Kimball Taylor

Senior Writer, SURFER Magazine

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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7.27.10

Features

On Falling

Photos by Masters, Brown, Aeder, Joli In 1964, Robert August, Mike Hynson, and Bruce Brown landed in Tahiti to film for The Endless Summer. By that late date, the island’s Polynesian surfing tradition had been extinct for nearly 200 years. Feverish British missionaries, skating in on the heels of Captain Cook’s 1769 arrival, put an […]

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7.22.10

Features

A Searching And Fearless Moral Inventory

Thirty-seven-year-old big-wave champion Darryl “Flea” Virostko and I stood on a cliff above the grey North Pacific. The wind howled. The surf spot we’d come to check folded in upon itself far below us. Flea unburied his golf bag from the bed of his battered Toyota Tundra. Just couple of years old, it belched white […]

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7.1.10

Environmental News

Navarre’s Last Session

Most Pensacola surfers drove the 15 miles down to Navarre yesterday, because there’s a couple of good banks at the pier and the oil had yet to hit there. Pensacola was already covered. Apparently, in the past, Navarre wasn’t visited much. But the oil situation packed the lineup. The fact that black tar wasn’t visible, […]

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6.29.10

Environmental News

Dispatch from the Gulf

Monday morning I attended a conference on renewable energy in the Florida state capital building. The room normally filled with legislators was filled with interested citizens, academics, and lobbyists. The idea was to get Florida on a path toward running on renewable energy. It was an interesting scene because this conference could have happened any […]

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2.27.87

Features

The 20-Year Surf Trip

A Slight Overstay In San Diego, California

A slight overstay in San Diego, California.

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