Alex Wilson

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine



Nomadic: Jerome Sahyoun

The Moroccan pro surfer, wild-boar killer, and traveler is never in one place for long.

Casablanca, 1983 When he was 3 years old, Jérôme Sahyoun decided that he would spend most of his life under the open sky. He announced his plans to his mother after returning from a grueling day at preschool. The fact that he didn’t intend to sit at a desk, or spend any length of time



Design Forum


At SBT, surfboards embedded with microchips or stamped with QR codes connect surfers with shapers

Andrew Smith was in France when he first thought of implanting his surfboards with microchips. “It was about seven years ago,” he says. “I pulled into a gas station with all of my boards strapped to the roof of the truck. I filled up with gas, went in to pay, and when I came out the boards were gone. I thought to myself, ‘How many times has this happened to someone on a surf trip? And do those people ever see their boards again?’”




The Crossroads

A trip through the borderland in Northern Baja

Up and down the beach, the lineup is empty. At a similar setup across the border, the crowd on any of these peaks would be shoulder-to-shoulder. The waves are small but the sandbank looks perfect. The sets are glassy and breaking in clear, shallow water.




In The Cloud

How online video is accelerating surf innovation.

The video of Gabriel Medina is 42 seconds long and has logged more than 1.2 million views. The first 9 seconds of footage show the maneuver in real time. Medina paddles into a small wave at Off The Wall, races down the line, and then completes a frontside backflip. During the remaining 33 seconds the




Beyond the Border

Northern Baja through the lens of local photographer Damian Davila

As one of the best emerging surf photographers in North Baja, Damian Davila has traveled throughout the U.S., Mexico, and Europe—but finds his strongest inspiration close to home. “I grew up riding the waves here,” he says of Rosarito. “I’ve considered moving to California or Europe, but I thought about all the swells I’d miss. I like to get up really early in the morning everyday to check it. I’m focused on the waves here and my photography, and I wouldn’t be able to do that somewhere else.”




A Golden Age

The photography of John Witzig illuminates surfing’s revolutionary 1960s and '70s

A chronicle of the Shortboard Revolution and a view of the quieter moments in between. Punctuated by the radical changes in design and performance that followed, and captioned by Witzig throughout with insightful observations and wry back-story, A Golden Age is a deeply layered time capsule that preserves the era of its focus.




Digital Water

A revolutionary new way to render waves in video games

Water is one of the most difficult things to model in a video game—especially if it’s dynamic and swell-driven. This is one of the main reasons why it has been ten years, seven months, and eighteen days since a decent surf video game was last released on a major console.




Patient Zero

The aerial renaissance of surfing has arrived, but at what price?

The aerial renaissance of surfing has arrived, but at what price?




Video Games Will Evolve Our Sport

Surfers can train for real-life scenarios by playing video games

Video games could make you a better surfer. A better athlete. I know that sounds ridiculous, but right now, in one of the most competitive professional athletic leagues in the world, the evidence exists to prove it.




Danger Close

Combat and surf photographer Guillermo Cervera exists between two worlds—one horrifying, the other beautiful, both dangerous

Combat and surf photographer Guillermo Cervera exists between two worlds—one horrifying, the other beautiful, both dangerous.


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