Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

9.22.14

Opinion

What’s in an Acronym?

Don't think too hard about the ASP/WSL rebrand

Predictably, the masses have spoken, and they’re not exactly tripping over themselves in a rush to embrace the ASP’s name change to the WSL. This was expected by the ASP brass. It’s why they made their big announcement at 4 p.m. on a Friday—the time slot typically reserved for the news dump. If you’re going to […]

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9.19.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Lowers Amp Sessions Ah, the joy of crowded Lowers on a hyped south swell. This last week the swell was so hyped that professional surfboard riders from all over the world beelined for sleepy little San Clemente and had themselves a good old time down there at the Trestle. You’d almost […]

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9.19.14

Features

Warmest Oceans Ever

Scientists confirm record high global water temperatures

This entire summer, California surfers have been enjoying the warmest water in most of our memories. Here in San Francisco, we’ve been wearing springsuits since July, an extreme rarity in these parts, and certainly not something you’d expect to be able to get away with for months at a time. Now the bad The […]

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9.18.14

Features

Jordy and Steph Take Lowers

Jordy Smith and Stephanie Gilmore, your Hurley Pro and Swatch Pro champions

There was a moment in his post-Semi interview when Jordy Smith’s will almost seemed to buckle. He was clearly relieved to be in the Final—against John John Florence, who’d just smacked Kelly Slater in their Semifinal—and the close observer might have thought: “Ah, Jordy you’re a little too happy to be there.” Probably not the […]

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9.17.14

Random Happenings

Kelly Slater Has Feelings

New Slater song plumbs the emotional depths

This is what happens when you’re a hugely famous person like Kelly Slater. You have the opportunity to record music randomly, in this case with badasses like Karina Zeviani of Nouvelle Vague (the silky voice behind awesome Joy Division covers like this), and then have the whole Internet sit in judgment after you’ve set your […]

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9.16.14

The Culture

Lowers Loves The Kids

A cinematic tour through a history of teenagers crushing it at Lowers

As long as there have been rippable peaks at Lowers, the young have come in droves. Limber, full-of-energy teenagers more than eager enough to skip down the path, along the trail, over the tracks, across the sand, over the cobblestones, and into the lineup. Energy undiminished, they’re still ready to paddle around anyone and everyone, […]

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9.15.14

Random Happenings

Craigslist Find: Shark Attack Board

Santa Cruz surfboard bitten by shark, offered up on Craigslist

  Santa Cruz surfer Beau Browning, allegedly attacked by a 15-foot shark over the weekend, no longer has any need for his chomped-up board. Chomped-up, and broken in half, actually, so ferocious was the biting. Now, you can own the latest piece of shark v. human history—Browning’s bitten board is now up for sale on […]

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9.12.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Gudanging with Tanner A clip that’s got a Concrete Blonde song on the soundtrack and that opens with a radio-controlled surfer is already an instant frontrunner for Clip of the Week. Throw in a ripping member of the Gudauskas clan, and Ding…Ding…Ding — we’ve got a winner.   Panama Bocas del […]

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9.8.14

The Culture

Kolohe Wants Pizza

A Visa x Pizza Hut x Teahupoo collab

“But can Kolohe Andino really pay for pizza inside one of the heaviest waves in the world?” — Morgan Freeman, VISA commercial, 9/7/14 I think it’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves for some time now. When little Kolohe first started popping air reverses in the San Clemente shorebreak, and the sponsorship dollars did flow, […]

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9.8.14

Features

Beach Blockers to be Fined

California Coastal Commission can now fine beach access violations

If you’re reading this and you’re a private property owner in California who enjoys long walks at sunset, romantic dinners, European travel, and also blocking public beach access, here’s your warning: block the beach and you’re looking at a five-figure fine. Back on July 1, a new law kicked in that allows the California Coastal […]

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