Wednesday, December 21, 2011

barefoot wine's, one beach, on sundance

we are super stoked to announce that our film, One Beach, will air on the Sundance Channel this month.  starting at 9p on 12/21/11 with further screenings through the week.  dvr away - yew!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


i don't often post random videos but this is well worth it - i truly hope i can use a phantom on my next surf project.  yowzers.

PHANTOM WATER EDIT from Chris Bryan on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


we've been layering in some of the new imagery from some recent work to my reel montage.  a big thanks to the talented people i've been working with at farm league.  a special thanks to my d.p. scott kassenoff for his tireless work on barefoot wine and to d.p. dan moder for consistently throwing me into fun adventures!

you can check full segments, full hd and more here.

montage of directing & camera work from jason baffa films on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

quiver shot

i like to say that i judge filmmaking time in trucker hats.  so, a four year movie like One California Day was about 4 trucker hats.  I think One Beach for barefoot wine was about a 1 Trucker hat project.  here is my current hawaii-trucker quiver shot.  these don't last too long at $2.99 ea.

i know truckers were in for a while - then out - now maybe kinda in again if you are into that sort of thing.  i guess i rarely do any fashion accessories.  so wearing a hat, is my one feeble attempt at fashion flare and for some reason, the trucker just feels right.  Toes on the Nose has done a few really cool trucker hats for us with the One California Day logo.  they are doing a new "patch" version for the holidays.  their's last a lot longer than the ABC store hat.  if i didn't feel self-indulgent wearing a hat with my own film's name on it- i'd wear their's all the time.  it would probably last me for a few films.  i'm stoked that you all can enjoy : )

toes ocd trucker   & and now board shorts too.   yew!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

One Beach Cast profiles

as part of One Beach, a series of short films that dive deeper into the lives of each cast member will be released in the coming weeks.  the first 3 are live along with the feature film here:

check back to learn more about Tim Silverwood and CEO, Jim Moriarity soon.

Friday, September 23, 2011

one beach premiere

thanks to all for coming out or logging online to support our new environmental documentary short, One Beach.  Presented by Barefoot Wine, you can view the film and the first "deeper dive" mini-doc. via youtube.

click here:  Watch ONE BEACH 

or via:

"the best way to curb the issue of beach plastics is to help educate and inspire those around us.  please share the message of this film with your friends and slowly, we can all make a difference.  thank you for watching."  - jb

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

one beach premieres live on facebook 9/20

we are off to new york to celebrate the premiere of our new documentary short film, One Beach. Presented by Barefoot Wine, this film takes a look at five people who, through creativity and optimism, have dedicated themselves to keeping our world's beaches "barefoot friendly".

i'm truly proud of this film's message and all the hard work from our team. a special thanks to sean o'brien, curt o'brien, my tireless d.p. scott kassenoff, the entire crew at woodshed / farm league productions as well as all our friends at barefoot wine and the surfrider foundation.

on tues. sept. 20th -
you can watch the film all day via facebook and at 3:30PST - you can join us LIVE via facebook simulcast for the premiere - including the film screening and a Q&A with cast and crew.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

one beach, venice mural

a hand made collage of marine debris just went up in Venice Beach to announce the premiere of our new documentary film, "one beach." the film, about beach plastic and marine debris, directed by jason baffa, is presented by barefoot wine in conjunction with the surfrider foundation

live premiere on facebook, sept. 20th. for more info, click here

or go to:

Monday, August 29, 2011

pleasure and pain surfing bali

3 weeks in, we continue to be amazed by the warm spirit of the indonesian people. from taxi drivers, restaurant owners to guys in the line-up, there is a unique love of life here in indonesia.

we spent a few days near uluwatu. the swell was pumping and i did my best to take on "impossibles" with my 9'2" single fin. truly a leg-burning left, i got some of the longest and fastest backs-side waves of my life. the photos are from our perch at Rock N Reef hotel, check it out if you want a VIP view of this stretch of reef.

Backside on a traditional single fin in this kind of surf is pretty tricky, but nothing about Tyler Surfboards is truly traditional. The double concave vee and knifey rails really worked well on the speed sections - the board took a fast, high line. As surfing goes, right when i started feeling a bit confident, i got caught up with my board in the white water and re-arranged my schnozola via board smack.

I've been meaning to get in and fix my deviated septum and i think i may have accomplished it minus the costly US medical bills. we'll see how it heals up.

looking to find a right that offers up a nose-ride section, so my nose, can ride a little more safely!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

the hills of ubud, bali

i guess i'm on a roll of staying high above see level. that said, this spiritual, ubud region is truly rejuvenating. i arrived with my wife for her yoga retreat (she is teaching) with a sinus/ear infection from my body-surf session in rio and a pretty flared up lower-back from all my travels- that said, i've enjoyed 5 relaxing days in the hills. running, stretching, connecting with the locals- the balinese are truly a warm and generous people. i can feel my body getting stronger each day.

the one thing i've noticed, in what is a tourist region, is that the craftsmanship of the locals is unreal; sculpters, woodworkers, artists -- i am so impressed. i've tried to snap a few portraits of local faces along the way.

o a surf note: i did sneak down to echo beach near canggu for a surf - the tide was too low on the reef and the swell had dropped, so the bali-bobby-dazzler did not get wet but i did find a corner dumping onto a shallow sand-bar; so i grabbed the fins and body-surfed into my first bali shacks. i look forward to finding some more views in the near future.

via the Drifter surf shop in seminyak- i got word that chris del moro is nearby and i look forward to hooking up with a friendly face to take on some unfamiliar reef breaks. chris rides for bing and my old friend and long time shaper matt calvani makes his boards - so it will be pretty classic to have two haoles rolling around on tylers and bings in bali high. hana hou.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

tyler's bali-bob-dazzler

i've been talking to tyler hatzikian for a while about creating a pulled in longboard gun that would be a bit scaled down from what he charges hammerland on. this conversation has evolved ever since the el nino winter of 2009 and finally, we found the right inspiration to get this vehicle made.

after my non-stop run of work travel i've happily booked a month long trip to bali with my wife who will be there teaching a yoga training. this is my first trip to bali and i knew i would need some pretty tuned equipment for the quality and level of surf i'm going to find myself in.

i hooked up with tyler earlier this summer and discussed the possibility of crafting a longboard-gun for the trip. zeke, the good friend he is, put aside his 80 hour-a-week work load, smiled, and said, "yah, we'll figure out a way to get you on that board." in zeke we trust... the mustache rides again.

i just stopped by the factory for a day- my head somewhere between South Africa, Rio, El Porto and Bali -- tyler pulled a gorgeous, 9'2" 60's inspired gun off the laminate rack. i can't tell you how exciting it is to see such a well crafted piece of equipment, custom made for a surf trip. most of my surf trips entail renting camera lenses, packing bags of gear, listing expensive equipment with customs -- this is the first trip to begin with picking up a hot-rod.

zeke has coined the new ride, the Bali-Bob-Dazzler - an off beat reference to a tee-shirt he bought years ago on a tube-riding jaunt through the region. i will check in periodically with up-dates, so that my good friend burning the mid-night oil to finish boards for friends, can mind-surf along with me. thanks zeke - let the adventure begin.

note: the bali-bob is the middle board with pale-green color. waiting finish sand and a fin - about 20hrs pre-flight to kuta.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

film IS NOT dead

fewer people are shooting it - even fewer are processing it. but DAMNIT there is no replacement for the organic feel and beauty of something shot on film. i can't and don't want to tell you why i feel this way. i just like looking at images and letting the feeling explain itself.

canon AE-1 used by my parents and still working great.

Fuji 400 superia and Kodak 400 T-max

process from Neg to Disk by Rose Photo - Venice, Ca.

you can see more shots here.

high above rio in rocinha

while shooting for our environmental documentary in Rio, i was lucky enough to meet a couple local surfers who grew up in the favelas (slums) on the hills above Rio. Their area in particular is called Rocinha and is the largest slum in the city. their story is unbelievable and the subject of a documentary worth checking out called, Surfing Favela. having come from broken homes and poverty, the ocean has given them a place of refuge, inspiration and meaning. the bigger story is that they have established a surfing school and spend their time teaching youth surfing and a respect for the environment they love to play in.

the beaches of Rio are loved by all- young, old, wealthy and financially challenged. it is inspiring to see all these people come together through organizations like surfrider to take care of the beaches as a collective of like-minded people. A special tip-of-the-cap to a local surfer, named Bocao, who has put together the Rocinha Surf School - a project focused on giving kids a positive outlet for their energy, focused on surfing, community and environmental awareness.

the guys took us up into Rocinha, an experience which is hard to put in words. I just got back my 35mm film and can only share a few images. a special thanks to surfrider brazil for making this day possible.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

from Namibia to Rio

well, 2 days of travel later i've made it to Rio - frankly, after 12 flights and about 20,000 miles of traveling this last six weeks, i went to bed feeling a bit ready to get home... but alas, i woke up to a warm, hawaii-like off-shore breeze, and fun looking shore-pound at copacabana and ipenema - so i went for a jog to loosen the joints and body-wamped for 2 hours into some views to shake the south african jet-lag. feelin' much better. amazing what a little ocean time will do for ya.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

high a-top the namibian dunes

the trek continues... special thanks to dan moder for snapping some shots of me working in between his set-ups. it's been an amazing journey through Lesotho, Namibia and South Africa. We even got to surf an epic 200 yd. left hand, hollow, sand point !

now i'm off to Rio to shoot a sequence for my environmental docu. more to come.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Trekking through S. Africa - camera in hand

I've been lucky enough to jump on a commercial shoot traveling through 3 countries in S. Africa. This is my first trip to SA and I've been blown away by the kind spirit of the local people and the amazing power this land posses. The hawaiians speak of "mana" and the energy a land exudes, Africa definitely embodies the spirit of it's long breathe of cultural history.

We spent our first days traveling up a long windy road called the "Sani Pass" into a region known as Lesotho - i've never really seen anything like it. We are now by a stretch of beach that feels like it hasn't changed in 100 yrs. I'm looking forward to the adventures to come.

Friday, July 1, 2011

manly good fun

after making singlefin: yellow, i thought australia was my favorite trip and i thought i'd go back to visit every year after. well, cut-to four years making one cal day, four more years trying to put some money in the bank and yowzers, an every year visit became ten years before i could get back. but now i mean it, i'm going back every year! anywhere that takes it's surfing, beer drinking and espresso as seriously as i do, is high on my list and australia did not let me down.

i also feel so blessed to be introduced to the guys at the sugarmill surf shop. it's been a long time since i've hit the road with no plan and no agenda- these guys adopted my scally-wag vagabond-traveling arse in like i was their own. it was a full adoption and i can't thank them enough. if you are ever in the Sydney area and need to bone up on your surf style, stop by the sugarmill. they'll even fire up the espresso maker for ya. who knows, you might even see them paddling around in their new row boat... or maybe row-boat tow whipping joel fitz into some slabs. boo-ya.

but seriously, check out this surf zone if ya can. great people, fun waves and a really beautiful area. further props out to my buddy shanon and the heritage surf shop for all their support. everyone made me feel so at home.

i leave you with the danny-boy-chonger-fitzy-baff list of surf titles turned porn film mash-ups: top 5

5. chrystal vee
4. inner most limits of carnal fun
3. pelvic momentum
2. endless hummer
1. thicker than walter