Issue 1

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The Physical Demands Of Surfing

Posted December 4, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Surfers have a laid back reputation. But Physiologist Olivier Farley, who has a PhD in the science of surfing, has documented the extreme physical demands of the sport by studying what surfers do when they are out in the water. Surfers need lots of arm strength and aerobic endurance to perform repeated short powerful bouts of paddling as they position themselves in the water and catch waves at a crucial take off point. (more…)

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Our Trip To Trestles

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

Baseball has Fenway Park. Football has Lambeau Field. In the world of surfing a Southern California wave named after a railroad bridge occupies a similar place of honor for those who love the sport. We visted during the Hurley Pro in September. Click here for a view of what we experienced. (more…)

A Trek Through Trestles

Posted December 3, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Thousands travel to Trestles each year to surf its world-class waves and experience one of the last untouched sections of southern California coastline. We asked California photographer Chris Ortiz to take a visual tour of this iconic American place. (more…)

Great Moments At Trestles

Posted by Dan Fitzpatrick

Many of pro surfing’s greatest moments occurred at Trestles. Illustrator Alvar Sirlin brings four to life. (more…)

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Editor’s Note – The Trestles Issue

Posted December 1, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Fifty miles north of San Diego is an expanse of ocean front, sand and cobblestones named after a railroad bridge. How did this spot, called “Trestles,” become the most important place to surf in the continental United States? We thought it would be fun to explore that question in this debut of Twenty, a magazine for anyone curious about the sport of surfing. (more…)

How Trestles Works

Posted November 21, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

We asked Dr. Falk Feddersen to explain why Lower Trestles is one of the world’s great waves. Not only is he an oceanographer at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, but he is a surfer who has paddled out at Trestles roughly 10 times. (more…)

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Surfer in Chief

Posted November 18, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Why Richard Nixon Is Responsible for One of The World’s Greatest Waves (more…)

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How To: Onshore Workout

Posted November 5, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Kevyn Dean of DSC Performance Physical Therapy and Fitness trains some of the best surfers on the professional world tour and serves as medical director for the USA Surf Team. We asked him to offer advice to beginners or casual surfers who are entering the water for the first time. He advises establishing proper movement and stability first. Dean says you can do the following exercises at home or as a warm up routine at the beach. Each step is meant to approximate different elements of the surfing experience. (more…)

Go Deeper on Kelly Slater’s First Pro Win

Posted November 1, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Go below the surface of Kelly Slater’s first pro win with this addendum to “A New Beginning.” (more…)

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A New Beginning

Posted October 26, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Kelly Slater is the most accomplished professional surfer in the world, an 11-time world champion. It is difficult now to imagine him as an unproven 18-year-old in search of his first pro victory. But that’s who Slater was in September 1990 as the Cocoa Beach, Fla., high school senior traveled to California’s Lower Trestles to compete for what was then the richest first place prize at the Body Glove Surf Bout III. What happened next forever altered the sport of surfing. (more…)