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PROJECT YELLOW!



Welcome to yellow. This is the 4th installment of The Paradise Projects. I hope you have been enjoying the experience. From the genesis of the website, I knew I had the goal of putting all my creative energy into a platform. The website has been the exact learning experience I had hoped for. Photoshop, Premier, blog posts, and email lists were all things I had very little grasp on.



From the beginning of our edits Alex Kilauano and I have pushed ourselves to find inspiration and stay authentic to Paradise Project DNA. In the last video, Project Wide, I shot all the 16mm footage and sculpted the little clay figures. I have been very inspired to create surf edits that feel and look like the ones I grew up watching. In the long run I watch almost everything and love the level of surfing that is happening, but at night as I crack a beer and watch one last surf video to get psyched for the next day it always comes back to the originals. The classics. The Feral Kingdoms, the Lost At Seas, and the Occumentaries. These are the movies that have inspired me to create and keep the culture that I grew up with alive. You can see odes to these movies throughout the projects. Whether it’s as clear as Dane’s Stoney Baloney (Volcom) throw back to Gavin Beschen in the pool in Mexico, or in the new edit the iconic 16mm footage of Pat running down the stairs at Bells Beach for a heat reminiscent of The Search (Rip Curl) movies. It has been so fun to get behind the camera and work to sculpt the parts of surfing that I always loved, in hopes of keeping them alive in the now moment. 



Overall, Project Yellow came about after being in Bells Beach to watch Patrick surf one of the best contest of his life. My relationship with Patrick has always been one thing, competitive as fuck. We have pushed each other to surf at our best over the last 10 years of traveling together. To be frank, I definitely wouldn’t be the surfer I am today without Pat. I was insanely proud for him to work hard and requalify. When he asked me to come caddy for him at Bells I was honored and stoked to be there. Up in the dark every morning, on the prowl for waves and hungry for heats. Yellow comes from the electrifying color of Pat’s quiver. A color he chose last year deep on the WQS to give him every advantage to look zesty in the judges eyes. He told me before every heat he listened to THE MELVINS, so the song choice for the edit seemed natural to pick a Melvins hit, bringing all of us a little closer to what Pat was thinking in those heats.



The wave pool section. It’s so fun to see the opinions of wave pools and man-made surfing playing out. Since qualifying, Patrick has gained unlimited access to the Lemoore hideaway to be able to practice competing in the event that will be held there this September. Therefore, the Patty Caddy would get the illusive call up to see that inland Indonesian surf glory. With the onslaught of continuous wave pool media, I felt really proud of how we treated the wave pool in the edit. It’s fun. That’s what that pool is. Enter the green screen and exit the backdrop. The experience did feel like a dream. It is rather surreal to know you are in the heart of agricultural California and in 3 minutes the best wave you’ve had this year is about to come off the tail of that robotic arm. 



The montage section has always been a dream of mine. I always wanted to duel Patrick video-wise in a section. He is a freak with natural creativity and aggression. That’s the recipe for fun! In the section we span from Namibia and South Africa, back to Bells and out in California. Life is cool. 





I hope you enjoy. Each one of these edits has progressively been more and more fun to work on and put out. I realize that I love surfing, the culture and lifestyle has given me everything that inspires me in my life. It’s what I do everyday and intend to do for as long as I can. Thank you for your support with The Paradise Projects. 

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 PROJECT WIDE (Project three) is coming soon! Excited to launch a new edit featuring Dane boys new Channel Islands model the ROCKET WIDE. After surviving the minimal winter of California Dane and I wanted to get into some board shorts and surf some fun waves. On one of the first little south pulses of the changing season we ran down to Salinas Cruz and scored! Edit will be dropping tomorrow, hope you like it! Also very fired up because it was the first trip that I brought my 16mm camera on had we had a blast with that! have a nice day.

PROJECT WIDE (Project three) is coming soon! Excited to launch a new edit featuring Dane boys new Channel Islands model the ROCKET WIDE. After surviving the minimal winter of California Dane and I wanted to get into some board shorts and surf some fun waves. On one of the first little south pulses of the changing season we ran down to Salinas Cruz and scored! Edit will be dropping tomorrow, hope you like it! Also very fired up because it was the first trip that I brought my 16mm camera on had we had a blast with that! have a nice day.

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