A Webber wave pool is coming. Stop me if you've heard this one before.
The first artificial wave pool opened for business in London, of all places, in 1934. In 1966, Tokyo's Summerland amusement park built a new wave pool, the "Surf-a-Torium," and for the first time, artificial waves were ridden by surfers. The surf media at the time went understandably nuts, proclaiming a near-future of perfect waves sloshing around wave pools in cities all over the world. And for the last 50 years, that "near-future" has remained distant as ever. Well, unless you're shaper-cum-wavepool developer Greg Webber.
Jack Coleman's surreal trip continues with "Mandarin Brown"
Jack Coleman is not the surf world's most user-friendly filmmaker. His work is all shot on film, usually Super-8, with all the accompanying grain and blur you'd expect, which he then layers over with a whole bunch of color saturation.
But somewhere in the West African desert, Kepa Acero realized he didn’t need it anyway
He’s certainly a character. A tired, sunburnt Kepa Acero appears on screen, typo-littered translations filling the lower third as he pours his heart into his handheld camera. Acero is 10 hours away from the wave he’s traveled through Africa to surf, but the distance does little to deter his spirit. So he mindsurfs sand dunes […]
Dane Reynolds' Loaded gets everything right about surf movies.
The megastorm left devastation in its wake
Hercules wasn't all about giant perfect surf at Belharra and Mullaghmore. Many coastal communities in the U.K. bore the brunt of the storm's rage, and it will take years to recover.
Meet the new Bureh Beach Surf Club, the first of its kind in Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone. For many, the country’s name still evokes images of blood diamonds, a desperate civil war, and enslaved child soldiers. Though the diamond-fueled violence ended well over a decade ago, deep scars remain. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries on earth, unemployment is rampant, and the majority of its population lives on […]
Psychologists say wetsuit color may affect your performance far more than you think
What color is your wetsuit? Black, right? Makes sense. Assuming you’re not a pro, you’re likely not looking to draw attention to your questionable cutback and weird arm placement with a brightly colored suit. Sports and behavioral psychologists, however, have news for you: wetsuit color may affect your performance far more than you’ve ever imagined. […]
An interview with surfing's strangest street artist
There is really only one place in the U.S. where street art portraying pro surfing victories could possibly gain the attention of passersby, and that place is Southern California. Following each World Tour event in the 2013 season, an anon artist called BERT chose a blank wall of a building somewhere near the I-5 to […]
A proposed cruise ship terminal has the iconic wave in jeopardy
A proposed development plan to build a $2 billion cruise ship terminal/casino near Kirra has many surfers and non-surfers alike outraged. The plan would likely ruin the natural flow of sand to the Northern Gold Coast, an area already suffering from erosion, damaging the life blood of the world-famous wave that generates millions of dollars […]
Earthquake destroys part of Baja toll road popular with surfers
Planning a surf trip to Baja this winter? If you're driving at least as far south as San Miguel, you're going to want to rethink your route. On December 28th, just a few days after a 4.6-magnitude earthquake rattled Northern Baja, a 900-foot section of Highway 1-D, the toll road that zips travelers a bit faster from Tijuana to Ensenada, collapsed just north of Salisipuedes, in some cases crumbling to the sea over 300 feet below.