COLLABORATIVE PROJECT : WEEDMAPS
Surfing was a nomadic pass time that morphed into creative art on water. Self-expression and mind exploration possible through riding waves on a piece of wood, foam or anything that floats. Modern day surf culture, with the aid of technology has become a corporate beast. Inspiration and true originality has been sucked out of the art… thankfully, the underground still exists.
The 1WV1FN event is the brainchild of artist and well accomplished surfer, Sean Tully and his Innocnts community which is primarily an art collective spreading the gospel of creativity through a variety of appendages. This event reflects a blossoming movement, not a sport with rules and regulations... after all, the core reason we begin surfing and in particular ride longboards, is for fun!
The ethos behind 1WV1FN could be best summed up by Dane Peterson: 'Surf like nobody's watching.In today's social media world, instant fame can happen at the click of a button. With that in mind we went about carefully analyzing each eligible entry, looking for fun, frivolous and non-contrived surfing. Levi Prairie (@leviprairie) was the pick, although not technically perfect, he shelved innovation and brought inspiration to the table! All of Levi’s entries garnered attention from the judges, for better or worse it got us all talking but it was his 2nd entry that we decided to credit as his best. A quick fade, goose step to the nose and set position in the pocket for an 'Egyptian' style noseride followed by some fun hot doggin' not often seen in logging since early 1960s... how refreshing. In complete contrast, runner up Mick Rodgers displayed technical finesse and innovation while focusing on the classic noseride.
The classy lady loggers once again displayed a beautiful variety of entries from around the world including Australia, Hawaii, United States, Mexico and Europe. There were some extremely hot surfing from many of the already well-known personalities but it was Hallie Rohr (@halliiee) who best embodied the spirit of the 1WV1FN movement. Surfing free and easy at her local spot with a giant smile, linking noserides with excellent positioning, appropriate switch feet maneuvers and smooth from start to finish… it was a beautifully ridden wave.
In the end there were many great entries demonstrating a repertoire of traditional surfing elements on a variety of waves - point, beach and reef breaks. The judges noted both technical and stylish surfing more so than length of ride, which should be encouraging to many surfers faced with average conditions, but in the end there were a handful of waves that stood out.
By harnessing social media, we’ve had a great display of fine logging so easily accessible through the Instagram 'hashtag'. This year’s contest proved to be a large success thanks to the logging community's participation and the support of Weedmaps. As promised this year’s winners will receive $1k in prize money and an invite to a future Joel Tudor DTI of their choosing. Big thanks to all that entered waves and shot video. We look forward to picking again sometime next year!
- Matty Chojnacki (Surfer / Judge)