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Kooks Trilogy

Kooks: A Love Story, the surf movie that was never meant to be. I broke my leg in the summer of 2012 and was looking for something to kill time during the 6 week recovery. I taught myself how to film/edit and I put together this weird video for my friends to watch.  They convinced me to put it on YouTube and the rest is history.

People kept asking me when 'Kooks: A Love Story 2' was coming out, as a joke. In the winter of 2013, I decided to spend 6 months putting together a sequel. I decided at the start that if people liked this one, I would make a trilogy.

In 2013/2014, I spent the better part of an entire year creating Kooks 3. From a living room storyboard to the bedroom editing bay, I wanted to create something we could look back on in 20 years and still laugh.

During the filming of Kooks 3, I kept joking about a throw together film called "Kooks B' compiling all the footage that didn't make the movie. Just like the original film, one thing lead to another.

Return to France

Almost one year after my first trip to France, I returned to the land of baguettes in hopes of a new euro experience with Pete Devries, Noah Cohen and Adam Chilton. Instead of driving up and down the coast living in an RV, we settled into our humble beach house in the heart of Hossegor for 2 weeks. This trip was featured on Surfline, but I had so many other photos that I couldn't help but share. Enjoy!

Check out "Dune Days" on Surfline.com

To see Adam's edit of Noah click here!

16 of 2016

2016 was a roller coaster of emotions, taking on some the worst and best moments of my life. I'm proud to say that I made it through the year, smiling from ear to ear. Thanks to the love & support of my family, friends and fans I've been able to continue this journey as a professional surf photographer. Action sports photography is delicate balance of secrecy and promotion. To get a shot published, a photo holds its value higher if it's never been seen or posted on social media. Amazing images could go years without seeing the light of day, until all of sudden they're considered out of date. With that, I'd like to present my favourite 16 photos from 2016. Not necessarily "The Best" but they stand out in my mind. I have a connection with these images and want to share them with you all.

 

 

January 5th - Tofino had some crazy dry spells in the month of January, the lack of rain and sub-zero temperatures caused anywhere that didn't get hit by the sun (or lack there of) to freeze over. Hence all the frost in the background on the beach. Surfer: Pete Devries This image can be found in the winter issue of Coast Mountain Culture.

January 5th - Tofino had some crazy dry spells in the month of January, the lack of rain and sub-zero temperatures caused anywhere that didn't get hit by the sun (or lack there of) to freeze over. Hence all the frost in the background on the beach. Surfer: Pete Devries

This image can be found in the winter issue of Coast Mountain Culture.

January 7th - When I first moved to town, my good friend Derek Westra-Luney taught me everything I know about surfing. I can never thank him enough for that.

January 7th - When I first moved to town, my good friend Derek Westra-Luney taught me everything I know about surfing. I can never thank him enough for that.

January 15th - While the coast guard was hard at work, I was standing in the rain praying that somebody would line up in front of this scene. The fog eventually rolled in and I settled for an empty left. This image was featured in an online interview with Surfing Magazine.

January 15th - While the coast guard was hard at work, I was standing in the rain praying that somebody would line up in front of this scene. The fog eventually rolled in and I settled for an empty left.

This image was featured in an online interview with Surfing Magazine.

February 26th - After my housing smashed and the GoFundMe was a success, Michael Darling and I tested out my new equipment. This was one of the first photos I shot this session. Even though it was only 1 foot and raining, this is still one of my favourite images because of it's significance. Thanks again to everyone you contributed! This image can also be found in the winter issue of Coast Mountain Culture.

February 26th - After my housing smashed and the GoFundMe was a success, Michael Darling and I tested out my new equipment. This was one of the first photos I shot this session. Even though it was only 1 foot and raining, this is still one of my favourite images because of it's significance. Thanks again to everyone you contributed!

This image can also be found in the winter issue of Coast Mountain Culture.

March 5th - While shooting stills for Reef during the filming of 'Common Ground' I spent 6+ hours straight at the beach this day. The waves were pumping, the sun was out and the boys were ripping! When this wave came through, I couldn't believe there was no one on it. Mind surfing at it's finest. This image was used for The Wickaninnish Inn, Surfing Magazine Instagram and an upcoming issue of Carve Magazine.

March 5th - While shooting stills for Reef during the filming of 'Common Ground' I spent 6+ hours straight at the beach this day. The waves were pumping, the sun was out and the boys were ripping! When this wave came through, I couldn't believe there was no one on it. Mind surfing at it's finest.

This image was used for The Wickaninnish Inn, Surfing Magazine Instagram and an upcoming issue of Carve Magazine.

March 17th - Jamie O'Brien and Team Grom came to Canada to film an episode of 'Who Is JOB'. The surf was horrible, so they went up on Sunset Point to take in the view. This image is now available for print in my online store.

March 17th - Jamie O'Brien and Team Grom came to Canada to film an episode of 'Who Is JOB'. The surf was horrible, so they went up on Sunset Point to take in the view.

This image is now available for print in my online store.

March 24th - I was keeping my eye on the line-up, waiting for the next set to come. When out of the corner of my eye I saw Isaac Raddysh pulling into a hollow little insider. This was a really fun session to shoot, it ended up being one of the last decent days at this spot for the winter. This image was featured in an online gallery for SURFER Magazine.

March 24th - I was keeping my eye on the line-up, waiting for the next set to come. When out of the corner of my eye I saw Isaac Raddysh pulling into a hollow little insider. This was a really fun session to shoot, it ended up being one of the last decent days at this spot for the winter.

This image was featured in an online gallery for SURFER Magazine.

April 3rd - I always notice myself breathing when I look at this photo, it reminds me of the late great Blair Polischuk.

April 3rd - I always notice myself breathing when I look at this photo, it reminds me of the late great Blair Polischuk.

April 18th - If I was a rich man, I would hire a helicopter to get this shot. Instead, I just hiked to the top a mountain. Surfer: Pete Devries

April 18th - If I was a rich man, I would hire a helicopter to get this shot. Instead, I just hiked to the top a mountain. Surfer: Pete Devries

April 25th - My friends and I found this shipwreck the day before, the following morning I came back to shoot it at sunrise. I set up my tripod, shot with a variety of lens, long exposure, HDR, etc but couldn't quite find exactly what I was looking for. While walking back semi-satisfied, I had once last glance and found the angle I had been looking for. Check out the another angle in my online store.

April 25th - My friends and I found this shipwreck the day before, the following morning I came back to shoot it at sunrise. I set up my tripod, shot with a variety of lens, long exposure, HDR, etc but couldn't quite find exactly what I was looking for. While walking back semi-satisfied, I had once last glance and found the angle I had been looking for.

Check out the another angle in my online store.

May 2nd - With summer quickly approaching, Michael Darling and I were looking for some extra curricular activities. We decided to do some free diving just outside of town, but it felt like we were on another planet. This image was featured on Stab Magazine. 

May 2nd - With summer quickly approaching, Michael Darling and I were looking for some extra curricular activities. We decided to do some free diving just outside of town, but it felt like we were on another planet.

This image was featured on Stab Magazine. 

July 15th - While shooting one of many amazing summer sunsets in Tofino, I ran into a friend of mine from Storm Surf Shop. 16x24 canvas print available for purchase at Storm Surf Shop.

July 15th - While shooting one of many amazing summer sunsets in Tofino, I ran into a friend of mine from Storm Surf Shop.

16x24 canvas print available for purchase at Storm Surf Shop.

August 11th - Fact: The summer sucks for waves. But I hadn't swam in weeks and couldn't convince anyone to come grovel on there shortboards. I found a pack of longboards and said "Can you do me a favour? Try and hit me." Surfer: Alex Morrow

August 11th - Fact: The summer sucks for waves. But I hadn't swam in weeks and couldn't convince anyone to come grovel on there shortboards. I found a pack of longboards and said "Can you do me a favour? Try and hit me." Surfer: Alex Morrow

October 31st - Swimming with a camera in France is challenging to say the least. That's why I'm so grateful for lining up with Pete Devries on this shot, it made all the knee chaffing worth it. This image was a part of a feature on Surfline.

October 31st - Swimming with a camera in France is challenging to say the least. That's why I'm so grateful for lining up with Pete Devries on this shot, it made all the knee chaffing worth it.

This image was a part of a feature on Surfline.

December 1st - Every time I shoot here, I always have a moment where I say to myself "I love my life." This was one of those moments.

December 1st - Every time I shoot here, I always have a moment where I say to myself "I love my life." This was one of those moments.

December 6th - My girlfriend Nora and I went on an early morning hike to catch the sunrise. On our way back we stopped to admire the view. I'm so honoured to call this place home.

December 6th - My girlfriend Nora and I went on an early morning hike to catch the sunrise. On our way back we stopped to admire the view. I'm so honoured to call this place home.

West Coast Weird Off

This past weekend was the the first (and hopefully annual) West Coast Weird Off. It's like the Rip Curl Pro and Kooks 3 all rolled into one light-hearted anti-contest. I was suppose to compete in the events but I injured myself at the pre-party the night before, as if the boys at the Cold Feet Club has had anticipated that. Thanks for putting on such a rad day guys, already looking forward to next year!