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12.5.16

The Culture

Cyrus Sutton’s “Island Earth” Makes Hawaiian Debut

Sutton's documentary on Hawaii's communities vs Big Ag premieres Monday on North Shore

Filmmaker/pro surfer Cyrus Sutton has spent the past couple years making “Island Earth,” a documentary chronicling Hawaii’s rural communities as they push back against Big Ag’s experimentation with GMO crops and advanced pesticides, in a battle to retake control over their own food supply. “Island Earth” has its Hawaii premiere tonight at Waihuena Farm, 59-414 Kam Highway,

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12.4.16

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Whither The Thruster?

When alternative shapes become the norm

I recently sold the very last “regular shortboard” in my garage. I parted with the beautiful custom-made 6’3″ squashtail for a song, glad to trade it for the increased storage space. Hadn’t picked up the board for over a year anyway. I’ve still got a roundpin step-up in the mix in order to kid myself

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11.17.16

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What’s So Great About The Great Outdoors?

Why is it so difficult to convince surfers to protect the environment?

A couple months back, I got a phone call from a guy—let’s call him Mr. Muir—who runs a surfy nonprofit focused on environmental causes. It’s an organization you’ve probably heard of, trying their damnedest to preserve great surf spots around the world from threats you had no idea even existed. “You want them on that

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11.11.16

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Surfer, Save Thyself

Longboard Champ Cori Schumacher wins Carlsbad City Council seat, has advice for concerned surfers

On Tuesday Cori Schumacher, three-time women’s longboard world champ and vocal surf community gadfly/activist, won a seat on the Carlsbad City Council, a coastal town in North San Diego County. Carlsbad is a politically conservative ‘burb, and Schumacher, an outspoken LBGT activist, was a surprise victor, buoyed in part by her prominent role in opposing

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9.8.16

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When John Severson Stared Down Pres. Nixon

"Surfing in Nixonland" is a charming bit of OC surf memoir

The New York Times rarely lowers itself to wallow in surfing’s tiny section of the pop culture pool, but they recently published a great little memoir by David Morris, a former Marine who began surfing Cottons in the mid ’00s. Morris uses his experience there as a jumping-off point to ponder the clash of civilizations

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9.6.16

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Trickle-Up Surfonomics

When will we right the upside-down logic of modern surfboard tech?

I know this sounds like a stretch, but even if you aren’t an auto-racing fan, the sport still manages to touch your life every time you drive a car. Pardon the gearhead-speak for a moment, but useful and often lifesaving advances like disc brakes, radial tires, fast-shifting automatic transmissions, and traction control—among many other bits

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8.24.16

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Van to #Vanlife in Just 30 Minutes

Baja, here you come with lunchtime conversion kit

Do you have the #vanlife desire and the #vanlife van but not the #vanlife DIY skills to #vanlife properly? Well, click right this way for an easy #vanlife solution. Wayfarer Vans, which, whether they intended it or not, is a name mashup of two of surfing’s most iconic bits of fashion, has figured out an

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7.14.16

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Surf Naked: It’s National Nude Day

Don't knock it 'til you've tried it

Loosen your boardshorts, untie those bikini straps, undo whatever you have to undo to slink out of a one-piece—it’s National Nude Day! The “holiday” started in New Zealand in 1976, though nobody apparently really knows why, or how, but it exists anyway, overshadowed in importance—and just barely—by France’s Bastille Day. Speaking of Bastille Day, this

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6.27.16

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Bruce Gold: Surf Hippy Extraordinaire

Philosophy of J-Bay Dirtbagging 101 with Bruce Gold

Surf J-Bay all morning, pluck oysters all afternoon, sell ’em in the pub that night, repeat. I don’t know much about Bruce Gold here, but I do know that he just might be my new favorite surfer. That syrupy sweet South African accent, that love for his battered cat Scootergirl, the hands on the hips

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6.22.16

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Return of the Surf Video Game

Spend even more time glued to your phone with "The Journey"

Ever hear of iHunch? Does iPosture ring a bell anywhere? Funny names for the semi-serious neck and back posture problems we’re all developing from craning our domes over the lords of our lives—our precious, precious smartphones. Well, as if you needed yet another thing gluing your face to your AMOLED screen, along comes “The Journey,” a surf

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