Over the last few years, I have been getting my hands into some video work. After seeing our mini-documentary series, Just Beneath the Surface, Ocean County's Office of Tourism and Business Development hired myself and Oak Leaf Media to create a video spot for the county. We were very excited to take on this project.
We took a couple of days this summer and put together something that really shows the best of Ocean County. Our models were awesome. Brie Fagan and Dave Ambrose especially were troopers. Archie even made a cool cameo at Jenk's Aquarium.
I think this is just the start of where we can go when government offices and commerce organizations look to locals to really tell the story and give a sense of place.
This year, we've explored the secrets of the Pine Barrens, chased swell with LBI surfers, got a look at the life of a bartender, got invited into some unique homes, jumped on the striped bass blitz, captured some lifeguard action, paddled the bay, and learned about our shipwreck history.
Of course, the Swells and Shipwreck episode is particularly close to my heart. And we had a lot of support form the surf community on this one, specifically the photogs and videographers.
Episodes One, Two, and Three are all online at JustBeneaththeSurfaceNJ.com We have one more episode that we are premiering at the Ship Bottom Brewery, Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m. Hope you can all make it. Find us on Facebook. Sharing these videos enables us to keep going.
This has easily been one of the greatest undertakings of my life. Several years ago, I had the idea to do a series of mini documentaries that focused on the Long Beach Island region. Every year, thousands and thousands of people come from near and far to experience what a special place this is. But I wanted to do something a little deeper.
Sure, everyone comes to our little sandbar to swim in the Atlantic and eat cotton candy. What I wanted to show was just beneath the surface, the characters, the work ethic and the way of life that has created this community by the sea.
After a whole lot of work with the talented guys at Oak Leaf Media unwavering support from the Southern Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, a pilot episode, gathering local sponsors, and a lot of time in post production, I am very proud to release the first episode of Season One, "Pineys and Paddles."
The whole idea is to be the antithesis to every reality show you've ever seen about New Jersey. Get past all the bullshit and you can find the real New Jersey, and our life lived on the water. My goal isn't just to bring more visitors to our area, but to make the current visitors more engaged.
We will release three more episodes through 2017 that we are very excited about. Look for some free diving, shipwrecks, ripping surfers, interesting homes, life behind the bar and chasing striped bass. Thanks to the Mud City family of restaurants, Dave's Electric, Farias Surf, Volatile Media, and Ship Bottom Brewery.
Big day. On Tuesday, we launched this teaser for the four new Just Beneath the Surface episodes. In the first 24 hours, it garnered 60,000 views. It's pretty damn exciting. Puts a lot of pressure on us to deliver!
This season we'll take you from the striper blitz offshore to deep in the pines. We're going to tell you the stories from behind the bar to the historic ships that have wrecked upon our shores. We'll explore homes that are built around the Island lifestyle, paddle the bay, score epic swell, and show you what's just beneath the surface that you won't even believe is New Jersey water (or waddr, as we say.) We have four new episodes that start dropping in the spring of 2017. Get ready for am adventure in our own backyard. Support from the Southern Ocean County Chamber, Dave's Electric, Mud City Crab House, Farias Surf and Ship Bottom Brewery.
It's been 25 years since Jane's Addiction dropped Ritual de lo Habitual and then headlined Lollapalooza. The celebrate the silver anniversary this Friday at the Stone Pony with Dinosaur Jr. and Minus the Bear.
Admittedly, I am really more into Dinosaur Jr and have seen them in Baltimore, New Jersey, Colorado, New York, and Boston. I've listened to Jane's for as long but have never caught them live, but very aware of the influence they had on the counterculture of the early 90s. So, I am pretty stoked to see what they bring to Asbury this Saturday night.
I had the opportunity to interview Perry Farrell for this Jane's/ Dinosaur Jr. preview in The Aquarian Weekly and we talked about the importance of the live show, his love of parametric architecture, and women ingesting drugs off a certain male organ (although that last part didn't make the story.)
“I was down on the technology, but then I adjusted to it really fast,” admits Jane’s riveting frontman, Perry Farrell. “I realized that people were going to get music online for free and I just made my trade the live performance. It used to be that the recording was everything, but now it’s more important to be a great live player. When we started out, you played shows for five years before you ever recorded anything, so you learned to play for a crowd. Today things happen so quickly. Bands appear, get big, and then disappear. They don’t get a chance to do what we did. We lived it and breathed it.”
This is a day I have really been anticipating. I am very excited to release Episode One of "Just Beneath the Surface," the mini-documentary focusing on the Long Beach Island Region. I worked with the extremely talented Oak Leaf Media Of course, everyone likes to come here for the beach and ice cream, but the idea was to tell the stories of the people, passions and culture that make this place what it is. We tried to show what is literally just beneath what you see on the surface - two hyperlocal food sources on LBI in blue claw crabs and Jersey tomatoes, and find out what it is about Southern Ocean County that inspires local artists. Meet Richie the Crabber, Tomato Jay, Bunkerfish and Cathleen Engelsen. We are currently planning a whole season of episodes and all the social interactions, shares, and likes will help. #beachcultureredefined
Harvey Cedars has long held a special place in my heart. As a kid, it represented independence, getting away from the beach my family went to and discovering waves were bigger and broke harder. This is a Harvey Cedars retrospective for The Beachcomber's history issue that came out earlier this summer with some great insight from Kim Leary, Eric Pirie, and Bob Selfridge, who all grew up in HC. Also, this really came together because of fantastic photos by Chris Pfeil.
In 2013, I covered The Race of Gentlemen a throwback vintage motorcycle and hot rod race on the beaches of Wildwood by the Oilers Car Club for Inked Magazine. Well, Mel Stultz and his closest group of maniacs has taken their show to the next level, racing around tundras on vintage motorcycles as The Frozen Few and I caught up with him to write about this band of ice hellions. You can check it out "Ice Road Bikers" at InkedMag.com or in issue 75.
After weeks of work preparing for the Hop Sauce Festival here on LBI last weekend, I am pumped to just go enjoy Punk Rock Bowling this weekend in Asbury Park. Who's playing? Ah.... just The Descendants, Dag Nasty, Agnostic Front, Flag, H2O, The Slackers, 88 Fingers Louie, and my boys The Scandals. Damn, this is going to be a good weekend. For a complete guide, check the advance I wrote up for The Aquarian. I'm told there's bowling too.
It's a tough thing to shoot anything in New Jersey between November and May around LBI. Let's just say we're not at our most photogenic. But there are those special days, those moments when winter at home is as beautiful as anywhere in the world. We took advantage of one of those days last January to shoot the Jetty Fall/Winter 2015 Mens and Jetty Womens line.
The line itself is what you have come to expect from Jetty - awesome flannels, hoodies, sherpas, chino pants, along with staples like super soft t's and hats. It's all about staying warm on those short days, a few winter waves, and steaming New England clam chowder.
We did the entire shoot within blocks of our house. It's amazing how your neighborhood can look if you have the right perspective. It doesn't hurt to have good neighbors either. Our fantastic models, the incredibly easy-going Johnny Skolnik and Melissa Moscato, stuck it out through the wind and snow to get the shots. Keep an eye out for more images from this shoot as Jetty begins to market it's fall line.