Monday, November 29, 2010

Peters and Passaquindici

Thanksgiving Morning. I have not seen this many barneys in the water since the 4th of July. Peters and the Passaquindici's weaved through the traffic and managed to rip a couple.

Peters and Passaquindici from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The A-List

Julian in Newport. Dane at Lowers and the Pier. Kelly at Lowers en route to #10.

Kelly was doing turns like I've never even seen before, and he did them over and over again. It is baffling how good, precise, powerful, and loose his surfing is.

The A-List from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Radical Honesty

Radical Honesty. Windblown, small and mushy, falls and all.

Jesse Evans, Micah Byrne, Chad Wells, Quinn McCrystal, Ted Navarro

Radical Honesty from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Love Letter to You, our Noble Audience

I received a very interesting comment recently. Someone mentioned that I ought to collect sponsor funds and send Ted Navarro to finally surf some good waves. I agree.

Dealing with "business" was never my intended objective. However, this 1 Hour in HB project has become something much more than I ever anticipated, mainly due to your viewership, and I think we certainly do now have certain responsibilities.

The way I see it, surf media should be free for all. My films will always remain free for viewers. My concern is for the surfers. They are paid (or underpaid) by sponsors. Sponsors want exposure and an audience. This is where you come in. You are the audience and your sole responsibility is to click "Play". The more you watch, the more the surfers are likely to earn and the more they are able to travel and produce more content.

The media landscape has changed. Surfer's compensation is slowly catching up. 1 Hour in HB currently has between 2,000-10,000 "plays" (not "page loads", actual "plays") per week. If we had, say, 20,000 plays a day, sponsors would be forced to take note. If we had 100,000 plays a day, sponsors would be forced to compensate surfers for that exposure. Ryan Carlson can't keep pulling flips if one day he has to get a day-job. If you like watching the video of him stomping a backflip, watch it again, and then send it to your friends. Send the video to Cole Surfboards and tell them to shape you a board just like his.

I have begun to receive monetary offers from companies to support 1 Hour in HB. I have been reluctant to accept any compensation because I want to maintain objectivity and sole creative control of all content. However, as 1 Hour in HB continues to demand more of my time and attention, monetizing it is inevitable. My main concern is that my focus will shift, so I burden you with the task of always sending me feedback. If you want more of something, tell me. Less of something, tell me. If you like something, say it. If you hate something, let me know. This is a collaborative project between myself, the surfers, and you the audience, and all of us share equal responsibility. The main reason that I keep producing films is because you keep watching. The more you watch, the more inspired I am to produce.

I, too, want to see Ted Navarro surf good waves. My role in that effort is to expose how well he surfs in HB, and your role is to watch. If we do that enough, his sponsors will send him to Hawaii and then the world can watch.

Thank you for watching 1 Hour in HB, and thank you for reading this rant. 1 Hour in HB is aimed to be my contribution back to the sport that has given me so much. If you would like to continue supporting my effort, just keep clicking "play".

And maybe tell your friends to watch too.

David Scales

Friday, November 19, 2010

30 minutes with Ryan Carlson

I was debating whether to surf or film. When Ryan stuck a Flip on his very first wave I knew I made the right choice.

Ryan Carlson

30 Minutes with Ryan Carlson from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Shreddy Scorching

Ted (riding his Mayhem Scorcher) was shredding this morning! Wraps, Flicks, Nose Picks. He did excellent surfing maneuvers.

Ted Navarro

Shreddy Scorching from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

BS and Mini-BS

The wind was howling offshore. Brett and Derek both ripped a few. Brett threw a bunch of blowtails and would always get blown out the back of the wave. Days like this are all about mid-face carves. He did a few of those too.

Brett Simpson and Derek Peters

BS and Mini-BS from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BS in Newport!

A rare sight to behold, BS visits Newport Beach! Newport regulars Ted Navarro, Joe Alani, and Nick Fowler all showed up to rip a few. Chris Sardelis was getting the water shots and Joe Foster was getting the land shots.

Brett Simpson, Ted Navarro, Joe Alani, Nick Fowler

BS in Newport! from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.


This morning, BS ripped the Northwest lines pushing through South of the pier. From Puerto Rico to Hawaii, BS is happenig everywhere lately.

Brett Simpson

BS! from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Wind and Dead Batteries

I thought this morning was a wash. Shreddy had a dead battery and the wind was killing it. I struggled for 30 minutes in the water and then the boys paddled out and made it look like the waves were good. The morning went from nothing to something in 1 short hour.

Wind and Dead Batteries from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Foster Photo Shoot

The sun was out, Foster was in the water getting shots, and the usual Newport crew was doing work.

Ted Navarro, Ford Archbold, Andrew Doheny, Ryan Simmons, Joe Alani, Pat Towersy

A Foster Photo Shoot from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

R.I.P Andy Irons

Sad, sad, breaking news. Unconfirmed reports that Andy Irons has passed away due to dengue fever aboard a flight home from Puerto Rico. Our prayers go out to his family. So sorry!!!!


Criminals, you've been warned!

Ryan Carlson, Ted Navarro, Derek Peters, Chad Wells

ADAM WEST from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.

Bogs, Burns, and Blown Clips

The boggers shall remain nameless so as to to preserve their intregrity as professional surfers. Even their bogs would be great attempts for the rest of us. What's worse? When the filmer sits on the beach for an hour, then bogs on the best clip of the day.

Bogs, Burns, and Blown Clips from David Lee Scales on Vimeo.