If you're looking for a coffee table refresh or some reading material for an upcoming vacation, we've got you covered with our favorite spring reads -- magazine edition. These publications marry surf and design in a masterful way and feature some truly stunning photography.
1. Saturdays Magazine #4: This magazine features stunning typography, beautiful photos and interviews with the coolest of the cool.
2. Monster Children Issue 46: Dane Reynolds is on this month's cover and the issue features a behind-the-scenes look at Kai Neville's latest surf movie, Cluster. Plus there's some great artist interviews and amazing, edgy photos as per usual.
3. The Surfer's Journal 24.2: The Surfer's Journal is a classic surf mag, focused on high-quality photos and editorial content with minimal advertising. This issue features some epic bodysurfing and a trip to South America with Ozzie Wright.
4. Desillusion Mag: This magazine is filled to the brim with gorgeous photos and loads of design and typography porn. You might just find yourself ripping out pages to hang on your wall.
Amidst the rapidly-growing world of surf and ocean photography, there is a certain kind of camera that is re-teaching the value of slowing it down. When I came across an old film camera known as the Nikonos V just over a year ago, I had no idea how to use it, nor had I ever heard of what seemed like a miniature version of a bright orange tank. Shooting film was and still is a pretty new concept to me but I'm growing to love it.
Although some of my favorite photos in the ocean are still shot digitally by the likes of Morgan Maassen and Chris Burkard, I have a new appreciation for this reborn style of shooting film in the ocean. Thanks to Brandon Jennings' movement to share this camera, known as The Nikonos Project, more and more surf photography resembling shots taken in the 70s are popping up all over the globe. While the community of shooting with these cameras (I-V) seems small, it's undoubtedly growing. Thanks to the Instagram 'Nikonos_Project', surf photography is moving forward by taking a step back into the past. Here are some of my favorite shots I've taken. Enjoy!
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In our second installation of "In Good Company", we've rounded up some graphic-inspired surf accessories that any design-loving surfer will love -- all of which pair perfectly with any of our typographic, map-inspired prints.
VIVA BAJA: Isolated beaches, desolate waves, boundless adventures, Helvetica font.
SATURDAYS SURF: A citrus, herbal blend inspired by the Atlantic Ocean.
LIGHTNING BOLT: Wing Swallow board.
The Sierras have plenty of space to explore, stretching 400 miles from north-to-south and roughly 70 miles wide. It's home to some of California's finest outdoor destinations, including Mount Whitney, Tahoe, and Yosemite. We landed in Kit Carson, a small unpopulated area about an hour south of Tahoe on Silver Lake. The pictures pretty much tell the whole story. It's worth a visit.
I'm a terrible historian. The trip got me wondering who the hell this Kit Carson character was. He was raised in Missouri, one of 15 children. He trekked around the frontier mountains of the West for most of the 1800s. Among other things, dude fought in the Mexican-American War, the Civil War, and led a full-fledged battle against the Apache Indians. Rightfully so, he's a villain to some historians and a prolific force in developing the West to others. Regardless, it's kind of rad to have a little town in your name, especially this one.
Silver Lake (not in LA)
Thunder Mountain (not in Anaheim)
Silver Lake impersonating its big brother to the north, Lake Tahoe
Snow in California in June in black and white
We've said it before and we'll say it again, there's nothing we love more than some good design, whether that's interiors or graphics. Pair a clean, modern design with some gorgeous surf photos and stick it all in a book that's rad enough to put on a coffee table... and we're sold. Here's a round-up of some of the best surf-and-design-inspired coffee table books we've found lately. If you're a surfer, nature-lover, design-afficianado or photography geek, you need to own these.
1. California Surfing And Climbing In The Fifties
"A story, told primarily in photographs, of two parallel and intermingled groups of young Californians following the thrills of ocean waves and granite faces." With a forward by Yvon Chouinard, this book is a must-have for any nature lover or Patagonia fan.
2. Beach Houses
We are suckers for modern architecture and mid-century modern decor. This book features Andrew Geller's stunning modern homes on the coast of New England, complete with vintage photos and original drawings.
3. Slide Your Brains Out
"Often lo-fi and gritty, other times lush and saturated, Campbell’s compositions--which include portraits and action shots of some of the best surfers in the world--are always surprising and full of emotion." This book is surfing with the edge of a skateboarding-inspired youth. Plus it has an afterword by Ed Templeton so you know it's legit.
4. The California Surf Project
Our pal Chris Burkard, a talented photographer, and Eric Soderquist, a professional surfer, hit the California coast on an epic surf adventure along Highway 1. For anyone who's ever daydreamed of quitting their job to buy a van and surf, consider this a must-have.
5. Surfing Photos from the Seventies Taken by Jeff Divine
Jeff Divine grew up here in San Diego. He honed his surfing and photography skills in La Jolla so of course we love this book for the local connection. Add to that the fact that Divine's photos are some of the most iconic vintage surf images around and you've got yourself the perfect coffee table companion.