Adrien Toyon was born under shelling in a hospital basement north of Beirut during the civil war which once ravaged the peaceful and prosperous Lebanon. Actually, his real name is Adrien Khouery Toyon.

He moved to Reunion Island when he was four years old, where he learned to surf. But everytime he goes back to Lebanon it feels like home.

During a winter swell in the Mediterranean, Adrien and the crew from Wasted Talent went on a trip to Lebanon. Adrien wanted to surf a mythical slab near where he was born that had never been surfed called ‘Yours’.

So there they went, on the Flight 566 to Beirut, and stood at Lebanese passport control being asked by men with handsome moustaches and heavily braided shoulders as to their intentions.

Badung Strait - Oscar Valencia


We know Oscar for long time now. We saw each other in the beach everyday

when we were kids, and we followed his path through his snowboarding career

and video making.


After that, he focused in surfing, and since then he surprises us developing cool

projects with a unique taste and point of view.


He travelled to Keramas while all the WSL circus was happening and he

captured some moments from the free sessions. Maybe not what you are used to

see here, but definitely worth to watch the cool vibes and water angles from our




“Desierto” means a huge area of landscape where little precipitation occurs and, consequently, living conditions are hostile for plant and animal life.

That’s maybe what Sr. Adrien Toyon was thinking about when he just receive a phone call

K - Hey Adrien…good swell on the way…we’ll going to Dessert Point.
A- Ok my man, never been there before so perfect !!!

Probably “Desierto” also means all the time that Adrien spent in 2 days to be there on time from France, quick call, quick swell and quick barrels.
Probably “Desierto” also means all the time that Adrien needed to wait to surf for his first time on that wave.

And also “Desierto” means Desert Point for us, not the easiest surf spot to go, not the easiest wave to predict, but probably the best wave on earth if you are looking for a long barrels and Sr. Adrien Toyon is already with you motivated like 14 years grom .

This is “Desierto” a short piece featuring Adrien Toyon on his first time at Dessert Point, Lombok.

Video by Kylian Castells

Surfing by Adrien

Printemps avec Margaux

The beginning of spring is not always determined by fixed calendar dates. The phenological definition of spring relates to biological indicators, such as the blossoming of a range of plant species and the special smell of soil that has reached the temperature for micro flora to flourish.

For us, surfers and ocean lovers, spring starts when days get longer, winter storms stop and classic longboard sessions come back.

This time, spring began a couple of weeks ago, when we met Margaux for a classic surf in Biarritz.


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!



Watch the teaser and full film here:

Beyond the Noise from Andrew Kaineder


Clovis around home (video)

We could sit here watching you surf for hours, Clovis.

On a short break from the winter swells, we met up with Clovis Donizetti for some classic sessions at Côte des Basques in Biarritz. With his own sound and style, Clovis showed us his ability to turn any wave into a unique dance.

We have always loved surfing for the freedom that it gives you and the lifestyle that it used to and still does represent. Styles and personalities that emerge from distant places and then connect in a little community of surf enthusiasts that are brought together through their love of the most basic aspect of surfing: having fun.

Filmed and edited by Martxel Txintxurreta
Music: Gotta dance - Jimmy Giuffre
Supported by deflowsurf.com


First Love


When the first swells of winter hit the French coast, we met Adrien Toyon around Biarritz to see how the banks were working. With the tide and waves getting better, he took us to a lonely left he had been surfing lately.

He opened his car trunk and waxed an old 5’10” Lighting Bolt twin shaped by Graham Smith.“That was my first ever surfboard. When I was 9 years old, my parents gave me for Christmas, almost 20 years ago. I found it again in my parents house in Reunion Islands and I brought it here. Then it spent some long time in my garage looking at me hahaha…That single concave and sharp lines were perfect on this day. Never thought I was going to surf this board again, and even more in this kind of waves.”




Waves were firing and, as Adrien’s surfing can demonstrate, board choice was on point.