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2.4.14

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What “Loaded” Gets Right

Answer: Everything

Dane Reynolds' Loaded gets everything right about surf movies.

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1.23.14

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The Wrath of Hercules

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.

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1.22.14

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A Sierra Leone Surf Club

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 […]

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1.15.14

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What’s in a Wetsuit Color?

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. […]

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1.10.14

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Hello, BERT

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 […]

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1.6.14

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Save Kirra

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 […]

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1.6.14

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Baja Toll Road Collapses

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.

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1.2.14

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“Cheerio,” The Surfer’s Path

Longtime British surf mag closes its doors

The Surfer's Path, founded in 1997 by Alex Dick-Read, former Caribbean correspondent for the Associated Press, has announced that its soon-to-be published 100th issue will be its very last.

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12.26.13

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Congratulations, Cardiff

Cardiff State Beach is officially San Diego County’s dirtiest beach

After a year’s worth of beach cleanups with the San Diego Coastkeeper and the Surfrider Foundation, Cardiff State Beach in Encinitas was distinguished as the dirtiest in the San Diego. Cardiff’s “award” comes from the average of more than 4 pounds per volunteer picked up and removed from the sand each event, compared to 0.58 […]

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12.17.13

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Pushing Pine

South African chargers Frank Solomon and Josh Redman fund their Northern California winter by slinging Christmas trees

For the last two years, South African hellmen Frank Solomon and Josh Redman have spent the first part of the winter together in San Francisco, surfing Mavericks and bigger-than-big Ocean Beach. Though they’re two of the best big-wave surfers on the planet (Solomon finished 10th in the Big Wave World Tour last year), Solomon and […]

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