Filmmaker / Illustrator / Remote Stories films & store:
Thankful for my friend @markomcinnis - the fun adventures we’ve shared over the years and our common love of high performance surfing. In case you didn’t know, he’s a total goob!
A few in-between moments from a climbing trip with @chris_sharma in Japan. This region was a part of the country I never knew existed. It was a lot of fun getting outside the city to such a quiet, peaceful place in the mountains and meet the incredible community that climbs there regularly.
This is from way back... it’s the first project I worked on after my office job and before I went freelance. I spent a month building this diorama in my bedroom, and it took up most of the floor space. I took photos along the way to properly line everything up. When I was done I dropped the photos on a timeline and it turned into a kind of time lapse of the progress. I sent it to @surfer_magazine and to my surprise they posted it on their site.
This is the original trailer for ‘Still As It Was’, a story about life in New Zealand’s remote region of Fiordland. I put on a screening a few weeks ago with @bobcatdavis in Oceanside, Ca at @revolutionroasters and was blown away by the response. If you haven’t had a chance to see it, the link it in my bio 👉🏻 . This project was funded by a grant and features @awaruaguides . Im incredibly grateful for the opportunity!
I love the idea that there’s something incredible and novel hidden just beyond the next headland. There’s so much mystery in maps and following unmarked roads. In my mind I imagine what could be at the other end. This photo is an example. It isn’t real, but maybe there is some place like it out there.
Thankful for quiet winter mornings at home. . Tomorrow, Jan 25th im showing ‘Coldwater Journal’ @revolutionroasters , with @surfer_magazine @heliabeer @topochicousa @petertaras with a #oceanside photo gallery @Jonathanwaynefreeman new episode and @bobcatdavis edit ‘Still As It Was’. See ya there!
Over the last year @bobcatdavis and I have been collaborating on a variety of shoots, edits, and stories, and this month we’re planning a film screening of our recent short “Still As It Was”. @surfer_magazine is joining us to show “Coldwater Journal”, a film about my travels and projects of the last 10 years to find surf in the remotest locations on the planet. @petertaras is going to have a photo gallery up, there will be art, drinks, and friends. @revolutionroasters is hosting the space, on Saturday, January 25th, 7:30pm. Stoked to see you there. 📷 @catherinemcgrath
A few clips from a journey to a small sheep farm island in the far Southern Hemisphere. The farmer who hosted us was as excited as we were at the prospect of finding surf on his island. He was up before the sun every day and stoked to spend hours driving slowly across marshland and rugged terrain to the open coast.
So stoked to hear today that the cover article I wrote in 2014 made it in @surfer_magazine top 10 articles of the decade. At the time I had no idea what the trip would lead to. I was very afraid it might lead to nothing but some very steep travel and camera gear expenses. After a few years of planning remote surf trips with @chrisburkard and contributing to the magazine, we wanted to check out the Aleutian Islands. There was very little info I could find at the time, and when our plane landed on the dirt runway, I had low expectations for weather quality and surf conditions (a previous trip by other surfers had yielded zero waves ). And yet there was an undeniable draw. I think we were both surprised to see a massive volcano towering over us upon arrival, that’s how little we initially knew. Since then I’ve spent a lot of hours thinking about the 300+ islands and the countless untold stories they hold. . Thanks to the epic crew @a_gray @joshmulcoy @petedevries 🙏🏻⛄️
Merry Christmas! A few years ago @danedamus went on a journey to discover the legendary ice beard. He said the surf forecast on Lake Superior was looking really good, so we hopped on a plane, landed in Milwaukee with surfboards in tow, drove through a blizzard, got stuck overnight in cheese country, and arrived in the morning to a perfect gravel bar river mouth. Getting the ice beard was the easy part. The hard part was getting it off. It took 20 mins to melt it off over the car heater. This clip was an edit we put together to remember this special experience, with a background track from the amazing @quietlifeband and edited by @bobcatdavis . #icebeard
Southern roads with @nolecossart and the kookbox.
I’ve organized some of my favorite projects I’ve worked on in the last few years as a list. Follow the link in my bio to watch 👉🏻
Where do ideas come from? In my experience an idea is not something you create, but more like something that happens to you, that you stumble upon, a surprise. When it comes to you, you might decide to develop it, nurture it, and grow it. You can even post up in the spot where they usually appear and try to collect them all. But the source remains mysterious. With a good idea, I’m not sure it’s something you can take credit for as much as simply be thankful for. . In this photo: Where the ocean meets the raw power of Alaska’s active volcanoes. A rare moment when the sea is calm and the clouds part to let evening light through.
Volcano in the mist . #volcano
Although filmmaking takes up most of my time professionally, this last year I’ve been inspired to create drawings and artwork connected to the small stories and films I’m personally excited about. For a long time I felt pressure to focus my work solely on film, but art and design has been a big part of me since I was a kid. I’m really stoked to launch a store this week with prints and tees for the short film “Still As It Was”. Its a small beginning to something that will grow with future adventures. Link in bio to check it out 👉🏻
Exactly two years ago I got a grant to document an aerial delivery to the most remote region of New Zealand. It turned into an amazing five day stay with the legend @awaruaguides . This short piece is a tiny bit of his fascinating story, edited by @bobcatdavis . Link in bio 👉🏻 . Along with this edit I’m launching a small shop featuring artwork I’m creating around some of the personal projects I’m excited about. This is the kickoff to a work in progress. 👉🏻 . This project is a collaboration made possible and inspired by friends. Special thanks to @markomcinnis @jefftaylr @davec9k
Last week I was grounded in a remote harbor in Alaska for three days while our crew waited for a flight to come in. Because of bad weather and mechanical issues that seemed to accumulate each day, we were told it might be over a week before we’d be able to leave the island. While we spent most of our efforts trying to find a work-around to the delays, it also opened a window to take photos of bald eagles.
Just got back from two and half weeks in Alaska’s Aleutian Island chain, a string of volcano islands between the Pacific and Bering Sea. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and as I’ve come back over the years the mystery grows deeper. In 2009 I started a blog called Arctic Surf from my bedroom headquarters, my first step into the world of remote surf exploration. The Aleutians are what inspired it, and this wave in particular. Through multiple visits I never saw it break, and to see it come alive on this trip was truly special. Here are a couple @gopro clips of @parkercoffin @harrisonsan and @natezoller diving in as we first came up to it.