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Film Review: WAR(d) STORIES

July 12, 2013

In the digital age of information it is difficult to track every movie release, every album “drop”, every Buzzfeed list and every Onion article – or at least this is my excuse for sleeping on …Lost.tv’s web series: Ward Stories.

I have followed and admired Chris Ward’s career since I was a kid surfing Bob Hall Pier in Corpus Christi, TX. Even in my first review for Stoke Harvester I reference how What’s Really Goin’ Wrong, a …Lost film featuring Ward, was my absolute favorite surf flick as a grom. Even though I was a little late, I was stoked to learn about …lost.tv’s web series focusing on the outlandish life of “Wardo”. I was even more stoked to learn that …Lost had compiled these episodes and placed all four hours and twenty minutes onto a DVD. AND I was doubly stoked when that DVD arrived at my doorstep care of Stoke Harvester!

More of a quasi-documentary, Ward Stories tracks Wardo’s wake from young, aggressive Texas surfer to World Tour competitor. Comprehensive and organized …Lost does a terrific job of injecting Ward stories – both positive and negative – into blistering surf segments that reflect Ward’s aggressive surf style. Told by family and friends, the film shares tales from Ward’s past as a father, a surfer and a lunatic.

Chris-Ward-Surfer

Ward Stories reminded me of the sometimes forgotten teenage-like fun side of surfing. The side of surfing that doesn’t mingle art and surfing, environmental conservation and surfing or fashion and surfing. Though all these elements are aesthetically good and important to surfing culture, it is like a diet – let me digress. I am nearly 30. I am trying to watch what I eat, I try to hit the gym a couple of times a week and I try to cut back on my whisky intake. But every once in a while I pass a burger joint and I just can’t help myself. As I cram a double bacon cheeseburger into my greasy face my taste buds, which have survived the past month on all things green, scream: WHAT THE FUCK! I FORGOT ABOUT THIS SHIT! THIS IS AMAZING!!!! Ward Stories is kinda like that. It represents the unabashed and angsty kid who loves airs and who shotguns beers. Moreover, Ward Stories, and Wardo himself, is unpretentious. In one scene Chris is asked why he chose a specific board to take out that session to which he responds, “It is the only board I have fins for.” There is no worry about which board is right for that spot or what is the best fin placement for that day – it is only about getting into the water and shredding the fucking gnar.

– Patrick

Pick yourself up a copy of WAR(d) STORIES

Film

RITRATTI DI SURF: Girls Girls Girls – Part 2

February 3, 2013

The Onde Nostre Crew opens the new year with two episodes dedicated to women!
 Luca Merli, Gio Barberis and Matteo Ferrari… film an on the road documentary in the female universe, together with Amanda Chinchelli, Betta Dal Bello, and Natalia Resmini – Three friends with creative careers and a passion for surfing.
 Episodes tell the story of a fashion designer, a stylist, and an illustrator… each bound by a surfing sisterhood and a deep friendship.

They show us the many faceted ways that women confront the sea, and the energy with which they live. 
If there’s anyone out there who still thinks surfing is just for guys, here’s proof that will make you think twice!
 Onde Nostre’s girls shine under an Italian September sun: Three different styles, perfectly blended, traveling between waves with thoughts on friendship, freedom, and future.



RITRATTI DI SURF is a series of short videos about surfers, shapers, artists and other characters somehow connected to Onde Nostre and the italian surf culture.

Director: Luca Merli
Editor: Giovanni “Sbrokked” Barberis and Luca Merli
Photography: Luca Merli, Giovanni “Sbrokked” Barberis, Matteo Ferrari.
Lettering: Luca Barcellona
Music Consultant & Marketing: Gabriele “Gabro” Minelli
Music (In order of appearaces): 
Garden of Alibi ‘Herman’
Karibean ‘God Bless The Summer’

Film

RITRATTI DI SURF: Girls Girls Girls – Part 1

January 25, 2013

The Onde Nostre Crew opens the new year with two episodes dedicated to women!
 Luca Merli, Gio Barberis and Matteo Ferrari… film an on the road documentary in the female universe, together with Amanda Chinchelli, Betta Dal Bello, and Natalia Resmini – Three friends with creative careers and a passion for surfing.
 Episodes tell the story of a fashion designer, a stylist, and an illustrator… each bound by a surfing sisterhood and a deep friendship.

They show us the many faceted ways that women confront the sea, and the energy with which they live. 
If there’s anyone out there who still thinks surfing is just for guys, here’s proof that will make you think twice!
 Onde Nostre’s girls shine under an Italian September sun: Three different styles, perfectly blended, traveling between waves with thoughts on friendship, freedom, and future.



RITRATTI DI SURF is a series of short videos about surfers, shapers, artists and other characters somehow connected to Onde Nostre and the italian surf culture.

Director: Luca Merli
Editor: Giovanni “Sbrokked” Barberis and Luca Merli
Photography: Luca Merli, Giovanni “Sbrokked” Barberis, Matteo Ferrari.
Lettering: Luca Barcellona
Music Consultant & Marketing: Gabriele “Gabro” Minelli
Music (In order of appearaces): 
Le Man Avec Les Lunettes ‘4 Notes’
Guts ‘Mi Isla Tropical’
Karibean ‘Rainbow Girl ‘
Garden of Alibi ‘Herman’
Karibean ‘God Bless The Summer’

Thanks to Kasissa_Would for sharing

Film, Skate

GoldCoast Skateboards: California Design x Utah Engineering

January 24, 2013

An inside look at the lives and personal spaces of GoldCoast’s Product Developer Brock Harris, and Art Director Dustin Ortiz. Showcasing how the two opposites find their inspiration within their surroundings and come together to create GoldCoast’s truly brand.

DOP: Brian Hanson, Jonathan Bennett
Edit: Jonathan Bennett
Coloris: Jonathan Bennett
Audio: Keith Culver
Director/Producer: Bill Keller
Production: Hidden Notice

Film

Thomas Campbell x Tory Burch

January 19, 2013

In late 2012… Randal Poster introduced clothing designer Tory Burch and filmmaker Thomas Campbell. The result of that meeting is Aberrations of Summer…  a Thomas Campbell film featuring surf in central California, along with pieces from Tory’s upcoming swimsuit collection. Sliders in the short film include; Danica Elbertse, Shannon Lewis and Tanner Prairie.

Music: The Mattson 2