The Culture

2.12.15

The Culture

Never Too Late

A welcome to those who learn to surf as adults

Being a beginner sucks. There’s nothing worse. If you’ve managed to survive to adulthood while preserving even the tiniest, most minuscule shred of pride, it’s gone the instant you step out on a limb and become—God forbid—new at something. Kids, on the other hand, can learn anything in five minutes and be smug little assholes […]

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2.11.15

The Culture

The Mind of Geoff McFetridge

Inside the artist's studio

In this video, with the help of Gold Coast Bicycles, McFetridge's unique bicycle design, "The Sea Rambler," comes to life.

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1.16.15

The Culture

Creative in Canada

The highest highs and lowest lows of cold-water exploration

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1.5.15

Features

Climb Down From That High Horse

Debunking surfing's faux-spirituality

For decades now, we’ve had our heads so far up our own asses that we’ve largely forgotten that surfing is just leisurely, pointless fun.

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12.29.14

Features

The End of History

Does progression matter in surfing?

It is worth reflecting on the fact that as surfing has grown and evolved since Duke kick-started the sport’s revival a century ago, little seems to have changed when it comes to our pure enjoyment.

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12.21.14

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R.I.P. Mike Tabeling: 1949-2014

An East Coast legend passes

Mike Tabeling told me last week that he was hoping to make it to Christmas. I didn’t know the man well, but my sense is that this is one of the very few instances in which he came up short. A rich life, full of waves, laughter, adventure, love. I’ll leave it to those who […]

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12.18.14

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Godspeed, Travis Logie

The Tour says goodbye

“I almost felt more sorry for the guy I beat than I was stoked for winning,” Travis Logie told the ASP last month when he announced his decision to retire. It’s just that sort of camaraderie, built over 10 years on Tour, that was on display when he was carried up the beach at Pipe […]

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12.16.14

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Can Big-Wave Surfing Be Safe?

The New Yorker dives in

If even those of us who are longtime surfers, but not big-wave hellions (me, certainly) are fascinated by how the heavywater crew can survive the beatings they take, imagine how amazed the general, non-surfing public must be. The New Yorker, of all publications,  are as befuddled as anybody, so they’ve waded into the developments surrounding […]

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12.9.14

The Culture

From the Projects to the Beach

Marin County surf camp hosts Sunnydale inner city crew

The past few years, Ian Glover and the rest of the crew at Marin County’s Big Dog Surf Camp (with help from San Francisco shaper Tim Gras and the TURF Community Development organization) have spent a day sharing the surf with kids from Sunnydale—one of San Francisco’s most violent housing projects. For most of these […]

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12.5.14

The Culture

Greening the Triple Crown

Curbing that surf contest waste

When thousands of visitors descend on a surf contest site, they leave behind a ton of trash in their wake. And it takes a massive amount of energy to run a World Tour event, from fueling the generators that power the electricity used to produce the webcasts, to flying staffmembers—not to mention that giant wooden […]

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