6 a.m. on another September morning, Sean just comes out of his sleep, yawning to the ceiling. His orange Naje Surfboard under his arm, we go together across the Basque Country to decide to stop in Hendaye, the last town before the Spanish border.
First session in France since a long time for Sean and first session with this brand new Team Board Noserider 9’8x23´x3’. I had never checked any video of him before and discovering his surfing, I take a slap right in the lens. Noseride, stall, reverse foot, front side, back side … F**K ! Hendaye is on fire, grand-ma and grand-pa can’t believe it ! They all start to yelling at him, dancing, crying ! Jesus on the water !
By the way, Sean is also a painter living in L.A. California. He used to paint with a glass of red wine in one hand and a joint in the other. Using different mediums to make relief painting with, in my opinion, a Towmbly’s touch I like a lot. In his room of Pension Mariena in Guéthary Mikolos Sandor Dora was watching him painting, drinking, smoking and Sean made a tribute to his dead fellow.
See you soon Sean !
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.
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!
Nothing beats a morning sesh with friends. When the wind is still light and offshore, when most of the people are still sleeping, when waves are breaking with none spoiling their beauty. That’s he best moment of the day. And that’s the moment Leila Hurst and Karina Ronzuko chose to ride the sand bank.
'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'.
Neil Messmer is a young talented longboarder. Sharing his time between France and California, Neil has developed a unique style on boards over 9ft. Neil is part of this generation of kids who are more interested in riding longboard with elegance than destroying a wave on a thruster.