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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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4.18.14

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The Thruster: Still Thrusting

Simon Anderson's famous Bells win, three decades on

Thirty-three years ago, Simon Anderson won the Bells event on his new-fangled three-finned thruster design. It's usually considered the big breakout moment for the thruster, but Anderson had actually ridden his new board weeks before at Burleigh Heads during the Stubbies contest.

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4.1.14

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Down Days

We're down with the Gudangs and their never-a-dull-moment down days

Enough of that road less traveled nonsense, just follow the Gudangs instead. Get down on the full season of Down Days. It’s the brothers in places beyond the lineups we’re used to, with just as much froth.

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3.30.14

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R.I.P. Hobie Alter

One of surfing and sailing's greats, passes away at 80

Hobie Alter, the man who probably did more than anyone else to help usher surfing from the balsa to the foam and fiberglass era, died Saturday, at the age of 80. A true waterman, Alter competed successfully in the Makaha International Surf Contest in 1958 and '59, won a trio of tandem surfing championships from 1961-'63, and was elected to both the Huntington Beach Surfing Walk of Fame (1997) and the National Sailing Hall of Fame (2011).

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3.25.14

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Afghanistan Joins the ISA

The war-torn country without a coastline becomes 82nd member nation

Although the Middle Eastern country is without a coastline and has been in a near constant state of turmoil since the 1970s, that didn’t stop expatriates and refugees from starting a surf club and joining the ISA.

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3.17.14

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Ode to Ireland

Raise a pint to the Emerald Isle

Surfers have been freezing their asses off and getting bounced on peat-covered reefs in Ireland since at least the late 1940s. But it’s really only been in the last 20 years or so that non-European surfers took much notice.

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