Todd Prodanovich

Todd Prodanovich

Editor, SURFER Magazine

9.26.16

Corndogging

WSL Surfers Say Commissioner Has “Gone Mad With Power”

Anonymously, of course

San Clemente, CA—The judging debates surrounding the Hurley Pro at Lower Trestles may be over, but it seems that controversy has continued to follow professional surfing’s governing body, the World Surf League. Commissioner Kieren Perrow has come under fire for allegedly “taking all the best waves” during warm ups and lay days at World Tour

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9.22.16

Reviews

Let’s Be Frank

A look at Peter Hamblin’s unorthodox profile of Frank Solomon

I’ll be frank—the new movie starring big-wave surfer Frank Solomon is not actually a surf film. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway. Is there surfing? Oh yeah. There are clips of Solomon and friends charging bone-rattling waves in South Africa, Ireland, Puerto Escondido, and beyond. But with a complex storyline, meticulously crafted sets, well-timed

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8.29.16

Features

Sons Of Steamer Lane

Santa Cruz has long been synonymous with brash locals, big airs, and bigger flameouts. But can the next generation of local surfers flip the script?

If you went looking for the moment Santa Cruz, California, began its reputation as a rough-and-tumble surf town, you’d probably end up on the cliff at Steamer Lane the night before the 1969 Smirnoff International Pro-Am was set to start. According to a Sports Illustrated article from the time, that’s when local surfers decided they

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8.29.16

Corndogging

Confessions of a Dog Surfing Champion

An inside look at the insidious world of competitive canine surfing

On paper, Mr. Biscuit had it all: a sizeable yard in suburban San Diego for running and digging and pooping, an owner who offered him table scraps, and a mantle heavy with trophies from his many Dog Surfing Championship wins. But, the truth is, Mr. Biscuit’s road to dog surfing immortality was paved with crippling

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8.9.16

Photos

Nica Rhythm

Tyler Warren and Ellis Ericson explore experimental surfcraft and local culture along the Nicaraguan coastline

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3.17.16

Features

The Unlikely Tasmanian

After leaving his home coast 15 years ago, freesurfing icon Dion Agius discovers that getting in touch with his roots is easier said than done

We had just finished dinner with Tasmanian charger Benn Richardson at his house in Clifton, overlooking the placid, moonlit waters of Pipe Clay Lagoon. It was getting late, but Dion Agius, Creed McTaggart, and Noa Deane were wide awake in the living room, throwing back beers in a vain attempt to calm their nerves. “You

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3.10.16

Features

The Weirdo

When it comes to drawing unusual lines, Mason Ho is surfing’s premier artist

Mason Ho is sitting in a rusty lawn chair in his overgrown yard in Sunset Beach, scratching his dog, Hurricane, behind the ears, reassuring him that he is, indeed, a good boy. “Well, except when you bite people,” Ho qualifies. Hurricane and his owner are both oddities: one is an old, three-legged pit bull mix,

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2.23.16

Features

Laughing It Off

Sterling Spencer's strange sense of humor has likely saved his life

When I call Sterling Spencer at his home in the sleepy Gulf Coast town of Pensacola, Florida, our conversation starts in a typically tongue-in-cheek fashion. Spencer is quick to slip into character during interviews, and he talks about his new mockumentary surf film, Gold, as if it’s based in fact. Spencer claims to have ridden

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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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