Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Friday, May 29, 2020

A Moment with : Sam Kristofski

Surfinestate brand shop Hossegor France apparel clothing surf surfboard shape design Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Sam Kristofski photography babe rainbow the rare bird psychedelic journal

Could you introduce yourself ?
Hello, I'm Kristofski, from New Zealand. 
I met you through Zippy and Terence in Paris for a Babe Rainbow gig, how did you meet all this people ?
Well its a long but connected story basically involving our friend Journeyman. Backstory is Journeyman was hitch hiking inside this huge extinct volcano in north NSW Australia and was picked up by Elliot who plays bass in the Babe Rainbow. He needed a bed and ended up staying with them for 7 months. I had met Journeyman very briefly before then through my friend Kenny, who is a stressed artist from the caribbean island of St Croix. I had been commissioned to make a music video for this amazing band called "Opossom" from NZ (Kody from The Mint Chicks, also an amazing band). Kody had this idea where he wanted a girl off her head walking through the forest on mushrooms. Zippy was good friends with Kody and ended up being the girl in the clip. Journeyman then drove down from the volcano jungle house with the Babe Rainbow and lived with me and together we learned how to animate and mold it with film, this created the style and aesthetic that we later used on the clips for Babe Rainbow. The clip we called Blue Meanies by Opossom. Journeyman told me about Babe Rainbow and how he was living with them and eventually we ended up making a clip for them called broccoli forest. A couple years later we went on a europe tour and made a film called The Rare Bird where the guys met T&Z. I guess that's how we all know each other, and of course you ! 

You pretty much did all the Babe Rainbow's video clips, how is it working with them ?
A nightmare 


Surfinestate brand shop Hossegor France apparel clothing surf surfboard shape design Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Sam Kristofski photography babe rainbow the rare bird psychedelic journal



You made some clips for bands like Tame Impala or Mac DeMarco, how is it working with this guys ? Do you have a total creative freedom ?
I havent made clips for Mac but he is a good friend. Tame is great making stuff with, Kevin is very particular and knows what he wants, but together we have a pretty mutual understanding of what we both want which is nice. 

What's your favorite camera to shoot with and why ?
I would say my super 16 bolex SBM, as it takes no batterys and is so small, plus it takes PL lenses so its like a pocket cinema camera. But my fav camera is my Arri 435 2 perf which Charlie Sarroff my DOP and I recently purchased. I still prefer to shoot my Bolex. 

Your work has this psychedelic/nostalgic vibe, where does it come from ?
Journeyman son


Surfinestate brand shop Hossegor France apparel clothing surf surfboard shape design Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Sam Kristofski photography babe rainbow the rare bird psychedelic journal



You seem to have a deep relationship with nature, where does it come from ?
Probably growing up in the south island of New Zealand, and a particular place I spend some of my childhood called Karamea. 

How did you get into surfing ?
I have always had an interest in Surfing since I was young but never really got fully into it until I moved to Auckland in 2012. I didnt realize how good of a city Auckland was for surfing. I usually just stuck to a 5'9 twin keel but once I made the Rare Bird with the guys I moved to a mid-length Hull.


Surfinestate brand shop Hossegor France apparel clothing surf surfboard shape design Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Sam Kristofski photography babe rainbow the rare bird psychedelic journal



When we met in Paris a few years ago, we took the van and we drove south to Hossegor and stayed there for a week of surfing. At that time we did a screening of the Rare Bird at the shop. Could you tell us more about this project ? Is it sill in the making ?
The film was stolen in LA and we have had it rescanned but are turning it into a book now which should be on the shelf by the end of the year. 

I remember you were shooting on 16mm some footage of Elliot (bass player of the Babe Rainbow) surfing  a pumping « La Nord » with no leg rope and Koolbreeze (guitarist of the Babe Rainbow) surfing « La Sud » in underwear surrounded by people in 5/4, hoods and boots. Are this footage included in the Rare Bird ?
Thats just the tip of the iceberg !


Surfinestate brand shop Hossegor France apparel clothing surf surfboard shape design Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Sam Kristofski photography babe rainbow the rare bird psychedelic journal



You were born in NZ and still spend a lot of time there. What relationship do you have with your homeland ?
I will always call NZ home. Its the best place in the world. 

Could you tell us your thought about what the world is currently facing, climate change, Covid19... ?
Well, I could say the world is enjoying this lockdown right now. I'm gonna just talk about NZ here, not the world, in NZ it's strange as nature thrives so do the pests. I always wonder about that, and if humans were to be removed from NZ for example, how our native species would be at more threat (This is a super small example as the whole subject is a little overwhelming) but it's fascinating how humans stuffed NZ, and with it threatened out native wild life, and now we are the only things keeping the flora and fauna alive. This is what I have been thinking about a lot. I guess I could go on forever but it's such a large question. We really have got ourselves into a strange situation. I personally don't believe  humans belong here, we are too conscious. But things like this virus are good in a way as we don't seem to take action until our lives are at risk. At the end of the day most people are in it for themselves and not each other which is scary and sad. 

If you could travel back in time (past or future), where would you go and why ? 
I actually think about this so much. I would love to see dinosaurs dying, I wanna know exactly what it was. But also Ancient Egypt at the peak of Ramesses II all the fall of the empire. But then I kinda wanna know if some of those bible stories really happened. Also would love to see NZ when Abel Tasman arrived and the maori sassed them. Genghis Khan at his peak would be cool. Man it's hard !! 

If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be ?
George Harrison, all things must pass.

What is always in your bag ?
Opinel knife number 8.

What is your favorite meal ?
Mmmm hard, but would be something italian for sure. 

What is your favorite place to surf ?
My home town Schnappers point or Wategos Byron Bay.

What is your favorite surfboard length ?
8'0.

Single, twin fin, 2+1 or thruster ?
Single.

Any project coming out soon ?
Gonna drop a bunch of small shorts while in lockdown. Kings and Trona will be next up !


Surfinestate brand shop Hossegor France apparel clothing surf surfboard shape design Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Sam Kristofski photography babe rainbow the rare bird psychedelic journal

Find out more about Sam Kristofki's work through his website kristofski.com

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020

A Moment with : Terence Connors

During the quarantine, we had the pleasure to discuss a few things with, Montauk based filmmaker and photographer, Terence Connors. You can check some of his work at terenceconnors.com

Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk
Terence and his VeeBottom, photo courtesy of Mikey DeTemple



Could you introduce yourself ?
Hey my name is Terence Connors and I'm from New York.

You grew up between France and the USA, what do you like in these two different cultures ?
I like how different they are. It's as though I have two totally opposing people battling it out inside my head. What I find funny is that the French and the Americans have a deeply rooted love hate relationship towards each other. So I just try and navigate along the love connection, stay out of trouble.

How did you get into photography and film-making ?
Thanks to my step-father and his father who both introduced me to photography and filmmaking when I was just a kid. I dove further into it when I started skateboarding and began filming and taking photos of my friends.

Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk

Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk

You work a lot with analog, what so special about it ? 
When I was about 13, it was with my step father's Nikon fe that I started taking photos.... I used to go to a summer camp in Vermont at that time to learn how to develop and process the film. In retrospect maybe my attachment stems from there.
I've got nothing against digital I've tried it over and over again sometimes getting good results but analog was always somewhat more satisfying ... So the easy route has just to been shoot on film.
It reminds me of the work of my favorite photographers and filmmakers, they all shot on film because that's all that was available, but my mind is now somehow warped to think that that's the best look...

Your photography has a nostalgic/classic feeling, where does that romanticism for the past come from?
Probably the French side of my upbringing, the movies I was shown, the music I was introduced to and then the friends I made when I was young. Those elements most likely shaped my taste. I'm a romantic at heart, I live through old movies and songs.

Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk

Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk

Now that you make it for a leaving, do you still see photography as an art ?
I feel like this could be a long winded answer but the short is just yes I still see in as an art.

I know you used to skateboard a lot back in the days, how skateboard influenced the person you are today ?
I'd say it has very much shaped who I am today.
It introduced me to creative people and my best friends to date, those connections essentially opened all the doors to getting me to where I am now.
Someone funny once said: "One of the great activities is skateboarding. To learn to do a skateboard trick, how many times you got to get something wrong until you get it right.... And you hurt yourself over and over again to learn that trick , now you got a life lesson right here. Whenever I see those skateboard kids, I think, "those skateboard kids will be all right""...


You have a deep relationship with music, especially blues if I'm wright (you dog's name is Muddy), could you tell us more about it ?
My dogs name is Muddy you are right, a girl named after Muddy Waters...she's got a strong personality .
My relationship with blues music started when I was a little skateboard rat and my best friend at the time who was a couple years older than me taught me everything he knew about playing it and living our best Parisian interpretation of these blues songs. They were very formative years you know, when you're 15-16 and you live and breathe whatever you believe in. 

You are travelling a lot because of your job, which country/culture inspired you the most and why ?
Tough question as every culture is fascinating. The one place I love the most is New Zealand,  the first time I set foot in the country I knew it was a place I could fall in love with, I immediately felt at ease, it felt like a new home. 


Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk

How did you get into surfing and what do you like about it ?
I got into surfing through my wife, when we started dating we would go down to Australia for 3 months per year because she worked a lot there during the winter.  She had been going there since she was 15 and had some of her best friends living in Sydney's northern beaches. She had never surfed but all her guy friends had basically been surfing since as far back as they could remember. 
We moved into a spare room in her friend Shayne's house in Palm Beach. 
Let me set the scene, It was a big and dilapidated rock house sitting high up in a hill overlooking the point. He was "house sitting" this large mansion and looking after the owners Great Dane "Shumba". It was actually around this time that I first met Sam who you mentioned you'd be interviewing as well, I digress.
There must have been 6 or 7 lucky people living in there at the time, filmmakers, surfers, musicians, and now us. Everyday, everyone would sit around this big table on the covered porch overlooking the ocean and occasionally they would rush down to surf every time the wind would go "offshore"... 
Having grown up in cities, this was something totally unusual for me. I would just follow and go for a swim with Zippy while they would surf. 
Then one day I don't remember exactly how but there was talk of a big swell coming into Newport Beach. They had decided to all go surf it early one morning and I naively asked our friend Shayne if I could come surfing with them. He kind of excitedly said "yeah mate! Have you surfed before?" I said I hadn't and he just responded "oh boy"...
He proceeded to give me a huge heavy old long board must've been 10ft, glassed in single fin. They all took out short boards, it was raining and the waves looked huge, the water was brown and not the aqua blue it had been before. I asked if I needed a "rope" to tie to my foot like they had but he assured me that "nah those are just dangerous, just follow us and paddle as hard as you can until you get out the back"

Anyways that was the first time, the rest of the story didn't go so well, I got very scared but the adrenaline level was something I hadn't experienced before. I got hooked then and there. It took me a while to try it again but I knew that I had just experienced something very surreal... I felt vulnerable but extremely happy, I couldn't wipe the smile off my face and all my worries just seemed to leave my body as soon as I got in the water... 
Not to make it too spiritual and this would sound funny to anyone who doesn't surf, but it's a very strange almost surreal activity, it feels very beautiful from a cinematic standpoint. I feel fortunate to have surfing as a part of my life now. 

A couple years later after having lived in a city for my entire life, my wife and I decided to move out to the beach.... Go figure 

Could you tell us your thought about what the world is currently leaving ?
It would be hard to summarize it in a single thought. Let's just say I hope we as the world and not a single nation can learn from this.


Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk

If you could travel back in time (past or future), where would you go and why ? 
New York in the 60's for the energy, the art, the music and to make sure I secured some real estate hahaha 

If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be ?
Probably a Best of?

What is always in your bag ?
Passport you never know when you have to go!

What is your favorite meal ?
Every meal Zippy makes


Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk

What is your favorite place to surf ?
Anywhere with friends 

What is your favorite surfboard length ?
Long 

Single, twin fin, 2+1 or thruster ?
Married

Any project coming out soon ?
Strange Covid-19 home collaborations with brands

Surfinestate journal brand apparel clothing shape surfboard surf design culture photography 35mm Terence Connors fashion photographer filmmaker zippy seven Mikey detemple Arthur Nelli Vincent Lemanceau France Hossegor New York Montauk

Quarantine Entertainment #02 : A brief history of the Fish design

The History of Fish Design

You know how much we love the fish design at Surfin Estate. Our first model we shaped, the Gainsboard, is a classic fish design inspired by the work of Steve Lis. So here is the story of where this all come from.

In 1967, a kneeboarder from San Diego, Steve Lis, shaped the first ever twin fin fish out of a snapped longboard. Every element of the design was tuned to suit the challenging waves of his area : 
  1. The short length allowed manoeuvrability in hollow sections.
  2. The high volume meant that despite it’s short length it would paddle into waves easily.
  3. The swallow tail, which is basically two single pin tails to hold into the wave face, and the down rails are made for speed.
Surfinestate surf surfboard twinfin fish culture shop brand apparel clothing shape handshape Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Steve Lis Mark Richards Torren Martyn Asher Pacey Derrick Disney Ryan Burch
Steve Lis with his original fish design in 1973, photographed by Warren Bolster


But Steve Lis was kneeboarding his fish and the first ever stand-up wave ridden on a fish was by Jeff Ching when he asked Lis if he could borrow it for a couple waves.

Surfinestate surf surfboard twinfin fish culture shop brand apparel clothing shape handshape Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Steve Lis Mark Richards Torren Martyn Asher Pacey Derrick Disney Ryan Burch
Jeff Ching on a Steve Lis fish in 1970, photographed by Warren Bolster 

These guys were super underground and it wasn't until 1972 that the fish design became popular. In that year, Jim Blears and David Nuuhiwa placed 1st and 2nd at the world championship in San Diego on a fish design. 

The next step happened in the mid 70's when the Hawaiian Reno Abillira travelled to Australia with a fish and caught Mark Richard's attention. The MR Twin was born, a more performance board with proper  twin fin instead of keel fins and a winger probably inspired by Ben Aipa stinger boards design. He won four consecutive work championship on that design between 1979 and 1982. But when Simon Anderson added a third fin and invented the thruster, the twin fin design disappeared, for a while...

Surfinestate surf surfboard twinfin fish culture shop brand apparel clothing shape handshape Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Steve Lis Mark Richards Torren Martyn Asher Pacey Derrick Disney Ryan Burch
Mark Richards riding an MR Twin at Backdoor in 1977, photographed by Chris Klopf


Then during the 90s, people like Tom Curren and Derek Hynd bring the fish design back to life, remember Dereck's surfing at Jeffrey's Bay in Litmus by Andrew Kidman in 1996 on a Skip Frye fish design... And from that time the fish stayed as one of the best board design ever made. Its low rocker, deep concave bottom contour and low boxy rails makes it a fast and lose surfboard that can be ridden in plenty type of waves. People like Torren Martyn, Ryan Burch or Asher Pacey are pushing the limits of what's possible on a fish, and we are trying too !

Surfinestate surf surfboard twinfin fish culture shop brand apparel clothing shape handshape Vincent Lemanceau Arthur Nelli Steve Lis Mark Richards Torren Martyn Asher Pacey Derrick Disney Ryan Burch
Vincent with a Charlotte 5'7


Here is a selection of videos for your viewing pleasure :