The Culture

5.31.16

The Culture

(Maybe) Conquer Big-Wave Fears in One Hour!

"Brainspot" your way to the Mavericks Bowl

No better fix than a quick fix, amirite? Who wants to learn to overcome fears with plodding care? I sure as hell don’t. We’ve got a limited number of trips around the sun here, so spending years working up the courage to confront pit-of-the-soul terrors of man-eating waves sounds dreadfully boring. As does dropping good

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3.30.16

The Culture

The Last Best Surfer

Kelly Slater is known as the best surfer in the world. But will anyone ever agree on that title again?

If you’re the sort of surfer who takes time to read this magazine and aren’t simply flipping through the pages to drool over the photos, then I’m confident I can sketch a spot-on picture of you, dear reader. You’re a man, roughly 31 years old. You’re a goofyfoot, and you surf twice a week. You

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3.24.16

The Culture

Long Live The Surf Shop

Can surf shops survive the online shopping revolution?

As the Internet continues its inexorable march, stomping all the best parts of human civilization into dust in the name of convenience, one of the first casualties littering the road to the Matrix will surely be the independent retailer. As if the looming specter of big-box chains like Walmart and Costco Pied Pipering the middle

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1.28.16

The Culture

Ken Bradshaw and the Tow-Surf Cul-de-sac

Remember Bradshaw's Biggest Wednesday Outer Logs mission? It's 18 years old, today

Remember “Biggest Wednesday”? January 28th, 1998? Ken Bradshaw whipped into the Biggest Wave Ever Surfed™ 18 years ago today, riding not only a 50-foot Outer Log Cabins behemoth, but also the crest of a tow-surfing wave that would—outside of Nazare—come crashing down in a heap of disinterest within the surf world in just a handful of

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12.14.15

The Culture

The Freshness of Surf Fashion

A walk through the ages in surf couture

Surf fashion unquestionably peaked in the early ’60s. Canvas trunks, rugged denim jeans, white T-shirts, cable-knit sweaters, aloha shirts, and cheap leather slaps formed the typical surfer’s wardrobe. Those weren’t necessarily even stylistic choices when you think about it; that was just the most functional clothing of the time for a surfer. Over the next

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12.11.15

The Culture

Clark Foam’s Demise, 10 Years Later

A decade after "Blank Monday," it's a great time to be a surfboard customer

This month marks the tenth anniversary of Grubby Clark faxing a seven-page letter to all of his customers announcing that, effective immediately, he was shuttering his foam blank manufacturing business. Had the sun failed to rise on the morning of December 5 2005, when fax machines all over the world beeped to life and spit

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10.23.15

Features

Video Quest

Deconstructing our world through surf videos

Of all the movies in which aliens learn everything they know about life on Earth from watching our TV shows and films, Galaxy Quest is by far the best. Tim Allen acts his ass off as the star of a hokey space-adventure drama modeled on Star Trek. A hapless planet full of literally humorless aliens

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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

The Culture

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

The Culture

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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