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3.30.14

The Culture

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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3.13.14

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Surf-Bathing Revisited

A salute to Mark Twain, one of the original “surf writers”

Like millions of Americans, I was forced to read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in school, and though I grasped the moral gist and imaginative elements of the stories, I was left with a decidedly ho-hum feeling about the author. To me, the books were so steeped in antiquated, provincial language that I could never get too involved in the plot. I understood Twain, I just didn’t like Twain.

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3.12.14

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Meet OTIS: The Eco Surf Rig

Get to know OTIS, self-contained sustainable trailer perfection

Green Mountain College in Vermont would like to build you the perfect self-sufficient surf trailer.

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3.4.14

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Ramon Navarro’s Board Returns

Navarro's lost surfboard takes a 300 mile journey from Spain to France

Back in December, Ramon Navarro came in fifth in the Punta Galea Challenge, a Big Wave World Tour event held near Bilbao, Spain. During the event his leash snapped and his board was lost to the current.

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3.3.14

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G-Mac’s Mercedes, Take II

A video look at G-Mac collecting his Mercedes-designed super board

A couple weeks back we ran photos of Garrett McNamara’s Mercedes-designed rig for towing into giant Nazaré. The “sleek, sexy, fast” Mercedes surfboard now has its own little promo video.

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2.19.14

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A Wave Pool Cometh

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.

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2.18.14

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Retro Slidin’

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.

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2.12.14

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He’s Lost It

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 […]

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