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9.25.14

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Leila x Sophia

The Hurst sisters take to the Huntington surf with Life Rolls On

Get a little inspiration heading into the weekend. Sophia Hurst—sister to pro surfer Leila Hurst—was born with spina bifida, a spinal condition that causes disability. That doesn’t keep her from getting out into the water occasionally with Leila. Back in August, Sophie and Leila took part in a Life Rolls On event at the Huntington

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9.24.14

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Surf Craft Comes to San Diego

A look at the Surf Craft exhibition at the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park

But my dilettante ways exist independently from appreciation, and currently there’s no better place to appreciate the evolution of surfboard design than the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego. From now until January 11, 2015 you will find a comprehensive—and in certain parts of the museum, esoteric—collection of surf vehicles put together by none other than Richard Kenvin. Spread out and suspended amongst the austere Mingei setting are paipos and spoons, asymmetricals and boogie boards, fish and stingers, Simmons twin fins and TOMO MPHs.

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9.16.14

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Lowers Loves The Kids

A cinematic tour through a history of teenagers crushing it at Lowers

As long as there have been rippable peaks at Lowers, the young have come in droves. Limber, full-of-energy teenagers more than eager enough to skip down the path, along the trail, over the tracks, across the sand, over the cobblestones, and into the lineup. Energy undiminished, they’re still ready to paddle around anyone and everyone,

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9.8.14

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Kolohe Wants Pizza

A Visa x Pizza Hut x Teahupoo collab

“But can Kolohe Andino really pay for pizza inside one of the heaviest waves in the world?” — Morgan Freeman, VISA commercial, 9/7/14 I think it’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves for some time now. When little Kolohe first started popping air reverses in the San Clemente shorebreak, and the sponsorship dollars did flow,

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9.2.14

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The 100 Wave Challenge

Shaun Tomson is raising funds for youth mentorship

On September 20th, Shaun Tomson will be surfing for a great cause. San Diego’s Boys to Men is a non-profit that provides mentors for young boys who grow up without a father. The group sends representatives to middle schools, high schools, and foster care facilities to assist fatherless young men in navigating from adolescence to

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8.19.14

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North Korea Open for Surf

Your dream of hitting North Korea's beaches has come true

Good news. According to the Pyongyang Times, North Korea’s tourism authorities are offering surf tours to international guests during “this present bathing season.” The first tours ran from July 28th through August 6th. So far three areas are open for tourists: Songdowon, Lake Sijung, and Majon. A quick search of Google Earth shows that these

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8.18.14

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Slater Talks A.I.

A candid Slater talks about his rivalry with Andy Irons

Last week Slater told USA Today that he was not the most interesting man in sports. This week he sits down with Vice Sports to talk about, among other things, his Baywatch experience (mainstream interviewers seem to love asking about Baywatch) and his competitive relationship with Andy Irons. He also touches a tiny little bit on the

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7.17.14

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Spacek’s Scrimshaw

How Peter Spacek is using surfboards to revive a lost art form

The mere mention of the word “scrimshaw” can raise hackles on the necks of some. It’s an art form stigmatized by the medium it was traditionally practiced on: whale bone and tusk ivory—two parcels of a modern no man’s land. But despite the art form's unsavory origins, anyone who has seen scrimshaw knows how masterful and nuanced these inked etchings—these incredibly detailed pieces of storytelling micro-sculpture—often were. And now the world—or the surf world at least—can rediscover scrimshaw through the impressive, guilt-free work of Peter Spacek.

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7.16.14

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A Blank Rincon Canvas

And Trevor Gordon is an artist

In Rincon's recent years, there's been a cultural flowering of a full-on Byron Bay-style movement toward the "Whatever Floats Your Boat" school of waveriding. Gordon is a de facto ambassador.

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6.12.14

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In The Studio

With surf artist Andy Davis

"This crazy sort of abstract, cartoon world of stuff that I love." —Andy Davis

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