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Curated by Ricardo Miguel Vieira

SUMATRIUM

Krui, on the Southwest side of Sumatra, Indonesia, is swarmed with secret waves. That line of coast is so unreported that on can’t even find straight knowledge about it online. A basic search on Google shows nothing on Wikipedia and there’s only a few entries on surf schools operating in the main areas of the region. Nothing on mind-bending waves.

So when the world bodyboarding champion Ben Player first heard about Krui through his fellows, he got mixed feelings. They all dissed the place and never went back to the region. They never actually caught those secret spots pumping classic waves.

The only way for Benny to prove their stories was to actually visit the region, which became possible through an unexpected phone call from Riptide. The Australian magazine dropped him a ticket to go on a 10-days trip to Krui with cinematographers Ed Saltau and Dean Fergus and photographer Rod Owens with the mission of bringing back a story on that crystal water paradise. The search was on and Benny didn’t look back on the chance.

The first few days in Krui were disappointing. No surfing nor material nor a story to bring back home. But when he was about to call it a trip, Ben Player saw the untruth of the stories he was told about unfurling in front of his eyes. The winds shifted, the waves got smoother, the swell came about and the sessions were as epic as ever.

Sumatrium is the story he came back with: a short-documentary unravelling Krui’s secrets and the visual proof of what Benny sums as “the most successful surf adventure I have ever done”.

Sumatrium is available online at benplayer.com.

OXYANA

Oceana is Wyoming County’s oldest town with a population of roughly 1.400 people. It is also the place where the rate of fatal prescription painkiller overdoses doubles US’s national average.

Oxycontin is the most used painkiller by Oceana’s inhabitants and that is why the town earned the nickname of Oxyana, a  vivid example of the so called war on drugs.

Filmmaker Sean Dunne spent some time in Oceana documenting the uncanny lives of its folks and their daily struggles with drug addiction. The documentary Oxyana was released last year, but remains as current as ever.

HUCK spoke with Sean Dunne and retraced the production’s challenges and the audience’s reception on this apolitical point-of-view.

Read the interview here. The film is available at oxyana.com.

#WAYNIAC MONDAYS

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Artwork: Gangster Doodles

Can you name an artist that deliberately released a new track every week just for the cheer enjoyment of producing music to share some love with his followers? Well, now you can: his name is Jonwayne.

California’s La Habra’s son is one of Stones Throw illest producers and rhyme creators and his ingenious outputs are featuring in some of the label’s hot rappers albums. His most recent collaboration was on Homeboy Sandman’s Hallways album, for which Jonwayne provided mind-drilling and intense beats on “America, the Beautiful” and “Refugee” tracks.

But Jonwayne is one to throw out some unexpected music. For instance, when he first signed Stones Throw back in 2012, he came up with the idea of releasing three tapes with his underground productions before putting his mind to work on Rap Album One. The first of these cassettes was released on vinyl by the same time he posted this announcement:

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So for six weeks, Jonwayne dropped a new rap track every monday, until he eventually stopped to begin working on his second album.

Below you’ll find the half-dozen eggs he gave birth for our amusement.

SINTRA BODYBOARDING FILM FESTIVAL: A PREVIEW

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Originally published on Vert

The 5th Sintra International Bodyboarding Film Festival is about to kickoff next weekend and 2014’s documentary-spirited Passing Through, by James Kates and Phil Gallagher, is the on the spotlight.

The Australian production features a lineup with 20+ bodyboarding films from around the globe and these are the ones to get you pumped for some kegs.

PASSING THROUGH

James Kates and Phil Gallagher’s cut bounces back the documentary tone of past bodyboarding films like Mickey Smith’s ABC – A Blank Canvas. Passing Through rolls blandly through time so that its slow-motioned details and focus on blending cultures and lifestyles vividly resonates as bodyboarding’s overlooked cosmo. A thing of beauty that reshapes the pace and objectiveness of bodyboarding’s light-minded cinematographic releases.


HUBBOARDS – THE MOVIE

Fly. Fly as high as you can. That’s the motto of Hawaiian brothers Dave and Jeff Hubbard film. Hubboards, The Movie is the portrait of a family of World Champs that established a one-of-a-kind style in the bodyboarding world through an aim-for-the-skies punts. Matthew Tanaka’s edit returns to the action-only, era-defining footage ever so present in the No Friends series, which propelled Jeff’s reputation.


THE MEXICAN MIRAGE

At a time when bodyboarding is feeling unloved, a group of young riders keep the pace high and still make us feel warm and fuzzy about dropping some slabs with boogie and fins. Those guys are Pride’s international crew featuring saffa Jared Houston, French Pierre-Louis Costes and aussie Lewy Finnegan. The Mexican Mirage recalls an exploration mission along rural Mexican region of Pascuales, Northwestern side of the country. Black sands, unbearable heat waves, mirages and top-notch beachbreaks outlines a trip and keep us pumped for the next swell at home.


ALAMBRE

This is ought to be an international debut. Matías Spulveda’s Alambre absorbs the true essence of a documentary film and exposes an ample profile on the Chilean bodyboarding scene. This historical approach picks up Chile’s best bodyboarder, Alan Muñoz, and draws a context on the country’s past, present and future of bodyboarding and the fervent, passionate way Chilean riders and followers live the sport.

ART HOUSE LE BOOGIE

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Originally published on Vert | LeBoogie

Phil Gallagher is done with the bullshit. Having been immersed in the bodyboarding universe since, well, practically ever, he lived and experienced the most notorious ups and downfalls of the sport, but never saw it in such a dark place as of today. So he’s one to point out the greedy, pocket-locked industry for not pumping some green ones into boogieboarding’s development and to gauge that not all riders rip as hard as you think.

So the 35-year old Australian photographer (on the right) has put himself in a place where he can actually extract bodyboarding’s cultural nectar. As the founder of photographic journal Le Boogie, he took the publishing built-in reputation to hammer out what he calls an “art house” by producing mind-bending films, representing underdog musicians and pushing bodyboarding’s unique culture and lifestyle forward.

After the release of SPLIT, Le Boogie’s latest film production, I swapped a few words with the Aussie creative about the publishing’s new face and the future of bodyboarding.

What exactly is SPLIT?

Four riders teamed up with four cinematographers to create a banging 30-minute film. They all created their own parts and we slammed them together and released it.

Why did such project come up?

Too much web content gets produced without purpose, but the success in the 2-3 days around it before becoming forgotten. We tried to get the guys to work on something they would be stoked about and have some fun challenging them against each other.

What impact are you looking for with SPLIT?

Bringing some sense of fun and competitiveness back into things. Trying to stop people from just pumping out mindless web clips to get likes and hits.

What challenges have you faced while producing this flick?

Four different teams means four sets of problems and, as the deadlines tightened up, it got pretty heated at the end, getting it all together and keeping everyone happy.

In this past year you’ve released a batch of films under Le Boogie – you are now you are promoting The 8 –  and added a music label to the publishing. Why this change of paths now?

We cant’t sell magazines. Pure and simple. We have the largest current fan base and database and we can help people and make it profitable to a point by helping out. The music thing is just for fun and nothing too serious. But it feels good getting people to listen to some new tunes made by people we know. It’s a way of helping people and for us to keep busy.

What sort of music and artists do you represent?

All types from pop, rock, metal, electro and some others I don’t really know where they fall into the current name brackets. All these guys are music lovers with full time jobs who are looking to make music. If we can help getting people to their shows, we will.

Are you fed up with the print media? You still going to put out magazines?

Making magazines is like shooting film photography: you’re really doing it for yourself and, as a business, no paying client is going to pay for that extra effort, whether it’s photo based work or a guy looking out to get some bodyboarding content,. The internet is amazing and I use it daily, it’s brought many great things, but in the end there’s so much content out there, regardless of quality, so why would people pay money to see more? We have a very special photo annual due out at the end of the year and this might be it, who knows. If it sells and people buy it and we cover the costs, we are stoked, but breaking even ain’t the goal of the business really.

What do you look to achieve in bodyboarding with these projects?

Quality with a human touch.

Bodyboarding is actually at a crossroad: it doesn’t have a steady commercial culture nor a counter-culture side. Where is boogieboarding going and what’s it going to be in the next few years?

It’s a dark time, I’m not going to lie. If you love it, you will never stop, you know. But from a business point-of-view, it’s time to lay low and trim the excess. There just seems to be no money or will to invest in any projects or advertising. And I get it, trust me. If you ain’t got cash, you ain’t going to spend it. Maybe people are just not bodyboarding anymore. It’s crazy, I see so many people riding and all kitted out with the latest gear, but I guess it’s the lack of any main stress cash that hurts it all.

How do you define Le Boogie in the bodyboarding culture?

I hate to use the word, but due to a lack of anything more fitting, I’ll stick with art house. We try to put a quality spin on things and not worry about making a profit and blowing it all on a party or tour or premiere. I guess people love that stuff. We tend to tell it how it is and not sugar coat the crap that goes on and hurt us. Honestly, it’s what we are. If we played by the rules and said that everyone ripped and all these new products are awesome and everything in the industry was perfect, we would be fucking lying to your face and basically throwing the bullshit on pussy publications. Any one with a smart phone can be a blogger and do what we do. The difference is: do they have the balls to call people out and the trust of those in the industry who are in game to tell it?

What are the plans for the near future?

Photo annual is the main one currently. We had hoped to make a follow up to Passing Through, but a lack of backing from sponsors meant we had to put a hold on that. Keep shooting and try keeping the website turning, but really just taking each day as it comes.

SPLIT is digitally available for $5