The Gudauskas brothers on how to never have a bad surf trip
Surf and travel go hand-in-hand, but the reality of scouring the globe for waves is far from easy. Conditions don’t bend to your itinerary, and at some point you’re bound to get skunked. The Gudauskas brothers are seasoned travelers, and therefore have been skunked more times than you can imagine. But as you can tell from their new web series Down Days, they know how to make the most out of a dry spell abroad.
Johnny Cabianca breaks down Gabriel Medina's winning Snapper stick
Gabriel has talent in many different conditions, but he's loved to fly since he was a kid. I try to work on making faster boards because I believe that more speed is the key to more expressive surfing and bigger airs. Most of the time a professional surfer tries one of my boards, their feedback is that the boards are really fast but a little hard to turn. But after a session or two, most surfers start to love the way they can move the boards and explore new lines. Gabriel basically uses three different models. The dFK (da Freak Kid), the GAME, and MEGA. All the contests he's won since 2009, and his best results up to now were with one of those models.
How Nic Vaughan traded a finance career at Morgan Stanley to chase big-wave swells
Six months ago, recent college graduate Nic Vaughan was offered the kind of opportunity that many grads would kill for: a high-paying position as an Investment Analyst at Morgan Stanley, one of the biggest financial services corporations in the world. At just 21 years old, Vaughan would be part of a team of analysts responsible […]
If you believe Daniel Thomson, tomorrow's high-performance crafts are already here
You may have seen them at your local breaks: bizarre nose-less crafts with straight rails, deep concaves, and angular tails. They look more wakeboard than surfboard. More tech than soul. At a glance, it looks like an alien craft from the distant future. But then again, looks can be deceiving. The board is called the […]
Shaper Darren Handley breaks down Mick Fanning's Pipeline craft
"The 6'10" is also really special because three weeks prior to him winning, one of the sanders that sands all his boards and fins passed away from a heart attack, so it was pretty special for Mick to win on one of that last boards he worked on. Maybe he sent Mick those last-minute waves against CJ and Yadin." —Darren Handley
Sterling Spencer finds perfection along an unlikely coast
When you think of Alabama, you’re more likely to picture Football, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Forrest Gump than surfing. But Alabama has a short nub of coastline sticking into the Gulf of Mexico, and while it looks unassuming, the right combination of offshore storms and near-shore winds can produce something extraordinary. Last week, Sterling Spencer saw this firsthand when he drove across the border from his Florida home to check an Alabama beachbreak and found himself pulling into pumping barrels.
Of all time, according to Josh Kerr
MATT ARCHBOLD Archy was the original aerial phenomenon, and a pioneer in the early California air scene. I remember being a grom seeing all of his old MCD ads in magazines where he would just be throwing huge no-grab, straight airs, and thinking they were so sick. He and Martin Potter were both on that […]
An interview about longboarding with Harrison Roach
For a while there, longboards were the craft people loved to hate. Like many of us, Harrison Roach grew up watching longboarders sitting out the back, taking all the best waves, and trying to muscle through turns that simply didn’t make sense on a 9-foot board. But today, 23-year-old Roach is part of a growing […]
Darren Handley breaks down Mick's winning board from the Quik Pro France
You’ve got to control the power that France gives you, so the extra tail lift and the double concave helps you release some of that power. If you were to ride a really flat board out there, you’d be going really fast but wouldn’t be able to control your turns. Concave, tail rocker, and fin measurements are the factors that we play around with to make boards right for France.
Why some surfers need to get over their rap music phobia
Yesterday John John and Blake Kueny dropped the best web clip any of us have seen since…well…the last time they dropped a web clip. With his lofty airs, smooth rail work, and preternatural barrel riding, Florence is doing what Reynolds used to do, which is make every other pro surfer in the world feel like a second-class citizen. But, perhaps unsurprisingly, the person who has sparked the most commentary about this video isn’t John Florence—it’s Action Bronson.