2019 Surf & Ale Bash

Trouble, the Lisa Andersen Story

Writer Chas Smith's infamy as surf journalism's resident provocateur is well earned. Over the course of nearly two decades spinning mostly first-person documentations of surfdom across a variety of publications, Smith's irreverent takes on everything from the training regiments of World Surf League competitors to shark-based fear mongering, are fun, if not stinging, reminders that to take our hallowed pastime too seriously, is to do so at our own peril. Smith's passion for surfing and surf culture, meanwhile, as evidenced by his inside-baseball style oeuvres on his website Beach Grit, is undeniable.

Beyond his gift for gab, though, Smith's a crack journalist. A former war zone reporter for Vice and Current TV, Smith knows a gripping story when he sees one.

"As a writer, when you stumble across something that's un-mined, you jump with joy," Smith told me when I phoned him up to talk about his new documentary "Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story."

While Andersen's professional surfing success is well documented (four-time world champion, first woman on the cover of SURFER Magazine), the details of her journey from Ormond Beach runaway to one of the most famous surfers of all time are less well-known.

"Lisa had to fight and claw and scratch her way for every single, little bit she got," Smith says. "From a story perspective, it's compelling."

Thank You Mother

Thank You Mother' is a cinematic journey of surfing, simplicity and appreciation. It is a film that isn't afraid to be beautiful, stylish and sincere. Produced by Torren Martyn and Ishka Folkwell with an original soundtrack by Nick Bampton. 'Thank You Mother' is narrated by award winning Australian film maker and life long simplist Albert Falzon, who made the seminal 1970 surf film 'Morning of the Earth'.

'Thank You Mother' began as a story about the act of creating a surfboard and the art of riding one. Exploring the connection between surfer Torren Martyn and his friend, mentor and surfboard shaper Simon Jones of 'Morning of the Earth Surfboards'. This naturally led to the doorstep of another friend and mentor, Albert Falzon and the film became more about connection, creativity and friendship, about surfing, being happy, and living simply.

Shot on location in South Africa, Indonesia and Australia, Ishka Folkwell's original and artful approach to film making captures something of the essence of these places, bringing them to life on screen. Nick Bamptons original musical score was composed for the film, so as Torren Martyn glides with style and power, carving beautiful lines into clean walls, the music echoes the mood and rhythm of his movements perfectly. Perhaps the most powerful element of this creative collaboration between surfers, shapers, filmmakers and musicians is the truth and beauty of Albert Falzons reflections on life. With humility and charisma he offers viewers the keys to a life of contentment, explaining that happiness comes not from having more or being the best, but from having good friends and being kind. 'Thank You Mother' is a film that celebrates appreciation of the simple things and stays with viewers long after they have watched it.


Jake Kelley clearly knows the value of patience when it comes to collecting footage for a new edit, especially in an age where it’s all too easy to punt your best clips straight onto Instagram. Thankfully, all of Kelley’s epic A-clips have found a home in his latest edit, “Simulation”, the follow-up to his jaw-dropping 2016 edit, “Cake”. About 2 minutes into the film (right around the time “Silverf**k” by The Smashing Pumpkins kicks into full gear), Kelley begins his tirade of barrel-to-air combos, stomping damn near every straight-air he tries. Simply put, this just proved that Kelley’s edits are well worth the wait. Everything was shot over the course of fall/summer 2018 around his home in Ventura County–and we’re more than excited to see what’s to come from his 2019 winter sessions.

Episode One

If you’re not familiar with Logan Marshall, he is an up-and-coming local Outer Banks videographer that’s making waves in the surf film industry. He has won the “Carolina Surf Filmmaker” in 2017 and then in 2018, we won the “Emerging Filmmaker and Carolina Pioneer” award. His latest notable project “Outer” was released and premiered on the Outer Banks in July, 2018. It is a documentary of the surfing community here on the Outer Banks starring: Jesse Hines, Bo Raynor, Quentin Turko, Lynn Shell, also featuring: Micha Cantor, Lucas Rogers, Brett Barley and friends.

Part 1 - Mason Barnes

The beginning of a series, showcasing Mason Barnes, traveling the world in search of the biggest and best waves.

Film and Edit : Christian Lyles

Mason Barnes Winter 2018/2019

Mason Barnes (@masonhycebarnes) traveling the world in search of the best and biggest waves. Namibia Africa, Nazare Portugal, and Mavericks California Edit by: Mason Barnes

Relatable Form

A visual escapade documenting the similarities between hand making watercraft within community.

By: James Clower and the Dwyer Bros.



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