Enjoy these ten books on SURFER's back-to-school reading list
It's nearly fall, so, thankfully, students across the country are returning to school. Reading lists will be assigned, and while they'll undoubtedly feature some very important parts of the great literary canon, those lists likely won't include the best works of surf lit. Here's a list of ten surf books every surfer should own.
Because somebody has to maintain order
Teaching newcomers and enforcing the unwritten (until now, I suppose) rules of the lineup ought to be a part of surf culture everywhere. Here’s a list of the most crucial teachable moments.
Light this candle, EncyclopediaOfSurfing.com launches September 30th
It's been a three-year slog, but the Encyclopedia of Surfing (EOS) officially drops on Monday, September 30th. From the mind of Matt Warshaw comes not only the EOS entity itself, but also this awesome little teaser video. Enjoy.
As a surfer, you are what you drive
It's a scientifically established fact that you surf better when you show up to the beach in a completely dialed-in surf rig. It's also a fact that you will heinously ruin the interior of a normal sedan with wax, sand, and foul smells if you're wedging boards and suits into the back. You need a good surf car. If you're perusing Craigslist for dedicated surf transport, here are the models you want. All can be had for less than $7,500
The easygoing filmmaker talks about his new travelogue through Mexico
Cyrus Sutton, he of Stoked and Broke and Korduroy.tv fame, has just finished the edits of his new, light-hearted travelogue/surf film, Compassing. Sutton spent two months living in a converted van, trekking through Baja and Mainland Mexico, getting tubed, eating peanut butter, and hanging with fellow vagabonds Kepa Acero and Rob Machado.
Giving the B.S. degree a whole new meaning
If you’re a high school surfer panicking about what to study in college, or if you’re the parent of one and you’re worried that your young shredder doesn’t have the academic commitment for a university degree, there may be hope for the both of you.
Curren vs. Knox, Nuuhiwa vs. Tudor, Machado vs. Rasta, Andersen vs. Gilmore, White Lightning vs. The Iceman.
It's time for many of you to dust off the old DVD player and educate yourself with a surf film history lesson.
Yahoo readers send the Beach Boys' 1963 single to the top of the summer songs chart
For the past month, Yahoo! ran a “Greatest Summer Song of All Time” voting battle, and the Beach Boys’ Surfin’ USA somehow came out on top. Everybody’s favorite non-surfing surf rock band narrowly edged-out the legions of parrotheads who voted for Jimmy Buffett’s "Margaritaville."
Attention surf movie auteurs: watch Metal Neck and learn
Surfing—and by extension, surf movies—has the tendency to take itself way too seriously. I’m bored of serious. Give me Ozzy Osbourne cameos, milk vomiting, and Metal Jimmy. Give me relatable surfing. Metal on the soundtrack is awesome. Pranks are heartily welcomed. Give me back the fun.
It's not all sharks and headfirst trips to the bottom that should worry you while surfing
While surfing is not particularly dangerous, spending lots of time in an unpredictable ocean, with Lord knows what swimming below and around you, and reefs, rocks, sandbars, and sharp, pointy surfboards all in play, the possibility of an unpleasant death always lurks. Here are five weird ways that your next session could be your last.