Can a three-day course teach you to survive big waves?
The Salvation Army Aquatics Center in San Diego is hardly synonymous with big-wave surfing. It’s the kind of community pool where you’d normally find lap swimming and water aerobics. But on this particular day, alongside the elderly women engaged in AquaZumba, an entirely different kind of class was taking place. It was a Waterman Survival
A generous portion of stellar surfing from Dane Reynolds
For the past few months, it seemed that the plug had been pulled over at Marine Layer Productions. But today it came roaring back to life with the release of “Sampler,” an 11-minute edit featuring all of the clips that didn’t end up in Dane Reynolds’ part in Cluster. According to Reynolds’ statement on Marine
Getting the barrel of your life in Mainland Mexico doesn’t come cheap
Picture the coastline of Pascuales, Mexico, with sprawling grass fields, swaying palms, and dark sand beaches perfectly angled to greet any ripple of south swell. At a glance, you’d think it’s the kind of utopia that every surfer dreams of. But the reality isn’t so inviting, and the waves there can make even the most
Matt Meola innovates along the Maui coast
In Matt Meola’s latest web edit, the beautifully shot “Home,” we find the Maui boy on his home turf doing what he does best. It’s chock-full of the kind of full rotations into the flats that set Meola apart from pretty much every other surfer in the world, but in this edit he takes his
Oakley Lowers Pro Champion Filipe Toledo on finding his form at Trestles
"I remember watching the 2011 Lowers contest while I was back home and I remember seeing something like six of the eight surfers in the quarters where Brazilian. After that people started talking about the Brazilian Storm and then Miguel and Gabriel both got wins there. I definitely wanted to add another Brazilian flag to the list."
A look at the colorful quiver of the equally vibrant Dane Gudauskas
Growing up, whenever I saw old photos of boards ridden by guys like David Nuuhiwa and Terry Fitzgerald, I was completely amazed by the artwork. You don’t see that style of art on surfboards very often anymore, but when you do, you instantly feel something. A little over a year ago I decided that I
...Or makes a very elaborate April Fool's joke
"Big decisions in life don't come easy and it's taken a lot of quiet time and personal introspection to come to this conclusion...The #RipCurlPro was the first event I surfed on tour and it's fitting that this will be my last. There are too many people to thank and memories to go over but here's to hoping I can pull a rabbit out of the hat and win one last event this week."
Gabriel Medina threatens Glenn Hall and criticizes contest extension in post-heat interview
"First of all, that was a really bad call for the comp," Medina said to Pete Mel in a post-heat interview. "We waited like 10 days, we extended 2 days [to] get waves like this and I think K.P. [WSL Commissioner Kieren Perrow] didn't do a really good job, but I hope he can get better. And second was the interference. One day I will try to understand this new rule. The third is, next time Glenn say 'fuck you' to me, I'll teach him some..."
What Kai Neville’s latest offering tells us about the state of the surf movie
From Jack Freestone making an unmakeable backside air to Noa Deane’s kamikaze punts, the surfing in Cluster is undeniably good. Of course these surfers reside comfortably in the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent. But it’s impossible to watch Cluster without wondering at some point, “Where was John John when all this was happening? Or Gabriel? Or Filipe? Or Jordy? Or Kolohe?”
Filmmaker Joe G. discusses his craft and the making of the year's best surf movie
It reminded me of skateboarding where you might show up to a spot and have to deal with obstacles, like rocks that you have to sweep up or something you have to avoid at the bottom of a staircase. In Iceland, Dion [Agius] was actually throwing little icebergs out of the way because they were floating into a good section of the wave.