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 […]
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?”
Albee Layer and the Maui boys throw down one of the year's best surf films
Albee Layer’s new film seemed to have come out of nowhere, but upon its arrival it instantly solidified the Maui crew as one of the most diverse group of shredders on the planet. If you take healthy doses of travel, soundtrack, and production, and add them to an unhealthy dose of insanity from some of […]
In Get-N Classic Vol. 3, the Vans team ticks all the boxes
Graham Nash and Reagan Ritchie, the directorial team behind such, uh, classics as Get-N Classic and Get-N Classic Vol. 2, now bring you Get-N Classic Vol. 3, and it will make you shout at the screen more than any surf movie has in a long time.
With great waves and a talented cast, Joe G paints a convincing image of Shangri La
Over the last decade, Joe Guglielmino (that’s what the “G” stands for) has consistently proven himself surfing’s most imaginative filmmaker. From the cheeky sci-fi narrative of Secret Machine, to the beautiful doomsday sessions of Year Zero, Joe G has a knack for elevating his work above “surf porn” into the realm of legitimate art. And in an era where practically every 2-minute web clip pretends to be art, Joe G’s flicks stand apart now more than ever.
A look at Steph Gilmore's new biopic
It’s this narrative—one of a meteoric rise and overcoming tragedy—that sets the tone Steph Gilmore’s biopic film, Stephanie in the Water. Years in the making, the film chronicles the tribulations and triumphs of a young phenom. From her unyielding competitive drive, to coming of age and the thrill of winning a world title, to her subsequent attack and her return to form, it’s all cleanly packaged in this film.
Meet the Airdog, a drone that allows you to film your next session without a pilot
Just as we were getting used to drones being a major tool in surfing, an aerospace startup company changes the game. Keep an eye out for the release of a new drone that has the potential to reshape the way we view our lineups. The product, known as the Airdog, is a version of a […]
New book looks into the science of "flow" and sports progression
Have you ever wondered why it took nearly a half century of surfing—from the sport's Duke-led resurgence to Da Bull's charging in 1957—for people to work up the courage to ride Waimea, but now it seems that big-wave barriers are broken down each winter? If so, then The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Performance is here to answer your questions.
Italian surf film stars Chris Del Moro, costars the Italian food scene
Italy is absolutely holding. Soul-stirring wine. Incredible food. Beautiful land. Equally beautiful people. Wonderful cars. Masterful artisans. And for the patient, there are even a few waves in Italy. Just ask Chris del Moro.
Shaun Tomson's words to live by
THE CODE By Shaun Tomson Buy it here. Shaun Tomson’s impossibly handsome visage has long ago been carved deeply into the pantheon of surfing’s elite. He need do nothing more than continue to surf Rincon well and make a few aloha-shirted public appearances now and then to stride off gloriously into surfing immortality. But in […]