Taj Burrow recently had his first child, a baby girl named Arabella Rose. She’s perfect just like her mommy and daddy. But this piece features the new dad doing what he’s done better than anyone we’ve ever had the pleasure of watching for over two decades: having fun surfing. No one has shown this and reminded us of this more and done it with raw, grace, smiles and passion more than papa Taj. And we fucking love Taj for it. Consider this our own little B-sides tribute to him, maybe riffing on Seven Days, Seven Slaves trip from his youth. But mostly just amping on his enthusiasm and what a rad dad and surfer he is. Thanks Taj.
Watch Taj Burrow in Indo A What Youth Original presented by VonZipper
Office Space: Sal Barbier Skate royalty on our mini ramp
Paperback Point Alex Knost, Wade Goodall and Ford Archbold in Mexico
An ascending, tumbling, crumbling, patient, speedy, soft, warm, friendly reminder of how the ocean behaves at the Mexican coast. Just like this forever. Surfing by Alex Knost, Wade Goodall and Ford Archbold If Mexico strikes your fancy today, go back again with Dion Agius in the What Youth original short Bright Grey.
That’s All She Wrote Summer in Biarritz with Jack Freestone, Ryan Callinan and more
Old wood forests, old world markets where men sell bread and cheese, new wave girls on the streets and beaches, pouring smooth Gallic invitations out into the air, a rented flat steps from the sand and swell in the water that’s trunkable with the sun out, which it is. This summer we spent some weeks…
Julian East Sessions From the Australian East Coast, Julian Wilson Mid-2012
Julian is busy, winning US Opens, and snaking Slater or maybe getting snaked by Slater depending on your interpretation of a rule we can’t pretend to have read, but when he’s free Julian does the right thing, gets in a car, and drives off with us to find a wave and mess its face up….
Stout Atmosphere Starring Mitch Coleborn, Dillon Perillo and Nat Young in Ireland
Ireland and jazz.
Jack Robinson Inside some Waves And where to see his best work yet
This piece is two months old now, just like Jack Robinson, but it’s worth an encore presentation due to new developments. Two months ago we couldn’t yet say this: Jack has a section in Dear Suburbia that cements him as the steeziest, bowl-cuttest small person around. He slouches in angry waves all bored, like nothing’s…
Misfit Lefts Dion Agius and a Coasta Rican Left Point
“New York punk was just punk, simple and static. When Glenn [Danzig, singer/songwriter] started the Misfits, he mutated the punk sound and image into something darker and more sinister, a punk-metal hybrid that later found bloom in the quiet, boring suburbs of Oslo and the boggy backwaters surrounding Tampa. Punk belonged to the media/celebrity hubs…
Exotic Bedlam A What Youth original short with Dane & Dillon in Indonesia
They went to do airs but the swell grew, and it grew until it washed out all the waves except one, and there were no airs to be done, just this. Bedlam. Filmed by Kai Neville and Mini in Indonesia.
Return to La Goon Chippa and a wedge, this time with acid drops
Summer looks fun on Super 8 film.
Vega Trestles is better than everywhere else
Here are one or two things about the people in this piece: Before this summer, Owen Wright had never really been to America besides for surf contests, and during contests you don’t really do anything else. So this year Owen came with his lovely girlfriend, who’s studying for her teaching credential, and they just did…
Bright Grey DION AND A SILVER-SLATE SHOREBREAK
Bright Grey, a What Youth original short.
La Goon A What Youth orignial short starring Chippa Wilson
At its core, La Goon is a thoughtful consideration of Western social norms. Chippa, the once-bricklayer made good, still an outsider to the manufactured sheen of south Orange County and its citizens. He seeks out this overlooked reject closeout — a foil for his own character. Losing his nose and surfing anyway is a metaphor…
Temporary Vacation, Part 2 A What Youth original short
Time is indeed always slipping away, my friend.