Paying tribute to the 'Gull, our humble superhero
Phil Jarratt famously called Mark Richards the “wounded seagull” because of the way Mark held his arms and hands—that avian style that was (and remains) totally unique. Actually, I never quite got the “wounded” part. MR’s lanky upper extremities simply unfolded like bird wings when he surfed, and it was fantastic. At speed, he very […]
Navarro's lost surfboard takes a 300 mile journey from Spain to France
Back in December, Ramon Navarro came in fifth in the Punta Galea Challenge, a Big Wave World Tour event held near Bilbao, Spain. During the event his leash snapped and his board was lost to the current. On Friday, two months after it disappeared, Navarro’s gun washed up some 300 miles to the north, in […]
A video look at G-Mac collecting his Mercedes-designed super board
A couple weeks back we ran photos of Garrett McNamara’s Mercedes-designed rig for towing into giant Nazaré. The “sleek, sexy, fast” Mercedes surfboard now has its own little promo video. The board works fine. Now let’s see Al Merrick design a car.
Footage from 2011 Tsunami in Japan documents peeling right-hander and destruction
A Webber wave pool is coming. Stop me if you've heard this one before.
The first artificial wave pool opened for business in London, of all places, in 1934. In 1966, Tokyo's Summerland amusement park built a new wave pool, the "Surf-a-Torium," and for the first time, artificial waves were ridden by surfers. The surf media at the time went understandably nuts, proclaiming a near-future of perfect waves sloshing around wave pools in cities all over the world. And for the last 50 years, that "near-future" has remained distant as ever. Well, unless you're shaper-cum-wavepool developer Greg Webber.
Jack Coleman's surreal trip continues with "Mandarin Brown"
Jack Coleman is not the surf world’s most user-friendly filmmaker. His work is all shot on film, usually Super-8, with all the accompanying grain and blur you’d expect, which he then layers over with a whole bunch of color saturation. This particular edit ignores cutting-edge high-performance surfing altogether in favor of the big board stylings of […]
But somewhere in the West African desert, Kepa Acero realized he didn’t need it anyway
He’s certainly a character. A tired, sunburnt Kepa Acero appears on screen, typo-littered translations filling the lower third as he pours his heart into his handheld camera. Acero is 10 hours away from the wave he’s traveled through Africa to surf, but the distance does little to deter his spirit. So he mindsurfs sand dunes […]
Dane Reynolds' Loaded gets everything right about surf movies.
The megastorm left devastation in its wake
Hercules wasn't all about giant perfect surf at Belharra and Mullaghmore. Many coastal communities in the U.K. bore the brunt of the storm's rage, and it will take years to recover.
Meet the new Bureh Beach Surf Club, the first of its kind in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone. For many, the country’s name still evokes images of blood diamonds, a desperate civil war, and enslaved child soldiers. Though the diamond-fueled violence ended well over a decade ago, deep scars remain. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries on earth, unemployment is rampant, and the majority of its population lives on […]