It's not all sharks and headfirst trips to the bottom that should worry you while surfing
While surfing is not particularly dangerous, spending lots of time in an unpredictable ocean, with Lord knows what swimming below and around you, and reefs, rocks, sandbars, and sharp, pointy surfboards all in play, the possibility of an unpleasant death always lurks. Here are five weird ways that your next session could be your last.
A very Malloy bike trip along the California coast
Men. Doing manly man stuff. Guys with beards driving tractors, harvesting crops, riding horses, driving pickup trucks. This is the Malloy way.
Slater 2005 vs. Slater 2013. Archy vs. Dane; Shaun Tomson vs. Parko; Pottz vs. Jordy. Ando vs. Wilko. You vote on the winner.
You know those slow moments during a contest webcast when your mind begins to wander and you start to imagine what it would be like if yesteryear's pros surfed against today's ASP darlings? You do that too right? Ever wonder if an in-their-prime world champ from the '80s would stand a chance against the current crop of title contenders? How the best freesurfers on the planet would fare when thrown into the bloodthirsty world of competitive surfing? We composed a fantasy slate of two-man heats to find out.
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.