Albee Layer and Dan Norkunas have been making movies and web episodes together since 2010, and they may have been pulled apart by time and circumstance, but their work continues through the pandemic. On Maui, Albee continues to generate content and has found himself in the editing bay for long stretches of the day, and in Bend, OR, Dan has gone back to the mountains for some much needed regenerative diversity in setting. The results are glorious. Enjoy this chat about the Eddie, Rainbows in the Rearview, and more.
From the moment we locked eyes on Ben Gulliver’s work, we fell deeply in love. He’s not so bad himself, but when offered the opportunity to interview him and beat his ass in golf down in Jupiter, FL, we jumped all over it. The update and stories are funny and often a little scary when it comes to the Pacific Northwest or Scottish Isles. Please enjoy.
What happens after is rarely more exciting than what happens before. Like Tom Robbins wrote, “…The best part of an affair is going up the stairs,” but Keith Malloy’s affair with surfing didn’t end with hitting lips for points. He has gracefully moved into the director’s chair for a whirlwind of feature documentary projects including Fishpeople, The Midnight Hour, and his award-winning 2011 bodysurfing documentary Come Hell or High Water, available on YouTube. Along with a host of other short documentaries, new forthcoming work is in the hopper. Ever wondered what it’s like to go from professional surfing, well, to anything… Here’s one fantastic story.
Behind every surf camp, there’s a person with enough spitfire grit to fuel a nuclear submarine underwater for weeks. He’s like Scott Glenn in Hunt for Red October. Or Clooney in Oceans. Scott Balogh runs at flank speed, and the stoke is contagious. Parked in Bocas del Toro, Panama, he has created a balinese jungle experience, along with a healthy dose of surf to satisfy all levels of skill. Red Frog Bungalows has been for a while now the first choice for wave consumption in the western Caribbean. Here’s Scott’s story along with some wonderful encounters along the way.
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Tyler Callaway, East Coast Surfing Hall of Famer who co-designed and branded FCS into your board, created the Reef Girls campaign, and brought Rusty’s apparel to life, joins us for Episode 11. From West Hampton, NY, he made his way to California to launch the most influential fin system in surfing history, changing the bottom third of your board forever. Lately, he co-founded Solite Boots, representing a technical advancement in booties and soon gloves, now third in the market with Pete Mel going all Wave-of-the-Decade wearing Solite on his feet. His adventure continues…
Our new podcast features Mullaghmore-charger, candidate for nicest person in the world, and family man, Richie Fitzgerald, who banters with Kevin and John about his days growing up in Bundoran, Ireland, witnessing the growth of surfing in Ireland first-hand from his family’s shop and surf school, Surfworld. Irish descendant families like the Currens, Malloys, and many more made the pilgrimage, and their Star Wars loving guide put them on the best waves Donegal had to offer. Enjoy, and happy holidays to you and yours…
Peter Hamblin is a SURFER poll and Emmy award-winning filmmaker from South Africa who grunted through ad exec and no pay WCT gigs to start his own London-based production company. From suit to creative, he’s crafted top quality films and added his unique vision to surf cinema, weaving bar room fables, classic portraits, and world championship quests into glistening gems on the screen. Listen in to his journey, and know that if Peter makes another surf flick in the next couple years, Kevin and John will be the first to host.
In 1989, our VCRs were busy recording ESPN’s Hot Summer Nights, including the nation’s first weekly episodic TV show about surfing, the SURFER Magazine Classic Series. All episodes are now available on The SurfNetwork. Along with numerous other TV shows and movies, Ira Opper has dedicated his work to new and old forms of media for your enjoyment, but mostly his. Listen to his love of surfing come through in these great stories… Kevin Miller welcomes special guest host, Tyler Bruer.
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We’re happy to announce we’ve released episode 7 of our podcast series Surf Stories. In 1999, Jamie Meiselman began the journey to build a wave pool for surfers, by surfers. Raising capital and confidence in his vision, and fueled by kiwi Ph. D’s artificial reef dreams and a solid business model, he broke ground in Orlando in 2005. What follows is a tale of forces pulling the idea apart at the seams, literally. Also, Jamie recounts his vision for better and heat-moldable booties and gloves, giving rise to his new company, Solite Innovations.
Solid reporting turned narrative, complete with fashion, religious, cultural, surf critique from Yemen to Beirut to Djibouti, Chas Smith absolutely nails this three part memoir of making his way through radical Islam headwaters, war correspondent dues, and AK-47 peppered line-ups. Pick up his new work and enjoy! Reports From Hell can be found on Amazon.