• If you've listened to the radio much in San Diego you know Bird, whether you know it or not - he's the man behind that smooth voice that gives you surf updates every day, year in and year out, because he's that stoked on surfing and on life in sunny San Diego. I'm just as stoked to be his personal scooter mechanic.

  • What can I say about Brian other than I feel like he's a long lost brother. Growing up in the late '70s through the '80s, I knew lots of people that ran in his circles, but we never met until he showed up at Tourmaline in his flat black Model A hot rod with a '30s inspired kookbox board strapped to the windshield and roll bar. He's wanted all over the planet - San Clemente, San Diego, Paris, Biarritz, Japan to name a few - and he and his amazing art and music can be found all over the internet. Here, here, and here are but a few of his many outposts along the Information SuperHighway.

  • What a day!

    I had just done an afternoon surf check and decided that it was time to pull out the 8'0" Challenger that I just bought a couple weeks ago, so a quick trip over to Crown Point was needed to grab it. The weather was muggy but cooling, the surf was 5-6' closeouts with the occasional shoulder to be found, and there were a few clouds gathering. Ten minutes later I was at my garage, and as I strapped Bobby's handiwork on my racks a couple of raindrops hit my car. I took off back toward Tourmaline northbound on Lamont, and by the time I had passed Garnet it was pouring buckets. By the time I reached Chalcedony Street the smell of smoke (!!!) was in the air and ashes were falling on my car in between the giant raindrops. Crazy! A quick glance up Chalcendony revealed a billowing smoke cloud and a crowd in the street. Had lightning struck an SUP and lit it ablaze? Was this Armageddon? Hahahahaaa

    Tourmaline Surf Park Flash FloodBy the time I rolled down into Tourmo there was an inch of standing water in the parking lot. I threw on my trunks and wetsuit jacket and grabbed my water rig (Nikon film camera loaded with Tri-X 400) and took of toward the culvert. I ran into Billy Snyder who had just done some body surfing and had his digital water camera with him. We took off up the culvert and saw chairs, wetsuits, a bicycle frame, a surfboard bag (and later the matching board), and loads of other random detritus careening by at 40mph+ toward its final resting place, into our own local version of the great Pacific Garbage Patch.

    Before I could finish the roll the rain stopped. There was a giant brown plume extending south well past the pumphouse. No surf at Tourmo for 3-4 days if you know what's good for you! 

    The torrent continued down the culvert for another half hour or so, which gave me plenty of time to grab my digital rig and snap a few shots. I used a 20mm f/3.5 Nikkor, a 100-600mm Vivitar zoom, and my homemade version of a Lensbaby™ (a 35-70mm Tokina Pentax K Mount that I gutted and rubber mounted to a Nikon body cap) on my D200.

    I've been surfing at Tourmo for 20 years and never seen a day like this. By the time the water is cleaned up this swell will be long gone. Bummer. At least I got these shots to remind me of what a bizarre day it was, indeed!


  • Radical!

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    double exposures volume I

    double exposed photos on film featuring some of my friends surfing in pacific beach, including billy snyder, matt dalton, j.d. yount, mele saili, hayden frye, nico espinoza, ricky cunningham, and boot poskey. a few of them were shot at windansea, including a couple of my personal favorites: a) the barbed wire shot, and b) the dude carving up the side of a la jolla bmw motorhome with his trusty rusty. enjoy.

    Sunday, 29 November -0001


    surfing double exposures volume II

    here are a few recent shots plus many of my earlier double exposure attempts, many of which i really dig for their whacked out ethos. lots of mood in this collection; reflections and missed corrections abound. half baked swap meet camera setups and whatnot. lately i find myself going for the 'home run', and looking at these reminds me how randomness can so often jive with the subconscious to create aesthetically pleasing imagery in the constant struggle to achieve 'unconscious competence'.

    Sunday, 29 November -0001


    Johnny and the Coasters

    this series of shots were some of my first intentional double exposures. they showcase one of the most entertaining longboarders i've ever had the pleasure to watch, johnny fay, and san diego's iconic belmont park coaster. the sheer providence of these shots continues to blow my mind. look at johnny raising his hands in joy as the coaster makes its plunging descent, reaching for the sky as if to shake some coconuts from a giant palm tree, and then being seemingly blown back at terminal velocity as a jet plane roars by overhead. none of this was planned... just magic!

    Tuesday, 12 August 2014


    dbvm2 - mattson 2

    I shot these in 2012 when the Mattson 2 were playing a gig in support of the San Diego Surf Film Festival. Someone told me that Andy Davis is lurking behind the flowers in one of them, is it true? In any case, there's a certain synchronicity to double exposing twins, right?

    Tuesday, 12 August 2014
  • Ferdie is one cool cat, and he actually paid for some photos I took of him surfing. How cool is that?!!
    (He's also known for 4-5 hour sessions and insane balance and style on any board he rides.)

  • It is the highest of compliments to say that someone's style is uniquely all their own, and who's got more style than G? Everything he does has pizzazz, with a double dose of panache.

  • My buddy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  makes these sweet little videos of surfers and their rituals, and seeing the way he works, and how ideas take root in his head, and how they transform into action, I can't help but be inspired to take my photography to the next level. So, when he offered to do a shot piece on yours truly, I was - needless to say - stoked. I think it's a good bet you'll see more of Kevin's work at SDSFF 2015.

    Part 1, Part 2 to follow soon:

  • Wow. Just, wow. Thanks Jack, you never fail to entertain!

  • When it comes to artistic sound and vision Mr. Ryan is truly a Jack of all trades, and quite the lady killer and wave killer to boot. Check out some of his Humble Goods.

  • Shane Jones set his SoCal surfing rep in stone a long time ago, having grown up around his dad's surf shop as a grom and then taking up custom wetsuit design as his chosen vocation via his Jonesea® brand. His suits are custom fitted, hand tailored, 100% hand made, and they are the business.

    Well, this holiday season Shaner really pulled out all the stops. I burst out laughing the moment I saw these pics, and from now on whenever I need a lift because the waves are flat or life isn't going the way I'd like, I'll think of Shaner Claus, and a big smile will be sure to follow.

    Right on brother!

  • I have been blessed with a third brother in Laurent. I can say this without hesitation, considering the bond all of us felt with his dad Dan in the (much too short) time he was with us. Laurent is warm hearted by nature, cool as a cucumber when necessary, and his eye for beauty is second to none. 
  • Mele is a throwback. Growing up in San Diego in the '80s, there was no shortage of beautiful young women with loads of style. Mele melds her own distinctive style with amazing artistic ability, topping it all off with cat-like athleticism and a palpable love of sliding waves. Well done, Mele!

  • Flapper will gladly tell you every single detail about every work of art he's ever made - whether you're prepared to hear it or not - and the sideburns and the 'stache and the spaghetti western demeanor will win you over all over again, and before you know it it's well past sundown, and you can't remember where you tied your horse. Cherish those who move with such fervor through this world, they are a rare breed indeed.

  • So one day I'm suiting up to surf and the tunes I want to hear are being drowned out by the buzzer that stays on when my driver's door is open. No problem, flip-flop to the rescue! lol

    p.s. - "O-bops" is EllaSpeak for "flip-flops". Ella is my buddy Glen's little daughter.

  • Are people offering to throw money at you if you'll ride their gear? Then meet my friend Roberta. She'll keep everything square.

  • Holy cow I'm astounded. OK first of all the song in this video makes me want to jump right into a pit skanking with Steve Griggs, Black Billy, Paul "NewRod" Milward, Lee Zimmerman, Mark Stilinovich, Bo Courtney, John Ryan, Chris Rogers, et al. The whole Secret Society crew from back in the day. And all them cute mod chicks in their go-go boots and short skirts. Daaaay-am!

    But I gotta say, the surfing is every bit as good as the song. OK, it's better. Waaaaaaay better. "But how can you compare surfing and music? It's like apples and sapote fruit!" Whatever. The song is perfect. The surfing is perfect. The video is perfect. And I love apples and sapote!

    So anyhow, Jared Mell... dude... you're killing me! That frontside drop at 1:50 going the wrong way into a left and lightning quick u-turn into switchstance (frontside once again)?!? Wow! And the backside head dip on another left, with your whole melon buried up to the neck?!?! I'm dyin' here, LOL!!!

    (Here's a suggestion for all you kooks and foamie riders. Find a long section of remote beach break where you can all congregate. Watch nothing but Jared for at least two hours before paddling out (hallucinogenics optional). Then BE THE WAVE. Learn to actually TURN. Learn how to paddle back out WITHOUT CROSSING BACK THROUGH THE BREAK. And learn how NOT TO CUT PEOPLE OFF!!!)

    If you do all of the above, who knows - you might actually leave room for Jared on a wave near you...

    - - Thanks - -
    The Management.

  • Brian Bent took a little sojourn to France a few months back, and here's a tasty little bit showing what he and his mates were up to:

    Southsiders present: Wheels & Waves - Third Edition from Douglas Guillot on Vimeo.

    The official video of the Wheels & Waves 2014 organized by The Southsiders.

    The dream we had one day to bring together all the people we love around our passion for custom motorcycles has become more real than ever.

    More than two months have passed since the third edition of Wheels and Waves, and we are only just landing back on planet Earth. As summer 2014 slowly comes to an end, we’re proud to release our official video : a seven-minute long edit that will take you back into the epic journey we all shared as family and friends.

    Last June, a tremendous number of participants travelled from all over Europe and beyond, to reach the emblematic meeting point of the Biarritz lighthouse. If moto and custom are the two main vehicles celebrated at Wheels and Waves by the majority of people, we can hardly describe the event as a pure moto festival. All crossover and young communities are attracted (surf, skate, bmx) as they look for new ways to express their individuality.

    As Wheels and Waves grows bigger with the years, we want to keep pushing boundaries and will give great importance to creativity but also enthusiasm and spontaneity.

    Stay tuned as more is to come !

    Le rêve que nous avons eu un jour de réunir une communauté d'individus passionnés comme nous par la moto custom et l'univers qui y est lié devient plus réel que jamais. Plus de deux mois se sont écoulés depuis la troisième édition de Wheels and Waves et nous reposons tout juste les pieds sur terre.

    Alors que l'été touche doucement à sa fin, nous sommes fiers de vous présenter notre vidéo officielle : un film de sept minutes à travers lequel vous replongerez dans la troisième édition de notre réunion annuelle - et quel event !!

    Cette année, un nombre encore plus impressionnant de participants est venu des quatre coins d'Europe et même plus loin, pour atteindre le point de rendez vous emblématique du phare de Biarritz.
    Il est difficile de qualifier Wheels and Waves comme un événement purement moto, même si la moto et le custom sont un vecteur commun à la majorité des participants. Nous avons vu cette année que les cultures surf, skate et même bmx étaient largement représentées, et que Wheels and Waves attirait une jeunesse en quête de nouveaux moyens d'expression.

    Alors que Wheels and Waves grandit au fil des années, nous le voulons ouvert et reflet des tendances actuelles. Nous continuerons à repousser nos limites et à privilégier la créativité, l'enthousiasme et la spontanéité.

    Restez connectés, la suite est à venir !

    Directed by Douglas Guillot (
    Produced by 18-55 (
    Interview by Nick Clements (
    Sound designer Romain Grenier
    Music Performed by Brian Bent (
    Designed by Steven Burke (