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8.19.14

The Culture

North Korea Open for Surf

Your dream of hitting North Korea's beaches has come true

Good news. According to the Pyongyang Times, North Korea’s tourism authorities are offering surf tours to international guests during “this present bathing season.” The first tours ran from July 28th through August 6th. So far three areas are open for tourists: Songdowon, Lake Sijung, and Majon. A quick search of Google Earth shows that these […]

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8.18.14

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Slater Talks A.I.

A candid Slater talks about his rivalry with Andy Irons

Last week Slater told USA Today that he was not the most interesting man in sports. This week he sits down with Vice Sports to talk about, among other things, his Baywatch experience (mainstream interviewers seem to love asking about Baywatch) and his competitive relationship with Andy Irons. He also touches a tiny little bit on the […]

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7.17.14

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Spacek’s Scrimshaw

How Peter Spacek is using surfboards to revive a lost art form

The mere mention of the word “scrimshaw” can raise hackles on the necks of some. It’s an art form stigmatized by the medium it was traditionally practiced on: whale bone and tusk ivory—two parcels of a modern no man’s land. But despite the art form's unsavory origins, anyone who has seen scrimshaw knows how masterful and nuanced these inked etchings—these incredibly detailed pieces of storytelling micro-sculpture—often were. And now the world—or the surf world at least—can rediscover scrimshaw through the impressive, guilt-free work of Peter Spacek.

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7.16.14

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A Blank Rincon Canvas

And Trevor Gordon is an artist

In Rincon's recent years, there's been a cultural flowering of a full-on Byron Bay-style movement toward the "Whatever Floats Your Boat" school of waveriding. Gordon is a de facto ambassador.

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6.12.14

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In The Studio

With surf artist Andy Davis

"This crazy sort of abstract, cartoon world of stuff that I love." —Andy Davis

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6.6.14

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The Hobgood Documentary

C.J. Hobgood discusses the crowdfunded film focusing on him and his brother

It’s going to be a mix of past and present. We’re going to be showing what it was like for my brother and me growing up, pushing each other, and getting to where we are now. But it’s also going to be about what’s happening in our lives right now.

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5.27.14

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The Cradle of Storms

The soundtrack from the the Aleutian Arc

The sounds of the the Aleutian Arc, from The Cradle of Storms.

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5.14.14

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Friends of Jess

An ebay auction to raise money for the Nicholson family

But in March, Simon’s wife Jess died after fighting brain cancer for more than a year. Her passing leaves Simon as a single father to their young children Joel (5) and Anna (2). The Nicholson’s employed an aggressive regimen of expensive new cancer drugs in their fight for Jess’s life, which has left Simon with $25,000 in medical bills. The financial burden on his young family is immense.

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4.29.14

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An Ode to Derek Hynd

Cheers to the most interesting surfer in the world

Derek Hynd is the most interesting surfer in the world.

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4.22.14

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Fulton’s Urban Surf Art

Damian Fulton's art is born where the city and beach collide

The modern surf scene can be a confusing, chaotic place. Diverse crowds, intimidating localism, headache-inducing beach traffic and encroaching urbanization—these things all blur together, for better or worse, to form the everyday reality that city-dwelling surfers must confront daily. It’s that concept—the urban surf element—that Damian Fulton chooses as the focal point for his surf paintings.

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