CA Coastal Commission fires executive director Charles Lester
After a nearly 12-hour-long hearing in Morro Bay, CA, the California Coastal Commission voted 7-5 to fire its Executive Director Charles Lester. This came on the heels of more than six hours of public speaking in support of Lester, and is greatly disappointing to the dozens of environmental groups that had rallied behind Lester, fearing
Our favorite moments from the legendary big-wave event
Thirty-two years ago, the first Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau event took place not at thundering Waimea Bay, but in mortal-sized surf at Sunset Beach. Six years after Eddie vanished into the sea while seeking help for the stricken Hokulea, Quiksilver executives, including Danny Kwock, Jeff Hakman, and Bob McKnight, teamed up with Eddie
Week In Review
Jaws calamities! Joe Montana surfs! Legit kickflip!
Random happenings in surf for the week of February 5th
JOB to drag at Mike Stewart Pipe Invitational
Did you know that Jamie O’Brien has had a more successful competitive career as a bodyboarder than as a surfer? It’s true. He said so himself in a recent interview with the Association of Professional Bodyboarding: “I started bogging [sic? maybe?] when i was a little kid! I won all kinds of events and Nationals
Why Ryan Burch might be surfing’s most compelling experimentalist
Tall and loose-limbed, all bony shoulders and wavy blond hair, Ryan Burch is standing directly in a wash of yellow light pouring in through the big windows of his spacious, bohemian-chic apartment above downtown Encinitas, California. He’s laughing and scratching his head, trying to remember where he’s put a surfboard I asked to see. It
Why you should care a whole lot about a raging Coastal Commission controversy
Years and years from now, when our children look at photos of pristine Central and Northern California beaches from the ’00s, turn to us and ask, Where are all the huge hotels and parking lots and condo…condo…nimiums?, we’ll take a swallow of bourbon, inhale deeply, and while trying to hold back the rage creeping into our voice,
Week In Review
Mega Disaster Wipeout! Blizzard Barrels! Happy B-day Steph!
Random happenings in surf for the week of January 29th
Remember Bradshaw's Biggest Wednesday Outer Logs mission? It's 18 years old, today
Remember “Biggest Wednesday”? January 28th, 1998? Ken Bradshaw whipped into the Biggest Wave Ever Surfed™ 18 years ago today, riding not only a 50-foot Outer Log Cabins behemoth, but also the crest of a tow-surfing wave that would—outside of Nazare—come crashing down in a heap of disinterest within the surf world in just a handful of
No banjos but plenty of smooth shredding in Jack Coleman's "Banjo Strings"
Jack Coleman’s been slinging vids for Mollusk for a while now, and they’re always an easy downshift from the usual slasher-flick fare that saturates surf media. In Coleman’s newest, we get Rob Machado, Ryan Burch (profiled in our current issue), and Tom Curren, and…well, actually, that should be enough right there.
Huge Jaws? Try a board built from two blanks pieced together
Big-wave surfers are typically reluctant to test out radically new board designs in life-threatening surf. Perfectly understandable, I’m sure you’d agree. Bouncing head-over-heels into the trough of a 35-foot wave is the last place on earth you’d want to be second-guessing that decision to ride an assymetrical flextail in huge surf. Which is why it