AFENDS team rider Tim Williams thrashed at the Vans Moomba Comp 2013, who took away $100 for a 180 Switch 50-50 on the ‘mystery’ Small Funbox, and another $100 for a BS Lipslide to Fakie on the Big Funbox. Check out the Vans Best Trick Comp, held at the Riverside Skatepark in Melbourne below.
Thanks to Vans, The YMCA and City of Melbourne for putting on the event.
AFENDS team rider Bibi Bradbury, with Alex Cole, Jack Fischer and Matt D'Ambrosio hit the road with 24 Skateboards, from Brisbane to Melbourne over 19 days, and produced this impressive edit. Filmed by Bas Hill. Edited by Bas Hill and Marcus Curran.
AFENDS team riders Joel Ford and Torren Martyn, and friends Damian Norman, Jake Sylvester and Sam Wrench head down the coast to thrash the surf. Filmed and edited by Mr. Toby Cregan, AFENDS present ‘Killing Time’.
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In between trimesters at SAE I had a quick 2 week break off and went to Lakey Peak for my first time. A bunch of my close mates from Byron (who now live all over the country) and myself got together on the trip to celebrate my best friends 'soon to be father-hood' so it was kinda our last hurrah before he becomes a Dad and starts a new phase in life. To be honest it was about 2-3 foot the whole time which is pretty much reeking for Indo, but we had an amazing time. We went fishing, searched for waterfalls, aqua-bogged and jammed on some old instruments next to our place while we lost the plot in the tropics drinking beer in the arvo sun. Indo joy.
Tony ‘T-bags’ Woodward, Marc ‘Snapper’ Holland and friends are over filming in China at the moment, gathering quite a collection of raddness and have a blast doing so. In the meantime check out Tony’s last visit to China in this video, ‘Gooch Street In China’, filmed in Shenzhen, Macau and Hong Kong. Featuring a bit of skating and excellence from Severin von Ow, Zac Mccoy, Patty Roberts and Tony Woodward.
Mitch Revs has been killing it lately with his massive art pieces, assuring us there will be more to come. His style is becoming more unique and recognised in the industry, so watch out for this skilled and talented dude coming through in the future. In the mean time, check out these 3 time-lapse videos of Mitch creating his artwork from start to finish. To see what else Mitch has been up to, check out his blog here.
Just a few weeks ago, shortly before an arriving swell, I got a call from Nick Colbey inviting me to join him on a 3 day adventure south of Sydney. Tickets were booked instantly and not even 24 hours later I found myself sitting on a plane, excited to explore a region I had never been before.
Air temperature around 3° centigrade, freezing cold water, gnarly reefs, rock ledges and long hikes made for an awesome experience. It also made me realise how mellow and easy Byron Bay is. Down there not so much. The rewards on the other hand… HUGE. Countless first class breaks all to yourself.
All photos ordered chronologically so you can re-live the trip as it went down 4 weeks ago. Please share & enjoy. Al
Its one of those things that never gets old. Rain, hail or shine, pissed sober or high, its a fucking hell time! Somewhere in Newcastle this little road runs in and out of the suburbs. Originally built as a safer option to get from A to B, bike riders and those who like to take a walk every so often, use the track daily. As a community it is our job to make the town a safe and happy place, and as the youth of today, it is our job to ……………do what we are told? yeah right! let me run you through it.
You make a few phone calls and organise everyone to meet at the bottom of the trail, pile everyone into one or two cars, and make your way to the top. Without fail the music is up full ball, there is people hanging out of the windows, two dudes getting rolled around in the boot and 6 out of 8 people in the car trying to get that "classic" instagram photo. If its your turn to be the driver, your probably hoping you don't get pulled over because more than likely, that will also end up on the internet, along with an empty wallet. The trail is about 10 kms long and takes roughly 10 minutes to get from top to bottom. What happens in between is something you can't explain. You had to be there! Lets cut a long story short shall we? Its like a 10 minute stampede, the roar of 10-20 skateboards is enough to rattle your grandmothers bones and shake the nappies off children, as you fang by. You get the occasional Tough Dad chasing after you or Mum flipping you the bird……..Good times. Whether your coasting next to your buddy, holding hands with your girl or cruising down the hill, away from the pack, you get that feeling where you think to yourself, Damn life is good! You reach the bottom, everyones laughing, someones taken bark off, stories are being swapped and half of the gang are in the cars ready to take it back to the top. Another run, another hang, another day with the stampede gang!
AFENDS newest team rider and shredder of the ocean commotion Nick Colbey (@colbeyew) has headed south with Byron Bay based surf photographer Alex Frings (@alexfringsphoto). By the looks of these shots that have been popping up in our instagram feed they are scoring quite well!
We are lucky enough at AFENDS to work with some really talented people, one of those legends is Mr Toby Cregan. Tobes shoots all our campaign lifestyle clips and does a lot of filming for AFENDS radical Joel Ford. His head has been bobbing around the office today so we thought why don't we throw some questions his way and see what babble comes out.
So Tobes, when did you first pick up a video camera? I first picked my mums video camera when I was about 11, and ended up getting my own when I was 13 or 14.
What inspired you as a grommet to get into filming surf? Nothing. I never would film my friends surf or anything, I just wanted to go surf myself. I don’t think I ever filmed anyone catch a wave until I was 17. When I was a grommet I was just filming skateboarding and my band playing… I would hit record and sit my camera on a chair. I really liked to film skateboarding because you can still skate between shots, your not going to miss any clips it was just fun not standing on the beach on your own in the cold. Haha
You're shooting a lot of both surfing and fashion lifestyle clips at the moment, how do you like the variety in your job? Man I love it! Its great I never really wanted to just film surf clips, and working with you guys at Afends is the perfect balance for me.
I have to say your fashion lifestyle video work is right up there, how'd you find the transition to fashion? I was a little bit nervous my first shoot with models, but the way Sam (Nolan) works everything flows so natural and after a few shoots now Im really comfortable doing that kind of work, I enjoy it.
If you didn't get into videography what do you think you would do? I worked in retail, a warehouse and a office before I was filming so I guess I would still be doing something like that, I was never really happy doing those jobs, I really like the endless creativity with making films. That’s what I want to do
the question for the nerds…what gear do you use and whats on your want list? Canon 600d with a 100 – 400 and a 50mm 1.4 and a few other bits and pieces. I want to get new mics and a steady cam, a good dolly would be cool too.
Whats some tips you would like to pass on to the next generation of filmers? Don’t film seagulls and shit.
who is the most inspirational filmer for you at the moment? I watched this awesome doco the other night about this pool skater dude, it was so real best documentary I have seen in ages. The film is called Dragonslayer and the guy who made it is Tristan Patterson, so I guess him!
what can we expect from you in the near future? I am making a documentary about my brother called DERO, its in the early stages but it is going to be interesting, that will probably come out next year. Me and Joel (ford) are going to be working together on a few projects over the next 6 months. I have been working with big wave charger Brett Burcher also I will have some clips coming out with him. There is a movie that I put together that will be coming out with Waves magazine next month it is basically just an extended show real of a bunch of different projects I have worked on in the last year.
final question, whats your favourite artists playing in your iTunes right now? Twerps Hunx and his punx Young Jeezy White Fang