Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

4.29.14

The Culture

An Ode to Derek Hynd

Cheers to the most interesting surfer in the world

Derek Hynd is the most interesting surfer in the world.

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4.24.14

Random Happenings

Surf Science

A wave quality survey needs your help

Your knowledge is needed. Did you hate science in school? Don’t worry. You’re an expert when it comes to the observational science of breaking waves. And Dan Reineman—a coastal researcher, Stanford doctoral candidate, and more important, a surfer—wants to deputize you as a citizen surfer scientist. Your role as a citizen scientist is easy: take […]

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4.18.14

The Culture

The Thruster: Still Thrusting

Simon Anderson's famous Bells win, three decades on

Thirty-three years ago, Simon Anderson won the Bells event on his new-fangled three-finned thruster design. It's usually considered the big breakout moment for the thruster, but Anderson had actually ridden his new board weeks before at Burleigh Heads during the Stubbies contest.

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4.18.14

Opinion

North Shore 2: Please No

Design North Shore 2 outta the picture, haole

Did you catch that? Turtle is wearing a Chandler Surfboards T-shirt! Somebody actually made a shirt festooned with the Chandler Surfboards logo. People really, truly, love North Shore. And now some of the people who really, truly love North Shore are getting desperate to make North Shore 2, a mere 30 years after the original […]

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4.11.14

Features

Here Comes El Niño

It's Spanish for "The Niño"

Weather experts around the world are predicting an El Niño event for the fall/winter of 2014, overlapping with the winter of 2015. Normally, it’s pretty difficult for forecasters to decide during the spring whether or not we’re in for an El Niño or La Niña, for the same reason that springtime surf along the west […]

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4.9.14

Random Happenings

Humpback Whales Ruling Pipe

Hawaii's noblest locals

Lest you think surfing among mammals is restricted to dolphins, seals, and humans, feast your eyes on these humpback whales gliding unmolested into a set wave at Pipe. It’s a rare occurrence, and, according to the Internet, this may be the only photo of surfing whales in existence. While humpbacks are common in Hawaiian waters, […]

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4.8.14

Photo Blog

Jeff Divine on Exhibit

Mollusk San Francisco hosts Divine slideshow on April 12

There’s no better surf shop to host a ’70s-focused surf photography exhibition than Mollusk, the surf temple to all things retro. On April 12, iconic lensman and former SURFER photo editor, Jeff Divine, will present some of his favorite works, including many rarely-seen photos, in a slideshow/surf art presentation at Mollusk’s San Francisco location. He […]

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4.4.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

A curated list of the best webclips on the Internet

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Storm Oz’s Soli Bailey wasn’t the only one out at P-Pass this day, but he did get this clip all to himself. Solid performance at an absolute beast of a wave. Backstage-Jaws A little window into a day in the life of the Jaws scene. The paddle out looks…intimidating. Into de […]

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4.3.14

Features

Oceans are Rising, Acidifying

The recent U.N. report on climate change paints a gloomy picture

The most comprehensive, authoritative report ever issued on the state of the planet’s climate was released on Monday, and the news is fairly grim.  After examining seven years of research, and compiling massive amounts of data, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has concluded that human-caused climate change has already caused “sweeping effects […]

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3.30.14

The Culture

R.I.P. Hobie Alter

One of surfing and sailing's greats, passes away at 80

Hobie Alter, the man who probably did more than anyone else to help usher surfing from the balsa to the foam and fiberglass era, died Saturday, at the age of 80. A true waterman, Alter competed successfully in the Makaha International Surf Contest in 1958 and '59, won a trio of tandem surfing championships from 1961-'63, and was elected to both the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame (1997) and the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011).

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