Art of The World Art of The People is represented by the Mingei International Museum in San Diego's historic Balboa Park. Currently for the summer, there is an incredible exhibit called Surf Craft, which is a documented collection on surfing history, and some of it's legendary surfboard shapers. It is a really neat experience and we recommend it to everyone, none radical-stoked-surfing enthusiasts as well. Bring your family, bring your significant other, Mingei will not disappoint. The museum has a second level above the Surf Craft Exhibit where they're honoring indigenous cultures of South America, and Africa. There you can see some really amazing hand crafted masks. All in all, Mingei is a great experience, make sure to check it out.
Name: Will Holder
Location: San Diego, CA
How did you get into surf photography? Growing up and living by the ocean my whole life, I’ve naturally been drawn to amazing scenes and landscapes that accompany it. Seeing how big of a part of our lives it is, it’s hard not to get hooked with trying to capture it with your camera.
Tell us about your earliest surfing memories? Earliest surfing memories include walking a half block away to a little spot in Imperial Beach, off Calla Ave. We knew it as "in between the jettys", where the surf wasn’t the best, but that didn’t matter. It was a joy just making it to the "outside", and holding annual bodyboarding contests there with all my best friends on our street.
Do you shoot digital or film? I shoot digital but recently have been experimented with a new 35 mm underwater Nikonos camera which is really fun.
What are some of your future aspirations or goals as a photographer? I’d like to travel more and continue to shoot friends and fellow water people. As long as I can continue to have fun taking photos close to and in the water I’ll consider myself a lucky individual. Sharing with as many people as possible is a goal, hoping they’ll appreciate it.
Tell us about some of your favorite surfers or places to shoot: I’ve mostly just shot friends and surfers who have happened to be in the ocean. I’m lucky to have water-going friends who like to surf/bodysurf. Naturally I have an affinity towards spots in southern San Diego, having grown up here. I absolutely love Central California and in particular Big Sur as well. It’s ridiculously photogenic.
Who are some of your influences? Good people, music, my family, and fun waves.
What is your favorite thing about surfing, and surf photography? The people and scenes that come along with it. Not only is it fun doing it, but also ridiculously beautiful.
Has any of your work been published or showcased in galleries? I was lucky to have some of my photos shown in an event at the House of Blues San Diego recently called RAW ‘Spectrum,’ which was real great. I’ve also shown at the Pannikin Coffee Shop in Leucadia, CA and at Bottlecraft in Little Italy.
Do you have an instagram or website where people can find you? My instagram is @will_holder which I put many of my photos along with random happenings in my life along with my website, www.willholderphotography.smugmug.com and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/willholderphotography
Anything else you would like to add? Any projects in the making? Look for some fun shots coming out that I just did by the companies, URT clothing, and Be Packs. More things are along the way as well!
Thanks for sharing your photography with us.
Cheers and Thank you!
Todo Tranquilo was hanging out at Culture Brewing Co in Solana Beach last week in support of Sarah Lee's photo exhibition. A eco-friendly project benefiting Sustainable Surf, a Southern California nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of our natural environment, specifically the ocean. If you missed this event you can still visit Culture Brewing Co where Sarah Lee's photos will be featured on location from June 6 - July 3. To learn more about this collaboration please click here.
Todo Tranquilo had the honor to work with San Diego native surfer/photographer/videographer, Cliff Endsley. Cliff is the owner of CEND IT (www.cendit.com), a San Diego based multimedia company. Words don't do justice in the attempt to express our gratitude for Cliff. Stay tuned for the release of our Summer 2014 Look-Book.
Todo Tranquilo is pleased to announce the addition of blogger and photojournalist, Nick Carrel. He will be focused on developing blog content with topics related to Todo Tranquilo's lifestyle, and topics of interest. But in particular, Nick will share some of his knowledge on yerba mate as we develop a section offering traditional yerba mate gourds and accessories. Keep reading to learn more about Nick & join me in welcoming him to Todo Tranquilo.
When I came across Todo Tranquilo, it was a Venn-diagram of my interests. "Surfing. Yerba Mate. The Arts." While I have been drinking yerba mate for years, it was only recently that I took up surfing. A long-standing friendship recently blossomed in to a beautiful relationship after both returning from international travels. My girlfriend has a passion for surfing, and I've been a snowboarder all my life. We spent all summer at Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz and I was hooked. We included a road trip down to San Clemente, Ventura, San Luis Obispo & Hwy. 1 back up the coast. Unfortunately, the mountains have had no snow this season. Fortunately, I've got surfing this winter.
How do you relate to the Todo Tranquilo vibe?
Taosim had an early influence on my spiritual quest for deeper understanding. In the Tao te Ching, the concept of wei wu wei comes up, which translates to 'doing without doing'. In the same way a surfer does not overthink his actions while carving, or in the same way an artist allows inspiration to flow from the core of their being, wei wu wei guides a life in harmony with the Tao. I'm humbled to channel my energy in to a lifestyle brand aligned with my virtues & to express what I love and share it with all of you.
What is your relationship with yerba mate?
I chose to be an advocate and evangelist for yerba mate, and believe in the health and social benefits it provides. After having drank it for years, I traveled to S. America to see how it's grown, manufactured and eventually shared among a variety of different cultures. It's an amazing drink shared by over 90% of folks in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. In our technologically-frenzied nation challenged by poor health, yerba mate serves as a symbol of health, an off-line social connections and a sign to slow down just a bit.
What are you working on now?
I've teamed up with a local artist, Enrique dePola, who creates amazing ceramic designs. You wouldn't believe this kid is only in high school - he's thinking about social and environmental issues facing the world of tomorrow, unlike most kids. Despite the complexity of challenges the future holds, Enrique represents an optimism that the next generation will rise to the occasion of problem-solving. Anyways, we're designing some California-designed mate gourds that should be available for sale soon. I'm working on importing organic yerba mate, too. As a way of educating and introducing traditional yerba mate to the community, I've also hosted yerba mate circles - an opportunity to try different cuts, blends and styles of yerba mate. If you're in the area, come check it out! More info here.
What was the last concert you attended?
J-Boog at The New Parish, Oakland, CA
House of Shem, Katchafire and Jah Rydem
Current book you're reading?
Let My People Go Surfing, by Yvon Chouinard
Next travel destination?
Nicaragua or Costa Rica
Looking forward to the journeys ahead. Much love to you all.
Love & light,
This piece is called Soulflow, (soulful). It represents the feeling of soul surfing. Enjoying the moment and allowing the oceans energy move you. The sketch was done with one fluid stroke, and it flowed nicely to capture the todo tranquilo vibe. After the sketch was done, the background was added using illustrator and photoshop.
Todo Tranquilo is about representing culture and art in all it's mediums. Today we are extremely honored to have the pleasure to add three new individuals that represent what we are all about. Please visit our Ambassadors page and get to know Steven Rene Jacobo, Billy Winslow, and Beto Nes a.k.a Star27. Much love to everyone out there doing works that inspire and uplift humanity. Todo Tranquilo!
Official music video for "Hold On" - the first single off Alabama Shakes' debut record Boys & Girls. Out now on ATO Records and Rough Trade. Download on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/boys-girls Buy CD & vinyl: http://ow.ly/9Zr2d Directed by Stephen Shirk and Chris Hershman.
15% Off our entire online store in honor of all the dads out there. Make sure to use the promotional code: Dad to redeem your discount. Happy early Father's Day from Todo Tranquilo.
A solid session in the ocean is the best way to start the day. Little did I know it was only going to get better. We came across a flyer for a surfboard shaping demo in San Diego, CA. The flyer read "Shaper Studios - Where surfing is made." Unaware of this place , We decided to check it out without any expectations. Boy were we in for a treat!
As we walked in, positivity was palpable and the air was filled with good vibrations. Upon entering we were greeted by a beautiful young woman and an eccentric and stoked individual, Derrik Kapalla. Derrik co-founded Shaper Studios along with Christopher Clark.
A few minutes into our arrival Chris Clark comes by to say hi and introduces himself. We share greetings and start chatting. Our curiosity bombards Chris with questions and we immediately get educated on what Shaper Studios is all about. It was obvious that we were in a place where they made surfboards, so we asked Chris, "Where do you sell your boards? What stores carry them?" Chris smiles and replies with a calm "We don't sell them. Stores don't carry them, you make it here." As soon as Chris said that, everything started to make sense. The spirit in this place was alive and full of passion, which resonated in all it's staff and supporters. Where Surfing is Made is the perfect reference slogan for Shaper Studios, this is literally where it all starts, making your own surfboard.
Have you ever thought of making your own surfboard? Did you even think it was possible to make your own board? Then Shaper Studios is your spot! They're a group of passionate surfers who decided to create a place where anyone could come and learn the art of shaping your own board. Young and older, beginners to advanced, everyone is welcome. All the instruction and tools reside at Shaper Studios for your personal use to take advantage of. The facilities are clean and organized. The people that work there are experienced and share a common self confident demeanor that speaks highly of Shaper Studios. The phrase "Labour of Love" truly describes the essence of Shaper Studios.
Shaper Studios hosts a demo every last Thursday of each month to showcase their facility and their program. It is completely free. The demo we attended to was highlighted by Michael Weybret as he shared his shaping knowledge in a room full of shaping enthusiasts. Michael was well spoken and made sure everyone understood the shaping process. He made the demo hands on and entertaining for his audience. The rule was everyone in the room had to touch a tool and help shape the "dummy" blank board. If you opted not to put your two cents, you were to clean the room after the demo. This of course was just a fun way to encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone and enjoy themselves by participating. Shaper Studios also featured live music by Ed Ghost Tucker which was a really nice way to finalize the evening. The Peoples Movement Shoe Company was also apart of this event, check them out as they are a conscious shoe brand with excellent products. We had a great time and we want to thank everyone at Shaper Studios for their hospitality and great company. Please visit their website for more information and if you visit their location make sure to let them know Todo Tranquilo sent you. www.shaperstudios.com