A few years ago Ryan Callinan launched the backhand air heard around the world and put himself on the prog map. Covers. Movie parts. Excitement. The whole thing from one move(see Lost Atlas for proof). Since then he’s charmed us with his manners and continued to psyche us with his corkscrew backhand.
Out of the water he’s been mysterious by default. His polite nature, quiet Newcastle upbringing and humble demeanor coupled with a few ill-timed knee tweaks over the years have kept him from hogging the spotlight that he’s earned himself. His surfing however, continues to freak us out every time we see it. Still never seen someone wind up and deliver such a healthy repertoire of backhand whips, with the staggering consistency that Ryan has. And here today, in his Fairly Normal you’ll get the sense that his forehand aint too shabby either. And that his local spot is freaking holding.
Hit play, devour some of our bandwidth and meet the modest man who’s making Merewether Beach so proud — and start to understand why we’re so certain he’ll be grabbing a lot more of that spotlight he’s earned very soon.
Filmed and edited by Jay Grant
Sanuk Teamrider Alek Parker:
Tommy Hilfiger came together in San Diego to raise money for scholarships to the Autism Society of San Diego’s Annual Surf Camp. Through corporate donations and funds raised through consumer events, the Foundation is underwriting Autism Society San Diego’s annual Surf Camp program to cover the costs for underprivileged families living in San Diego through 2016.
Behind the scenes with a surfer. Behind the scenes with a father, a singer and a member of a band. Behind the scenes with a great, a funny and a smiley guy who never looses the chance to share a great moment with a friend, a stranger or even a whole crowd..
Part ONE takes part in Amsterdam where Donny surfed with a heaps of kids, grabbed the mic in a beachbar (just because he felt like singing a couple of songs) made some friends and flew to new adventures for Part II….
The Mixplate is comin’ in hot!
Hold on to your coconuts and tag along with Sanuk’s Matt Meola to play a spiced-up round on a beachside front nine, catch up with Albee Layer and Alek Parker for a loco-moco style afternoon surf and then wash it all down with one of Maui’s most beautiful wahine-filled waterfalls… Shoots!