A spot-specific look at Greg Long's big-wave quiver
According to Chris Christenson, shaper to the big-wave elite, there is no greater influence on modern gun design than the waves themselves. “With each spot, you’ve got a new set of factors that the equipment needs to compensate for,” says Christenson. “You have to take everything into account, because at the end of the day you’re basically building parachutes—they just have to work.”
Shane Dorian and Shawn Dollar dominate the biggest night in big-wave surfing
Last night the most audacious wave riders and scantily-clad surf fans arrived at the Grove in Anaheim for the 2013 Billabong XXL Awards. What followed was an emotional look back at one of the most eventful years in the history of big-wave surfing. The massive swells ridden at Jaws, Cloudbreak, and Cortes Bank provided not only a glimpse into the future of big-wave surfing, and what these surfers are truly capable of achieving, but also a much more sobering look at the importance of water safety in this era of broken limits.
A Feature from the 2013 Hot 100 Issue
A feature from the 2013 Hot 100 Issue.
Warren Smith recounts Maine in the fall with Dion Agius, Craig Anderson, and Sterling Spencer
Warren Smith recounts Maine in the fall with Dion Agius, Craig Anderson, and Sterling Spencer.
A look at one man's strange dedication to landing an above the lip kickflip
A look at one man's strange dedication to landing an above the lip kickflip.
The past, present, and future of Nat Young
The past, present, and future of Nat Young.
John John Florence makes his mark on the big screen at La Paloma
As the lights of North County’s La Paloma Theater dimmed and tall cans emerged not-so-subtly from brown paper bags, excitement was running high, as were expectations. In the opening frames an orchestral melody came from the house speakers as John John launched into a massive full rotation on his backhand. He looked calm, casual, and expressionless. Even while spinning 6 feet above the lip, John John Florence may as well have been sleepwalking.
Notes from a rendezvous in France for our March issue
Notes from a rendezvous in France for our March issue.
Ryan Burch and the art of shaping your own dream board
"I’m in a position where I’m so lucky to not have to shape full-time, and that gives me a creative freedom that means the world to me. I only do it out of my own desire to create something—I don’t have to do it for anybody that I don’t want to. I can go in there and do whatever the heck I want and there’s no obligation."
The past, present, and future of Bobby Martinez
The past, present, and future of Bobby Martinez.