“We are in the middle of the Pacific, on a volcanic rock, getting bludgeoned by massive swells. We are, as remote, as you can get.”
That’s Australian photographer Ted Grambeau talking. If you know Ted Grambeau, then you’ll be able to hear the sound of his deep, rough, vaguely erratic voice; the volume rising with each syllable, the delivery slowing with each word, dragging out each sentence until you can almost feel their isolation.
In 2015, Oliver Kurtz and Sean Benik collaborated to create Serotonin, a 6-minute short. In it, Oliver scores one of the best waves of the winter at Pipe and the best wave of the summer at Newport Point, and together with Sean’s quick cuts and abrupt song changes, it turned out to be one of the most memorable edits of the year. Now, two years later, Sean and Oliver teamed up again to make Aftermath. While it’s clearly a sequel to Serotonin, it’s three times as long, and three times as weird (in the best possible way). – Zander Morton
The Aleutian Islands are a chain of islands that extend west from southern Alaska; they’re known for their extreme weather and nasty seas—the Pacific to the south; the Bering to the north. Alex Gray and Anthony Walsh didn’t just travel here to surf though. The particular island that we were exploring is home to the single longest-settled community in the entire world. The Aleutians who reside there are descendants from a group that migrated from Russia across the Bering Strait over 8,000 years ago; they never left. Gray and Walsh had traveled to the island with hopes of learning some indigenous practices firsthand—hunting, in particular—and teaching the locals how to surf in exchange. No one was making it out of this trip unscathed.