Former SURFER editor and La Jolla Shores legend, 1946-2015
He was “Mellow Cat” to the skate world. The surfers called him “Archie.” He surfed beautifully, with a smooth “Frye-ish” style, a mid-’60s maestro of words, charm, and Mensa-level intelligence, and a poet to any woman he befriended on the boardwalk at La Jolla Shores. A local girl named Angie, for example, was renamed “Fawn
A young surf photographer bent on documenting the plight of surfers in the U.K.
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Bright green, black, red, whatever. Nixon's Mini Blaster is the go-to beach speaker.
One session across the pond with Luke Davis, Balaram Stack, and Michael Dunphy
Here, you have three friends scoring together in an epic European session. Pepper in the fact that the trio is Luke Davis, Balaram Stack, and Michael Dunphy, sprinkle on that double-barrel Davis-Dunphy combo at 0:57, and you’ve got yourself a webclip baby.
A cold-water surf trip to a remote and frozen Canadian frontier
What the hail? Instagram reacts
Today, on March 2, 2015, Huntington Beach residents woke up to find their beach under a blanket of snow. Well, hail, technically, but still, frozen water. Here are some firsthand accounts from the trenches. No word yet on the official hashtag…rumors tell us they’re trying #SnowCal on for size. Here’s Oatmeal Joe, for the win:
The coal-miner turned photographer is bringing a new angle to oceanic imagery
The coal-mining town of Bulli, south of Sydney, is not regarded as a repository of high art, nor as a vibrant and pulsing beehive of life and color, and yet there was Ray Collins. Seven years ago the idea of his new photography book, Found at Sea, would have seemed ludicrous to him; he was still working a mile down in the mines and hadn’t shot a single frame. Collins crawled out of the mines after blowing out a knee—“No shock absorbers left,” he says—and bought a camera with the payout. In the short years since, Collins has transitioned from subterranean to submarine and become arguably the most inventive water photographer in Australia.
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The Cradle of Storms Alex Gray, Josh Mulcoy, and Pete Devries went on a journey through the remote Aleutian Arc of Alaska, the birthplace of storm systems that send swell back to the rest of us in civilization. They braved heavy weather, flew on rickety prop planes, and ate seal meat en route to discovering