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Video of the Week: Laurie Towner – SLOW LANE

Video of the Week: Laurie Towner – SLOW LANE 1280 720 Ventura Surf Club

‘Slow Lane’ is a surf film that follows big wave surfer Laurie Towner and his family as they travel on a dream road trip exploring the vast Australian coastline in search of waves, good fishing and adventures.

This film produced by needessentials and edited by Ishka Folkwell not only showcases Laurie Towner’s surfing but also gives you an in-depth understanding of Laurie as a surfer and father. The film explores the concept of passing on knowledge to the next generation through shared experiences and good times spent together as a family.

Cinematographer Nathan Henshaw’s beautiful images capture the stunning landscape of the Australian continent and its wide variety of waves and wildlife as the family make their way from coast to coast. With an original soundtrack featuring Headland, Nick Bampton and Maanyung and additional music by Mick Turner and Musgrave Band, this film is a portrait of a young family on a simple adventure.

Produced and presented by needessentials

Video of the Week: ‘CLOUD’ A Malibu surf film by Full Moon Surf Club

Video of the Week: ‘CLOUD’ A Malibu surf film by Full Moon Surf Club 480 360 Ventura Surf Club

Our first feature full length that brings together the incredible surfing of our usual suspects and the behind the scenes look at the moments that could never be re-created at our favorite summer spot. Featuring Jack Hill, David Vizulis, Brooke Carlson, Spencer Navarro, Zian Boyd, Josh Perez, River Covey, Allen Sarlo, and Sam Heck alongside a cast of motley characters who are always with us behind the scenes. Enjoy this 20 minute long debut that was filmed in it’s entirety in just eight days, a testament to how much incredible surfing and hyjinx that goes down on a day to day basis at Malibu first point. Cheers.

Video of the Week: Trevor Gordon – Yardfish

Video of the Week: Trevor Gordon – Yardfish 1756 922 Ventura Surf Club

With a fish missing in his quiver and only 2 days until we shoved off for the transatlantic crossing, Trevor; bloody and sweaty while working with piecemeal shaping equipment, squeaked out the Yardfish. A crude yet functional surf craft that gets ripped to shreds by the shaper along the journey. I glassed the board with brown vinyl ester resin the consistency of water and with no sanding resin to be found anywhere, we somehow still made that sticky pig fly.

Video by Kelly Foote

Video of the Week: MAALAEA Historic Swell

Video of the Week: MAALAEA Historic Swell 1280 720 Ventura Surf Club

Highlight footage from the historic Maalaea Swell on Maui July 16 & 17, 2022. Surfers include Kai Lenny, Ian Walsh, Billy Kemper, Torry Meister, Ian Gentil, Kevin Sullivan, Makua Rothman, Shane Beschen, Tanner Hendrickson & Mark Anderson. Visit @acl_cinema for more clips. Aloha & Enjoy.

Video of the Week: Field Notes 16 Knost, Noble, Hall, Blue, Guy

Video of the Week: Field Notes 16 Knost, Noble, Hall, Blue, Guy 150 150 Ventura Surf Club

Blackie’s has long produced some of the most unique log stylists of Newport Beach and California in general. Both the waves and the lot act as a melting pot hub for the legends and grommets that call it home. It’s the kind of place where you might get the odd camera tip from Gregg Weaver or catch a glimpse of some of your favorite surfers riding their new hand shapes.

For Field Notes 16, we hopped in the truck and met the homies down at Blackie’s with an unmodified Bolex to test shoot some rolls of 16mm. Featuring surfing by Alex Knost, Grant Noble, Kris Hall, TJ Blue and Robert Guy.

16mm Cinematography & Edit: Dana Shaw
Motion Picture Film Scans: Origins Archival
Music: “Appeal” – Seventies Toobride

Video of the Week: Why Knot……..

Video of the Week: Why Knot…….. 150 150 Ventura Surf Club

Tyler Warren sliding a couple on a Model T that Donald shaped before his passing…

Video of the Week: Matt Grote The Opal Hull

Video of the Week: Matt Grote The Opal Hull 1280 720 Ventura Surf Club

Video of the Week: The Embryo of FineFlow

Video of the Week: The Embryo of FineFlow 1280 960 Ventura Surf Club

Produced by Takuji Masuda and Super X Media.

“Planting the seed”…”Within the seed, there usually is a store of nutrients for the seedling that will grow from the embryo(…of FineFlow).

From the people who inspired Thomas Cambell’s* loggin movie “the Seedling” and its overflow: Alex Knost, Tyler Warren, Robin Kegel, Belinda Baggs, and Kassia Meador among others.
*(Thomas Campbell quote from New Millennium Press magazine volume two spring 2000 page 50.) “i would say, in some respect, within that group of kids, the main people that really influenced everyone and started surfing like that would be Matt (Howard) and Brittany (Quinn), they were the first ones. I am sure Joel rode some heavier boards sometimes but he was pretty much high performance. They had been riding logs for ten years or so, not saying that they are the first ones, but when they first met Jimmy Gamboa he was a 13 year old kid surfing malibu on a short board, then he started riding tri fin longboards and now he’s like pretty much the premier log rider that there is besides Joel”.

*(Thomas Campbell quote from Australian Longboarding Magazine edition 10, 2000 page 57.)
“I would say that of all the people in “the Seedling” that are the post-originators of that movement those two (Mateo & Brittany) are the most important.”

(The Surfer’s Journal volume 7, no. 4 winter 1998 page 123)
“Home Grown with Soul”
This little opus is a semi-underground project and the way the whole thing came together smacks of what’s right about surf media in these days of increased access and creativity. I’ll let Matt explain the process, “Although we (Brittany and myself) have made 3 super 8 animated shorts… this was our first attempt at a longboard film for the masses.
“The plan was to document the longboard surfing of a few riders on 9’6” and over, single fin logs, and how these riders make up a vital part of their overall surfing community. Mixed in with the surfing would be a glimpse into the lifestyles we lead, also a look at what else we do besides surf.
“In early 1997, armed with a Cannon 1218, 814, L1, and a Eumig Nautica, we began shooting Tyler Hatzikian in El Segundo building our two 10′ logs…later taking said boards on surfari south of San Ysidro to secret sand point solitude. Before that though, we shot Joel in San Diego and in the water at San O. Finally, we shot spring malibu focusing on Josh, Jimmy, and friends, adding in animation and later a then-and-now on Herbie Fletcher. The project took 4 months from start to finish.”

(“Combine” book by Super X Media circa 2002 page 262-267)
text by August West/photography by Art Brewer and Bill Parr
“Soulmates Seimpre”
Much time has passed since Matt and Brittany began to influence the new young generation of single fin surfers. Before being published, featured in movies or written about, they had already established a unique yet viable quixotic lifestyle in which their lives began to mimic their art.
Being born into a surfing family helped. In 1977 Matt Howard stood up on his father’s personally shaped purple pintail. Later at 14 years old he acquired a Jacobs/Donald Takayama step deck accelerating his zest to be smooth and stylish like his pop, as well as Pinky, Whitey, Herbie, the Tracys and Roach, influencial figures from San Onofre/ Dana Point area. At 16 Matt meets Brittany Quinn and their relationship begins. Together they finish school and travel extensively through Mexico archiving themselves with an archaic Cannon super 8 movie camera. Along the way both graduated UCLA, magna cum laude in Spanish Literature. More adventures seeking secluded perfect peeling point breaks in France, Portugal, Spain, Holland and Morocco would follow. Later they teach themselves the art of animation.
In the winter of 1997 the opportunity occurred to put together a film/animation project encapsulating their carefree way of life. This project focused on riding and building hand crafted surfboards by shaper, Tyler Hatzikian of El Segundo, the places visited, the custom clothes created and worn along with the manner and style in which the waves were ridden. Add in some hand drawn animation and “The Embryo of Fine Flow” comes out as a very rare and home grown piece. “Let it Flow” and “Even Flow Euphoria” would follow, continuing the story line and trilogy completed in February 1999.
Since then Mateo Howard and Brittany Quinn have maintained their way of life while at the same time evolving and perfecting their art skills. Surfing their eclectic collection of boards. Brittany stitches away on her sacred Singer, while Matt sketches splendid surf sequences. Their importance is still recognized and acknowledged today. Please appreciate these heirs to the heydays. Today they reside over looking Malibu point.

Special thanks to Takuji Masuda.

Video of the Week: Moment to Moment.

Video of the Week: Moment to Moment. 480 360 Ventura Surf Club

Video of the Week: SUGAR For JOSIE

Video of the Week: SUGAR For JOSIE 1280 720 Ventura Surf Club

Two sessions shot on the same day of Josie Prendergast atop her new custom 10’8” McTavish Sugar, hand-shaped by Bob. This is the epitome of beautiful surfing.