Self Discovery & More: Clipz

Greetings, Shredderz! As someone who grew up in the pre-internet age — barbaric, I know — there were few things I looked forward to more than getting a new issue of Surfer Magazine in the mail. That has all changed, of course. I still love Surfer and its peers, but like anyone else who has watched the internet take a buzzsaw to print, I can’t help but get a little nervous about the future of surf media.

There is a silver lining, however, and that is the incredible explosion of surf related video content available online. Gone are the days when you would plunk down $30 and simply cross your fingers that whatever video you bought turned out to be a good one. I think we can all agree that we’re living in a golden age of surf videos, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Without any further ado, here are some recent clips that caught my attention, as part of the latest installment in the Clipz series.

Surfer / shaper Zack Flores takes a variety of self-shaped sleds down to Mainland Mexico’s famous sand bottom points, and the results are too fun to watch. You’ve probably seen pros rip these spots, but it’s cool to see someone take some alternative surf craft for a spin in these wonderful waves. Oh, yeah…and he’s surfing switch! Ridiculous.

I am eager to see the first video from New York’s Pilgrim Surf Supply, a great surf shop located in the heart of Williamsburg. This is actually about to premier in just a few minutes, as of the time I am writing this post. Click here for more info via Pilgrim’s site.

Here’s Shawn Stussy talking shop and shaping a sweet looking board. We’re big fans of Señor Stussy here, and this is a cool and rare look at S Double at work inside of his studio.

The above clip has absolutely nothing to do with surfboard design, vintage sticks, or alternative surf craft. But it does feature John John Florence absolutely destroying J Bay’s famous right hand walls. The surfing is ridiculous enough on its own, but when you consider the entire clip was sourced from one single session in 2017, that’s the moment in which you realize Florence is probably a cyborg sent back in time to change the future of surfing.

Progressive Pilgrim: …Lost x Pilgrim Surf + Supply

Head on over to Pilgrim Surf + Supply for a look at their latest project, a collaboration with famed …Lost Surfboards founder and shaper, Matt “Mayhem” Biolos.

It’s a great marriage between the gentler aesthetics of Brooklyn-based Pilgrim (I’m just trying to avoid using the word hipster, but alas, there’s no way around it) and the irreverent Orange County punk stylings of …Lost. …Lost has established itself as a fixture of the Southern California high performance shortboard scene, but it hasn’t lost any of its rebellious nature. It’s a tough act. Look no further than Volcom, whose rallying cry of “Youth Against Establishment” in the late 90s and early 2000s segued into an IPO and then an assimilation into a faceless luxury conglomerate shortly afterwards. …Lost has the luxury of having Biolos at his helm, and as long as he is making boards for the world’s best surfers, the brand is likely to stay true to its roots.

There are some really cool boards there that might seem a little out of place here at Shred Sledz HQ, where things tend to skew a little more vintage. But Biolos is a shaper who knows his shit cold, and you can see the great care and thought that went into every aspect of these boards. In particular I love the clean Pilgrim / Lost logo on each board, which is a refreshing departure from …Lost’s usual cartoonish vibe. Check out the listings on Pilgrim for detailed notes from Biolos about the design of each board and the carefully considered design decisions that were made.

Finally, you can see a video interview between Pilgrim co-founder Chris Gentile and Biolos here.