Permit for '16-'17 Mavericks event calls for female participation
Last month, Cartel Management, organizers of the Titans of Mavericks surf contest, were issued a permit by the California Coastal Commission to legally hold the event. No surprises there. What is a surprise to pretty much everyone involved is that, during the proceedings, the Coastal Commission waded into the the thorny brambles of a gender
Feral Wetsuits and the direct-to-consumer wetsuit game
We live in a golden age of wetsuits. Your shallow pockets have only a measley $180 to spend? That’ll still buy you a super-stretchy budget suit that’s ten times better than the brittle, leathery rubber suits that would have been the best thing around 15 years ago. Got $600 for a new suit? Well, now,
Week In Review
Curren skimboards! Slater's epic wave pool! Mason Ho forever!
Random happenings in surf for the week of December 18th
Breaking News: Kelly Slater Wave Company changes everything
I don’t know what to say, and frankly, it’s not worth wasting time reading. Watch the video immediately. To sum up: Kelly Slater Wave Company did it. They made the dream wave we’ve all imagined wave pools could produce and…oh for god’s sake, there’ll be more analysis later. Stop reading and just watch this.
Chasing swell on Texas' Gulf Coast
On a surf trip two springs ago, I spent three blissful days camping on a tree-lined bluff in 70-degree sunshine, surfing overhead teal-green peaks with an audience of only a serene-looking cow and a handful of surprisingly generous locals. I hadn’t expected much when I planned the trip; I was camping at a spot near
VFABM box sets to benefit North Shore junior lifeguards
Are you a huge John Florence fan? Did you love View From A Blue Moon? Are you in awe of the North Shore’s lifeguards? (The correct answer is “yes”). If so, have we got the perfect thing for you. Or, for the surfer in your life who digs Florence and has a big heart. The
A walk through the ages in surf couture
Surf fashion unquestionably peaked in the early ’60s. Canvas trunks, rugged denim jeans, white T-shirts, cable-knit sweaters, aloha shirts, and cheap leather slaps formed the typical surfer’s wardrobe. Those weren’t necessarily even stylistic choices when you think about it; that was just the most functional clothing of the time for a surfer. Over the next
A decade after "Blank Monday," it's a great time to be a surfboard customer
This month marks the tenth anniversary of Grubby Clark faxing a seven-page letter to all of his customers announcing that, effective immediately, he was shuttering his foam blank manufacturing business. Had the sun failed to rise on the morning of December 5 2005, when fax machines all over the world beeped to life and spit
Week In Review
Mavericks Disasters! Jaws Annihilations! Rob Lowe Surf Fight!
Random happenings in surf for the week of December 11th.
The Floridian star is in critical condition
Earlier this morning, Evan Geiselman stroked into a monster wave at Pipe, pulled into a cavernous barrel, but then didn’t surface. After Geiselman was held under for a massive three-wave set, bodyboarder Andre Botha spotted a clearly-in-trouble Geiselman drifting rapidly through the impact zone toward the violent Ehukai shorepound. Botha got to Geiselman and kept