Justin Housman

Justin Housman

Justin lives, surfs, and whines about northwest winds in San Francisco. His beautiful wife endures.

12.9.16

Week In Review

Week in Review 12/9/16

Jordy's a samurai! Mason Ho Forever! Slater the Star Wars Nerd!

Random happenings in surf for the week of December 9th.

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12.8.16

Random Happenings

Are You Ready for Another Wave Pool?

Well, a model of one anyway

We’re living through a golden age, you know. A golden age of wave pool teases and thought experiments and tiny scale models. There’s a worldwide rush underway to build the first real, usable, not-breaking-down-every-time-it’s-turned-on wave pool, though the reasons for building one in the first place still escape me. Bobbing in a takeoff spot the

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12.5.16

The Culture

Cyrus Sutton’s “Island Earth” Makes Hawaiian Debut

Sutton's documentary on Hawaii's communities vs Big Ag premieres Monday on North Shore

Filmmaker/pro surfer Cyrus Sutton has spent the past couple years making “Island Earth,” a documentary chronicling Hawaii’s rural communities as they push back against Big Ag’s experimentation with GMO crops and advanced pesticides, in a battle to retake control over their own food supply. “Island Earth” has its Hawaii premiere tonight at Waihuena Farm, 59-414 Kam Highway,

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12.4.16

The Culture

Whither The Thruster?

When alternative shapes become the norm

I recently sold the very last “regular shortboard” in my garage. I parted with the beautiful custom-made 6’3″ squashtail for a song, glad to trade it for the increased storage space. Hadn’t picked up the board for over a year anyway. I’ve still got a roundpin step-up in the mix in order to kid myself

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12.2.16

Week In Review

Week in Review 12/2/16

Pros Get Sentimental! We Still Love Dane! Bay Boys Bummed!

Random happenings in surf for the week of December 2nd

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11.30.16

Features

Congress: Maybe the Outdoors Matter!

You sitting down? Congress just passed bill to benefit outdoor industry/environment

I don’t really understand how it happened, but Congress just passed a BI-PARTISAN bill called the Outdoor Recreation Jobs and Economic Impact (REC). This legislation (Hey! Keep reading, this is the last time this word appears, I swear) will track how much money the country spends on the outdoor industry—including retail, travel, guide services, among other

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11.28.16

Features

Listen as Sarah Gerhardt Dishes on Mavericks in Public Radio Spot

Mavericks pioneer appears on radio interview played in Volvo wagons everywhere

Sarah Gerhardt was a Cal Poly student when I was fresh out of nearby Morro Bay High School, and we both surfed the Rock pretty much every day. She was easily one of the best surfers in town and certainly the most beautiful. Gerhardt had the sweetest voice in the lineup and I had a

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11.22.16

Random Happenings

Brazil’s River Wave Disappears

The mighty "Pororoca" tidal bore wave has gone missing

Less well-known than the Chinese river wave that the Red Bull crew loves surfing, and maybe less well known than this wave in India, the Pororoca, Amazon’s mighty tidal bore wave, is nevertheless among the world’s most impressive natural phenomena. Or at least, it was until 2013. Seems the wave has disappeared. Why? Buffaloes, apparently.

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11.18.16

Week In Review

Week In Review 11/18/16

Chill Bros! Aggro Bros! Death-Defying Bros!

Random happenings in surf for the week of November 18th

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11.17.16

The Culture

What’s So Great About The Great Outdoors?

Why is it so difficult to convince surfers to protect the environment?

A couple months back, I got a phone call from a guy—let’s call him Mr. Muir—who runs a surfy nonprofit focused on environmental causes. It’s an organization you’ve probably heard of, trying their damnedest to preserve great surf spots around the world from threats you had no idea even existed. “You want them on that

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