Shot on the South Shore of Oahu, Toots is a short film that tracks the day-to-day workings and happenings of Arthur “Toots” Anchinges, and puts visual motion to our profile of the Queens big-boarder from TSJ 29.5. As you’ll see, Toots has built a simplified life that revolves around the things he enjoys most—surfing, shaping boards, and hanging with his girlfriend, Caroline Motley, and their dogs, Birdie and Bonnie, around Town and at their Waikiki apartment.
“Toots has become this sort of ubiquitous character in and around Honolulu,” says Keith Kandell, the film’s director. “There are photos of him surfing Queens plastered on the walls of construction sites, and in surf shop windows. He cuts such a unique figure, naturally I was curious about him. When the opportunity to make a film about him came about, I jumped at it. I grew up surfing in Waikiki and hold a deep affinity for the place and it’s beachboy culture. So the fact that he’s a Queens staple and lives in Waikiki really sold it for me. He generously allowed me into his world and I found myself in awe of his steadfast, uniquely creative and graceful approach to all he does. Toots embodies this lineage by letting his actions do the talking—in his daily life, in his craft of making surfboards, and in his surfing.”
A warm summer afternoon with team rider Joel Tudor riding his new Wayne Rich single fin.
Shot & Cut by Nick Jones
In the late 60s, countless surfers were drawn to Margaret River by Paul Witzig’s film, “Evolution,” featuring the now iconic scene of 16-year-old Wayne Lynch flying across Mainbreak’s long left-handers to the sound of Ravel’s “Boléro.” It was just one chapter in a film famous for tolling noseriding’s death knell.
“I just wanted to get Wayne in the best possible waves and we heard this place might have been it,” recalls Witzig. “We knew we were onto something special as we came around that corner and got the first look at the Indian Ocean.”
Many of the surfers first attracted to Margaret River by Lynch’s surfing set up camp and never left. Within 60 years, the quaint little timber and dairy town grew to become the most popular tourist destination in Western Australia. It now boasts multi-million-dollar properties, dozens of wineries, and a surfing academy (to say nothing of a couple of drive-thru liquor stores).
“The Beatnik is quite simply a ‘no rules’ longboard. Drawing on elements of the past but infused with a progressive mentality that allows the surfer to dance to the beat of their own drum.
Years of riding traditional single fin longboards and an addiction to the elegant glide they produce had us curious as to where we can take longboard design beyond the conventional ‘log’ mentality. After many passionate experiments with Bob and Ben in the shaping bay, Bob lopped off 4” of foam from the tail of a fully shaped longboard and hyped up the board with a long panel vee and a groovy transom in the tail… enter the Beatnik!
This model provides a breath of fresh air for even the most meticulous longboard connoisseur or entry-level trimmer just tapping into their inner stoke… welcoming unconventional approaches and providing creative outlets which allow you to draw your own lines… or just trim!” – Matt Chojnacki
88 Surfboards – SUMMER 2021 First Point.
It was an honor to create this short doc profiling one of my best friends Mikey DeTemple for Hill / City.
Director / Cinematographer / Editor / Color
Additional Editor / Assistant Editor
Ola Palsson & Ludwig Jonsson
When it comes to experimenting with obscure surf craft, Alex Knost is the guy.
Filmed by Cole Walton
SMALL THINGS – short surf film of Ryan Burch, Craig Anderson and Shyama Buttonshaw in Fiji.
shot and edited by Erik Derman
music by Fun Country