The man behind the sun-baked collection of menswear (that would be Mr. O’Neil) is a philosopher-king-of-the-beach who spent a few years of endless-summering around the globe, picking up menswear inspiration and a Sports Illustrated swimsuit model for a wife along the way. In other words: exactly the kind of guy you want designing your Japanese indigo après-surf kimono, breezy double-weave stripped blazer and colorful popovers. It’s the sort of surf-worthy gear that wouldn’t look out of place at a coffee shop on the Lower East Side.
As you can imagine, the benefits of a MTM wetsuit are similar to its wool counterpart—the personalized comfort, the boost in confidence, the decreases in body fatigue—but this one also keeps you much drier than normal. And for all the stuff out there getting the “bespoke treatment” these days, this is something we can actually get behind.
Surf culture has been enjoying a moment in some of the more laid-back corners of menswear (look no further than Manhattan’s beach bum outpost, Saturdays Surf NYC).
And one of the more recent developments has been the beautification of the actual surfboards themselves.
It’s the sort of cross-cultural gambit that marries form and function—boards that’ve got the chops to keep up with any die-hard surfer, yet they’re handsome enough to be displayed as art. So we’ve gone ahead and found some of the most handsome examples of surfboards this side of Borneo for your riding/viewing pleasure. (And even if it never crashes a wave, it will certainly lend you more cred than a Point Break poster.)
Gentlemen, today we come bearing good news: Lindsay Lohan has returned to form. Interview caught up with filmmaker Richard Phillips to get an exclusive peek at his Art Basel 2012 entry: a short film harking back to the surf aesthetic of yore (Endless Summer et al) and starring one Ms. Lohan, looking as vibrant and even-keeled as ever. It’s artsy stuff, sure, but we’ll make an exception for this—especially if it means we’ll be getting more Lohan on this end of the press spectrum. It’s no Parent Trap, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
You don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate the effortless cool of surf culture—anyone who’s spent a weekend at the beach has gotten a good taste.
Here to give you another taste: this fully custom surfboard built by the surf gurus at Swami’s in collaboration with the eccentrically British designer Paul Smith. (Another exclusive from our friends at UrbanDaddy Perks.) It crosses the cultural gambit by marrying form and function—the board’s got the chops to keep up with any die-hard surfer, yet it’s handsome enough to be displayed as art. (Just say you hang it there between trips to Borneo.) And even if it never rides a wave, it will certainly lend you more cred than a Point Break poster.
The classics are Endless Summer and the exhaustive doc Riding Giants, both of which are good to have on deck for your next Sunday afternoon. (They also both happen to be on repeat at Montauk’s Surf Lodge, if you’re passing through.)
But we’re talking about something a little more casual and a little less well known: the string of sun-dappled flicks that emerged out of acid-era southern California. They’re less about a coherent narrative than beautiful shots of surfers in mid-wave. We’ve gathered together a few of our favorites after the jump, for a little wave-riding by proxy.
It’s handsome stuff—although perhaps easier to pull off in California than New York—but we’re more curious about the photo itself. It was taken by Leroy Grannis, the godfather of surf photography who’s found his way onto a number of Outsiders polos lately. And in honor of surfing weather we’ve rounded up a few of his best shots.
There’s nothing like a good beach to get you in the Earth Day spirit. And a good photographer, of course. This Stuart Gibson snap comes all the way from Tasmania, where we're guessing the waves are a good deal slower...