Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

2.26.14

Features

The Nicaragua Canal

Surfers brace for ecological disaster as construction becomes closer to reality

Last month, Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega announced that construction would begin later this year on a controversial $40 billion, 180-mile long waterway through the middle of his country that would rival the Panama Canal.

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2.19.14

The Culture

A Wave Pool Cometh

A Webber wave pool is coming. Stop me if you've heard this one before.

The first artificial wave pool opened for business in London, of all places, in 1934. In 1966, Tokyo's Summerland amusement park built a new wave pool, the "Surf-a-Torium," and for the first time, artificial waves were ridden by surfers. The surf media at the time went understandably nuts, proclaiming a near-future of perfect waves sloshing around wave pools in cities all over the world. And for the last 50 years, that "near-future" has remained distant as ever. Well, unless you're shaper-cum-wavepool developer Greg Webber.

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2.18.14

Random Happenings

Anastasia Ashley in S.I.

Ashley is a featured athlete in Sports Illustrated's 2014 Swimsuit Issue

Anastasia Ashley's pinup career is full steam ahead. The 2014 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits stands Tuesday, and this time it includes Ashley, whose modeling career continues to grow.

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2.18.14

The Culture

Retro Slidin’

Jack Coleman's surreal trip continues with "Mandarin Brown"

Jack Coleman is not the surf world's most user-friendly filmmaker. His work is all shot on film, usually Super-8, with all the accompanying grain and blur you'd expect, which he then layers over with a whole bunch of color saturation.

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2.14.14

Reviews

“Bella Vita” Shows Italy’s Best

Italian surf film stars Chris Del Moro, costars the Italian food scene

Italy is absolutely holding. Soul-stirring wine. Incredible food. Beautiful land. Equally beautiful people. Wonderful cars. Masterful artisans. And for the patient, there are even a few waves in Italy. Just ask Chris del Moro.

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2.12.14

Opinion

See Ya, Slater?

Why, finally, it's time to move on from King Kelly

Kelly Slater turned 42 this week. Mick Fanning is 32. Parko’s knocking on 33′s door. Taj is 35. That’s four of the ASP’s top-five, right there, all north of 30. This, as you may be aware, is unprecedented. Remember when Occy burst out of his mummy wrap to win a title at 33? The oldest […]

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2.7.14

Design Forum

GMac’s New Whip

Nobody does surfboard design like Stuttgart, Germany

When Garrett McNamara tackled massive, ugly Nazaré last week, he did so on a new, uh, surfboard. Mercedes, one of his chief sponsors, and Garret got together to make a board they're calling the "Silver Arrow of the Seas."

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2.4.14

The Culture

What “Loaded” Gets Right

Answer: Everything

Dane Reynolds' Loaded gets everything right about surf movies.

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1.23.14

The Culture

The Wrath of Hercules

The megastorm left devastation in its wake

Hercules wasn't all about giant perfect surf at Belharra and Mullaghmore. Many coastal communities in the U.K. bore the brunt of the storm's rage, and it will take years to recover.

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1.22.14

The Culture

A Sierra Leone Surf Club

Meet the new Bureh Beach Surf Club, the first of its kind in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone. For many, the country’s name still evokes images of blood diamonds, a desperate civil war, and enslaved child soldiers. Though the diamond-fueled violence ended well over a decade ago, deep scars remain. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries on earth, unemployment is rampant, and the majority of its population lives on […]

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