When the first swells of winter hit the French coast, we met Adrien Toyon around Biarritz to see how the banks were working. With the tide and waves getting better, he took us to a lonely left he had been surfing lately.
He opened his car trunk and waxed an old 5’10” Lighting Bolt twin shaped by Graham Smith.
“That was my first ever surfboard. When I was 9 years old, my parents gave me for Christmas, almost 20 years ago. I found it again in my parents house in Reunion Islands and I brought it here. Then it spent some long time in my garage looking at me hahaha…That single concave and sharp lines were perfect on this day. Never thought I was going to surf this board again, and even more in this kind of waves.”
Waves were firing and, as Adrien’s surfing can demonstrate, board choice was on point.
Every time I receive an email from Fabien Voileau, I always figure in my mind what pictures I will discover the next moment. I close my eyes and imagine the long rights of New Zealand, the crowded breaks of California, the secret beach breaks of South West France… But I am always surprised when, seconds later, I actually discover the pictures. They are always different. His style is constantly evolving. His aesthetic is always on point.
The “Dark Room” is a short edit about shaping filmed by Vitor Viana. Every board that you ride involves long hours of work, of thinking, imagination, calculation, dust, noise… Because behind every surfboard there is a shaper, this short clip is about giving back to these magicians.
Written by Alessandro Piu, expert surfer and traveler, and shot by Gianluca Fortunato, cameramen and director of the photography. Back to the Roots is a journey around the beautiful Island of Sardinia, visiting the incredible places of this land and discovering the great values of its culture.
'Thank You Mother' is a cinematic journey of surfing, simplicity and appreciation. It is a film that isn't afraid to be beautiful, stylish and sincere. Produced by Torren Martyn and Ishka Folkwell with an original soundtrack by Nick Bampton. 'Thank You Mother' is narrated by award winning Australian film maker and life long simplist Albert Falzon, who made the seminal 1970 surf film 'Morning of the Earth'.