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.
Finally, a wetsuit that allows you to be even less manly
f you’re like us, you abhor putting on a wet or damp wetsuit no matter what time of the day it is. So a wetsuit that dries itself “in a flash” sounds like a dream come true. And for the most part, the Flash Bomb is exactly that.
Eddie Would Read It
As winter storms approach the coasts of California, the islands of Hawaii and the reefs off Mexico, surfers have two options. Wax up your gun and charge, or live vicariously through the stories in The Big Juice.