Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

8.20.13

Features

Fantasy Heats Round 2

Curren vs. Knox, Nuuhiwa vs. Tudor, Machado vs. Rasta, Andersen vs. Gilmore, White Lightning vs. The Iceman.

It's time for many of you to dust off the old DVD player and educate yourself with a surf film history lesson.

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8.15.13

The Culture

“Surfin’ USA” Is No. 1?

Yahoo readers send the Beach Boys' 1963 single to the top of the summer songs chart

For the past month, Yahoo! ran a “Greatest Summer Song of All Time” voting battle, and the Beach Boys’ Surfin’ USA somehow came out on top. Everybody’s favorite non-surfing surf rock band narrowly edged-out the legions of parrotheads who voted for Jimmy Buffett’s "Margaritaville."

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8.15.13

Opinion

I Want the Fun Back

Attention surf movie auteurs: watch Metal Neck and learn

Surfing—and by extension, surf movies—has the tendency to take itself way too seriously. I’m bored of serious. Give me Ozzy Osbourne cameos, milk vomiting, and Metal Jimmy. Give me relatable surfing. Metal on the soundtrack is awesome. Pranks are heartily welcomed. Give me back the fun.

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8.2.13

The Culture

Five Weird Ways To Go

It's not all sharks and headfirst trips to the bottom that should worry you while surfing

While surfing is not particularly dangerous, spending lots of time in an unpredictable ocean, with Lord knows what swimming below and around you, and reefs, rocks, sandbars, and sharp, pointy surfboards all in play, the possibility of an unpleasant death always lurks. Here are five weird ways that your next session could be your last.

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7.29.13

The Culture

The Slow is Fast Tour

A very Malloy bike trip along the California coast

Men. Doing manly man stuff. Guys with beards driving tractors, harvesting crops, riding horses, driving pickup trucks. This is the Malloy way.

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7.26.13

Features

Fantasy Heats

Slater 2005 vs. Slater 2013. Archy vs. Dane; Shaun Tomson vs. Parko; Pottz vs. Jordy. Ando vs. Wilko. You vote on the winner.

You know those slow moments during a contest webcast when your mind begins to wander and you start to imagine what it would be like if yesteryear's pros surfed against today's ASP darlings? You do that too right? Ever wonder if an in-their-prime world champ from the '80s would stand a chance against the current crop of title contenders? How the best freesurfers on the planet would fare when thrown into the bloodthirsty world of competitive surfing? We composed a fantasy slate of two-man heats to find out.

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7.22.13

The Culture

Where Are They Now?

Serena Brooke on transitioning from the World Tour grind to motherhood

Serena Brooke was one of the surf world’s best-liked and brightest stars in the late 1990s and early 2000s. This past spring, Brooke moved on to the most important chapter of her life, giving birth to twin girls. She's raising the future shredders with her long-time partner, visual artist Emma Sheldrake. We caught up with Serena to find out what post-tour life has been like.

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7.18.13

The Culture

From the Projects to Marin

A San Francisco surf camp brings the Sunnydale kids to the beach

Sunnydale, known as “The Dale” or “The Swamp,” is San Francisco’s largest housing project, and statistically speaking, the most dangerous neighborhood in town. Glover has partnered with local shaper Tim Gras and filmmaker Adam Warmington in an effort to bring kids from the Sunnydale projects to the Big Dog camp in Marin, teaching them how to surf, and showing them a world outside of their violent urban homes.

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7.16.13

The Culture

Ando’s Slow Dance Interview

Craig Anderson on starring in his own surf movie, rolling with Occy, and getting punched in the face by a Frenchman

Slow Dance, the Craig Anderson-starring, Dane Reynolds-edited, Occy and Rob Machado and Matt Hoy-cameoed summer surf blockbuster opens on Saturday, July 20 at Quiksilver's Huntington Beach headquarters. Ando and crew then trundle off through Australia, Japan, and Europe on a Slow Dance mini tour. Last week I chatted with Craig over e-mail about the making of Slow Dance, but more importantly about things like the weirdness of seeing yourself on the big screen, and taking off on waves when Dane Reynolds and Occy are watching. It was easily one of the politest e-mail exchanges I've ever had.

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7.11.13

Movie

“Drift” Hits The Mainstream

Australian film is ostensibly about surf history; totally disregards surf history; is still really fun

First, let’s get this bit right out of the way: there is never going to be a mainstream film about surfers that will “get surfing right.” Hell, there are plenty of surf industry-produced videos that don’t get surfing right. So, dispense with that notion before you see Drift, and you should have no trouble enjoying yourself. This is, above all else, a pretty fun film that you’d have to go out of your way to dislike.

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