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7.18.13

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From the Projects to Marin

A San Francisco surf camp brings the Sunnydale kids to the beach

Sunnydale, known as “The Dale” or “The Swamp,” is San Francisco’s largest housing project, and statistically speaking, the most dangerous neighborhood in town. Glover has partnered with local shaper Tim Gras and filmmaker Adam Warmington in an effort to bring kids from the Sunnydale projects to the Big Dog camp in Marin, teaching them how to surf, and showing them a world outside of their violent urban homes.

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7.16.13

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Ando’s Slow Dance Interview

Craig Anderson on starring in his own surf movie, rolling with Occy, and getting punched in the face by a Frenchman

Slow Dance, the Craig Anderson-starring, Dane Reynolds-edited, Occy and Rob Machado and Matt Hoy-cameoed summer surf blockbuster opens on Saturday, July 20 at Quiksilver's Huntington Beach headquarters. Ando and crew then trundle off through Australia, Japan, and Europe on a Slow Dance mini tour. Last week I chatted with Craig over e-mail about the making of Slow Dance, but more importantly about things like the weirdness of seeing yourself on the big screen, and taking off on waves when Dane Reynolds and Occy are watching. It was easily one of the politest e-mail exchanges I've ever had.

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7.9.13

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A Tasmanian Throwback

Rare footage of a 13-hour Shipstern's Bluff session with Andy Irons and Co.

In the spring of 2006, Andy Irons made his Shipstern’s Bluff debut alongside Joel Parkinson, Mark Mathews, Dylan Longbottom, and Laurie Towner. The 3X world champ easily adapted to the deformed right-hand slab, but at the end of the day it was the relatively unknown 19-year-old Laurie Towner who stole the show (and the cover of our June 2006 issue).

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7.1.13

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Surfing’s Best Beards 2.0

Round Two of our tribute to the finest beards in surf

We just couldn't help ourselves.

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6.20.13

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Trestles Saved Again

In a 3-2 vote, the Regional Water Quality Control Board denied the TCA permit for the toll road

It was standing room only in the Regional Water Quality Control Board Meeting Room in San Diego. A few hundred surfers and environmentalists alike showed up to the hearing—which was inconveniently located some 50 miles away from Trestles—to fight on behalf of some of the best waves and most pristine State Park land in Southern California.

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6.18.13

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R.I.P. Bob Meistrell

Legendary waterman and co-founder of Body Glove passes away at 84

On Sunday, June 16, Bob Meistrell, co-founder of Body Glove Wetsuits, passed away. He was 84.

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6.7.13

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Commemorating a Surf Pioneer

Nick Gabaldon Day celebrates Black surf culture

On Saturday June 1st, dozens of inner city kids ventured splashing and laughing into the gentle waist high peaks near Santa Monica Pier to get their first taste of surfing. Many of these kids had never before even visited the beach. No longer a far-flung and exotic pastime for those kids; surfing that day became a very real and very pursuable activity.

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6.6.13

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Jack McCoy on Surf Films

McCoy's newest film is now available for streaming. What does that mean for surf movies on the big screen?

When I asked what prompted him to begin a project like A Deeper Shade of Blue, McCoy, with some degree of frustration, explained that he more and more felt that “the surf industry is going off the rails; they just started losing a connection with their roots.”

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5.30.13

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Surf Webisodes Review

"Who is JOB?"; "Surf House"; "Alana Blanchard: Surfer Girl"; "Shred Show"

The relentless maw of the internet has gushed forth many surfy webisodes. Here are reviews for four of the newest.

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5.23.13

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Rob Machado’s Custom Van

Craftsmen Jay Nelson builds Machado's new ride

Jay Nelson builds fantastic wooden vehicle sculptures. Rob Machado drives one.

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