The Culture

5.11.15

The Culture

Surfers: Handle With Care

From world-class pros to workaday joes, oversensitivity is the rule in surfing

You can get away with bringing a comfort animal pretty much anywhere in the country these days. Fly commercial with a dog on your lap? Sure. Bring a pig with you to the DMV? Yep. Does your emotional-support lizard reduce personal anxiety? Go ahead and let it waddle next to you at an art gallery.

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4.24.15

The Culture

Happy Birthday, In God’s Hands

17 years later, where has the time gone?

Let’s go back to the late ’90s, just for a few minutes, I promise. Unbuttoned white dress shirts were cool. Baggy stonewashed jeans were cool. Wire-framed sunglasses, believe it or not, cool. Tribal armband tattoos, also somehow cool I guess. Porno for Pyros were as close to cool as they would ever be. Shaun Tomson was maybe the

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4.16.15

The Culture

Gabriel Medina Is One Of TIME’s “Most Influential 100″

Move over Pope Francis, Björk, and Barack Obama

Gabriel Medina, who held the top spot on our 2014 Hot 100 list, has just been announced as a member of an even more exclusive club in 2015: TIME’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Medina is in the “Icons” category, along with fellow Influential 100ers Pope Francis, Björk, Justice Ruth

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3.30.15

The Culture

Explaining Brazil’s Surfing Boom

The New York Times weighs in

The New York Times, not a publication typically enamored with pro surfing, has published three articles featuring Gabriel Medina in the last year alone. The most recent, “What Explains Brazil’s Surfing Boom?” was printed in the opinion section, of all places, in Sunday’s issue. The answer to the headline’s question has nothing to do with

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3.27.15

The Culture

Through Morocco’s Lens

Thomas Campbell's "Seeing Fatima's Eyes" is a stunning collection of desert surf imagery

In the surf world, Thomas Campbell is probably most known for his warm, sepia-tinted paeans to surfing’s retro-fun side in his films The Seedling, Sprout, and The Present. But Campbell’s been snapping shutters for far longer than he’s been making surf movies. He’s also been surf tripping to Morocco for the past 20 years, often with

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3.25.15

The Culture

The Surf Pier to Rule Them All

Cocoa Beach kindly requests your surf tourism dollars

Dave Netterstrom, the mayor of Cocoa Beach, Florida wants to build you a surf stadium. Specifically Netterstrom and a local group calling itself the First Peak Project want to build a 1,300-foot pier jutting out like a bent elbow into the Atlantic that will focus dreamy little wedges onto the Cocoa Beach sands, a lá

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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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