8.30.19 - Jack Johnson and The Cigarette Surfboard

Jack met The Ciggy Board Boys aka @thecigarettesurfboard at the International Marine Debris Conference in San Diego in 2018. Jack had heard of the project but when they mentioned they were working on a few more boards, he didn’t hesitate to invite them out to Hawai’i. Fast forward a year, and those words became a reality…

Directed, Produced, Filmed, and Edited by Ben Judkins and Taylor Lane (aka Ciggy Board Boys)

Music by Jack Johnson "Staple It Together"

Additional Footage by Connor Trimble, Dan Lorch, KTLA 5 News, Sean Evans, Swan Dive Media

Surfers (in order of appearance): Jack Johnson (Hawai'i) Tevita Gukilau (Fiji / Australia) Hannah Bennett (Fiji) Myles Robinson (California) Marissa Miller (Hawai'i) Cliff Kapono (Hawai'i) Carlos Muñoz (Costa Rica) John Rae (Fiji) Dustin Barca (Hawai'i) Easkey Britton (Ireland)

Special Thanks: Cal Poly Surfrider Club, Coby Peterson, Donna Ambrose, Guy Okazaki, Heal the Bay, Kizzy O'Neal, Kōkua Hawai'i Foundation, Marko Foam Blanks, Mrs. Honda's Class, Surfrider San Francisco, Travis Reynolds, Ward Coffey & everyone else who has helped along the way, infinite thanks!


7.16.19 - Live on KTLA 5 Morning News

The Ciggy Board Boys live on KTLA 5 Morning News in Los Angeles, July 16th! If you’d like to watch our full 5 minute news segment, follow this link: https://ktla.com/2019/07/16/the-cigarette-surfboard-with-industrial-designer-taylor-lane-and-filmmaker-ben-judkins/


6.8.19 - The Cigarette Surfboard in Hawai’i

In March 2019, we had the rad opportunity to spend time with professional surfer and Ph.D scientist Cliff Kapono. Inspired by his character, Hawai’ian pride, knowledge, and humor, we learned a lot and look forward to sharing more with you about his perspectives on protecting the oceans as our film continues to grow. In the mean time, we’ll let his surfing do the talking as he slides on 4,000 butts picked up off the beach. Huge thanks to Dan Lorch and Connor Trimble for the water footage. Surfboard blank shaped by Travis Reynolds, music by Blended Babies.


4.15.19 - Tevita Gukilau at Cloudbreak

Tevita Gukilau locks into a proper tube at the one and only Cloudbreak on the 6’9 Ciggy Single Fin – putting it’s form to function. When Guy Okazaki asked what kind of board he was gonna shape for our project, we landed on a design meant for scenarios like this. Many trials and tribulations to get the boards into these waves, with more moments like these to come. Huge thank you to all that made our trip in Fiji a success, like Hannah Bennett, Vic Maginnity, Foy Chung, Stu and Malia Johnson, Fiji Surf Co - you all gave us epic hospitality and showed us the bula spirit! Shouts to Cliff Kapono and Save The Waves Coalition for helping get us out there and connecting the dots. The crew at Clif Bar kept us nourished through this 5 week stretch between Hawai’i & Fiji, and Proof Lab Mill Valley who hooked up the wax and Stay Covered leashes to keep the boards sticky and safe. And if it weren't for Vissla & Surfrider's Creators Contest, there wouldn't be any wheels on this bus.

Check out Stab Magazine's interview with Tevita about his Ciggy tube: https://stabmag.com/style/watch-fijian-tube-god-threads-4000-cigarette-butts-through-a-burly-cloudbreak-tunnel/

Music by Psychic Astro Club https://psychicastroclub.bandcamp.com/releases


2.23.19 - Easkey Britton and The Cigarette Surfboard

We met Easkey Britton, Professional Surfer and Ph.D in Environment and Society, on the NW coast of Ireland last summer. Our conversation with her was engaging and inspiring, to say the least. Her personality is exuberant, her laugh contagious, her ideas well-articulated, and her surfing stylish.

She spoke with us about a broad array of interesting topics, and within this video, she shares her input on the unique opportunity surfers have to vocalize ocean health issues, given our firsthand experiences in the water. She questions the status quo of what it means to be a surfer, and pushes surfers to take more action in protecting the sea. Even at a hefty 13 pounds, Easkey's surfing style and stoke tamed Ciggy Board 2.0.

Thanks Getaway Dogs for the song, and Easkey for all your time, positive energy, and powerful words.


2.20.19 - Ciggy Board 2.0

It’s taken some time to explore a more functional approach to crafting each subsequent Cigarette Surfboard — a combination of complex processes and countless hours of creation has unveiled some rad outcomes. We’re nearly finished building the 5th board, lighter and faster than ever. Enjoy some glimpses of Ciggy Board 2.0 in production, built in 2018.


12.15.18 - Less Plastic with Amanda Keetley

Video highlighting the issues of plastic pollution and the importance of taking responsibility by reducing plastic in our personal lives & professional roles. Find out how YOU can make a difference by using #LessPlastic as an individual and in your organisation: www.lessplastic.co.uk

Video and Edit by Ben Judkins and Taylor Lane

Animation by Alex Kalomeris http://www.alexkalomeris.com/

Music by Getaway Dogs https://getawaydogs.bandcamp.com/


10.13.18 - First Rain, Los Angeles

The first rain after long, hot summer months often fills waterways with discarded everyday items, forgotten but never gone; all our waste, garbage, trash, plastic, styrofoam, pollution, runoff, shit etc. on land inevitably make the journey through rivers, creeks, and streams all the way to the sea; land and water are inextricably interconnected. Landlocked or coastal, we all rely on the sea for the air we breathe, and in turn we all affect the sea with our consumption and waste habits; this was shot in one hour on one small segment of one creek from one bigger river in one big city on one tiny spec of the earth; our collective actions really do add up. Our cultural out-of-sight, out-of-mind mentality is toxic and this flow of trash is a reminder that there truly is no “away”; prevention and stopping production of virgin single-use plastics at the source is far more effective than any clean-up measure; we live in a plastic world but it doesn’t mean we as consumers have to perpetuate the problem. As much as you can, refuse to use single-use plastics; and as surfers, we have an indisputable obligation and opportunity to fight for the ocean… Filmed at Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve, Los Angeles, California 10.13.2018, 7-8 AM by Ben Judkins Learn more at thecigarettesurfboard.com Music - Getaway Dogs getawaydogs.bandcamp.com Surfer - Fergal Smith, Ireland Copyright 2018 Ciggy Butt Boys Productions


6.9.18 - The Cigarette Surfboard in The Netherlands

In celebration of World Oceans Day, we took The Cigarette Surfboard out to the North Sea in The Netherlands for its maiden voyage. Though the ocean has no voice, we believe that it is our obligation as surfers and non-surfers alike to address the urgency of the many threats it faces by starting with tangible solutions everyone can make. Reduce your consumption of single-use plastics and plastic in general. Choose reusable utensils, bottles and other necessity items. Don’t flick your butts (they’re made of plastic). Carry an old mint tin, stash 'em and ditch 'em in the trash later. Go for a surf and snag some trash on your way in — it’s not going to pick itself up. Little things can make big differences, and by being part of something bigger than yourself is how we can start to solve the world's many problems. Thanks to Getaway Dogs for the song, getawaydogs.bandcamp.com