Musica Surfica Premiere. We will have the honor to screen the premiere one of the best surf movies I ever saw in my whole life. Musica Surfica it shows the experience between classical music and finless surfing. Mick Sowry, Simon Whitney where so kind and generous to provide the film with portuguese captions, what makes everything more special to all the people who will see the film here. You want to check the film that it's already available on DVD and the place to buy this jewel is here,
The biggest surf website from South America, Waves.com.br we will have a special and exclusive coverage of the V Santos Surf Festival. There you can find all the information for the Festival, Art Show, Videos, Interviews and more. It's all in portuguese.... but I will be posting here some highlights for you folks...
Weird Clothing was so kind and lovely to make the official II Santos SurfArt trucker hat!!!! Above it's some awesome pics from it.... They also will make some limited edition tshirt with special design by Marcelo Bacellar just for the art show. Hats and tshirts will be given to some special guests and Festival crew. Nat Russell (http://www.crookedarm.blogspot.com/) liked his art on the hat, I love the hat... we all love the hat.... Thanks to Nathaniel Russell for the kindness of doing this lovely poster and for let us use on the hat... Thanks to Saint, Nicolas (nice mustacho above), and Weird crew....
We are so stoked about having Jonathan and Jared Mattson with us here in Brasil in January... They will play on the Festival opening, and we arrange some gigs for them in Sao Paulo and here in Santos too... All this was made possible by two smart guys from the Cotton Project.
I knew I was missing someone… Theo is an artist from California. He’s a very classic dude and the nicest thing for us is that he will be here in Santos for the show. We are so stoked about it that we will arrange a mural for him to paint with the kids on the Festival days. He’s a great guy and his painting speaks for himself… Will be awesome to have you here broh!
What’s you name and where are you from? My name is Theodore Mark Hetherington, Born in Hawaii, Raised in Southern California, live in Costa Mesa, Southern California.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? I have always been a doodler, since I was really small. I love the scribble game!
What do you want to show to people when you do you art? I love to create art. I love painting on everything and anything. I paint because I enjoy it. I feel my work is an extension of my personality, which i hope gives people a positive vibe and gets them stoked on life!
What’s surf for you? Surfing for me, is a place to clear my head, to reset. It always puts me in a better mood. There's just something about being surrounded by nature, not just seeing it, but feeling it under you, and being totally submerged in it. All it takes is one wave, one good bottom turn, one drive pump down the line, and I’m stoked all day!
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? I have worked for Trader Joe's, a specialty grocery store, as a sign artist for 5 years. I recently was promoted to be the regional artist/ muralist. I now travel around from store to store painting big murals. This was a personal goal of mine when I first started. I also started my own silk-screening/art studio 3 years ago, and am proud to still be going strong. I have to say that being apart of this surf museum is definitely a highlight in my art career. I'm very excited and honored to be included.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? I think of the people that I met on my last visit. They opened their houses, opened their hearts, and opened their lives to my friends and I. They are pure, real, and beautiful people.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? I am very honored and stoked to be part of this art show. This couldn't have come at a better time.
Some words to the people that will see your work. I hope they enjoy seeing my work and I look forward to being involved in more shows.
Hi everyone! Sorry the lack of information, but I got an eye surgery to take out the glasses for good, and my eyes got weird for somedays. All getting good now...
Here's the V Santos Surf Festival poster. It's in this Festival that the Santos SurfArt show will be held. It's a creation of Paulo Prado, from Prado Design. A good friend and awesome designer. Learning a lot from him and it's an honor to have him around on the art show organizing last event and for this next year too. Hope everyone enjoy, and dig his work at the link below. Festival organizer, Mr. Diniz Iozzi, aka Pardhal, it's welcoming everyone and we hope we can make the best Surf Festival on the planet. All for free, and all for the enjoyment of people. Love for all and see you there...
Jair Bortoleto sees the magic where others see the mundane, which is a brilliant, rare talent. His passion for surfing oozes from his photographs. He captures surfing as it is, and not in some romanticized, clichéd way. He's also a great guy, which counts for a lot." - Jamie Brisick
What's you name and where are you from? Jair Bortoleto from Santos, Brasil.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? Never did…
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? The pureness on the imperfection. We are all imperfect but we can show some purity on the way we talk, act, breath, surf…
What's surf for you? One of the most beautiful things ever.
Can you tell us some highlights in your carrier? I should say my book “Alma Santista”, but I will say, the highlight of my photography carrier it was when my uncle cried when he saw one photo that I took. That was deep and it was very emotional to me.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Home.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? Stoked and very anxious.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Fell the love.
Luiz Blanco is one of the best surf photographers from Brasil right now… His work is very artistic and brings the best of surf performance, mixed with the mood that make us want to go surf… Below some deep words from Luiz, and above a little example of what this guy can do….
What's you name and where are you from? Luiz Blanco, Rio de Janeiro.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? For real was never a moment that this happens, the things flow on a way that my ideas and works got to a subjective way. I was always against the stuff that was being copied on the market, and my goal was to make a different type of photography, and in this way I got closer to the art and not only photojournalism. It’s funny; because the photojournalism started closer to the art and after sometime turned to be a crazy money race like it’s is today, of course with exceptions.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? Depends. I try to show a different look, that represents something more. The beach it’s not only the wave, or the surfer doing a trick. If you know how to use other elements you can create a narrative that tells not only the moment, but a place. It’s more complete in my opinion. My photos are open to another interpretation, and not only my. A lot of times a friend tells me something from my photo that I never saw… some detail, or point of view. And I think this is the nicest thing about art, because its always open to different interpretations, and it’s no right and wrong. Unfortunately it’s a lot of lack of interest, from a public that were conditioned to see things ready.
What's surf for you? Surf is another form of expression and gives me the return/pleasure almost instant. It’s another feelings other than art. It’s faster. It’s good to speed up your life sometimes.
Can you tell us some highlights in your carrier? Did an article to Transworld Surf magazine, two covers on Fluir magazine, and I’m at the Blackwater magazine since the first issue.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? More I travel, more I see how Brasil it’s late in everything. The culture here it’s almost none and not talking about education. In the other side, much more I travel, more I miss home, so it’s impossible to say that I don’t like Brasil.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? I see that are people that give value to art surf in Brasil, and I’m happy about this.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Not only see with your eyes.
Bob Mctavish was the first man to cut a longboard and make something that we call shortboard. He was one of the most important characters on the shortboard revolution era. He still shapes everyday. He’s a very special man, full of love and kindness. And it’s someone that I really admire and I’m sure we will share some waves some day. I ask him to do something for the art show, and it took sometime to convince him to do it… After sometime, he agrees to make some drawing about surfboards concept. It’s an unspeakable honor to have Mr. Mctavish part of the II Santos SurfArt. It will be the first time that he’s part of an art show what makes this all very special… I'm stoked my brother! Really, really stoked! Below are his words and above it's him killing it on his 60's!
What's you name and where are you from? Bob McTavish, Byron bay, Australia.
When did you find out that you would be an artist/shaper? Artist: 1956 at school. Shaper: 1963 after I'd shaped a few hundred.
What do you want to show to people when you do your boards / art? Boards: the higher FUN quotient teamed with lots of easy wave-catching and natural feel. Art: Invoke a sense of being there for that important moment.
What's surf for you? Only sport/pastime that I wanna do. A lifelong fascination and refinement.
Can you tell us some highlights in your carrier? Hawaii in 1963 when I stowed away on a ship. Shortboard Revolution, 1967. Love affair with Lennox Head for 40 years.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Bossa Nova, dancing, rhythm. Gilberto, Jobin, Bonfa.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? It's my first. I'm a bit scared.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... I was privileged to be there when these things happened. Enjoy creation. Honor the Creator.
Richard it’s a classic man. He was introduced to me by Drew Kampion and I was so happy that happen. He lived on the golden age of surf art and sport and will show some vintage shots on the Santos SurfArt. I’m truly honored to have him part of the exhibition here, so check out the photo above, (Ryan Dotson, Waimea Bay, 1963)… and Richard’s words below…
What’s you name and where are you from? My name is Richard Dowdy—nickname is Slick. I was born in Wyoming and moved to Southern California (Ocean Beach) after the fifth grade. Before beginning high school I moved to Encinitas where I first began surfing at Moonlight Beach.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? I started drawing cartoons when I was in the fourth grade; by the time I entered high school, I was drawing and painting, taking photos and making short 8mm films. In college (Long Beach State) I majored in art with an English minor; this eventually changed to English with a minor in photojournalism. Art rules my life; I am constantly photographing a variety of subjects. Each photograph, no matter how good or bad, advances my knowledge and respect for the truly great photographers of the world.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? My photographs are extensions of my interests and passion to capture moments in time.
What’s surf for you? It is the ultimate use of nature’s power: wind, water and tides. The more we realize how special and unique surfing is, the more we will do to preserve the ocean’s purity and save the beaches for those who follow in our tracks.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? At the end of my college years I went to work for Hansen Surfboards in Cardiff by-the-Sea; first I rubbed rails, and then glassed boards. Later, I was a glosser during the summer season. Along with Hansen’s manager Jim Jenks (who later founded Ocean Pacific Sunwear), I created the Stone Steps Surf Contest—an event made for fun with beer, bands and big-name surfers competing for trophies created by local surf shop workers. Though Jim and I left the contest after six years, it still is held each summer at Stone Steps in Leucadia. Later, I left Hansen’s and moved to Santa Barbara and began working as a writer for Capitol Records. When I returned to Encinitas a couple of years later, I returned to Hansen as their design and marketing person, creating ads and catalogs. At that time I was approached by a representative from Surfing Magazine who asked me to come on board, which I did, even though Jim Jenks had just asked me to be advertising director at OP. I chose the “glamour” of the magazine—with a much lower salary. I remained at Surfing as editor/art director/publisher for nearly eight years. After that, I established a radio-control car magazine while editing an airplane and boat magazine. The car magazine brought me back to photographing auto racing, something I had taken up during high school. That led to me eventually becoming a staff photographer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This past May was the 19th Indy 500 race I have photographed, along with numerous other Indycar and Formula One races, and most recently the MotoGP Championship in Indianapolis. After leaving the car magazine, I was asked by my friend Chris Carter to work as a writer on his TV series, The X-Files an enormously satisfying experience. After the X-Files, my wife Nanette, who had started a graphic design, branding and marketing studio, coerced me into joining her in the business. This marks the 23rd year since she began Studio 2055, where I serve as partner, writer, photographer and art director. I still photograph surfing, along with open-wheel auto racing, street people in Los Angeles, landscapes and musicians in concert.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Friendly, happy people, carnival, surf, thongs and Copacabana Beach…but most of all, Ayrton Senna, Emerson Fittipaldi and Felipe Massa!
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? I am honored to be among such prominent and creative people who are showing their work in such an inspiring and exciting venue.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... It pleases me that people far away who share the same love for the ocean’s waves and art will have an opportunity to view my work and that of these amazingly talented contributors. Thank you, and greetings from California!
Steve Sherman work it’s very inspiring to me and I’m sure for most of the surf related photographers out there. He got that decisive moment thing… and it’s just amazing… His photos for the show in Santos will be all about the Brazilian born shaper Paulo Xanadu, which will have a special artistic surfboard made especially for the show. Both of these guys are very special. Both are master on their craft. Check out the double interview with them…
What's you name and where are you from? Steve Sherman from Cardiff, California. Xanadu, San Diego, Califórnia, but born in São Paulo, Brasil.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? SS: The first time I made a B/W print (7th.grade). X: When I was 2 years old.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? SS: Intimate imagery. Show the viewer a decisive moment in time. X: I like to show that surfboards it is a much more complex then what people thing it is.
What's surf for you? SS: My lifelong love. It’s what keeps me a float. X: Surf for me it’s my life, it’s the best thing for my mind, soul and spirit, give the best energy, more than anything.
Can you tell us some highlights in your carrier? SS: Capturing a lot of Kelly's greatest moments while still staying his friend. Inspiring a got amount of surf photographers to push their work in new directions. Bringing SURFING MAGAZINE back from the dead... X: Highlights on my professional side: Brad Gerlach finish second on the world, Lisa Andersen world champion 2 times on my board, on the last 15 + years many surfer qualifying to the WCT on my boards and many kids won the NSSA Nationals on my boards.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? SS: Beautiful people, great food, Xanadu!!! X: Brasil it’s a place I love and have my heart on.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? SS: It's a true honor to participate in such show. X: Feels very good I’m very happy to be part of the show.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... SS: Hope you enjoy what I do...Keep surfing... X: The surfboard is the connection of human soul with the energy of the ocean waves.
The Mattson 2 in Brasil... Today I was writing an article about the Mattson 2 for the biggest surf magazine in Brasil and I got the incredible honor to speak with Thomas Campbell on the phone... Man, I was so nervous, but everything went good and I got some nice words about the twins for the article... Hopefully we will have Mr. Campbell involved with the 2010 show... hahahahah,I'm so stoked!!!!
Kyle is a super good photographer. He’s also a very kind man and I'm stoked that he’s on the show. And the most special thing is that he is the last artists invited for the show! And as you may know, the last is the best… So here we go Kyle!
What´s you name and where are you from? My name is Kyle Lightner, and I’m from Orange County, California.
When did you find out that you would be an artist?
I never really ‘found out’ at a specific time that I was going to be an artist…I’ve more or less ‘found myself’ through creating art and being passionate about my interests in life.
What do you want to show to people in your photographs?
The passion that keeps me creating, thriving, and breathing.
What´s surf for you? It is life. It is my source of energy, and where my perspective comes from. The life of riding waves in such a pure way and filled with passion, represents eternal freedom to me.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career?
I had a career as a professional photographer earlier this year, but I quit to become a professional photographer without a career. So far, I like it much, much more.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? The reef ads in Surfing Magazine from ‘95.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city?
I honestly feel like it’s the first time I smoked, I’m high out of my mind and everything seems so surreal! This is one of the greatest opportunities any artist could ever dream of, especially being from California and being added to the list of incredible talents known worldwide- It’s truly an honor.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Our life is art; and we choose what we paint our canvas with in our day to day lives…Passion, creativity, and individuality are painting mine. Bring your passion out by the roots, and sing it out like some true feelings.
When I was around 16 years old, I went to surf in a next town break, and when I got to the beach, I saw Rafael Sobral leaving and he said hi to me… He was already one of the top brazilians longboarders and I remember exactly how stoked I was with him saying hi to me… After some years I got to know him and he was always one of the kindest guys ever. He’s one of the guys behind the biggest websites in South America and it’s a awesome film maker. On the festival he will show a short movie about the last year event. And it’s a honor to have him with us.
What’s you name and where are you from? My name is very big, Rafael Corrêa Sobral Caetano da Silva, but people known me as Rafael Sobral. I am from Santos, São Paulo.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? I do not know if I am really an artist. My brother Nei Sobral is the artist in the family, I just try to do my best. I started doing surf videos to promote my longboard website. I have a lot of friends on brazilian longboard community and the video was an good opportunity expose their talent. I enjoyed it very much.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? In my first video, Longboard 2000, I decided to use a very simple formula, just music and surf trip images. In my second movie "Hang with us", I tried to make surfers tell their thoughts about what does longboard mean for each one. It was much more interesting. Now, as I do not have to much time to work on my video projects, I make some small videos that I publish in my website. In this videos, I try to bring the simple emotions of been surfing with family or meeting friends in longboard festivals and show their emotions in that moment. Try to give an inside view where idols are just a stoked friend. I try to find the best part of people.
What’s surf for you? I think that surf is really my art. I am not that surfer, but when I surf, I feel like dancing. Maybe it is the way I express myself more naturally.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? My father was one of surf pioneers in São Vicente and through his friends was introduced the longboard community. When I was 17 years old (1994) I got longboard state championship. I was brazillian team member in the ASP World Championships at Makaha (1997), Australia (1999) and Brazil (2000). At that time internet was starting to get popular in Brazil and I started a longboard website (Hanging Together) that become very popular. So I decided to try making my living on that. I was a hard decision because I was working in a Research Institute, finishing my Master in Science degree and going to a Ph.D. I left everything behind for something I was not sure if was going to work. Sponsors was not used to internet so I decided to make a movie to show then the value of my work with something they were able to understand, a surf video. I never made money on the website but the videos were best sellers in Brazil, most because of the good network provided by the website. After an year I got no money anymore, but my skills as webmaster guarantee a job at Waves.com.br. Soon it became the leader on segment and I became a partner. I developed a live cam beach site with my partners at Waves called e-surf.com.br. The software I developed for that is used today by many ski resorts too, and even by WaveWatch for sometime.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Friends and family. I love my country and specially my hometown Santos, where I am near to the beach and I meet friends of a lifetime walking in the streets.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? I am really happy for Jair invitation. I believed it is going to be a big event, with a lot of interesting things and best of all, it is in Santos. :)
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... I hope people enjoy. They are not great productions, I do them with what I have on hands, but It has a lot my of my passion about the theme. I think this why same people like it.
One of the best surf movies ever in my opinion it’s Chris Malloy and Taylor Steele's Shelter. And that movie touch me so much and it was tattoo in my mind for long time, well, maybe even forever… For the Film Festival here in Santos we will have the pleasure and honor to premiere the new Chris's movie, One Track Mind. Let’s see what Chris have to say about him and Brasil… Thanks Chris and Woodshed Films for this!
What’s you name and where are you from? My name is Chris Malloy and I live in Lompoc, California.
When did you find out that you would be a film maker? When I broke my leg surfing 2nd reef pipe in 1997.
What do you want to show to people when you do your movies? The simultaneous sensation of hearing a good song you’ve never heard before while watching really aesthetically pleasing wave riding that you have never seen before.
What’s surf for you? Surfing for me is the same as it ever was. one of many ways to live a full life.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? I got invited to the Eddie Aikau. That was pretty cool I thought. Other than that, my highlights have just been a few good evening surfs with my friends.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? When I think of Brasil I think of very passionate people. I think of people who have worked hard to get where they are. Oh ya, and I think of those little bikinis. We need more of those in America.
How do you feel to be part of the film festival over here in Santos city? Any time you put live music together with art and surfing you are going to have a good thing. I’m honored to be a part of any event like that.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Remember not to sit and watch surf movies too much. Go surfing, make music, make art and above all...share waves with each other!
Heather Brown art specially made for the II Santos SurfArt. And here's a collaboration that we are doing. I love this one... this photo was taked on my first trip to Hawaii 10 years ago... and Heather add these amazingly beautiful little birds... Her work it's so amazing and inspiring to me... Please check her work at http://heatherbrownart.com/home.php and my photos at http://www.jairbortoleto.com/.
Patrick Trefz is one of the best surf photographers ever, and an awesome film maker. His film Thread it’s a master piece. He was kind to send some pieces for the show and it will be a huge honor to have him part of the show. Thanks Patrick and wish you could come for the opening.
What’s you name and where are you from? Patrick Trefz, Santa Cruz, California.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? When I started to draw a series of naked tribal people at my dads studio in Paris at the age of 6.
What’s surf for you? The freedom and thrill of freefalling after a perfectly executed off the lip. The time stopping quiet sensation of bodysurfing a perfect tube. The buzzing drift of being in perfect trim on a giant tanker.
Can you tell us some highlights in your carrier? Living the lifestyle.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Warm water, good music and beautiful, soulful girls.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? I am honored to be part of it!
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Obrigado and keep up the stoke!
"Spring (Huntington Beach, CA)" Sandow Birk, 2008 Ink on Paper, 11" x 17"
Sandow Birk is one of the biggest surf artists of all time. His paintings and drawings are amazing and super influential. The sickest thing of all is that he contacts me and said that he was interest on the show. To me, this was the biggest complement ever… He was super kind to send an original draw above and answer the questions below in Portuguese and I translate to English… Hope it’s all correct… He have a brazilian heart and will be a incredible honor to have him part of the art show that I curate. Thank you Sandow!
What’s you name and where are you from? Eu sou Sandow Birk de Los Angeles, Califórnia. I’m Sandow Birk from Los Angeles, California.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? Quando cheguei à faculdade em Los Angeles eu aprendi que ser artista plástica é uma ocupação intelectual, que pintar é mais pensar de que fazer. Também vi que ha pessoas que só fazem arte para ganhar a vida. Resolvi que queria viver assim. When I got to college, I learn that be an artist it’s an intellectual occupation and the act of painting is more about thinking, other than do it. I also saw that it was people that do art for living. So, I found out that I want to live like that.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? Depende no projeto. Cada projeto tem diferentes motivos e idéias para comunicar. Depends of the project. Each project has different reasons and ideas to communicate.
What’s surf for you? Não penso em termos de que o surfe "é" o "não é". Eu surfo. Sempre surfei. Não lembro o que é a vida sem surfar. I don’t think in terms of what surf “is” or “not is”. I just surf. Always surfed. Can’t remember life without surfing.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? Ganhei uma bolsa Fulbright para morar e pintar no Rio de Janeiro para um ano, tudo pago pelo governo. Tive varias exposições em museus com vários projetos. Um projeto que ainda esta viajando pelos museus é de 15 enormes gravuras sobre a guerra no Iraque. I won a Fullbright Schollarship to live and paint in Rio de Janeiro for one year, all paid by the government. Also had a lot exhibition in museums with a lot of projects. One project that still travels around museums is 15 huge prints about the war in Iraq.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? O Rio, a vida urbana com onda e uma cidade grande e super interessante. Rio de Janeiro, the urban life with waves and one big town full of interesting stuff.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? Acho uma peno que não posso estar lá. Gostaria conhecer a cidade. To bad I can’t be there. Would love to visit the city.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... O Brasil é um pais grande e interessante. Olhem para a sua própria terra para ter inspiração. Brasil is a big and interesting country. Look at your own land to get inspired.
Ciro Bicudo it’s a special dude. His work is very nice and beautiful. Full of nature and soul. His inspiration comes from the street… from the surf and from the skateboard. All mixed and full of grace that brings us a good feeling… Thanks Ciro and lot’s of aloha for you too…
What’s you name and where are you from? Ciro Bicudo, aka .ORGANIK cidade de São Paulo.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? Draw was always part of my life since an early age, ever since I got involved with surf and skate. I always paid attention to the shapes, illustrations on magazines, the visual identity of the brands I like, the artists involved with all of that. It certainly opened my eyes to start pursuing art, inside a huge universe of information.
What do you want to show to people when you do you art? I strive to deliver beauty and comfort, something pretty for the eyes, where people can just take to time to observe and contemplate the colors and the lack of it. There is a beauty in both moments, they synchronize together.
What’s surf for you? Freedom. A blank canvas. Equilibrium and flow. Just like art...
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? Having had the chance to expose my art in International events like: Mostra internacinal de Arte e Cultura surf -2006 2007 2008- (Brasil) II Surfestival Chile - Festival de Cine y Cultura de Surf -2006 2007 - (Chile) evolving every instant, the evolution is constant .
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Pretty beaches, beautiful nature, and good vibrations. An inspiration for my drawings.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? That really makes me happy considering the fact that Santos is a city that influenced me a lot in what I do due to the music that comes from there, the surf, art, and skate.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Enjoy. I hope that my art can bring some happiness and peace to everyone's life. Aloha…
Guilherme is from South Brasil. A beautiful place with some of the best waves in Brasil. His inspiration comes from these waves, that breaks upon white sand beaches… Very poetic like his work… made specially for the Santos SurfArt…
What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Guilherme Tonelli a.k.a biruta and I’m from Balneário Camboriú, Santa Catarina, now based in Itapema, a beach close to it.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? I've always been drawing since childhood, when I was at school I started making caricatures of my teachers and friends, later I started painting surfboards, but I only realized that I would be an artist, when I found myself in an art exhibition in São Paulo at the MIS (Museu da Imagem e do Som). My artwork was selected for a group show, the II Mostra Internacional de Arte e Cultura Surf, over there at the exhibition; I could see and talk to artists themselves. Craig Stecyk, Art Brewer, Mark Sutherland were there, with their artworks exposed at MIS. From that point on I decided I would like to be an artist and like those guys, to show their artworks around the world.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? I want to show new creations, colors, different visions of things, and my innermost style of drawing.
What’s surf for you? Surfing is more than a sport it's a life culture, and is pure fun, some way to refill your body and brain with ideas and energy. I mean you can go out for surfing in a "crap" day, with clouds and windy or cold water, and get only one wave or two, and say it sucked, but when you'll be out there on the sand you'll start feeling a plesant sensation.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? My career has just begun, I can say my highlights were exhibitions at the: II Mostra Internacional de Arte e cultura Surf, MIS, São Paulo (2005). Video: "Arte de Lata", selected for the; Motomix Art&Music Festival, MIS, São Paulo (2005), IV Mostra Internacional de Arte e Cultura Surf, Oca - Ibirapuera, São Paulo (2007). and the V Mostra Internacional de Arte e Cultura Surf, Bienal - Ibirapuera (2008).
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Eight Thousand Kilometers of coast... there might be some secret spots hidden somewhere...
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? It's an honor to be part of a show in Santos with many other artists I admire, i feel like been a real part of the history in surfing culture.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Thanks, Enjoy it and I hope it can pass on a good vibration!!
I like the music from The Mattson 2 since like, two years ago. Never thought about seeing them live. Some weeks ago I email them…. And in January we will have the pleasure to see and listening to them playing live… It’s so unreal that I even can’t believe they will come… Jonathan is a very kind and funny dude and will be so sick to share some waves with them. Beer it’s already on the fridge, and most of the Brazilians that I know are already very happy and excited about it…. So, this for me it’s the most amazing news for this festival. The Mattson 2 live in Brasil…. Yuppie!!!!!!!!
Who are you guys and where you guys from? We are the Mattson 2, Jared Mattson on guitar and I (Jonathan Mattson) on the drums. We are from San Diego California.
When did you find out that you would be an artist/musician? Well i think it all started in Middle school, we were very influenced by our older brothers that all played music, and listened to music. I think i really wanted to be a musician when i got my first drumset at age 15. From there we started a band and I practiced with Jared all the time. Jared played guitar, i played drums----so in a way we grew and learned each others vocabulary together.
What do you want people to feel when they listen to your music? I want them to feel good when they hear it. I want it to be like a musical and engaging journey.
What’s surf for you? Hmmmm being in beautiful weather, mellow knee high waves, surfing on a single fin log. Than taking a break with some beers. None of this competitive, bad vibe stuff.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? I think a major turning point in our carrier was doing our first tour in Japan. We did that tour with our collaboration project called Ray Barbie Meets Mattson 2. That was an amazing experience not only being in a whole new world but also meeting a great community of inspiring Artists/musicians/surfers/and all around good people
You guys been around good art, and good artists. Do you think this is all inspiring to your music? Definitely. I think we wouldn’t have the sound we have today if it wasn’t for the art of people like Thomas Campbell, Barry McGee, Alex Kopps, Evan Hecox, Tobin Yelland, and Ed Templeton--and of course other great inspiring artist. What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Hmmm i always think of a very tropical postcard. Nice light blue waters, good weather--you know like----paradise.
About the show here, what came thought your minds when this opportunity to come to Brasil happens? I was super excited. I love traveling seeing new cultures, and I love the reaction other cultures have to our music---I think our sound has an international wide ranged racial appeal---being that it is instrumental and totally honest expression from the heart. So when i got your invitation to come to Brasil it was very exciting for me.
How you guys feel about coming and playing in Brasil? I can’t wait to see the culture, and to play music, and be around locals that know the area, and can take us around for a good time.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... We are looking forward to play for all of you. We will be honored to be guests in your country and to be a part of the festival!
Mauricio it’s a graphic designer from Sao Paulo. He will make an animation that will be screen on the film festival. I already saw the beginning of the animation and it’s really really good… He’s a very talent dude and you can check a little sample of his work on the links below… please click and enjoy…
What’s you name and where are you from? Mauricio Domingues, living in São Paulo – SP, Brasil.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? Since my first memories I enjoyed looking at things, always drawing, modifying, painting things around me like chairs, schoolbooks and deeply always knew my true passion for visuals and art.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? Guess I’m trying to answer that question since the first day, and when you know exactly what are you trying to show, you are a complete artist, still working to acomplish that. But generally I try to show the way I feel things.
What’s surf for you? Well, I always figure that; surf for me Is like sex for a 15 old kid, when I’m not thinking in doing it, trying to do it, I’m doing it.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? I’m pretty much new in art e design, so far my highlight was leaving my everyday job in commercial design to seek a new way of life that put myself closer to surfing.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Love it and leave it.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? I’m very happy and pleased to be part of a Art show in Santos actually, it’s my first show as a artist and I really hope to make a great opening.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Well I am really giving me into that, so I hope you guys enjoy. http://www.vimeo.com/1182630
Alexandre Vianna is a very quiet man. His mellow voice on the phone was the first thing that comes to my mind when I see his photographs. His medium format shots are amazingly beautiful and full of soul. It’s like a mellow jazz song, with a fine and well tuned trumpet… He’s also the editor of the best skateboard magazine from Brasil. Let’s read his kind and wise words. Click on the photo above, sit down and enjoy his jazzy style...
What’s you name and where are you from? Alexandre Vianna, São Paulo, Brasil.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? I'm a skateboarder, writer, photographer and I 'm addicted on working with projects that will build some culture, will make a legacy. I started really young, around 14 years old, filming and editing skateboard videos with my neighborhood friends. Since that, I never stopped! ... 24 years producing videos, photos, events, magazines, books, expos, and a lot of crazy stuff, with the goal on developing the skateboard culture in Brazil. Or at least get recognition for the scene. But it was in 1995 that I started making photography with a different perspective. I wanted to make skateboard photography in Brazil more on an art level, and from that point my mind started working on that.
What do you want to show to people when you do you art? I want to contribute on building a legacy for brazilian skateboarding culture. Something that people will get proud on the future.
What’s skateboarding for you? It's the way I choose to live my life. A lifestyle that made me sees and feels this world in a different way.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? I'm a multidiscipline person. Skated as a professional skateboarder for a decade, became photographer, editor, producer... I write a lot also. It's hard to point highlights in a career that have a lot of different layers, different phases. But there are two things that I like to remember, because they have a lot of meaning to me. I filmed and edited, in the beginning of the 90's, one of the first and important brazilian skateboard videos ever made, called Dirty Money. It was the first video part of skaters like Bob Burnquist and Nilton Neves, when they were amateurs. After 16 years people still consider one of the most important videos made in Brazil, because it changed the scene and showed that a new generation of skaters was ripping. The other moment was the book called "São Paulo in Mouvement" released in France. A french writer called Anne Louyot choose 25 people that she considered really important for São Paulo City, people that in her point of view made a difference in São Paulo for the Culture and Social scene. She chooses people like Os gemeos, Gilberto Dimenstein, Alex Atala, the soccer player Rai with his social organization, some important people. She told a story of each one of them in the book and I had the honor to be one of the 25. She just looked all around São Paulo, made some research, and realized that the skateboard scene was something really big in town. Being part of that was a special moment for me. Being recognized in a higher level, for doing something for the skateboard scene.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? I love this place! People need to have a better education in general, but things have improved. I have faith and I will work, as I can, to help Brazil to be a better country.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? It's an honor to be part of this art show in Santos, with Skateboard Photographers like Fabio Bitão and Grant Brittain.
Some words to the people that will see your work. Don't give up on living your life in your own way! If you love skateboard, do it till the end of days.
Paula’s work is very beautiful. You can tell that its full passion… I choose this photo above in between so many good shots. It’s not a surf shot, but its so amazingly beautiful that I could help and I pick this one… This shot it was take it in Big Island in Hawaii. Words from Paula below… Aloha Paula!
What’s you name and where are you from? My name is Paula Marina and I was born in Recife, Pernambuco, but I live in São Paulo, Brazil.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? I’m not really sure about when, but everything I remember in my life is connected with art, especially literature and visual arts. I fell in love with literature when I was 10 year old and started reading everything I could, all kinds of books, magazines, newspapers, etc. Then I started writing too. Before that I already had a collection of drawings, photos and illustrations that I used to cut from publications and at 18, photography became a big passion. So, I graduated in journalism.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? I want people get emotional when they see my photos. It could be any feeling: happiness, love, enthusiasm, they could feel angry or just curious about it. I want people feel something.
What’s surf for you? It’s pure beauty. It’s about the connection between man and nature. Surf is emotion and passion.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? Most of highlights in my career are about my working with events. The most important for me was organizing a music festival for teenagers from poor areas in São Paulo years ago and see how many talented kids we have and how happy they are when they have a chance to show their talent. I still connected with many of these kids and it´s amazing seeing that they grab the opportunity and are studying music! As a photographer, I had some of my photos chosen for a national ad campaign for the biggest brazilian telecommunications company last Summer. On my recent trip to Hawaii I could experience another culture, see the big waves, swim with dolphins and document everything and was really unforgettable. One of the things that I like more about photography is the opportunity to travel and meet people. Through photography I can meet interesting people and it doesn’t matter where I am. I’ve been doing that for the last three years around Brazil.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Home, beauty, energy, social problems and a happy people.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? This is amazing, I’m very proud! Santos is one of my favorite cities and I also worked there for five years, its part of my life. This city is full of good energy, beautiful people, history and cool places to visit.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Enjoy it and be happy!
I took this photo like a month ago from a helicopter. This is the Emissario Submarino of Santos and the walls of buildings that go all the way through the beach. The red sculpture on the right, it’s a work of Tomie Ohtake, a Japanese artist lady that came to Brasil some long years ago. The whole park it was designed by Tomie’s son, Ruy Ohtake and will have picnic places, a skatepark, a huge lifeguard tower, the first public Surf Museum in Brasil and a big deck to watch the waves … This is where we will have the V Santos Surf Festival. A week event with activities, all for free… It will have place for the kids to play, a longboard contest will be taking place over there too. And much more… It really nice to see those waves breaking and think that this is where the surf born in Brasil. Hope you guys enjoy the view and this will give you a little taste of what we will have here in January. Click on the photo and welcome to Santos everyone!
Marcelo is the man who will paint and silk screen some limited t-shirts for the show here… He will do that in collab with the sick surf brand called Weird that it’s supporting the show. Will be only like 30 pieces and we will make some promotion or something to give away… everyone will have a chance to get one, so let’s just wait them to be ready… His work is very nice and vibrant… check out the sample above… nice ah? Say some words Marcelo…
What’s you name and where are you from? I'm Marcelo; I'm living in Curitiba, south of Brazil.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? Since I’ve done my first artwork for Weird clothing co. It was about two months ago.
What do you want to show to people when you do you art? I try to show how funny our life’s can be.
What’s surf for you? As skateboarding and music, its a big market which knows how to earn money saying to young folks that it's just a way of life.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? Things I'm doing from Weird Clothing co. Big money involved, lots of pressure...
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? caepireenha, bundah, carneivael, chuerascow...
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? I fell pleased because it's my first exhibition. It's a good way to change experiences. And maybe new works!
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil...
Enjoy! Or Hire me! (I’m father and I need to feed my child, pay my bills...)
When I was younger I remember reading surf magazines about the Hawaiian winter and I remember a contest in Haleiwa called Wyland Hawaiian Pro. Years after that, well some months ago, I got the chance to meet Wyland, went to dinner with him and his crew, and it was sick to have him in town painting a mural on the local aquarium. When I was driving him to the hotel, after dinner, I explain to him about the art show and he was super cool and kind to donate a piece to the Surf Museum. The art above will be donate to the city, and will be permanently on the Surf Museum here in Santos. Wyland is a good man, very nice and funny dude and it was a huge honor to meet him and have him on the show that I curate. It’s actually amazing!
What's you name and where are you from? Wyland. Just Wyland. I was born in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? When I was 4 years old, I would paint dinosaurs and jurassic scenes. I know I wanted to be an artist.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? In my art I like to show people the beauty in nature and inspire them to think about protecting it.
What's surf for you? Surf in being in the ocean, meditation, and inspiration.
Can you tell us some highlights in your carrier? Painting the largest mural in the world in Long Beach, California for the Guinness Book of World Records. Completing 100 Whaling Walls in 27 years, the last one in Beijing for the Green Olympics. Displaying all of the Hands Across the Ocean art at the National Mall with the Smithsonian in Washington, DC in October 2008. Beijing official artist for the International Year of the Reef 2008. Induction into the Diving Hall of Fame in 1998.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Beautiful women, beautiful people, beautiful beaches... and of course the Amazon Rain Forest.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? Santos is an amazing city and we were treated warmly. I look forward to my return and bringing the Wyland Foundation one day to Brasil.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... I hope everyone in Brasil will enjoy the art and the message and get involved.
The Hub it’s a longboard film. A very beautiful film. Christiaan is a british dude that loves to surf and loves to share his visions with other people. Above it's a little still from the film by Ryan Heywood. Below the words by Christiaan…
What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Christiaan Bailey and I come from Penzance in Cornwall, United Kingdom. Penzance lies in an area of Cornwall called Penwith, it is a very narrow peninsula, the north side is very rugged with exposed rock, but beautiful sandy beaches and very clear water, the south has more trees and there are a few very good quality reef breaks. Penzance is a very old trading port, we used to have a Portuguese embassy here, because of the all the visiting sailors and business people, but that was back in the 1700's.
When did you find out that you would be a film maker? I wanted to be a film maker since I was 17 when I watched a BBC documentary about a camera man.
What do you want to show to people when you do your films? I want to share the history, culture and joy of surfing. It's mostly about the joy, discovering new places, achieving new ambitions, sharing fond memories.
What’s surf for you? For me surfing is an intense experience, both physically and emotionally, it keeps me fit, raises my awareness and helps put things in perspective. I personally surf a variety of boards, a 1965 Hayden Longboard 9'6', a Biofoam twin fin fish 5'10', a 6' 8' single fin, and a couple of ply wood belly boards and a Tom Wegener 'Alaia', which is lots of fun, although sometimes I just body surf.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? I think that the highlights have been meeting amazing characters, I could brag about the famous names I have encountered, but they are more than names, they are people and some of them are very beautiful in spirit. Meeting inspirational people keeps me inspired and motivated to keep pushing forward in all aspects of my life.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Beauty and passion.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? I feel very happy to be part of it, I do not know a lot about the details of the show, but I get the impression that the people organizing it are good people, who want to share the magic of surfing with others. This seems worthy to me, and it is exciting to think that people in Santos city will see my film and that some might even enjoy it and/or be inspired by it.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... My film is about a place (Noosa Heads, Australia), which is protected by a nature reserve. The point waves bring a lot of joy to all and inspire many to push the limits on their heavy surfboards. These places need to be cherished, as do all the experiences they bring, so my message is to celebrate what you have, protect and feed the positive and it will flourish in ways that you might never imagine.
Mai’s work is one of my favorites... She was part of my book, and I’m glad she was on the first Santos SurfArt, and now on the second annual show. Her work has been showed all around. Her husband, John Wolthers is one of the first big wave riders in Brasil and one of the most stylish surfer I ever have seen. Will be a honor to have Mai’s work on the show and let’s see what she has to say about her self.. What’s you name and where are you from? My name is Mai-Britt Wolthers, I was born and raised in Denmark, but I live in Brazil since 1986. My husband is Brazilian and I was introduced to surfing when we met in 1984. It took me some years to realize the importance of surfing in his live.., all our 4 kids surf and I do surf a little too.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? I always knew that I wanted to paint, that I "had" to paint, we are all born artists and if you have the "need” of art, it will come through sooner or later. I have studied art and painted regularly since 1994. Maybe art for me has the same importance as surfing has for John (my husband).
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? My enchantment of this planet, beauty of life.
What’s surf for you? Surf is joy, freedom, the close contact to nature and friendship
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? When I was accepted at the 10th National Bienal in Brazil , Santos , I was very happy and proud , because it was a kind of an official acceptance of my art , I want my art to be contemporary and being accepted at the Bienal by the strict and qualified jury, I had the feeling of being on the right track.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Brasil is live, warm people, beautiful nature, beaches, surf, samba, coffee and soccer and it is my second home country. I love Brasil.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city? Proud and happy, Santos is my hometown now and I am delighted to see so many artists from all over the world participating in the art show.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil.. Don’t try to understand or give definitions, just feel it... http://maibrittwolthers.com/
I watch Sliding Liberia yesterday night for the first time. Britton was so kind to send the film to be part of our humble festival. The film is impressive! It’s definitely a piece of art. It’s strong and amazing. The surf is great too. It will be very nice to show the film to the people here. It’s a beautiful film… Well done Britton and crew…
What’s you name and where are you from? Britton Caillouette.
When did you find out that you would be a film maker? I've been interested in film from a very young age. Film concentrates all of my major interests––music, photography, and storytelling––into one medium.
What do you want to show to people when you do your movies? Depends on the film.
What’s surf for you? Moving water.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? My career is short, but winning Best Documentary in my hometown film festival was great.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Music.
How do you feel to be part of the film festival over here in Santos city? It's great to be accepted around the world. So far, Sliding Liberia has screened on all inhabitable continents.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... I hope you enjoy and believe in what you see.
Fabio it’s one of the best, if not the best skateboard photographer from Brasil and the world. His works have been around all the best skate and art related magazines. He’s a very humble and gently guy, full of passion. Very stylish person that will bring his best to the Santos SurfArt. I’m very honored to have Fabio on the show. And I hope all of you guys could be here in Santos in January to see his photos and himself… Thank you very much Fabio… Enjoy his image above (Bob Burnquist flying) and his words below…
What's you name and where are you from? Fabio Amad aka Bitão, citizen of the world.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? In reality I did find out, was a consequence since I was a kid always doing artistic activities e sports that drove me to a life style related with art and photography, music and other elements that was present in that way I express myself.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? I like to share with other people the feelings and happenings that pass in front of eyes. Bring the person to the place that I took the photo through the image. Highlighting a time. Remembering…. Living...
What's skateboard for you? Skateboard for me is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle. It’s my bread and my water.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? Photographer since 1992, I collaborate to the main local and foreign magazines. I’m part of the staff of the 100%Skate magazine since 10 years ago. Also work with the main skateboard brands from all around the world. Record a lot of people along their carriers, the skate scene since the beginning of 90’s and number of artists. I was part of a documentary from Sagatiba that I was one of the main characters showing my lifestyle. And in this year, 2008, I released my first photography book called “365Graus”.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? I’m very proud that I born in Brasil. Getting the chance to reach a goal here is a very hard thing and that’s why people do so many things to survive. Also the natural beauty is amazing… There are so many incredible places in our country. The culture, even not been spread, it’s all hide around each little place.
How do you feel to be part of the film festival over here in Santos city? It’s a huge satisfaction to be part of the show. Showing my work to the incredible people of Santos… on side of great artists from the Surf and Skateboard culture.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Peace, Love and Have Fun.
João Catarino’s art is so candid… so innocent and beautiful, that it brings me a lot of peace. For the art show here in Santos he will show some pieces that he paints some days ago. The nicest thing is that it’s his real visions from life and surf. Brasil have a huge connection with Portugal. Portugal it’s so beautiful and I miss my days over there some years ago… I will feel back in Portugal with João’s paintings…
What’s you name and where are you from? João Catarino; from Estoril coast line, Portugal.
When did you find out that you would be an artist? When I was a very young boy, I play making drawings every day, since that, I choose that way.
What do you want to show to people when you do your art? Just a point of view.
What’s surf for you? A global esthetic and sensorial experience.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career? Most of the time, I have that highlights as a art teacher, and usually, I share that moments with them.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil? Color, music and freedom.
How do you feel to be part of the film festival over here in Santos city? Like riding that crystal blue wave, with everybody.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil... Surfing is real life style, undered miles faraway from competition idea.
I first did an interview with Mark Jeremias and Jason Baffa for a surf magazine here in Brasil, right after the movie was released in US. Mark and Jason where always so kind and nice. Sometime after that I was approached by Mark about his coming to Brasil with Mike Vallely and crew to film DRIVE in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Last march Mark gave the chance to spend eight days with them working as a translator and assistant here in Brasil. It was epic for me and I will never forget those days… Mark and Jason’s movie One California Day is epic… it’s beautiful and very emotional… I will have the pleasure to screen here for the film festival to show this art piece to all kinds of people that probably will never have the chance to see and experience California, but will have a teaser about what it is. Let’s give the word to my friends Mark and Jason…
What’s you name and where are you from?
MJ: My name is Mark Jeremias. I am originally for Germany, but grew up primarily in Newport Beach, California. I currently live in Costa Mesa, CA.
JB: Jason Baffa from the South Bay, California.
When did you find out that you would be an artist?
MJ: I started experimenting with making Super 8 mm films in Middle School, but it wasn’t until I got into college that my interest in Filmmaking turned into a passion and career goal.
JB: as long as I can remember, I’ve been drawing and painting. my parents were very supportive of my creativity and always allowed me to create things - from artwork, to Lego creations, to home made creatures and eventually movies - I got a super 8mm film camera from my grandma when I was 7yrs old and that was when I first started shooting movies.
What do you want to show to people when you do you art?
MJ: My approach to filmmaking is simply to capture the moment. My style is deliberately of a slower pace and intimate with long shots and use of long lenses. In a world that is so fast paced, I really try to bring attention to the subtleties of a scene. In surfing, that means calling attention to not only the action on the wave, but also the light, wind, and geographic surroundings.
JB: I think with both my films and my art, I try to give people somewhere to escape to. I like to take people on a journey, to somewhere new and let them enjoy being there hopefully, allowing them to leave the pressures of day to day life.
What’s surf for you?
MJ: Surfing for me is about a connection with nature.
JB: just yesterday, I jumped into the ocean to bodysurf and I told my friend how even body surfing a few waves changes my whole mood and state of mind. I truly love the ocean and my connection with the ocean - a fun day of surfing with friends is the best source of energy, spirituality and inspiration I have ever found. the ocean's energy truly affects me in ways that are difficult to put into words, I just feel so fortunate that I’ve grown up in Los Angeles and have always had the ocean in my life.
Can you tell us some highlights in your career?
MJ: Through my work I have been able to travel to and experience some amazing places and meet some incredible people. Highlights include staying with a Zulu tribe in the hills of South Africa, visiting Old Town Jerusalem in Israel, and walking the streets of the City of God in Rio de Janeiro. These are all experiences that will stay with me forever. JB: the world premiere of Singlefin: yellow at the Lido theatre in Newport Beach, CA. was pretty amazing - there was a line of about 600+ people, many had been waiting for hours, we literally finished putting the final credits on the film minutes before the screening - the energy in the room and the response to the film showed me that we really had something special. Years later, getting to work with Greg Noll, Lance Carson and Skip Frye on One California Day was truly an amazing experience. These guys are pillars in the chain of surf history and I’m honored to have them involved in our film One California Day - screening the film with Mark to sell out crowds in film festivals like Santa Barbara, Maui, Rio, Rincon Puerto Rico, France, and San Sebastian Spain – that has been an extremely rewarding experience. I'm truly moved that people all over the world enjoy my films.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word Brasil?
MJ: I was fortunate enough to visit Brazil in 2008. Before going there I didn’t really know much about it. But now having visited, when I think of Brazil I think of the character of the people....determined, courageous, and resilient.
JB: Caipirinhas! But really, just great, giving people, who are so inspired in they way they live - I was so impressed to see all the people running, walking, surfing, playing beach soccer and spending time outside in Rio - I’ve tried to embrace that level of activity in my life and enjoy it as much as I think the Brazilian people do.
How do you feel to be part of an art show over here in Santos city?
MJ: It’s always nice to share your work with people, especially when those people come from a different culture.
JB: It’s just awesome. We make these things to share with people and to know that thousands of miles away someone is looking at your work and that you might be inspiring them - that is a humbling experience and I’m just honored.
Some words to the people that will see your work in Brasil...
MJ: Enjoy One California Day, it was a labor of love to make, and hopefully will give many of you, who never get the chance to come to California, a glimpse into California’s rich surf culture. JB: although surfing is the context, I hope my work inspires people in their daily life – whether its the sharing of one surfboard, like in Singlefin: yellow - or embracing heritage and the beauty of your home, like we did with One California Day - the themes in these films apply to all people in all places and I hope the people of Santos City are entertained and inspired. Obrigado.