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.
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, […]
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.
The next wave in eco-friendly blanks may be made of fungi
Well, somebody stole your fantastic idea. You know that plan you had to grow super strong, biodegradable foam out of mushrooms, and then mold that foam into an eco-friendly surfboard blank? Too late.
Longtime British surf mag closes its doors
The Surfer's Path, founded in 1997 by Alex Dick-Read, former Caribbean correspondent for the Associated Press, has announced that its soon-to-be published 100th issue will be its very last.
South African chargers Frank Solomon and Josh Redman fund their Northern California winter by slinging Christmas trees
For the last two years, South African hellmen Frank Solomon and Josh Redman have spent the first part of the winter together in San Francisco, surfing Mavericks and bigger-than-big Ocean Beach. Though they’re two of the best big-wave surfers on the planet (Solomon finished 10th in the Big Wave World Tour last year), Solomon and […]
The new ASP commissioner sits down for a post-Tour debrief
Kieren Perrow, one of the good guys, sits down for a post-tour debriefing.
Plenty of waves and plenty of food, Thanksgiving is the best
No matter where your Thanksgiving travels take you, as long as you stick near a coast, you’re stoked. Late November is a surefire bet for good surf pretty much anywhere in the States. Crisp fall conditions, regular pulses of swell in the Pacific and Atlantic, water and air not yet bone-chilling cold. Yet even among […]
Shaun Tomson's words to live by
THE CODE By Shaun Tomson Buy it here. Shaun Tomson’s impossibly handsome visage has long ago been carved deeply into the pantheon of surfing’s elite. He need do nothing more than continue to surf Rincon well and make a few aloha-shirted public appearances now and then to stride off gloriously into surfing immortality. But in […]
A how-to for wetsuit maintenance, because rinsing alone just isn't enough
Wetsuits are so cool. We get to put on a superhero costume every time we paddle out at coldwater spots. Yes, surfing in boardshorts is undeniably better, but breaking in a new pair of boardies is nowhere near as satisfying as pulling on a set of soft, fresh rubber. At $400 a pop, good wetsuits are annoyingly expensive, but worth every cent. Keep that new suit feeling for as long as possible by sacrificing a few minutes of your post-surf burrito time to scrupulously care for your investment.