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.
The best coaches in history don't know surfing, but they do know winning
Sure, successful ex-pro surfers know how to make heats. But do they really know how to coach? Here’s a list of five past and present sports gurus from outside the surf world who would’ve made great surf coaches.
From Lamborghinis to surfboards, Julian Hoenig knows a thing or two about design
If you’ve ever slid your hands down the rails of shiny new semi-gun and mentally compared it to a high-performance supercar, well, you’re not alone. If you’re making that connection while holding a surfboard made by San Francisco’s Julian Hoenig, then the comparison is especially apt. He is without a doubt the best Austrian-born, Audi-trained, […]
Founder of gaysurfers.net speaks about the new documentary focusing on gay surfers
A few months back, we ran the trailer for Out in the Lineup, a documentary featuring the experiences of gay surfers around the world. Well, the movie is finally slated for release in December, and last week I exchanged e-mails with Thomas Castets, producer of the film, and the founder of gaysurfers.net, to find out a bit about what the project has involved. Here's what he had to say.
Ken Collins speaks about Laird Hamilton's Nazaré comments
Ken Collins speaks about Laird's Nazaré comments.
Laird Hamilton, Nazaré, and Hydrofoils. Why has this not happened yet?
Near the end of any modern surf history book, as the author gushes about the technological advancements of modern surfing and how tow-in, big-wave surfing will change the waveriding landscape, there will almost certainly be a photo of Laird Hamilton, perfectly coiffed, cruising around atop an unbroken swell strapped to a hydrofoil. Remember those? The […]
Big-wave icon Laird Hamilton calls into question Carlos Burle's ride and Maya Gabeira's skills
Big-wave icon Laird Hamilton calls into question Carlos Burle's ride and Maya Gabeira's skills.
Australian surf hero comes clean about his drug addiction in "60 Minutes" interview
Tom Carroll has struggled with a crystal meth addiction since 2002, the two-time world champion revealed on Australia’s 60 Minutes Sunday night. Carroll was interviewed alongside older brother Nick Carroll, who has co-written the forthcoming autobiography, TC: Tom Carroll, a book that promises to chronicle some of the darkest moments of Tom’s life.
The pride of Santa Cruz and 2013 Rookie of the Year on transitioning to the World Tour
I caught up with Nat from his home in Santa Cruz to get his thoughts on his first world tour blitz, and what winning Rookie of the Year means. He's clearly a focused guy, and his competitiveness practically oozed through the phone. Look for him to crack the top five next year.
Academia takes a long look at surf culture
Peter Westwick and Peter Neushul, both of them PhDs who teach and surf in Southern California, use the book’s nearly 400 pages to show how outside, landlubbing forces have made the surfer lifestyle possible, and how, in turn (but to a lesser degree), surfing has made a pretty big mark on mainstream culture all over the world.