Kimball Taylor

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

2.18.14

Features

The Junket

Jet-setting with GoPro founder Nick Woodman, surfing's first billionaire

We sat down to dinner and celebrity CNN anchor Anderson Cooper was describing the time he flew out to Ohio to see a woman about her cult of hyper-conscious bonobo apes, and about the incredibly nasty things that one of them did to a purple beach ball that Cooper brought as a gift. The apes […]

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12.27.12

Features

Camping The Californias

A Collection Of Thoughts On The Act Of Sleeping In The Dirt

A collection of thoughts on the act of sleeping in the dirt.

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8.27.12

Features

What Am I Doing Here Alone?

The unbearable lightness of being Kepa Acero

The unbearable lightness of being Kepa Acero.

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7.27.12

Features

Johnny A.W.O.L.

A lot of young Americans join the Army to get out of their small-town circumstances.  Johnny joined to make his dreams come true, but he quickly discovered that those dreams were at odds with the system. So, at a time when the country embarked on its grandest military adventurism, Johnny, who was still enlisted, went […]

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4.13.11

Blogs

How to Sell a Board on Craigslist

Craigslist has quickly become the ideal venue for selling a used surfboard. The site doesn’t extract the high commissions surf shops do, it provides your board a greater audience, and if the board doesn’t sell right away, you have the ability to drop the price, change the photos or modify your sales pitch. 1. Pricing—Research […]

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3.31.11

Blogs

How To Paddle Out to a Localized Spot

First of all, don’t paddle out to a localized spot. If you’re too hard-headed or frothy not to, be certain that you can surf the place better than the bottom third of the surfers out there. And even if this is the case, paddle out alone. If you’re with a friend, stagger your sessions. Once […]

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3.16.11

Blogs

How to Pretend Like You Made the Barrel You Just Blew

This maneuver relies on situational awareness. Where are your friends? If they’re in the judges’ tower, you’re screwed. If they’re behind the lens, you’re screwed. If they’re out the back or down the beach, you may have a chance. Now, barrel-makers are not going to pop up in the impact zone, they’re going to emerge […]

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2.4.11

Features

YouTube Killed the Secret Spot

Can secret spots survive the age of social networking?

Can secret spots survive the age of social networking?

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11.15.10

Features

Lessons From A Backyard Adventure

SURFER Senior Editor Kimball Taylor and SURFER Assistant Photo Editor JP Van Swae spent the night camping together, in one small tent, on the beach at a Southern California surf spot. Here’s are a few things they learned: You’re camping at this spot because you love it. But you may have to break the law […]

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11.15.10

Features

Staycation Limitations

The Pitfalls of Perma-Staycationing

What do Pipeline, Supertubes, and Cloud Nine have in common? Yes, they’re all world-class waves. But before they were known to the world, before they had names even, they were staycation destinations. In the early 1950s Pat Curren and a buddy lived out of a panel van, on what was an empty, palm-shaded lot, directly […]

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