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Etan Blatt and Jason Belsky are an unlikely duo. One loves to swim in the water to get the shot, the other is a landlubber who shoots from the sky above with his drone. One is quiet and stoic and the other is charismatic and gregarious. Together, these two create magic with their footage. This weeks show recounts the month of scoring and... not scoring. Both of these men are extremely talented and hard workers who go out of their way to get the shot. The stories they tell are legendary and we get a taste during this episode. Enjoy...

Episode: Heroes & Beauties with Taylor Steele & Richard Phillips

In this episode, we sit down and chat with iconic surf filmmaker Taylor Steele and renowned artist Richard Phillips about their work, and the cross sections between their passion and their work. "Richard Phillips was born in 1962 in Marblehead, Massachusetts. He received his B.F.A. in 1984 from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, and his M.F.A. in 1986 from Yale University of Art, Connecticut. He has an insanely long list of art exhibits to his name that is too long to post here. He's an avid surfer that lives in NYC with a healthy collection of boards,. His current board de jour is a 6'8 Josh Hall Long Fish twin keel set up. 

"Taylor Steele has been involved in the surf film industry for over two decades. He has won awards as both director and producer. His production company, Poor Specimen, has launched the careers of some of surfing’s most influential figures and has played a role in the success of bands such as Blink-182Pennywise, and Jack Johnson, who were introduced in Steele's early movies." - Wikipedia.   Taylor Steele, AKA Shane Barbara, The man that set the soundtrack to surf youths of the 90's and has held dominance in the surf film market since 1992! He was one of the few who had an all access pass to the Momentum Generation for all of films and has continued to evolve as a filmmaker and creative person. 

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Episode: Hurricane Fever - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. 

After an incredible run of 40 days and 40 nights of surf in New York from multiple hurricanes, we explore some of the causes, consequences and gifts from these powerful storms. Travis Moore is the founder of SASS Global Travel and runs his business from Puerto Rico. We get a first hand account of life after Maria in Puerto Rico with Travis. Dr. Edmund Chang is a leading climate scientist in the US and he breaks down how climate change might affect the frequency of Hurricanes and change surf breaks. Jon Rose is no stranger to danger and has dedicated his life to disaster relief and bringing potable water to those in need. Normally, he arrives after the disaster occurs. This time, he found himself right in the path of Hurricane Maria on the island of St. Croix. We catch up with Jon and hear how the recovery efforts are going. Finishing out the show, we discuss some of the epic surfing that went down over the past month. Enjoy the show... Links to donate and help with Hurricane Relief are here: 

Nunez Sisters Survive Irma & New York Gets The Groundswell

It's an odd thing for surfers to enjoy the bliss of local groundswell while watching from afar the havoc that same storm drops upon another state. This week we hear two sides of Hurricane Irma. Alex and Danielle Nunez call in from a car speakerphone to share their experiences surviving the storm in South Florida where they have been without power and running water for a few days. Later in the show, I give a snap shot of that same storm's reach in New York which inspired any local with a board to use the word 'epic' and 'perfect'.


Episode: Mitch & Ravi of September Surf Cafe and Shaper Studio Montreal

I walked into a cafe in Montreal and discovered a shaping bay in the back. Needing to know more what this was doing here in this city hundreds of miles away from the ocean, I dropped my card off with the barista. A month later September Surf Cafe's partners Mitch Martin and Ravi Handa dropped into the Swell Season studio in Bushwick. We talked about the standing wave in Montreal, launching a cafe next to one of the best restaurants in North America, and surfing Rockaway for the first time.

Photo credit: Logan Mackay for the "The Main"

Episode: Guest Hosts Tyler Breuer and Fynn Sloyen Talk Surf Politics 

In the latest Swell Season Episode, Guest hosted by Tyler Breuer & Fynn Sloyen: -Painters & Dockers: Reminiscing of old surf movie soundtracks. -Chas Smith's Birthday -Beachgrit gets Breitbart/WSL controversy and Derek Rieley quotes Richard Kenvin quoting him. -Gabriel Medina is Fynn's favorite Dark Knight -Instagramer's are the new Surfing Historians preserving surf culture for the masses. - Top Favorite Surf Films of All time