Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

2.12.16

EOS

Gross History: Surfer’s Knots

"Fibrous half-domed lumps of thickened skin"

Not everything about the past is tinged with a golden glow. Unless you like golf ball-sized protuberances jutting out from where your knees and feet rub on your longboard while paddling. In the ’60s, “Surfer’s Knots” (or surfer’s knobs) were common (but weird) enough, that Time did a report on the things in 1965, reporting

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2.10.16

Features

Coastal Commission Saga Ends in Defeat

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

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2.9.16

Features

Three Decades of “The Eddie”

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

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2.5.16

Week In Review

Week in Review

Jaws calamities! Joe Montana surfs! Legit kickflip!

Random happenings in surf for the week of February 5th

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2.4.16

Features

Jamie O’Brien: Competitive Bodyboarder

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

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2.3.16

Features

No Template

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

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2.1.16

Features

California Coast in Peril

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,

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1.29.16

Week In Review

Week in Review

Mega Disaster Wipeout! Blizzard Barrels! Happy B-day Steph!

Random happenings in surf for the week of January 29th

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1.28.16

The Culture

Ken Bradshaw and the Tow-Surf Cul-de-sac

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

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1.25.16

Videos

Machado x Burch x Curren

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.

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