Keith Malloy = Hero

The Malloy Brothers come from good people and the world needs to know more about them. I really want Farm League to make a full length documentary on the Malloy family as a whole. Then we all can learn exactly what Mike and Denise did to raise such solid kids. Chris, Dan, and Keith were raised working hard and surfing harder. They’re connected to the earth, the ocean, and their family like few others I know of. They promote small local agriculture…

…and they lobby for less use of plastics and overall environmental protection.

Not to mention the fact that they help build and test some of the greatest wetsuits and surfboards in the world.

It takes balls to quit professional contest surfing in order to create a life traveling the world in search of good breaks and big swell. All three of them have been able to make it work and film the process along the way. Nixon Watches has been supporting Keith for years and they recently put up this “Born to Wander” about him. 

I also recommend checking out Slow Is Fast….

180 South….

…and Come Hell or High Water

Get involved in your local community, eat good simple food, and think critically about how you approach this world. You will be a happier person for it. That was a little emo….sorry….I mean it though.

Cyrus Sutton has been…..Compassing.

Cyrus Sutton is one of the great creative minds in surfing. He has a deep passion for adventure and enjoys finding it on little to no money.


Cyrus is the creative director at one of my favorite all time sites Korduroy.TV, he’s a filmmaker, he’s a director, he’s a photographer, he’s a dirtbag, he’s a van owner and he’s a surfer.

The trailer just came out for his new short film Compassing. It looks too damn good. Go check it out.

Trevor Gordon Rips

I’m typically very partial to goofy footers. Almost to a point of discriminatory measure. That being said, there’s a ton of guys out there that rip with their left foot forward. On the other side of that coin…I always drop my back knee….so I’m super biased TOWARD this technique. Yeah it sounds a bit conflicted, but who cares. Trevor Gordon is one of my favorites for obvious reasons. I think in surfing more than any other sideways standing pursuit, style is poached and even faked. Fake style is the worst style. Trevor doesn’t do that….Trevor has sick style. Go buy some of his art work (as soon as his site is back up and running) and watch the kid rip.

Draplin in Utah

I went to see Aaron Draplin‘s Tall Tales From A Large Man lecture series here in Salt Lake City this evening. AIGASLC sponsored the event at the UMFA, and it was absolutely everything I expected. Draplin was incredibly inspiring, and amazingly funny as always. Anyone that uses Saul Bass as a verb is all time in my book. I picked up a limited edition Utah Poster, as well as a new copy of A Drive Into The Gap  by Kevin Guilfoile (published through Field Notes)…..this was an incredible night all around, and one I will not soon forget.

Thanks Ray Barbee

Ok so I’ve written briefly about Ray Barbee before and here’s why. He is absolutely one of my all time favorite people. I don’t really fan out over anyone (except maybe Gonz). I am however more likely to get riled up  like JoJo the Idiot Circus Boy when I come across someone like Ray, than say …(insert random Us Weekly celeb here). Ray Barbee began to influence my skating back in the Public Domain days. To see someone my age, with similar style, skating street, keeping it fluid, and basically stringing together trick after trick…was mind blowing. I followed Ray through the years, and always admired the way he was true to himself, and the way that he grew as a person. For those that don’t know, music and photography are very important to him as well. Ray is a positive person with an incredible outlook on the world. Often in skating the people that get press and highlights are the complete piles of shit. We all love a comeback story, but it just seems like the glamorizing of self destructive behavior is so rampant in our world.

I’m all for bucking the norm, and punk rock ideals influenced me tremendously in my life as well. I don’t think you need to be a lazy, negative, gutterpunk to carve your own DIY path though. You can be a responsible father and husband. You can save your money. You can live in moderation. You can be an educated postmodernist. You can be an artist. You can think for yourself…. Too many good people in the world of skating have been lost to apathy, drug use, and lack of forward thinking. Sometimes when you throw tons of money at 15 year old kids (that have had little guidance in general) this type of thing can happen. We all have free will though, and we all truly care about skateboarding. People like Ray Barbee should be highlighted more often. Take a look at Chris Nieratko’s newest Adventures With Chris, check out Ray’s Independent At Home, and watch the all too short Epicly Later’d. For the young skaters out there please just think for yourself, don’t be a pile of shit, and keep doing what you love. Thanks Ray.

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