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This Is Michael Kew

Filmmaker Michael Kew playlist & Interview 40 Videos ・ Last Updated: Oct 17 2023

MICHAEL H. KEW is an author and poet who first tapped his writerly destiny as a Californian boy in the mid-1980s. His work has since been featured globally in magazines, newspapers, films, websites, advertisements, and books, including January 2012's Crossings, his first collection of world travel essays. Rainbownesia, his Oceania travel volume, was published in October 2019. In March 2020, he published Nectars of Sky, his premier poetry collection, surrealist free-verse based on his two most transformative residencies. One year later came Purpledeneye, an experimental work of formulaic dream poetry. Drafting a travel poetry book and another travel volume (pan-Indian Ocean), today Kew dwells and delves at Purpledeneye in the coastal mountains of southern Oregon.

Based now: Oregon, USA

Stance: Regular

Born and raised: Encinitas, San Diego, California

When and how did you start surfing?

8 years old

Who are the surfers that inspire you?

Terry Fitzgerald, Nat Young, Miki Dora, Tom Curren, Ted Spencer, Michael Peterson, George Greenough, Barry Kanaiaupuni, Bill Hamilton

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

Whichever spot I am currently surfing.

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

Remote Pacific and Indian Ocean islands and atolls

Which type of surfboards and fin setups are you into?

Mid-Length and Single fin

When and how did you start filming?

I can't remember

What are the surf films/videos that inspire you?

Classics from the '60s and '70s, mostly.