Beyond The Noise

Noah Lane is a great example of nomadic lifestyle. He left the warm waters of Gold Coast and replaced his boardshorts for wearing thick wetsuits on the cold waves of Ireland. He is humble, lives simply and never misses a great day of surfing.

We talked with him few weeks ago with the release of his latest film with Harrison Roach, directed by Andrew Kaineder.

DEFLOW: Hello Noah! How is everything going? It seems you’ve been busy with a new project, Beyond The Noise, right? Can you tell us more about it?

Noah: Yeah so Beyond the Noise is essentially an experimental surf film by my friend and director Andrew Kaineder who was kind enough to ask me to be involved. He got an incredible group of creative people along for the ride and created a 40 minute film that I think is a great representation of what I see in surfing.

Deflow: Watching the trailer, we couldn’t help thinking on the era we are living, surrounded by the technology industry. How did you get to the idea for the documentary?

Noah: It’s a lot of Andrew's personal vision on the world around us, our disconnection and separation from nature told through the medium of surfing. For me the idea resonated strongly and I felt that deeper, there was a sense of telling what I find in surfing- the elements of escapism and being in an uncontrollable environment. So often these days we construct haven's where we're removed or masters of the natural world so it's nice to see a depiction of the places where you can still feel like a small cog in a larger machine.

D:How long have you been filming? How many people are involved in the project?

N: The film was shot over about a 6 month period between November 2017 and April 2018. But for AK the whole process was much longer. The surfing part that I was involved in was the easy bit. But it wasn't without it's difficulties. AK broke his leg and tore ligaments in his ankle just a few weeks before he was scheduled to come to Ireland. At that point, too many wheels were in motion to postpone the start so he spent the first few weeks hobbling through muddy fields with all his kit in a moon boot. It ended in April when I tore all the ligaments in my knee and was put out of the water for 6 months. It was kind of bitter sweet- I hardly wanted to be injured but we had scored some incredible moments, weather and waves in the previous months and I needed a rest from surfing for a while. 

As I mentioned earlier, there was an incredibly talented crew involved. Andrew headed the whole thing up. Along filming was Todd Barnes who worked on Ben Player's "Far North" together with Andrew. Harrison Roach joined me in the ocean surfing. Dan Crockett wrote some poignant words that make up the script. Joe Franklin did the completely original score with about 10 other musicians and Tim Wreyford was the colourist.

D: When and where we will be able to watch the full film? Which are the next dates of screening?

N: The first screening of the film was back in October at the London Surf Film Festival and shortly after we toured it through the UK with the support of Finisterre. It's since played at a number of film festivals and is set for an online release on iTunes in March.

D: if you would have to choose one reason why someone should watch this film, which one would it be?

N: It’s really hard to choose just one reason to watch the film but there are some parts that really stand out to me. The cinematography is compelling and really captures what Ireland and the North Atlantic is like during the winter. Andrew and Todd are both very skilled at their craft and it shows. It's beautiful and dark and more like the quality you would expect from a big budget film rather than a surf film.  The music score is also something else. Joe created a soundtrack that's both original and unique not just in a surfing sense. I've watched it quite a few times now and every time, I still manage to hear something new in the composition. 

It's completely immersive and I would suggest to anyone watching and wanting to experience the full package and hard work the guys put in- to do so in a dark room, on a decent sized screen, with the volume turned up.

Thanks mate!

Noah

 

Watch the teaser and full film here:

Beyond the Noise from Andrew Kaineder

 


Deflow Music - Tarik Rahim

If you haven't met him yet, lets introduce you to Tarik Rahim. We know him for some years now, and we always have been interested by his artistic way of doing things. From helping his father at the family business crafting surfboards in Asturias, to compose his own music with his band Carisma.

Ah, and we can't forget his unique style of surfing different boards and having fun with any kind of waves.

We asked him a few questions and proposed him to create a little playlist to inaugurate our Spotify channel.

 

Deflow: How is it going?

Tarik: Hey, what’s up, all good around here

D: First of all, introduce yourself, tell us where you come from…

T: Conceptually Tarik Rahim is 20 years old, was born on a cold day of January in Asturias (Spain) but his parents are from the tropical and sunny Brazil and his grandfather was originally from Lebanon, so he is a quiet big combination of cultures that melts into surf (because his dad has been a shaper since the 70’s), music, drawing, photography and in general terms, using creativity in the ways he consider cool since he was little tiny punk.

D: Music, surfing, photography… where does this creativity come from?

T: That’s a little mystery still, but as far as I know, it came in a really natural way; I remember I used to look up for super sketchy websites where I could download music illegally when I was like 9 or something, and I also remember coming back from class when it was flat and just spending hours drawing God knows what in these small notebooks that I still keep and try to understand nowadays.

  

D: We have heard you have a music band too? How is that going?

T: Aaaaah man, for one side it’s been reeeeal good, getting to know a lot of different people, playing in a bunch of places, and specially having a lot of fun with the rest of the band, shout out to my boys Ivan(Pendejo), Ruben and Santi. But in the other hand it has been a bit busy for me managing it, manufacturing the cassettes, doing posters, looking up for gigs, etc, also tried to get the band on a label a month a go, sent like 50 emails but no one answers back even for saying no, so I guess it’s all about timing.

D: Which type of music you normally play? Planning to be on the MTV Ema’s someday? hahaha

T: For the band I mostly do like 60’s kinda garage rock, which I’m a super fan, but besides that back at home, I love playing some bossanova, funky, jazz chords, even a bit of flamenco I don’t know, I love to play other styles of music so I invite everyone to listen to my Soundcloud and if they want just give some feedback haha and about the EMA’s, yeah, why not, CARISMA would be stocked to do some twerking with Miley Cyrus hahaha

  

D:  Ok, so now introduce us the little music recompilation you’ve done for us :)

T: Alright, maybe is a bit confusing for whoever listens to it because there are many different styles of music in that playlist, but there's one only thing they have in common, and that’s the energy and vibe every single song gives, not each of it has the same energy but they still transmit something, so I hope everyone finds it and enjoys it.

 If the Playlist bellow is not visible, click here


Interview / Salt Water

Aloha!

During this dark and cloudy weekend, we shared a coffee and had a little talk with Benjamin Fabre about one of his projects, Salt Water. 

He is running a Kickstarter Campaign to launch the first Salt Water Magazine which (we hope) it will be available on the your nearest surf shop very very soon. But, what is Salt Water?

 

DEFLOW: First of all, explains us who is behind salt water and which is the concept.
BENJAMIN: I created Salt Water in 2016. At the time, my idea was to offer to photographers, writers, travellers, shapers, filmakers... a playground to express their art. Today the community has grown and counts more than 150 contributors from everywhere. So Salt Water is the fruit of many talented persons who trusted the project. Today, after 3 years of digital life, Salt Water will also become a print magazine, in which our contributors will be able to share their work. For this new challenge I was lucky enough to find on my path 2 persons who accepted to join the adventure: Thibaut Spoe Paruite who design all the magazine and Joseba who is in charge of communications and marketing.

 

D: How did you came with the idea of Salt Water? and why “Salt Water”?
B: The idea came discussing with my girlfriend late at night in a pub we loved after too many beers. But more seriously, I really think that there are many talented creators who don't have enough visibility. Surfing industry is tough and it's hard for small photographers to build a name.  Recently some brands have contacted us to collaborate with some of our contributors because they saw their pictures on our website. If Salt Water can help content creators and brands to connect, everyone would be happy.

 

D: Ohh that would be great, reciprocity. Also, there is something you say on your web that seems very interesting for us: “We believe that surfing has a lot more to offer than performance shortboards and wave pools.” Explain us more.
B: Surfing is evolving so quickly. Surfing contests are organised in the middle of the desert in pools. Crowds are gathering on the beach at every WSL events to see their idols. In one sense it's good. Surfing is becoming a mass activity. It will be at the Olympics in 2020. But I feel we are loosing the real essence of the sport. Experience a close connexion with nature, discover remote places to ride empty waves, enjoy seshs at home with friends or just try any crazy trick in shitty waves for the fun of surf. More and more riders are riding different shapes, asymetrical, longboards, twin fins, single... That's for this part of the surfing community that Salt Water was made.

D: Then, thanks Salt Water for being here! hahaha...Tell us about the evolution of Salt Water. Until now it was a community of content creators. Now it has become a magazine. Which are your thoughts for the future?
B: Salt Water started as a blog, animated by our contributors who hared some articles. In few weeks Salt Water will also be a print magazine that will be published 2 times a year. Our goal is also to develop our agency activity to create content for brands using our network of creative minds. Brands have understood the power of surfing and are using its image and values. That's where we position our agency: from strategy to content creation and amplification, our goal is to inspire consumers to live outside and enjoy the fabulous playground nature is offering us.

D: About the magazine. On your Kickstarter campaign you say you will launch 2 magazines every year. Which is this first issue about?
B: Our first issue called "Somewhere Else" is a 200 pages magazine featuring 14 contributors. Their articles focus on the theme "places". Because location is the most important ingredient in the surfing experience. Each article will describe a moment, an adventure, a simple routine that makes our living so exciting. Whether it's searching for empty waves on the other side of the world or enjoying the simple pleasure of surfing your home break with your friends, we all have a place in our mind that motivates our future.

Want to support the Salt Water KickStarter Campaign? Click here.

The pictures we've been sharing on this blog posts will be featured on the Salt Water magazine, and are taken by: Simon Fitz, Xue Gil Guidonet, Ben Thouard, Fabien Voileau and Adrien Belagner