Breaking down the elements of an ideal pointbreak surfboard
“I see a lot of guys on shorter boards not making the sections and doing small turns that are lost on the long walls of J-Bay,” says Andrew Carter, a South African shaper who’s shaped more than his fair share of boards for Jeffreys Bay. “When it comes to surfing a solid pointbreak that’s really standing up, you can go a little bit bigger than your standard shortboard."
The Kauai local on working hard and charging harder
You’ve seen him kegged in waves that leave you weak in the knees and you’ve mispronounced his last name. Below, Stephen Koehne (read Ko-Heen) reflects on what it took to make it as a pro surfer hailing from Kauai, his intense work ethic, and his deep-seeded devotion to deep-water fishing. Kauai seems like this mythical
New website allows users to track tiger sharks off the coast of Maui
Seven tiger sharks that frequent the waters off Maui have been tagged with sensors by the Pacific Island Ocean Observing System (PIOOS) in an effort to better understand what’s caused the recent spike in tiger shark attacks off the coast of the Valley Isle. Through a newly launched website, anyone can follow the movements of the
Hawaiian surfer ties Michel Bourez in Triple Crown ratings race
The final day of the Vans World Cup of Surfing at Sunset Beach was met with pounding rain, thunderstorms, and a dying swell. By no means optimum conditions for Sunset, the 3- to 4-foot surf on hand still offered up enough of a platform for World Tour and ’QS surfers alike to dramatically battle it
North Shore shaper Pat Rawson on ordering the perfect winter board
With winter on the horizon, it’s time you start to prepare accordingly. Whether it’s California, Hawaii, or a far-flung reef pass, there will inevitably come a day when your standard shortboard has maxed out and you’ll need a step-up. To ensure that you have the right foam under your feet, we rang up the North
Tahitian surfer muscles his way to victory and takes the Triple Crown ratings lead
Marred by a litany of laydays, the Reef Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa finally managed to resuscitate itself over the weekend and crowned a champion in the form of Tahiti’s Michel Bourez today. Although the 2- to 3-foot swell on tap was indeed contestable—both quick rights and longer, softer lefts filtered through the lineup—it was by
TEPCO begins precarious process of removing spent fuel rods at Fukushima Plant
The Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) has undertaken the very delicate and potentially dangerous process of removing more than 1,000 spent fuel rods from the No. 4 nuclear reactor, the first major step in decommissioning the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. Under normal circumstances, removing spent fuel rods is considered to be a relatively routine task
North Shore rescue teams searching for Kirk Passmore after going missing
Rescue teams are combing lineups across the North Shore in search of a missing surfer. According to Shayne Enright, a spokesperson of the Department of Emergency Services, the surfer went missing while surfing Alligators, an Outer Reef break, at approximately 11:20 this morning. While officials are unable to release the name of the missing surfer,
Gabriel Medina, we love you, but please stop surfing in Junior events
When you’re wining events on the World Tour, something tells me that you may have outgrown competing in Pro Junior comps.
Widespread use of fracking in offshore wells raises alarm
Off the coast of some of Southern California’s most iconic beaches, oil companies are utilizing an environmentally controversial process to tap into oil deposits previously considered unreachable. The procedure, known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has received widespread criticism from environmental groups like the Surfrider Foundation and has occurred much more than was previously known.