Skimboarding the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch

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Austin Keen Skimboarding the Kelly Slater Wave - AKA The Surf Ranch


In June I was invited to visit the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch. It's been my goal for a couple years to be the first person to run and skimboard out to the kelly slater wave, and I finally had a shot at it... but only one shot. I took a video on my phone of the wave and studied the timing for over an hour in the back room. Needless to say I was shaking like a leaf on a tree when I was finally standing on the edge waiting for the train (that creates the wave) to start moving. I couldn't believe I was even standing there. When I originally told corporate what I wanted to do they wouldn't give me "approval" to skim it, but I decided to go anyways for the slight chance I'd get the opportunity to try when I got there. Thanks to the awesome friendly and professional staff at the surf ranch, I was given an opportunity to try something nobody else has - Run, Drop, and Slide out to the Ultimate man made skimboarding wave at the Kelly Slater Surf Ranch. The good news is I made the long and difficult timed slide first try, the bad news is corporate was watching over webcam and told the employees to not let me skim out to it anymore. So I decided I'd just do a standard jet ski step off on to my skimboard. Well, they didn't want me to do that either since my skimboard didn't have a leash and wanted to prevent the board from getting washed up and damaging the thick vinyl liner covering the bottom of the pool. So we called the awesome maintenance guy over and had him drill a hole in my skimboard so I could attach a leash and still skim the wave. The Surf Ranch day happened to fall on the same weekend as a skim contest in Santa Cruz so here is our weekend adventure of Santa Cruz to Surf Ranch and everything in between - Ziplining, Skateboarding pebble beach, and Wakesurfing.


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What I'm riding in this video:
Exile Skimboards - Hybrid Shape, Carbon, 5/8" thick. www.eastcoastskimboards.com

Electric Skateboard by Evolve Skateboards - Bamboo GTX. Use code: AK 100 for $100 off. https://evolveskateboardsusa.com/collections/all-boards

Shoutout to Mt Hermon Adventures and the awesome guides for providing an amazing time. If you ever want to Zipline through the red woods and you're in the Santa Cruz or San Fransisco area, check out https://mounthermonadventures.com/adventures/

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Wakesurfing in Turks and Caicos - An Adventure in Paradise

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I've been wanting/trying to go to Turks and Caicos for about 3 years now after meeting Mark Defraine from WaketoWakeTC on instagram. After seeing mark's instagram, and even sharing a couple of his epic videos Wakesurfing in Turks and Caicos, We began to communicate and keep in touch and he invited me to visit the beautiful islands of Turks and Caicos and come wakesurf. After our first trip being canceled due to an active Hurricane season in 2017, I became more and more antsy to visit Turks and Caicos and decided to finally pull the trigger in May and buy my ticket to do some wakesurfing in paradise. Last minute we pulled together an amazing crew, and needless to say the trip couldn't have went any better. We even got one of the very rare glassy days (that happen about 35 times a year) on our final full day of the trip. Please enjoy some photo highlights, and this epic video of us wakesurfing in turks and caicos and having a blast! 

 

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The Wakesurfing Story - Austin and Marco meet again

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Documenting my recent meetup with Marco Thompson who played a huge role in my wakesurfing career and has taught over 1000 people to wakesurf ... yes 1000. From wacky ideas and good vibes, to introducing me to my first wakesurfing sponsor thank you Marco 🤙😎. And special thanks to 1iopen.tv for doing a fantastic job at documenting an amazing day behind Marco's brand new Malibu Boats 25 LSV.

For More on The Crew:
Produced by @1iopenproductions at 1iopen.tv For behind the scenes of the making of this video and other adventure films visit youtube.com/thecrew1iopen @viv_smith @eriknachtrieb
www.1iopen.tv/#!the-crew/chp5
instagram.com/1iopenproductions/
facebook.com/1iopenproductions/

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How-to Skimboard W/ Austin Keen

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"Last time I Skimboarded I Busted my @$$..."

These are the most common words I hear from people when telling me about their first (and last) skimboarding experience. So I decided to make a full breakdown How to Skimboard series explaining some key tips that will keep you from eating sand if it's your first time, and to help you skim faster and get out further if it's not your first time. It's like getting a one hour skimboarding lesson in Laguna Beach!
I've also been getting a lot of questions about certain things like How to do the Monkey Crawl Drop and how to do Shuv-Its. So I decided to make a couple more advanced videos highlighting these tools as well.

Watch Now: How-To Page

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AK in the New Jeep Commercial!

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I was super stoked when the production team approached me and asked if I would skimboard in the new commercial for Jeep - ' on the way ' . This was a huge production and a very new experience for me. It was a total of 2 very long 14 hour days, (not to mention my 2-3hour drive in traffic from Dana Point to LA) but it was a lot of fun. I had countless shots (that were not used) such as driving an array of Jeep's latest models, skimboarding the distance of a dock in a canal, joust fighting, and doing flips of a trampoline into a dock. Out of all the footage that was taken in that two days, I couldn't be more stoked on the clips they used. We had two options for beaches to skim at, and big surprise, they both sucked for skimming. It was a little breezy, rocky, and the timing of the shorebreak was absolutely terrible. The most frustrating part was I knew this was my opportunity to get REAL ocean skimboarding some national coverage and show people what skimboarding is truly all about. To make things even more difficult, the director (who was a totally rad guy) wanted me to pick a time to run for a wave while I we started the scene halfway up the stairs that accessed the beach. I felt like I was honing all the skills I have ever learned to try to make something out of nothing in some seriously difficult conditions, on camera, and on script. It was like a body builder working his whole life to dead lift 1000 pounds and then being asked to open a jar of pickles with soapy hands on a dime, on camera. After about 15 minutes of shooting skimboarding, I hear them say "next scene".... I was so disappointed in myself. I did not perform like I wish I could have, and so bummed that they might not have gotten good enough clips to use in the commercial, and if they did, they'd probably choose ones that made skimming look like a sub par sport. If only I had just a 2 foot wave that was easy to time, and easy to approach, I could have done so much more. 

A couple weeks later, the casting director sent me the commercial, and like I said, I couldn't be more stoked with the clips that they chose and how they turned out for how difficult the conditions were. I even got a backflip shot! 

So here it is! 

https://www.austinkeen.info?wix-vod-video-id=5984b5718a0e4b7298d2f8246f601adf&wix-vod-comp-id=comp-iwc6vza4#

 

 

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