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Category Archives: Surfing

Can I Be Opposed to Yankee Imperialism and Still Surf in Mexico?

Dear Sundog: Two decades ago, my friend and I drove far south of the border until I came to a perfect little fishing village on the coast that I’ll call Playa X. We camped on the beach, surfed, and subsisted on fish tacos and avocados. I went back many times, hardly spent any money, and […]

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Inside One of the Craziest Long Weekends of Lifeguard Rescues in Oahu History

During the second week of July on the island of Oahu, no one could stop talking about the huge incoming south swell. News of it was a hot topic among lifeguards, residents, and visitors alike, and as John Titchen, chief of Honolulu’s Ocean Safety Division, traded texts and emails with other local emergency-response-system staffs in preparation, […]

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Chris Bertish Fought Through Raucous Waves and a Head Injury on His Historic Trans-Pacific Trek

In mid-July, a massive southerly swell pounded Hawaii with once-in-a-decade waves that prompted some surfers to label it the best of all time. Aboard his custom-built survival craft, surfer and ocean adventurer Chris Bertish got an up-close view of the heaving ocean.  Bertish was in the final stretch of his Trans-Pacific Wing Project, a historic […]

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‘Make or Break’ Uses the ‘Drive to Surive’ Formula to Examine Pro Surfing

For a sport with roots that run centuries deep, surfing has been comically misunderstood by mainstream pop culture. It could be the fault of surfers themselves, who, when asked to describe the basic pursuit of riding waves, will often devolve into the babble of a religious zealot. Or it could be the simple fact that, […]

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‘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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The Best Sunscreen Sticks for Kids and Active Adults

Let’s state the obvious: sunscreen is essential for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skin colors. But when you’re three miles into your day hike or about to catch a big wave, you might forget that your initial layer of protection isn’t enough—sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours, especially if you are getting wet […]

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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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Yep, Tony Hawk, Kelly Slater, and Shaun White Were at the Oscars

It’s hard to remember now, but before Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, one of the biggest controversies heading into the Academy Awards was the baffling announcement that Kelly Slater, Shaun White, and Tony Hawk were on the illustrious list of Oscar presenters—three faces you’d sooner expect to find on a rerun of the X Games than […]

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Our Favorite Surf-Inspired Snowboard Gear This Season

Decades ago, snowboarding was born from a desire to surf on snow. Early pioneers sought to carve the contours of mountains like the faces of frozen waves. Undeniably, snowboarding has come into its own since those early days, and for some, snowboarding is only distantly related to its surfing roots. And yet, for many of […]

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