Surfing Legend Rob Machado Rides the Waves of His Californian Home
Rob Machado weaves over the Pacific Coast surf in today’s short from photographer and filmmaker Marcus Gaab. The veteran of the board was presented with his own accolade on Huntingdon Beach’s Surfing Walk of Fame in 2011 following a career that has seen him win multiple titles including Hawaii's prestigious Pipe Line in 2000, as well as cameos in the 2007 animated film Surf’s Up and his own 2009 documentary, The Drifter. Shot here in his hometown of Cardiff, California, Machado is known for his relaxed style: “It’s a cliché that you expect a surfer guy to be very zen in all regards, but he really was like that,” says Gaab, who has shot for The New York Times, Vanity Fair and Hermés. “I think that’s what we tried to get across.” The film was conceived as part of The Trip Family Meets..., a new film series for Gaab’s travel magazine Endless which sees him enjoy a road trip through the Golden State with his wife, Christiane Bördner, and their two children. Meeting Machado was the first of several pit-stops that included taking in “hippies in Big Sur,” the Eames family house, celebrities in LA, and Death Valley. “My kids have to go through a lot, but they really enjoy it,” he adds. “Whenever we say we’re leaving, they’ll always run, pack their luggage, and stand in the doorway. And having them with us on the interviews, they are the best icebreakers you can imagine.”
The Aristocratic Member of Team Lagerfeld Talks to the Young Designer for the Latest in Our Series with EDITION Hotels
“I think that anybody who is a creative artist, who is making something out of nothing, has got to be allowed to explore and go into the wild, even if that is in the middle of a city,” muses Amanda Harlech, Karl Lagerfeld’s longtime right-hand woman who features in “Distinction,” the third part of On Collaboration, the NOWNESS series created in conjunction with EDITION Hotels. Director Johnnie Shand-Kydd captures Harlech alongside London-based designer Jonathan (J.W.) Anderson in the bucolic environs of her blissful Shropshire meadow. “Collaboration is the meeting of minds to birth something new or different,” says Anderson, the Northern Ireland-native at the helm of his own acclaimed, eponymous menswear and womenswear lines, Topshop capsule collections and his first collection for Versus, unveiled in May with the help of Donatella Versace. Harlech works as Creative Consultant for Lagerfeld—and previously John Galliano—and splits her time between Paris and her farm near the North Wales border. “You can only go forward; you can’t be nostalgic or self conscious, that is so dangerous for creativity,” says Harlech, a renowned supporter of emerging fashion talent. “The Latin root of the word collaboration is ‘to work.’ The interesting thing is actually making the work together. It’s all about finding a balance.”
Each film in the On Collaboration series has been produced in partnership with EDITION Hotels, a new project between Ian Schrager and Marriott Hotels. The London EDITION opens today.
Surfer Kassia Meador Rides Nature’s Rhythms in Bruce Muller's Short Film
Longboard icon Kassia Meador floats serenely across the majestic waves in surfer and filmmaker Bruce Muller’s Echo. The visual meditation is the first of four shorts teasing the release this fall of Frequencies, an experimental documentary and visual essay by Muller shot at prime surfing destinations across Southern California. Starring Meador and with an original score from Los Angeles-based psyche-pop trio E.S.P, Frequencies aims to explore how man can find synergy with nature’s cycles. “Their are so many different frequencies all around us at all times: ocean waves, sound waves, light waves, infrared and many others outside our range, but all have an effect on us,” explains professional surfer and passionate photographer Meador. “There are many parallels we can connect between surfing and navigating life.” Having previously made the music video for Warpaint’s single “Elephant”, Florida-native Muller combined his love of surfing and the fantastical films of Ridley Scott, Andrei Tarkovsky and Akira Kurosawa in the upcoming feature. “We exist in a world that is vast and dynamic,” he says. “We’re using surfing as a medium to explore how we harness these energies and the effects they have on us."