Our Favorite Surf Flicks

Disclaimer: This list doesn’t contain either “The Endless Summer” or “Point Break”. “The Endless Summer” is a great and timeless movie – it arguably launched surfing into the lives of everyone outside of the core culture. That pretty much puts it on every ‘Best Surf Movies’ list ever. “Point Break”… not exactly a pure surfing movie, but popular and pretty damn quotable. 

Who kinda didn’t want to be agent Johnny Utah? 

Film still from "Step Into Liquid"

In no particular order, surf flicks we like are:

Step Into Liquid (2003)
Beautiful cinematography, some brave footage and riders, and a solid soundtrack. This film is so pretty, we’ve seen it being played with no sound, and it’s still engaging. 

Riding Giants (2004)
Great stuff from director Stacy Peralta - the guy behind “Dogtown and Z-Boys”, and of course a famous surfer/skater in his own right. “Riding Giants” goes from talking surf origins, to profiling the biggest waves, and the biggest personalities that go after them. 

Surfwise (2007) 
Kind of a deeper watch – “Surfwise” tells the story of Dorian Paskowitz, his wife, and their 9 home-schooled and beach-raised kids. Literally. Paskowitz raised all of his kids in a small camper on the beach. Directed by Doug Pray, who also made a great DJing documentary called “Scratch”

The September Sessions (2002)
Directed by Jack Johnson (yep – the singer / surfer), this shorter film is a look at some big names simply getting into some good waves. It’s just an enjoyable watch. As you may imagine, solid music plays a part in this one as well. 

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June Playlist

Some jamz (the 'z' makes it more boss) we collected in June. Not gonna lie, Tacocat was likely included because Tacocat spelled backwards IS STILL TACOCAT! 

Kaiser Chiefs - Good Days Bad Days
Temples - Shelter Song
Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)
Pattern is Movement - Make It Right
Bearhug - Grapefruit
To Kill A King - Cold Skin
Little Green Cars - The John Wayne
Tacocat - You Never Came Back
Bad Books - It Never Stops
Modern Baseball - The Weekend

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Rock The Sock(less)

We're on the eve of summer - well, the technical eve anyway - and it's already been super summerific in terms of weather for a lot of you out there. In places with actual seasons, summer presents a whole load of opportunities to give your feet some much needed freedom from heavy socks and shoes. 

Canvas is the word, and sans sock is the look. 

If you are a Cushe Slipper fan, we have some good news that is about to make dropping the socks a bit easier on that front - the canvas Cushe Slipper is machine washable! More details on that coming soon.  

That's all well and good, but what if you want to wear something that isn't the Cushe Slipper and keep the sock less look? What if you are worried about rubbing in all the wrong places - or rubbing someone the wrong way with some serious foot funk? Worry not, there is a solution: The loafer sock. 

Some places call them 'no-show' socks as well, but keep an eye on the ankle rise. We've found that not all no-show sock options are equal. If you want to make sure nothing peeks out over your shoe, the better luck has been had with socks specifically made for loafers. 

These babies have been our secret summer weapons for a few years now. They are the best of both worlds and so many people are making them now, that you'll have a lot of options in choosing what you like best. A quick use of the Googles will reveal the true power of the internet: sock shopping. 

Also this cat in a sock

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May Playlist

May is a mix of music for beaches, sunsets, a bucket of brews, and a fine selection of pals around the fire. 

Pickwick - Hacienda Motel
Young & Sick - Glass
Claire - Horizon
The Family Crest - Love Don't Go
Jonquil - It's My Part
Dads - Boat Rich
Jukebox The Ghost - Oh, Emily
Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
Damien Jurado - Silver Timothy
The Preatures - Is This How You Feel?

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Super Selfies with Super Frenchie

Important note: It's pretty critical that you do not try this at home, or frankly anywhere, unless you are a trained pro like Matthias. Though, you wouldn't be able to try this at home unless you lived on a mountaintop, so probably not applicable to most people. 

Awesome note: In the age of the selfie, these are epic! 

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Summer Music Fest Tips

Sasquatch!, Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, Lolla, Austin City Limits… these are just some of the festivals still to come this year. The Cushe crew has been around the block a few times when it comes to summertime music festivals – and like the Cosby Kids (google it), we’ve learned a thing or two. If you are lucky enough to score tickets to a fest near you – or even better, a destination fest, here are some laid-back tips to keep your experience extra Cushe.  

Plan your own schedule – but go with the flow. Like any boxing match, the best plans go out the window as soon as you get punched in the face. DO NOT get punched in the face. DO make a loose plan, but be ready to change it up if the mood strikes, or the situation calls for it. Weird stuff happens in between stages, and sometimes, it’s better than the band. 

Keep your phone battery from dying… by keeping your phone in your pocket. Seriously though, no matter how good the resolution is on your phone, real life is WAY more HD. Plus, you’ve probably annoyed your friends leading up to the festival with posts about the festival. Enjoy before documentation. 

Comfy shoes. Duh. This is a given – but bonus if those shoes are also fairly easy to wash and / or look good with a little life on ‘em. It's important that you don't worry about any of your clothing while at a festival - shoes included. At some point, someone will spill something on you. Hopefully just a beer. We roll with the Cushe Slipper since it's easy to wash and easy to wear. 

Check out some artists you don’t know – ‘cause at one point, you didn’t know Vampire Weekend, or The Black Keys, or Prince. Wait… everyone now is just born with knowledge of who Prince is, right? Anyway, those artists in the smaller print on the festival poster are good too, so leave with someone new to tell your friends about. 

Laters!
<3 Cushe 


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April Playlist

As Biz Markie said, "It's Spring Again!". Here is our (late) April playlist to get you warmed up for a little house cleaning, a little patio time, or just some laid-back Cushe Time. 

CHAPPO - Come Home
Wye Oak - The Tower
Sin Fang - Sunbeam
Pinback - Proceed to Memory
Woods - Leaves Like Grass
Devendra Banhart - Angelika
Future Loves Past - Grow Up Tall
Broken Bells - Perfect World
Blood Orange - On the Line
Tycho - Awake

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Win the Hoffman Collection

OK - well, not the entire collection at once - but we are going bananas with our Shoe-A-Day Giveaway on Facebook. 30 pairs of our Cushe x Hoffman collection are up for grabs, and all you have to do to get in the running is enter. We like to keep things simple. The giveaway ends on April 19, 2014 - so hurry up!

Jump over to our Facebook page and ENTER TO WIN!

Check out the entire Cushe x Hoffman collection

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March Playlist

The first day of spring has officially come and gone, and while in some areas it may not feel like we're getting closer to summer, science-type people assure us we definitely are. March is a strange, transitional month - so we put together a bit of a manic, up and down playlist to help with those mornings where it's sunny out, but also 15 degrees. 

Echosmith - Cool Kids
Local Natives - Camera Talk
The Morning Benders - Cold War
Breton - Envy
The Front Bottoms - Twin Size Mattress
Into It. Over It. - Spinning Thread
So Many Dynamos - Analysis Paralysis
Wildcat! Wildcat! - Mr. Quiche
Max Frost - White Lies
Real Estate - Talking Backwards

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