7.22.10

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Rick Griffin Retrospective Draws Nearly 1000 On Opening Night

The opening of Heart and Torch – Rick Griffin’s Transcendence drew nearly 1000 people to the Laguna Art Museum last Saturday night, June 23, according to Bolton Coleburn, the museum’s director. “I think everyone that’s alive and breathing should see this. It’s high time that this stuff was recognized as fine art.” Click here to

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7.22.10

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SHAPING TOMORROW

Gary Linden Opens Up On His Roots And Future

At the end of a long, narrow hallway with a bare concrete floor, in a small warehouse on South Cleveland Street in Oceanside, California, Gary Linden is shaping a surfboard. This one is a fish, with parabolic stringers running along the rails, and Linden’s hand moves easily over the foam, giving it a final sanding

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7.22.10

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SURFCO HAWAII A Long Journey to Prevent Gory Injuries

David Skedeleski is an inventor. Born and raised in Hawaii with a Polish/Japanese background, he is the mind behind those eye-saving and puncture-preventing nose guards we stick on our surfboards. He’s a surfer with a gift for creating. With no engineering background, he started Surfco Hawaii over 20 years ago and has made a successful

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7.22.10

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Oh, So Sweet

In December 2005, Jon Stillman saw the stars align. When Clark Foam closed its doors, Stillman saw it as an opportunity. “I saw the article in December 2005 about Clark Foam quitting the foam business and it really spoke to me,” says Stillman, president of Ice-Nine Foam Works. He called a group of friends and

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7.22.10

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Spot on Spot: Ala Moana

A Revisionist Glance at the history of Ala Moana surfing

While all spots have a local who rises to the occasion for big swells, in critical surf Ala Moana seems to consistently revolve around any one of the five or six guys who paddle out there each day. South Shore guru, Bernie Baker, comments, “Every generation has its bulls who have either been greedy or protective, and they come and go and with each new decade, then there’s somebody else. Bowls could be worse. There have been uglier decades than today; some of the kindest surfers there are the oldest surfers there. Get to know them; understand etiquette, protocol, and respect—and always ask if they’re going…”

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7.22.10

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Gone Riding

Sunny Garcia and a tale of two sports

One might be led to believe that a 218-pound, 55-horsepower, 450-cubic-centimeter, fossil-fuel-motivated motocross bike and an ultra-light, three-fin, six-foot-something surfboard really don’t have much of anything in common. But strangely enough they do. 2000 ASP World Surfing Champion and multifold Triple Crown of Surfing Champion Sunny Garcia is, if you listen to him, nearly as

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7.22.10

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First Person: Wayne Bartholomew

An interview with the legendary competitor, professional surfing icon, Kirra local, and World Champion

If you could trade in your World Championship for anything, what would it be? There is no doubt about it, as one gets older the appreciation grows for the simple act of riding waves, paddling in the ocean and enjoying the health to do it. World Championship glory dims considerably in the clear light of

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7.22.10

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#1 Kelly Slater

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

Double his age, an entire generation of competitors had passed between us when I first met Kelly Slater on the North Shore in December of 1989. I was leaving the pro tour. Kelly was just 17. But as an analytical competitor, I considered it my job to evaluate anyone new coming up though the ranks.

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7.22.10

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#2 Duke Kahanamoku

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

One of the great joys of my life was growing up in the shadow of Duke Kahanamoku and the guys at Waikiki. When I was a little boy, 6 or 7 years old, Duke was still surfing and spending time at the beach. He’d take his old board out, always with this regal demeanor. When

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7.22.10

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#3 Tom Curren

SURFER Celebrates the 50 Greatest Surfers of All Time

At once both the hero and the anti-hero, Tom Curren was the Golden Child of American surfing. Masses of fans loved him, yet the underground somehow still praised him. His effortless style and precision lines defined and era. His surfing has always encompassed a brilliance only someone raised in the ocean could possibly capture. For

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