Why Ryan Burch might be surfing’s most compelling experimentalist
Tall and loose-limbed, all bony shoulders and wavy blond hair, Ryan Burch is standing directly in a wash of yellow light pouring in through the big windows of his spacious, bohemian-chic apartment above downtown Encinitas, California. He’s laughing and scratching his head, trying to remember where he’s put a surfboard I asked to see. It
Why you should care a whole lot about a raging Coastal Commission controversy
Years and years from now, when our children look at photos of pristine Central and Northern California beaches from the ’00s, turn to us and ask, Where are all the huge hotels and parking lots and condo…condo…nimiums?, we’ll take a swallow of bourbon, inhale deeply, and while trying to hold back the rage creeping into our voice,
Week In Review
Mega Disaster Wipeout! Blizzard Barrels! Happy B-day Steph!
Random happenings in surf for the week of January 29th
Remember Bradshaw's Biggest Wednesday Outer Logs mission? It's 18 years old, today
Remember “Biggest Wednesday”? January 28th, 1998? Ken Bradshaw whipped into the Biggest Wave Ever Surfed™ 18 years ago today, riding not only a 50-foot Outer Log Cabins behemoth, but also the crest of a tow-surfing wave that would—outside of Nazare—come crashing down in a heap of disinterest within the surf world in just a handful of
No banjos but plenty of smooth shredding in Jack Coleman's "Banjo Strings"
Jack Coleman’s been slinging vids for Mollusk for a while now, and they’re always an easy downshift from the usual slasher-flick fare that saturates surf media. In Coleman’s newest, we get Rob Machado, Ryan Burch (profiled in our current issue), and Tom Curren, and…well, actually, that should be enough right there.
Huge Jaws? Try a board built from two blanks pieced together
Big-wave surfers are typically reluctant to test out radically new board designs in life-threatening surf. Perfectly understandable, I’m sure you’d agree. Bouncing head-over-heels into the trough of a 35-foot wave is the last place on earth you’d want to be second-guessing that decision to ride an assymetrical flextail in huge surf. Which is why it
Week In Review
Jaws Disasters! Israel Goes Off! Be a Bodysurf Superhero!
Random happenings in surf for the week of January 22nd.
Bede Durbidge on his life-changing Pipe wipeout
Bede Durbidge broke his pelvis on a nasty fall in the Pipe Masters this past December; it was a brutal injury that could have been life-threatening if not for quick help from lifeguards. It’ll be awhile before he’s surfing again but his spirits look pretty up in this clip from mysurf.tv.
Two-minutes to lift off
Just Dusty Payne and his donegal going richter in Hawaii, with cameos from Parker Coffin and Granger Larsen, all set to some high octane tunes. Perfect two-minute amp sesh.
Once a decade makes it all the sweeter
Well, sure, Rincon’s been firing for weeks on end, Blacks has been gobbling up 8’0″s like candy, and [REDACTED] near San Diego has gone mental this El Niño-fueled winter. But you know what’s even more rare? Piddly peelers sneaking underneath fishing piers hidden way back in normally placid bays. Perfect little tubes rifling next to harbormouth