Welp! The Hooligans did Hoedown last weekend. Hopefully you were there. If not watch this video recap of what you missed out (Hello, mini-bike jousting!). Keep an eye on Iron & Resin for news about the next one and we'll see you there!
Farm League makes your favorite films (hello, 180° South!). You probably just don’t know it because they make these videos for your favorite brands. When you see the video, you clearly see that it’s awesome, but you also see, “Presented by… Patagonia, Poler, Native Shoes, RVCA, Rapha, Levi’s" or a ton of adventuremobile brands.
Farm League has found a way to combine what they love doing with their work. In their own words, “Faking it is the lamest, worst, most uninspired thing a person can spend their time on.” Although Farm League works with some of the most brilliant minds alive today—we’re looking at you, Corey Adams of Machotaildrop—the main team is Tim Lynch (the coach), Tieneke Pavesic (the scrapper) and Chris Malloy (the non-dilettante).
Where is home?
Tim: South Santa Monica. It’s a much tougher neighborhood.
Chris: Point Conception, CA.
What’s a buffalo good for?
Tim: Throwing shakas. Have you seen Lenny?
Tieneke: Photo ops.
Chris: Buffalo are good for sandwiches and macho logos and for causing traffic in Wyoming.
What’s your favorite camera?
Tim: I think it’s going to be the new Arri Amira. We ordered that camera last year and have been eagerly awaiting its arrival—they claim should be any day now. It’s appears to be the perfect tool for what we do.
Tieneke: I’m a producer. I just use a phone. But the team is excited about the Amira. Our team has been powering up mountains and the wilderness with big, heavy cameras. It will be nice for them to have something lighter. But knowing them, now that they have a smaller digital camera, they will decide we should start bringing 35mm cameras again! Because we all still love film.
Chris: I’m supposed to say Bolex or Holga, but I like the slo-mo on my iPhone. I shoot out of my truck going 50mph and blast Mexican music at the same time, and the movies come out with these fucked-up sound tracks that are amazing. No editing, no nothing.
What’s an adventure?
Tim: A mission with a purpose, with your team and an uncertain outcome. So basically one of our productions.
Tieneke: To me, it’s as simple as trying something new. Putting yourself in a situation that feels foreign and learning to adjust. I’m not one to scale snowy mountains or go surfing in the Arctic. I’ll leave that to Chris. But anywhere warm, I’m game.
Chris: Driving through L.A.
What video or film have you not made yet that you must make before you die?
Tim: The action sequel to our previous release 1800 South: 00 North, where Jeff Johnson saves the Arctic and scales the Arrigetech peaks to rescue Makohe. Then they live happily ever after, ruling their Eskimo kingdom. It’s gonna be huge!
Tieneke: I would love to make a comedy. I'm always thinking up ideas, but that’s about as far as I get. So... 15-second comedies?
Chris: I’d love to make a film about Ramon Navarro. The Life and Times of Ramon Navarro.
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How to Catch a Good Time: Urban Angling
Step 1: Gear Up & Go!
Eat a hotdog, chug a beer, pack your bag and hop on your bike.
Step 2: Find Water!
Look for a spot on the river that suits your style. We like spots without sharp rusty things sticking out of the water or screaming mean hobos. A good fishing spot offers the chance to skinny dip.
Step 3: Cast your Fly!
10 o'Clock—2 o'Clock—10 o'Clock—2 o'Clock—10 o'Clock—2 o'Clock—10 o'Clock—2 o'Clock—RELEASE!
Step 4: Catch a Good Time!
We usually only catch a buzz, but sometimes we catch a fish! Either way, we always catch a good time once we get out there.
Elsie Pinniger makes Neon Wetsuits in a studio overlooking the sea on the southwest coast of England. We wanted to know more, so we asked.
Why the name NEON?
Well, there’s no exciting story−sorry! My friend Nina and I had a little surf and were just sitting in the van chatting about the suits. This was about seven years ago, and I was only making them for me and a couple of friends. Anyway, I was trying to think of a name and everything just sounded stupid. We were just coming up with random stuff. I said, “Neon.” I like four-letter words, and it has nice aesthetics−like the ‘n’ at both ends. So yeah I was like, “Ok, ‘Neon’ it is!”
What’s the hardest part of making an awesome wetsuit?
It’s not hard to actually think about design and function. I just think it’s a hard market for the bigger companies that need to sell a million! It’s hard to please everyone and to stick to your guns with what you want to produce. At the end of the day, I wanted a functional suit that is great to surf in and feel good in… Am I there yet?
What voice do you think is missing in women’s surf apparel?
If you’d asked me that when I first started designing my own suits, I’d have said “Everything!” But things have changed heaps in the last couple of years, and there is so much more choice now. Women’s surfing is still in a bit of a weird place, but things have changed and smaller brands are flourishing and able to make the things women actually want and need. I think the biggest gap in what women need now is in boards. There aren’t many women shaping and getting a good understanding of what women are after. I guess it was the same with wetsuits, etc. The women’s side has always been seen as such a small part of the market, but those times have changed and it looks like everyone has noticed how neglected it was.
Would you ever make thicker cold-water suits?
Never say never, but not for the foreseeable future. I’ve got loads to still do with the Neon Wetsuits customized range, so keeping it simple and getting it right and keeping it fun is priority for now. Living in the U.K., we wear cold-water suits for a big chunk of the year, so it’s definitely something I know about.