot of people in the industry may chuckle at including them on this list, they are fresh, have a vibe and aren’t lazy and their stuff shows that. They’ve got a new film coming out in February called Palmera Express (and you’ll be able to screen it first at What Youth at the end of this month).


Eric Geiselman. 


Electric: Craig Anderson’s new Electric shades are here. 


Craig Anderson’s new TXOKO shades are out and they’re really sick. Electric shows a slightly classier vibe with Craig’s shade. Thin but strong arms, subtle details and endless style are a nice surprise. Electric is known for solid, useful, well-built products but Craig’s new shade is a bit more elegant (albeit a bit pricier), but they had Craig behind the scenes, drawing from very unique references and inspiration and the result is really good. Craig’s new shade is out now, and rounds out Electric’s really sexy new line. Check ’em out and more from Electric here. 



Can they be stopped? Seriously. Every day it’s like we get to slide a rad new pair of Stance socks on, with a new story, and a new vibe and a new collab with a new, unique personality from all walks of life. They keep their game tight, and somehow transcend surf and skate and have made it work all the way up to the fucking NBA. We’re big fans and you can still buy our collab sock with them here: Stance x What Youth.



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Brixton is still the go-to for gear that we all love. If you want to transition from surf, to skate, to a show, to travel, Brixton is the ultimate modern noise makers uniform. With ties to music, surf, skate, motorcycles and all around rebellion, you’d be hard pressed to a find any of us not dialed in with a Brixton item on any given day. For the rebellious chameleon.


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Craig Anderson has caused quite a stir by signing with Huf. And since it’s happened, we’ve thrown this massive fucking Cluster premiere that was presented by them and hosted by Austyn Gillette, filled in all our footwear gaps with Huf. We’re having a hard time wearing anything else. And we’re especially loving these: 


The World Premiere of Cluster presented by Huf at The Ace Theatre in downtown LA.  


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And here it is, our biggest tradeshow surprise: Quiksilver. This new sticker kit above says it all. Much more attitude and products to match. Hopefully a bit more influence from Dane and Craig moving forward, but after years of stalemate and sleepy eyes, it’s rad that it takes a detail as subtle as a fucking sticker packet to get us interested again. We’re staying tuned. What’s next boys?

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WHAT YOUTH EATS: AGUACHILE Another Raw One: Sinaloa Spicy Shrimp

If you’ve been following along, you know that we’ve gone raw at for the last few weeks. We’ve played with raw tuna a couple different ways (here and here), and got fancy and fresh with a raw beef tartare last week. It’s been fun, delicious, and the whole experiment has opened up our late…

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WHAT YOUTH EATS: RAW BEEF The latest in our Raw Series: Steak tartare is the primest of the prime.

For the last few weeks we’ve gone raw. We’re doing it all for the flavor — an exercise to experience great ingredients at their root essence, with a secondary win of less time cooking and more time having summertime fun outside (making raw things takes less time, duh). So far we’ve focused on fish and…

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WY EATS: Spicy Tuna Don Another hit from our RAW series — best washed down with ice cold Kirin

Its time to expand on our RAW capabilities here. And just like the Mediterranean version of the albacore crudo that you’ve already mastered, we are leaning on our Japanese influence of raw efficiencies for our next dish: The Spicy Tuna Don. “Don” is short for “donburi” which is a traditional Japanese dish where any number…

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WY Guide: The Bartender Getting a drink in a crowded bar is an art. Here’s your paint set.

As Shane Dorian famously said in Loose Change: “What’s your poison man?” That ageless, sometimes slightly altered greeting has been heard by bar patrons since the first bar opened circa 900 AD. And after 1100 years of human interaction at these establishments one would hope there would be some orderly and respectful manner one might…

WHAT YOUTH EATS: RAW The first in a Series: Albacore Crudo

For the next couple of weeks, I’m going raw. This isn’t some nonsense trendy food fad out of Beverly Hills: this is all about efficiency and simplicity. Efficiency because eating raw means less time in the kitchen and more time outside shredding through summer. Simplicity because I won’t have to develop complex sauces and spend…

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The WY Dead Writers T-Shirt Before it’s gone here’s why it exists

We still read…actual books even. And while a lot of our favorite writers are long gone, their influence is still smothering us. They’ve left us with piles and piles of great reading, insight, fucked up situations, and maniacal living to read about. This shirt is an ode to them. Here’s a run through who they…

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What Youth Drinks: The Paloma Cuz it’s just so damn hot outside

It’s officially summer now. And since we’ve already taught you how to order a margarita the right way here, now it’s time to learn how to make the G of all tequila cocktails best drank in the sun: The Paloma. If the margarita is the popular girl in high school that everyone knows, then the Paloma…

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What Youth Eats: Huevos Rancheros Your weekend mornings are now better

Huevos Rancheros hold a special place down deep in my gut. Growing up, when dad wasn’t at work on weekend mornings, we’d wake up early to surf the Cliffs, then he’d take me to Georges Mexican Food right by our house in Huntington Beach for breakfast. Every time the order was the same: two orders…

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WHAT YOUTH EATS: WITHOUT RECIPES Try this, then go rip into it

Learning to cook and make cocktails is a funny process. We read cookbooks, we watch TV shows, maybe we try a recipe or two from For the most part, we get set up with a list of instructions, and we’re expected to follow it closely or else it will be ruined. That’s a process that’s…

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WHAT YOUTH EATS: OUR VEGGIES Skip the Meat with Grilled Mushroom Risotto

You’re eating your veggies, right? For those of you who just need meat with your meals, may I offer mushrooms instead. Here, the mushrooms are grilled to give a deeper, nuttier flavor, and combined with creamy rich risotto. Once you get the hang of risotto, it can be a quick dinner. Until you get the hang of…

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Radical Class: On Memorial Day Celebrating and Remembering in Equal Parts

These days, Memorial Day is all about burgers and beers, beach days and maybe some deeply discounted retail shopping. But, of course, it isn’t. It’s about war and the people who fought in them — namely the Civil War, where 620,000 Americans died. Where today’s Memorial Day is little more than an excuse to party…

What Youth Eats: On a Trip Bridging the disconnect between great waves and crappy food on surf trips

I haven’t been lucky enough to be on a fancy boat trip with a private chef, but I have been on plenty of surf trips where we’re in the middle of nowhere without so much as a taco stand in sight. So what to eat? Usually it’s an early question on that road between the…

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