According to Chris Christenson, shaper to the big-wave elite, there is no greater influence on modern gun design than the waves themselves. “With each spot, you’ve got a new set of factors that the equipment needs to compensate for,” says Christenson. “You have to take everything into account, because at the end of the day you’re basically building parachutes—they just have to work.”
Arts and Culture
The surf world is occasionally blessed with prodigious facial hair. Here's a list of contemporary favorites.
Shawn Dollar took home two XXL Awards on Friday for the world-record setting 61-foot wave he paddled into at Cortes Bank back in December. It's the second time in three years that he's owned the benchmark for the largest paddle-in wave ever caught.
Delirium: An interview with Brazilian filmmaker Pablo Aguiar.
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The Celtic Slab
Tom Lowe on charging Ireland's heaviest tubes.
Best Foot Forward
Switching your stance could make you a better surfer, and prevent injuries.
Brazilian Wax Appeal
The secret to aerial surfing may fit in the palm of your hand.