Surfer Magazine takes a look at the fast-paced balancing act 18 year old Curren Caples draws between surfing and skating. Named after the great Tom Curren, Caples must be breathing a sigh of relief that surfing felt so natural, maybe came with the name. Regardless it’s his skill set on a skateboard that’s truly thrust him into the spotlight. Going pro for Flip Skateboards and winning a gold medal in Skateboard Park at X Games Munich last year, the Ventura local talks about his Jekyll and Hyde lifestyle and how separate the two really are… set of course behind 3:14 of hammer-time action. Check it out above.
The latest from GoPro’s video vaults features wingsuit pilot Brandon Mikesell navigating the expansive mountainside of Walenstadt, Switzerland. Captured from multiple angles in incredible 4K quality the flight soars through tree-lined valleys, over local farm houses and danger close to craggy granite cliffs. Filmed on GoPro’s HERO3+, Walenstadt’s mountain range reaches heights of 7,438 ft.wingsuit
Electro-indie pop foursome CITIZENS! releases a celebratory music video in anticipation of their upcoming sophomore LP. Remixed by Cesare and directed by Ernest Desumbila the “Lighten Up” video pairs playful animations with models Katerina Safarova and Ira Stroy spending the afternoon in a chic Parisian loft. For more check out the track’s original video sequence and an interactive Four Creeps version on the band’s site. CITIZENS! forthcoming album European Soul drops April 13 via French music label Kitsuné.
Produced by two of the original five members, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre bring their own hip hop story to life in a feature film capturing the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A in the mid ’80s. Set in the then dangerous streets of Compton, California, the biopic drama follows five young men as they translate their experiences growing up through gritty unfiltered music and shed light on the truth about life in the hood. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ hits theaters August 14, 2015.
Promoting Ambig’s 2014 artist apparel collabs, the brand recently introduced a lifestyle video series profiling the stories, inspirations and entertaining antics of their creative contributors. Sitting down with a mustached Michael Hsiung in his Los Angeles residence, Episode 1 peeks into the mind behind Hsiung’s art and the transitions he’s made to get there. Ambig’s Michael Hsiung tees drop Summer ’14.Michael Hsiung
Marking the second installment of a three part video project, Nike Snowboarding releases “Chapter 2″ under the creative direction of OG snowboard filmmaker Brad Kremer. Shot entirely in and around Austria’s Silvretta Montafon terrain resort, the video features slow motion Phantom camera footage, stunning B-roll shots and explosive park riding from Sage Kotsenburg, Louie Vito, Gjermund Braaten, Jamie Nicholls, Danny Kass, Ethan Morgan, Jan Scherrer, Peetu Piiroinen and Austin Smith. Reflective of the progressive nature of both snowboarding and the Nike brand, “Chapter 2″ captures a polished take on the raw talent that continues to push the sport forward.Nike Snowboarding
An homage to one of skateboarding’s most legendary achievements, documentary film WAITING FOR LIGHTNING steps back in time to capture the life and passion of Danny Way, from his early childhood in a broken home to the man’s impossible jump over China’s Great Wall in 2005… and beyond. Starring Danny Way now and then, the full-length picture features interviews from Travis Pastrana, Laird Hamilton, Rodney Mullen, Mat Hoffman, Ken Block, Rob Dyrdek and Tony Hawk. In theaters and available for download 12-7-12. Check out the official 2:32 movie trailer.Danny Way
Taking an introspective look at the work and philosophies of Huntington Beach surfboard shaper Tim Stamps, short film “The Sound Of Dust” documents the faceted process from blank to board. In 2:51, Tim breaks down the mindset behind his commitment to the craft and quality of the product, as a 5’1″ squash tail takes shape. Filmed and edited by Hidden Notice Productions in Orange County, CA. More on Tim’s boards at surfboardsbystamps.com.Hidden Notice, Stamps Surfboards
Australian filmmaker, Kai Neville, online debuts his latest cinema-graphic project DEAR SUBURBIA, in collaboration with What Youth, on-demand exclusively September 10th… or in other words; today. The 2012 followup to Kai’s previous films, DEAR SUBURBIA is a full length production aimed at capturing the essence of trendsetting surf-lifestyle through the unscripted experiences from 14 of the world’s most dynamic and charismatic surfers. Watch the full 43:00 minute movie here, available for purchase at iTunes. Below, check out still-shots and words on the film from Kai.
Words with Kai…
Kai Neville, What Youth
Your earlier projects have always had a style all their own, what was the inspiration behind the DEAR SUBURBIA?
The film is an evolution from my first two projects, Modern Collective (2010) and Lost Atlas (2011), I wanted Dear Suburbia to pair high-performance surfing with surreal images of travel and the road, raw landscapes and artifacts of suburban life. The main inspiration was really spontaneity versus routine.
What makes DEAR SUBURBIA different from other surf films?
The unknown versus the familiar. I wanted it to be a realistic interpretation of our (professional surfers) lifestyle, culture, riding waves, traveling the world — a pirouette into the absurdity of it all.
In regards to to film… who’s throwing down? Where’d you go? How long were you gone?
The film features Dane Reynolds, John John Florence, Kolohe Andino, Yadin Nicol, Craig Anderson, Chippa Wilson, Dillon Perillo, Conner Coffin, Mitch Coleborn, Dion Agius, Evan Geiselman, Jack Robinson, Jay Davies, Dusty Payne, Taj Burrow, and Jack Freestone. Took a solid 10 months and 5 countries, we shot on location Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia and the Caribbean.
Noteworthy mutant breaks surfed/filmed along the way?
Japan was the most amazing and exciting place. I expected crumbly beach breaks but we scored a typhoon that produced 10 foot below sea level barrels. John John was in his element that session.
New Zealand was a funny place, one day we flew out of Auckland to the South Island, to a college town where they’d (Dane and crew) be staying, down near the bottom of the world. Down by Antarctica.
They drove to the beach to check the waves and right away, new local friends appeared to say hello.
Dane said, “Hi, I’m Dane.”
“No fucking shit you are!” a kid told him. New Zealand really loved Dane, like a lot.
They were so fanatic down there, giving us shots. One kid had a quiksiover tattoo. Its was funny and rad.