Todd Prodanovich

Todd Prodanovich

Associate Editor, SURFER Magazine

10.20.14

Features

The Short(er) Board Revolution

Rob Machado and Ryan Burch discuss pushing small-wave craft in solid Tahiti barrels

When it comes to tackling heavy tubes, most surfers turn to lengthy step-ups and narrow pintails. But in the past few years, some have started to rethink the ideal size and shape of a board born for barrel hunting. On a recent trip to Tahiti, Rob Machado and Ryan Burch put their theories to the […]

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10.17.14

Design Forum

What He Rode: Kelly Slater

Channel Islands' Travis Lee breaks down the board behind Slater's groundbreaking aerial

It's extremely fast with a single-concave bottom. On this particular board, Kelly had asked for a slight modification in concave behind the front fins, which in turn altered the rail rocker out the tail. This could possibly have helped with the extra pop he gets out of the lip. In this case, the wind obviously plays a huge factor in pulling off a huge maneuver like this as well.

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10.3.14

Features

Inside Attractive Distractions

Albee Layer discusses his new movie project with Matt Meola, John John Florence, and Co.

Originally we went to all our sponsors and said we wanted to make a movie with Matt [Meola] and me, but no one really had funding for it. Everyone around us was saying that we should keep making webisodes. But in the end, the filmer/editor Dan Norkunas and I just said, “Fuck it, we’re doing this.” We just decided we were going to do it on our own, with or without support. The easy part was getting the crew together, because my really good friends that I grew up with just happen to be really good at surfing.

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8.29.14

Design Forum

What He Rode: Gabriel Medina

Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina's winning Teahupoo board

There aren’t too many waves in the world you can call similar than Teahupoo, especially at that size. But it was his was his third time competing there, and he's already proven himself in big, powerful waves on the North Shore and Fiji. Gabriel is from Maresias, which is good training ground for hollow and powerful waves. But of course nothing to be compared with the conditions during the finals in Tahiti.

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8.26.14

Features

On All Cylinders

Was the Billabong Pro Tahiti the greatest surf contest of all time?

ASP commentators are some of the most hyperbole-prone people on earth, and at some point during the final day nearly everyone in the South Pacific with a microphone exclaimed the words “best ever”. So let’s break the event down to its basic ingredients and see if their sum was truly the greatest surf contest in ASP history.

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8.13.14

Movie

Strange Rumblings Review

With great waves and a talented cast, Joe G paints a convincing image of Shangri La

Over the last decade, Joe Guglielmino (that’s what the “G” stands for) has consistently proven himself surfing’s most imaginative filmmaker. From the cheeky sci-fi narrative of Secret Machine, to the beautiful doomsday sessions of Year Zero, Joe G has a knack for elevating his work above “surf porn” into the realm of legitimate art. And in an era where practically every 2-minute web clip pretends to be art, Joe G’s flicks stand apart now more than ever.

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8.11.14

Design Forum

What He Rode: Filipe Toledo

Sharp Eye's Marcio Zouvi breaks down Filipe Toledo's winning board from the U.S. Open

Shaper Marcio Zouvi breaks down Filipe Toledo's winning board from the 2014 US Open.

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6.29.14

Features

Lost in Transition

After 15 years on Tour, C.J. Hobgood is ready to move on, but he's still finding it hard to let go

Editor’s Note: This article appeared in our March issue, when C.J. Hobgood was facing the task of competing on the 2014 World Tour without a sponsor. He’s since picked up a main sponsor in Salty Crew, and sits at No. 20 on the World Tour rankings. Whether he’s set to retire or requalify remains up […]

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6.10.14

Design Forum

What He Rode: Gabriel Medina

Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina's magic Cloudbreak craft

Gabriel is growing up and because of that I needed to make many changes on this model, but it's still the same concept. Mostly just the volume and the foil changed, but I also changed the fin positions and fin angles for Fiji.

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6.6.14

The Culture

The Hobgood Documentary

C.J. Hobgood discusses the crowdfunded film focusing on him and his brother

It’s going to be a mix of past and present. We’re going to be showing what it was like for my brother and me growing up, pushing each other, and getting to where we are now. But it’s also going to be about what’s happening in our lives right now.

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