Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

6.30.14

Features

More Sharks Coming

Global warming means shark attacks are forecast to rise

How’s your anxiety-level when it comes to global warming? (note, correct answer should read: “skyrocketing”) Rising seas, famines, droughts, killer storms—Lord knows, there’s plenty to fear already, even without the increased threat of shark attacks in coming years. What’s that about sharks you say? That’s right, being eaten by a shark must now be added […]

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6.27.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Dane and Conner I’m not really sure when it happened, but sometime over the last year or so, Dane became the new Tom Curren. A bit reclusive, maybe the best surfer in the world, and just cooly strange. Their surfing is more similar than ever too. At points in this clip, if […]

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6.24.14

Design Forum

An Eco-Revolution is Upon Us

Firewire commits to all eco-boards, all the time

For years now, we’ve wondered when the surfboard industry would make a real push to embrace sustainably-made equipment. It looks like a substantial step has been taken.

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6.20.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Gooseberry Road Trip There will be people who will watch this video and become enraged that their NorCal spot has been videoed for the whole Internet to see. Thankfully, there are like four of those people, so you’re not likely to run into them. You’re also not likely to luck into […]

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6.18.14

Random Happenings

Hoverboard A Reality

No, you're not dreaming

This is it everyone, the pinnacle of human technological achievement. All these hundreds of thousands of years of evolution have brought us to this moment. Man can finally strap in to a wakeboard, which is hooked up to an enormous firehose, which in turn is connected to a nearby Jet Ski, all of which blast […]

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6.13.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Benji Brand, Namibia If I added up all the tube time I’ve ever watched—just watched, mind you, not actually lived in real life—it still wouldn’t equal the ridiculous length of this bit of video game-level tuberiding. Maybe the clip of the year.   Alejandro Moreda, Refreshé Puerto Rico’s Alejandro Moreda is […]

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6.11.14

Features

5 Questions

With Brendon Gibbens, South Africa's politest surf phenom

South Africa’s Brendon Gibbens—former WQS schlepper, Innersection standout, all-round gentleman—isn’t yet a surf star in the U.S., but give him time. Stylish, with a knack for dizzying tail throws and deeply-hewn carves, he’s a webclip dream. Commit his name to memory, and if you see it anywhere on the Internet, click away with zeal. Can you […]

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6.6.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Ryan Hipwood, the Right The first thing you probably think when watching this video is: why? Why would anybody stare down the barrel of that wave then decide, yeah, I’m out there. It’s a fine question, and I don’t have the answer. But that’s why I’m writing about that wave and […]

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6.5.14

Features

Pipe Pro Gone Green

A model for sustainability in surf events

The folks at Sustainable Surf have just released a report officially certifying the 2014 Volcom Pipe Pro as an ocean friendly, carbon neutral surf contest. Sustainable Surf—the same organization that verifies sustainably-produced surfboards under their Ecoboard label—also runs a program called Deep Blue Surfing Events, which works with event organizers to put on surf contests […]

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6.1.14

The Now

Alessa Quizon

SURFER

On a brilliantly sunny Gold Coast morning, Alessa Quizon calmly paddled out into the opening round of the Quik Pro and took down the contest’s eventual finalists: five-time World Champion Stephanie Gilmore and 2013 Rookie of the Year Bianca Buitendag. It was Quizon’s first ever heat as a World Tour competitor, and the even-keeled 19 year old surfed with poise, even baiting Gilmore—competitive surfing’s radiant, unflappable queen, and top-of-the-food-chain Goldie local—into a mid-heat interference.

Though she eventually lost out in her Round 4 heat, Alessa’s opening salvo showed the rest of the Tour that the rookie was more than ready for the big leagues. Quizon, of course, had known that all along, and was chomping at the bit for a chance to prove it.

“Being my first year on Tour, I really want to show what I can do,” says Alessa. “Especially in bigger waves. I like surfing bigger waves because you can set up much bigger turns. And now every girl on Tour needs to have experience in big waves to do well because we’re going to get them at Margaret River, Fiji, and Honolua.”

Growing up in Makaha, Alessa had plenty of experience in waves of consequence. But coming from Oahu’s gritty West Side also meant that her path in the surf world wouldn’t be as easy as some.

“I always felt like I was on the outside,” says Alessa. “I was never that close with many of the surf girls. When I was 16, I went through a phase where I didn’t even know if I wanted to keep surfing.”

Lucky for Quizon, she came from a supportive family, including older sister Kristen who had a brief pro career herself before becoming a police officer. Alessa’s support network allowed her to develop the confidence to succeed at the sport’s highest level. And in the coming years, the West Side ripper is eager to push the boundaries of not only her own surfing, but women’s surfing as a whole.

“All the girls on Tour are doing crazy stuff,” says Alessa. “But I want to do the kind of maneuvers that some girls wouldn’t even go for. I want to do all the throwtails and laybacks that the guys do.”

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