Kohl Christensen teams up with big-wave elite to advocate for safer lineups
For 48 hours in Oahu, big-wave surfers will rack their boards and enter the classroom for a study in safety—a summit to assess the risks of big-wave surfing today. The class will cover rescue techniques, breath training, emergency reaction situations, CPR, and other scenarios they might be face. Kohl Christensen, Danilo Couto, and Liam and […]
After his win in Santa Cruz, the freshly sponsored pro wants to get to work
On the eve of Hawaiian Pro at Haleiwa, the night before the start of the Triple Crown in Hawaii, Torrey Meister catches his breath on the sand after a late session at Sunset. It’s been a hell of a week for Meister, a stretch where in one day at Steamer Lane he took a shortcut […]
TECNIQ & SYNBRA introduce the first truly bio-based alternative to traditional surfboard foam
TECNIQ LLC, a leading developer of environmentally conscious materials and products, and SYNBRA BV, leading innovators in expanded rigid foam technology, announced today the creation of the worlds first certified 100% biodegradable and 99% bio-based surfboard foam. “Surfboards have been overwhelmingly made out of petroleum products since the 1950’s,” says Rob Falken, TECNIQ’s Managing Director. […]
An interview with SURFER staff photographer Chris Burkard about his award-winning photo from Norway
SURFER Senior Photographer Chris Burkard, he of the cold water and pulled back landscapes of far-off locales, recently added another note to his résumé with a win in the “Spirit” category of the Red Bull Illume Image Quest. Here, he talks about that photo. What was the story behind this shot? What put you in […]
The symbiotic relationship between a pro and his shaper
Pyzel has known the Florences and shaped exclusively for John since he was five. He made him his first custom board, and hundreds, if not thousands, since. He describes their design dialogue as a healthy back-and-forth; ideas flow both ways until they find something that works. It’s obvious that both have benefitted from the relationship.
Here's a quick study in modern hydrodynamics. Y'know, fins.
What you don’t know about fins could be holding back your surfing.
And other things I learned in "Tom Blake: The Uncommon Journey of a Pioneer Waterman"
Tom Blake was a man's man, a jack of all trades and one of modern surfing's most decorated forefathers. This book, Tom Blake: The Uncommon Journey of a Pioneer Waterman, is a comprehensive look at his life and legacy. This review is anything but. Whet your appetite on a few tales here, and then go buy a copy of the book.
Please stay in the damn water. It’s the only place you’re safe.
Creed McTaggart. A fresh-face out of West Oz, a laid-back bloke who listens to The Velvet Underground and has long hair and has for the last six months been perpetual putty for the hippest in surf.
Waste to Waves is turning discarded foam into custom surfboards
The creation of one standard surfboard produces nearly 600 pounds of CO2, which is a lot considering that most boards weigh in around six pounds. In 2012, determined to find a solution to this, Michael Stewart and Kevin Whilden cofounded Waste to Waves and challenged surfers to help cut that footprint in half.
Arts and Culture
In a 3-2 vote, the Regional Water Quality Control Board denied the TCA permit for the toll road
It was standing room only in the Regional Water Quality Control Board Meeting Room in San Diego. A few hundred surfers and environmentalists alike showed up to the hearing—which was inconveniently located some 50 miles away from Trestles—to fight on behalf of some of the best waves and most pristine State Park land in Southern California.