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
Mapping out his surf trip to-do list
Here is Taylor Knox's travel to-do list. Unfortunately, it's invite only.
Jordy, Jaws, Pipe, and Jacob Willcox, as well as a tribute to Ricardo Dos Santos
There’s seems to be swell everywhere, so let today’s T.W.I.W. be your playlist before you paddle out.
Uncharted in Canada, flips in Hawaii, and some whetting of rails with Taylor Knox
Oregon, Hawaii, and Taylor Knox, naturally.
Meet Rob Falken, surfing's rad scientist
Rob Falken used an eggbeater, a wooden spoon, and his mother’s crockpot to create his first batch of surf wax. He was 17, and over the next eight years his business grew from mom’s crockpot to a five-gallon bucket to an 80-gallon drum to a fleet of industrial-sized tanks. It took some time to get the formula just right, but the scientific, trial-and-error approach he perfected in the process groomed him for where we find him now.
The best webclips of the week, all in one place
Just watch Jordy Smith in Mozambique. Watch it again. Mozambique. That name. That wave.
The man with the Phantom cam talks slo-mo in surf
The footage is mind-bending. There seems no better way to appreciate the full majesty of a wave, in all its beauty and danger and magnitude, than at 1,000 FPS. The same could be said for the surfers, Slater and Florence and Mathews and company, whose skill, technique, and style gets lost in the speed of waves at real-time. What you see in the above clip came from Australian cinematographer Chris Bryan, who swims in these lineups with a camera that costs the same as a house in the Midwest and weighs as much as many of the household appliances that'd go into it. He's distinguished himself as surfing's Phantom cam man.
And CNN dubs him "The King of Surfing"
The mainstream media's coverage of surfers always leaves a weird taste in your mouth, a discomfort akin to wearing shoes on the beach, or seeing a teacher in public. There's not technically anything wrong with it, I guess, but it sure feels like there is.
How Medina, Fanning, and Slater could each win the 2014 World Title at Pipeline
The hope for the first Brazilian world champ thins, and we head to Hawaii with three names in the hat. Medina still sits atop the rankings, with Fanning close behind and Slater now a long shot for the title. (A lethal long shot.)