Travis and I had the pleasure of hanging with Patagonia surf ambassador and artist Ben Wilkinson for a few days to get footage for Patagonia's Work Wear clothing line. A true humble legend, 'Big Ben' salvages fallen trees in Hawaii to use for various furniture projects and joins the Big Wave World Tour when his work, finances and family commitments align. [Top photo by Travis Rummel]
Our second piece in Patagonia's Work Wear series took us to the mouth of Alaska's Susitna river to spend some quality time with our buds Ryan Peterson and Mike Wood who've taken it upon themselves to help stop a proposed dam and raise awareness by suppling fresh wild salmon to near-by Anchorage. This piece was guest edited by our ultra talented man-crush Jordan Manley.
Vancouver Island was decimated by clear cut logging for much of the last century. The densely overgrown second and third growth forests are essentially devoid of biodiversity. The lady squad at Central Westcoast Forest Society help to clean up the mess they’ve been left with – thinning the forests to accelerate the return of biodiversity in their temperate rainforest backyard. We begged Vancouver based filmmaker Jordan Manley to help us film and guest edit this piece – we're incredibly fortunate he said yes.