A salute to the strength and courage of quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer
In a collective way, we’re used to seeing Jesse Billauer now. We’ve seen him ride many waves over the years, but before we take his surfing for granted, let’s all pause for a minute. Let’s close our eyes and really think about this. Try to imagine the leap of faith—the unbridled courage—it must take to not only drop into, but ride a solid wave as a paraplegic.
Peter Mendia runs from the law at a Taiwanese reefbreak
Apparently when a typhoon gets anywhere near the coast and the surf comes up, they “close” the ocean in Taiwan. Everybody has to get out. It’s against the law to be in the water. But that’s right where the boys wanted to be, and that’s where they were going to stay. They had just found a firing, untouched lefthand reefbreak and they weren’t about to leave a virgin lineup that was just starting to turn on. Plus, what was the guy going to do? Swim out and arrest them?
A photo zine and short film about SURFER photographer Chris Burkard's adventure to Russia, available now
In September 2012, SURFER photographer Chris Burkard traveled with Dane Gudauskas, Keith Malloy, Cyrus Sutton, and Trevor Gordon to Russia's remote Kamchatka Peninsula. They've compiled their adventures into The Outpost Vol. 01, available at www.theoutpostzine.com.