Zinematik Surfing Film Festival 2011



Stoked to be here in Zarautz with good friends who are hosting the Zinematik Surfing festival. Looking forward to a rad time. Come join us!

Leaping



Leaping across the planet is so deeply wonderful. Better still is being welcomed by beautiful people with generously open arms. We are having a wonderful journey in this our heartland.

World Eating




I dreamed that I floated at will in the great Ether, and I saw this world floating also not far off, but diminished to the size of an apple. Then an angel took it in his hand & brought it to me & said, "This must thou eat." And I ate the world.
Ralph Waldo Emerson


This profound quote has always had an impact on me, because I think it somehow describes the delicious wonderment of travel. I am so thankful for the the opportunities I have had to explore a few special places across the planet, & I'm excited about the new journey I'm about to tread.

Tomorrow I am returning with my family to the land of my forefathers, the Basque country of Spain, & I am deeply stoked & awed & grateful. I'll be there to explore my heritage, make new friends & document the experience for my next film. Blog posts may be few & far between, but I'll try to drop in every now & then.

We have been counting sleeps with the kids. Today we woke up & happily howled, "One more sleep!" Yeeeewwwww!

Lines From A Poem / Video On Demand



The Surf Network now has my first film 'Lines From A Poem' available as a video-on-demand download for $9.99. I released this film back in 2003, but in lots of ways it kind of went under the radar. So I'm stoked it's easily available to anyone who wants to see where my filmmaking began. For those of you who are interested, you can seek it here.

See God In Other People



"But what we can do, as flawed as we are, is still see God in other people, and do our best to help them find their own grace. That's what I strive to do, that's what I pray to do every day." Barack Obama

To The End Of Generations

“Whoever teaches his son teaches not alone his son but also his son's son, and so on to the end of generations.” Hebrew Proverb.



The surfing world is wide & wonderful, & I appreciate its breadth & beauty. But contrary to the backflipping youth & tow-in-death-slabs that so dominate mainstream media, there are spaces in between that the rest of us can find. Take this moment as a case in point for all of those out there that appreciate the smaller, simpler things of a surfing life. This is my dear beloved father & treasured first born son working on Dad's latest backyard creation, an 8'1" mini-pig for those days that are just a little too big for the log, but where you still want to experience those peak moments of trim & swing weight that a big fin & wide hips provide. Sure, it's not extraordinary or ground-breaking, but for us at least, it holds significance & meaning. These are some of the kinds of sentiments I hope to include in my next film. As always, thanks for dropping in to have a Look & Sea.

Acumen

Author of the epic, independent, underground surf-centred 'Switchfoot' tomes, Andrew Crockett has just finished his new book entitled 'Acumen'. It looks like a special read.



“The Acumen book is 31 thought provoking and inspiring questions we all ask ourselves at some point in our lives," says AC. "We’ve put those questions to 40 very different people from all corners of the globe.”

Contributors to Acumen come from all over the world & include: a rockstar, wizard, policeman, doctor, comedian, artist, boilermaker, stockbroker, great grandmother, a ten year old kid, teacher, surfer, pioneering horsewoman, ecofeminist*, yogi, monk, film maker, actress, software developer, mermaid, author, equestrian champion, marketing manager, zenthai therapist, aboriginal elder, supermodel, fashion designer, entertainer, student, writer, priest, jazz musician, vet, Maori, tour guide, yoga instructor, photographer, environmental activist, professional surfer, a high school student and even a postman.

Vector Slide

Here's a rad clip my friends put together. Capture & edit by Tom Woods. Sliding by Brett Caller. Vector by Sage Joske.



Radness.

Simple Dreams



Rudo, working on his handplane, building good, clean, simple dreams.

Christian/Framegrab



Why do we love the sea? It is because it has some potent power to make us think things we like to think. Robert Henri

Buried



Brett Caller, burying rail on his Valla log. Such a pleasure to witness Bretto's sliding this day. He was putting it all together, effortlessly joining the dots.

Waves & Friendship

Just spent a good couple of days with my friend Rudo from Avthentic, sharing wintery waves & friendship & family. They were small & simple adventures, but for us they were enough.