A surf icon. Literally.
Kemp Aaberg, possibly the nicest guy to ever set foot on the sands of Malibu, turned 74 earlier this year. I called him at his Southern California home and took him back, way back, to when he was a gangly teenager—styling gangly teenager, sorry Kemp—getting jostled around the North Shore in the back of a rattletrap […]
On Cinco de Mayo, here are five reasons to celebrate Mexico
It's not Mexico's actual independence day, but there's still reason to celebrate.
Cheers to the most interesting surfer in the world
Derek Hynd is the most interesting surfer in the world.
A wave quality survey needs your help
Your knowledge is needed. Did you hate science in school? Don’t worry. You’re an expert when it comes to the observational science of breaking waves. And Dan Reineman—a coastal researcher, Stanford doctoral candidate, and more important, a surfer—wants to deputize you as a citizen surfer scientist. Your role as a citizen scientist is easy: take […]
Simon Anderson's famous Bells win, three decades on
Thirty-three years ago, Simon Anderson won the Bells event on his new-fangled three-finned thruster design. It's usually considered the big breakout moment for the thruster, but Anderson had actually ridden his new board weeks before at Burleigh Heads during the Stubbies contest.
Design North Shore 2 outta the picture, haole
Did you catch that? Turtle is wearing a Chandler Surfboards T-shirt! Somebody actually made a shirt festooned with the Chandler Surfboards logo. People really, truly, love North Shore. And now some of the people who really, truly love North Shore are getting desperate to make North Shore 2, a mere 30 years after the original […]
It's Spanish for "The Niño"
Weather experts around the world are predicting an El Niño event for the fall/winter of 2014, overlapping with the winter of 2015. Normally, it’s pretty difficult for forecasters to decide during the spring whether or not we’re in for an El Niño or La Niña, for the same reason that springtime surf along the west […]
Hawaii's noblest locals
Lest you think surfing among mammals is restricted to dolphins, seals, and humans, feast your eyes on these humpback whales gliding unmolested into a set wave at Pipe. It’s a rare occurrence, and, according to the Internet, this may be the only photo of surfing whales in existence. While humpbacks are common in Hawaiian waters, […]
Mollusk San Francisco hosts Divine slideshow on April 12
There’s no better surf shop to host a ’70s-focused surf photography exhibition than Mollusk, the surf temple to all things retro. On April 12, iconic lensman and former SURFER photo editor, Jeff Divine, will present some of his favorite works, including many rarely-seen photos, in a slideshow/surf art presentation at Mollusk’s San Francisco location. He […]
A curated list of the best webclips on the Internet
CLIP OF THE WEEK: Storm Oz’s Soli Bailey wasn’t the only one out at P-Pass this day, but he did get this clip all to himself. Solid performance at an absolute beast of a wave. Backstage-Jaws A little window into a day in the life of the Jaws scene. The paddle out looks…intimidating. Into de […]