Justin Housman

Justin Housman

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

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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5.30.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best surf videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Skimboard Craziness I don’t know. It just seems like this is a terrible idea. Towing into giant Mexican tubes on a skimboard? Turns out, however, that Brad Domke is a badass. At least at skimboarding through scary barrels. Bonus: Del The Funky Homosapien is just the best, and a Both Sides […]

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5.23.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best surf videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Dane Reynolds and Yadin Nicol in California To be fair, anything featuring Dane Reynolds will likely be clip of the week. He could just sit on a couch reading a book, film that, and bam, clip of the week. He’s that compelling. Anyway, he’s not even the star of this edit; […]

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5.22.14

Design Forum

Enjoy Handplanes

The most fun you can have with fins on

Lewis and Denslow didn't really expect to start a full-blown handplane business. They just had so much fun on their tiny pieces of surf craft, people noticed and wanted in too.

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5.20.14

How To

How To Paint Your Fins

Turn your fins into art with these 5 easy steps

Have a bunch of old plastic fins lying around? Buy a board off the rack recently that had a set of these cheapies plugged in? Then you’ve got yourself some fin canvases. Just because you paint them doesn’t mean that they’ll work as well as a set of $120 carbon-fiber superfins (then again, maybe they […]

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5.16.14

Features

This Week in Webclips

The best surf videos of the week, all in one place

CLIP OF THE WEEK: Dillon Perillo If you’ve longed for a video that got into the heart and mind of Dillon Perillo, this is the one for you. Even if you haven’t been longing for that, certainly you can enjoy a well-made, well-soundtracked clip of the stylings of Mr. Perillo in some warm-water pointbreaks. Knost […]

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5.14.14

The Culture

Friends of Jess

An ebay auction to raise money for the Nicholson family

But in March, Simon’s wife Jess died after fighting brain cancer for more than a year. Her passing leaves Simon as a single father to their young children Joel (5) and Anna (2). The Nicholson’s employed an aggressive regimen of expensive new cancer drugs in their fight for Jess’s life, which has left Simon with $25,000 in medical bills. The financial burden on his young family is immense.

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5.7.14

EOS

Kemp Aaberg Interview

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 […]

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5.5.14

Photo Blog

Celebrate the Cinco

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.

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4.29.14

The Culture

An Ode to Derek Hynd

Cheers to the most interesting surfer in the world

Derek Hynd is the most interesting surfer in the world.

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