Kelly Slater is known as the best surfer in the world. But will anyone ever agree on that title again?
If you’re the sort of surfer who takes time to read this magazine and aren’t simply flipping through the pages to drool over the photos, then I’m confident I can sketch a spot-on picture of you, dear reader. You’re a man, roughly 31 years old. You’re a goofyfoot, and you surf twice a week. You
Can surf shops survive the online shopping revolution?
As the Internet continues its inexorable march, stomping all the best parts of human civilization into dust in the name of convenience, one of the first casualties littering the road to the Matrix will surely be the independent retailer. As if the looming specter of big-box chains like Walmart and Costco Pied Pipering the middle
Remember Bradshaw's Biggest Wednesday Outer Logs mission? It's 18 years old, today
Remember “Biggest Wednesday”? January 28th, 1998? Ken Bradshaw whipped into the Biggest Wave Ever Surfed™ 18 years ago today, riding not only a 50-foot Outer Log Cabins behemoth, but also the crest of a tow-surfing wave that would—outside of Nazare—come crashing down in a heap of disinterest within the surf world in just a handful of
A walk through the ages in surf couture
Surf fashion unquestionably peaked in the early ’60s. Canvas trunks, rugged denim jeans, white T-shirts, cable-knit sweaters, aloha shirts, and cheap leather slaps formed the typical surfer’s wardrobe. Those weren’t necessarily even stylistic choices when you think about it; that was just the most functional clothing of the time for a surfer. Over the next
A decade after "Blank Monday," it's a great time to be a surfboard customer
This month marks the tenth anniversary of Grubby Clark faxing a seven-page letter to all of his customers announcing that, effective immediately, he was shuttering his foam blank manufacturing business. Had the sun failed to rise on the morning of December 5 2005, when fax machines all over the world beeped to life and spit
Deconstructing our world through surf videos
Of all the movies in which aliens learn everything they know about life on Earth from watching our TV shows and films, Galaxy Quest is by far the best. Tim Allen acts his ass off as the star of a hokey space-adventure drama modeled on Star Trek. A hapless planet full of literally humorless aliens
Fanning's mother and the WSL lash out at KFC's new commercial
Elizabeth Osborne, Mick Fanning’s mother, has seen the KFC South Africa spoof of Fanning’s shark scare at J-Bay earlier this year, and she didn’t find it to be particularly funny. “I think it is very disrespectful,” she recently told Fairfax Media. “It really brings back a lot of trauma for everybody who has been attacked
The Bishop Museum pays tribute to Duke Kahanamoku with new exhibit
It’s a sweltering summer morning at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, and I’ve just stepped foot inside the newly opened Duke Kahanamoku exhibit. What I see is striking. Stretched across the exhibit stands a sweeping collection of artifacts, tall wooden surfboards, and interactive games telling the story of one of Hawaii’s favorite sons. This year
Is surfing's rebel culture dead?
A few years ago, the Supreme Court justices climbed atop their bench, raised their gavels as one, and shouted to all the land, “Fuck it! No more fines for profanity on broadcast TV!” Well, sort of. Basically the Court tossed out a bunch of fines the FCC was desperately trying to levy on the networks for some uncensored
An interview with Jamie Brisick about surfing's first transgender star
The first time Australia’s Peter Drouyn stormed pro surfing’s stage in the early ’70s, he came from seemingly nowhere—a Queenslander in an era dominated by Sydney surfers. He ran off a string of impressive contest results, including three podium finishes at Bells Beach (’71, ’74, ’77); first place at the Makaha International (’70); and an