Here's where to shred this Fourth of July, for America
Whether by bike, car, or plane, it's your patriotic duty to find the best surf you can, for the red, white, and blue. Here's a list of seven hot spots to head for the Fourth. We can't promise swell, nor a lineup to yourself, but we can promise your best bet is early on July 5th. America!
The 17-year World Tour veteran will hang up his singlet after the 2015 season
"I really want it to be my last year in a jersey. There's a lot of joy, and I'm stoked. I'll leave it at that." —C.J. Hobgood
A ruptured pipeline leaked 21,000 gallons of crude oil into the Pacific
As surfers, the last major oil spill to affect our beaches and breaks was 2010's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which gushed oil into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days. For scale, the estimated amount of oil leaked in 2010 was 210 millions gallons, so around 10,000 times more than Tuesday's spill in Santa Barbara. Thankfully, this accident was nowhere near as disastrous. That said, any oil into our oceans is bad news.
Armed with a surfboard, a passport, and a camera, Acero shows it can pay off to fly solo
"Sometimes, when the waves are perfect, and there’s nothing and no one around, I do miss being around my brothers and friends in that moment. But I’m also very conscious that it’s a unique experience. It’s a privilege to live in that moment, getting barreled without end, solo and surrounded by nothing but nature. It’s a deep blessing." —Kepa Acero
The Internet opens the gates to surf films featuring John John, Dane, Jordy and more
Thank you, Hulu.
Advice on having an open door for traveling surfers, from the mayor of Teahupoo
Raimana will claim your ride loudest if you get spat out into the channel unscathed, and’ll be the first one there to rub fresh lime on your reef rash if otherwise. He knows better than any how essential traveling is within the world of surfing, and his wisdom inside will help make sure we all keep collecting stamps in our passports.
The rookie Tatiana Weston-Webb, and the returners Sage Erickson and Silvana Lima
The Top 17 has arguably never been in better shape, and these three ladies promise to be a big part of this continued progression of women in the water.
Says Ryan Harris, eco-glasser and shaper from Los Angeles
In an industry with a relentless loyalty to harmful technology, Ryan Harris and his E-Tech factory are a literal breath of fresh air.
A surf check in the great white Northeast
This entire bay was frozen. The waves were solid ice and slush, but it was still legitimately a few feet overhead and barreling.
How the D.I.Y. documenting of surf travel has changed the game
"My main goal with the GoPro is to find a wave where there’s no one else in the lineup and it’s firing. Which is why it’s a great camera for traveling. People want to see empty waves in the footage anyways, which is good, because that’s pretty much what I live for anyways." —Mikala Jones