Serena Brooke on transitioning from the World Tour grind to motherhood
Serena Brooke was one of the surf world’s best-liked and brightest stars in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This past spring, Brooke moved on to the most important chapter of her life, giving birth to twin girls. She's raising the future shredders with her long-time partner, visual artist Emma Sheldrake. We caught up with Serena to find out what post-tour life has been like.
A San Francisco surf camp brings the Sunnydale kids to the beach
Sunnydale, known as “The Dale” or “The Swamp,” is San Francisco’s largest housing project, and statistically speaking, the most dangerous neighborhood in town. Glover has partnered with local shaper Tim Gras and filmmaker Adam Warmington in an effort to bring kids from the Sunnydale projects to the Big Dog camp in Marin, teaching them how to surf, and showing them a world outside of their violent urban homes.
Craig Anderson on starring in his own surf movie, rolling with Occy, and getting punched in the face by a Frenchman
Slow Dance, the Craig Anderson-starring, Dane Reynolds-edited, Occy and Rob Machado and Matt Hoy-cameoed summer surf blockbuster opens on Saturday, July 20 at Quiksilver's Huntington Beach headquarters. Ando and crew then trundle off through Australia, Japan, and Europe on a Slow Dance mini tour. Last week I chatted with Craig over e-mail about the making of Slow Dance, but more importantly about things like the weirdness of seeing yourself on the big screen, and taking off on waves when Dane Reynolds and Occy are watching. It was easily one of the politest e-mail exchanges I've ever had.
Australian film is ostensibly about surf history; totally disregards surf history; is still really fun
First, let’s get this bit right out of the way: there is never going to be a mainstream film about surfers that will “get surfing right.” Hell, there are plenty of surf industry-produced videos that don’t get surfing right. So, dispense with that notion before you see Drift, and you should have no trouble enjoying yourself. This is, above all else, a pretty fun film that you’d have to go out of your way to dislike.
NRDC report says beaches are a little cleaner, but still way too dirty
The Natural Resources Defense Council recently released their 2012 "Testing the Waters" report on the water quality of the nation’s beaches. The findings weren’t great.
The soft-spoken photographer opens up about three of his most celebrated images
For decades Servais has quietly built a legendary portfolio of some of surfing’s most treasured photos. I recently spoke with Servais about his contributions to the “Greatest Rides” list. Servais, easily one of the most published photographers in the 1990s and 2000s, was quick to humbly deflect praise, chalking up his success to luck and lots of hard work.
Round Two of our tribute to the finest beards in surf
We just couldn't help ourselves.
Master stylist and recluse extraordinaire Wayne Lynch gets the biopic treatment
Griffin traces Lynch’s surfing life from annointed teenaged surf messiah, to reluctant, world-beating competitor, to wizened, hermetic sage. And the journey, I’m pleased to report, is an absolute joy.
Five surf-inspired brews worth a post-session taste
Surfing sells. Brewmasters know this and style some of their beers accordingly, but how do the surf-themed suds go down after a long session? I decided to take one for the team and engage in a personal tasting of a smorgasbord of beers, all of which had surfy names, or pictures of surfboards on the label, or some other means of cozying up to surfing's marketability. These five were the champions of my grueling taste test.
Legendary waterman and co-founder of Body Glove passes away at 84
On Sunday, June 16, Bob Meistrell, co-founder of Body Glove Wetsuits, passed away. He was 84.