Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

10.26.15

Features

NSW Stands up to Shark Attacks

New South Wales government enacts big plans to prevent attacks

Australia’s New South Wales coast has seen 13 shark attacks on surfers and beachgoers so far this year, compared with three in all of 2014. In response, the New South Wales government just announced that they’ll spend $16 million on a comprehensive plan to dramatically reduce the amount of attacks without culling sharks. “We don’t

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10.26.15

Features

Mavericks Contest Open for Biz

The Titans of Mavericks event is on the clock

Bang the gong, fire the cannon, wave the green flag, the waiting period for the 2015-16 Titans of Mavericks contest is open. On a perfectly calm early autumn day at Princeton-By-The-Sea, the surfers competing in the Titans of Mavericks, called in from across the globe, Avengers style, assembled at the picturesque little cove that benignly

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10.23.15

Week In Review

Week in Review

The best river wave ever? And so much more...

Random happenings in surf for the week of October 23rd

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10.23.15

Features

Video Quest

Deconstructing our world through surf videos

Of all the movies in which aliens learn everything they know about life on Earth from watching our TV shows and films, Galaxy Quest is by far the best. Tim Allen acts his ass off as the star of a hokey space-adventure drama modeled on Star Trek. A hapless planet full of literally humorless aliens

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10.20.15

Features

Leo Fioravanti Wins ISA Title Months After Breaking Back

Italian wins the ISA World Games U-18 Title eight months after brutal Pipeline wipeout

On Sunday, Italy’s Leonardo Fioravanti, 17 years old, captured the ISA World Games U-18 Championship at the Oceanside pier. This was an astonishing feat, and not because Fioravanti is from Italy—he’s been one of the best young surfers on the planet for a few years now. Fioravanti’s win was surprising because he’s only eight months

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10.19.15

The Culture

Mick’s Mom Has Beef with KFC’s Shark Parody

Fanning's mother and the WSL lash out at KFC's new commercial

Elizabeth Osborne, Mick Fanning’s mother, has seen the KFC South Africa spoof of Fanning’s shark scare at J-Bay earlier this year, and she didn’t find it to be particularly funny. “I think it is very disrespectful,” she recently told Fairfax Media. “It really brings back a lot of trauma for everybody who has been attacked

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10.16.15

Week In Review

Week in Review

Guitar Surfing! Liam Hemsworth Shredding! Bodyboarding Disaster!

Random Happenings in surf for the week of October 16th

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10.13.15

Features

Wisdom: Mark “Doc” Renneker

63, San Francisco, California

Surfing is the healthiest orientation I can imagine. It’s been an organizing principle in my life. It’s made me a better physician. I work with people who have life-threatening illnesses and they’re trying to get healthy enough to do things like jump in the ocean. And it constantly validates my surfing. My patients won’t let

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10.13.15

Features

Stuff of Legend

Surf stories that have taken on a life of their own

One Bar to Rule Them All In the winter, San Francisco’s Ocean Beach is 3 miles of shifty, hulking peaks blitzing two distinct rows of sandbars. On mortal-sized days—say, up to 6 feet or so—the action takes place along the Inner Bar. When the Aleutian storm factory is in full production, huge waves begin unloading

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10.1.15

Features

The Mythology of Tom Curren

Decoding surfing's most enigmatic character

Equal parts eccentric genius and humble introvert, Tom Curren is surfing’s most mythic figure. Because he does so few interviews — in fact, we tried to talk with him for this piece, to no avail — he’s strangely unknowable, despite being one of the most popular surfers in history. To shed some light on the

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