Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

2.7.14

Design Forum

GMac’s New Whip

Nobody does surfboard design like Stuttgart, Germany

When Garrett McNamara tackled massive, ugly Nazaré last week, he did so on a new, uh, surfboard. Mercedes, one of his chief sponsors, and Garret got together to make a board they're calling the "Silver Arrow of the Seas."

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2.4.14

The Culture

What “Loaded” Gets Right

Answer: Everything

Dane Reynolds' Loaded gets everything right about surf movies.

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1.23.14

The Culture

The Wrath of Hercules

The megastorm left devastation in its wake

Hercules wasn't all about giant perfect surf at Belharra and Mullaghmore. Many coastal communities in the U.K. bore the brunt of the storm's rage, and it will take years to recover.

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1.22.14

The Culture

A Sierra Leone Surf Club

Meet the new Bureh Beach Surf Club, the first of its kind in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone. For many, the country’s name still evokes images of blood diamonds, a desperate civil war, and enslaved child soldiers. Though the diamond-fueled violence ended well over a decade ago, deep scars remain. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries on earth, unemployment is rampant, and the majority of its population lives on […]

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1.15.14

The Culture

What’s in a Wetsuit Color?

Psychologists say wetsuit color may affect your performance far more than you think

What color is your wetsuit? Black, right? Makes sense. Assuming you’re not a pro, you’re likely not looking to draw attention to your questionable cutback and weird arm placement with a brightly colored suit. Sports and behavioral psychologists, however, have news for you: wetsuit color may affect your performance far more than you’ve ever imagined. […]

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1.14.14

Random Happenings

Mad Close to a Shark Attack

Mad Huey Shaun Harrington flirts with 10 feet of tiger shark disaster

The Mad Hueys. What do they do, exactly? Well, mostly things like this. It’s hard to say what the plan was for this video, it’s Shaun Harrington shark diving with a birdcage. Funny, but on the precipice of disturbing. Mad Hueys in a nutshell.

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1.10.14

The Culture

Hello, BERT

An interview with surfing's strangest street artist

There is really only one place in the U.S. where street art portraying pro surfing victories could possibly gain the attention of passersby, and that place is Southern California. Following each World Tour event in the 2013 season, an anon artist called BERT chose a blank wall of a building somewhere near the I-5 to […]

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1.9.14

Features

Swells that Shook the World

California and Hawaii's four greatest runs of wintertime swell

In the Northern Hemisphere, the holiday season ushers in the year's first slate of big winter swells. Once a decade or so, raging Aleutian storms send winter swells roaring toward Hawaii and the West Coast of such towering strength, these swells reshape the narrative of big-wave surfing history. As they recede, they've left behind shattered coastlines, legendary sessions, and additions to the hall of big-wave-riding legends.

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1.8.14

Opinion

Hall of Echoes

It's time for a little more out of ZoSea and the "New" ASP

At last, the waiting is over. The Piping Hot Surf Festival, the 2014 ASP season debut and your favorite one-star ASP-Australasia event, ran this week in sunny Victoria, Australia, with ‘CT hangers-on Jay Thompson and Nathan Hedge as headlining performers (Hedgey’s your winner). “This is it,” you’re no doubt saying to yourself. “The new ASP is finally here!” Except, […]

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1.6.14

The Culture

Baja Toll Road Collapses

Earthquake destroys part of Baja toll road popular with surfers

Planning a surf trip to Baja this winter? If you're driving at least as far south as San Miguel, you're going to want to rethink your route. On December 28th, just a few days after a 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Northern Baja, a 900-foot section of Highway 1-D, the toll road that zips travelers a bit faster from Tijuana to Ensenada, collapsed just north of Salisipuedes, in some cases crumbling to the sea over 300 feet below.

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