March 2009

Sneak Peek: In This Issue

  • THE SURFER INTERVIEW: ANDY IRONS

    Burned out from competition and its relentless physical and mental demands, three-time world champion Andy Irons is about to step away from the World Tour—possibly for a year, possibly for good. This winter, he sat down with Joel Patterson to discuss the “weird year” that led to his decision, and what he hopes to find in a surf life lived without heat horns, the ASP, and Kelly Slater.

  • A HEIGHTENED SENSE OF LIFE

    Photographer Tom Servais has a special relationship with Tavarua—he’s spent large swaths of time on the island every season, without fail, for more than two decades. Here, he offers insight into this dreamlike particle of land in the South Pacific, and showcases a backlog of imagery that he’s stockpiled during the past year.

  • RECESSION SESSION

    The global economy has shut down like stormy Ocean Beach. In light of the crisis, SURFER thought it prudent to offer our own humble economic stimulus package—a 25-point guide on how to score, for cheap, during these “tough economic times.”

  • DISPATCH: EAST COAST ANTHEM

    Follow the two-week trek from Miami to Maine as Online Editor, Zach Weisberg, and Floridian photographer, Patrick Ruddy, find out what makes the Right Coast tick while scoring perfect waves the along the way. Read the full story and view exclusive photo gallery.

  • OPINION: IS YOUR WAVE A REAL SURF SPOT?

    There are two surf “zones” in this world:”surf spots,” and the lesser categorized “breaks.” A surf spot comes with Cultural trappings–history and legend– which transcend national borders and linguistic barriers.

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