One day, one session !
I had just one session to make this film, it's often hard in Brittany to find the good wave, because of storm, wind, swell direction. But there is always a solution. After 3 days of bumpy waves and 2 hours of driving, Gwen Cristien find a little wave to put his famous drop knee turn. He is one of Brittany's longboard pioneer where he born and lives. Younger he tried competition, but one day Takuji Masuda told to him "You have a good style but not for competition", now he develops boards design with Brittany shaper Marc Billion from ATAO and share his knowledge by doing conferences with Patagonia or in surf exhibitions.
I glance down at my watch, it reads just after 9am. Over the top of my coffee, I scour the ocean, It’s a wild and bumpy canvas layered with mood. There’s only going to be one decent spot on a day like today I think aloud.
The air was full of song. The smell of gazoline and resin was everywhere. Colors of custom bikes and handmade surfboards attracted visitors as light attracts mosquitos. Fun, friends, ride, waves, dust, smoke, music, sun, rain, art, shape… These are the words that define best the last 5 days in Biarritz during the Wheels and Waves.
Since the creation of Salt Water, Simon Fitz has always been supporting us. He was part of the first magazine we published last year, and I hope, will be part of the next one ! We met with him in France to discuss surfing photography, mostly. If you don’t follow Simon on Insta, you are missing the best of what this social network has to offer.
In January 2019, snowboarder Mathieu Crepel and surfer Damien Castera, joined by photographer Greg Rabejac and lmmaker Pierre Frechou, traveled to the very northern tip of Norway for a boardriding expedition in the heart of the Arctic winter. In between snowy peaks and icy waves, they went deep into the polar night where solar winds meet Earth’s magnetic eld to create the fairy dance of the Aurora Borealis.
Just after the Wheels and Waves, we met with Nathan Sadoun to discuss present, future and surfing. Nathan is a great human being. Always smiling, always stoked when there is a shitty wave to surf and always the first when it comes to have a couple of beers. Congrats on winning the event log contest. See you around Nathan!