Todd Prodanovich

Todd Prodanovich

Associate Editor, SURFER Magazine

12.19.13

Design Forum

What He Rode: World Title Edition

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

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12.5.13

Features

Alabama Barrels

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.

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11.27.13

Features

5 Greatest Aerialists

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 […]

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10.28.13

Features

A Case for the Single-Fin

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 […]

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10.10.13

Design Forum

What He Rode: Mick Fanning

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.

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10.8.13

Opinion

Barrels and Rap Battles

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.

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9.25.13

Features

Nostalgic Lenses

Film cameras are outdated, inefficient, and expensive. So why do some filmmakers continue to use them today?

Coleman takes his pursuit of cinematic nostalgia to the extreme: after getting his film developed, he’ll scratch it, draw on it, paint it, or rub it with dirt—anything to give the grainy frames a raw, primitive feeling. Other filmmakers don’t take it quite that far, but Coleman is certainly not alone. Thomas Campbell and Patrick Trefz have been shooting on film for more than a decade, and recently Joe G., Riley Blakeway, and George Trimm have also found something irreplaceable in antiquated methods of filmmaking.

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9.12.13

Features

Jordy’s Return

After a disappointing season in 2012, Jordy Smith discusses finding his form in 2013

I felt like I needed something to snap me out of it, so I went on a surf trip to Mozambique with my fiancé, Lyndall, and my buddy, Chad Du Toit. Lyndall was actually the one who suggested we take a trip to that wave, because she’s been there camping with her family a few times. It was just firing and I was kind of gobsmacked. I was freaking out and couldn’t get the boards off the car fast enough. I probably scored some of the best waves of my life.

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9.3.13

Design Forum

What He Rode: Ace Buchan

The 2013 Teahupoo champion breaks down his magic quad

"If you can find a magic board you feel comfortable on, you don’t even think of it as a board anymore but as an extension of your body and you can just do whatever you want. I’ll be hanging onto that one from Teahupoo, and if the conditions are right I will pull it out again." —Ace Buchan

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8.30.13

The Culture

Inside “Urchin Howl”

Filmmaker Chris McClean talks us through the first ever Instagram surf movie

Social media has given us all a mild case of ADD. Tweets have replaced web stories, Vine replaced YouTube, and Instagram replaced Facebook in a race to make information easier to consume. One person who is embracing this impatient era is UK-based filmmaker Chris McClean. McClean takes the term "short film" to new extremes with his project, Urchin Howl, which has been edited into a series of 15-second clips to be released on Instagram.

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