Category Archives: California

‘A Great Day in the Stoke’ Celebrates Black Surfers

Nathan Fluellen has always felt at home in the water. Born and raised in Chicago’s south suburbs, he started swimming in Lake Michigan when he was ten months old. But while he was interested in surfing from a young age, he didn’t begin until a few years ago. “I didn’t see anybody that looked like […]

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Sneaker Waves Killed a Hiker on California’s Lost Coast. Here’s What You Need to Know About Them.

First responders are once again warning hikers about the dangers posed by “sneaker waves” after a set of the unusually powerful waves washed two hikers out to sea on Northern California’s Lost Coast Trail last weekend, leaving one dead and another injured. On the afternoon of May 29, the Shelter Cove Fire Department received a […]

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Did the Surf Industry Kill the Future of Wetsuits?

A dozen miles from the Pacific Ocean, at California State University in San Marcos, surfers paddle against a current in a temperature-controlled tank. The flume pool is part of the university’s Surf Research Laboratory, led by surf-obsessed kinesiology professors Sean Newcomer and Jeff Nessler. Newcomer (blond, bespectacled, and well-built) and Nessler (lean, bald, and hydrodynamic) […]

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