Todd Prodanovich

Todd Prodanovich

Editor, SURFER Magazine

1.26.16

Features

Man-Made

Kelly Slater discusses the perfect artificial wave that he's spent the last 10 years developing

It would be hard to fathom just how much time surfers have collectively spent watching and re-watching the video of Kelly Slater surfing his perfect artificial peeler. At this point, we probably have every turn, barrel, and air committed to memory. And it’s not at all surprising that the video has resonated so much with

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1.5.16

Features

Five Things Point Break Taught Us

Because all the best surf lessons come from Hollywood

It’s been a little more than a week since the “remake” of the 1991 classic Point Break hit theaters, which is just enough time for the whirlwind of surfy heroics, environmental terrorism, and psuedo-mysticism to sink in. The tagline asks us to “Find your breaking point,” which it seems like a lot of critics did

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12.28.15

Features

The Wild Coast

In a globalized era, you can travel across the world in search of a truly pristine coastline. But you might have to go further still

A massive event scaffold loomed above the white-sand beach and EDM beats washed over a crowd of teens busy scribbling things like “free hugs” on each other with Sharpies. Luxurious beachfront hotels overlooked a lineup occupied by world-class competitive surfers struggling to ride dribbling 2-foot waves. It felt as if I had fallen through a

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12.1.15

Videos

Sterling Spencer’s Gold

Watch the new full-length surf movie with special guest Bob Saget

Few surfers are as fluent in internet absurdity as Pensacola’s own Sterling Spencer. His latest online offering, Gold, chronicles the highs and lows of his life on “The Surfing Tour,” and his quest to be the number 1 surfer on earth. “This is definitely my Occumentary,” says Spencer. “Except I had to hire my own

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11.16.15

Features

Crossing the Sentinel

Frank Solomon discusses the art of chasing waves the hard way

When John Florence wanted to get off the beaten path in search of obscure waves for his movie, View From A Blue Moon, he turned to longtime friend and South African charger Frank Solomon for guidance. That’s because Solomon has a knack for finding waves along the fringes, and he’s gone to great lengths to

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11.9.15

Features

Lights, Camera, John John

With View From A Blue Moon, John Florence may take surf filmmaking to new heights

Alone in the lineup, John Florence rose to his feet just as the right-hand slab pitched toward shore. He locked into a highline, eying a crumbling section ahead. Knees slightly bent, arms quiet at his sides, he bottom-turned, launched above the lip, and floated 2…4…6 feet out of the water. It was the kind of

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10.2.15

Photos

Nos Vemos En Venecia

Snapshots from the opening night of Kevin Ancell's latest art exhibition

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9.29.15

Features

Into the Light

How California surfer/artist Kevin Ancell fought his way back from the brink of death

From the outside, Kevin Ancell’s studio doesn’t look like much. It’s crammed into a series of nondescript warehouses, lost in the bland maze of Costa Mesa’s industrial sprawl. But when Ancell lifts the corrugated steel door to his workspace, an entirely different world presents itself. Enormous oil paintings, intricate sculptures, abalone-inlaid surfboards, and all manner

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9.28.15

SURFER Approved

Vintage Surf Movie Soundtracks

Tear a hole in the spacetime continuum with the help of some reissued surf vinyl

Remember the good ol’ days when there were fewer fins on surfboards, airbrushes looked like psychedelic dreams, and surf checks involved looking out a cloudy van window whilst Zeppelin blared from the stereo? Me neither. Sadly, I was also born too late and missed the much-romanticized era of surfing during the ’70s and early ’80s.

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9.15.15

Features

Unconventional Wisdom:
Nathan Fletcher

40, San Clemente, California

Having a kid changes your life. Suddenly you find yourself telling someone else what to do. It’s weird going to the beach and watching them instead of just psyching to get out and surf. If you’re surfing because of your ego, to impress people, to make money, it’s never going to amount to anything real and you’ll never be satisfied. But if

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