Archive for category: Music

Kelly + Rincon

11 Jan
January 11, 2015

The guys from the Surf Station dug this one up. As Matt O said in his blog, Kelly Slater + Rincon = Endless watchability. So true. Rincon is the perfect break for surfers with perfect style of which Kelly is certainly one. Here’s a clinic on style and form. Nice work Michael Kew and crew.

Catches a lot more than you (and me!)

04 Jan
January 4, 2015
Florida waterfowl

One of the more skilled wade-fishermen at Guana Reserve State Park

The Most Barreled Man in the Mentawais

30 Dec
December 30, 2014

Any wonder why they call this spot the Mentawai Wavepark? The man in the video getting barreled over and over is Christie Carter, official MD for Mentawai Wavepark. Not a bad place for an office.

Misread Charts- Dolphins, Drones and Barrels

19 Nov
November 19, 2014

Breakdown

10 Nov
November 10, 2014

I hope this old train breaks down
Then I could take a walk around
And see what there is to see
Time is just a melody

With all the people in the street
Walk as fast as their feet
Can take them
I just roam through town

And though my window’s got a view
Where the frame I’m looking through
Seems to have no concern for me now
So for now

I need this
Old train to breakdown
Oh, please just
Let me please breakdown

Well, this engine screams out loud
Sayin’ the beat gonna crawl westbound
So I don’t even make a sound
‘Cause it’s gonna sting me when I leave this town

And all the people in the street that I’ll never get to meet
If these tracks don’t bend somehow
And I got no time that I got to get to
Where I don’t need to be, so I

I need this
Old train to breakdown
Oh, please just
Let me please breakdown

I need this
Old train to breakdown
Oh, please just
Let me please breakdown

I wanna break on down
But I can’t stop now
Let me break on down

But you can’t stop nothing
If you got no control
Of the thoughts in your mind
That you kept in, you know

You don’t know nothing
But you don’t need to know
The wisdom’s in the trees
Not the glass windows

You can’t stop wishing
If you don’t let go
The things that you find
And you lose and you know

You keep on rolling
Put the moment on hold
The frame’s too bright
So put the blinds down low and

I need this
Old train to breakdown
Oh, please just
Let me please breakdown

I need this
Old train to breakdown
Oh, please just
Let me please breakdown

I wanna break on down
But I can’t stop now

Read more: Jack Johnson – Breakdown Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Perspective

09 Nov
November 9, 2014

Check out this incredible time-lapse video featuring thousands of images from the International Space Station stitched together by french photographer and filmmaker, Guillaume Juin. I’m actually a bit of a space geek, always one to be looking up at the sky and checking out celestial events. I love nature and of course, space, as Gene Roddenberry once wrote (and Captain Kirk said), is the final frontier. Thanks Ryan Ketterman for sharing this one with me. Seeing earth and looking out into our universe this way provides such amazing perspective about our world. It reinforces certain beliefs for me. But, I’ll leave you to watch it and formulate your own thoughts. Enjoy it, and go full-screen if you’re able! It’s spectacular!

WestTown Teaser Video

01 Nov
November 1, 2014
Screen grab from WestTown teaser video

A screen grab from the WestTown Teaser Video. Click the link to see the video.

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I was going through some old files today, updating my business portfolio on Contently, when I came across this old spot I conceptualized and helped produce in 2007. It was for a pitch we created for WestTown- a planned LEED-certified, mixed-used community that was to be Atlanta’s largest residential development in more than a decade (located in the west-Midtown area, thus the name, “WestTown”). The community was going to be a pioneering effort, expected a draw young professionals, artists, creators and those drawn to the development’s trendy urban location in a redeveloping industrialized area, not far from Georgia Tech. This, as well as its “live-work-play” and “sustainable” qualities. We came up with the theme of, “Go West” playing upon the west-Midtown location and the idea of going “west” for “opportunity”, as the neighborhood was going to offer affordable living in an otherwise expensive area. The video was intended to be a teaser for the community that would ultimately be formatted for both web and television. The music track is a song called, “Haley” from the album “Yuppie Ghetto” by the band, War Called Peace. It’s the closing song on the classic surf video, “Searching for Tom Curren”. Marc Rapp, a super-talented friend, NYC-based Creative Director and former employee at my old agency, Renaissance Creative, handled the digital development. We ended up winning the account. Unfortunately, before getting to market, the real-estate bubble burst, forcing the developer, Brock Built Homes, to put the brakes on the project. Atlanta missed out on what would have been a really cool, high-profile, signature neighborhood. Not to mention a fun, innovative marketing campaign.

Surfing at 1000 Frames Per Second by Chris Bryan

31 Oct
October 31, 2014

When it comes to surf cinematography, a few trends have really propelled the medium forward over the last decade- GoPros; UAVs (Drones); and High-Def Super Slo-Mo, such as that which is showcased in this incredible short film from filmmaker, Chris Bryan, revealing the beauty of surfing at 1,000 frames per second.

This. Is. Incredible.

The opening sequence is a break called, Shipstern’s Bluff, located in Tasmania, an island state in Western Australia. I’ve featured other Shipstern’s clips in this blog that are amazing, but this one provides its own unique experience. Shipstern’s is one of the most dangerous and compelling waves on the planet, and watching fearless surfer Mark Mathews navigate this wave’s multiple shelves and jagged rips at the speed of molasses, is quite spectacular. The clip also features Kelly Slater, John John Florence and others. Check it out!

Moche Rip Curl Pro Lay Day Shred Fest

17 Oct
October 17, 2014

Wow, here’s another great one from Portugal, shot on a lay day at the Moche Rip Curl Pro. Although the winds were bad at the contest site, they were good up the road and a group of touring pros, including Kelly Slater, Taj Burrow, Mick Fanning, Josh Kerr, Kolohe Andino, Jordy Smith and others put on a brilliant display of surfing. The waves look nearly perfect and this crew really showcases how beautiful and FUN the act of surfing can be.

Steamer Lane, Santa Cruz

07 Oct
October 7, 2014

I’ve posted some spectacular shots and videos of Steamer Lane in Santa Cruz before. Here’s another one. This spot is so naturally beautiful, and the waves look so fun. I had a friend who lived there for a while and he loved it, although he said it could get crowded and competitive in the water. At the same time. There’s multiple places to sit and plenty of room, overall. I think the only issue I’d be concerned with is the COLD water! But for waves like these, in a place like this… bring on the booties!

Eric Geiselman – Grindy Fun in New Smryna Beach

24 Sep
September 24, 2014

What can you say about this? Eric Geiselman is one of the Right Coast’s premiere talents. If you want to see some truly phenomenal surfing- explosive, with near flawless style, just click right here and enjoy. The drone (UAV) videography also reveals what lurks below the surface here in Florida- plenty of sharks. New Smyrna Beach in particular has more than it’s share around the inlet, but Eric is clearly having too much fun to notice.

I think the growing use of the aerial videography is going to continue to reveal what we’ve all been surfing over and around for years, without fully knowing it. I think this will probably make many people more uncomfortable; and a lot of people, more comfortable. While I have had a couple of nerve-wracking run-ins with very large sharks over the years, neither I, nor anyone I know personally has ever been bitten, and I know a lot of people who have spent a ton of time in the ocean here, over many years. Like my own personal encounters and the evidence in this video, it leads me to believe that if sharks were really interested in us as a food source, we’d have figured that out upon stepping in the water on most days.

Pete Devries: Outside The Box

20 Sep
September 20, 2014

As a third-generation native of Jacksonville, Florida, I’m not much of a cold weather guy. I start shivering when the water drops below 72. That said, winter surfing does have its appeal, as does the natural beauty of places like this in Vancouver Island. How beautiful is this? Enjoy!

Water by Morgan Maassen

15 Jul
July 15, 2014

Wow- a real work of art. Here’s a video that is not so much about the joy of surfing as the joy of the ocean. Or more essentially, water. Get ready to be completely mesmerized. A stunning creation by Morgan Maasen.

Puerto Escondido

14 Jul
July 14, 2014

I’ve never surfed Puerto Econdido, but it’s on my bucket list. It’s one of my favorite places to see on film and this is as unique a perspective of the entire scene in a cranking swell, that I have seen. Gotta love that drone videography!

Mentawais Bliss

11 Jul
July 11, 2014

Wow- what can you say about this? This is why I surf. It’s not what most of us experience, but is what most of us chase relentlessly, physically or emotionally. It certainly lends some pretty strong gravity to the feelings that can be achieved gliding on water in the middle of nowhere- someplace tropical, beautiful and empty, save for a few good friends. I love the drone photography here which like the RED cameras and Go-Pros, have and do continue to transforming video into a whole new medium.

Heavy Water – African Skeleton

05 Jun
June 5, 2014

Heaving straight up vertical slabs in the middle of nowhere. I love this.

Island Tripping with Chris Del Morro in Indo

10 May
May 10, 2014

CBGB Movie Wall Mural at Whiskyagogo

03 May
May 3, 2014
CBGB movie wall mural at Whiskyagogo

CBGB movie wall mural at Whiskyagogo on the Suncet Strip in Hollywood

Whiskyagogo

03 May
May 3, 2014
Whiskyagogo: Rock -n- Roll history

First it was, “The Whiskey”; then “The Whiskey – a go go”; then “Whiskyagogo” and then of course, “.com”

The Roxy

03 May
May 3, 2014
The Roxy, Hollywood, CA

The Roxy- The iconic nightclub on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, CA

Slaber Nackle by Turkeymelt

12 Apr
April 12, 2014

Desert Point Barrel Fest

08 Apr
April 8, 2014

Backlit Breeze

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

Florida sunset on the Intracoastal

Tolamato River, South Ponte Vedra Beach

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

Tolamato River

Beauty & Grace: Kendall in The Nutcracker 2013

25 Dec
December 25, 2013

Backstage at the Nutcracker

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A few shots of my oldest daughter, Kendall (14), in the 2013 Nutcracker. Kendall has been performing in the Nutcracker every year since she was about 4 years old. She loves classical ballet and works hard year-round to prepare for her performances. She has danced most of the roles in the Nutcracker, but still has a few left. She danced in four acts this year (three full acts, and the opening act). The group that she dances with, Miss Felicia’s Dance Troupe in Ponte Vedra Beach are a Christian-based team. Their performances each year go to raise money for critically ill children who are participating in the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s Make-a Wish program. They prepare all year with this mission in mind, which naturally adds another level to their dancing. It’s crazy where time goes. It doesn’t seem like that long ago that Kendall was a toddler up on that stage and now, she is a beautiful young woman. I’m very proud of her.

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