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7.22.10

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Saccharine Sessions In Barbados

…I hadn’t been in the Soup Bowls parking lot for more than three minutes when a wiry, bald-headed local named Chicken demanded my name in a tone typically preceding violence. In as friendly a voice manageable, I responded, “I’m Za—“ “F–k you!” he interrupted just as the k sound sputtered from my mouth. “Get the […]

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7.22.10

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Digging Deep For Gaviota Coastline

Nole, tell us a little bit about this long distance paddle that you are partaking in. Well we are paddling from Gaviota to the US/Mexico border. We are paddling on traditional paddleboards with a bunch of gear strapped to them, and an alaia surfboard on each one. We’ll be paddling down the coast, and camping […]

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7.22.10

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World Tour Surfers and ASP Officials Propose Changes to Controversial New System

Standing along the picturesque point overlooking the world’s most ferocious waves, the flock of remaining surfers still seeded in the Billabong Pro Tahiti met with ASP officials last Sunday evening to discuss the tribulations of the new sudden-death format. It’s no secret that the new format has been a bitter pill to swallow for many […]

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7.22.10

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The Pyschological State Of A Champion

Sports Illustrated writer Gary Smith recently penned an insightful psychological sketch of nine-time World Champion Robert Kelly Slater. You can find the article here. If you’re a fan Slater’s or a fan of pro surfing, Smith’s article is a great read, posing the question:Why does Kelly Slater surf? Gary Smith follows the champ’s own self-excavation […]

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7.22.10

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Nate Tyler Wins VQS World Championships

A wave of denim overalls and the aroma of barbeque chicken mixed with corn on the cob muddled any semblance of a surf contest at Newport Beach’s famed 54th Street Jetty. Sure, there was action in the water, but the on-land antics proved equally entertaining. For instance, while Tom Curren narrowly fell in the semi-final […]

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7.22.10

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Director Jeff Parker Discusses Newport's Roots And The Birth Of An Industry

In the spirit of recent films like Dogtown And Z Boys and Bustin’ Down The Door, Echo Beach focuses on the 1980’s surf scene in Newport Beach, California and the underground fashion current that would eventually spawn brands like Quiksilver, Stussy, Volcom, and countless others. The original sense of entrepreneurship and high-performance surfing that was […]

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7.22.10

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"Not Going To Happen," Says One ASP Official

The much-touted “one tier system” proposed by the ASP less than six months ago, “is not going to happen” according to WQS Tour Manager, Al Hunt. He did not, however, rule out the possibility of a one world ranking system at some point in the future. The brainchild of the ASP’s former president, Wayne “Rabbit” […]

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7.22.10

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CJ Hobgood Ready To Knock Teahupoo Cold

Boy, has pro surfing changed over the years. Back in the days of the I.P.S. Pro Tour when pro surfing was in its infancy it was not uncommon for competitors to travel together in packs. A one-bedroom villa at Turtle Bay would oftentimes house an entire nation of world title contenders. By contrast, nowadays you […]

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7.22.10

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SURFER Editor in Chief Joel Patterson Breaks Down The Latest Addition To Newsstands

On newsstands now around the known world, you’ll find SURFER Magazine’s June 2009 issue in all its glory. I’m particularly proud of the issue, as it’s the culmination of several projects we at SURFER feel are important and worth bragging about, so here I go: On The Cover The cover shot of recent XXL Ride […]

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7.22.10

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Fitzgibbons Wins Women's First Six Star of 2009

When there’s a men’s 6-star prime at Lowers in the same contest window, it’s easy for a women’s contest overseas to get overlooked. But event No. 5 of the Women’s WQS season—their first 6-star this year—is certainly worthy of note, especially given the fact that most of the World Tour surfers were in attendance, and […]

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