Vacation Cancelled

posted by / News / August 23, 2011

We tried to ask Kai Neville to write us a “How I Spent My Summer Break” essay — but his mobile was off. Same with the American number he’d been using for his past six weeks in California. Our emails (to both his addresses) went unanswered, save for an auto-reply saying he wouldn’t be reachable by email. Ultimately we decided this was for the best, because Kai’s essay would probably be a letdown. Because Kai’s summer break was non-existent. Because Kai doesn’t take breaks.

After a month in Orange County, feverishly prepping his second film Lost Atlas for its US Open premiere — a barn-burning affair as highly anticipated as the Open itself — Kai should have been in shambles. Instead he was in Mexico, less than 36 hours after the LA credit roll. He returned to California briefly, then home to Australia before an Indo trip materialized and Kai took off again. Now he’s watching a typhoon take shape through his boat’s wi-fi connection and contemplating a reroute to tail the swell. So while Lost Atlas has been out for less than three weeks, Kai’s already logged hours of footy toward his next project. Some vacation.

Below are photos from the August 4th premiere of Lost Atlas on 5th Street in downtown Huntington Beach — one of the last confirmed public Kai sightings. It was a memorable evening…or so we’re told.

 

Luke Davis and friends afront the 5th Street melee. Photo: Taras

Luke Davis and friends afront the 5th Street melee. Photo: Taras

No Age cranking out blur-rock at the afterparty, lobby level of the Shorebreak Hotel. Photo: Taras

No Age cranking out blur-rock at the afterparty, lobby level of the Shorebreak Hotel. Photo: Taras

SURFING interns Carly and Jen, evening purveyors of the iconic Lost Atlas raglans. Theft attempts were rampant. People are evil. Photo: Taras

SURFING interns Carly and Jen, evening purveyors of the iconic Lost Atlas raglans. Theft attempts were rampant. People are evil. Photo: Taras

Monster provided the cans. Photo: Taras

Monster provided the cans. Photo: Taras

Coco Ho, Nagé Melamed, Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson spill out of the photo booth. The booth was honored. Photo: Taras

Coco Ho, Nagé Melamed, Carissa Moore and Lakey Peterson spill out of the photo booth. The booth was honored. Photo: Taras

Dylan Graves, tousled and stubbled just so. A bruise under the left eye — from confronting a raglan thief, no doubt. What a citizen. Photo: Taras

Dylan Graves, tousled and stubbled just so. A bruise under the left eye — from confronting a raglan thief, no doubt. What a citizen. Photo: Taras

When he's not attending premieres in Beat It zipper jackets, Sam McIntosh peddles STAB Magazine. Photo: Taras

When he's not attending premieres in Beat It zipper jackets, Sam McIntosh peddles STAB Magazine. Photo: Taras

This little slob is off to Berkeley. Kyle Kennelly with his lady, pre-matriculation. Photo: Taras

This little slob is off to Berkeley. Kyle Kennelly with his lady, pre-matriculation. Photo: Taras

Street, screen and scene. Photo: Taras

Street, screen and scene. Photo: Taras

Billabong filmmaker Victor Pakpour. He didn't make the movie, but he was able to make the premiere. Photo: Taras

Billabong filmmaker Victor Pakpour. He didn't make the movie, but he was able to make the premiere. Photo: Taras

Wilko (hatted), Blair Marlin (holding), and I believe that's little Axel Irons on the far left. Photo: Jimmicane

Wilko (hatted), Blair Marlin (holding), and I believe that's little Axel Irons on the far left. Photo: Jimmicane

Sherm and Sal are tight — but getting looser. Photo: Jimmicane

Sherm and Sal are tight — but getting looser. Photo: Jimmicane

Conner Coffin keeps his chin up. Photo: Jimmicane

Conner Coffin keeps his chin up. Photo: Jimmicane

In the Shorebreak lobby, lovely is the rule. Steph Gilmore and friend follow the rule. Photo: Jimmicane

In the Shorebreak lobby, lovely is the rule. Steph Gilmore and friend follow the rule. Photo: Jimmicane

Yadin Nicol, halfway into his beer goggles. Photo: Jimmicane

Yadin Nicol, halfway into his beer goggles. Photo: Jimmicane

Mitch Coleborn, well and safely south of the 49th parellel. Photo: Jimmicane

Mitch Coleborn, well and safely south of the 49th parellel. Photo: Jimmicane

The new KS. Photo: Jimmicane

The new KS. Photo: Jimmicane

Dusty Payne — blackandyellowblackandyellow. Photo: Jimmicane

Dusty Payne — blackandyellowblackandyellow. Photo: Jimmicane

Four horns for the devil: Kai-za Söze. Photo: Jimmicane

Four horns for the devil: Kai-za Söze. Photo: Jimmicane

...and two more of the usual suspects: Dane (left) assuming his standard posture, and Kolohe Andino showing off the Brylcreem. Photo: Jimmicane

...and two more of the usual suspects: Dane (left) assuming his standard posture, and Kolohe Andino showing off the Brylcreem. Photo: Jimmicane

Where's Waldo? Hint: Next to the chambray button-down. Photo: Jimmicane

Where's Waldo? Hint: Next to the chambray button-down. Photo: Jimmicane

The LA cast on-stage, Dusty on-screen. Photo: Jimmicane

The LA cast on-stage, Dusty on-screen. Photo: Jimmicane

Chippa and John John relive memories with our Lost Atlas issue. Photo: Jimmicane

Chippa and John John relive memories with our Lost Atlas issue. Photo: Jimmicane

Nagé Melamed and Laura Enever: after the party it's the hotel lobby. Can't recall seeing R. Kelly though. Man had contests to win. Photo: Jimmicane

Nagé Melamed and Laura Enever: after the party it's the hotel lobby. Can't recall seeing R. Kelly though. Man had contests to win. Photo: Jimmicane

Coco Ho, still stunning as the hour gets late. Photo: Jimmicane

Coco Ho, still stunning as the hour gets late. Photo: Jimmicane

Droid not so much. Photo: Jimmicance

Droid not so much. Photo: Jimmicance

 

Still haven’t seen Lost Atlas? The friendly people at iTunes will give it up for $10 — no DVD to scratch, no trip to the store, no shipping and handling.

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    Shot 23…pretty sure that’s Mitchell Ross on the mic, not PK…PK does weigh about 400 extra pounds than that man