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10.19.15

The Culture

Mick’s Mom Has Beef with KFC’s Shark Parody

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

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9.15.15

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Duke’s Creed

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

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9.10.15

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Rebel Whisper

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

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8.18.15

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From Peter Drouyn to Westerly Windina

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

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7.29.15

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From My Cold, Dead Hands

Hollister Ranch, Martin's Beach, and the battle for public access

Vinod Khosla wants you to stay the hell off his beach. A co-founder of Sun Microsystems, noted multi-billionaire, and occasionally celebrated green-tech crusader, Khosla paid $37.5 million in 2008 for Martin’s Beach, a 53-acre parcel situated about 25 miles south of San Francisco in San Mateo County. The last thing he wants is a bunch

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7.15.15

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“Kelly Slater’s Cool-Ass New Surf Line”

Says GQ Magazine

Outerknown, the Kelly Slater-backed sustainable menswear line, debuted today and men’s fashion mag GQ is all over it, featuring Slater in a golden-hued eight-shot spread. Slater’s no stranger to the modeling game, and he…uh…sorry, those eyes are mesmerizing. Be careful, don’t look directly into them. Anyway, Outerknown is now loosed upon the world of high-ish end fashion. GQ loves

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6.30.15

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Watch: Curt Harper, Surf Legend

"Curt" tells the story of one of the surf world's finest people

I’d never heard of Curt Harper until I watched this short film. By the end of it, he’d become my favorite surfer. Curt is one of the most touching, rewarding films you’ll see in years. It tells the story of Curt Harper, a 49-year-old surfer who’s grown up with the challenges of autism, and who’s befriended

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6.25.15

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14th Annual Pine Trees Classic

Axel Irons continues his dad's legacy and surfs with Uncle Bruce at Pine Trees

"The reason that we put this thing on was to give back to Pine Trees and Hanalei," said Bruce. "This is our training grounds. Me and my brother would surf here every day, no matter what."

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6.18.15

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The Best Surf Film Trailer of the Year

"Forbidden Trim" can't get here soon enough

Well, this looks absolutely incredible. Waiting for the new Star Wars is painful enough. But now we have to wait for Forbidden Trim too? Criminal. Super 8 film. Hand-built sets. Curren surfing a weird board in a hat. Dolph Lundgren lookalikes rising from jungle ponds. An honest-to-God plot. Take all of my money, director George

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6.3.15

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The Class of 2015

CJ Hobgood, Grubby Clark, and John Davis inducted into the Surfers' Hall of Fame

Once a year, the Surfers’ Hall of Fame pours some wet concrete in Huntington Beach so that a few giants of our sport can stomp a permanent reminder of the footprint they’ve left in surfing over the span of their careers. In 2015, joining the like of Andy Irons, Kelly Slater, Shaun Tomson, Rabbit Kekai,

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