Reviews

11.9.16

Reviews

California: The Real Gold Coast

Let "The Golden Shore" fill you with knowledge of the best coast

You expect certain things from a book on the history of the California coast—a forward written by Ted Danson is likely not one of those things. But Sam “Mayday” Malone (look it up, kids) loves the ocean and his experience as a coastie is likely similar to lots of ours: he moved to the beach

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11.3.16

Reviews

2016 Wetsuit Buyer’s Guide

The comprehensive guide to your next wetsuit

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10.29.16

Reviews

From The Sea To The Rio

Surfers' Blood premieres at historic Santa Cruz theatre

Under a moody fall sky at the Rio Theatre, Surfers’ Blood, the newest documentary from Patrick Trefz, premiered in Santa Cruz on Friday evening, its first showing in the U.S. after debuting at the 2016 San Sebastian Film Festival. The line was out the door, with an eclectic mix of families, surf personalities, frothing grommets,

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9.22.16

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Let’s Be Frank

A look at Peter Hamblin’s unorthodox profile of Frank Solomon

I’ll be frank—the new movie starring big-wave surfer Frank Solomon is not actually a surf film. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway. Is there surfing? Oh yeah. There are clips of Solomon and friends charging bone-rattling waves in South Africa, Ireland, Puerto Escondido, and beyond. But with a complex storyline, meticulously crafted sets, well-timed

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8.31.16

Reviews

2016 Soft-Top Review

A guide to your next favorite foamie

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6.27.16

Books

Heavy Lifting

Inside Jim Heimann's 600-page "Surfing: 1778-2015"

When Jim Heimann’s Surfing: 1778-2015 (Taschen, $200) arrived here at the SURFER offices, it was wheeled in on a hand truck and made an earth-shaking thud when it was dropped on my desk. At 13”x 19.5” and weighing just shy of 16lbs, the 600-page behemoth is more than your average coffee table book. (Hell, throw

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4.14.16

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None More Fun Than the Fish

"Fish" doc tells story of the world's most fun board design

  Considering that surfing has no real purpose other than pure fun, it’s a bit amazing that riding an easier board—the quickest, most simple way to be sure you actually have fun in every session—was either ignored, or outright mocked for most of the last, oh I don’t know, let’s say, three decades. Still is,

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4.10.15

Movie

Fisherman’s Son, Chilean Hero

Ramon Navarro's biopic is a thing of beauty

If the opening few minutes of The Fisherman’s Son are any indication, Ramon Navarro is the son of a very good fisherman. The film starts with Ramon’s dad, Jano, walking around a beach, a few enormous fish slung casually over his shoulders. Soon those fish are carved up and roasted over open flames, while charming old

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3.3.15

Books

Richard Kenvin’s “Surf Craft”

Celebrating the art, craftsmanship, and history of surfboards

SURF CRAFT By Richard Kenvin $29.95 at The MIT Press Until just a few weeks ago, San Diego’s Mingei International Museum featured an exhibition charting the art and history of surfboards, curated by bespectacled hydrodynamics enthusiast Richard Kenvin. The collection was breathtaking, and included early twentieth century bellyboards from around the world, plenty of Bob

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1.30.15

Movie

After Cluster

What Kai Neville’s latest offering tells us about the state of the surf movie

From Jack Freestone making an unmakeable backside air to Noa Deane’s kamikaze punts, the surfing in Cluster is undeniably good. Of course these surfers reside comfortably in the top 1 percent of the top 1 percent. But it’s impossible to watch Cluster without wondering at some point, “Where was John John when all this was happening? Or Gabriel? Or Filipe? Or Jordy? Or Kolohe?”

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