SURFER Approved

1.19.16

SURFER Approved

In Praise of the Novelty Wave

Once a decade makes it all the sweeter

Well, sure, Rincon’s been firing for weeks on end, Blacks has been gobbling up 8’0″s like candy, and [REDACTED] near San Diego has gone mental this El Niño-fueled winter. But you know what’s even more rare? Piddly peelers sneaking underneath fishing piers hidden way back in normally placid bays. Perfect little tubes rifling next to harbormouth

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1.12.16

SURFER Approved

The Surf Pack That Stuffs All Surf Packs

You can fit your car in the Poler High and Dry Pack

Poler High and Dry Pack, 40L. $149.95 Maybe you live a quick bike jaunt from a slabby lefthander with an angry parking lot that you’d prefer to stealthily avoid. Or maybe you’re soul-tripping/fleeing the FBI on a surfing and camping mission along the Oregon coast. Perhaps you’ve lost everything and have been reduced to sleeping

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1.7.16

SURFER Approved

Turn Your Thruster Into A Single Fin

With the "Model T" from Awesome Surfboards

Model T $80 Awesome Surfboards There’s a segment in Searching for Tom Curren (or maybe Feral Kingdom?) where Tommy tries about four times in a row to nail a backside floater on a glassy little beachbreak number in, let’s say, France. On his last attempt, he throws his squat little shortboard up on the lip, more or

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12.22.15

SURFER Approved

The Yamamoto Neoprene Wetsuit You Can Afford

Feral Wetsuits and the direct-to-consumer wetsuit game

We live in a golden age of wetsuits. Your shallow pockets have only a measley $180 to spend? That’ll still buy you a super-stretchy budget suit that’s ten times better than the brittle, leathery rubber suits that would have been the best thing around 15 years ago. Got $600 for a new suit? Well, now,

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12.14.15

SURFER Approved

John John Gives Back

VFABM box sets to benefit North Shore junior lifeguards

Are you a huge John Florence fan? Did you love View From A Blue Moon? Are you in awe of the North Shore’s lifeguards? (The correct answer is “yes”). If so, have we got the perfect thing for you. Or, for the surfer in your life who digs Florence and has a big heart. The

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12.3.15

SURFER Approved

Superwomen

Chronicling the finest of women's big wave surfing

There hasn’t been a whole lot of money thrown the way of the top women big-wave surfers in recent years. So some of the best female chargers in the world have taken it upon themselves to fund and chronicle their adventures through a media platform called Super Sessions—but they could use your help. Super Sessions

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11.19.15

SURFER Approved

Stormy Sessions

All that paddling's worth a diamond in the rough

We’ve seen a strange run of weather during the autumn season here in Southern California. For a while we began to accept that it was going to be blazing hot summer, all year long. South swell after south swell, scorching temperatures, and beach days were all becoming far too common for us to think otherwise.

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11.16.15

Blogs

SURFER Approved: Patagonia Says No to Neoprene

New natural rubber will change how we all wetsuit

For the past couple of years, Patagonia has been knocking on the door of eliminating neoprene from its wetsuits. As much as we love wearing it, neoprene is truly chemically nasty, both in terms of the petroleum products it consists of, as well as the production process itself. Unfortunately, it’s also been a necessary environmental

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11.16.15

Blogs

SURFER Approved: World’s Longest Surf Session

South African Josh Enslin goes the distance and unofficially sets a new world record

According to multiple reports, 30-year-old South African surfer Josh Enslin attempted and unofficially broke the Guinness World Record for the longest surfing session over the weekend at Pollock Beach in Port Elizabeth, located in Africa’s Eastern Cape Province, with a marathon effort of 30 hours, 11 minutes. The previous record of 29 hours and 27

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11.7.15

Features

SURFER Approved: Shaming Airlines

They really should be ashamed of themselves

Here’s the scene: You’ve just touched down in some far-flung destination for the surf trip you’ve dreamt of all year. After hours of travel, you find yourself standing in front of the baggage claim, waiting for your boards to arrive from behind the luggage veil. The anticipation of your first surf of the trip has reached

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