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Friday, December 25, 2009

Xmas in LA

Christmas time and again I find myself somewhere warm and breezy - Will Rogers State Park - Santa Monica, CA - 75 degrees

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Moaning Chair

Above is Master Boardsmith, Roy Stewart, pictured in his "moaning chair". Howard Chappel put it best as:
""The boatbuilder (surfboard builder) is well advised to place a comfortable chair within easy walking distance, but out of sight of the project. When the builder has done some damn fool thing, like cut two left garboards, or put a drill bit through a newly varnished Honduras mahogany panel, they must immediately retire to the moaning chair, until the period of moaning is complete, lest they turn the whole project into firewood.""

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Still Motion in the Ocean

31 days/31ways: Day12 via 10,000 still photos by Daniel Florez:

Get Yer Laurels Here!

Long overdue, but none the less finished are the Festival Laurels for this years First Coast Surf Film Festival.
Official Selections:
Surfing 50 States: Jonno and Stephan (Australia)
Picaresque: Mikey DeTemple and Dustin Miller (Florida)
Halloween Swell 1991: Jim Sitton (Florida)
The Hope Collection/Florida: Jedidiah Clothing Co. (California)
Jugo Majstr (Masters of the South Swell): Mitja Legat (Slovenia)
Fresh Surf: Alex Horner (Minnesota)
Submerged: Jakob Daschek (NYC)
Field of Peaks: Jeff Crego (Florida)
Hermanos: Mateo Rojas (South America)
Endless thanks and praise to these industrious filmmakers.
Keep an eye out for the Surf Shorts Film Fest....(it's the international short film festival of surfing).

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Draw them Lines beaches

Drawing Lines from JWBolton on Vimeo.

We wrapped up production on this puppy 5 years ago this week.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Fish Hawk

The template of the "Fish Hawk" translates into an interesting ratio for a modern Fish (5'x24").
Taken from the pages of Sam Rabl's masterwork "Boat Building in Your Own Backyard" (1947).
Huzzah! Sam.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A man called "Canoe"

Ron "Canoe" Drummond - circa 1930's / Author of the 1931 out of print classic "The Art of Wave Riding".

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Grow Your Own

Krusback grew his own chair in 11 years using box elder bushes. Imagine a Paulownia surfboard/paddle board grown in similar fashion.

Sunday, October 04, 2009

Porker Breaching Santa Monica

Great White off Sunset Beach in Santa Monica... the camera man is outside on a kayak.

snagged from:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Call for Entries

A recent move has landed me on the west coast for a while... so i started another film festival out here. It's focus is on short surf films (under 10 minutes). check out the website for more info:

ps - the First Coast Surf Film Fest will still run as usual in 2010 with the addition of a short film mini-fest.... and i think this blog will become the official blog of the fest!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Will Rodgers State Beach

With editing/shooting on the road has become my new routine, an occasional bike ride to the beach has replaced time spent in the shop... but my notebook is full drawings and plans.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Fagers, Horn, Topanga

Tequila Sunset over Ocean City, Md. - Blowin some wicked west coast jazz - filmmaker Greg Schell emerging from a Topanga Canyon line up... (all photos courtesy of their respective snappers). Smith/Crosby/Schell

Thursday, May 21, 2009


This was my first trip to Malibu. It was different than I thought. I'm used to big east coast beaches. Still interesting and fun to see.

Sunday, May 10, 2009


I've been on the road, without internet, for quite a while now. From the top - The Dead at the LA Forum - riding in a chopper over Lake Tahoe - getting the shot in Emerald Bay.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Flight to California

I shot alot of video on this trip - all of which is awaiting my arrival home... that and a house i have to paint. These shots were snapped over the southwest.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Shuttle Launch

Shuttle Launch as seen from my roof. We are 160 miles north of the launch site.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sargasso meet Dune Grass

I talked with the Dept. Director of Park and Rec., here in AB, about the deposition of Sargasso on living dune grass (bottom photo). Surprisingly, he agreed this was probably not a good idea. After a good talk I was quite relieved to find he was a coastal engineer, passionate about maintaining a healthy beach. Huzzah, Deputy Director!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

FCSFF09: Call for Entries


4th Annual First Coast Surf Film Festival

This is a FREE festival that takes place in St. Augustine Beach, Jacksonville/Neptune/Atlantic Beach and Fernandina Beach - Florida.

FREE means that there are no submission fees for filmmakers and no admission fees for audiences.

The festival will be held April 8th - 11th, 2009

Submission deadline is March 15th, 2009

The focus of this festival is on short films, animations and industry videos (commercials/webisodes/podcast/youtube/vimeo) basically any video work done for the surf industry or with surf culture in mind. Pro or amateur.

For more info check out

or contact Josh at:
jwbltn (at) gmail (dot) com

January 1st 2009

Air:54/Water:64/Windy - MicroNorEaster