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If you haven’t heard about it yet, Metal Neck, which premiered earlier this month in Costa Mesa, is, according to Stab Mag, the “new frontier of surf movies. Maybe. Or maybe not.” It’s an original new surfer film from Andrew ‘Droid’ Doheny and Matt Tromberg, and also stars Creed McTaggart, Ford Archbold, Bobby Okvist, and most importantly it stars Metal Jimmy.

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It was a long time coming and Tromberg and Droid “wanted to do our best to make it as original as possible.” Well, that they definitely did – it’s not like your usual surfing flicks. “It’s all freesurfing, it’s pretty relaxed and fun. Some parts are fast and might get you amped, but some parts are more slowed-down and chilled. I jumped in on the editing a lot and gave my two-cents. Matt Tromberg and I worked on it a lot together, but it’s mostly Tromberg’s project and he edited it,” said Droid.

So, check out the trailer here for a whole new take on surf films:

And if you want to watch the entire film, here it is, too:

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Timothy Hogan, a still life photographer who also surfs has come up with a project that merges the both pieces of his life through his latest project featuring surfboard fins. “The Fin Project” is the latest visual exploration of the craft, history and people behind the fin.

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“I wanted to merge two passions together and to contribute something to the sport because it is an overlooked part of surfing that has never gotten to seen the light of day,” Hogan says. “The fin inventors who have really allowed surfing to progress have never been given the recognition that they deserve. The fin is probably the most important evolutionary point in surfing.”

The mission is to honor the fin and its innovators as the defining variable in surfing’s progression. Through a comprehensive photographic study, “The Fin Project” will chronicle the stories, craftsmen and history of wave-riding fins, and show how the innovation of the fin has repeatedly led the sport of surfing to its latest developments of performance and style. A fine-art photography book, gallery show, and feature-length documentary film are also part of the project.

“I believe that developments in fin design from pioneers such as Tom Blake, Bob Simmons, George Greenough (to name a few) have propelled surfing more than any other single element in the history of the sport. They are surfing’s unsung heroes”, Hogan further explains.

Check it out. “The Fin Project” has released its first series of fine art photographs available for purchase online.

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Becker Surfboards has had the recent fortune of working with local photographers Adam and Andrew Reynolds of BHB Surf. The collaboration has showed signs of success via “new age” social media, and “old school” traditional print media. At the beginning … Continue reading

We all want to save the dolphins, and Pro Surfer Dave Rastovich has recently made it his mission, documenting it all in the film, “Minds in the Water.” “Minds in the Water,” a feature-length documentary showing Rastovich’s efforts to protect dolphins, whales and the ocean they all share, will be making it’s New York debut at SMASH FEST 1 this Friday, July 26th at 10:30 PM at Villain in Brooklyn, NY.

Shot by filmmaker Justin Krumb, the film features Dave Rastovich, along with Howie Cooke, Hannah Fraser, Chris De Moro, Isabel Lucas, Will Conner, and Hilton Dawe and follows Rastovich as he embarks on a five-year adventure around the globe on a personal mission to help stop the worldwide commercial slaughter of dolphins and whales. The film captures a moment in a person’s life when apathy is no longer an option.

There are also special appearances by Hayden Panettiere, Ash Grunwald, Mati Waiya, Joel Parkinson, Louie Psihoyos, Jack Johnson, Kelly Slater, Paul Watson, and Xavier Rudd.

The film has a killer soundtrack featuring music by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, Ash Grundwald, Dand of Frequencies, Allendig, Will Conner, Valley’s and Tim Flood.

SMASH FEST 1 is a month-long series of surf film and art events that will span the New York area from Brooklyn, to Rockaway Beach, to Long Beach and Montauk. SMASH FEST 1 is the first profit sharing surf film festival for independent filmmakers. For more on SMASH FEST, click here.

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Ready to watch a series of movies that will make you feel good to be a surfer? If you’re in Honolulu this month, the 6th Annual Honolulu Surf Film Festival is going on from July 6 – August 1st.

The Honolulu Surf Film Festival is the longest film festival so far. Plus, it’s being held in a museum, which we (hope) elevates surf films as a genre to something of high art. The festival is at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

According to this year’s festival curator Abbie Algar, attendance is usually around 3,000-4,000, a nice, strong number of attendees. Honolulu’s general public is phenomenally connected to the surfing world, and that kind of enthusiasm for this little corner of creative expression is pretty incredible.

So, don’t miss out on numerous awesomely enriching and fun movies which showcase how cool it is to be a surfer, including Jaws: Changing the Game, Sine Qua Non, Zero to 100, and Party Mix. Check out the full list of movies here

And, if you’re up for it, the closing night reception is on July 28, 6-7:30pm, where you can enjoy a live performance by Mano Kane, plus food from Da Spot, beer and wine for purchase. Vintage classic Gun Ho screens at 7:30pm.

The festival flash pass includes 10 screenings, excluding the opening and closing night receptions. $90, $72 museum members. For more details, go here:

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