Filmmaker FULL MOON SURF CLUB (JD STROUD) Playlist & Interview 39 Videos ・ Last Updated: Feb 24 2023

Full Moon Surf Club started as just a candid observation of the surfing happening around me. I never intended it to turn into anything really. Everyone I film with is a good friend of mine, I'm not trying to be another guy with a camera out there just trying to get Instagram clips of pros to get more likes. I want it to feel authentic and real and feature my friends who all rip and who the rest of the world hasn't seen or heard of yet. The music is the most important part of every film I've made, it has to work, and most of the time I know a song I'm going to use before I even start filming and I'll sort of edit the film in my head as I'm shooting. I'm excited that I've received the amount of positive attention I have so far, I honestly wasn't expecting any of it. My goal is to just keep this all as organic as possible and keep doing everything the same way I have been. Fun Fact: I hate tripods and shoot 100% handheld.

Nickname: JD

Born and raised: Orange County, California

Based now: Topanga Canyon, California

Stance: Goofy

When and how did you start surfing?

I learned how to surf in Newport just surfing all the jetties on thrusters with other groms. Then I actually stopped pursuing surfing. I didn't start surfing again until 2014 when I moved to LA.

Who are the surfers that inspire you?

Jack Hill, David Vizulis, Spencer Navarro, Josh Perez, Bryce Pascual, the homies duh!

Where are your favorite surf spots that you've been to?

I'm anywhere in-between Malibu, Rincon, and Morro Bay at any given moment. The favorite wave I've surfed while traveling was Cornish Point in Lahinch Bay, Ireland.

Where are the surf spots you want to visit in the future that you've never been to?

I want to go to friggin' Alaska!

Which type of surfboards and fin setups are you into?

My favorite board I own right now is a 7'10 Terry Topanga Egg Single fin.

Which one video would you highlight in this playlist and why?

Ah Jeez, that's so hard I can't pick a favorite, whatever the newest one is!

Gear: Dad Cam

Editing tool: Adobe Premiere Pro all day!

What's your favorite focal length?

Don't have one.

When and how did you start filming?

Malibu with all the homies.

Who are the creators that inspire you?

Jacques Cousteau

What are the surf films/videos that inspire you?

Run Man, Momentum, a lot of Jack Coleman films, Morning of the Earth, etc.

Other than surf films?

Every Wes Anderson film.

Who are your favorite bands and musicians?

I listen to way too much music to have any favorites and it's constantly changing.

10 tracks you love?

  1. "City of Mirrors" by Badbadnotgood
  2. "Mother Nature's Bitch" by Okay Kaya
  3. "Try to Reach Me" by Sofie
  4. "Drive Blind" by Ride
  5. "Sketch for Summer" by Durutti Column
  6. "Virginia Reel Around The Fountain" by The Halo Benders
  7. "Pancake" by Swirlies
  8. "Wind" by John Carroll Kirby
  9. "Tonight" by Sam Wilkes , Sam Gendel
  10. "Re: Person I Knew" by Bill Evans Trio

Spotify Playlist: This Is Full Moon Surf Club