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Want To Hear About The Time I Almost Died?

Posted January 7, 2018 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Will Skudin used persistence and preparation to forge his place in the world of big-wave surfing. Along the way he wrestled with the same vulnerabilities we all face in the water: fear, anxiety and self doubt.   (more…)

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Inside Surfing’s Secret City

Posted June 14, 2017 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Kelly Slater’s wave pool is as much a mystery to his new neighbors in this small California town as it is to the rest of the world 

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Alvar Sirlin: Surfing Portraits

Posted February 4, 2017 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Alvar Sirlin is a New York illustrator well known for his soccer portraits in Howler Magazine. But he is also a recreational surfer who can be spotted on the beaches of Long Island, N.Y. when the conditions are right. Here is a look at his sketchbook, which serves as a showcase for Alvar’s ability to capture the sport at its most dynamic.  (more…)

The Pipeline Sketches

Posted December 16, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Ignacio Serrano produced a remarkable illustration for our second issue that places the viewer inside a wave at Pipeline in a way that no photograph could. A Spanish illustrator from Madrid who is not a surfer himself, Serrano relied largely on Internet footage and Pipeline research to construct the point of view. “I discovered a whole new universe of images that I had never seen before.” Explore his process below. (more…)

Behind The Cover: The Pipeline Issue

Posted December 15, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Surfing was a new subject for talented Taiwanese illustrator Yu-Ming Huang, a fan of basketball who has produced portraits of NBA standouts like Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Yet his image of Hawaiian surfer John John Florence is one of the most powerful depictions we’ve seen of the newly crowned world champion. We liked its emotional intensity so much we put the drawing on the cover of our second issue. (more…)

Behind A Famed Ride: Frame By Frame

Posted December 13, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Tom Servais’ November 1991 photograph of a Tom Curren cutback is one of the best known images ever taken of a surfer and a wave. But what came before and after? These 15 images provided by Servais help fill in that picture for those interested in how a skilled surfer navigates one of the world’s best waves. (more…)

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Our Trip To Trestles

Posted December 4, 2016 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…)

Illustration of Gabriel Medina

World No. 3: “I Know What To Do”

Posted November 26, 2016 by Dan Fitzpatrick

Gabriel Medina fell just short of his second world title this year. But the 23-year-old Brazilian said he knows what he needs now: a stronger start to 2017. (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…)