SURFER's Chris Burkard teamed with Keith Malloy to explore the history and progression of body surfing
It’s a visual journey through the lenses of Burkard and Malloy, a reminder that it is not solely the sport of surfing we love, but the art of riding waves in the ocean itself that we hold onto so dearly. “Rarely have I had the opportunity to photograph something as pure as body surfing,” explains Burkard. “It’s the most stripped down form of wave riding.”
Master stylist and recluse extraordinaire Wayne Lynch gets the biopic treatment
Griffin traces Lynch’s surfing life from annointed teenaged surf messiah, to reluctant, world-beating competitor, to wizened, hermetic sage. And the journey, I’m pleased to report, is an absolute joy.
Five surf-inspired brews worth a post-session taste
Surfing sells. Brewmasters know this and style some of their beers accordingly, but how do the surf-themed suds go down after a long session? I decided to take one for the team and engage in a personal tasting of a smorgasbord of beers, all of which had surfy names, or pictures of surfboards on the label, or some other means of cozying up to surfing's marketability. These five were the champions of my grueling taste test.
The photography of John Witzig illuminates surfing’s revolutionary 1960s and '70s
A chronicle of the Shortboard Revolution and a view of the quieter moments in between. Punctuated by the radical changes in design and performance that followed, and captioned by Witzig throughout with insightful observations and wry back-story, A Golden Age is a deeply layered time capsule that preserves the era of its focus.
A guidebook that starts where the swell reports end
Broken boards, localism, malaria, theft, natural disaster, shark attacks, and a thousand other ways to kook it on a trip are things most surfers are familiar with, and the guide serves as a reference tool for all of them.
John John Florence makes his mark on the big screen at La Paloma
As the lights of North County’s La Paloma Theater dimmed and tall cans emerged not-so-subtly from brown paper bags, excitement was running high, as were expectations. In the opening frames an orchestral melody came from the house speakers as John John launched into a massive full rotation on his backhand. He looked calm, casual, and expressionless. Even while spinning 6 feet above the lip, John John Florence may as well have been sleepwalking.
If you’re not tracking the tide, you’re late
Vestal dropped off three of their Brig Tide & Train heavy-duty watches at the SURFER offices for us, so we divided and conquered. We tested it in the water, in the gym, and at the bars…but mostly in the office and during our commutes.
Outdoor gear and camp vibes are means to surf adventure
Nothing that Poler Stuff makes can be ridden on a wave, and we don’t recommend wearing anything they make while riding waves either. Regardless, this outdoor equipment brand out of Portland, Ore. has everything to do with surfing.
A bridge for the gap between surf and skate
The Carver board blurs the line between skateboarding and surfing. Standing by the assumption that most surfers do own a skateboard, I’d argue there’s good reason for it to be one of these.
High-Def and ease of use are the name of the game
I’ve always been skeptical about the pedestrian use of GoPro cameras. I’m not a professional surfer, or anywhere near that caliber, and I don’t need video evidence to be certain of this. With that said, I figured I could embrace my inner narcissist and see what the appeal is for these seemingly ubiquitous moving-picture makers.