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
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
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
"Brainspot" your way to the Mavericks Bowl
No better fix than a quick fix, amirite? Who wants to learn to overcome fears with plodding care? I sure as hell don’t. We’ve got a limited number of trips around the sun here, so spending years working up the courage to confront pit-of-the-soul terrors of man-eating waves sounds dreadfully boring. As does dropping good
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