SURFER Approved

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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10.21.15

SURFER Approved

Tom Curren, Global Wave Champion

Surfer's Against Sewage hosts Global Wave Conference, honors TC

Last week, Tom Curren was presented with the Global Wave Champion Award at the annual Global Wave Conference. The gathering—hosted by the UK’s Surfer’s Against Sewage, and held in Cornwall and London—brings “surfers, environmentalists, sustainable business leaders, grassroots activists, campaigners and marine experts focused on the protection of waves, oceans, beaches, wildlife, and surf habitats

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10.14.15

SURFER Approved

Yoga With Gerry Lopez

In praise of getting zen with Mr. Pipeline

It’s sunny, it’s 78 degrees, and Gerry Lopez has an easy smile on his face. He’s on the North Shore at Turtle Bay, and throngs of yoga and surf fans have gathered around him for a yoga class he’s teaching. With his trademark grace and calm, Gerry politely engages in chit-chat with the attendants before

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10.2.15

SURFER Approved

Dane Reynolds’ Pledge

All the money he makes from Quik Pro is headed to charity

Just a few days ago, the WSL announced that Dane Reynolds will be competing in the Quik Pro France as a wildcard. Throwing Dane into the mix is a curveball we’re all craving; when Dane takes to the lineup, we can’t take our eyes off of our screens. But yesterday, Dane threw his own curveball

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9.28.15

SURFER Approved

Vintage Surf Movie Soundtracks

Tear a hole in the spacetime continuum with the help of some reissued surf vinyl

Remember the good ol’ days when there were fewer fins on surfboards, airbrushes looked like psychedelic dreams, and surf checks involved looking out a cloudy van window whilst Zeppelin blared from the stereo? Me neither. Sadly, I was also born too late and missed the much-romanticized era of surfing during the ’70s and early ’80s.

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9.16.15

SURFER Approved

Ripping in your 60s

May your surfing, like Shaun Tomson's, age like wine

Did you watch the Heritage Heat at the Hurley Pro last week? If not, take a moment, watch it below then come back, I’ll wait. In fact, I’ll still be there, re-watching it long after you’ve left—don’t worry, I’ll shut the lights off when I leave. Now take a look at the pic above, taken in a

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8.27.15

SURFER Approved

Downplaying A Perfect Ride

That would have been so much cooler if you hadn't claimed it

While catching the “perfect” wave depends very much on position, timing, tide, cosmos, geomagnetic pull, and other scientific stuff I care not to delve into, it’s the feat of riding that wave “perfectly” that proves to be the hard part. For every [does quick back-of-the-envelope calculation], say, 200 perfect waves that come the average surfer’s

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8.13.15

SURFER Approved

Professionals Being Everyday People

Nobody is above a peanut butter and jelly sandwich

Top-tier professional athletes are often portrayed as superheroes. Perhaps it’s because many of them are simply cut from a different cloth than the rest of us. Case in point: Any person that wakes up at the crack of dawn, drinks a kale smoothie, and heads straight to their personal trainer for a grueling workout before starting their

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