Sneak Peek: In This Issue
SURFER PROFILE:REEF MCINTOSH
The chasm between professional surfing’s haves and the have-nots grows wider each time the NASDAQ takes a nosedive, so what will become of surfers like Kauai’s Reef McIntosh? He’s been near the top of the pecking order at Pipeline for years, but how does that translate when the paychecks get harder to come by and your name’s not Julian, Dane, or Kelly? Joel Patterson investigates.
HIM OR ME
Sean Doherty delivers and intimate account of Mick Fanning’s and Joel Parkinson’s race for the 2009 World Title. From their classic semifinal heat at Kirra to Mick’s ultimate triumph at Pipeline, the story of two best friends competing for surfing’s most coveted prizeâ€”complete with tears, joy, setbacks, triumph, and sportsmanshipâ€”was a caricature of sports drama that all but destroyed a lifelong friendship.
In the perfect pointbreaks of Southern Mexico, five of the world’s best female surfers prove why the next generation may be changing the sport forever. Smart, funny, attractive, and talented, they are embracing their femininity and forging a new path that’s not simply second-rate copy of a man’s sport, but something else entirely.
SURFING WITH SLATER
The greatest surfer of all time has signed on to be your personal surf coach. Check out Kelly Slater’s interactive feature.
A homemade sailboat, a few surfboards, a dog, and miles of wild, untamed coastline begging to be exploredâ€”that is, if the volatile storms and incessant roadblocks recede enough to allow it. Christian Beamish goes deep into the underexplored Pacific Northwest.
Dane Reynolds and cast in 23-minutes of amazing surfing.
The west coast lights up with a stretch of firing winter swell.
The Dry Days
Shots from a season's worth of swells in Bali.
Early Winter with JJF
John John Florence dodges crowds and photographers while scoring at home.
The Year's Best
The best images of the year from the best surf photographers in the world.