Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

3.30.14

The Culture

R.I.P. Hobie Alter

One of surfing and sailing's greats, passes away at 80

Hobie Alter, the man who probably did more than anyone else to help usher surfing from the balsa to the foam and fiberglass era, died Saturday, at the age of 80. A true waterman, Alter competed successfully in the Makaha International Surf Contest in 1958 and '59, won a trio of tandem surfing championships from 1961-'63, and was elected to both the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame (1997) and the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011).

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3.21.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

A curated list of the best webclips on the Internet

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Above Cape Fear It feels weird to refer to Ours as “Ours” because it will never, ever be mine. Nor should it be. The drone angle provides an unusual view into the weird contortions Ours folds itself into as it surges against skull-shattering cliffs. For that, this edit wins Clip of […]

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3.20.14

Contest Wire

Hyping the Cape Fear Challenge

Deadly slab + innovative contest format = fun

In roughly three weeks time, the waiting period opens for the Red Bull Cape Fear Challenge. What’s that you ask? It’s an internet-audience friendly surf contest at Sydney’s Cape Fear, better known to you and me as Ours. The event was at least partially dreamed up by Ours regular and certified hellman Mark Mathews, and […]

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3.18.14

Books

The Rise of Superman

New book looks into the science of "flow" and sports progression

Have you ever wondered why it took nearly a half century of surfing—from the sport's Duke-led resurgence to Da Bull's charging in 1957—for people to work up the courage to ride Waimea, but now it seems that big-wave barriers are broken down each winter? If so, then The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Performance is here to answer your questions.

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3.17.14

The Culture

Ode to Ireland

Raise a pint to the Emerald Isle

Surfers have been freezing their asses off and getting bounced on peat-covered reefs in Ireland since at least the late 1940s. But it’s really only been in the last 20 years or so that non-European surfers took much notice.

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3.14.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

A curated list of the best surf webclips on the Internet

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Jorgann Couzinet Jorg is from lovely and sharky Reunion Island, he’s the reigning French national champion, and he’s been busy busting up the European Pro Junior series. Here he is in the Clip of the Week banging around some fun-looking Reunion wedges. Enjoy. Live the Search Europe, Part III The Brittany […]

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3.12.14

The Culture

Meet OTIS: The Eco Surf Rig

Get to know OTIS, self-contained sustainable trailer perfection

Green Mountain College in Vermont would like to build you the perfect self-sufficient surf trailer.

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3.7.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

A curated list of the best webclips on the Internet

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Golden Tales Just Dane, Kelly, and Matt Banting cruising the Goldy. More Dane please. Jaws Wipeouts Maui wipeout porn complete with play-by-play. Seems less scary somehow with so many boats in the channel. At least ’til boats start getting flipped. Wipeout From Hell Yeah, the title pretty much sums it up. […]

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3.5.14

Random Happenings

A Human-Powered Wave Pool

New Indonesian surf discovery three hours from the sea

More news on the wave pool front. A guy named Fred has been building small-scale wave machines since 2008 and posting the results on his YouTube channel. He started with a machine powered by a truck, which made the most perfect tiny wave that anybody’s ever seen. And now he’s unleashed video of his newest […]

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3.4.14

The Culture

Ramon Navarro’s Board Returns

Navarro's lost surfboard takes a 300 mile journey from Spain to France

Back in December, Ramon Navarro came in fifth in the Punta Galea Challenge, a Big Wave World Tour event held near Bilbao, Spain. During the event his leash snapped and his board was lost to the current.

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